District Attorney candidates speak at forum

McLennan County Republican Women's Club hosts forum

WACO, TX - The District Attorney race is heating up.

Abel Reyna is seeking his third term in office, but challenger Barry Johnson hopes to change things up.

On Tuesday, both candidates made their voices heard at the McLennan County Republican Women's Club forum.

"I have known Abel for many years and Abel's a fine man, so is Barry Johnson, Barry Johnson is a fine man, his dad you know was the judge here for many many years so both of them are qualified, both of them I believe will do a good job," said Jon Ker, Chairman for the McLennan Republican Party.

The forum gave each candidate five minutes to explain why they are the right person for the job.

"Mr. Reyna has already admitted in my opinion, the misconduct on how he has handled those Twin Peak Cases," said DA candidate Barry Johnson.

Johnson used his time to present his case against Reyna.

"(Reyna) Has proven that justice is for sale and has been for sale in McLennan County and if I'm elected that will stop," he added.

"Unfortunately I've yet to hear Mr. Johnson say what he would do for the office at all, he likes to talk about Abel and what he feels that Abel has done wrong, again accusations without evidence," said Rebecca Akins, Office Manager for the McLennan County District Attorney's Office.

 

 

Reyna took a different approach.

"We ask that you keep your remarks to the job and the skills you bring to fulfill the responsibilities of that job. So I'm going to do that," said Abel Reyna, McLennan County District Attorney.

He didn't mention Johnson at all during his speech.

"You elect me, I'm going to have presence in the office, presence in the courtroom, presence in the community," said Reyna.

"I'm really disappointed in Abel Reyna, I have supported him in the past and I can't tell you how disappointed I am," said Mary Howard, Campaign Manager for Barry Johnson.

The McLennan County Republican Women's Club hopes events like these will open up the conversation and get everyone to the polls.

"I really hope that the people who are here today will be challenged to go out and vote and they will stand strong with their beliefs and share those with others and encourage others to vote," said Janell Gilman, Co-Chair of Program.

The joint primary election is March 6 and the general election is in November.
 


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