DA announces bid for another term in office
Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey has decided to pursue another term.
Healey has been in office since his appointment in 1992 and is serving his fourth term.
Healey's path isn't clear, though.
Richmond attorney Nina Schaefer, a fellow Republican and a Healey critic, also is seeking the GOP nomination in the March primary.
In July, when Schaefer announced her bid to unseat Healey, she said: "The purpose of the district attorney's office is to seek justice, not a notch on the gun."
But Healey said his standing as a DA is solid on several fronts.
"My first goal has always been to instill the faith of the public in their district attorney's office," Healey said. "To accomplish this, I've maintained an open door through which everyone may come and discuss their concerns with me."
In a press release, he cited his efforts in the development of specialized caseloads, including child abuse, and his office's successful prosecutions in numerous cases.
He said he sought government grants for the creation of several positions in his office, resulting in $1.75 million savings to the county.
He also credited himself for his office's help to crime victims and his role in the establishment of a child advocacy center in the county.
Although he hasn't made an announcement yet, Stafford lawyer Richard Raymond also is expected to join the race, according to sources close to him.