As the final day to sign up as a candidate for public office passed on Monday, one person was noticeably missing – Justin Johnston, the current elected constable for Liberty County Pct. 1.
Johnston, who is facing a criminal charge in Montgomery County, says he chose not to run because he cannot be 100 percent committed to the residents of Pct. 1 at this time.
“It warmed my heart to have so many people ask whether I would run for reelection Monday. I believe I’ve been a strong advocate for Pct. 1 and the Precinct’s needs for better equipment and more deputy manpower,” Johnston said. “Unfortunately, the past three and a half years have been an unexpected personal struggle and it’s time for me to focus on my own wellbeing and that of my family.”
Johnston said that surviving a near-fatal accident a few years ago has taken all his strength and courage to rehabilitate himself physically and mentally.
“I’m proud of the job I’ve done as your constable. It has been an honor to serve this community but now it’s time to focus on matters closer to home,” he said. “I hope you all will understand my decision but also support me in my journey toward healing.”
He added that he is committed to his brothers and sisters who wear the badge and will continue calling Liberty County his home.