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Denton County DA Paul Johnson wins another four-year term

District Attorney Paul Johnson defeated local defense attorney Brent Bowen to extend his already decade-long tenure as the county's top prosecutor. 

Denton County District Attorney Paul JohnsonDRC
Denton County District Attorney Paul Johnson

With 52 percent of precincts reporting, Johnson has collected 65 percent of the vote. He did not draw a Democratic opponent for the Nov. 6 general election.

Johnson, a Highland Village resident who was first elected as DA in 2006, has touted ongoing improvements to the case intake process and his efforts to create specialty courts. The Veterans Treatment Court Program and the Mental Health Treatment Court, which gives eligible defendants a chance to have their cases dismissed, took shape during his tenure.

Bowen has been a defense attorney in Denton since 2004, and he previously ran for district attorney in 2010. He campaigned on what he called a lack of communication between prosecutors and defense attorneys, as well as a failure to implement updated technology in the intake process and courtrooms.