Former prosecutor Todd Overstreet, the Union’s choice in the Democratic primary in the race for the Harris County district attorney nomination, said he can’t imagine “a worse scenario for our citizens” than to continue trusting the current administration to prosecute our most dangerous criminal suspects.
“I care too much about this city and the citizens of our county to sit back and watch such an important institution of our local government – The Harris County District Attorney’s Office – fall further and further into disarray,” Overstreet said.
He cited the low morale in the DA’s office as well as the growing distrust of those whose trust is most needed – the law enforcement officers in Harris County, especially the Houston Police Department.
Overstreet said the distrust has expanded to community leaders, saying that criticism has grown over “the allocation of additional resources needed to prosecute cases and assist those victimized by crime.”
“I’m not sure I can imagine a worse scenario for our citizenry and the safety of our community. We do not need political speeches and pandering, we do not need revised talking points by a failed administration, we need real leadership and now!”
A native of California, Overstreet was a Navy brat who moved with his family to Amarillo in the 1980s. He was a middle-distance track athlete at the University of Southern California (USC). Living in the inner-city of Los Angeles during that time period, particularly experiencing the 1992 LA riots, “changed my life forever. Larger cities and communities expose you to a vast array of amenities and to the beauty of culture and diversity, but large cities also have large problems…like crime,” the candidate said.
Overstreet graduated from St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio. He has been in legal practice for 25 years, many as a prosecutor under vaunted Harris County DA Johnny Holmes.
He believes he has more trial experience, particularly as a prosecutor, than any of his primary opponents, graduating from a misdemeanor court prosecutor to chief prosecutor in a felony court. He left the DA’s office after five years to become a federal prosecutor in Houston.
As a criminal defense attorney for 16 years, Overstreet earned recognition as a Texas Super Lawyer. He’s also a teacher, frequent lecturer and published author. A proud family man, he is the father of four children.