Dallas GOP interviewing DA replacement candidates

DALLAS – Phillip Huffines, chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party, is interviewing applicants interested in fulfilling the term of recently resigned District Attorney Susan Hawk.

“I’ve been meeting with most of the candidates in order to get to know them. I expect to work closely during the election with whoever the governor appoints,” Huffines said.

Huffines has already interviewed at least three candidates.

He'll offer feedback to the governor but isn't doing anything officially for Abbott, the Dallas County GOP said.

Several of the applicants have also met with State Sen. Don Huffines, who represents them.

The governor’s office, which will appoint a replacement for Hawk, will begin interviewing applicants next week, according to several people who have been contacted by Abbott's office. They also said whomever is selected will begin work on November 1. 

It’s uncertain how much influence Huffines will wield in selecting the next district attorney but he and the Dallas County Republican Party will have to field a candidate in two years when Hawk’s term expires.


WFAA has learned that eleven people applied to replace Hawk, including Jennifer J. Balido, Daniel P. "Danny" Clancy, Vickers L. Cunningham, Faith S. Johnson, Dianne Jones McVay, Cindy Stormer, Daniel L. "Dan" Wyde, Taly Haffer and Daniel K. Hagood.

The standard application each person submitted to Abbott’s office asks not only for detailed resumes but also social media usernames, the five most significant cases they were involved with, a judge whom they admire, a U.S. Supreme Court Decision with which they disagree, a history of their political activities and references to any legal articles they wrote.

Abbott’s office hasn't said how soon it will name a replacement.

The district attorney is the only countywide Republican-controlled seat in Dallas.

Susan Hawk resigned on September 6 after extended absences for mental health treatment. She said she intends to focus on getting better

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