Hinds Co. election commissioner files charges against fellow board member Tuesday

Yvonne Horton discusses charges she filed against fellow Commissioner Toni Johnson.
Yvonne Horton discusses charges she filed against fellow Commissioner Toni Johnson.(WLBT)
Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 8:27 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2021 at 9:08 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A Hinds County election commissioner is facing simple assault charges Tuesday after she allegedly threatened a fellow commissioner.

An affidavit has been filed against District 2 Commissioner Toni Johnson in Hinds County Justice Court.

District 4 Commissioner Yvonne Horton filed the complaint after Johnson allegedly threatened her following a poll worker training session at the Election Commission’s offices Tuesday afternoon.

According to a copy of the affidavit, Horton was in fear of “(imminent), serious bodily harm” after Johnson threatened to show up at her Bolton home.

“She said I’m coming to your little shack in Bolton. She said it more than one time. ‘I’m coming to your little shack in Bolton,’” Horton said in an exclusive interview with WLBT. “I live alone, and she threatened me. I said ‘OK, I know what I need to do.’”

District 2 Commissioner Toni Johnson
District 2 Commissioner Toni Johnson(Toni Johnson)

Horton said Johnson confronted her for allegedly calling several people to find out where she lived. It’s an accusation Horton denies.

“She approached me (and said), ‘If you want to know where I live, you can ask me. Don’t be calling around and asking where I live. Nobody should be coming to my house where my minor son is,’” Horton said, recalling the incident. “She said I was crazy, I needed to be locked up (and) that’s why my ex-husband left me.”

No physical altercation occurred. “Many times it comes after the threat if we don’t take it seriously. And we should,” Horton said. “She referenced where I lived and she approached me more than one time that she would come to Bolton.”

Horton, meanwhile, said Johnson filed stalking charges against her. However, we could not confirm that fact with the justice court after hours.

Johnson has come under fire recently for allegedly misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars in county money and grant money. She resigned as commission chair in July after initial accusations were brought forward by District 2 Supervisor David Archie.

A subsequent investigation by WLBT raised additional questions about how the commission spent $1.8 million in grant money awarded to the county to help keep voters safe during COVID-19. The majority of the purchase requisitions related to that spending were signed off on by Johnson.

3 On Your Side attempted to reach Johnson’s cell phone, but the phone was no longer in service. Johnson later emailed us saying that the board of supervisors, was responsible for approving all spending by the election commission. She did not comment on the charges.

Johnson’s attorney, Warren Martin, said he had not seen the charges but would review them and get back to us.

Commission Chair Jermal Clark, who was present during the incident, declined to comment.

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