Age as of Election Day: 57
Family info: I am the daughter of William W. Branham Sr. and Carol T. Branham, both deceased. I am married to Bart Johnson. We have two daughters, Amber and Jade; and two grandchildren, Natalee and Christopher.
Education: I graduated with honors from Lancaster High School, attended Coker College and graduated from USCL with an associate degree in science in business with honors.
Occupation: I am the probate legal assistant for George Sink Injury Lawyers.
Political experience: Having no political experience, I ran for the office in 2018 as a Democrat, because the past probate judges were Democrats. With that being said, I am a Republican.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 2461, Lancaster, SC 29721
Email: crystaljohnson4 firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: crystaljohnsonfor probatejudge.com
What do you see as the biggest issues facing the Lancaster County Probate Court, and how do you intend to deal with those issues? Many citizens have told me they were unable to speak to court staff when they had questions, and some have been waiting on the court for two years to finish their estates.
Court staff must be trained and proficient in every area of probate to answer questions and guidance. When a judicial assistant is out sick, there will be someone available to do her appointments and avoid canceling and rescheduling. With the county’s growing population, there should be more than two judicial assistants handling estates.
The probate judge must be empathetic, compassionate and dedicated to her service to the people of Lancaster County. The judge must be familiar with the Probate Code, court forms, procedures and hear formal estate and guardianship/conservatorship matters. Having worked 25 years in the Probate Court and serving as associate probate judge for 15 years, I have the necessary experience, knowledge and dedication to serve as your probate judge