About Dayna BLAZEY

Dayna with her dogs

Dayna Blazey, candidate for the 167th District Court, is a lifelong Texan and resident of Travis County for 35 years. She has served the people of Travis County as a felony prosecutor with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office for over 30 years. Dayna is currently the Director for Diversion Programs and the Grand Jury Division with the District Attorney’s Office.

For the last 8 years, Dayna has focused her career on researching and implementing effective and treatment-based diversion programs within the justice system because she believes in second chances. If elected Judge, Dayna would institute true criminal justice reform by working to improve indigent defense, protecting the rights of the accused and victims alike, while ensuring justice is fair and accessible for every person.

Dayna graduated from South Texas College of Law in the top 7% of her class and was selected as a member of the Law Review. After law school, Dayna worked as a Briefing Attorney for Judge Charles “Chuck” Campbell at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. As a briefing attorney, Dayna researched and drafted legal opinions that affected laws throughout the entire State of Texas.

In 1989, Dayna joined the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. Over the last 30 years, Dayna has tried a wide range of felony cases from credit card fraud to death penalty cases. She is the only candidate in the race who has tried a death penalty case. Throughout her career, Dayna has tried approximately 70 felony jury trials, including 16 sexual and aggravated sexual assault jury trials. She was the lead prosecutor for a high profile aggravated sexual assault case, known as the “Condom Rape Case”. The jury found the defendant guilty and disbelieved his defense that the victim’s request that he wear a condom indicated her consent to the sexual assault.  

Dayna served as the Chief Prosecutor on the Child Protection Team for 16 years.  In this capacity, she oversaw investigations of allegations of abuse and neglect of the youngest, most vulnerable victims. She worked in collaboration with law enforcement, Child Protective Services, the Center for Child Protection and Dell Children’s Hospital to ensure that the investigations were thorough and there was sufficient evidence to support a conviction or court intervention in the placement of the child.

After the attempted assassination of Judge Julie Kocurek, Dayna worked tirelessly to assist law enforcement with the investigation. When Chimene Onyeri was indicted for federal RICO crimes, the United States Department of Justice asked her to assist with the prosecution in the capacity of a Special Assistant United States Attorney. The prosecution was successful, and the defendant is currently serving a life sentence.

As a long-time community advocate, Dayna has volunteered and supported many Austin area organizations. She has served on the Boards of the Austin Rape Crisis Center, the Travis County Women Lawyers Association and the 100 Club of Central Texas. She has also supported other local organizations like the Town Lake Trail Foundation, Friends of Christopher Guild – Center for Child Protection, the Ann Richards School, the Trinity Center Homeless Shelter, Caritas of Austin, Meals on Wheels, Sierra Club Austin, KUT, Texas Exes, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and the Hill Country Conservancy. Dayna is a graduate of the 2009 Essential Class of Leadership Austin.

Dayna and her husband, Harry Miller, a retired veterinarian, live in the heart of Austin with their two rescue pups, Red Dog and Lily.

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