We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again… Elections have consequences.
Speaking on Election Night 2018 after her incredible victory, Harris County Judge-Elect Lina Hidalgo reflected briefly on another recent election…
Like thousands of women across the country this year, I decided about 15 months ago that I wasn’t just going to let things be. That I was going to do things myself. I never thought I would work in politics. I never thought I would run for office. I thought I would continue my career working, pushing for the system to work better from the outside.
But I had to step up. And truth is, with the turnout we saw this year, we’ve all stepped up. We realized that Democracy depends on our participation.
And because she stepped up, Hidalgo will now be the top government official of the third largest County in the country… a county larger in population than 26 states.
To many, the result is something of a surprise. Even this very blog endorsed Judge-Elect Hidalgo’s opponent Ed Emmett, largely based on his record of service and his ability to put the needs of citizens largely above politics.
But with the race now settled, Texas Leftist looks forward to Ms. Hidalgo’s leadership, and many possible changes to come.
One change is already clear. Joining Hidalgo will be Commissioner-apparent Adrian Garcia (at present Commissioner Jack Morman has yet to concede the race) and Commissioner Rodney Ellis, which marks the first Democratic majority in charge of Harris County in over a generation.
And what can we expect to see under Judge Hidalgo’s leadership?? Issues highlighted during her campaign were to create a county government that is “proactive, not reactive” when it comes to flood protection, disaster preparation, comprehensive public transportation, education and government transparency.
Check out this wide-ranging interview done with political blogger an media strategist Egberto Willies. For those with any doubt, this should make it perfectly clear that Judge-Elect Hidalgo is ready to lead the 4.6 million residents of Harris County.