Obviously, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania early/mail votes still need to be counted in the Presidential race, so, we should get news about that soon enough. But Harris County Democrats had some big wins last night.
- Ann Johnson defeated incumbent Sarah Davis to become the next State Representative, District 134. I took issue with Planned Parenthood’s support of Davis, who supported Republican anti-immigrant policies. I’m pretty sure Ann Johnson will represent on all issues. Hopefully, so will Planned Parenthood in the future.
- Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher is re-elected! I’m glad my sis in Cypress has good and responsive representation for another couple of years. No doubt, Fletcher needed to overcome a lot of attacks from a mediocre, yet well-funded, candidate.
- Israel Garcia declared victory over the incumbent Justice of the Peace, Pct 5-1 and the numbers show he was headed toward victory. Congrats to Israel. He ran an impressive primary campaign and worked to win this race. He will serve us well.
- A Democratic Court. Democrats swept all countywide judicial seats with anywhere from 52 to 55% of the vote. Among my fave winners were Judges Julia Maldonado and Michael Gomez, along with new Judge-elect Natalia Cornelio who posted among the stronger numbers.
- Sheriff Ed Gonzalez will return for another term after earning around 57% of the vote. In other words, Harris County really likes him as he was the top vote-getter at last look.
- Ann Harris Bennett returns for another term as Tax Assessor-Collector. She’s done a great job in the post and customer service at TA-C locations has greatly improved. I wasn’t happy about voter registration duties being taken away from her office as her commitment was quite obvious, but I know she’ll still serve Harris County well.
There were other victories among the Dems. including Teneshia Hudspeth for County Clerk and Christian Menefee for County Attorney. They will serve us well. Check out the scores.
There were also some heartbreaking losses, including incumbent State Rep. Gina Callani in HD132, as well as Akilah Bacy in HD138 and Natali Hurtado in HD126. All ran great campaigns with great ads, but Republicans were able to use scare tactics and bigoted ads to keep those seats red.
That’s all I have for now. There is much to talk about regarding Texas, especially the ground that Dems lost in South Texas. As I posted on FB last night, if one wants to run statewide, they better start helping rebuild the Dem base in South Texas starting today. But that’s for the next blog post.
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