Emmett “Hunkers Down” For a Win

Although Democrats swept most of the local Harris County races — Republican Ed Emmett won his first full term as Harris County Judge. As Laurie Johnson reports, Emmett's plans include a focus on transportation and a pledge to work across party lines to get things done.


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Ed Emmett was appointed Harris County Judge when former Judge Robert Eckels stepped down to enter the private sector. During his tenure in the appointed position he saw the completion of the Katy Freeway Expansion project and steered the county through the devastation of Hurricane Ike.

That high profile position during a time of disaster propelled him past Democratic challenger David Mincberg.

He’s one of only a few Harris County Republicans to win. He says that should be a wake-up call to the party.

“Let’s be completely honest here, I got a lot of votes in areas that other Republicans didn’t get.  And I think that’s going to be a strong message, that Republicans need to reach out and make sure we represent the whole county.”

Emmett pledged to supporters that his approach to leading the county will be bipartisan.

“We will now have a county government that will be mixed. I will work with Republicans and Democrats equally, because that what the citizens of Harris County expect.”

Emmett says one of his first priorities for his term is to set up a meeting on commuter rail on Highway 290. He says that’s one of the projects he wants to get to quickly.

Emmett will serve as Harris County for a two-year term. He comes up for re-election in 2010.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF Houston Public Radio News.

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Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson

Executive Producer for News

Laurie Johnson leads daily news coverage for HPM. She helps reporters craft and sharpen their stories on tight deadlines, with the aim of getting the most relevant and current information into local newscasts. Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. She is...

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