Harris County Judge Wins Another Term

Harris County’s top elected official easily wins another term. KUHF’s Gail Delaughter reports.


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Speaking before an enthusiastic crowd in the museum district, Ed Emmett says he wants to continue the efforts he started when he became Harris County Judge in 2007, but he says balancing the budget will take some work.

“The county governments, like everybody else, we’re in an economic flat situation. And so going into this next budget year is going to be a challenge for us to continue to provide services at the same level.”

Harris County Judge Ed EmmettAnd to keep the region economically healthy, Emmett says it’s crucial for Harris County to upgrade its infrastructure. But they need money for that as well.

“First and foremost, we need help from the federal and state government. And neither one of them have a lot of money either. But if we don’t invest in our transportation system, then we’re not going to be able to move freight the way we need to in order to grow as an economy.”

Emmett says he also wants to concentrate on health care, by setting up neighborhood clinics that would help keep people out of emergency rooms. Emmett heads back into office after taking over 60 percent of the vote, defeating his Democratic challenger, former Houston City Councilman Gordon Quan. 

For more local coverage, visit the kuhf local election page.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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