No Political Shift

Jack Morman’s defeat of incumbent Sylvia Garcia on Harris County Commissioner’s Court capped a wave of anti-Democrat sentiment on Election Day. But Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says don’t expect a drastic political shift with Morman on the court. Pat Hernandez has more.


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When Sylvia Garcia lost to political newcomer Jack Morman, it resulted in four Republicans and one Democrat, El Franco Lee on commissioner’s court. But that’s where shift in party allegiance ends. Commissioner Jerry Eversole
says its always been a Republican majority in his 20-years on the court.

“Both Democrats that are this court, obviously are competent, capable people. The person that is left is extremely capable, and is a leader in this court. So you know, there will be changes obviously, but there’s not gonna be anything that the voters are not gonna benefit from.”

Steve Radack’s only political experience before he became commissioner was a constable. He says everyone on the court brings their talent and experience that voters think would be a benefit.

“County government is government by election. City government is government by appointment. And so, I think it’s a good thing that I believe, county government is closer to the people that city government because frankly, the people have more input on county government than the city.”

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says rarely do votes on commissioner’s court come along party lines.

“And if it happened, it was just a coincidence, but most of the things we do — flood control, transportation — those are not partisan issues and so, I don’t think that will have any affect at all.”

Emmett adds that having new Commissioner Morman come in with a fresh set of eyes will be interesting to see.

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