Harris County

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo ‘recuperating’ after emergency room visit

The 31-year-old elected official wrote Tuesday on Twitter that she had gone to the emergency room to be treated for a fever, pain and dehydration.

Lina Hidalgo
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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo fields questions on March 22, 2022 after unsealed court documents alleged that staff members in her office steered an $11 million contract for a COVID-19 outreach project to a preferred vendor.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, in the midst of a reelection campaign as well as a tax rate dispute on the county commissioners court, is coping with an undisclosed ailment.

Hidalgo, 31, wrote Tuesday on Twitter that she was “recuperating at home for a couple of days” and would be following up with a doctor after a visit to an emergency room on Monday.

“I had to cut (Monday) short to visit the ER due to a rising fever, pain and dehydration,” she wrote.

Media relations representatives for Hidalgo’s office as well as her campaign did not answer emailed questions Wednesday.

Hidalgo, a Democrat, is a native of Colombia who in 2018 became the first woman and first Latina to be elected county judge in Harris County. She is in the midst of her first reelection campaign, facing Republican Alexandra del Moral Mealer in the Nov. 8 midterm.

Hidalgo and the two other Democrats on the Harris County Commissioners Court have been deadlocked with the two Republican commissioners over the county’s proposed tax rate. Republicans Jack Cagle and Tom Ramsey have skipped the last two commissioners court meetings to prevent a quorum and thereby prevent the Democratic majority from passing their proposed tax rate, which would reduce the county’s current tax rate by 1.07 percent. Cagle and Ramsey want more of a decrease.

On Tuesday, Cagle asked Hidalgo to call a special commissioners court to discuss a compromise he is proposing.

“Look forward to returning to work and the campaign trail later this week,” Hidalgo wrote in her Tuesday tweet.

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