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Alexandra del Moral Mealer will face Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo in November

Mealer, a 37-year-old former Army captain, garnered a little over 75% of the votes in the Republican Party primary runoff.

Alexandra del Moral Mealer will faceoff against Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo in November.

Updated with a statement from Vidal Martinez on May 25 at 4:30 p.m.

Alexandra del Moral Mealer will face Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo in the upcoming November election, after defeating her opponent in the Republican Party primary runoff Tuesday.

With all of Harris County’s 260 voting centers reporting results, Mealer, 37, garnered a little over 75% of 113,308 total votes — winning her the Republican nomination and a chance at Hidalgo’s seat in November.

"I was nominated with a broad, diverse coalition of support, and we will continue to build on this incredible momentum,” Mealer said in a statement. “This race for Harris County judge is far more than just a fight for partisan preference, this is a fight to restore Harris County by making it a model of accountable, efficient and effective governance, once again."

After graduating from West Point in 2007, Mealer became an Army captain and served as an explosive ordnance disposal officer. After returning home, she obtained business and law degrees from Harvard University and moved to Texas from California in 2016, working in oil and gas finance until late last year.

Mealer defeated Vidal Martinez, 67, a former federal prosecutor who has served as a member of several boards in the Houston area, including the Greater Houston Partnership and the Port of Houston Authority.

In a statement, Martinez said that he would pledge his “support to (Mealer’s) effort in the general election.”

“Let's join together to improve public safety, eliminate corruption, and ensure a wide-spread Republican victory in November,” Martinez said.

Hidalgo’s office has been plagued with controversy in recent months after three of her staffers were indicted for allegedly steering an $11 million COVID-19 vaccine outreach contract to a preferred vendor.

Hidalgo has since contested those allegations, accusing District Attorney Kim Ogg of pursuing a “political vendetta” to try to push her out of office.

In a statement, Hidalgo’s campaign manager Jonathan Geldof said they were confident that the incumbent would defeat Mealer in November.

"In nominating Alex Mealer, the Harris County GOP has chosen to ignore the priorities of everyday people and side with the far-right,” the statement read. “We're confident that Harris County voters will choose Judge Hidalgo's record of leadership through disasters ranging from floods to COVID-19 to chemical fires, over Mealer's promise to return to the old way of doing things."

Early voting runs from Oct. 24. to Nov. 4. Election Day is Nov. 8.

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