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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Plans To Run For Reelection In 2022

The county’s chief administrator talks about her future and issues facing the county with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo in the Houston Matters Studio
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Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.


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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo says she plans to run for reelection in three years.

“We have so many big projects that we need to take care of in Harris County that we certainly can’t do in just four years, and so that’s definitely my plan,” Hidalgo told Houston Matters with Craig Cohen Tuesday.

The judge said she hasn’t wanted to talk about her own reelection since some of her fellow Democrats are engaged in their own, more immediate primary election races.

Hidalgo just completed her first year in office as the chief administrator for Harris County, the third-largest county in the country.

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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo at a January 2020 press conference.

She said much of her work in the first year was more reactionary than she’d like as the county dealt with flooding and other issues as they arose. However, Hidalgo says she hopes her second year can be more proactive.

“We’re very proud of last year,” she said. “We think it set the foundation for strong programs and great things going forward for the county. And I’m very excited about this year as well.”

Hidalgo unseated longtime Harris County Judge Ed Emmett in 2018 when Democrats swept many races in Greater Houston. She’s the first woman and first Latina to hold the office.

You can hear her entire conversation with Houston Matters in the audio above.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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