Runoff's from the primary are important and your vote is incredibly powerful because turnout traditionally is quite low. TCR has revisited each race. This year the GOP has six races to decide in Harris County, Texas. As is our policy, TCR has provided the reasons why endorsements were made in every race.
Rick Green, Texas Supreme Court Place 3: This is an interesting choice for voters - a strong conservative without judicial experience but well liked by the social conservatives in Texas, and on the other hand, a longtime respected family court judge with support from the State Bar mainstays. If you've been watching, you have seen nationally the left has been using the courts to advance its agenda. Given the threats we face, the choice here is Rick Green. You will not have to worry about him taking on the left-wing judicial agenda based on a strict construction of the law.
Danny Dexter, 180th Criminal District Court: In this race, two candidates with extensive experience, both with service as a prosecutor, but Danny Dexter is the choice. With both state and federal experience and success as a small businessman he has the working experience and the maturity that makes a great judge. He has received almost all the major conservative endorsements and has run a positive and effective campaign. Dexter will be an asset to the GOP's fall ticket.
James Lombardino, 308th Family District Court: James Lombardino is a longtime GOP activist, an experienced family law attorney and a former prosecutor. He is well regarded by party leaders and will be a great addition to this family court.
Jeff Williams, Justice of the Peace Pct 5, Place 2: Since the first round TCR has reviewed additional information about both candidates and now has decided to endorse Jeff Williams in this race. This is one of the busiest JP courts in Harris County and given the massive docket, it is not a place for on-the-job-training. Jeff Williams' experience in all aspects of the court's docket makes him the right choice.
Dan Huberty, State Rep., District 127: The conservative choice of Senator Dan Patrick, Dan Huberty is a life-long Republican who hasn't gotten side-tracked. He is Vice President of Clean Energy and serves as the President of the Humble Independent School District. He is married and has three children. A very exciting candidate who will serve us well in Austin.
Dianne Williams, State Rep., District 149: Dianne Williams is a longtime conservative activist who deeply cares about Texas. She has been serving as a Republican Precinct Chair and on numerous Party Committees for years and will be a solid vote in Austin for our values.
Jared Woodfill, Harris County Chairman: Jared Woodfill is the clear choice here. Jared has shown the vision, accessibility, and devotion to lead the party in 2010. Because of his leadership, the party is way ahead of where it was in 2008. He has the experience and energy to get it done. We don't have time for on-the-job training in the critical 2010 election cycle.
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About Your Editor
Gary Polland is a long-time conservative and Republican spokesman, fund-raiser, and leader who completed three terms as the Harris County Republican Chairman. During his three terms, Gary was described as the most successful county Chairman in America by Human Events - The National Conservative Weekly. He is in his thirteenth year of editing a newsletter dealing with key conservative and Republican issues. The last eight years he has edited Texas Conservative Review. Gary is a practicing attorney and strategic consultant. He can be reached at (713) 621-6335.