KHOU 11 interview with Harris County Judge candidate Alex Mealer

We spoke with Mealer and Hidalgo about points starting from crime to taxes to whether or not they’ll totally settle for election outcomes.

HOUSTON, Texas — Out-of-control crime has been the hallmark of Alex Mealer’s marketing campaign towards incumbent Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.

The Republican challenger contends that Hidalgo has clearly not performed sufficient.

“Lawlessness, public security, that’s the primary precedence,” stated Mealer.

Mealer has performed up out-of-control crime in TV advertisements regardless of information that exhibits a lower in violent crime after a record-setting 2021.

“If you don’t assume there’s an issue with crime, you need to in all probability not vote for me,” stated Mealer.

She advised us the present administration has failed relating to recruiting legislation enforcement officers. That’s one thing Mealer stated she’d do at locations like Fort Hood as a way to discover 1000 new deputies to assist fight crime.

Click right here to observe a few of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s one-on-one interview

“And my full focus is how will we mobilize the complete weight and energy of this office to sort out it,” stated Mealer.

In addition to chopping crime, Mealer stated she plans to slash county overhead by eliminating administrative workplaces and departments created beneath Judge Hidalgo.

Mealer believes that would cut back the probability of corruption-related indictments, like Hidalgo’s group has seen.

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“It used to cost roughly $8 million, when Ed Emmett was in charge, to kind of administrate the county,” stated Mealer. “We’ve added over $40 million in just some years. So that’s simply top-level paperwork.”

Mealer stated she would settle for contributions from individuals who do business with the county, together with builders who usually have loads using on selections made downtown.

“But nearly all of her (Hidalgo’s) money comes from donors who don’t stay in Harris County and even within the state,” stated Mealer.

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Mealer’s been criticized for not instantly and emphatically accepting the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election. But she advised us she plans to simply accept the outcomes of her election.

“Yeah, completely,” stated Mealer.

She stated the exception could be any obvious error with which any cheap particular person would take difficulty.

“But I don’t assume you may simply maneuver and delay since you really feel prefer it,” stated Mealer.

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