Today, Harris County voters are saying, “here we go again!”
We are about to have our third appointee overseeing the County Election Administrator’s office before the midterm elections. We were the only county out of all 254 counties in Texas who failed to count our votes within 24 hours, as required by law. Embarrassingly, our county made national news for incompetence by an appointee who is not even directly accountable to the voters.
The switch from elected officials overseeing our elections to an appointed administrator, championed by Lina Hidalgo, has led to thousands of misplaced ballots, issues with polling machines, and delayed results – by any measure this experiment has been an abject failure.
Following the resignation of disgraced former Elections Administrator Isabel Longoria, our county had an opportunity to return the oversight of our elections to someone competent, local, and accountable, County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth, a Democrat whose office traditionally has been tasked with conducting our elections. Prior to her own election, our current County Clerk worked under four County Clerks serving that office for nearly two decades. Instead, Lina has opted for a nominee who isn’t from Texas and isn’t intimately familiar with our electoral process.
We need our election officials to be accountable to voters, transparent, and competent. Under current county leadership, we have none of that.
Alexandra is a West Point graduate, a dual-degree holder from Harvard University (JD/MBA), and a proud wife and mother. She is blessed with two precocious toddlers who she is raising alongside her husband Clay, a fellow West Point graduate and combat veteran. On November 11, 2021, she announced her plans to leave the private sector and her career in oil & gas finance to pursue a new stage of service.