Alex’s Priorities

Safe Nieghboorhoods

Back the Blue and Lock Up Violent Criminals

One of the primary motivations behind my decision to run for Harris County Judge was the state of utter lawlessness that continues to grip our entire county. Whether strolling along the bayou, picking up groceries or even attending an Astros game, residents are now rolling the dice on whether they will encounter a violent, repeat offender. While it is clear that our residents are not safe, we have now reached such a state of crisis that our law enforcement are being routinely murdered by violent, repeat offenders. In fact, in the three years since Judge Lina Hidalgo took office, more officers have been murdered than the prior decade. This is outrageous and cannot continue.

Our County is “led” by a group of progressive radicals who are dead set on dismantling the criminal justice system and they are achieving their aim through an intentional effort to (1) starve our deputies, prosecutors, and our jails of resources and (2) create a revolving door at the courthouse, which has resulted in an unprecedented wave of violent crime. Until elected, I can’t fix the intentional defunding of our criminal justice system, but as a Candidate, I have already taken action by filing a legal brief with the Federal District Court to challenge the thin legal veil that our County judges are hiding behind to routinely release the most violent criminals back into our neighborhoods.

When I launched my campaign this past November, I published a piece in the Houston Chronicle to raise the alarm regarding the utter lawlessness plaguing our County. Instead of taking action, our progressive leadership stood back and continued to collect data to “evaluate” the root causes for the rise of crime. As a result, we are now quantifiably the Murder Capital of the U.S. with more homicides than Chicago, NYC and LA.

We don’t need to keep collecting data to know that it’s not Harvey, it’s not COVID – it’s Lina Hidalgo’s prioritization of bail reform in the name of justice for violent offenders. Once elected, I will focus on justice for the victims. She wants to re-imagine the criminal justice system by investing in “Holistic Alternative Responder Teams” and studies on gun violence—I believe in good old-fashioned boots on the ground. We simply need MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT in our communities, NOT LESS.

While Judge Hidalgo has added more administrative positions and departments than I can count with my fingers, the one area of the County budget that hasn’t ballooned is Justice & Safety. In fact, Judge Hidalgo stripped the Constables of $20 million of rollover funds (savings), effectively DEFUNDING the police. Talk is cheap, as the County Executive, your funding decisions reflect your priorities, and Judge Hidalgos’ priorities are not the priorities of our community. I will FULLY FUND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM by increasing the number of District Attorneys, Sheriff Deputies, and Constable Deputies that are desperately needed to tackle the unprecedented crime epidemic in Harris County.

 

LOWER TAXES & STOP WASTEFUL SPENDING

Judge Hidalgo builds her budget by thinking of her ideal wish list of pet projects and then figures out how much money to take from the community, even if it means raising taxes by more than 8% in one year or depleting the County’s “rainy day” funds. I believe the County budget should be constrained by population growth and inflation.

Amidst inflation, rising gas prices and job losses due to unnecessary COVID-19 lockdowns, do you really want someone running the County who constantly demands more of your money? Harris County does not have a revenue problem, it has a WASTEFUL SPENDING problem:

 

  • Attempting to award an $11 million vaccine outreach contract to an unqualified political insider and long-time DNC operative
  • Suing TxDOT for the I-45 expansion plan (the County derives its power from the State and because of this action, we will likely lose out on more than $9 billion of state funding that Dallas or Austin will welcome with open arms)
  • Added a new position of County Administrator, estimated cost $3 million per year
  • Setting up a never used medical shelter in the NRG Park at nearly $20 million
  • Establishing a task force to study gun violence (we don’t need more studies, we need law enforcement in our communities)
  • Created a new, stand-alone Office of Economic Opportunity (instead of marketing Harris County, why don’t we focus on hiring more inspectors to improve permitting time and improve the ease of doing business?)
  • Created an Office of Sustainability (County is not the appropriate entity to solve Climate Changes, let’s fix a pothole first)
  • Established an Immigrant Legal Services fund (fund the criminal justice system before we prioritize legal services for illegal immigrants)
  • AND THE LIST GOES ON…

LOWER TAXES & STOP WASTEFUL SPENDING

Judge Hidalgo builds her budget by thinking of her ideal wish list of pet projects and then figures out how much money to take from the community, even if it means raising taxes by more than 8% in one year or depleting the County’s “rainy day” funds. I believe the County budget should be constrained by population growth and inflation.

Amidst inflation, rising gas prices and job losses due to unnecessary COVID-19 lockdowns, do you really want someone running the County who constantly demands more of your money? Harris County does not have a revenue problem, it has a WASTEFUL SPENDING problem:

 

  • Attempting to award an $11 million vaccine outreach contract to an unqualified political insider and long-time DNC operative
  • Suing TxDOT for the I-45 expansion plan (the County derives its power from the State and because of this action, we will likely lose out on more than $9 billion of state funding that Dallas or Austin will welcome with open arms)
  • Added a new position of County Administrator, estimated cost $3 million per year
  • Setting up a never used medical shelter in the NRG Park at nearly $20 million
  • Establishing a task force to study gun violence (we don’t need more studies, we need law enforcement in our communities)
  • Created a new, stand-alone Office of Economic Opportunity (instead of marketing Harris County, why don’t we focus on hiring more inspectors to improve permitting time and improve the ease of doing business?)
  • Created an Office of Sustainability (County is not the appropriate entity to solve Climate Changes, let’s fix a pothole first)
  • Established an Immigrant Legal Services fund (fund the criminal justice system before we prioritize legal services for illegal immigrants)
  • AND THE LIST GOES ON…

SECURE OUR ELECTIONS

Nearly every election that rolls around, Harris County voters brace themselves for glitchy machines, massive lines and counting delays. Loosened standards under Judge Hidalgo have opened the door for fraud and illegal ballot harvesting. I will do everything I can to safeguard our ballots and ensure free and fair elections for Harris County voters. This starts by cleaning the voter rolls, increasing training requirements for election judges and supporting intergovernmental efforts to monitor and investigate voter fraud. To have a functioning democracy, we must have a process that is FAIR and also a process that our residents TRUST.

END MASK/VACCINE MANDATES & RESTORE DECISION-MAKING TO PARENTS, CHURCHES AND BUSINESSES

I fled California when I was 18 and never looked back because I wanted to escape the excessive regulation and resulting high costs that has now made California a failed state. Unlike the coasts, Texas is defined by personal freedom and responsibility, but Judge Lina Hidalgo thinks Harris County should be an exception.

Instead of deferring to the judgment of parents, churches or business owners, Judge Hidalgo thinks SHE KNOWS BEST. I have enough humility to know the sweat and tears invested in raising a child, building a congregation, or running a business necessitates a high bar for government intervention. We have watched Judge Hidalgo hob-knob with the wealthy elite in crowded rooms without masks, all the while leaving a school mask mandate in place. Let’s stop the political theater and start putting our KIDS FIRST.

Potential harms must be balanced in assessing public health policy. While there is no conclusive data that kids wearing masks reduces the spread of COVID-19, there is conclusive data that kids are suffering developmental setbacks from spending their critical developmental years with their faces covered.

END MASK/VACCINE MANDATES & RESTORE DECISION-MAKING TO PARENTS, CHURCHES AND BUSINESSES

I fled California when I was 18 and never looked back because I wanted to escape the excessive regulation and resulting high costs that has now made California a failed state. Unlike the coasts, Texas is defined by personal freedom and responsibility, but Judge Lina Hidalgo thinks Harris County should be an exception.

Instead of deferring to the judgment of parents, churches or business owners, Judge Hidalgo thinks SHE KNOWS BEST. I have enough humility to know the sweat and tears invested in raising a child, building a congregation, or running a business necessitates a high bar for government intervention. We have watched Judge Hidalgo hob-knob with the wealthy elite in crowded rooms without masks, all the while leaving a school mask mandate in place. Let’s stop the political theater and start putting our KIDS FIRST.

Potential harms must be balanced in assessing public health policy. While there is no conclusive data that kids wearing masks reduces the spread of COVID-19, there is conclusive data that kids are suffering developmental setbacks from spending their critical developmental years with their faces covered.

Flood

Accelerate Flood Resiliency Projects through Partner Funding

Through the leadership of former Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and the previous Republican-led Commissioner’s Court, the historic 2018 Flood Control Bond was passed overwhelmingly. While the bond was for $2.5 billion, the full cost of every project in the bond program as passed by Harris County voters is nearly $5 billion. To date, all flood control projects identified in the 2018 bond have been initiated, however, there is still a significant funding shortfall in order to complete all projects ($1 billion, excluding a possible $750 million from the GLO).

To address this funding shortfall, the Democrat leadership has only made notional efforts to partner with state and federal departments. Instead of working with these partners, they hit the “easy” button and shifted funding from the Toll Road Authority to establish the Flood Resilience Trust. In addition, the Democrat controlled Commissioners Court created a Task Force composed primarily of progressive activists that focus on preferred “pronouns” and neglect performance metrics and accountability.

What will I do?

Once elected, I will use the full power and weight of Harris County to get the State and Federal dollars for flood resiliency projects

  • (1) Establish a bipartisan state delegation composed of our state senators and representatives with the goal of receiving state level funding from the Texas Water Development Board. Meetings will be quarterly.
  • (2) Establish a bipartisan federal delegation composed of our congressional representatives with the goal of receiving $1 billion of additional funding from federal agencies (Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, NRCS and HUD). Meetings will be quarterly.

As County Judge, I will immediately establish a technical task force made up of the leading industry and academic experts to forge a path forward. Meetings will be held weekly, and I will be in attendance, not a representative, but me, the County Executive.

This is a serious commitment and since flooding is Harris County’s natural disaster, it must be taken seriously.

Unlike the current Judge, I won’t pretend to be an expert on things I’m not, rather my focus will be to ensure progress is made and a plan is developed within 90 days. The plan will specify what we are going to build and the legislative asks of our state and federal delegation.

I will also have the technical task force work with local industry (shipping, chemical manufacturing, oil & gas) to add their weight and influence to this task.  Judge Hidalgo is against these industries and will not work with them.  The reality is that they are the reason we are here and provide tens of thousands of jobs and the prosperous economy that we enjoy today.  With their backing, they can help our community and protect their interests at the same time.

Fixing flooding must be above politics.