The primary election for county judge is the most important election in Galveston County this year. The most important advice you can receive is “not” to vote for Judge Lonnie Cox. Please vote for the incumbent Mark Henry.
Cox does not have good judgment and will not guide Galveston County in the right direction. Just look at the lawsuit Cox filed against Henry. Henry dismissed Bonnie Quiroga from her job reporting to the commissioners court and the district judges. So, Cox sued Henry for his action. A visiting district judge up held Cox’s action, as did a court of appeals, but in the Texas Supreme Court, Cox lost by a 9-0 decision.
What a put down losing 9-0. Not a single Supreme Court Justice voted for Cox. It was a case that should never have been filed. The county spent $1.3 million to defend Henry and he won. Cox should have been responsible to pay the county that money — but he refused. That $1.3 million was the sole responsibility of Cox. Poor judgment plus.
And Cox acts like a bully. He runs the district judges as an administrative judge and now wants to run the rest of the county as county judge. Don’t let him do it! Every one considers the district judge as a higher position than county judge, but Cox wants that position so he can call shots on the budget and every other aspect of the county. District judges are paid by the state and the county with a salary exceeding all other county employees.
Why does Cox want county judge? I believe he is power hungry. And I have heard talk around the courthouse that if Cox is elected there will be a lot of personnel changes. Who does he want to fire? A good question.
Mark Henry has done a fine job as county judge the last seven years and deserves to be re-elected. He has decreased the county tax rate every year and has still given raises to all county employees. His leadership has been superb and he knows county government extremely well. How should I know that. I was county judge of Galveston County in the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s for 28 years so I know what it takes. It is much more complex now than it was 20 and 30 years ago and Mark Henry has the skills and knowledge to do it.
He is a strong supporter of the coastal barrier, or Ike Dike, for flood protection and the committee he chaired for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has recommended the Ike Dike. It has received support from nearly all local governments in the Houston-Galveston area. We just need action by Congress to fund the Ike Dike to the tune of $10 billion to $15 billion. It cannot be funded by state or local governments. It is just like what was done in New Orleans after the 2005 hurricane.
To get things done in Galveston County, vote to re-elect Mark Henry as county judge.