The race for the Galveston County judge is notable — not because there are two candidates running with big plans for the county — there is only one doing that. The other is focused on mudslinging rather than issues.

I have endorsed the most qualified, compassionate and faithful candidate — the one who has been a public servant — not just for the last two months, but the last 13 years.

Lonnie Cox has been serving civic organizations throughout our communities and has led (as president, vice president or board member) Galveston Kiwanis, Galveston Rotary, Dickinson Optimist, Communities in Schools, M.I. Lewis Social Services and 50 Club of Galveston.

He has entertained thousands playing beside notables such as Frank Incaprera in the Galveston Beach Band, and has rarely missed a Propeller Club dinner (raising money for Texas A&M University-Galveston students). When I asked him to join me for a League City Lions Club breakfast one Sunday — he politely declined because he picks up an elderly church member every Sunday before teaching his Sunday school class.

I have sat beside him for 12 years judging barbecue at fundraisers for Tiki Island Volunteer Fire Department, Hitchcock Good Ole Days, and only wish I had been invited to join him at the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo cook-offs. We have shared sweaty hours in Fourth of July parades and cold ones at Christmas parades in Dickinson, Friendswood, Hitchcock, League City, La Marque and Texas City, and enjoyed the boat, Mardi Gras and Cinco de Mayo parades in Kemah, Galveston, Texas City and others.

Lonnie Cox is my choice for county judge because he is a man of honor, intelligence and wit. He would rather bring people together to work out an agreement than do battle — unless that battle will positively impact an employee, citizen or community. I trust him to restore honor to Galveston County. I trust him to deliver a vision and bring cohesion and hope back to county government.

Candidate credentials are important — Lonnie’s are impeccable. That he has extensive knowledge of the law will help facilitate the work remaining in Harvey recovery. That he has a master’s in business, bachelor’s in music and great faith gives me confidence that the former recipient of the Ted Poe “Damn Good Judge” Award is the “Best Damn Judge” to lead Galveston County.

The county needs a leader who will work with commissioners, department heads, officials of our cities, school districts, community colleges, state and federal officials to defend and protect the most precious asset of this county — its people. This man of faith, family and friends has never failed to place the needs of others above himself.

The measure of a man is what he does with power. There is only one choice in this election and that is the man who has never abused his power. I stand proudly beside him and ask that you join me in electing Lonnie Cox as the next county judge of Galveston County.

Cheryl Johnson is the Galveston County tax assessor/collector.


(7) comments

Carlos Ponce

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Ron Shelby

For those not aware of internal GOP party politics, there has been a huge schism in Galveston County's GOP for a long time so this endorsement comes as no surprise. The Tax Assessor-Collector also endorsed Hatmaker against Henry in the last GOP race. She'd probably endorse anyone, inculding Bugs Bunny, if they ran against Henry. But that's Galveston County politics.

Brenda Bock

Cheryl Johnson has my upmost respect - she too is a Public Servant that does a great job. Most tax collectors just collect, but Cheryl is also always out in the community educating & supporting our citizens. I agree with her comments regarding Judge Cox 100 percent. I see him at almost all community events but have yet to see Henry at anything but fund raisers for himself. I encourage all to vote in this important upcoming election. Do your research, reach out to the candidates, and then vote for those candidates you believe will best serve our communities.

Ray Taft

Galveston County has suffered enough. County Judge Henry’s vision is all about saving money no matter what the need might be. Instead of taking care of what needs to be done, Henry proclaims others to be responsible to get it done. Henry then conveniently blames those others for any disaster, claiming it is not his fault.

Henry has done little to benefit the good people of Galveston County before, during and after Harvey. Henry is the reason why the county lacks flood control and why so many families need help after Harvey.

We need the leadership to make our county great. Henry has shown himself not to be that person. Galveston County needs a new county judge. Let’s give Lonnie Cox a chance.

Doyle Beard

MY first though is that Cheryl Johnson should be taking time out to figure out the slow process at the Calder tax office site. I was in there Monday because I could not take care of my issue online. I do not go there to register my vehicles nor pay my taxes. It is so undermanned and I don't blame the employees. It starts at the top Cheryl so you might want to spend a little time taking care of whats happening on your watch instead of playing politics. I don't care to vote for Nark Henry nor Lonnie Cox . Take care of your dept. first which is your job and what you are paid for and not politics.

PD Hyatt

While Ms Johnson might be on the side of Judge Cox, all that does for me is that I will either by pass her name or vote for someone else if they are running.... Her endorsement of Judge Cox is all I need to know about her....

Doyle Beard

Correct PD. Maybe her and Judge Cox has a little collusion going here.

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