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.