At a candidate forum in League City, Mark Henry accused me of causing political races in Galveston County to be unusually bitter and personal. This was one of many factually inaccurate statements.

Henry said $10 million in bond funds were given to Harris County to fix Gum Bayou, which was wrong. Gum Bayou is on the eastern side of Dickinson not far from state Highway 146 — certainly not in Harris County.

If Henry had been paying attention to flood control issues in 2016 (when a report was presented that warned failure to improve the flow of Gum and Dickinson bayous would result in flooding that would adversely impact citizens in surrounding areas), he would have known where this bayou is.

As for the $10 million given to Harris County, our bond money was used to purchase land south of Beltway 8 where Harris County Flood Control District is digging detention areas to protect Scarsdale and other neighborhoods near Mud Gully. Henry did not know enough about what was going on with these flood projects to say, “the hope was that relieving pressure on Mud Gully may help reduce the height of floodwaters in Clear Creek a few inches.” Another obvious flub.

Henry also tried to explain his vote against disaster reappraisal by saying he alone determined the cost would be more than what the Galveston Central Appraisal District Chief Appraiser had testified. Therefore, he was opposing any effort to fairly appraise 2017 property values. The chief appraiser said the cost would be $22 per parcel for each storm damaged property (estimated to be 20,000 parcels — not every property in Galveston County as Henry claimed). Further, he said the result of reappraisals would have only resulted in a credit on 2018 tax bills — also untrue. Refund checks would have been issued immediately after the reappraisal process.

Then Henry said he voted for a plan proposed by the tax assessor that would only cost a $1 per parcel — another falsehood. The tax assessor said the former chief appraiser quoted a cost for disaster reappraisal after Hurricane Ike would cost somewhere from $1 to $5 per parcel when arguing that Tommy Watson’s $22 a parcel fee was inflated. Despite her attempts to clarify his misstatements, he has continued to promote this misrepresentation as factual.

Henry never explained his charges against me and avoided any reference to his cronies Greg Enos (a Democrat supporter) and Shawn Christopher Phillips (AKA Red State PAC) who are the real merchants of smear and personal attacks in this election.

Maybe my support of Judge Lonnie Cox has been enough to earn this accusation from Henry; but we will likely never know for sure. What I do know is that he has continued to misrepresent the truth and when he doesn’t like the dialogue he attacks and threatens yet another lawsuit or alleges criminal conduct. Maybe that’s why the number of lawsuits in the county has tripled.

Don Johnson lives in League City.


(10) comments

Ray Taft

Galveston County has suffered enough. County Judge Henry has done little to benefit the 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 Cox a chance.

Bobby Wylie

The real truth continues to surface day by day about our Judge. He should drop out of race and do us all a favor in Galveston county.

Ron Shelby

How can you partially re-assess property (only 20,000 parcels)? I'd think that would be a hornet's nest of litigation by those that didn't make the cut.

Doyle Beard

Ron you are absolutely correct. Taxing is a process an although sometimes we don't like it.

Ray Taft

Johnson is spot on about the reappraisal, which is the only thing the Henry people ever try to counter.

Henry can cut taxes to claim he is doing something, but he will not cut the good citizens of Galveston County a break on increasing property values.

Carol Dean

Ron, maybe it's a good thing you don't live in Galveston County anymore and have to worry about it.

Carol Dean

Mr. Johnson has only shared a small amount of Henry's "lies and flubs". I'm still trying to figure out his "method of madness" for getting his wife to borrow money from his campaign account and transfer it to his personal business (Beer Brewing) account. The irony is that she herself posted that she did not want to do it. Was Henry afraid to do hi own "dirty work"? Check out his list of other failed businesses in other states.

Doyle Beard

I got 2 things I am truing to figure out. One is how Judge Cox personally paid his legal fees and why Mr Johnson cant come up with a plan to improve the horrible service at the League City north county bldg. tax office?

Carol Dean

Henry about what goes on at the Calder Rd. Annex. Better yet, ask Ken Clark, that's where his office is located; not that he is ever there. Good Luck!


Mark Henry has NEVER done his own dirty work! From firing many good tenured employees when he first arrived to the County hiring a man to fire me! Only to let him go shortly thereafter! It’s a damn shame that The public doesn’t really know him. PLEASE VOTE FOR COX!

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