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Mike Nichols for Harris County Judge
News Release
Thursday, November 09, 2017

Mike Nichols, Houston Business and Non-Profit Leader, Opens Exploratory Committee for Harris County Judge

HOUSTON – Mike Nichols, a Houston business and non-profit leader, has filed documents allowing him to explore a run for Harris County Judge in the Democratic primary election on March 6, 2018. The general election is November 6, 2018.

Nichols made the following statement:

"Many, if not most of my friends, neighbors and colleagues know very little about county government – how it spends its billions of tax dollars or how it addresses a long list of problems such as flood prevention, traffic, transit, road conditions, crime, health care, mental health care and criminal justice reform.

"It’s actually harder than you think to find out what's going on in county government.

"Certainly, Hurricane Harvey has raised a number of very serious questions, with more being asked every day. Has our county been proactive when it comes to flood prevention? If not, why wasn’t it at least reactive when it had the chance after the Tax Day Flood and Memorial Day Flood?

"Even before Harvey, I got a closer look than most at county government through my work with the Houston Food Bank, the Houston Long Range Financial Management Task Force, Planned Parenthood and the Houston Parks Board. I was not impressed.

"I watched the neighborhood in which I raised my four children fill with muddy water from the release from Addicks Dam. I watched the 20-minute bimonthly County Commission meetings move into private sessions. I watched the incumbent Harris County Judge – who boasts of his expertise in transportation policy – fail to develop a comprehensive transportation strategy, or a strategy to develop a countywide park system or to improve the quality of our air and water.

"As I watched all of this, I knew we needed a change.

"Over the next 30 days, I’m going to explore becoming a candidate for Harris County Judge. I’m going to continue talking with leaders, policy experts, voters and donors. I’m going to keep asking questions about why so much of our county government appears to be underwater.

"I’ve learned many valuable lessons in my three decades of experience as a leader in large business and nonprofit organizations. Problems fester if you don’t address them. Saying, "It's not my job" is not a reliable strategy. And there is no accountability without financial transparency and comprehensive ethics rules.

"If I can help our county do a better job, and if I can put together a winning campaign, then I’m in. If not, I’ll continue to work from the outside to bring change. The status quo is not good enough.

"Let me know what you think at Thank you."

About Mike Nichols:

Nichols spent decades as a senior executive in the food industry with Sysco Foods and Grocers Supply Company. He has been active in the community as Chair of the Houston Food Bank, Chair of the City of Houston’s Long Range Financial Management Task Force, Chair of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, City of Houston Civil Service Commission in both Mayor White’s and Mayor Turner’s administration, participant in the American Jewish Committee and the Greater Houston Partnership’s Immigration Reform Task Forces and as the Interim CEO of the Houston Parks Board. Before moving to Houston in 1981, Nichols served for two terms as a state representative in the Georgia General Assembly from 1977 to 1981.

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