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Ed Emmett For Harris County Judge
News Release
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Popular Incumbent Has Led Nation’s Third-Largest County
Through Natural Disasters and Economic Downturns 

Ed Emmett, whose calm and rational leadership has helped lead Harris County through hurricanes and unprecedented growth for the past 10 years, filed for re-election as Harris County judge today.

Emmett, 68, was the first candidate to file at the Harris County Republican Party’s headquarters this morning. First appointed to the post in 2007 upon the resignation of former Judge Robert Eckels, Emmett won election to a full term in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014.

“The past 10 years in Harris County have been fascinating, frustrating and intense – but always rewarding,” Emmett said. “The residents and employees of Harris County have worked hard to ensure that our county remains among the best-run, most resilient and financially stable local governments in the country. Despite natural disasters and national economic downturns, Harris County continues to maintain a AAA bond rating and low debt – all with a lower property tax rate than when I first entered office and the most generous tax exemptions in the state.”

Emmett has been praised repeatedly for his calm demeanor under pressure and his willingness to set aside political differences to achieve progress on such issues as ethics reform, treatment of the mentally ill, emergency management and management of Harris County’s remarkable growth. As county judge, he has seen Harris County’s population grow to surpass that of 26 states.

“While we’ve had many rewarding successes, we’ve still got work to do,” Emmett said, pointing out his recent series of proposals to help reduce the region’s susceptibility to flooding. “But the people of Harris County have never been afraid of work, and I look forward to standing with them for the next four years through whatever challenges come our way.”

Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

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