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Mike Nichols for Harris County Judge
News Release
Friday, December 08, 2017

Mike Nichols Enters Race for Harris County Judge
Nichols calls on current county judge to hold

public hearings on Harvey flooding

HOUSTON – Mike Nichols, a business and nonprofit leader, has filed papers to place his name on the ballot in the March 6 Democratic primary election for Harris County Judge. The general election is November 6, 2018.

“It’s time for a county judge who can get the job done,” said Nichols. 

“Here’s a way to start before Election Day: I call on County Judge Ed Emmett to hold a series of public hearings on the county’s approach to flood prevention and management, especially in light of three catastrophic floods in the last three years. We can’t fix the problem until we understand what went wrong.”

Judge Emmett released a flood agenda after Hurricane Harvey; yet, the Houston Chronicle characterized it as “a honey-do list that lands in someone else’s lap.”

Judge Emmett, who is the highest-ranking Republican in Harris County, says he can’t make progress because of inaction by the Republicans in control of state government; yet, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, a Democrat, recently got $50 million for Hurricane Harvey debris removal from the Republican governor.

Nichols said, “If we want real progress on the basics — effective flood prevention and management, a stronger economy, safer neighborhoods, access to health and mental health care, criminal justice reform and so much more — we need a county judge who can get the job done, not a politician who says, “not my job.”

Nichols emphasized that there should be a minimum of five public hearings on flood prevention and management, that the hearings be held before the entire commission, include testimony from outside engineers, public policy experts and citizens impacted by the flood, and include public participation with time allowed for questions and answers.

About Mike Nichols:

Mike Nichols spent decades as a senior executive in the food industry with SYSCO Foods and Grocers Supply Company. Among his many achievements, Mike led SYSCO’s efforts to manage risks, including hurricanes and other disasters. His work led to the company’s robust hurricane preparedness program that supplied hospitals, nursing homes and shelters with food and water after Hurricanes Katrina and Ike.

Mike has been active in the community as Chair of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Chair of the Houston Food Bank, Chair of the City of Houston’s Long Range Financial Management Task Force, 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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