It is strange to think that it has been four years since the 2008 election that brought the Harris County District Attorney's Office the "gift" of Pat Lykos. Tomorrow begins your first opportunity to do everything you possibly can to correct the mistake made back then, as Early Voting opens with locations across the county.
It doesn't matter where you are registered to vote. During the Early Voting period, you can vote at any location. I highly recommend that you vote early while it is so convenient. Election Day is Tuesday, May 29th -- the day after Memorial Day. On that day, you can only vote at the location where you are zoned to vote. No exceptions.
If you care about the results of the elections affecting the Harris County Criminal Justice System, I cannot stress enough how important it is that you vote early. Too many things can come up on Election Day that might keep you from voting. That is going to be even more true on the Tuesday after a three day weekend.
Please please please go vote. I'm going to be pestering the hell out of you on this blog to make sure you've done it. I hope that you will take my pestering and let it roll down hill. Stay on your friends, neighbors, fellow church members, Facebook friends, and your family to vote. If you work in and around 1201 Franklin, you know how important this is.
When you go vote, I hope you will remember not just whom you are voting against, but who you are voting for.
This year the candidates seem to have lined up in Judicial races where the choices for the better candidates are so very obvious. If this were a race based only on qualifications, we could all sleep easy for the next two weeks.
But the unqualified (and sometimes, downright crooked) candidates have their supporters too. You will notice those candidates -- they are the ones who seem to only have endorsements from people that have nothing to do with the CJC.
I've gone over the candidates and their qualifications ad nauseum, but if you need a refresher on who the best candidates are, click here.
There is probably not a thing left that I can write that will possibly change anyone's mind. If you are reading this blog post, you knew what the right decision was (in all of the races) a long time ago.
All I can hope to do now is motivate you to put your ballot where your heart is.
I know that my friends within the District Attorney's Office cannot say publicly who they support. That doesn't mean you can't make a phone call to your Dad, your Mom, siblings, spouse, your spouse's family, and your neighbors. You know how Pat Lykos and her "Leadership Team" have treated you all. If you want to change anything about the next four years, this is your last chance to act.
Otherwise, you are going to be having to listen to Don Hooper crowing for the next four years.
If you are a police officer and you are tired of the disconnect that Pat Lykos' policies have created with the job that you get up and do every morning, go vote. Take your partner. Tell your spouse. Tell everyone you know to go vote.
No one knows what will happen at the end of the day on May 29th. The election is anybody's game at this point.
We all know what will happen if you don't go vote, though. We've had four years of learning what happens if you don't vote.
Click here for your early voting locations.
Like I said, I will be bugging you all every day with your motivational reasons for going to vote. I hope to see one of the biggest turnouts ever for Early Voting. We can make a difference like we did in 2010.
Let's do it again.
Vote for Mike Anderson.
Vote for Joe Vinas.
Vote for Ryan Patrick.
Vote for Kristin Guiney.
Vote for Renee Magee.
And you know what else? Vote for Paul Simpson for GOP Chairman over Jared Woodfill. We can thank Woodfill for bringing us the slate of terrible candidates running against those qualified candidates.
One final thought -- if you think it is more important to vote for who you think is going to do better in the November Elections than it is to vote for who is more qualified, please consider this:
Who do you think the Democrats are hoping they will face in November? Do you think they would prefer to face off against Mike Anderson, the long-time prosecutor and legendary trial attorney who served as a distinguished judge for over ten years? Or would they prefer to run against the politician who was one of the most reviled judges on the bench in her time and has led her office to be investigated by two Grand Juries and the Texas Rangers?
Also, consider what will happen if the Rangers do end up filing some sort of charges against the Lykos Administration between now and November. If Republican leadership thinks that won't derail the entire Republican ticket in the fall general election, well, then it is definitely time for some new leadership.
I'm done preaching.