Former prosecutor, CrimeStoppers head, and attorney Kim Ogg officially announced her candidacy for Harris County District Attorney today in a press conference at the 1910 Courthouse. She will be running as a Democrat.
As most of you know, since District Attorney Mike Anderson's term was not completed, the election will be in 2014 and the position of District Attorney will be on the ballot again in 2016. As of this writing, the only other candidate who will be running is Interim District Attorney Devon Anderson.
Although I don't know Kim Ogg very well, I like her. On the few occasions we've had to talk, I have found her to be very smart and is someone who cares about the Criminal Justice System very much. (NOTE: yes, I know that I just used the word "very" three times in a row, but I'm very rushed for time at the moment.) She will make a great candidate for the Dems. She has already stated her opposition to the filing of trace cases and is developing a platform.
The idea of having two candidates running a clean race against each other where they just debate the issues is something that would be a refreshing change of pace from our D.A. elections of the recent past.
Of course we are early on in the election season and I'm sure both Devon and Kim could draw opponents from within their own parties. That would be a shame. Last year's surprise Democratic primary win by Lloyd Oliver was an embarrassment to all involved.
Ultimately, I think next year's race is going to be decided by factors that have nothing to do with the D.A.'s Office, so for the moment, I'm just happy that we have two candidates in the race who actually care about Criminal Justice.