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Why I’m Running
I believe that our criminal justice system can operate with both empathy AND efficiency. I believe that we don’t have to choose between safety and justice – that we can reform the system to make it more fair while simultaneously protecting our citizens from violent criminals. It’s what drove me to come back to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in 2016 to work with the new leadership to implement a fresh vision for criminal justice in our county. Sadly, the next six years proved to me that the new administration was more interested in political games and personal vendettas than in real change. Eventually, I came to the realization that improving the system would be impossible as long as the current leadership continued to place personal interests over public service.
Today, the Harris County DA’s office is facing serious challenges. Morale is at an all time low, causing prosecutors to leave in droves to take lower paying jobs elsewhere because the work environment is so toxic. This dysfunction has led to a massive backlog of felony cases, which in turn has led to a steady stream of mistakes which leaves non-violent and low-level offenders locked up awaiting trial for months, while serious threats to the community are released back onto our streets. I’m running because Harris County deserves a working criminal justice system for all. It’s time to stop playing politics and get our institutions working again. Harris County is the third largest county in the nation. We should be leading the nation on criminal justice. Under my leadership, we will.