The Hobby School of Public Affairs released a survey of voter intention in the November election for Harris County Judge. The executive summary states:
In the Harris County 2022 county judge race, Democrat Lina Hidalgo holds a 1% lead over Republican Alexandra del Moral Mealer (48% to 47%, with 5% undecided) among likely voters. The results suggest that at the present time Hidalgo and del Moral Mealer are in a statistical dead heat in the Harris County 2022 county judge race.
That is great news for those of us that hope for a return to good government in Harris County. For decades under Republican leadership the county was fiscally responsible, crime was low, and the Commissioners Court focused on its job, not on national, divisive, partisan issues. Alex released this statement about the poll:
This morning’s poll shows what we all already knew—the ideologically driven policies of Lina Hidalgo’s government do not reflect the priorities and values of Harris County residents. Crime and corruption are the top issues for Harris County voters, and she has failed miserably on both.
We all deserve to live in communities of which we are proud and in which we feel safe. I look forward to continuing to bring my mission of putting families first to every voter in Harris County. In November, voters will finally be given a choice for county judge who prioritizes safety and good governance.
There is a lot of information to digest from the questions in the poll but for now I’ll focus on the Latino voters surveyed. Amongst this group Alex has a 3% advantage, 47% to 44%. But the reasons that Hispanic voters favor Alex is the key to winning the election. Since identity politics are all the rage these days, take a look at the priorities between three sub-groups, whites, blacks, and Latinos.
The top three county-oriented policy issues among white likely voters are crime and public safety (77%), government corruption (70%), and property taxes (55%).
The top three county-oriented policy issues among Latino likely voters are crime and public safety (82%), government corruption (73%), and property taxes (54%).
The top three county-oriented policy issues among Black likely voters are voting rights (87%), crime and public safety (79%), and racial equity and equality (71%).
That gives Alex a clear roadmap to victory. Crime, crime, and taxes.
I was asked why I was voting for Alex. Here is what I had to say:
Alexandra Mealer is the right choice for Harris County, right now. She understands the issues that the county faces due to the current County Judge’s coddling of criminals, poor fiscal policy, cronyism, and dividing our county by favoring certain groups over others. As a wife and mother of two small children, a military veteran, a child of a single mother, and a successful business person, she has demonstrated the values necessary to lead our county government back to fiscal responsibility, reduce out of control crime, unite our diverse community, and lead Harris County to new heights. I hope that you will join me in voting for the next Harris County Judge, Alex Mealer!
And I do hope that you will join me in voting for Alex. But we need to do more this time around. We need to fund her campaign. No, we are not all wealthy and cannot give her a million bucks. But you know what? If every Republican that voted in the Republican Primary in Harris County contributed $20 to her campaign, that would amount to $3.7 million dollars. And that ain’t chump change. After you give your $20, spread the word. Get like minded people registered to vote and then make sure that they do vote.
We have a chance to fix a broken Democratic led Commissioners Court. Let’s make it happen!