Elections Have Consequences, Especially at Local Level

The presidential election is dominating the headlines, but it's the local elections that impact your daily life the most. For example, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo's straight-ticket voting victory in 2018.

Dr. Mark Jones, fellow in political science at Rice University's Baker Institute of Public Policy, points to next month's Precinct 3 commissioner's race, which fills a seat vacated by a longtime Republican.

“The only thing standing between a property tax increase are the two Republican commissioners. If Tom Ramsey loses and Michael Moore wins, then we move to a 4-1 majority. Democrats will be able to raise property taxes across Harris County,” he says.

Voters in Fort Bend County will elect a new top cop with Troy Nehls now running for Congress.

“It is a very competitive race for sheriff and who wins that race will influence how law enforcement is conducted in Fort Bend County for the next four years.”

Jones says the media plays a role too, by focusing much of the attention on national and state politics.

“All of the things that affect people's day-to-day quality of life, that could be education, roads, police are directly affected by who the county commissioner is, who the county judge is, who the sheriff is, who the district attorney is.”