Vidal Martinez Calls for Critical Independent Oversight of May Runoffs in Third Largest County Nationwide

Martinez: “Elections Administrator’s July 1 resignation is not enough”

This week, after Harris County Elections Administrator Isabel Longoria submitted her resignation effective July 1, even the liberal Houston Chronicle published an editorial stating that County Democrats are to blame for the litany of election failures in the March 1 Primary Election. Attorney and Republican candidate for Harris County Judge Vidal Martinez released the following statement today joining the Harris County GOP and Texas State Senator Paul Bettencourt in calling for critical independent oversight of the upcoming May 7 local election and May 24 runoff election in the third largest county in the nation:

“Since day one of my campaign, I have called for the firing of the unqualified Isabel Longoria and the elimination of the Elections Administrator position – but the Elections Administrator’s July 1 resignation is not enough. Based on the failures of the last few weeks, this resignation should be effective immediately, not after the May elections where the same management team has the opportunity to cause two more botched elections.

“I’ve long said that one of my first agenda items as Harris County Judge will be to restore the County Clerk’s Texas Constitutional role and responsibility of managing our elections. This important position should be elected by and accountable to the voters of Harris County — not Lina Hidalgo, who has proven she does not have the experience or competence to lead the third largest county in the nation. Harris County taxpayers have been footing the bill for Lina’s corruption and scheming for too long, and it’s time for her to go.”

In 2020, Hidalgo pushed for the creation of the Elections Administrator position as well as the appointment of the unqualified Isabel Longoria.

Click here for Martinez’s previous statement on the 10,000-vote count discrepancy and extreme mismanagement of the Primary Election in Harris County.

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.