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.