As of today, there are two declared Democratic candidates for Harris County Treasurer – Chad Khan, a three-time candidate for State Representative, and attorney Billy Briscoe, whose press release is beneath the fold. As you may recall, I spent a lot of time in 2006 arguing for the abolition of the office of Harris County Treasurer as I supported the campaign of Richard Garcia, whose platform included a pledge to work to do just that. Nothing since then has changed my mind about the uselessness of the office or of its current inhabitant, Orlando Sanchez, but I no longer believe that getting legislation passed to abolish it – I believe a Constitutional amendment would be needed – is likely. So what I’m looking for this time around is someone to explain to me how exactly they plan to make the Treasurer be something other than a waste of tax money. Find something useful to do in that office – a promise to attend every Commissioners Court meeting with the intent of being a general pain in their ass would be a good start – and I’ll support you. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.
[Friday] Billy Briscoe, local attorney, businessman, and community leader, filed to run for Harris County Treasurer in the Democratic primary. “I have a passion to serve the community, and several people have recently asked me to consider running for County Treasurer. Today, I formally accepted that challenge,” Briscoe said. “I have the education, experience and ideas to serve the people of Harris County well as their next Treasurer.”
A number of community leaders who have worked with Briscoe over the years are rallying behind his candidacy for Harris County Treasurer. Briscoe’s campaign treasurer is Ada Edwards, former Houston City Council member.
The office of County Treasurer has the duties of depositing county funds and executing expenditures authorized by Commissioners Court. The position is currently held by Orlando Sanchez, who has previously run twice unsuccessfully for Mayor of Houston. “My private-sector experience and financial expertise will ensure that Harris County taxpayer dollars are safe during tough economic times,” Briscoe said.
Billy Briscoe grew up in Houston’s South Park and Third Ward communities. He received a BA from Hampton University, a law degree from the University of Houston, and a Masters in Business Administration in corporate finance and strategy from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Billy serves on the boards of American Red Cross – Southeast Branch, Making It Better, Inc., Harris County Improvement District 12 and Have Haven, Inc. He lives in the MacGregor neighborhood with his wife Tiffany and their two children. They attend Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.