We turn our attention now to Harris County races, and we’ll start with the race for what I have called the least useful office in the county, County Treasurer. This is partly a reflection of the office itself, whose powers were mostly stripped by Commissioners Court in the 1990s, and partly a reflection of the current occupant of the office, who as far as I can tell has done nothing of note since he was sworn in. In 2006, I was on the bandwagon of those who called for the abolition of the Treasurer’s office, which was being driven by the Democratic candidate for Treasurer, Richard Garcia. I still think that’s a worthy goal to pursue, but I don’t know that it’s an achievable one. As such, I’m open to the idea that something could be made of this position if it were held by the right person. That person is the Democratic candidate for Treasurer, Billy Briscoe. If anyone can make something of this office, I believe he can. Take a listen and hear for yourself:
You can find a list of all interviews for this cycle on the 2010 Elections page.