Those of you who have followed my blog and my interview series may be wondering why today’s interview subject is Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. I’m a Democrat, and I make no pretense of the fact that I do these interviews to help Democrats get elected. But I also believe it’s important to know what’s going on with your local government. So after I made the decision last year to interview every sitting member of City Council that was on the ballot, I thought about doing something like that for county races. As it happens, the one incumbent Republican on the ballot is someone I’d wanted to speak with anyway, and all partisan differences aside someone who I think is a good public servant. Judge Emmett served four terms in the State House, then spent three years as a Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission under President George H.W. Bush. After returning to Harris County, he was appointed to be County Judge in 2007 following the resignation of Robert Eckels, and won election to fill out Eckels’ term in 2008. We covered quite a bit of ground in the interview:
You can find a list of all interviews for this cycle on the 2010 Elections page.