Next week I will begin running interviews for legislative races. As you might imagine, the long-running saga of when the primary would be, coupled with the uncertainty of what the districts would be as well as the re-filing period now going on has made that a challenge, but I’ll muddle through. This week is a wrap on county races, and to begin with we have Harris County Democratic Party Chair Lane Lewis, who was voted in by precinct chairs to succeed Gerry Birnberg in December. Lewis was a longtime party activist and SDEC15 Chair prior to being elected Chair, and ran for Houston City Council District A in 2009, losing in the runoff to Brenda Stardig. Lewis has been a social worker and elementary school teacher among other things in his career, and from my observation as a Democrat has brought some new energy and a strong vision to the party since his election.
Two things to note before we get to the interview. One is that this was conducted on February 17, which is to say a couple of weeks before the San Antonio court produced the interim maps and decreed a May 29 primary. I don’t recall offhand anything else in our conversation that might be affected by the lag, but keep that in mind. Two, I did my best to reach out to Keryl Douglass, who is challenging Lewis in the primary. We traded some emails and had a tentative agreement to meet for an interview a week before Friday though we had not set a time or location. Before that happened, she emailed to say she needed to postpone till the following week – that is, last week – but never got back to me after that despite a couple of followup emails from me. Keryl, if you read this, I would still like to interview you. Email me or call me and we’ll set it up. Now here’s the interview with Lane Lewis: