The Chron endorses County Attorney Vince Ryan for re-election.
Because crime makes more headlines than drawing up contracts for bond issues or conducting reviews of county agencies, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office has a much higher public profile than the Harris County Attorney’s Office.
But measuring the relative value and importance of the two by headlines and column inches alone is a fool’s errand. As the county’s chief civil lawyer, the county attorney sits at the center of a humming world of government business.
The office mandate is “to preserve and protect the public interest.” We believe the Democratic incumbent, Vince Ryan, takes that role seriously and, for the most part, succeeds in achieving it. We favor Ryan for re-election over the Republican candidate, former state Rep. Robert Talton.
Ryan, a longtime assistant under former County Attorney Mike Driscoll, brings a thorough knowledge of the inner workings of the county to his job, which includes all manner of duties. Among them: advising county officials and preparing contracts for the county; defending the county when lawsuits are filed against it; and helping protect neighborhoods, cleaning up the environment and shutting down illegal enterprises.
We endorse Vince Ryan for re-election as Harris County attorney in the belief that he will continue to bring the requisite seriousness of purpose to the job.
I’ll be publishing an interview with Ryan a week from Monday. I think Ryan has done a good job, and I’m glad the Chron endorsed him. And I still don’t understand what happened with the Republican primary for County Attorney. Given how much the establishment didn’t like Robert Talton, it amazes me that they couldn’t find someone to run against him before the original filing deadline. Old news, of course, but still curious. Anyway, good call by the Chron.