Mike Knox is one of the two Republican At-Large Councilmembers on Houston City Council. There are five At-large Councilmembers in Houston.
Why are there any Republican At-Large Councilmembers in a strongly majority Democratic city?
Maybe at one point such Republican Councilmembers would be a sign of a healthy political system. Maybe voters just wanted the best person.
Or maybe local Democratic Party officials and the Harris County Democratic Party have not fought hard enough in municipal elections. Maybe there is a lot of get along to go along even with democracy under threat.
Republicans have taken away our elected Houston School Board in what 60 years ago a Jim Crow city and are in court trying to undo 21 Harris County Democratic Party wins in 2022. The leading Republican candidate for President is Donald Trump.
Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick and the majority Republican state legislature are really just a lot of terrible people.
Councilmember Knox could walk away from all that. He could leave the Republican Party right now. It's that simple.
The Republican Party is a domestic security threat.
There is no public safety without democracy.
The picture with this post is Councilmember Knox testifying before a committee of the Texas Senate in April of this year.
The Councilmember was complaining about "water and snacks and things like that" being handed out to voters waiting in line. He said the election judges who work long hours at the polls as civic-minded citizens should be held accountable.
After he made this testimony, where were Houston City Council Democrats saying Mr. Knox's conduct was wrong?
Mr. Knox is running in the 2024 Republican primary for Harris County Sheriff. He'll run a competent and well-funded campaign.
Please stop voting for any Republicans. Ask municipal Democrats in Houston to defend democracy. Ask the Harris County Democratic Party to fight hard in 2023.
Republicans don't treat city elections as non-partisan. Neither should we. All elections are partisan.
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I'm Neil Aquino