What Color Is Harris County, Anyway?
by Kelly Horsley on April 5, 2018 at 9:53 AM
You've heard it before; "Keep Harris County Red". Or, "Turn Harris County Red." Some others out there want to "Turn Harris County Blue". What does all of that even mean??
Well, unless you're completely new to politics, you have probably already figured out that the colors that are being referred to are the colors of each party, red for Republican and blue for Democrat. What about the 'keep' and the 'turn' part, though? Glad you asked.
Lots of people that live here in Harris County know that our county is a battleground for control between the two major parties. To those that say that they want to turn Harris County red, I say--it is! The county is solidly under Republican leadership; County Judge Ed Emmett and three out of four of the county commissioners are Republican! Republicans also hold more judicial benches than Democrats do. So, YES, Harris County IS a Republican county.
So I'm obviously in the 'Keep' camp. We've got to keep Harris County a Republican County and the only way we can do that is to challenge ourselves as activists and precinct chairs to get out and meet the voters face to face. Block walking, phone banking and mailers, when they're afforded, can be great tools to help turn out Republican voters. (More on that later)
Now the Democrats are obviously those who want to turn Harris County 'blue'. We won't get much into the ideological differences between the two parties, but unlike most major cities and bigger counties, Harris County remains red while the City of Houston is most solidly blue. Which brings me to the point of this whole article.
I'm a doer, and if there's anything that I can physically DO to make a change for the good, I usually try to do it. In following the blue print of wanting to 'do' something, we as Republicans have a real, tangible opportunity to DO something! What's that? To begin to turn the tide at City Hall!
Remember that Democrat stronghold that the City of Houston has on it? Raise your hand if you would like to be part of loosening that stronghold! (You should have both of your hands raised at this point.) Then join me and others to help elect a Republican to the city council seat in District K. The late Larry Greene held this seat and there is a special election being held on May 5th to finish out his term.
There are two Republican candidates along with a crowded field of seven Democrat candidates vying for this seat. Gerry Vander-Lyn is one of two Republican precinct chairs running for this position and I'm supporting her candidacy. I'm also leading the block walking efforts for her campaign, and I'd love for you to join me on one or ALL of the block walks we'll be doing up until election day.
Click the link found here to RSVP for the block walk that's happening this Saturday. We could sure use your help! For those of you who dismiss the idea of being able to make a real, substantive difference, then may I say that 'can't never did anything'. Also, please don't come to me after the election and whine about how the party didn't do anything to get involved in local elections, because, remember:
WE ARE THE PARTY!
It's often been said that, "As Harris County goes, so goes Texas, so goes the nation" What do you want your county, your city and your state to look like?