The election for Harris County District Attorney being held this fall should not be happening. Indeed, we just had an election for the post in 2012, wherein longtime prosecutor and Judge Mike Anderson, a Republican, was elected. Sadly, a few months later, Mike Anderson passed away after a battle with cancer. Governor Rick Perry, charged with filling vacancies in District offices, tapped Mike Anderson’s widow, Devon Anderson (another longtime prosecutor and Judge), as a successor to serve until the next election. She is running in this special election, and has not drawn any challengers in the Republican primary. The Democratic primary, however, has attracted two candidates. One, Kim Ogg, is a highly qualified and serious candidate with a great platform. The other is none of those things.
The daughter of longtime State Senator Jack Ogg, Kim Ogg is a former felony prosecutor who later became the executive director of CrimeStoppers. In that position, she presided over a drastic reduction in gang-related violence throughout the County. Ogg also has an impressive platform that has wowed us. From giving individual prosecutors more discretion to reversing the office’s asinine “trace-case” policy (in which individuals with trace amounts of cocaine are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law), she has demonstrated her competence on the campaign trail.
Indeed, even if Ogg had been facing other well-qualified candidates, we would have been amenable to her campaign. But Ogg is not facing another well-qualified and competent candidate, she is facing Lloyd Wayne Oliver. Readers might recall Oliver, a longtime perennial candidate, for defeating a more qualified candidate in this same primary two years prior. Oliver did nothing in the general election, simply using the nomination as a stunt to drum up business for his law practice, and the election was handed to the Republicans on a silver platter.
Oliver has no interest in being a serious candidate, and has even openly bragged about this fact. When Oliver does take an interest in actual issues, they are the wrong issues and with the wrong prescriptions. Just this morning, in a lengthy profile by the Texas Observer, Oliver dug into the charge of domestic abuse, and lambasted enforcement of the statute as largely excessive. He ludicrously stated that in many cases there was “no victim” if an indelible physical injury did not occur. Further, he continued to recall this subject time and time again throughout the interview.
Accordingly, we endorse Kim Ogg in the Democratic primary for Harris County District Attorney.
The Texpatriate Editorial Board is comprised of Noah M. Horwitz & Olivia Arena of Austin, Sophia Arena of Houston, George Bailey of Boston and Andrew Scott Romo of New Orleans. Editorials represent the majority opinion of the board.