Gordon Quan Makes It Official – He’s Running For County Judge

As 2 on The Beat reported last week, former Houston city council member Gordon Quan plans to run for Harris County Judge.

Quan made it official Tuesday with a campaign kickoff event attended by local political and community leaders.

Quan is a democrat, and so far he doesn’t have an opponent for the March 2010 primary.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett has already filed to run for re-election in the republican primary.

The general election is in November 2010. 
The following is a news release from Quan’s campaign:
                             

Gordon Quan Announces as Democratic Candidate for Harris County Judge

Houston, TX–At a Houston event surrounded by friends, family and supporters today, former Houston City Councilman Gordon Quan signed the paperwork to run as a Democrat for Harris County Judge.

“I want to bring new ideas to the County Government and look to address the root causes of the problems to develop solutions and not just put a bandage on the problem,” Quan stated during his remarks at the event.

Mr. Quan spoke on several issues he would like to address as Harris County’s next County Judge.  Specifically, he discussed the following priorities:

ü  Reforming our criminal justice system

ü  Addressing homelessness and mental health issues

ü  Economic development

ü  Making Seniors and healthcare a priority 

The former city councilman said he wanted to work hand-in-hand with the county commissioners,  Sherriff Adrian Garcia, District Attorney Pat Lykos, and legislators like State Senator Rodney Ellis, who introduced Quan at the event,  to set criteria for fines versus confinement for minor offenses, a centralized jail system for more rapid bonding, the development of a public defender system and a regional D.N.A. lab to avoid wrongful confinement.

He also said he wants to explore methods to remove from the criminal justice system people who are homeless and suffering from mental health issues.  Quan argued this would remove “frequent flyers” from our jails and emergency rooms where they run up hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost for tax payers.

Noting that the U.S. is facing difficult economic times, Mr. Quan said he would support the efforts of the Greater Houston Partnership in recruiting large companies and make helping small and medium sized businesses a priority.  He noted that small and medium-sized businesses provide more rapid job growth in Harris County and provide the majority of new jobs in America.

” For the past 30 years, I have been assisting businesses and entrepreneurs in making Harris County home,” Quan said.  “In the private sector, I am already working on Regional Investment Centers to attract foreign investment to this County – New York and Chicago have already done this and we need to follow suit.  As County Judge, I will designate areas for ‘targeted employment’ for brokers to use in marketing investment opportunities.

Mr. Quan ended his remarks by touching on seniors’ issues.

“One population I will continue to champion is our senior citizens,” he said.  “As life expectancy has been extended, I want Harris County to view this population as an asset, not a liability.  I would like to see us as a national leader on geriatric care.”

Gordon Quan grew up in Houston’s East End where his father ran a grocery store.  He earned a B.A. from the University of Texas, a M.Ed. from the University of Houston and his law degree from South Texas College of Law.  Quan met his wife, Sylvia, on the University of Houston Campus and they have been together ever since.  They raised three daughters here in Houston.

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Harris County Judge Candidacy Announcement

DRAFT OF QUAN ANNOUNCEMENT SPEECH

My sincere thank you to each of you for joining me today as I officially announce my candidacy for Harris County Judge.

Harris County Government has been a bastion for the “good ole boy network.”  As our community has become more diverse, it is time for our county to embrace our diversity.

The criteria to do business with the county should not be:

“Who you know but, what you know. 

Not how much you’ve donated

but what value and talents you have to give.”

I want to bring new ideas to the County Government and look to address the root causes of the problems to develop solutions and not just put a bandage on the problem.

Our jail is under court supervision and is overcrowded.  While voters had previously defeated a bond election for a new jail, I believe they spoke out against the manner criminal justice was administered in Harris County.

I want to work to hand-in-hand with the commissioners,  Sherriff Garcia, District Attorney Lykos, the local municipalities and the courts and elected officials like Senator Ellis to set criteria for fines versus confinement for minor offenses, a centralized jail system for more rapid bonding, the development of a public defender system and a regional D.N.A. lab to avoid wrongful confinement.

On top of these issues, I want to look at methods to remove from the criminal justice system people who are homeless and suffering from mental health issues.  A proactive approach of investing in affordable housing with supportive services would remove “frequent flyers” from our jails and emergency rooms where they run up hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost for tax payers.

We need to provide education, training and opportunities to our citizens instead of condemning young men and women to lives of poverty with minor criminal records.  Every day 200+ people are released on the streets with little hope of meaningful, legal employment.

We need to be attaching jobs to Harris County.  And while supporting the efforts of the Greater Houston Partnership in recruiting large companies, I also want to make helping small and medium size businesses a priority.  These provide more rapid job growth and provide the majority of new jobs in America.

For the past 30 years, I have been assisting businesses and entrepreneurs in making the Houston area home.  We have an international population.  There is nothing like friends and relatives encouraging other to locate in Harris County.  They provide a cultural infra-structure to attract more businesses and talent.  We do not need Ft. Bend advertising for business here!

I am working on Regional Investment Centers to attract foreign investment to this County – New York and Chicago have already done this.  I will designate areas for “targeted employment” for brokers to use in marketing investment opportunities.

One population I will continue to champion is our Senior Citizens.  As life expectancy has been extended, I want Harris County to view this population as an asset, not a liability.  I would like to see us as a national leader on geriatric care.

ü  Reforming our criminal justice system

ü  Addressing homelessness and mental health issues

ü  Economic development

ü  Re-integration for those released from jail

ü  Making Seniors and healthcare a priority

These are but a few of the issues I plan to address.

Hunkering down is no solution.

Maintaining to status quo will not get us to the future.

Please join with me in creating a new day in Harris County for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren.

 

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3 Responses

  1. Yes, he does have an opponent in the primary. Ahmad Hassan filed to run before Quan did, but is of course being ignored because of his name.
    Quan is an interesting guy. He wants his entire career to be in politics. If it werent for term limits, he would have run for City Council again. Since he left, he has openly considered running for Congress (CD22) and Houston mayor. Then, when later asked why he might run for county judge, his answer was that he thought it was “now or never” – in other words, he was only thinking about hsi own career, not what he could do. He is a professional politician who only wants to get in office because, as an attorney for illegal immigrants, he wants to change the laws on immigration and providing free medical service to illegal immigrants. Ed Emmett is a straightforward, bipartisan guy who has shown us what he can do. Quan is a professional politician only in it for himself.

  2. Two points – 1.) Yes, Quan does have an opponent in the primary – Ahmad Hassan, who filed weeks ago.
    2.) Ed Emmett filed weeks ago as well, and it wasn’t even covered.
    So my question is, why is it that THREE people have filed to run for this office – including the incumbent – and the only one thet gets reported on is the “mainstream” Democrat??? I guess the media has dubbed Mr. Hassan not an important enough candidate. And I guess despite his having been elected in a landslide, Emmett is not newsworthy either (perhaps because he is the Republican?)

  3. Thanks for the information about Mr. Hassan. I am also aware that Judge Emmett has filed for re-election.
    Frankly, most candidate filings are usually not covered in the media.
    They are considered routine and we simply can’t get to every event, especially where there are multiple candidates.
    I try to use my blog as a format for political news and news releases, because I know there is an audience for this kind of information in Houston.
    Often, I try to cover events myself, however I am willing to run a news release from any legitimate candidate if he or she sends it to mbenton@kprc.com
    Thanks for reading 2 On The Beat.
    Mary

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