Judge Emmett Injured In Tennis Match Will Reduce Schedule
November 29, 2010

Right Shoulder Separation Likely Will Require Surgery, Cancellation and Postponement of Some Appointments 

Update: I was told by Joe Stinebaker that Judge Emmett is a pretty good tennis player. He was on the Rice University tennis team and he use to be a tennis instructor. Get well soon Judge!

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett was injured during an early-morning tennis match on Monday and has been advised by doctors that he will probably require surgery to repair his injured right shoulder. As a result, the judge and his staff are now reviewing his schedule and either canceling or postponing upcoming events that are able to be delayed.

Judge Emmett fell and landed on his shoulder during a tennis match with a friend, suffering a “Stage 3 Acromioclavicular (AC) Separation,” meaning that the two ligaments at the joint were both torn and the shoulder displaced. He was resting at home this afternoon and will visit with an orthopedic surgeon tomorrow, at which time a date is expected to be set for surgery.

Staff members are reviewing the judge’s schedule and contacting community groups and county officials with whom the judge was scheduled to meet in an attempt to reschedule many of his appointments. As a result, many of the events contained in the judge’s public schedule released early this morning are no longer accurate.

Judge Emmett said this morning he was eager to return to the office as soon as possible and that he was hopeful he could still attend some events later this week that could not be rescheduled.

 

 

 

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Emmett Fundraiser Attracts Diverse Crowd
September 23, 2010

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett is campaigning for re-election as a staunch republican, but a political fundraiser on his behalf  Thursday night seem to live up to its billing, “Everyone’s for Emmett”

Dozens of  people , representing a cross-section of  the community  and political spectrum, showed their support for the incumbent judge who was appointed to the position in March 2007   and elected to fill the unexpired term in November 2008.

Emmett is facing  democrat Gordon Quan, a prominent immigration attorney and former three term member of the Houston city council.

During his brief remarks to the crowd assembled at Americas Restaurant in River Oaks, Judge Emmett confidently declared, “I’m way ahead in the polls and the campaign is going well.” 

However, Judge Emmett  also admitted that the ballot position for the county judge’s race could prove rather challenging. 

 The county judge position will be listed in the middle of  one of the longest ballots in Harris county history.

Voters will have to wade through dozens of  judicial races before reaching the spot where they can cast a ballot for either Emmett or Quan.

Emmett urged his supporters to encourage their friends, neighbors and business associates to vote for the important seat, so that he could continue the job of  making Harris County a, “dominate region in North America, not just in transportation and the economy, but on juvenile justice issues as well.The fundraiser was organized and hosted by Cindy Clifford of  the Clifford Group and attorney Adrian Patterson of  the law firm Fulbright and Jaworski.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett To Discuss “State Of The County”
February 10, 2010

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett plans to discuss the state of the county on Thursday.

This year the annual speech is likely to focus on the county’s need for fiscal discipline and issues like the future of the Dynamo Soccer stadium.

 WHO: Harris County Judge Ed Emmett

Greater Houston Partnership

League of Women Voters

WHAT: 2010 State of the County Address

WHEN: Noon, Thursday, February 11, 2010

WHERE: Level Two Ballroom of the Americas

Hilton Americas – Houston

1600 Lamar

Houston, TX 77010

 Harris County Judge Ed Emmett will review some of Harris County’s major accomplishments and discuss its future challenges when he addresses the county’s business leaders at the Greater Houston Partnership’s annual State of the County Address for 2010 on Thursday.

This will be Emmett’s third State of the County Address since becoming county judge on March 6, 2007. The judge will be introduced by Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

Emmett will meet with members of the media immediately following the event.

 

 

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Gordon Quan Makes It Official – He’s Running For County Judge
December 29, 2009

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.