This week on the Salcedo Storm Podcast, Chris Salcedo sat down with Harris County judge candidate Alexandra Mealer and discussed how she plans to maintain law and order in her county if elected.

Because of current Harris County Jude Lina Hidalgo’s efforts to defund law enforcement and release criminals back into Texas, Harris County’s total crime is up 132 percent, with violent crime 224 percent above the national average.

“She conscientiously chose back in 2019 to fund additional environmental law prosecutors when [District Attorney] Kim Ogg said, ‘I need another 100 felony prosecutors,’” Mealer said. “Lina gave her zero and said, ‘Here, now we’ve got a task force. It’s $17 million a year. Tackle environmental crime.’ That’s great. But that’s not doing anything about the body count all around this county and city.”

“The backlog was 60,000 [cases]. Now it’s 130,000. And Lina has done nothing to reduce it,” added Mealer.

Mealer then explained that deputies are being “routinely assassinated” because Lina Hidalgo continues to release convicted criminals, many of whom are killers, back into Texas with nothing but an ankle monitor to hold them accountable.

“She made the O’Donnell Consent Decree that required immediate release for a whole host of offenses on the misdemeanor side, and then we saw that same mentality applied to felonies, as well.”

“Dissolving that consent decree is something that all the Republicans running on commissioners court support, and then making sure that public safety is the funding priority,” Mealer continued, explaining how she plans to fix the issue if elected.

Mealer then pointed out that Lina Hidalgo has attended the funerals of some of these fallen deputies, including Corporal Galloway, and manages to take the spotlight from the families of the fallen and place it on herself.

Mealer also said Hidalgo continues tampering with law enforcement by botching Harris County’s budget, which violates the Texas law by defunding the police.

If elected, Alexandra Mealer says that her plan is “to prioritize public safety” and return authority to elected officials.

Early voting for Harris County judge will take place October 24-November 4. The general election will take place on November 8.

Soli Rice

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