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Galveston County Judge Candidate Forum
by Don Johnson
Thursday, February 08, 2018

At the candidate forum in League City (February 7th) Mark Henry accused me of causing political races in Galveston County to be unusually bitter and personal.  This was one of many factually inaccurate statements.

Henry said $10 million in bond funds were given to Harris County to fix Gum Bayou, which was wrong.  Gum Bayou is on the eastern side of Dickinson not far from Hwy 146 – certainly not in Harris County.  If Henry would have been paying attention to flood control issues in 2016 (when a report was presented that warned failure to improve the flow of Gum and Dickinson Bayous would result in flooding that would adversely impact citizens in surrounding areas), he would have known where this bayou was located.

As for the $10 million given to Harris County, our bond money was used to purchase land south of Beltway 8 where HC Flood Control District is digging detention areas to protect Scarsdale and other neighborhoods near Mud Gully.  Henry did not know enough about what was going on with these flood projects to say, ‘the hope was that relieving pressure on Mud Gully may help reduce the height of flood waters in Clear Creek a few inches.’  Another obvious flub.

Henry also tried to explain his vote against disaster reappraisal by saying he alone determined the cost would be more than what the Galveston Central Appraisal District (GCAD) Chief Appraiser had testified.  Therefore he was opposing any effort to fairly appraise 2017 property values.  The Chief Appraiser said the cost would be $22 per parcel for each storm damaged property (estimated to be 20,000 parcels – not every property in Galveston County as Henry claimed).   Further, he said the result of reappraisals would have only resulted in a credit on 2018 tax bills – also untrue.  Refund checks would have been issued immediately after the reappraisal process. 

Then Henry said he voted for a plan proposed by the Tax Assessor that would only cost a $1 per parcel – again another falsehood.  The Tax Assessor said the former Chief Appraiser (Ken Wright) quoted a cost for disaster reappraisal after Ike (2008) would cost somewhere from $1 to $5 per parcel when arguing that Tommy Watson’s $22/parcel fee was inflated.  Despite her attempts to clarify his misstatements, he has continued to promote this misrepresentation as factual.

Henry never explained his charges against me and avoided any reference to his cronies Greg Enos (a Democrat supporter and one of Henry’s divorce attorneys) and Shawn Christopher Phillips (aka. Red State PAC) who are the real merchants of smear and personal attacks in this election. 

Maybe my support of Judge Cox has been enough to earn this accusation from Henry; but we will likely never know for sure.  What I do know is that he has continued to misrepresent the truth and when he doesn’t like the dialogue he attacks and threatens yet another lawsuit or alleges criminal conduct.  Maybe that’s why the number of lawsuits in the county has tripled.

Remembering Jim Guidry

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