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Gene Locke was appointed Harris County Commissioner after El Franco Lee’s death earlier this year. Here is the official statement from Locke below:

After much thoughtful consideration and prayer, I have decided to seek the Democratic nomination for a full term as Harris County Precinct One Commissioner. I am now calling each precinct chair to explain how I reached my decision and to ask for their support.

On January 3, 2016, the people of Harris County lost a beloved public servant. Commissioner El Franco Lee faithfully served the residents of Precinct One for more than 30 years. He was a close personal friend and we worked on many projects together.
With a heavy heart and a sense of great responsibility, I was honored to be chosen in late January to serve the remainder of Commissioner Lee’s term. Since that time, I have worked to continue Commissioner Lee’s legacy of service by maintaining his various programs, plus launching new projects to serve our citizens.

As I have traveled Precinct One, I have had the opportunity to meet with many residents and discuss their concerns, and to see firsthand the challenges they face. Many residents and community leaders have urged me to continue Commissioner Lee’s legacy of service and seek the nomination of the Democratic Party for County Commissioner, Precinct One.

I believe my personal and professional experience, deep roots in Precinct One, and thorough understanding of how County government works make me the person best suited to honor Commissioner Lee’s work and get the job done for Precinct One residents.

Gene Locke