"I am interested in investigating a
program within the business community
to provide women on welfare with both
work and day care services," she says.
Also, she wants to work with the Displaced Homemakers Act to help more
women get into the work force.
If elected, Bass says she would try to
expand the Victim Compensation Act
to cover burglary and property damage,
and would help develop a regional flood
control plan that "might include a tax
incentive to encourage developers to provide run-off ponds."
She favors a close examination on the
re-districting issue in order to expand
minority representation; some change in
the House to remove the power of appointment from the Speaker of the
House, and an increase in teacher salaries.
Paul Colbert has lived in Houston for
13 years. For six years, he was Research
Director of the Senate Education Committee in the state legislature. He is endorsed by the Harris County Democrats,
PASO, and ACORN.
Colbert says he wants to see an "overhaul of the school finance system to raise
teacher salaries and to provide equal
educational opportunities for all students." He says he would propose legislation to create a regional flood control
authority and to restructure the Houston
Metropolitan Transit Authority board to
include elected as well as appointed
members. Property tax relief is also a
needed reform, Colbert says.
John Ray Douglass, University of
Houston law professor and director
of the National College of District Attorneys, has lived in Houston six years.
"I am interested in the area of crime
and want to speed up the appellate process for criminal cases through the
use of an intermediate appeals court,"
Douglass says. "I would like to expand
and improve the victim restitution legislation and assist in an intra-rapid transit
He says he would work for a reduction in the power of the Speaker of the
House and an increase in the power of
Dan Downey, Republican incumbent,
has lived in Houston for four years.
Downey expresses interest in a bill
to create mandatory sentences for people
who use guns or other lethal weapons in
committing crimes. "There is too much
focus on the criminal and not enough on
the victim. That needs to be changed,"
Downey says. He also favors salary increases for police officers and teachers.
Janet Warner Fisher is an English
teacher at Lanier Junior High School
and a nine-year Houston resident. She is
a member of the Harris County Women's
If elected, she says she would immediately propose the establishment
of a "Texas Credit Agency," through
which Texans could get loans from surplus state funds. She says she favors
higher salaries for teachers and other
Fisher supports a "Women's Advocate" on the state level, opposes the
Right-to-Work law and favors flood control studies and stringent handgun laws.
Ray Lemmon, native Houstonian and
former state legislator, is an independent
businessman in insurance and real estate.
"The state needs to live within its
income and doesn't need expanding programs in a time of inflation," he says.
He adds that senior citizens "should be
exempt from paying taxes on products
such as clothing, household items and
home improvement materials." He says
he supports "a constitutional amendment to kick every member (of the
Criminal Court of Appeals) out of office
and form a new one."
Willard J. Vital, assistant director of
Hester House Community Center and
professional social worker, has lived in
Houston for 18 years. He was an administrative aide to former Mayor Fred Hofheinz.
"I support regional flood control,
additional support and funds for sex education to lower the rate of teenage
pregnancies, change in the state's paternal rights law by increasing the time of
establishing paternal rights from one year
to seven years, greater welfare payments
for mothers of children with special
needs, higher salaries for teachers, and
spending the budget more efficiently,"
"I want to involve more people in
politics, especially the young, through a
bill or resolution whereby principals
could register 18-year-olds in school."
He said he also favors a proposal for
public financing of state election campaigns.
District 80 incorporates the Texas
Medical Center, part of the Rice University and Braes Bayou areas as well as
Sunnyside and the University of Houston
area. It borders Sims Bayou on the north,
Cullen Avenue on the east, Reed Road
on the south and Kirby Drive on the
Marianita Paddock is a free lance writer,
and a journalism graduate from Texas A
& M University. She works for a local
company in public relations.
The news of the county attorney and
county commissioners' races may prompt
the question: who needs Harris County?
Isn't it something out there in the rice-
fields of Richmond or the marshes of
Katy? Yes, but Harris County is closer to
you than that. The next mosquito that
bites you, the next flood you have to
wade through, and the next jail cell you
may sit in will fall under the jurisdiction
of the county. The county registers births,
deaths, automobiles, marriages, divorces
and wills, as well as providing police and
roads, sewers and sheriffs to the three-
fifths of Harris County still unincorporated.
The elections to its governing body,
the county commissioners' court, and to
the position of its chief legal officer, the
BY MORRIS EDELSON
county attorney, mean control over an
area four times as large as Houston and a
budget of 900 million dollars. Most of
that sum (as large as the national budget
of several Central American nations) is
raised from property taxes.
Four men spend it all; one man, the
county attorney, advises them.
Dick Raycraft, coordinator for the
county commissioners, says that Harris
is gaining strength relative to the city government. He thinks the commissioners
and the attorney may soon gain far-
reaching powers over the lives of Houstonians as well as people in the outback.
"Historically, the county has been the
single most important government entity.
It is the arm of the state. Some of its former roles of land registration, road-build-
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