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Burnt Orange Report Endorses Kim Ogg for Harris County District Attorney


by: Burnt Orange Report

Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 02:00 PM CST


Kim Ogg is the best choice for Harris County District Attorney. We enthusiastically endorse her in the Democratic Primary.

Ogg has a tremendous resume that prepares her best of any candidate in the field in either party to serve as Ditrict Attorney of Texas's most populous county. A former prosecutor, she was the director of Houston's first anti-gang task force, which saw a 40% drop in gang-related crime. If elected, she will prioritize a refocusing of efforts in the DA's office away from the expensive prosecuting minor drug offenders and towards big-picture crime. She wants to focus more energy on prosecuting white-collar crime and get at the root of broader criminal activity.

In their endorsement of Ogg, the Houston Chronicle writes, "If elected, Ogg promises to refocus the district attorney's office, and she has the knowledge and background to make it happen."

This race is important for Democrats: we need to put the strongest candidate forward to win in the genuinely swing county of Harris. Last year's nominee, Lloyd Oliver, is back again on the ballot. This perennial candidate offers Democrats little chance of winning this key office in November and also offers little of Ogg's experience and credibility on criminal justice issues. Described by the Texas Observer as a "perennial goofball," Oliver does not merit a position as the Democrats' standard bearer in what will be the most important county-wide race in Harris in this crucial election cycle.

We enthusiastically back Kim Ogg for Harris County District Attorney and urge voters to do likewise.


Early Voting: February 18-February 28, 2014 | Election Day: Tuesday March 4
Photo Voter ID is required to vote. Click here for a list of acceptable forms of ID.

Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff with any conflict of interest in a given race abstain from voting on that race.

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