A Local Election Shows How Reformers Hope To Make Impact

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William Anderson
December 22, 2019

Harris County is Texas' most populous county. It’s home to the major city of Houston and it’s also gearing up to hold a big district attorney’s race, where Black women are attempting to replace incumbent District Attorney Kim Ogg in 2020. 

And there’s good reason they want her out!

The Texan has reported this race is a “political free for all,” with Kim Ogg “facing multiple challengers from both sides of the political aisle.” Two of those are Black women who actually used to work for Kim. Carvana Cloud and Audia Jones know her well - and want to replace her!

Carvana, former chief of the Special Victims Bureau, has made her opposition to her former boss clear. She worked for Ogg because she thought she would get to implement meaningful reforms promised by her, but when Ogg didn’t take it far enough, Carvana decided she could do it herself!

Audia Jones has her own plans in store, too. She’s mentioned the “brokenness of the system” and how racial bias harmfully affects the issues at hand in the race. 

A district attorney is a powerful person, and reforms are definitely needed, so their ideas should be welcomed with enthusiasm.

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