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County Commissioner Pct.4

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    R. Jack Cagle
    (Rep)

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    Penny Shaw
    (Dem)

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Identify what you think are the 2 most important issues affecting the residents of Harris County and give specific examples of measurable actions you will take to address these issues.

What will you do to ensure that there is transparency and equitable distribution of flood recovery and planning funds including those from the recently approved Harris Flood Control bond?

What can Harris County do to ensure that mental health services are available and affordable throughout all areas of the county?

In addition to flood control and roads, what other projects would you support to address Harris County’s current and future infrastructure needs?

Education Baylor School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1986. Rice University, BA Triple Major, History, Economics & Managerial Studies, 1983.
Experience Judge: Harris County Civil Court at Law #1, 2000-2011, Staff litigation Counsel Probate Court #3, Assoc. Judge, 311th Family District Court, Private law practice, 1986-2000.
Community Commissioner Cagle enthusiastically participates in accessible public art and culture through Fun4Seniors, Shakespeare in the Shade, and many other public programs.
Phone (713) 838-8553
Public safety and preparing for growth are the most important issues facing Harris County. The county continues to increase provision (within budget) for law enforcement, fire and first responders. We must provide for the growth in Pct. 4 with adequate mobility, flood protection, greenspace arrangements and park space for our residents. I have, am and shall strategically prepare the precinct for the next generation.
Voters approved the $2.5 billion flood control bond by a historic 86%. I will ensure those dollars are spent according to the comprehensive flood plan laid out in our over 24 public meetings. I support transparency by providing citizens with meaningful financial data in addition to visual tools and analysis of Harris County revenues and expenditures. The public can follow our projected projects and recently approved actions by visiting the Harris County Flood Control website at www.hcfcd.org.
We provide behavioral health screening and assessments to enable identification and treatment through Harris County’s Crisis Call Diversion Program, Crisis Intervention Response Team, Mobile Crisis Outreach Team, and Homeless Outreach Team. Recognizing that jails have become the default home for many mentally distressed citizens, we established a continuum of care including a Mental Health Jail Diversion program, post-release programs and the Joint Processing Center.
1. The opening of the Joint Processing Center. 2. Expansion of HC Institute for Forensic Sciences. 3. Making Port Houston competitive and taking advantage of Panama Canal’s expansion. 4. Re-imaging the Harris health system and provision of mental health services. 5. Making our County Courthouse annexes fully accessible. 6. Expansion of bayou and creek greenways. 7. Utilization of existing and future flood detention dry bottom ponds for dual purpose recreational practice fields.
Education Business Administration Juris Doctorate
Experience 25 years Executive business administration, 18 years civil and criminal case litigation, Legislative advocate in Washington D.C.
Community Legislative Chair Texas Democratic Women, Houston Volunteer Lawyers, Young Lawyers Mentor Program, Unidad Family Immigration Clinics, Anti-human Trafficking prevention group
Phone (713) 493-4688
Twitter @votepennyshaw
Our exposure and vulnerability to flood events puts our families, property and businesses at risk of destruction and loss. I will ensure that there is ongoing flood prevention work. I will seek state and federal funds to continue fixing our retention and conveyance issues, including to build a reservoir. I will demand safety plans and shelters to protect against loss and injury during floods. I will advocate and vote for criminal justice reform and not waste anymore of our tax dollars.
I support adopting a county-wide, comprehensive, Expert-devised flood prevention plan that addresses all 23 watersheds and tributaries across the county, one that can be put into action quickly for immediate flood prevention. All flood prevention plans will be made open and accessible to the public, including updates on spending and projects completed or in-progress. The most vulnerable flooding areas require special attention and priority funding. I will vote for fair allocation of flood funds.
The State of Texas, in collaboration with major relevant agencies, created a 5-year plan to assess, address and apply funds to mental health care. Harris County has not fully assessed the current county-wide need and shortfall of funds and facilities for mental health care. As Commissioner, I will utilize those State resources and support a county study to fully identify needs, and support adequate funding to make proactive and responsive mental health care available and accessible to all.
Access State and Federal agency available funding for repair and maintenance of countywide infrastructure to meet ever-increasing financial demands. I support reasonable, safe, and sustainable infrastructure projects that meet the growing population and community needs; I support projects to implement an early flood warning system; projects to improve traffic mobility; building community senior/ family centers in neighborhoods that do not have any; and improved public transportation models.