With the untimely passing of Harris County Treasurer Jack Cato on Monday, the local Republicans now need to field a replacement candidate. Lucky for them, they've got someone who is uniquely qualified to hold this position.
Two-time mayoral candidate Orlando Sanchez, who unsuccessfully challenged County Treasurer Jack Cato in this year's Republican primary, is a leading candidate to replace him on the fall ballot, party leaders say.
Republican County Chairman Jared Woodfill and other party leaders said Sanchez will be a formidable candidate because he was endorsed by 256 of 454 precinct chairmen in the primary election against Cato.
"Orlando will be very strong. He has worked with precinct chairs for years," Woodfill said.
The GOP nominee will be opposed in November by Democrat Richard Garcia, who advocates abolishing the treasurer's office.
At least two county commissioners also believe it may be time to abolish the obscure office, which has no real power. That would require statewide voter approval of a constitutional amendment. Several other counties, and the state of Texas, have abolished the treasurer's post.
The treasurer's post pays $96,000 a year, and its main function is to disburse payments authorized by Commissioners Court.
Commissioners El Franco Lee and Garcia said that with Cato's death, the county should consider abolishing the treasurer's post. "This may be the right time," Garcia said.
To abolish the post, the Legislature would have to put the issue before the statewide electorate, and voters would have to pass a constitutional amendment. The Legislature almost never puts such an issue before voters if a commissioners court and the county treasurer do not request it, Eckels said.
Sanchez opposes abolishing the post.
The state of Texas abolished its office of Treasurer in 1995. What is Harris County waiting for?Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 24, 2006 to Election 2006 | TrackBack