By Ian White
THE COUNTY’S top judge, Lonnie Cox, will run against incumbent and fellow Republican Mark Henry in next year’s election for the county judgeship, promising to “work positively and effectively” for the whole citizenry if elected.
Cox, left, the county’s administrative district judge who sits in the 56th district court in Galveston, spoke to The Post exclusively on Monday to say he will oppose Henry, who is already his bitter rival in a lawsuit pitting the county’s judiciary and executive against each other and which awaits a ruling by the state’s supreme court.
Although it has been an open secret among leading Republicans for some months that Cox was planning to oppose the county judge in their party’s primaries for the November 2018 election, Cox had kept his cards close to his chest until keeping a promise to announce his candidacy to The Post before going public.
In the meantime, the names of at least five rivals for the job have been bandied about but none is known to be intent on standing at present. The five are Michelle Hatmaker, Bobby Hocking, Roger Quiroga, Chris Robb and Bob Senter.
Cox said that, as county judge, he plans to be “totally accessible” working full-time “positively and effectively”.
He added: “I do not believe the present county judge has done that”.