The 87th Legislature was as we expected it to be. Participation from not only Judges and Commissioners, but sheriffs, treasurers, other elected officials, and association representatives helped us to stay engaged in order to have our voices heard. All of us together challenged those who wished to silence us. Even the legislators themselves, though some may not publicly acknowledge it, learned from our association representatives and officials through committee hearings, office visits, and one-on-one visits in the hallways of our great Capitol.
Many of our legislative members supported us; we are truly grateful for them, and they have our utmost appreciation. We must continue conversations and encourage those who supported us to continue to do so in the fall when the special called session convenes.
Leaders will be needed during future sessions. Those of us who have served wish to encourage seasoned as well as newly elected officials to volunteer for committee and officer positions to preserve the very existence and integrity of our associations.
The paradox that is played out in Austin, unfortunately – left, right, red, blue – is not how we conduct ourselves at home. When the phone rings, we don’t ask what party you represent; we just perform to the best of our ability and with all available resources for the citizens we serve.
CJCAT First Vice President
County Commissioner, Johnson County