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Morman’s Pct. 2 assumes areas of Cagle’s Pct. 4

HUFFMAN – Jack Morman, not “Cactus” Jack Cagle, now represents this area to the Harris County Commissioner’s Court; meaning that Precinct 2 has assumed the responsibility for almost all of the spraying for mosquitos and other county services near Lake Houston and the San Jacinto River.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle held a catfish dinner on Aug. 15 at the I.T. May Community Center to introduce Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman.

The redistricting plan that was drawn by the legislature was changed following submission and pre-approval by the United States Justice Department in 2011. Harris County Precinct 2 would be the largest in land area and has been designated a “Hispanic Opportunity District.” The plan was delayed by a lawsuit.

On August 2, U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore struck down a lawsuit filed in 2011 and having been fought in court since November of 2012. Several scenarios were presented as alternatives and several compromise versions were offered to settle the suit but Congressional District and County Precincts were uncertain even during the 2012 election.

Finally, the federal judge determined that attorneys representing the Latino community had failed to prove that the redistricting submission was unconstitutional due to the “Voters’ Rights Act” or that race was a predominant factor in the design of the plan.

Morman, elected to Harris County Commissioners Court in 2011, is a graduate of Deer Park High School and Baylor University Law School. Since he presided over the Crosby area , he almost immediately implemented plans to be the “infrastructure Commissioner” and began in Crosby, “Better Streets 2 Neighborhoods,” which started work on local roads some of which the commissioner found had not been updated in 30 years. Currently, in the Newport Subdivision South Diamondhead Boulevard is currently undergoing a conversion into an actual boulevard.

Morman mentioned updates to ball parks at the I.T. May Community Center during his talk at the Huffman dinner. He expressed a wish to hear from the community on what changes and needs the Huffman community feels important.

“If a constituent was having an issue with Pct. 4 and it hasn’t been resolved before the transition, they need to call us so it can be addressed and resolved.”

Harris County Precinct 2 can be reached by the computer savvy by visiting www.hcp2.com or call 713-755-6220.

Items of confusion related to the redistricting plan were pointed out at the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce New Educator’s Luncheon. U.S. Congressman Ted Poe, R. Texas District 2, had a representative attend and say, “We really miss Crosby,” many local residents are not aware that they are now represented by U.S. Congressman Steve Stockman, R. Texas District 36. Stockman did not attend the meeting, nor did a representative of his. Wayne Smith, R. 128th Texas House District now represents Crosby and the portion of Huffman that is just a mile or so north of FM 1960 at FM 2100, west about a mile. Dan Huberty, R. 127th Texas House District represents the rest of Huffman, west to Humble. In law enforcement, Precinct 3 Constable Ken Jones heads patrols of the same area as before redistricting for Huffman.