Harris County Clerk needs to encourage others to hunt public workplace

Harris County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth mentioned whereas she feels an amazing sense of accomplishment being elected the primary African American feminine to the clerk’s workplace, she needs her success to encourage others to contemplate working for public workplace.

“It feels superb, however now that I’ve made historical past…we should proceed a pipeline to make sure younger African People and others can see that that is doable,” Hudspeth mentioned.

Her ascension to this elected place got here after working in county authorities for greater than 15 years. Earlier than this function, she was the primary African American feminine chief deputy within the clerk’s workplace.

She labored intently with interim clerk Chris Hollins, who took Diane Trautman’s place when she resigned in 2020 attributable to well being causes.

Clerk Hudspeth and Hollins introduced an progressive method to working the clerk’s workplace, which led to document breaking early voting in 2020. A few of these approaches included curbside and drive-thru voting, which had been extremely lauded Harris County residents.


The clerk’s workplace was challenged on drive-thru voting however received court docket victories and overwhelming help from voters. The drive-thru voting idea was developed in the course of the top of the pandemic. It was examined within the July 2020 main runoff and authorised the state’s director of elections.

Hudspeth is targeted on the longer term and the way the workplace will have the ability to successfully serve its residents in the course of the on-going pandemic.

“We’ve got to proceed to determine the right way to be progressive and expansive and make voting accessible, straightforward and equitable throughout the board,” Hudspeth mentioned.

Teneshia Hudspeth on election night time. (Teneshia Hudspeth)

On an vital be aware, the county clerk will not be the chief election officer for Harris County. That accountability shall be dealt with the Elections Administrator’s Workplace, which shall be beneath voter registration. The brand new administrator is Isabel Longoria.

Nonetheless, the clerk shall be concerned in “the election course of as a member of the Harris County Elections Fee that oversees voter accessibility, accuracy, and safety,” in line with the clerk’s web site.


The county clerk additionally data and maintains a mess of data starting from Commissioners Courtroom to County Civil Courts at Legislation. The clerk’s workplace additionally data important paperwork like property data, marriage licenses, demise certificates and extra.

Harris County is the most important county in Texas and the third largest county within the nation with 4.7 million individuals.

Teneshia Hudspeth is at present serving as Harris County Clerk. (Teneshia Hudspeth)

Hudspeth needs the clerk’s workplace to replicate Houston’s wealthy and various tradition.

“I need the staff and I need these in management to appear to be the county,” she mentioned.

Hudspeth started her political profession as a Mickey Leland Congressional intern for Congressman Chet Edwards. Over the 15 years she labored within the County Clerk’s workplace, she was Voter Outreach Coordinator, Public Info Officer, and Administrator of Communications and Voter Outreach.

She beat her former boss, Stan Stanart, for the clerk’s place with over 100-thousand votes in November 2020.


Hudspeth is an alumna of Texas Southern College’s College of Communication.

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Serbino Sandifer-Walker (TSU)

Serbino Sandifer-Walker is a journalist, multimedia scholar, and Texas Southern College journalism professor. She’s all the time in search of a great story to inform.

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