HOUSTON, May 11, 2020 – Harris County Republican Party Chairman Paul Simpson released the following statement today regarding Democrat Harris County Clerk Dr. Diane Trautman’s resignation:
"On behalf of the Harris County Republican Party, I am sorry to hear of Dr. Trautman's health issues and we wish her the best during this difficult time.
"We appreciate Dr. Trautman's stated willingness to work together during the one and half years she has been in office. While we have had our differences, Dr. Trautman showed the importance of having an independent county clerk dedicated to meeting important election challenges. Her tenure has also shown why the County Clerk is elected by the people and not beholden to other county officials. While serving as County Clerk is no easy job, it plays a critical role in Harris County, overseeing the largest elections in Texas and, in November 2020, one of the largest countywide voting operations in the nation.
"We hope the interim County Clerk to be appointed by Commissioners Court will maintain an open and transparent office, follow the law, uphold election integrity, and operate as an independent voice, not a puppet. We also look forward to nominating a Republican candidate for County Clerk in the November election who will bring dedication and competence to this vital post and will ensure fair and efficient elections for the voters of Harris County."
According to Texas election law, the Harris County Republican Party’s Executive Committee that takes office on August 3, 2020, will nominate a GOP County Clerk candidate to be on the November ballot.