Judge Lina Hidalgo is committed to building a more transparent government.
She believes that leaders have a duty to avoid conflicts of interest and disclose their tax returns. In this spirit, these are steps she has taken and will continue to take to build and maintain trust with the people of Harris County.
VALUES & ETHICS
Conflict of Interest
Lina will recuse herself from matters before the county which may present a conflict
of interest, whether or not a recusal is required by law.
Lina recused herself from three lawsuits against Harris County:
Salcido, et al. v. Harris County, et al., Cause No. 4:15-cv-2155 (S.D. Tex., Houston Div.). In Salcido, a man suffering from withdrawal died in 2014 in the Harris County Jail shortly after being restrained face down on a gurney while warning that he couldn’t breathe.
Smith v. Harris County, Cause No. 4:15-cv-2226 (S.D. Tex., Houston Div.). In Smith, a young man with a diagnosis of major depression and symptoms of schizophrenia, as well as a history of suicide attempts, was held in the Harris County Jail in 2014 and died by suicide.
Young v. Harris County, Cause No. 4:19-cv-02356. In Young, during a 2017 law enforcement operation, a law enforcement dog bit a man who was not a suspect and caused injuries.
She recused herself in Salcido and Young because she has a close, personal relationship with an attorney at the Austin, TX firm of Edwards Law. Edwards Law was counsel to some of the plaintiffs in Salcido and Young. She recused herself in Smith because she was a volunteer at the Texas Civil Rights Project while that litigation was developed and filed. She left TCRP in 2015.
Lina does not accept political contributions from individuals or companies that do business with the county.
While contributions from individuals and companies doing business with the county are lawful, Judge Hidalgo is committed to limiting the risk of special influence, and even the appearance of a conflict of interest.
For this reason, the campaign is asking donors to certify that they do not have a contract with Harris County and will not be seeking a contract within a year.
Lina has disclosed her income tax returns for the previous years, even though she was not required to file in 2017 and 2018 since she did not meet the minimum filing threshold.
In 2017, Lina Hidalgo was a Harvard Master’s student.
In 2018, she was campaigning full time.
However, she still chose to file taxes and presents them here for the public.