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"All lives matter. You can take that to the bank."
- Ron Hickman, Harris County Sheriff

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    Houston Chronicle Endorses Ron Hickman

         The Harris County Sheriff ’s Office, with more than 4,000 employees, is the largest sheriff ’s office in Texas and the third-largest in the United States. The sheriff is responsible not only for the Harris County Jail but also bears shared responsibility for the safety of the more than 4 million residents, and primary responsibility for those living in unincorporated areas. The office provides bailiffs for the county and district courts, as well as serving process. It’s a big job, and the race is drawing strong candidates from both the Democratic and Republican sides of the aisle.   
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    Neighborhood Hopping with Sheriff Ron Hickman

    IT’S NOT QUITE DUSK in Wortham Villages, a sleepy subdivision in northwest Houston, and the Wortham Villages Community Association is almost ready for National Night Out. Folding chairs and tables have colonized a parking lot near the community pool, games of cornhole have been set out, someone is prepping a grill, and Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman is standing under a shady row of oaks, talking to residents in this quiet neighborhood about what he believes to be one of the most pressing issues facing his office today: mental health care. “We run the largest mental health facility in the state,” the 63-year-old Hickman says to the crowd of mostly older women. “We spend $22 million per year of your money taking care of these inmates.” A discussion ensues about the ongoing mental health care crisis in the US, where roughly half of the 7.9 million Americans with severe mental illness go untreated, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. A woman with a friendly miniature poodle in tow pipes up. “Deputy Goforth would have been alive if not for that,” she says.
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