Diane Trautman was a part of the Blue Wave that overtook Houston in 2018 for the most important job of Harris County Clerk. After a year and five months, Diane is resigning.
“After much deliberation and discussion with my family and physician, I am resigning from my position as Harris County Clerk due to personal health concerns,” said Trautman. “Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, my age, and underlying health issues, I do not feel I can safely continue to carry out my duties as Harris County Clerk.”
“I am proud of what we have accomplished during my short term in office and am so thankful for my amazing staff for their commitment and support,” added Trautman, “It has been an absolute honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Harris County.”
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo accepted Diane's resignation.
“Dr. Trautman embodies the spirit of the community she has served. In her brief time as County Clerk, Dr. Trautman has fought to make it easier for citizens to participate in elections and make their voices heard. At the very first Commissioners Court meeting after we were both inaugurated, she led the charge to allow citizens to vote at any polling place on Election Day, regardless of their assigned precinct. She expanded voting locations to include colleges and universities and expanded hours and early voting opportunities for all. Now, during the Coronavirus crisis, she has led the push for mail ballot voting, securing a $12 million commitment from
Commissioners Court to ensure residents can vote safely, by mail if necessary, or at the polling location. Commissioners Court will appoint her replacement. In the meantime, on behalf of the residents of Harris County,
I thank her for serving our community with pride, dedication, and an ambitious agenda.”
The Kingwood Texas community, as well as the Kingwood Area Democrats, were always staunch supporters of Diane throughout her political career. She has never disappointed us. She has always worked hard for Harris County children as a member of the Harris County Board of education. Thank you, Diane Trautman, for your work for the citizens of Harris County.
Going forward it is imperative that we find another talented civic minded person to run in November. We must build on what Diane has done.