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Teneshia Hudspeth elected Harris County Clerk

Written by on November 4, 2020

By KTSU2News Service

Teneshia Hudspeth

Texas Southern University alumna Teneshia Hudspeth has been elected to the Harris County Clerk’s position.

Hudspeth, who has worked in county government for 15 years, was the first African American female chief deputy in that office.

Hudspeth, who started in the clerk’s office as an administrative assistant, was running against her former boss, Republican Stan Stanart.

Hudspeth worked closely with interim clerk Chris Hollins, who took Diane Trautman’s place who resigned earlier this year due to health reasons.

Hudspeth and Hollins brought an innovative approach to running the clerk’s office, which led to record breaking early voting.

Some of those approaches included curbside and drive-thru voting.

The clerk’s office was challenged on drive-thru voting but won court victories and overwhelming support from voters.

Hudspeth has spent her career in community outreach designing effective programs to make access to voting efficient and equitable.

She plans to continue modernizing the office to meet the demands of Houston’s dynamic demographic.

Teneshia is married to Samson Babalola and together they have a three-year-old son Josiah.