The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, January 7 – “It’s Hammer Time,” the popular Facebook Live and YouTube show at MCP.TV airing at 12 noon today, Friday, January 7, 2021, will host Texas Governor candidate and former State Senator Don Huffines and also County Court at Law #4 candidate Echo Hutson. Both Huffines and Hutson are running in the March 1, 2022, Republican Primary Election.
Huffines’ official campaign biography follows:
Don Huffines is a proud fifth-generation Texan, husband, father, grandfather, and self-made businessman.
Don is a strong Christian and fought fearlessly for fiscal restraint and government accountability in the Texas State Senate while representing Dallas County’s District 16.
The only Texas state senator in history to never accept a penny of government money during his tenure, Don was disgusted by the corruption, backroom deals, and flagrant disregard for Texas taxpayers he witnessed plaguing the Austin swamp.
He is recognized for authoring legislation uncovering the largest government corruption scandal in Texas history: Don’s work resulted in eliminating a crooked and wasteful government agency, called Dallas County Schools, that stole tens of millions of dollars from Texas taxpayers.
Six people were thrown in prison after being exposed for their roles in the scheme.
During his time in office, Don also authored legislation supporting term limits, pro-life measures, constitutional carry, and school choice. The blue wave election of 2018 resulted in Democrats taking virtually all of Dallas County, including Don’s seat in the Texas Senate. Nevertheless, Don remained determined to intensify the fight against harmful left-wing policies statewide and in the governor’s office. During his two legislative sessions, Don earned a reputation for being one of Texas’ most conservative lawmakers.
Don was born and raised in Dallas alongside his three brothers, where he learned the value of a hard day’s work early in life. He came from a long line of Texas entrepreneurs and grew up greasing cars for the family business, Huffines Motor Company, for $2 an hour.
After graduating from the University of Texas with a B.B.A. in Finance, Don and his twin brother Phillip started Huffines Communities in 1985—a large real-estate development company in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that they still own today. Don is widely respected and recognized in the Dallas community as a leader of integrity and professionalism.
A generous philanthropist, Don supports nonprofits such as Dallas-area pregnancy centers and wildlife conservation groups. He is an avid outdoorsman and hunter.
He and his wife of 34 years, Mary Catherine, have five adult children, Colin, Devin, Terence, Deirdre, and Russell and 4 grandchildren.
Hutson’s official campaign biography follows:
Echo Hutson is currently the Chief Prosecutor of the Domestic Violence Division at the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. Echo is an experienced trial prosecutor, having handled more than 75 contested criminal hearings. Over the course of her career, Echo has served as Chief Prosecutor over each of Montgomery County’s five misdemeanor court dockets, which uniquely qualifies her to understand what it takes to preside as a Judge and manage the ever-increasing number of criminal cases that are filed in Montgomery County.
Echo has dedicated her legal career to protecting victims and combatting Domestic Violence in Montgomery County. In 2011, Echo helped create Montgomery County’s first Domestic Violence Division. She then served for several years as the first specialized Domestic Violence Prosecutor in the County. Echo was undefeated in trial for over a year between 2011 and 2012, and in 2013, Echo was awarded the Trial Dog Award for having taken more cases to trial than any other prosecutor in the County. Echo has supervised the specialized Domestic Violence Docket in County Court 4 for the majority of the court’s existence.
As part of her continuing efforts to protect victims and the citizens of Montgomery County, Echo has continued to develop innovative approaches to combatting domestic violence. Echo has increased awareness and understanding of domestic abuse issues in the community through a variety of initiatives, including delivery of training to Montgomery County law enforcement officers, and working side-by-side with victim advocates. Echo continues to share her expertise on domestic violence issues in prosecution by speaking at engagements locally, statewide, and across the country to reach members of the public, law enforcement, and other domestic violence-related organizations. In 2019, Echo was awarded the Community Prosecution Award for her work in the community by collaborating with law enforcement, other first responders, and advocacy organizations to protect victims and citizens in Montgomery County.
As the current Chief of the Domestic Violence Division, Echo continues to prosecute high-lethality Intimate Partner felony offenders on a specialized docket, while she supervises the County Court 4 specialized Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Docket, and a multi-disciplinary prosecution team, in their efforts to prosecute some of the most dangerous offenders in Montgomery County. Echo remains on-call 24/7 to law enforcement to advise and accept criminal charges on domestic violence offenders.
During her time at the District Attorney’s Office, Echo has served as the Chief Prosecutor over all five of Montgomery County’s County Courts at Law. In addition to her extensive experience as a prosecutor, Echo also ran her own solo family law and criminal defense firm, upholding accused citizens constitutional rights. This wide-ranged experience gives Echo the perspective and understanding to preside as Judge, to manage all levels of criminal dockets, and affords her an excellent working knowledge of the challenges involved in keeping criminal dockets running smoothly and efficiently. Echo looks forward to earning your confidence and your vote for Judge of County Court at Law 4.
Echo is married to Ryan Hutson, and is a mother to two wonderful boys.
Ryan spends his days working as a commercial real estate broker, and his spare time as reserve Sergeant with Montgomery County Constable Precinct 3 and as a Master Mason. Echo’s oldest son, Austin, is a U.S. Marine Veteran, having earned the rank of Sergeant.
Austin is attending the University of Maryland while he works in the cybersecurity field at Quantico, Virginia. Austin lives in Manassas Park, Virginia with his wife, Rory, along with several rescue dogs and cats.
Echo’s youngest son, Eadric, attends a local Christian school in Conroe; he and Echo enjoy learning Taekwondo, and they are both working on advancing their belt ranks together.
The show will air from 12 noon to 1 p.m. today, Friday, January 7, and will continue with encore presentations throughout the weekend.
To watch the show, please go to MCPLive.TV on Facebook or YouTube.
MCP.TV and MCPLive.TV are the brainchildren and the network, which the brilliant Bill Brenza, its President and Executive Producer, created. “It’s Hammer Time” airs live every Friday at noon.