The provision cited by Ewing, which is Article 16, Article 65, on first read appears only to apply to specific county officials. It appears she made a mistake if you only read this.
But another provision, in Article 11, Section 11, makes it applicable for cities with elected terms of more than two years [emphasis added]:
(a) A Home Rule City may provide by charter or charter amendment, and a city, town or village operating under the general laws may provide by majority vote of the qualified voters voting at an election called for that purpose, for a longer term of office than two (2) years for its officers, either elective or appointive, or both, but not to exceed four (4) years; provided, however, that tenure under Civil Service shall not be affected hereby; provided, however, that such officers, elective or appointive, are subject to Section 65(b), Article XVI, of this Constitution, providing for automatic resignation in certain circumstances, in the same manner as a county or district officer to which that section applies.
City Council terms in Houston last two years. In Friendswood, they last three.
So, Ewing goes -- and Garcia stays.
Now there's still a question about whether Garcia should step down from his Council job. So far, he is not inclined to do that.
The council met briefly on Wednesday so Mayor Bill White could name Adrian Garcia as mayor pro tem and Sue Lovell as vice-mayor pro tem.
Garcia's position is largely ceremonial but is high profile as he prepares to run for Harris County sheriff. He said he does not see a conflict between his city council position and his campaign for higher office.
"I don't believe there will be a conflict in terms of the balance," he said. "I think you know me to be a hard worker. I spend a lot of time in my office, I spend a lot of time in my community and so it is just going to be really challenging myself to do more of that."