Sources say Garcia is in for Mayor

I feel like I’ve read this story before.

Sheriff Adrian Garcia

Sheriff Adrian Garcia

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia has decided to run to become Houston’s next mayor and could announce his bid within the next month, according to multiple sources with firsthand knowledge of his plans.

Garcia has sent signals over the past six months that he would join the crowded race to replace Mayor Annise Parker, emptying his mostly non-transferable political bank account, commissioning a poll and this past weekend attending a labor-organized policy forum intended for potential candidates for municipal office.

While Garcia will now have to turn in his gun and badge and resign as sheriff, he could end the year elected as the first Hispanic mayor of the most diverse city in America.

One of the sources, who requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak on Garcia’s behalf, cautioned that Garcia is not locked into that month timeframe.

“You can only ask people to wait on you for so long,” said Keir Murray, a Democratic political consultant not aligned with any of the mayoral candidates and not familiar with Garcia’s thinking. “If he’s going to get in, he needs to do it relatively soon.”

It’s not exactly the same as this story from January, but it’s close enough. Basically, we’ve gone from “signals” to “sources”; I’m not really sure where those things are on the spectrum, but I’m reasonably certain that it’s movement. Beyond that, we’ll know something when there’s something to know.

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9 Responses to Sources say Garcia is in for Mayor

  1. Brian Graham says:

    Why do you assume that Garcia must “surrender his badge and his gun” to run for sheriff? I know of no law requiring it….Head did not resign when he ran for mayor against Kathie Whitmire, for example.

  2. Brian Graham says:

    make that “Heard”..

  3. D.S. says:

    I hope when they look at his replacement they look at his current administrative staff, only 2 minorities and no females. Not very diversified for today’s world. Sounds like a good ole boy system.

  4. D.S. says:

    By replacement, the fore a mentioned Ron Hickman

  5. The Public says:

    Per State statute under Article XVI, section 65, Texas Constitution, clearly establish that certain county officers including commissioners, automatically resign their office if they “shall announce their candidacy, or shall in fact become a candidate” in an election for another office when the remaining term of their current office exceeds one year. Also known as the “resign -to-run” provision.


    Finally, D.S. is indeed correct about diversity. Don’t forget about May Walker however.

  6. C.K. Hernandez says:

    @D.S. Do you mean
    Have to agree, is that what Harris County is about?
    Just wrong!

  7. Mainstream says:

    Perhaps the law was different or Heard had only a short time left on his term:

    From Wikipedia, I recognize not always a perfect source:

    Article 16, Section 65(b) of the Constitution of Texas states: “If any of the officers named herein shall announce their candidacy, or shall in fact become a candidate, in any General, Special or Primary Election, for any office of profit or trust under the laws of this State or the United States other than the office then held, at any time when the unexpired term of the office then held shall exceed one year and 30 days, such announcement or such candidacy shall constitute an automatic resignation of the office then held, and the vacancy thereby created shall be filled pursuant to law in the same manner as other vacancies for such office are filled.”[6]

    The “officers named herein” are listed in Article 16, Section 65(a):

    District Clerks
    County Clerks
    County Judges
    Judges of the County Courts at Law
    Judges of the County Criminal Courts
    Judges of the County Probate Courts
    Judges of the County Domestic Relations Courts
    County Treasurers
    Criminal District Attorneys
    County Surveyors
    County Commissioners
    Justices of the Peace
    Assessors and Collectors of Taxes
    District Attorneys
    County Attorneys
    Public Weighers

  8. Bill Daniels says:

    @ D.S.

    Have you got the quota system worked out yet? How many gay Philipino little people should have a mandatory position? One legged black women who identify as men? Figured out which “good ole boys” you are going to fire to make room for the new rainbow coalition?

    Personally, I’d prefer to have the best qualified folks in those position, regardless of what boxes you assign to them.

  9. Bill Daniels says:

    Edit to above:


    If those positions are appointed, and the current crop is NOT the most qualified, then yes, replace them with the folks that ARE the most qualified, and let the chips fall where they may.

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