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Filing news: Adrian Garcia for Sheriff

The last of the countywide pieces falls into place as Adrian Garcia announces his candidacy for Harris County Sheriff. Here’s the email:

Dear Friends,

Today I announce my candidacy for Harris County Sheriff. Our County deserves the best public safety in Texas, and I am asking you to join me in making our communities safer and our families more secure.

As a Houston police officer, I busted drug dealers and fought against gangs because I wanted to protect and serve our City’s neighborhoods. I joined the Houston City Council because I wanted to continue to make a difference.

Now, I want to serve as your Sheriff because we need new leadership.

As I look at the landscape of public safety, the lack of leadership in the Harris County Sheriff’s Department stands out as a weak link. With the third largest Sheriff’s office in the country, we should be leading the way on fighting crime.

Harris County’s hardworking deputies deserve a Sheriff who can lead them into a new era of preparedness and public safety. You shouldn’t have to wait for an election year before for you hear from your sheriff. I’ve been on the front lines of public safety since I became a cop and that’s where I’ll always be.

Thank you,

Adrian Garcia
Candidate for Harris County Sheriff

We most certainly do need new leadership, in Harris County and elsewhere. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do to help bring it about. There’s an introductory video on his main page, for those of you who aren’t familiar with him yet. It’s not sharable just yet or I’d embed it here – I figure that’ll change as the campaign formally gears up. In any event, today is a good day.

UPDATE: Here’s the video:

Thanks, Greg!

Other news:

– Many more judicial candidates have filed. I’m counting 31 contenders, with four contested primaries so far, and more still to come on both counts.

Kristi Thibaut is back for another run at HD133. A gentleman named Kevin Murphy has announced his candidacy for the open HD29 in Pearland and surrounding areas. Rep. Harold Dutton, the last incumbent to file, has done so. Rep. Ellen Cohen appears to have an opponent, someone named Carlos Obando. And like a bad burrito, former State Rep. Al “Sexy Cheerleading” Edwards is back to give us all heartburn in HD146. Fire up those Daily Show clips, kids.

– On a not-quite-yet-still-somehow related note, Susan Delgado will face Gilbert Pena in the primary for SD06 to lose to State Sen. Mario Gallegos. Nobody will notice.

– The Democrats have three contenders for Sheriff – Garcia, Guy Robert Clark, and a fellow named Charles Massey El, about whom I know nothing. Diane Trautman will face 2004 candidate John T. Webb for the nomination for Tax Assessor.

– Constable Jack Abercia has a second opponent in Precinct 1, an Art Aguilar.

– The awesomely-named Sam Houston has made his filing for the Texas Supreme Court official.

– Finally, as reported by Vince, Judge Susan Criss has asked the TDP for a review of primary opponent Judge Linda Yanez’s petition signatures for the Supreme Court race. Vince has the details, but it boils down to a claim that Yanez did not get 50 valid signatures in each of the 14 judicial districts, as required by law. We’ll see what the party does.

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