Former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia announced Tuesday that he will run for Precinct 2 commissioner against incumbent Jack Morman.
In a video posted to Garcia’s Facebook page Tuesday, Garcia touts his credentials as a former member of Houston City Council and as sheriff. He said that during Hurricane Harvey, he saw residents of different races and socioeconomic backgrounds helping one another, and that “this is the kind of leadership that I want to bring to Precinct 2 every day.”
“This election is important for the future of our region,” he tweeted to one. “I welcome your help to engage our neighbors in this precinct.”
Garcia was a Houston police officer for 23 years before he won election to Houston city council, representing Distict H, in 2004. He was elected Harris County sheriff in 2009, and re-elected once. He left his post in 2015 for an unsuccessful run for mayor of Houston
He angered local Democratic Party regulars when he launched a primary challenge against longtime U.S. Rep. Gene Green in 2016. Garcia sought to boost Hispanic participation in the 77 percent Latino 29th District that curls around eastern Houston. He finished 19 percentage points behind Green.
In announcing his candidacy for Precinct 2, Garcia’s campaign cited an internal poll claiming to show him with a better favorability rating than the Republican Morman.
“We all know that sometimes government can come up short, so it’s up to leaders who love what we do to roll our sleeves up and find better solutions,” Garcia said in an emailed announcement.