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Election results: Sylvia Garcia wins big; Bates defeats Coffey

Sylvia Garcia and Congressman Gene Green at the campaign’s East end headquarters, greet cheering supporters as the election results indicate she has won. (Photo by A. Jamail)

SENATOR GARCIA AVOIDS PRIMARY RUNOFF

U.S. House of Representatives leader Nancy Pelosi fires up Harris County Democrats

By Allan Jamail

Election Day — March 6, 2018 — Senator Sylvia Garcia crushed 6 opposing candidates vying for the 29th Congressional District seat being vacated by retiring Congressman Gene Green.

Garica’s win came after a recent visit to Houston by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi of California. Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 114th Congress. From 2007 to 2011, Pelosi served as Speaker of the House, the first woman to do so in American history.

Pelosi spoke at the Harris County Democratic Party’s (HCDP) annual fundraiser to a record crowd. Chairwoman Lillie Schechter of the HCDP said this year’s event set a fund raising record and an attendance record with over 3,500 Democrat activists.

Vote results: Sylvia Garcia 63.22% (11,659 votes), Tahir Javed 20.70% (3,817 votes), Roel Garcia 6.60% (1,217 votes), Hector Morales 3.05% (562 votes), Augustine Reyes 2.84% (524 votes), Dominique Garcia 2.56% (472 votes) and Pedro Valencia 1.04% (192 votes).

Texas statewide Primary Election result changes since the 2014 mid-term election: Democrats had a 86% increase (+ 470,653 votes) compared to 16% increase (+207,095) for the Republicans.

Sylvia Garcia was born in Palito Blanco, Texas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and political science from Texas Woman’s University and a J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. Garcia’s career experience includes working as a social worker and a legal aid lawyer. She served as director and presiding judge of the Houston Municipal System. Garcia was elected city controller in Houston and the Harris County Commissioner’s Court. She was elected Texas State Senate in 2013.

Congressman Green, who ran against Garcia for the seat in 1992, threw his support behind the senator in the crowded Democratic race in Congressional District 29.

“The reason I supported Sylvia is she’s a legislator, and that’s what a member of Congress should be. On the legislative side, it’s give and take, I have to compromise with my Democrats and obviously my Republican colleagues. She knows how to do that to be successful to represent this district in Washington,” Green said.

“Tonight, women spoke,” Sylvia Garcia said, in her victory speech. “Tonight we voted and we voted loud and clear. And we said elections can’t be bought, and what matters is people. So what matters is fighting on and someone being there willing to fight, willing to stand up, and willing to serve the people, and that’s what I intend to do.”

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Channelview dedicates new Fire Station

CHANNELVIEW FIRE DEPARTMENT held an Open House on Tuesday, March 6 to dedicate their newest Fire Station #3 on Dell Dale Street. The building houses three functions: Administrative offices for CFD and ESD#50, Fire Department Equipment and personnel, and Ambulance Service. CFD now has two new stations. They recently completed a new building on Market Street.

RIBBON CUTTING PARTICIPANTS included the ESD#50 board members, North Channel Chamber, Judge Joe Stephens, and Harris County Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman. Channelview Fire Department has been in existence since 1949, and in 2012 the ESD (Emergency Service District) took over fiscal management of the department. There are over 70 firefighters and EMS personnel in the department.

Texas Bar honors Rep. Ana Hernandez

STATE REP. ANA HERNANDEZ

Austin, TX. – February 21, 2018 State Representative Ana E. Hernandez was recognized and elected into the Texas Bar Foundation Fellows.

The Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees stated, Hernandez was honored for her outstanding professional achievements and her demonstration and commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Her election is a mark of distinction and recognition of her contributions to the legal profession.

Former Galena Park Police Chief arrested

EDWARD J. MATA

Charged with Sexual Assault

Edward J. Mata, 49, former police chief of the City of Galena Park, was booked into the Harris County jail on Tuesday, March 6.

Mata has been charged with raping a woman at the Regency Inn motel in Galena Park in October of last year.

Court documents detailed a vivid encounter between the two, with Mata forcing himself on her, and physically and sexually assaulting her.

They ended up on a bed without clothes, after the incident, but the woman said she left after Mata fell asleep.

Mata has told investigators that he met the woman through social events, and in October they began a friendship and flirting through text messages on their phones. Mata indicated that their tryst at the motel was a mutual meeting, and that the sexual encounter was consensual. Court documents indicate the encounter was on October 29, 2017.

After leaving the employment of Galena Park, Mata was employed by Constable Precinct 6 until the end of February. He also has been working part-time as a security officer. He was arrested at his home in Katy.