HOUSTON, TX – May 6, 2015 – Adrian Garcia, a long time Harris County Sheriff, announced last Wednesday, he is running for Houston mayor.
The same day of his announcement, Garcia sent his resignation letter to members of Commissioner Court.
Along Garcia, there are six other candidates who have announced their candidacy State Rep. Sylvester Turner, businessman Marty McVey, former Kemah Mayor Bill King, former Congressman Chris Bell, former City Attorney Ben Hall and Houston City Council Member Stephen Costello.
Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman has been named interim Harris County Sheriff by Commissioners Court. Some of the prospects were Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Pittman, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman and Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Tomball.
Adrian Garcia expressed his thoughts in a letter:
For the past several months, I’ve done something that leaders should do a lot more of: I’ve been listening. I’ve been listening to people all over Houston from fellow churchgoers, to large and small business owners, to friendly seniors at the local breakfast spot. Like me, they all love our city. But they’re also concerned about our future. They want the roads to be repaired and to spend less time in traffic, they want to keep our families and children safe, they want to improve our schools, and they want to make sure the city doesn’t spend more than it takes in. I share those concerns.
And as I’ve listened, people have urged me to run for Mayor.
Today, I’m announcing my candidacy for Mayor of Houston because Houston needs a mayor who knows how to balance a budget, save taxpayers millions, and protect our children and families. I’ve done that as sheriff. And I’ll do that as mayor.