Incumbent Garcia Loses in Shocker to Little Known Challenger

In what was the biggest upset of election night locally, Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia was caught-up in all the anti-Democrat sentiment and lost to Republican challenger Jack Morman. KUHF’s Wendy Siegle reports.

County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia was elected in 2003 as the first female Hispanic commissioner in Harris County. Many of Garcia’s supporters hung around her election night party into the early morning hours, remaining optimistic. The Precinct Two Democrat barely lost to unknown Republican Jack Morman, in what was thought to be a sure win for the commissioner. Garcia gave a teary speech as the final results came in.

“You all know that I love this job. It’s been the best job and the best ride I’ve had. It was eight great years. And we’ll continue for the next two months to do business as usual to ensure a smooth transition.”

Morman is the first challenger to unseat an incumbent Harris County commissioner in 36 years. Commissioner Garcia’s long-time supporters say the she was swept up in the Republican fever that took hold of this election. Garcia was hoping to win a third term on Commisioners Court.

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