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Adrian Garcia: From Harris County Sheriff To Houston Mayor?

Polls have shown former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia is one of two front-runners in a crowded race to be the next mayor of Houston.

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia announced his candidacy for Houston Mayor Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the Lindale Park Civic Club.
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia announced his candidacy for Houston Mayor Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the Lindale Park Civic Club.
Adrian Garcia resigned his post as sheriff earlier this year to run for mayor. He was also previously a Houston police officer and served three terms on City Council during the Bill White years.

Garcia says especially his role as mayor pro tem taught him a lot about city politics, “but nothing, I believe, has been more valuable than the weekly council sessions where you get to hear citizens speak their mind, express their interests, express their concerns, express their frustration,” he says.

And he says as county sheriff, he learned to manage a large workforce and how to balance a budget.

Garcia lists further expansion of Houston’s light rail system as one of his priorities if he’s elected mayor.

“We have to have a system if we don’t want more cars on the freeways and on the roadways, then our current public transit system has to provide people the confidence that if they use it, they’ll get to wherever they live, work, shop and play in a meaningful amount of time,” the candidate says.

Garcia considers himself a unifier who listens well and can bring people together.

He says his previous elections to City Council and sheriff are proof of that.

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