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Steve Radack’s Retirement Sets Up A Competitive Race In Harris County Precinct 3

Republican Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack has held the position for three decades.

Harris County Commissioners Court
Harris County Commissioners Court

Republican Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack announced he won’t run for a ninth term, setting up a big fight for the Precinct 3 seat. Democrats are aching for a shot at taking over what’s long been a safe Republican seat.

Commissioner Radack has regularly won reelection by wide margins. But University of Houston political scientist Brandon Rottinghaus said the changing makeup of Precinct 3 could help the Democrats in an open race.

“The years have changed the demographics in Harris County, especially the western part of Harris County, and that district in particular reaches several different Democratic strongholds and emerging Democratic strongholds, so it’s going to make it harder for a Republican to win, or at least it’ll make it a competitive race, which it hasn’t been in the past,” Rottinghaus said.

Republican candidates to succeed Radack include Spring Valley Village Mayor Tom Ramsey, Houston City Council Member Brenda Stardig, and former West University Place Mayor Susan Sample. Democrats vying for the seat include Michael Moore, chief of staff to former Houston Mayor Bill White, and former State Representative Kristi Thibaut.

Radack has a campaign war chest of over $1 million, which he’s likely to use to try to help keep the seat in Republican hands after he steps down.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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