Texas Elections 2018

Morman Aims For Third Term, While Garcia Attempts Comeback

Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman hasn’t faced an opponent in nearly eight years. His opponent, former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, is coming off two electoral defeats.

Morman photo: Harris County / Garcia photo: Adrian Garcia campaign

Republican Jack Morman is running for a third term as Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 2. Morman’s Democratic opponent is former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.

This is Morman’s first challenge since he upset then-Commissioner Sylvia Garcia in 2010. He had no opponent in 2014. He’s now battling Adrian Garcia in a district with a large Hispanic population.

“Although the Latino vote is not a monolithic vote, the fact that they’re likely to split more favorably for Democrats is a good thing for Sheriff Garcia,” says Brandon Rottinghaus, professor of political science at the University of Houston.

“The other factor is that you’ve got Sylvia Garcia, who is also running in the [congressional] district that overlaps a great deal with this particular Commissioners Court district. So, you are likely to see a surge in support among Latinos for Democrats, because you’ve got multiple different Latinos running,” Rottinghaus says.

Adrian Garcia is hoping to break a string of defeats. He lost a bid to become Houston’s mayor in 2015 and a primary challenge to Congressman Gene Green in 2016.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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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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