Harris County Democrats Worked Together to Secure Come-From-Behind Victory for Democrat Pretta VanDible Stallworth in Her Saturday, December 9, 2017 HCCS Trustee for District IX Runoff Election Showdown Against Republican Front-Runner Eugene Pack 

Key people on the cover of this edition Houston Business Connections Magazine© are Dr. Pretta VanDible Stallworth (HCCS Trustee-Elect for District IX), Sheila Jackson Lee (Congresswoman for the 18th Congressional District of Texas), Borris L. Miles (State Senator for District 13), Al Green (Congressman for the 9th Congressional District of Texas), Alma Allen (State Rep. for House District 131), Rodney Ellis (Harris County Commissioner Precinct #1), Senfronia Thompson (State Rep. for House District 141), Larry V. Green (Councilman for District K), and Gilberto Hinojosa (Texas Democratic Party Chair), and Lillie Schechter (Harris County Democratic Party Chair). Houston Business Connections Magazine© is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. Call (832)212-8735 or (281)788-3033 for more information. All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Ben Hall, Sylvester Turner, Oliver Pennington Stephen Costello, Bill King, and Marty McVey Could All be Running for Mayor of the City of Houston in 2015



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By Aubrey R. Taylor
Publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine

Is it just me, or does it seems like political pundits have already anointed Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia as one of the front-runners in the 2015 race for mayor of Houston? Not so fast. I know he’s the highest ranking Democrat in Harris County; but whether he has what it takes to build the kind of diverse coalition he would need to win the mayor’s race remains to be seen. So I think we should take the wait-and-see approach; and allow things to unfold.

LETTING GO 

There’s an old adage that says, “A bird in the hand, beats two in the bush.” Have you ever heard that before? Well, letting go of his current position as Harris County Sheriff, for a long-shot run to become mayor of Houston could come back to bite him -- if it doesn’t turnout favorable for him. 

FIELD ALREADY CROWDED

A very crowded and presumed-to-be well-financed field of candidates, like the one we’re seeing take shape in the race for mayor of Houston could put Garcia into some uncharted waters; unlike any he’s ever treaded before. If you take a quick glance at his past runs for office it should become unmistakingly obvious that He’s almost always been the class of every political race he’s been a part of so far. I mean, He’s been the only candidate with good name identification, and the financial means to get the job done. But the 2015 race for Mayor of Houston would be much different.

MUST RESIGN TO RUN

With that said, the moment Sheriff Adrian Garcia officially announces his intention to seek the mayor’s office he’ll be compelled to relinquish his position as Harris County Sheriff. Why? Well, based on Article 16, Section 65 of the Texas Constitution, officeholders are required to resign from their current office if they choose to run for another. 

As it stands today, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, and Texas are the only states in the nation with a resign-to-run-law on the books.

Article 16, Section 65 of the Texas Constitution states:

(a) This section applies to the following offices: District Clerks; County Clerks; County Judges; Judges of the County Courts at Law, County Criminal Courts, County Probate Courts and County Domestic Relations Courts; County Treasurers; Criminal District Attorneys; County Surveyors; County Commissioners; Justices of the Peace; Sheriffs; Assessors and Collectors of Taxes; District Attorneys; County Attorneys; Public Weighers; and Constables.

(b) If any of the officers named herein shall announce their candidacy, or shall in fact become a candidate, in any General, Special or Primary Election, for any office of profit or trust under the laws of this State or the United States other than the office then held, at any time when the unexpired term of the office then held shall exceed one year and 30 days, such announcement or such candidacy shall constitute an automatic resignation of the office then held, and the vacancy thereby created shall be filled pursuant to law in the same manner as other vacancies for such office are filled.

BAD NEWS FOR DEMOCRATS

The current Harris County Commissioner’s Court is mostly Republican, by a (4-to-1) margin. So don’t be surprised if they (COUNTY COMMISSIONERS) seize the opportunity to pick a Republican appointee to serve out the remainder of Sheriff Garcia’s vacated term as Harris County Sheriff – should he resign his post.

THE DECISION MAKERS

The County Judge for Harris County is Judge Ed Emmett a Republican. The Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 1 is Commissioner El Franco Lee a Democrat. The Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 2 is Jack Morman a Republican. The Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 3 is Steve Radack a Republican. And the Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 4 is R. Jack Cagle a Republican. Again, if Sheriff Garcia runs for mayor of Houston, these individuals will be charged with selecting his replacement.

MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION

As informed Houstonians, we must start doing our own research. We must…and I stress: “MUST DO OUR OWN RESEARCH” if we truly desire to make informed and empowered decisions at the ballot box. And we must never ever, ever, ever, rely on sound-bites, jingles, endorsements, catchy-names, negative campaign ads, or the number of facebook-likes a candidate generates as the key deciding factors we use to determine the best candidate in a political race. Research, research, and more research is the key.

CHECK OUT THE CHARTS BELOW

My team and I have put together a few charts to assist you in your research process. If you have any questions about these charts, you should call Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Houston Business Connections at: (832)212-8735 today.

FRIENDLY REMINDER

Please pay close attention to the fact that Sheriff Adrian Garcia has never really been involved in the type of political contest, he’s going to encounter in the race for mayor of Houston. Now, that’s not to say he can’t win. I’m simply saying that he’s not seen a battle like the one he’s about to face by going up against the likes of: Attorney Ben Hall, former Congressman Chris Bell, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, Attorney Eric Dick, Council Member Oliver Pennington, Councilman Stephen Costello, Attorney Sean Roberts, former mayor of Kemah Bill King, and God knows who else…again, I say we should take the wait-and-see-approach before jumping onto every band-wagon that comes along.

Here are the charts we’ve prepared:

2003 GENERAL ELECTION
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In the Tuesday, November 4, 2003 City of Houston Mayoral Election, Adrian Garcia finished first in a field of six candidates vying for the Houston City Council District H seat; but had to go to a runoff to win the seat. Garcia finished first with 8,698 votes. Diana Davila Martinez finished second with 7,633 votes. Hector Longoria finished third with 3,148 votes. Joe Carlson finished fourth with 1,177 votes. Richard Cantu finished fifth with 1,014 votes. And Gonzalo Camacho finished with 812 votes to close out the night. This chart was created by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine using data found on the website belonging to the City of Houston Secretary.

2003 RUNOFF ELECTION
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In the Saturday, December 6, 2003 City of Houston Runoff Election for Council District H, Adrian Garcia finished just ahead of Diana Davila Martinez. Garcia finished with 9,096 votes; and Diana Davila Martinez closed out the night with 8,255. This chart was created by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine using data found on the website belonging to the City of Houston Secretary.


2005 GENERAL ELECTION
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In the Tuesday, November 8, 2005 City of Houston Mayoral Election, Adrian Garcia was the incumbent councilman for Council District H seeking reelection. In this race he drew a challenge from one opponent by the name of Larry Williams. Garcia was able defeat Williams by receiving 10,625 votes. Larry Williams could only muster 3,009 votes in his losing bid for the Houston City Council District H seat. This chart was created by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine using data found on the website belonging to the City of Houston Secretary.

2007 GENERAL ELECTION
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In the Tuesday, November 6, 2007 City of Houston Mayoral Election, Adrian Garcia was running to earn the right to serve his third and final term as the Houston City Council Member representing District H. He didn’t draw an opponent in this election; but had 7,853 votes cast for him. This chart was created by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine using data found on the website belonging to the City of Houston Secretary.

2008 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY
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In the Tuesday, March 4, 2008 Democratic Primary, Adrian Garcia, Charles Massey El, and Guy Robert Clark faced off in a quest to represent the Harris County Democratic Party as the nominee for Harris County Sheriff. Adrian Garcia finished first against his rivals. Adrian Garcia finished the night with 153,097 votes to finish first in the field of three. Guy Robert Clark finished second with 62,381 votes. And Charles Massey El finished the night off with 46,378 votes. This chart was created by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine using data found on the Harris County Clerks website.

2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
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In the Tuesday, November 4, 2008 Presidential Election, Adrian Garcia rode the “OBAMA-WAVE” to the Harris County Sheriff’s office by receiving 637,588 votes against his Republican opponent Tommy Thomas, who finished the night off with 495,246 votes in this historic election. Keep in mind, this is the election where Americans went to the polls and elected Barack Obama as the first black president of the United States. Many Democratic candidates in Harris County, and all over the nation benefited from the record voter turnouts of African Americans and other ethnic minorities. This chart was created by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine using data found on the Harris County Clerks website.


2012 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY 
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In the Tuesday, May 29, 2012 Democratic Primary, Adrian Garcia was the incumbent Sheriff running for reelection. He drew two challengers in his party’s primary. However, Sheriff Garcia received 47,744 votes to finish first. While Delores Jones, an African American female Sergeant with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office finished second with 16,742 votes; and Charles Massey El finished third with 3,591 votes. This chart was created by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine using data found on the Harris County Clerk's website.

2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
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In the Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Presidential Election, Adrian Garcia was the incumbent seeking to hold onto his position as Harris County Sheriff. He was able to finish first with 613,103 votes in this election. Louis Guthrie, the Republican candidate in the race finished with 523,309 votes; and Remington Alessi, the Green Party candidate finished third with 21,406 votes. Keep in mind, this was an election where the first African American, to ever be elected president of the United States was at the top of the Democratic ticket seeking reelection. Many Democratic candidates in Harris County; and all over the nation benefited from the large turnouts of African Americans and other ethnic minorities seeking to keep America’s first African American to be elected president from become a one-term president. This chart was created by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine using data found on the Harris County Clerks website.

THE 2015 RACE FOR MAYOR

Every candidate in the race for mayor in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election should run their race like they’re down by twenty points in the polls. That’s my bit of advice to: Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Attorney Ben Hall, former Congressman Chris Bell, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, Businessman Marty McVey, Council Member Oliver Pennington, Councilman Stephen Costello, former mayor of Kemah Bill King, and anyone else hoping to be Houston’s next mayor.

MEET SHERIFF ADRIAN GARCIA


ABOUT SHERIFF ADRIAN GARCIA

Prior to being elected Harris County Sheriff in 2008, Adrian Garcia spent 23 years with the Houston Police Department gaining valuable law enforcement experience. His dedication was recognized by former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier who appointed Adrian to the position of HPD’s liaison to the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office. In 1999, Adrian was named Director of this anti-gang effort.

After leaving HPD, Adrian served six years as a Houston City Councilman eventually becoming Mayor Pro-Tempore under Mayor Bill White. On City Council, Adrian gained valuable experience in how government works—experience that will help him maintain a transparent Sheriff’s Department that is, above all, accountable to the taxpayers of Harris County.

Aside from the vital work Adrian did as a Houston police officer and city councilman, he was retained as a consultant for the U.S. State Department to evaluate law enforcement and policing programs in Central America. He has also repeatedly served as a panelist on Harvard University’s Criminal Justice Project.

In 2008, Sheriff Garcia inherited a Sheriff’s Department that was in dire need of reform and he wasted no time producing new, innovative ideas to clean up the mess that existed at that department. Adrian brought more diversity to the department’s command staff. He brought in outside experts to re-evaluate the way our Harris County jail system works. And he has worked to be a visible, community-oriented law enforcement officer.

Looking forward, Adrian’s priorities for the Harris County Sheriff’s Department include cutting crime in all parts of the county, improving security at our port, tackling jail overcrowding issues, and bringing even more transparency to how the Sheriff’s Department does business. Sheriff Garcia also maintains a mental health task force to develop new ideas for dealing with mentally ill persons who are routinely cycled through our criminal justice system.








By Aubrey R. Taylor
Publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine


Here are a few of the candidates whom I believe are eyeing the chance to succeed Mayor Annise Parker in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election: Attorney Ben Hall, Attorney Chris Bell, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, Attorney Eric Dick, City Council Member Oliver Pennington, City Council Member Stephen Costello, Former Kemah Mayor Bill King, and Businessman Marty McVey, and Sheriff Adrian Garcia. However, the deadline for candidates to enter the race for mayor isn't until Monday, August 25, 2015.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2015 for the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election. And I am looking forward to a record turnout, clean competitive races, and hopeful that we get a mayor who is committed to representing our entire city – not special interest groups.

FRIENDLY REMINDER

Don't forget to do all the research you can on the 2015 candidates running for City of Houston Mayor, City of Houston Controller, and Houston City Council in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

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