HOUSTON, Texas - Rumor has it, Sheriff Adrian Garcia will soon be after your vote. The most prominent Democratic elected official in Harris County is reportedly considering running for mayor.
"When you look at the way he has spent money in terms of building his database and resources, it indicates he's running" said Jay Aiyer, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Texas Southern University.
But he can't say it out loud just yet. Otherwise, under the Texas Constitution, he would have to resign and turn in his badge and gun.
"Under state law and under the Harris County's regulations a county officer has to resign to run for any other office" explained Aiyer.
It's not an easy choice, though. Running for Mayor is a huge gamble that could end up leaving him politically unemployed. Several candidates have expressed or suggested their intent to run: State Representative Sylvester Turner; former City Council Member Chris Bell; Ben Hall, who previously ran for mayor and lost to Mayor Annise Parker; current Council Member Stephen Costello; current Council Member Oliver Pennington; executive Joe Ferreira; and former Kemah Mayor Bill King."
Those who know a little something are saying that the Sheriff will launch his campaign soon. Several candidates who could replace Garcia in the county are already making plans.
The race to succeed Mayor Annise Parker has begun. And those are some big shoes to fill.