HOUSTON - After months of speculation, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia finally announced what he plans to do with his future.
"Today, I am announcing my candidacy for mayor of the city of Houston."
And with that, Garcia is now a former sheriff. He resigned immediately, and it will be up to Commissioners Court to appoint his successor.
The 54-year-old former police officer and city council member joins a crowded field of candidates looking to replace term-limited Mayor Annise Parker. State Rep. Sylvester Turner, former city councilman Chris Bell, former city attorney Ben Hall, current councilmember Stephen Costello, former mayor of Kemah Bill King, and businessman Marty McVey have all thrown their hats in the ring.
"Houston needs a mayor who knows how to balance a budget, save taxpayers millions of dollars, and protect our children and families. I've done that as your sheriff," said Garcia.
Garcia says he knows there are many challenges facing the Bayou City.
"There's a lot of conversation about potholes, the conditions of our streets."
Of course, Garcia already knows NewsFix will be pointing out those potholes every chance we get!
Another challenge facing Garcia is the persistent problems at the Harris County Jail. His announcement comes just two weeks after he fired six jail supervisors and suspended 29 others for their treatment of a mentally ill inmate who was left in his filthy cell for weeks. Two jail sergeants have been indicted, and community activists like Quanell X have been calling for his resignation. Garcia is staying positive, however, and says he truly wants what's best for H-town.
"I'll always do what I can to support my hometown. I believe that Houstonians want leadership that can and will unite our city."