Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia announces mayoral intentions

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Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia made his official announcement Wednesday afternoon (KTRK)

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia officially announced his Mayoral intentions today.

"Today I am announcing my candidacy for mayor of the city of Houston," he said.

Garcia's announcement ended months of speculation on whether the two-term sheriff will give up his job and jump into the crowded Houston mayoral race.

"Houston needs a mayor who knows how to balance a budget, save tax payers millions of dollars, and protect children and their families," Garcia said. "I've done that as your sheriff. And I'll do that as your mayor."

For the past few months, Garcia has stayed quiet about his future political aspirations. Meanwhile, many others have jumped into the 2015 Houston mayor's race.

Current Mayor Annise Parker cannot run because she is term-limited.

State Representative Sylvester Turner, Council Member Stephen Costello, former Kemah Mayor Bill King, former Congressman Chris Bell, attorney Ben Hall, and businessman Marty McVey have all announced their intentions to seek the city's highest office.

Garcia will have to immediately resign his job as sheriff. It's now the job of the Commissioners Court to appoint an interim sheriff until the next election.

Prior to being elected sheriff, Garcia was a member of Houston City Council. He began his public service career as a Houston Police Officer.
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