Houston Public Schools
Houston Police Academy
County Sheriff; Houston Mayor Pro-Tem; Houston Councilmember and Chair, Public Safety & Minority/Women Business Enterprise Committees; Director, Mayor's Anti-Gang Task Force
My wife and I are active in our church. I continue to work with Houston police officers and other agencies, providing training to engage communities for positive outcomes.
I am running for Commissioner in Precinct 2 because no one in county leadership is helping us—and we need someone on our side for a change. I'll focus on education, jobs and healthy families. I'll start by reversing cuts to after-school programs made by our current commissioner and promote early childhood education. I'll add job skills training to prepare our residents for family-sustaining jobs. And I'll fight tooth and nail against polluters to protect the health of our families and children.
I supported the flood bond but still have serious reservations about how the funds will be allocated. My flood protection plan, available at AdrianGarcia.com, requires spending decisions to be made with full visibility, including public hearings with both expert and community testimony. All debate and decisions by commissioners must be made in public session. My plan calls for industry to pay its fair share and includes specific recommendations to assess projects for equity across communities.
As Sheriff, I created the department's Crisis Intervention Program to keep the vulnerable from being arrested for their illnesses. As Commissioner, I'll fight to improve Texas' ranking: 49th out of 50 states in per capita funding for mental health care. The most transformative solution is to leverage all county resources and our medical industry to force the state to agree to Medicaid expansion. The billions of federal health care dollars would provide mental health care for 400,000 Texans.
Traffic is already unbearable and it's getting worse. In addition to upgrading streets and roads, we need to invest in more and better transit – in all modes within our more urban areas and in commuter rail, park & ride and HOV lanes in our more suburban areas. And, with billions of dollars of infrastructure spending on the horizon, we need to make sure that local residents get the job-skills training they need to get those jobs. We must increase both economic resilience and flood resilience.
Graduate of Baylor University and Baylor University Law School
I began by cleaning out trash cans at my dad's tire shop. In 2010, I was elected as Pct. 2 County Commissioner. I was re-elected in 2014 and look forward to continued service.
I was raised in Pct. 2. where my wife and I are raising our two children (we are very supportive of their activities). I served on the Houston-Galveston area Council.
Working with thousands of citizens and many community groups, I helped craft a fair, comprehensive flood control plan and am proud that the voters approved it by an overwhelming 86%. These funds will help us continue the fight against flooding.
Another important issue is servicing Pct. 2’s infrastructure. I’m responsible for maintaining 1,300 miles of roads, 50 parks and 16 community centers. I have 380 of the best team members helping me to successfully serve the citizens of Pct. 2.
Many future drainage projects cross precinct lines, so I am proud that there has been unprecedented cooperation with all the Commissioners. We have a plan to provide the most help to the people who are still suffering and I will work with professional building contractors, planners and non-profits to make sure this is done efficiently throughout Precinct 2. I will also make sure that bureaucracy does not waste precious resources.
Working with Judge Emmett and mental health groups, I have supported a wide range of programs. The state needs to also redouble it’s efforts to ensure mental health issues are identified and treated properly. Every candidate doesn’t share my concern. While Sheriff, Adrian Garcia ran a jail which left a mentally ill man alone in a cell for months. It was “overrun with feces, insects and trash.” Whether confined or walking free, the mentally ill deserve better.
I have worked to foster economic development and job growth which helps us meet our infrastructure needs for education, activity and recreation. To keep up with our growing population and improve our quality of life, Pct. 2 funds and operates 16 community centers and 50 parks. The centers and parks often host special events that are open and accessible to all ages; promoting activities geared towards keeping the youth, seniors and families in our community active and involved.