South East Houston Juggernaut Sylvia Garcia Joins The SD-6 Race

Among the communities of South East Houston she once represented, Sylvia Garcia has become synonymous with quality of life projects like the Sylvan Beach Restoration Project and Project STARS corridor improvement initiative.

Many speculated it. Few denied it. And today, former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia declared it.

Sylvia Garcia, a juggernaut of South East Houston politics, will be running for the open Senate District 6 seat left open after the loss of long time Houston East End politician Senator Mario Gallegos.

Even all the way up in Austin we at The Texas Monitor have been patiently awaiting Garcia’s announcement. Especially after yesterday’s announcement by State Representative Carol Alvarado that she too would be seeking to refill Gallegos’ Seat.

Those of you who haven’t heard the news yet, long time Senator Gallegos passed away weeks before the General Election for the Senate seat he’s held for over a decade. Earlier in the year, politicos in the South East side were whispering of rumors Garcia might challenge him in the primaries. When that proved to be false, and with Gallegos sudden passing, most of the Houston area has been looking to Garcia and Alvarado as potential replacements.

On a personal note, I grew up in Sylvia Garcia’s County Precinct in good ol’ La Porte, Texas. She was the only prominent, and powerful, Democrat in our neck of the woods, and somehow maintained the ability to gather Republicans and Democrats around her on critical quality of life initiatives. Although The Texas Monitor hasn’t endorsed anyone, and our Editorial Board is 100% Travis County registered voters, we’ll be keeping a close eye on this race and the prospects of Garcia in the future.

Go get ‘em Garcia!

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