HOUSTON - Several important Harris County races, including those for sheriff and district attorney, were decided on Tuesday.
With 99 percent of precinct reporting, incumbent Sheriff and Democrat Adrian Garcia had 53 percent of the votes to defeat Republican Louis Guthrie, who won 45 percent. Remington Alessi ran on the Green Party ticket and received 2 percent of the votes.
"I remember how my dad, a small businessman, had the attitude of working for the customer and working to do the job right and doing it right the first time," Garcia said. "This is why we have tried to run the sheriff's office like a business. When area businesses grow and prosper, the community becomes safer."
With 99 percent precincts reporting, Republican Mike Anderson won the race for District Attorney. Anderson had 52 percent of the vote compared to Democrat Lloyd Oliver's 48 percent.
Steve Stockman is going back to Congress. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1997 and Tuesday was elected to represent the newly-created 36th Congressional District. That district included all or parts of nine counties in southeast Texas. It begins at Highway 3 in Harris County and runs to the the border with Louisiana.
Pete Olson, Gene Green, Sheila Jackson Lee, Michael McCaul, Al Green, John Culberson, Kevin Brady and Ted Poe all won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Nick Lampson conceded the U.S. District 14 race to Randy Weber. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul decided not to see re-election to the seat after holding it for eight consecutive terms. Lampson previously represented U.S. District 22 from 2007 to 2009 and U.S. District 9 from 1997 to 2005.
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