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Harris County Commissioner Sylvia R. Garcia Opens 4 Campaign Offices Saturday

Harris County Commissioner Sylvia R. Garcia Opens 4 Campaign Offices in Precinct 2 On Saturday August 14, 2010

Sylvia R. Garcia kicks off her re-election campaign for Harris County Commissioner with 4 campaign office openings.

9:00am – 10:00am
Baytown Area Office
407 W. Baker, Suite K, Baytown , TX 77521

11:00am – 1:00pm
Pasadena Area Office
3800-R Spencer Highway, Pasadena , TX 77504

2:00pm – 3:30pm
North Channel Area Office
16-C Uvalde, Suite C, Houston , TX 77015

4:00pm – 6:00pm
Houston’s East End Area Office
7049 Lawndale , Suite C, Houston , TX 77023

“I have worked diligently these last seven years and we have made great strides in improving the quality of life for Precinct 2 residents. It would be my privilege to continue to serve the citizens of South East Harris County .”

Sylvia R. Garcia has represented Harris County Precinct 2 as Commissioner since January 2003 when she became the first Hispanic and the first woman in her own right to be elected to Harris County Commissioners Court . Prior to her election as Commissioner, Garcia had served as City Controller for the City of Houston since 1998.

As a County Commissioner , she is responsible for a combined precinct budget of approximately $90 million and 400 employees. Precinct Two includes 416 square miles, a population of almost one million and 15 municipalities including one quarter of Houston . Her duties include oversight of building and maintenance of road and bridge projects, parks acquisition and development, libraries, health facilities, eight community centers, six county courthouse annexes and the Toll Road System which creates more than $300-million in revenue annually. Her precinct features a major base of operations for NASA, the nation’s largest petrochemical complex, the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston, the sixth largest port in the world.

Recently, she was elected to a second one year term as President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), which made her the first Texan and only second woman to serve as president.

Prior to elected office, she distinguished herself as Chief Judge of Houston ’s Municipal Court System as the first Hispanic, the first woman and the youngest person ever to hold that post. She went on to become the longest sitting Chief Judge, serving five terms under two mayors. Garcia worked as a social worker while earning her law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in 1978. She earned her undergraduate degree at Texas Women’s University in 1972.

Commissioner Garcia will be available for interviews. Please contact Giovanna Schillaci,
(832) 888 2885 or for questions.

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