HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) - Republican Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack is not running for re-election after serving 9 terms on the Harris County Commissioners Court. Radack has held the seat for more than three decades. It is a seat that the Democrats would desperately like to win in the next election.
Radack is 70 years old. He told the Houston Chronicle that he plans to remain involved in politics but not as Commissioner of Harris County's Precinct 3 which includes Katy's unincorporated areas. He represents Western Harris County and his district also includes the Energy Corridor and the U.S. 290 area.
“I’m not through being involved in public service, and I felt that there’s a lot I can do to help the Republican Party,” Radack told the Chronicle.
With the departure of Radack, the only Republican incumbent left on the court is Jack Cagle who represents the northeastern portion of the county, Precinct 4. Precinct 1 is Represented by Democrat Rodney Ellis and Precinct 2 is represented by Democrat Adrian Garcia. County Judge Lina Hidalgo is also a Democrat.
Radack told KHOU that he's not enjoying the job any longer. He says the court has become politicized and he does not care for how Judge Hidalgo runs the public meetings.
“Meetings that used to last less than an hour are going six to eight hours, and frankly, it’s sad for the public to wait that long to talk," he said.
Harris County is the third largest county in the United States. Its population of more than 4.5 million is about the same size as the entire state of Colorado. Each Commissioner represents more than 1 million residents and each commissioner oversees tens of millions of dollars of annual infrastructure spending.
Radack and Cagle, reportedly endorsed Spring Valley Village Mayor Tom Ramsey for the seat. Houston City Councilwoman Brenda Stardig and former West University Place Mayor Susan Sample will also run in the Republican primary.
The Democratic primary will include Michael Moore who was chief of staff to former Mayor Bill White, former state representative Kristi Thibaut, educator Diana Martinez Alexander and three other lesser known candidates.