Former Bellaire mayor and congressional primary candidate Cindy Siegel has been elected to serve as chair of the Harris County Republican Party.

The party's county precinct chairs elected Siegel during a Dec.14 special meeting, filling a vacancy left by Keith Nielsen, who resigned from his post in late November.

“I am excited to be in this important role, and I look forward to working with all of our local precinct chairs to unify our party and position us to win elections in 2022 and beyond,” Siegel said in a release. “We have an engaged and energized group of precinct chairs, volunteers, and activists who represent the uniqueness and diversity of our growing and evolving county and are dedicated to the conservative values that Texas has long held for generations.”

A certified public accountant for 30 years, Siegel has served in leadership roles with the Harris County Republican Party, including as vice chair and treasurer, and has also held various leadership positions, including president of the Greater Houston Council of Republican Women and president of Magic Circle Republican Women’s Club. She served as Bellaire mayor from 2004-12 before becoming the second vice chair of the Metropolitan Transit Authority's board of directors in March 2012.

Siegel also ran for Texas’ seventh congressional district during the March 2020 primaries, losing out to Wesley Hunt.

According to the news release, Siegel will start the new year by visiting each of the party’s eight districts on a listening tour.