Primary election 2020: Here are the candidates on the ballot for Harris County’s local offices

Primary Election Day is March 3, 2020. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Primary Election Day is March 3, 2020. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Primary Election Day is March 3, 2020. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Voters will select from Democratic and Republican candidates in races for U.S. president down to local and county district judges during the March 3 primaries. The deadline for candidates to file passed Dec. 9. The last day to register to vote is Feb. 3, and early voting will begin on Feb. 18.

A runoff is held May 26 for any primary in which no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote. On Nov. 3 Republican and Democratic nominees will face off in the general election.

Below are the candidates running for local office in Harris County. All offices listed except for the county commissioners, constables and justices of the peace are elected countywide.

An asterisk indicates an incumbent.

Harris County District Attorney


Kim Ogg, D*

Occupation: District Attorney

Carvana Cloud, D

Occupation: Attorney

Audia Jones, D

Occupation: Attorney

Todd Overstreet, D

Occupation: Lawyer

Lori Deangelo, R

Occupation: Attorney

Mary Huffman, R

Occupation: Attorney

Lloyd Wayne Oliver, R

Occupation: Attorney

Harris County - County Attorney

Vince Ryan, D*

Occupation: Attorney

Ben Rose, D

Occupation: Attorney

Christian Dashaun Menefee, D

Occupation: Attorney

John Nation, R

Occupation: Attorney

Harris County - Sheriff

Ed Gonzalez, D*

Occupation: Elected Sheriff

Jerome Moore, D

Occupation: Deputy Constable

Harry Zamora, D

Occupation: Houston Pd Lt. Ret.

Joe Danna, R

Occupation: Deputy Sheriff

Paul Day, R

Occupation: Patrol Deputy

Randy Rush, R

Occupation: Retired Law Enforcement

Harris County - County Tax Assessor-Collector

Ann Harris Bennett, D*

Occupation: Harris County Tax Assessor

Jolanda "Jo" Jones, D

Occupation: Attorney

Jack Terence, D

Occupation: Retired

Chris Daniel, R

Occupation: Attorney

Harris County - Harris County Department Of Education, At-Large Place 5

Erica Davis, D

Occupation: Community Outreach Coordinator

Paul Ovalle, D

Occupation: Retired

Fred Flickinger, R

Occupation: Manager

Harris County - Harris County Department Of Education, At-Large Place 7

David W. Brown, D

Occupation: Community Organizer

Andrea Duhon, D

Occupation: Territory Manager

W.R. "Bill" Morris, D

Occupation: Retired

Obes Nwabara, D

Occupation: Data Analytics Specialist

Kay Smith, R

Occupation: Sales

Don Sumners, R

Occupation: CPA

Harris County - County Commissioner Precinct 1

Rodney Ellis, D*

Occupation: Commissioner

Maria T. (Terri) Jackson, D

Occupation: Director Of Compliance

Harris County - County Commissioner Precinct 3

Diana Martinez Alexander, D

Occupation: Educational Diagnostician

Zaher Eisa, D

Occupation: Security Officer

Erik "Beto" Hassan, D

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Entrepreneur / Licensed Paramedic

Michael Moore, D

Occupation: Strategic Communications

Morris Overstreet, D

Occupation: Lawyer

Kristi Thibaut, D

Occupation: Homemaker

Tom Ramsey, R

Occupation: Civil Engineer

Susan Sample, R

Occupation: Attorney

Brenda Stardig, R

Occupation: Real Estate Broker

Harris County - County Constable Precinct 1

Alan Rosen, D*

Occupation: Law Enforcement Administrator

"Ced" Collier, D

Occupation: Deputy Sheriff

Gilberto "Gil" Reyna, D

Occupation: Retired

Perry D. Wesley, D

Occupation: Police Officer

Harris County - County Constable Precinct 2

Christopher "Chris" Diaz, D*

Occupation: Incumbent Constable

Jerry Garcia, D

Occupation: Police Officer

George Goffney Jr, D

Occupation: Process Operator Tech

Alberto "Bert" Rivera, D

Occupation: Deputy Constable

Daniel Vela, R

Occupation: Police Officer

Harris County - County Constable Precinct 3

Sherman Eagleton, D*

Occupation: Constable Pct 3

Deborah Florus, D

Occupation: Deputy Sheriff

Ken Jones, D

Occupation: Retired

Michel (Poppy) Pappillion, D

Occupation: Retired HPD

John Jay "JP" Portillo, D

Occupation: Police Officer

Eric Reed, D

Occupation: Deputy

Andre Hines, R

Occupation: Police officer

Harris County - County Constable Precinct 4

Mark Herman, R*

Occupation: Constable

Jeff McGowen, D

Occupation: Deputy Sheriff

Chris Bounds, R

Occupation: Deputy Sheriff

Harris County - County Constable Precinct 5

Ted Heap, R*

Occupation: Harris County Constable, Precinct 5

Mark Alan Harrison, D

Occupation: Finance

Mark Miller, D

Occupation: Deputy Constable

Randy Newman, D

Occupation: Police Officer

Harris County - County Constable Precinct 6

Silvia Trevino, D*

Occupation: Elected Constable

Joseph Guerra, D

Occupation: Ramp Agent

Harris County - County Constable Precinct 7

May Walker, D*

Occupation: Constable

Harris County - County Constable Precinct 8

Phil Sandlin, R*

Occupation: Peace Officer (Constable)

Harris County - Justice Of The Peace Precinct 1, Place 1

Eric William Carter, D*

Occupation: Justice Of The Peace/ Attorney

Jerry Wayne Dugat, R

Occupation: Salesman

Harris County - Justice Of The Peace Precinct 2, Place 1

Jo Ann Delgado, D*

Occupation: Justice Of Peace 2-1

Harris County - Justice Of The Peace Precinct 3, Place 1

Joe Stephens, D*

Occupation: Judge

Harris County - Justice Of The Peace Precinct 4, Place 1

Lincoln Goodwin, R*

Occupation: Judge

Harris County - Justice Of The Peace Precinct 5, Place 1

Russ Ridgeway, R*

Occupation: Judge

Eman Afshar, D

Occupation: Attorney

Israel Garcia, D

Occupation: Attorney

Roel Garcia, D

Occupation: Legal Assistant

Adrianna Higginbotham

Occupation: Associate Attorney, R

Mike Wolfe, R

Occupation: Businessman

Harris County - Justice Of The Peace Precinct 6, Place 1

Eva Loredo, D

Occupation: Educator

Victor Trevino III, D

Occupation: Teacher

Harris County - Justice Of The Peace Precinct 7, Place 1

Jeremy L. Brown, D*

Occupation: Judge

Wanda Adams, D

Occupation: HISD Trustee

Harris County - Justice Of The Peace Precinct 8, Place 1

Holly Williamson, R*

Occupation: Judge

Harris County - County Civil Court At Law No. 4

Lesley Briones, D*

Occupation: Judge

William "Bill" Mcleod, D

Occupation: Attorney

Clyde Raymond Leuchtag, R

Occupation: Attorney

Harris County - County Criminal Court At Law No. 12

Genesis E. Draper, D*

Occupation: Judge

Linda Garcia, R

Occupation: Attorney

Harris County - County Criminal Court At Law No. 16

Darrell William Jordan Jr, D*

Occupation: Judge

Maria Casanova, D

Occupation: Attorney

Bill Harmon, R

Occupation: Attorney

Editor's note: this post has been updated for clarity.
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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