Guthrie leads in Harris County Sheriff runoff

Updated 9:26 a.m.

Unofficial results show Louis Guthrie earned the most votes in the Republican runoff for Harris County Sheriff.

He will now face off against incumbent Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia in the Nov. 6 election.

Guthrie has received 57.26 percent of the vote, or 68,831 votes, while Carl Pittman has earned 42.74 percent, or 51,379 votes, according to unofficial results.

"We're very happy with the results and are looking foward to November," Guthrie said. "We were pleased with the numbers."

Guthrie and Pittman beat out six other candidates in May's primary election, causing the runoff election. In May, Guthrie earned 38,888 votes, or 30.79 percent, while Pittman received 21.35 percent with 26,969 votes, according to election results. Garcia won the May Democratic primary with 70.1 percent of the vote, or 45,497 votes.

Garcia has served as Harris County Sheriff since early 2009 after defeating incumbent Tommy Thomas in the November 2008 election. He served on the Houston Police Department and Houston City Council before taking office.

Guthrie began working for the Harris County Sheriff's office in 1991, and was appointed by commissioners court a decade later to the position of vice president of the county's Cultural Educational Facilities Finance Corporation. He now works as the director of special crimes and narcotics for the Liberty County Sheriff's Office.

By Marie Leonard
Marie came to Community Impact Newspaper in June 2011 after starting her career at a daily newspaper in East Texas. She worked as a reporter and editor for the Cy-Fair edition for nearly 5 years covering Harris County, Cy-Fair ISD, and local development and transportation news. She then moved to The Woodlands edition and covered local politics and development news in the master-planned community before being promoted to managing editor for the South Houston editions in July 2017.


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