Hickman set for general election for Harris County sheriff

Updated March 2 at 10:30 a.m.


Incumbent Ron Hickman won the Republican primary for Harris County sheriff on March 1 with all precincts reporting. However, candidates Ed Gonzalez and Jerome Moore may have more work to do before the general election as they face a runoff in the Democratic primary.

Hickman received 71.88 percent of the votes for the Republican nomination compared to 20.01 percent for opponent Carl Pittman and 8.11 percent for Paul Day, according to unofficial results. For the Democratic nomination, Gonzalez led all candidates with 43.5 percent of the votes compared to 29.79 percent for Moore.

Democratic candidates Jeff Stauber and Theodore "Ted" Perez earned 12.33 and 14.38 percent of the votes, respectively.

“I’m very encouraged and [feel] very positive with tonight’s results, and I think I did very well and will keep growing my base and support to get all the votes that I can,” Gonzalez said. “I look forward to continuing to bring the message forward that the sheriff’s office needs to fight crime and bring a new message a new leadership forward.”

Hickman and Moore could not be reached for comment.

With no Democratic candidate securing a majority of the votes, the top two finishers will face each other in a primary runoff election May 24. The winner of the runoff will face off against incumbent Hickman in the November general election.

Hickman was appointed sheriff in May by Harris County’s Commissioners Court after former former Sheriff Adrian Garcia resigned to run for the Mayor of Houston. Prior to his role as sheriff, Hickman served as Constable of Harris County Precinct 4.

Gonzalez served for the Houston Police Department for 18 years and recently completed three terms on the Houston City Council. Meanwhile, Pittman joined the HCSO in 2001 and has worked as a burglary and theft investigator for the sheriff’s office since 2007, and Day served as a Houston police officer for 30 years before joining the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Stauber serves as a lieutenant for HCSO while Moore serves with the Precinct 5 constable's office.

The HSCO is the largest sheriff’s office in Texas and the third largest in the United States. Harris County sheriff oversees all eight Harris County precincts.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted 8:45 p.m.


Candidates Ed Gonzalez and Ron Hickman are leading in the Democratic and Republican primaries, respectively, for Harris County sheriff, according to unofficial early voting results.

Hickman, the incumbent, has received 73.83 percent of the early votes for the Republican nomination compared to 20.5 percent for opponent Carl Pittman and 5.66 percent for Paul Day. For the Democratic nomination, Gonzalez leads the election with 44.86 percent of the votes. Jerome Moore follows with 31.14 percent of the vote, while Jeff Stauber and Theodore "Ted" Perez earned 12.46 and 11.54 percent of the votes, respectively.

Hickman was appointed sheriff in May by Harris County’s Commissioners Court after former former Sheriff Adrian Garcia resigned to run for the Mayor of Houston. Prior to his role as sheriff, Hickman served as Constable of Harris County Precinct 4.

Gonzalez served for the Houston Police Department for 18 years and recently completed three terms on the Houston City Council. Meanwhile, Pittman joined the HCSO in 2001 and has worked as a burglary and theft investigator for the sheriff’s office since 2007, and Day served as a Houston police officer for 30 years before joining the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Stauber serves as a lieutenant for HCSO while Moore serves with the Precinct 5 constable's office.

The winners of the primaries will face each other in the general election in November. The HSCO is the largest sheriff’s office in Texas and the third largest in the United States. Harris County sheriff oversees all eight Harris County precincts.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.


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