Commissioner Elect Says He's Ready to Prove Himself

A week after his unexpected victory over Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, Jack Morman is still having a hard time finding the words to describe the win. It's been decades since an incumbent commissioner has lost, but as Jack Williams reports, Morman's upset is even more remarkable. With no political experience, no name recognition and very little money spent on his campaign, Morman rode a wave of anti-Democrat sentiment on Election Day.

"We knew going in it was going to be tough and that if we won it would surprise a lot of people."

Jack Morman isn't the type of guy to seek-out the spotlight, but he now finds himself right in the middle of it, ready to step into one of the most powerful political positions in one of the largest counties in the country.

"I'm a relatively keep my head down and do my work and get things done kind of guy and now that this has happened,
everybody wants to meet me and talk to me and figure out who the heck I am. So that's been quite a change, something
that I'm not used to. I'm sure I will get used to it, but it hasn't happened yet." 

There's a lot we don't know about Morman, but here's what we do know. He's 32 years old, is married to his high school sweetheart and has two young children. He's lived in Precinct Two all his life, graduated from Deer Park High School and attended Baylor for his undergraduate and law degrees. Morman has practiced law for 7 years, but will soon give
that up to become a full-time commissioner. 

"That's a huge undertaking and an incredible calling and I think I can do a good job and really help make a difference in the lives, the daily lives of all the people of Precinct 2."

Morman will be the rookie on a well-seasoned Commissioners Court. He'll be one of four Republicans. El Franco Lee will be the only Democrat left on Court when Morman is sworn-in early next year.

"I anticipate having a great relationship with everybody on Commissioners Court. I don't get along with very, very few people and I just tend to work hard and do what needs to be done."  
 
He'll be replacing a well-respected and effective Commissioner in Sylvia Garcia, who has led Precinct 2 for the past eight years. He says he's realistic about his job security.

"If in four years I haven't done a good job for everybody in Precinct 2, then I don't expect to have the job for another
four years. That historically hasn't been the case for County Commissioners in Harris County but I fully intent that I'll do a great job and you can't count on me to work my tail off to do that."

For now, Morman says he's wrapping up his case load and is ready for his next challenge, convincing many local voters they made the right decision on election day.

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Jack Williams

Director of News Programming

News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...