The NAAF city affiliates will be endorsing political candidates that support drug reform in the New Jim Crow area.
The National African American Forum endorses Mike Anderson and Adrian Garcia both won their perspective campaigns.
Mike Anderson received over 63% of the vote in the May 29th Republican Primary and will now face Democrat Lloyd Oliver in the November 6th General Election.
Mike Anderson is the conservative Republican candidate who is ready to return real leadership to the office of Harris County District Attorney. Known throughout the criminal justice system, Mike has been a prosecutor and a judge who has earned a reputation for honesty and integrity. He has the background, qualifications, and experience to ensure that justice is done in Harris County.
Seventeen years’ service as a skilled prosecutor makes Mike well suited to restore confidence and respect to the D.A.’s office. While serving as an Assistant District Attorney, Mike prosecuted every level of crime from misdemeanors to Capital Murders. As a Special Crimes prosecutor in the Major Offenders Division, he prosecuted the worst of the worst, at one point winning eleven consecutive life sentences. He successfully investigated and/or prosecuted eleven Capital Murder cases, all of which resulted in death sentences. He was known as a tenacious prosecutor whose knowledge of the law and courtroom skills put criminals behind bars and assured victims that justice was served.
Twelve years’ experience as a strong law-and-order State District Judge has prepared Mike to make the tough calls and uphold the law. As a judge, Mike presided over thousands of cases involving serious felonies, including capital murder, kidnapping, child abuse, sexual assault, and drug and property crimes. In 2009, Mike was elected Administrative Judge by his fellow Criminal District Court Judges. As Administrative Judge, Mike was instrumental in the creation of Veteran’s Court, the Public Defender’s Office, and and a third Mental Health Court. His budget cuts in indigent defense ensured quality representation and saved taxpayers money. Mike was also a member of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, assisting in the development of best-practice policies for the Harris County criminal justice system.
Mike is a Harris County native, born and reared in Pasadena. He graduated from Pearland High School and Texas Lutheran College. He earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law.
Active in the community, Mike has volunteered countless hours to Special Olympics, Big Brothers and Sisters, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and Habitat for Humanity. He coaches youth sports and is involved in Scouting.
Mike is known among Republicans as a conservative and a crime fighter. He is a strong supporter of the Party and its conservative principles.
Mike is married to Devon Anderson, a respected former Prosecutor and District Judge. Together they have two children, Sam and Brynn. The Andersons are active members of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, where Mike is an Elder.
2012 Adrian Garcia Harris County Sheriff Endorsed by Houston African American Forum and National African American Forum
Prior to being elected Harris County Sheriff in 2008, Adrian Garcia spent 23 years with the Houston Police Department gaining valuable law enforcement experience. His dedication was recognized by former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier who appointed Adrian to the position of HPD’s liaison to the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office. In 1999, Adrian was named Director of this anti-gang effort.
After leaving HPD, Adrian served six years as a Houston City Councilman eventually becoming Mayor Pro-Tempore under Mayor Bill White. On City Council, Adrian gained valuable experience in how government works—experience that will help him maintain a transparent Sheriff’s Department that is, above all, accountable to the taxpayers of Harris County.
Aside from the vital work Adrian did as a Houston police officer and city councilman, he was retained as a consultant for the U.S. State Department to evaluate law enforcement and policing programs in Central America. He has also repeatedly served as a panelist on Harvard University’s Criminal Justice Project.
In 2008, Sheriff Garcia inherited a Sheriff’s Department that was in dire need of reform and he wasted no time producing new, innovative ideas to clean up the mess that existed at that department. Adrian brought more diversity to the department’s command staff. He brought in outside experts to re-evaluate the way our Harris County jail system works. And he has worked to be a visible, community oriented law enforcement officer.
Looking forward, Adrian’s priorities for the Harris County Sheriff’s Department include cutting crime in all parts of the county, improving security at our port, tackling jail overcrowding issues, and bringing even more transparency to how the Sheriff’s Department does business. Sheriff Garcia also maintains a mental health task force to develop new ideas for dealing with mentally ill persons who are routinely cycled through our criminal justice system.