Garcia is pioneer

03/25/2014 5:38 PM

03/25/2014 5:40 PM

The story in Sunday’s paper about growing racial and ethnic diversity among elected Tarrant County officials is no doubt a bellwether of Texas’ elected leadership in the not-so-distant future. I wonder, however, why the article omitted County Clerk Mary Louise Garcia.

Although their numbers are growing, few women hold elected offices at local, state or national levels. Still fewer Republican Hispanic women occupy elected offices. Thus, as a female Hispanic Republican, Garcia is a pioneering example of the new diversity in American politics.

Using the March primaries as an example, the story’s headline and subhead heralded the “growing diversity” among Tarrant County leaders as “an evolution taking place.”

Garcia ran in the primary and has played a prominent role in that emerging diversity ever since she was elected county clerk four years ago.

— Jim Pitts, Fort Worth

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