Tarrant County hires second elections administrator of the year

For the second time this year, Tarrant County will have a new elections administrator.

Heider Garcia, elections manager in Placer County, Calif., has been hired to guide and oversee local elections.

He should join the county in mid-February to observe the March 6 primary election and help out as needed, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said.

“We think he will be a good fit,” Whitley said.

Garcia will be sworn in as elections administrator after the primary.

The delay is to give him time to become a registered voter in Tarrant County, which Whitley said he must do before he can be sworn in.

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He replaces Nathan Neblett, a Houston man who held the post for two weeks in January before county officials decided to “release” him from the post.

“We just decided it wasn’t going to be a good fit for us,” Whitley said at the time. “We decided to go in a different direction.”

Saving lives

Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks and the Texas Rangers are teaming up to try to save some lives.

The two are sponsoring the Healthy Lives Matter Prostate Cancer Screening event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Moncrief Cancer Institute, 400 W. Magnolia St. in Fort Worth.

The goal is to provide blood screenings and information to help reduce the number of prostate cancer diagnoses in men of color.

In 2015, Brooks underwent surgery for prostate cancer and has long encouraged people to educate themselves about the medical condition to “choose to live.”

Call 817-531-5600 for more information. Register at tarrantcounty.com.

Cowtown recognition

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced some news recently at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

Miller told the crowd there that he’s been endorsed by the “Big Three” cattle industry trade groups in Texas — The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the Texas Association of Dairymen PAC.

“I am honored to have the endorsement and active support of these three organizations that represent the heart of Texas agriculture,” he said. “There would be no Texas without the cattle industry and there would be no cattle industry without the hard work and advocacy of these groups.”

Key election dates

Feb. 5 Deadline to register to vote

Feb. 20-March 2 Early voting

Feb. 23 The last day to apply for a ballot by mail

March 6 Primary election

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley