When Republicans in Texas’ largest county head to the polls in the upcoming primary election, they will have a choice to make when it comes to who will lead the county party.

Bobby Orr, a businessman and local activist, has filed to run against incumbent Cindy Siegel.

“Harris County is too important to not do better; we must do better. We can no longer do business as usual. I entered the race for County Chair because there is a void of leadership and we must Win Back Harris County,” said Orr.

Orr says he wants to focus on electing conservatives to local offices, such as the county commissioner’s court, city councils, and school boards.

“The Harris County Republican Party must also be proactive. We must work to win elections at the ballot box and not in the court room,” said Orr. “We can’t continue to ask donors for their support and then waste their money on fighting election results in court battles we simply cannot win. Harris County Republicans expect more, and I am the candidate who will make a difference and deliver results.”

In his campaign announcement, Orr took aim at perceived problems in the county party, “including spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyers for unwinnable court cases, declining number of Precinct Chairs, as well as the party’s reliance on outdated voter data.”

Siegel, who formerly served as the mayor of Bellaire, was made the chair of the Harris County GOP in 2022. Christopher Zook Jr., a spokesman for her campaign, accused Orr of ignoring the accomplishments of the party and called on him to drop out of the race.

“Under Cindy’s leadership, Harris County Republicans won the first county-wide positions since 2014, secured victories in numerous school board races, recently elected a historic number of Republicans to the Houston City Council, and have more active precinct chairs than ever,” said Zook. 

“Instead of fighting against a successful track record, the opponent should drop out of the race, contribute to the upward trajectory of the county party, and stand with the majority of Republican elected officials in support of Chairman Siegel’s re-election,” he added.

The Republican Primary election will take place March 5. 

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens