Election Day is Over, Time To Think About The 2015 Mayor’s Race

Houston Mayor Annise Parker won re-election. But Parker is term-limited and will not be able to run again — which has pundits already speculating about who will be on the ballot two years from now.

City elections are held every two years, which means Houston voters are lucky if they get even one full year off from the bombardment of political campaigns.

Local political insiders are already making guesses as to who will run for the city’s top seat in 2015.

Houston Chronicle Reporter Mike Morris and Rice University Political Science Professor Bob Stein were guests on KUHF’s Houston Matters.

Morris says there are a number of names already being discussed.

“Ed Gonzalez in District H, his name has been mentioned but I don’t know that is particularly likely. I haven’t put the question to him directly and I wouldn’t expect him to really weigh in at this point in the game. Adrian Garcia, the sheriff of Harris County, his name has been mentioned. He’s a former city councilman. I know State Rep. Sylvester Turner has not ruled it out.”

Bob Stein says there’s also Houston At-Large Councilmember Stephen Costello, who has already announced his intention to run for mayor.

“But I think there will be a half a dozen or so men and women who will run for this. But I think the candidate that’s most likely to succeed, we don’t know yet. I think you’ll see a candidate come from outside of the elected officials we’re talking about.”

Stein says one name that likely won’t be on the ballot again is Ben Hall, who lost to Parker in a thorough defeat.


Election Wrap Up on Houston Matters


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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