The packed but cozy confines at the Houston Garden Center at Hermann Park attracted a diverse crowd of men and women, young and old, and all eager to hear Brown's vision for the city. Before he made if official, supporters heard from prominent Houstonians like Sonny Flores of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
"I wrote four things why I am so enthused about Peter Brown. He has the energy, the commitment, the intelligence and the creativity to move this city forward."
DZ Cofield is pastor of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church.
"When I look at Peter, and you think aboutÎ¾ this man, he doesn't have to run for mayor. This is not going to be the fulfillment or culmination of his life dreams, but he runs on a simple premise that everybody in Houston, regardless of race, creed or color deserves the best that our city has to offer." (applause)
Before he reached the podium, Brown hugged a few people in the audience.
"We have traveled here from many parts of Houston, from diverse backgrounds, summoned by a belief in the future, united by our shared aspirations to build a great American city in this century and in a new economy. (applause) As a proud third generation Houstonian with deep family and business ties in this city, I've dedicated my life to improving our community and the built environment."
Brown spent more than 30-yearsÎ¾ as a successful architect and urban planner. He hopes it benefits him as mayor:
"Look, I'm not a career politician, but my experience as an architect and businessman has served me well, as a member of Houston city council, working along with Mayor Bill White, to cut wasteful spending and attract higher quality development to our city. Now, I can honestly say, that I've done just about all I can possibly do as a city councilman." (applause)
He offered an agenda that included expanding the city's economy, protecting and improving the quality and character of Houston's neighborhoods, and getting tough on crime. I asked the Reverend Bill Lawson why Brown should be the next mayor:
"This is a very diverse community. Its got its Anglos. Its got its Hispanics, its Blacks, its Asians, and Peter has shown his responsiveness to all those folks in ways that other candidates don't."
Other candidates vying for the city's top job include Harris County Education Trustee Roy Morales, City Controller Annise Parker and former city attorney Gene Locke.
Pat Hernandez, KUHF...Houston Public Radio News.