Third place was a position that forced Peter Brown to concede to opponents Annise Parker and Gene Locke.
"This is not a speech that I wanted to give, or that you want to hear, but the people have spoken and we certainly honor that."
He told his supporters that his message did not go unheard.
"Many of the policies and proposals and concepts and ideas that I advanced during this campaign have been embraced by the other candidates and, even though we did not make it to the runoff, I think this is a victory for all of us who believe in the future of Houston and that energy and inspiration will continue, regardless of who wins the runoff to be our next mayor."
Brown didn't say who he would endorse in the runoff, but added he would do what he can to help the next mayor advance the same important quality of life civic agenda for Houston.
PH, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.