Longtime Houston firefighter Roland Chavez is set to retire from the force this summer, but he announced that he'd like to continue his public service, as a candidate for the at-large city council position being vacated by the term limited Melissa Noriega.
"I think I have an advantage. I was a lobbyist shooting for firefighter issues, and I had a good rapport with a lot of elected officials. I'm a good communicator, and I do believe that though there'll be some disagreements that we'll have, but I've never been one to have that argument in public. And so, that's why I feel very comfortable with this."
There are eight other candidates running for Position 3, including bail bondsman and political activist Michael Kubosh — one of the brothers who rid Houston of red light cameras. He threw his hat in the ring last month.
"My name recognition is so high. The citizens already have a candidate in me that has already proven what I'll do, and the rest of them you're just speculative of how they'll sit in the seat but, I've already proven myself to the citizens that I will stand for them. I'll do what's right and I'll represent this city as best I can on city council."
Nancy Sims is a political analyst who's taking a tally of candidates filing for office, including mayor
"She's drawn a serious opponent in former city attorney Ben Hall. So, even though she is eligible to run one more time, it looks that'll be a competitive race this fall."
And unlike mayor, city council at-large position 3 is up for grabs with no incumbent.
"What I think is really fascinating thing about this race is that the candidates look like Houston. We've got an announced African-American, an announced Latino, an announced Asian. We've got conservative Republican candidates, an openly gay candidate. You know, it's a fascinating field that's running for that position."
Two other council races — D and I — are open because the incumbents are term limited. And while it may seem a little early for the general public, Sims says it's a building process for candidates seeking endorsements and financial support. She says it will cost between $100,000 and 300,000 to mount a successful race for council.