District 22 May Be Preview of 2008

The campaign for the District 22 seat may have been a preview of the 2008 election. Houston Public Radio's Capella Tucker reports.

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Democrat Nick Lampson, to some degree, rode the tide of a Democratic wave over the country to take District 22. He'll represent the district once held by former Congressman Tom DeLay, but not before Houston City Councilmember and Republican, Shelley Sekula Gibbs holds the seat for a couple of months. University of Houston Communications Professor Bob Heath...

"I think if Nick Lampson wants to keep the seat after 2008 he is going to have to convince a large number of people that a Democrat can speak well to the issues that are on the mind in District 22. I have every confidence that we will have a pretty good idea as we go through this week who those candidates will be in 2008."

Sekula Gibbs received about 61,000 write-in ballots in the general election. UH Center for Public Policy Director Jim Granato says Lampson's campaign was already trying to appeal to Republicans in the district.

"Lampson is positioning himself to run as a moderate or conservative Democrat. He is going to narrow the distance between himself and any Republican opponent, be it Sekula Gibbs or someone else."

Capella Tucker, Houston Public Radio News.

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