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New Houston Councilmembers Unlikely to Shake Up City Hall

Five Houston City Council races were decided on Saturday during the run-off election. Now that all the council seats are confirmed, one political analyst says Mayor Annise Parker's last term shouldn't be too difficult.


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The run-off races ousted two incumbents, Helena Brown and Andrew Burks, from their seats. A third incumbent, Al Hoang, also lost his seat back in November. Between the November election and the run-off election, a total of six new councilmembers will take office on January 2nd.

University of Houston Political Science Associate Professor Brandon Rottinghaus says there won’t be many obstructionist councilmembers trying to block Mayor Parker.

“In general I think that you don’t see any real serious obstacle, at least in terms of personalities, for the mayor into her last term. And so there’s probably some small net gain for her, given the personnel.”

The one outlier could be bail bondsman Michael Kubosh, who successfully sued the City of Houston over its use of red light cameras.

As for what the next two years will hold, Rottinghaus predicts Mayor Parker will spend her final term working on pension reform, a particularly divisive issue.

“Which is a serious negotiation amongst very entrenched interests. But it may in fact be that, given that Mayor Parker is leaving office, this could be a time for her and the very last thing that she does, to be able to put things into motion to get this to work. And so I think that in some ways, her positioning gives her some extended ability to get this job done.”

Rottinghaus says Rebuild Houston’s ongoing street and drainage projects will also be a high priority in Parker’s final term.

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez leads news coverage for Houston Public Media across broadcast and digital platforms. Ramirez is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Before becoming News Director, Ramirez held the position of Executive Producer for Daily News, leading daily and breaking news coverage, helping...

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