Election 2015

Bill King Stresses ‘Back-to-Basics’ Message Heading Into Houston Mayoral Runoff

King won roughly a quarter of the vote in Tuesday’s first-round contest. He’ll face off against State Representative Sylvester Turner next month.

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Bill King addresses supporters
Former Kemah Mayor Bill King addresses supporters at his election night rally at the Westin Galleria. Joining King on the podium were
family members and State Senator Paul Bettencourt (right)

Former Kemah Mayor Bill King is heading into the runoff election to replace Annise Parker as mayor of Houston. Speaking at his election night watch party, Bill King said his message heading into the second round of Houston's mayoral contest will be the same as in the first: Balance the budget, get tough on crime, and fix the city's streets.

"I think there's a real frustration among Houstonians that the city's not delivering the basic services we expect from a city government and has sort of lost its way on a lot of peripheral issues," King said.

Bill King speaks with reporters
Former Kemah Mayor Bill King speaks with reporters at his election night rally at the Westin Galleria

In his victory speech, the former Kemah mayor said the challenges facing Houston would be hard to overcome but not impossible. He invoked the city's historical triumphs to make his point.

"You know, we can do this,” he said. “And by the way, it's not nearly as hard digging a ship channel fifty miles inland or putting a man on the Moon or taking the heart out of one person and putting it in another. These are relatively simple."

King polled roughly a quarter of the vote in Tuesday's mayoral election, giving him a strong second-place finish behind State Representative Sylvester Turner.

The runoff between Turner and King will take place in December.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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