Sylvester Turner Says He Wants To Bring Houston Together As He Heads Into Runoff In Mayor’s Race

The veteran state lawmaker says he’s feeling confident after emerging as the top vote-getter. But he’s telling supporters there’s more work ahead of next month’s runoff.


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Sylvester Turner stands with his daughter Ashley Turner as he thanks supporters on election night.
Sylvester Turner and daughter Ashley Turner (left) thank supporters on election night.

Sylvester Turner focused on a message of diversity as he thanked supporters at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

“I think we make a mistake if we just focus on just the potholes, and not talk about many of the human characteristics that make this city great and vibrant,” said Turner.

The longtime Democratic state representative came out on top in Tuesday election after two previous runs for mayor.  In his post-election remarks, Turner praised his fellow candidates, but heading into the runoff he says he wants to focus on the issues.

“Quite frankly for me, I’m not running against another personality,” said Turner. “I am running for Houston’s future of total inclusion, where we provide and afford every child in this city the opportunity to succeed.”

Along with improving schools, infrastructure, and public safety, Turner says he also wants to focus on income inequality. He says Houston’s shouldn’t be a city of “haves and have-nots.”

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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