Houston Mayor-Elect Sylvester Turner Ready To Tackle The Issues

The 26-year Democratic state representative defeated businessman Bill King 51 to 49 percent in Saturday’s runoff election.


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Mayor-elect Sylvester Turner addresses supporters at his election watch party at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Three turned out to be a charm for Sylvester Turner, who had unsuccessfully run for Houston mayor twice before.

After a night in which the winner was not known until every vote was counted, Turner edged out Bill King with 51 percent of the vote.

In his victory speech, the mayor-elect said that despite the narrow margin of victory he wants to be a mayor for all Houstonians.

"I will do my very, very best to represent every single Houstonian in this city," Turner said. "Whether you voted for me or not."

Turner will be Houston's second African American mayor — Lee Brown was the first in 1998.

The mayor-elect said he will deal with the fundamentals: infrastructure, public safety and city finances.

"And at the same time, we'll let every single Houstonian know in this city, regardless of where you come from, regardless of where you live, this remains a city of hope and opportunity," he said.

Supporters like Marisa Acosta are excited about the next four years.

"His ideas of helping make sure the streets are better and that the schools are doing better," she said. "And I just love the way his thought process is in helping the community, getting back to the basics with the police department, with the fire department, with everybody in union."

Chris Igwilo is also hoping that Turner will be able to bring people together.

"He is very inclusive," Igwilo said. "He's going to bring everybody on board."

The mayor-elect said that after he puts together a transition team, he will start tackling the many issues facing the city.

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