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City Council and Controller Elections: Wednesday’s Show (October 7, 2015)

With so much attention focused on the upcoming Houston mayoral election, and the impending vote on the city’s equal rights ordinance, there is the potential for higher-than-usual turnout, which may impact other races as well. 55 people are running for City Council seats. But in some districts, incumbents are running unopposed while 8 candidates are […]

With so much attention focused on the upcoming Houston mayoral election, and the impending vote on the city’s equal rights ordinance, there is the potential for higher-than-usual turnout, which may impact other races as well. 55 people are running for City Council seats. But in some districts, incumbents are running unopposed while 8 candidates are vying to replace Steve Costello’s At-Large Position 1 seat. (Costello is running for mayor).

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with “Off the Kuff” political blogger Charles Kuffner about the impact the mayor’s race and the equal rights ordinance may have on some of those offices, as well as the race for Controller, and the issues that may be of high importance to voters in different areas of the city. 

Also this hour: Houston wasn’t always the easiest city to dine in if you had special dietary needs. But according to our gaggle of foodies, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free dieters in Houston today have a wealth of choices to select from. We hear more in a special dietary needs edition of The Full Menu.

And: This past weekend marked the grand opening of Buffalo Bayou Park. The nearly 60 million dollar renovation project took about four years to complete. Back in November 2013, Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin stopped by the park to talk with Anne Olson, executive director of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. She recently returned with Olson ahead of the grand opening celebration to see how the park’s changed in just two years.

Houston Matters gets underway at noon. We welcome your questions for Charles Kuffner starting at 12:00 at 713-440-8870. Or e-mail us at talk@houstonmatters.org.

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Craig Cohen

Executive Producer/Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekdays at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer...

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