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More Than 70 Potential Candidates Vying For Seats On Houston City Council

All 16 City Council seats are up for election this year, including six open seats.


Houston City Council, 2017

The field of candidates for mayor of Houston is growing by the day, in turn fueling a surge of contenders for seats on City Council.

All 16 seats on Houston City Council are up for election this year, including six open seats. The Office of the City Secretary confirms that more than 70 potential candidates have expressed an interest in running.

"The opportunities in the mayoral race are also spurring more people to get involved," said political analyst Nancy Sims. "There were some upsets the last time, and people see the opportunity to get in there and make a difference. We have a higher political engagement from a younger generation, and we're seeing that reflected in the candidates as well."

In districts where multiple candidates are competing, runoffs are likely. The deadline to file paperwork to get on the ballot is August 19.


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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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