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Election Preview: These Are The Races On Houston’s 2019 Runoff Ballot

The city’s runoff election is scheduled for Dec. 14, with early voting beginning on Nov. 27.

In November, Houstonians went to the polls to elect local leaders, including the Mayor, the Controller and all 16 City Council seats. But in the mayor’s race and 12 of the city council races, no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, meaning the top two vote-getters are headed to the runoff, set for Saturday, December 14. 

Below, is a brief guide to what’s on the runoff ballot this year.

Early voting begins on Wednesday, November 27, then stops for the Thanksgiving holiday. It continues from December 2-10. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7.p.m., except for on Sunday, December 8 when they will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Harris County will have 33 polling locations open during early voting, and 385 open on Election Day. Because of the new countywide polling system, voters can cast their ballot at any location. You can look up polling locations, here.

Which City Council district are you in? Use our tool to find out. You can also see where City Council candidates stand on various issues related to flooding, in our flood survey

What will the ballot look like? The Harris County Clerk’s Office has posted a preview of the ballot on their website.

Mayor

You can listen to the Houston Matters interview with Turner, here, and with Buzbee, here.

Sylvester Turner

Sylvester Turner (Incumbent)

“Sylvester went from sharing one room with eight brothers and sisters to attending Harvard Law School, founding a successful small business and becoming a champion in our legislature for strong schools, quality health care and affordable electricity rates for seniors. Now Sylvester is uniting Democrats, Republicans, business leaders, unions, community groups and thousands of Houstonians to improve our roads, make our neighborhoods safer, support our public schools and give working people a better chance to get ahead.”

 

Tony Buzbee

Tony Buzbee 

“Tony Buzbee is a decorated Marine, successful lawyer and business owner, philanthropist and change agent. He is running for Mayor of Houston to end corruption, restore effective government and deliver results for all Houstonians. Tony has a record of getting results and fighting for working families. The New York Times has called him one of the most successful trial lawyers in the Country. He often represents families of workers who have been killed or severely injured on the job.”

 

 


District A

Amy Peck

Amy Peck

“With over a decade of experience in resolving constituent issues, Amy knows what it takes to find solutions, navigate complicated governmental agencies and get results. As chief of staff for Council Member Brenda Stardig since 2014, she has already been serving the citizens of District A. Amy has a unique understanding of the needs of the district and will continue advocating for the community.”

 

George Harry Zoes

George Harry Zoes 

“With 30 years of business experience in Spring Branch, George Zoes knows what it takes to get things done. He owns two businesses in Spring Branch. He understands every level of business. Being born and raised in Spring Branch, George understands what is lacking in the district, what affects businesses, knows what is needed to attract local small businesses and improvements needed for Spring Branch to blossom.”

 

 


District B

The District B race will not be on the runoff ballot because a candidate has contested the results of the general election. A special election will be scheduled after the legal challenge is resolved. 

 

Cynthia Bailey

Cynthia Bailey

“For years, Cynthia has been an active voice in the community and has collaborated with Houston leadership on several community issues including campaigns to fight flooding, ensure appropriate use of Rebuild Houston funds, elimination of Red Light cameras and HISD school funding bonds. She currently leads the District B HOT Team which is responsible for trash and debris clean-up left by illegal dumping. Under her leadership, illegal dumping has decreased by 20% since 2017.”

 

Tarsha Jackson

Tarsha Jackson

“I’m a proud product of Houston, having grown up in neighborhoods in District B. I’ve been fighting to advance the priorities of District B residents since the early 2000s. I’ve built multi-racial alliances to secure bail reform, address immigrant rights, affordable housing and equitable recovery after Hurricanes Ike and Harvey. My advocacy work has been recognized locally and nationally.”

 

 


District C

Abbie Kamin

Abbie Kamin

“I’m a civil rights attorney and neighborhood advocate. As Associate Regional Director at the Anti-Defamation League, I fought discrimination, hate and gun violence. In my neighborhood, I’ve helped increase police patrols and improve local drainage. On City Council, I’ll fight for timely trash and recycling pickup, safe streets and sidewalks, and the highest standards of flood protection.”

 

Shelley Kennedy

Shelley Kennedy

“I have a record of achievement as a community leader and advocate that yields results. Under the last two mayors, I have been appointed to City Commissions (KHB Commission & IPOB). I know one way to bring about change is by implementing effective policy. I am a policy wonk and budget geek. I’ve been fiercely advocating for Houstonians for decades and have been a driving force for positive change.”

 

 


District D

Carolyn Evans-Shabazz

Carolyn Evans-Shabazz

“I am a native Houstonian raised in District D. I am a graduate of Jack Yates High School. I graduated with a B.A. from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and I have a Masters and a Doctorate from Texas Southern University. I am currently the Chair of the Board of the Houston Community College.”

 

Brad 'Scarface' Jordan

Brad “Scarface” Jordan

“Brad Jordan is a native Houstonian and is originally from the city’s South Acres neighborhood. He attended Rhoads Elementary and Woodson Junior High Schools, starting his career in the music industry shortly thereafter. Jordan went on to have a successful music career spanning over thirty years. For over the past decade, the 48-year-old has been serving the local Houston community, a conscious move away from his reputable rap career and toward a meaningful life in public service.”

 

 


District F

Tiffany D. Thomas

Tiffany D. Thomas

“Tiffany is an assistant professor where she teaches in the community development graduate program. She was formerly elected to the Alief ISD school board where she attended public schools.”

 

Van Huynh

Van Huynh

“Graduated BBA in 1998 at University of Houston Downtown with Finance and Economic degrees. Work at City Council District F office as Chief of Staff from 2016. Married to Julie Huynh, a Pharmacist at HEB. Proud father of Vanessa Huynh and Brian Huynh.”

 

 


District H

Karla Cisneros

Karla Cisneros (Incumbent)

“Houston City Council District H, 2016 – Present. Chair, City Council Economic Development Subcommittee on Education. HISD Trustee, 2000-2006. HISD Board President, 2004. Former HISD elementary school teacher. University of Virginia, BA in Environmental Science.
Rice University, Master of Architecture. Married to Tim Cisneros. Three children and three grandchildren. Woodland Heights resident.”

 

Isabel Longoria

Isabel Longoria

“Born and raised in Houston, the daughter of immigrants, I have proudly dedicated my life to public service. I have served on the Houston Planning Commission and worked for state Rep. Jessica Farrar and state Sen. Sylvia Garcia in their district, capitol, and campaign offices. I am a proud Latina, lesbian, Progressive Democrat, and look forward to using my experience to serve the people of District H.”

 

 


District J

Sandra Rodríguez

Sandra Rodríguez

“She is a native Houstonian and 34-year resident of the Gulfton neighborhood with two decades of experience in public service. She’s focused on areas of engagement, revitalization and education in under-resourced communities. She is a product of HISD schools within District J and led the Southwest/Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Centers, serves as the President of the Gulfton Super Neighborhood Council.”

 

Edward Pollard

Edward Pollard

“In January 2018, Edward opened his own firm in District J, Pollard Legal Group, LLC, where he primarily focuses on personal injury. In 2014, Edward Co-Founded a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization called Suits for Success. Among a myriad of community and civic involvement, Edward is also an alumnus of Leadership Houston, former president of H-BAD, former vice president of the Gulfton Super Neighborhood Council, committee member for the City of Houston Complete Communities Initiative, advocate with Autism Speaks, and serves as a professional fiduciary for military veterans.”

 

 


At-Large Position 1

Mike Knox

Mike Knox (Incumbent)

“Native Houstonian. USAF Veteran. Retired Texas Peace officer (HPD). Author and Consultant on Gang and Youth Violence”

 

 

Raj Salhotra

Raj Salhotra

“I am a native Houstonian running for Houston City Council to Build One Houston where everyone has access to opportunity. I grew up here, attended Rice University, and then became a high school math teacher in the Hiram-Clarke area. After teaching, I attended Harvard Law School and founded and ran an educational non-profit called Students With Ambition Go (SWAG) To College.”

 

 


At-Large Position 2

David W. Robinson

David W. Robinson (Incumbent)

“I am a second term incumbent running for my third and final term on Houston’s City Council. Additionally, as the son of a political scientist who instilled in me a strong sense of civic pride and duty at a young age, I’ve volunteered on a number of campaigns throughout my life and have worked with various elected officials in my role as a public servant, engaged civic leader and commissioner.”

 

Willie R. Davis

Willie R. Davis

“I am a native Houstonian born in 3rd Ward Tx, and educated by HISD. I attended Sam Houston State University, Texas Southern University and Cameron University of Lawton, Oklahoma and Texas School of Theology. I volunteered during Vietnam in the United States Army and served with the 1st Special Forces Group Green Beret and I am proud of my service. I presently serve on the Board of Trustees of HBU.”

 

 


At-Large Position 3

Michael Kubosh

Michael Kubosh (Incumbent)

“For too long City Hall has operated in a cloud of confusion and mystery. Simply put, our city leaders are not telling the voters the truth about the budget, untested rape kits, infrastructure and the pension plans. Once elected, I will tear down the walls and demand full accountability on these issues. When the people lose trust in their government, it cannot be restored with secrecy. I have spent the last 4 years demanding that City Hall tell the truth. As your next City Councilman At Large #3, I will continue to do just that.”

 

Janaeya Carmouche

Janaeya Carmouche

“During my college years, I staffed on-campus voter registration efforts and debated hot-button issues with classmates that became lifelong friends. I’ve worked across decades to represent and hold space for communities seeking change, and have had the privilege of working with elected and appointed officials that worked tirelessly to create transformative change.” 

 

 


At-Large Position 4

Anthony Dolcefino

Anthony Dolcefino

“Anthony has always been a bold voice for what he believes in, speaking truth to power wherever he sees injustice. A lifelong Houstonian with a background in investigative research, Anthony is ready to ask the tough questions to those at the top. With a degree in political science from the University of Texas at Austin, Anthony has focused on tackling the special interests and corruption at City Hall.”

 

Letitia Plummer

Letitia Plummer

“Born and raised in Houston I have spent the last 20 years in the public and private sectors of healthcare and have firsthand knowledge as a dentist of creating access to a community healthcare system for everyone. During my career as a small business owner, I have balanced budgets, created jobs, and managed a successful business that focuses on caring for the health and welfare of my patients.”

 

 


At-Large Position 5

Eric Dick

Eric Dick

“Eric Dick is a Harris County Department of Education trustee, home insurance lawyer, and radio personality.”

 

 

 

Sallie Alcorn

Sallie Alcorn

“I’m a mom, wife, and dedicated public servant running for Houston City Council to continue serving the city I love. I’ve gained extensive experience in local government working in the city’s housing department, three city council offices and for the city’s flood czar.”

 

 

Other races on the ballot:

City of Bellaire, Council Member – Position No. 4: Nathan Wesely, Winfred Frazier

City of Bellaire, Council Member – Position No. 6: Jim Hotze, David R. Montague

Houston Community College System 1, Trustee, District I: Dave Wilson, Monica Flores Richart

Houston Community College System 2, Trustee, District II: Kathy Lynch-Gunter, Rhonda Skillern-Jones

Houston ISD, Trustee, Position 2: Kathy Blueford-Daniels, John Curtis Gibbs

Houston ISD, Trustee, Position 4: Patricia K. Allen, Matt Barnes

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