Want to know more about Houston mayor and city controller candidates? Find their Q&As here

Houston Matters interviewed the top candidates for Houston mayor, and Houston City Controller candidates.


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Harris County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth discussing the upcoming election during a press conference on Oct. 20, 2023.

It’s election season in the Houston area, and as it gets closer, Houston Matters with Craig Cohen is speaking directly with candidates for Houston Mayor and Houston City Controller.

In a Q&A session, Cohen asked candidates about some of the most pressing matters on the minds of voters, including the city’s financial future, public safety and infrastructure concerns.

Houston Mayoral Candidates

Though the field for mayor is a crowded one, (16 candidates are looking to replace term-limited Mayor Sylvester Turner) Houston Matters focused on the top five candidates who meet Houston Public Media's election coverage guidelines for such interviews. Their interviews can be found below.

Texas State Sen. John Whitmire

Houston City Councilman Robert Gallegos

U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Former METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia

Attorney Lee Kaplan

Annie Garcia

Houston City Controller

Also up for grabs is the city controller seat. The elected official acts as the city's chief financial officer. Duties include: certifying the availability of funds before City Council approval of city commitments, processing and monitoring payments exceeding $1 billion annually, investing the city’s funds, conducting internal audits of the city’s departments and federal grant programs, operating and maintaining its financial management system, conducting the sale of public improvement and revenue bonds, and producing an Annual Comprehensive Financial Report.

Acting city controller Chris Brown is also term-limited. Currently up for his seat are four candidates, whose interviews can be found below.

Houston City Councilor Dave Martin

Harris County Treasurer Orlando Sanchez

Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins

Deputy Houston Controller Shannan Nobles

MORE: Voters across Greater Houston and the Lone Star state will cast their ballots for a number of races and ballot measures. News 88.7 politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider offers us a last-minute cram session.


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