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Reflections On A Career In Small-Town Politics

Bill Fulton of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research tells Houston Matters about his book, which is a collection of his writing while serving in small-town politics.


Bill Fulton
Florian Martin
Bill Fulton is the director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.


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Rice University's Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, used to serve as a city council member in Ventura, Calif., and later as that city's mayor.

While he was in office, he wrote a blog about the challenges of being an elected official.

Now, he's collected some of those thoughts in a book called Talk City: A Chronicle of Political Life in an All-American Town.

Fulton talks with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen about his book and what he learned during his time in office.