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Political Roundup: Assessing Mayor Turner’s time in office

Ahead of Wednesday’s State of the City address, we consider the mayor’s accomplishments and what challenges remain after his eight years in office as we discuss the latest developments in politics.


Houston Matters Political Roundup


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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner delivers his final State of the City address at a luncheon today. Mayor Turner is term limited and will give way to the winner of this fall's mayoral election.

In the audio above, we discuss his accomplishments and legacy with Walter Hambrick, Mayor Turner's deputy chief of staff.

Then, we seek analysis of the mayor’s eight years in office from Renee Cross, senior director and researcher at the University of Houston's Hobby School of Public Affairs, and Mark Jones, political science fellow at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Then, we talk with Renee and Mark about a number of other developments, as our regular Wednesday political roundup explores the potential for a government shutdown in Washington, mayoral and presidential candidate debates, and the still-not-over Ken Paxton saga, among other topics.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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