City of Houston Election
As you are probably aware from being inundated by ads on social media, radio and television as well as in your mail box, the City of Houston is holding a major election in November. Aside from one council seat special election in 2018, this will be the first time since 2015, when the city first adopted four-year terms, that the mayor and all 16 council seats will be on the ballot.
With five current council members term-limited and three incumbents not seeking reelection, there will be a minimum of eight new council members beginning their first term in January. The remaining eight incumbent council members and Mayor Sylvester Turner are seeking reelection for their final four-year terms.
Previously a person could serve three two-year terms, now they are only permitted two four-year terms.
Mayor Sylvester Turner
CM Dave Martin, DISTRICT E
CM Greg Travis, DISTRICT G
CM Karla Cisneros, DISTRICT H
CM Robert Gallegos, DISTRICT I
CM Martha Castex-Tatum, DISTRICT K
CM Mike Knox, AT-LARGE POSITION 1
CM David Robinson, AT-LARGE POSITION 2
CM Michael Kubosh, AT-LARGE POSITION 3
Not seeking reelection:
CM Dwight Boykins, DISTRICT D
CM Steve Le, DISTRICT F
CM Amanda Edwards, AT-LARGE POSITION 4
Term Limited from seeking reelection:
CM Brenda Stardig, DISTRICT A
CM Jerry Davis, DISTRICT B
CM Ellen R. Cohen, DISTRICT C
CM Mike Laster, DISTRICT J
CM Jack Christie, AT-LARGE POSITION 5
This election has generated enormous interest because there are eight open seats, but also because of the four year terms. Potential candidates have to wait four years now to run instead of just two, and as a result more than 130 people have filed for these positions.
There is a lot at stake for this election, particularly in the post-Harvey political climate. Last year, we saw the city dramatically increase regulations on building within the 100 and 500 year floodplains by amending Chapter 19, the City’s Floodplain Regulation Ordinance.
Electing the most qualified, pro-housing candidates for office is vital to the homebuilding industry and protecting housing affordability and consumer choices.
The GHBA HOME-PAC actively screened candidates and will make endorsements for the November ballot. We will provide a list of HOME-PAC endorsed candidates for this election for you to take to the polls as early voting approaches.
Due to the number of candidates, we expect to see runoffs in a majority of these races. HOME-PAC will continue to screen candidates in November to provide recommendations for the December runoff election.
Texas Constitutional Amendments Election
If you do not live in the City of Houston or another municipality with a November election, you will still have a ballot to vote on next month. The State of Texas has 10 amendments to the constitution that will be on the ballot. These propositions cover a variety of issues including allowing temporary property tax exemptions after a disaster and prohibiting a state income tax.
Of particular interest to our region—and the focus of the GHBA’s advocacy and lobbying during the legislative session last spring—is Proposition 8. If passed, Prop 8 will create a fund that will allow eligible political subdivisions the ability to apply for money to help construct future flood mitigation and protection projects.
Proposition 8 would create the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) as a special fund outside of general revenue. A one-time distribution of nearly $800 million from the Economic Stabilization Fund, also known as the “rainy day fund,” would establish the FIF. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) would distribute FIF funds to local governments through loans or, in some cases, as grants.
These funds are absolutely critical to helping protect our region from future flood events as well as helping to continue our recovery from Harvey, which will last for years to come.
Early voting begins on October 21 and runs through November 1, with Election Day on November 5.
If you live in Harris County, you can vote at any of the early voting locations during early voting.
In previous elections, if you waited until Election Day you were required to vote at your precinct. That is no longer the case. All Election Day polling locations are open to all eligible voters in Harris County. That means you can vote at any polling location across the county on Election Day.
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