Houstonians largely renounced HERO

  • Houstonians came out in full force to defeat Proposition 1, outgoing Mayor Annise Parker’s signature ordinance, by 60%.

The Houston Mayoral Race is finally down to Sylvester Turner and Bill King1067213_630x354

  • Though most expected Turner and King to face each other in a runoff, it’s finally official. Turner, who led the mayoral pack for the duration of the campaign, pulled 31% of the vote to King’s 25%.




The Houston City Controller Race is down to Bill Frazer and Chris BrownFrazerBrown

  • Frazer will now face off against the Deputy City Controller Chris Brown. The candidates pulled 31% and 24% respectively.








Relatively Few City Council Changes

  • Greg Travis narrowly pulled off a win in District G to Sandie Mullins Moger. Mike Knox now faces a runoff with Georgia Provost in At-Large 1.

Houston’s Terms Have Changed

  • Proposition 2, the self-serving term reform, passed by a wide margin. The change, which benefits current sitting council members and all incoming Houston elected officials, changes terms from three two-years terms to two four-year terms.

All Harris County’s bonds passed

  • All four of the bond propositions from Harris County passed adding $848 million in new debt.

Houston ISD’s Board of Trustees was changed

  • Trustee Juliet Stipeche was defeated by former Trustee Diana Davila. Current Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones couldn’t escape a runoff and now faces Larry Williams.
Charles Blain

Charles Blain is the president of Urban Reform and Urban Reform Institute. A native of New Jersey, he is based in Houston and writes on municipal finance and other urban issues.


5/28/24 Runoff Election Night in Texas!

- Beware of Politicians’ phony ‘reforms’. - Texas GOP passes new rule to close Primaries from Democrat influence. - Abraham George was elected as Chair of the Texas GOP.