U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is running for Houston mayor
Posted for: MugsMalone
by Patrick Svitek
U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is joining the Houston mayoral race.
“Sheila Jackson Lee wants to come home to be your mayor for the city of Houston,” Jackson Lee said at a church event Sunday. “I will not be able to do it without each and every one of you.”
Jackson Lee’s comments were livestreamed by the church, City Cathedral Church, and shared Monday morning by Urban Reform, a Houston online publication.
Jackson Lee enters a mayoral contest that is already well underway. The early frontrunner is state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, and his competitors include Chris Hollins, the former Harris County clerk, and Amanda Edwards, a former City Council member.
“Sheila Jackson Lee wants to come home to be your Mayor, for the City of Houston,” @JacksonLeeTX18 (@sjl4hrc) announcing her bid for mayor at City Cathedral Church pic.twitter.com/naenrUUVty
— Urban Reform (@urbanreformorg) March 27, 2023
The election is in November, and the seat is open because incumbent Sylvester Turner is term-limited. The office is nonpartisan, though Houston is solidly blue and the most prominent candidates all identify as Democrats.
Jackson Lee has been in Congress since 1995 and established herself as a Democratic icon in Houston. She would not have to give up her congressional seat to run for mayor.
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