Friday, December 11, 2015

Mayoral Candidate Sylvester Turner speaks with Students

Candidate Sylvester Turner, for the 2015 Houston Mayoral Election, spoke with WAIS government students today. Turner shared with students about how local politics work. Turner also spoke on his position and his perspectives regarding Houston's issues and potential solutions.

The general election for Houston's next mayor was held in November, but no candidate took majority of the votes. The run-off election will be held tomorrow between the two leading candidates, Bill King and Sylvester Turner. Early voting dates for the run-off occurred Dec. 2nd - 8th.

Turner holds a degree in political science from the University of Houston, and a degree from Harvard Law. Turner has already served 25 years on the Texas Legislature. Turner also ran for Houston Mayor in 1991 and 2003, beat by Bob Lanier and Bill White respectively. During the General Election in November, Turner was leading the votes, with Bill King in the runner up position.

If elected, Turner will be Houston's second African-American mayor, following Annise Parker, Houston's second female mayor. Houston's first African-American mayor was Lee Brown (1998-2003), and Houston's first female mayor was Kathy Whitmire (1982-1991).

Candidate Bill King spoke with WAIS students in November.

Photography by WAIS student Brenda Robles. 
Robles is on Miacis staff.

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