The city of Houston celebrates a new day as local native and veteran lawmaker Sylester Turner won a run-off election Saturday for the office of Mayor of the city of Houston. Turner will preside over the 4th largest city in nation, as he narrowly won against businessman Bill King by a margin of just over 4000 votes.
The Acres Homes native went from sharing one room with eight brothers and sisters to attending Harvard Law School, founding a successful small business and becoming a champion in our legislature for strong schools, quality health care, affordable electricity rates for seniors, and road repairs.
Turner has previously run for mayor twice. In 1991, he lost a run-off election to Bob Lanier and he lost again in 2003. Since 1989, he has been a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives.
As the 2nd African-American to serve as Mayor of Houston, Turner vows to unite Democrats, Republicans, business leaders, unions, community groups and thousands of Houstonians to bring more opportunity to Houston’s middle class families and build a better road to the future for young Houstonians who are being left behind.
In his victory speech, he stated:
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the amazing victory we had last night.
Now it’s time to do what we do best Houston: bring our city together and move it forward.
Because all of it – the door knocks, phone calls, mailers, TV ads, social media posts, online ads, radio ads, fundraisers, rallies and everything else – will be worth it only if we build a city that truly works for everyone.
We did all of it together because we know we’re all in this together. Thank You.