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John Whitmire elected next mayor of Houston: NPR

John Whitmire delivers his victory speech at his watch party for the runoff election.

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John Whitmire delivers his victory speech at his watch party for the runoff election.

Andrew Schneider/Houston Public Media

Texas State Senator John Whitmire defeated Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee to win election as the 63rd mayor of Houston. The count from the Harris County Clerk’s Office showed Whitmire defeating Jackson Lee by a margin of 65% to 35% with approximately more than 131,000 early votes cast.

“Big cities are solving their problems. Together we can solve our problems. The first way to solve your problem is to admit that you have one. And I don’t mind telling people what a great city we have, but we have great challenges. ” Whitmire said at his victory party at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. “This will be an opportunity to show the nation what the city of Houston can do. We will no longer leave aside. »

Whitmire has consistently led in most polls since first publicly announcing his intention to run for mayor more than two years ago. The most recent — the Houston Public Media/Houston Chronicle/University of Houston Political Science and Population Health Poll, conducted after the first round of voting — showed several trends that appear to have ultimately worked in Whitmire’s favor . The senator leads among older white voters and conservatives, two groups who are more likely than others to vote in municipal runoff elections.

Black voters, a key constituency of Jackson Lee, did not show the same support for the congresswoman in the first round of the mayor’s race as they did for Sylvester Turner, the current mayor, during his first victory in 2015. Turner had supported Jackson Lee. in the current elections. Whitmire also enjoyed a plurality of support among Latino voters. And while Whitmire led among men in the Houston Public Media poll, he was also tied among women, cutting off another group of critical support for Jackson Lee.

In her concession speech, Jackson Lee said she was grateful for every vote and said of Whitmire that she was “committed to working with him, because seeing the city and listening to all of you, I know that our ideas can make this city of the future, as I said.

The Houston Public Media poll identified the top issues voters care about. Thirty-five percent of likely voters surveyed said crime was the most important issue in the race.

Whitmire made fighting crime and improving public safety a cornerstone of his campaign, saying he would bring 200 state troopers to Houston while the city would hire and train hundreds of additional police officers . While Jackson Lee also spoke about the importance of public safety, she took a more nuanced approach, emphasizing the importance of job creation and violence intervention to address some of the causes deep roots of crime.

By comparison, 18 percent of voters surveyed said the economy was the most important issue facing the next mayor. Fourteen percent highlighted the cost of housing, while 10 percent said the city’s finances were their main concern.

While Houston’s mayoral election was officially nonpartisan, Whitmire will enter the mayor’s office with a half-century of public service experience as a Democratic elected official. He was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1972 and won election to the Texas Senate in 1982. He was first appointed chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee in 1993 and continued to hold the position long after Republicans took control of the chamber. He is currently the longest-serving member, with the unofficial title of “Dean of the Senate.”

Whitmire is the former brother-in-law of Kathy Whitmire, who served as mayor of Houston from 1982 to 1991.

“We will make this city a safer city,” Whitmire said of his plans for the future. “We will do it by recruiting more officers, by supporting the officers we have, by forming a coalition with other agencies. Our infrastructure will be repaired and repaired, not only the streets but also the water. Big cities don’t boil their water for two days. »

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