Adams, McKinzie to face off for District D seat

November 4, 2011 10:00:00 PM PDT
Houstonians will decide Tuesday who will represent them on city council.

Many of the races are hotly contested with plenty of candidates.

District D, which covers much of the city from Montrose to the south, has two candidates and a lot of geography.

After the votes are counted in the 2011 election, the city council seat for District D will either be filled by incumbent Wanda Adams or challenger Larry McKinzie.

"I am hopefully serving my third and final term," Adams said.

"The difference between Wanda Adams and myself is that I'm not a politician," McKinzie said.

McKinzie is a middle school teacher who grew up in District D. He says part of his strategy is to get the voices of the district heard.

"The office holders in political office should be there to build the voter base so the people can be heard," he said.

District D covers a lot of ground in the city of Houston, from parts of Montrose in its northern portion to the Texas Medical Center., to some of the city's most southern neighborhoods. It was significantly changed in redistricting due to growth.

Adams is running on the experience her time in office so far has given her.

"I'm proud of my record spending over in the last three years -- $500 million in the district, but within the last 11 months, from infrastructure to parking improvements to street infrastructure," she said.

But McKinzie is focusing on other concerns, including the controversial drainage fee issue.

"The tough issues in District D is primarily the same thing with other districts -- crime, public safety, drainage," he said.

And our election coverage starts Tuesday night when the polls close at 7pm. We'll have the latest results on air, online and on your mobile device, plus crews covering all of the important races.

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