Mayor Bill White begins third term

January 2, 2008 3:08:10 PM PST
It was inauguration day for Houston city council, including Mayor Bill White, who took the oath of office for his third and final term as Houston mayor. The backdrop for the ceremony was the new Discovery Green Park. It's not yet ready for the public, but it was ready enough for the inauguration of city officials.

It all began around 9:30am. There was music and the new Cardinal Daniel DiNardo delivering the invocation. Of course, the highlight was the inauguration of the mayor, the city controller and the city council members.

Of the council members, there are four new members -- Jolanda Jones, Mike Sullivan, James Rodriguez and Wanda Adams. They all swore to uphold what they'll do for the citizens of Houston.

During Mayor White's speech, he not only listed the accomplishments and the growth of Houston over the last few years. But he also urged both new and old council members to work together for the citizens of Houston.

"To my elected colleagues, I today issue a challenge. Let's rush to help each other when we stumble, certainly on matters not affecting the public's trust and stumble we will at times," said Mayor White. "Let's remember that the large number of uncontested races, lopsided races or city bond issues that won overwhelmingly reflects in part the fact that our community endorses our approach at city hall of working together to get things done."

The Houston city council members actually left the ceremony early to get to a city council meeting. One of the items on their agenda was to name a mayor pro tem. Adrian Garcia was selected by council.

Mayor White's term will end January 2, 2010. That also just happens to be the last day to file for 2010 race for governor.