Five things to know about Houston mayoral race

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See the entire Houston mayoral debate from Thursday, September 10. (KTRK)

For those who would like to run Houston, here's their chance to sell themselves to voters.


Candidate 1-minute wrap-up

Chris Bell on his viability as a candidate

Sylvester Turner question for Steve Costello

Bill King question to Marty McVey

Marty McVey question to Adrian Garcia

Adrian Garcia on the Terry Goodwin case

Sylvester Turner on prior mayoral runs

Ben Hall on prior mayoral run

Bill King on HERO
5 Things to know:
No more Mayor Parker. Mayor Annise Parker, who has been in office since 2010, cannot run for re-election due to term limits. Each mayor is limited to three two year terms.

Houston doesn't like change, at least at City Hall. The last five mayors were re-elected multiple times.
2010- Annise Parker
2004-2010 Bill White
1998-2004 Lee Brown
1992-1998 Bob Lanier
1982-1991 Kathy Whitmire

Houston Mayors have a lot of power. Houston has a strong mayor-council form of government, which means the mayor has his/her hands in pretty much everything. Houston's mayor serves as the city's chief administrator and executive officer. The mayor is also responsible for managing the city and making sure all laws and ordinances are enforced.

You're about to be bombarded with political ads. This race is on track to be the most expensive in the city's recent history, with candidates raising more than $7 million in the first half of the year.

Political parties supposedly don't matter. The mayoral race is non-partisan. Still, Houston's past five mayors have all been Democrats. The city hasn't had a republican mayor since James McConn, who served from 1978 - 1982.

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