News from October 2019
In the first televised debate of the 2019 Houston mayoral election cycle, the 5 leading candidates sparred over flooding, corruption, education, policing, and finances. While this is far from their first-time meeting on stage together, they all seemed to have an increased energy just weeks away from the election. On crime, Mayor Sylvester Turner was the only to defend the current crime statistics, the others all pointed to increasing crime, but with different approaches to addressing the problem.
As approval ratings for congress hit an all-time low, voters across the board share a more favorable view of their local and state elected officials. Axios reported that two-thirds of adults felt that 14 percent of the time their local officials cared about the people they represent “all or most” of time time while 53 percent of them felt they cared “some” of the time.
Despite low unemployment rates, increasing wages, and one of the longest U.S. economic expansions, nearly half of renters are still struggling with the costs of housing. According to new data from the Census American Survey, half of renters in the country are considered “cost-burdened” meaning their housing costs eat up more than 30 percent of their income.
When the University of Houston’s Hobby School 2019 mayoral election poll dropped, there was a collective shock. Not because the poll, conducted by Rice University Professor Mark P. Jones, had incumbent Mayor Sylvester Turner in the lead, but it was by how much that caught many off guard.
The campaign headquarters of Houston mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee suffered a break in Thursday, according to campaign spokeswoman Mary Harmon. “This is not the kind of news that I want to wake up to in the morning,” said Buzbee in a statement. “But it just confirms that my campaign continues to gain momentum and we are on the right track. This will not deter us. We will continue to shine a light brightly on the shadowy side of our local government. We will continue full speed ahead.”
Kicking off the second week of Early Voting, Mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee held the first of three press conferences talking about his ethics plan and a data dive his campaign did into Mayor Sylvester Turner’s campaign finances. “We intend to have, hopefully, three press conferences this week,” he said, “culmination of a very lengthy, a very detailed, a very intensive review of contracts that the city has awarded to vendors and also people that have donated to his current mayor.”