NewsSheila Jackson Lee Loses Runoff To John Whitmire

Sheila Jackson Lee Loses Runoff To John Whitmire

Jackson Lee’s core constituency was composed of Black Houstonians, but they were not mobilized.

In November, after the Houston mayoral race between Democrats Sheila Jackson Lee and John Whitmire advanced to a runoff, outgoing Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County judge Lina Hidalgo tried to rally support for Jackson Lee. But alas, on Dec. 9 Whitmire was the victor.

Whitmire was declared the winner by the Associated Press with 57 percent reporting, leading Jackson Lee by an almost 2-to-1 margin, Politico reported.

Jackson Lee’s candidacy seemingly never recovered from the bombshell recording that appeared to depict her berating a staffer, and in addition to this, Whitmire’s ability to both outspend Jackson Lee and court moderate Republican voters as well as a sizeable contingent of Houston’s Latinx population likely spelled doom for her candidacy. Whitmire, in his victory speech, also promised to expand funding for the city’s police force, which has a well-documented history of police brutality. According to Politico, it is partially because of Whitmire’s tough-on-crime campaign messages that he was able to secure endorsements from Houston’s fire department and police unions, which likely earned him some political cache with moderate Republican voters. 

This is your very last day to vote in the City’s election. Staying at home should not be an option. I hope you will vote for Sheila Jackson Lee for Mayor, Chris Hollins for Controller. st— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) December 9, 2023

In her concession speech, Jackson Lee was measured and thankful for her supporters, saying, “You worked real hard, you come from all over the city and you have hearts of gold. And I am very happy to be able to say we worked as hard, and I’m grateful for every vote.”

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Source: Black Enterprise

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