District D City Council Member Dwight Boykins has filed initial paperwork to begin a campaign for mayor of Houston.
The paperwork, stating his intention of naming former Houston Mayor Lee P. Brown as his campaign treasurer, was received June 4, the Houston city secretary confirmed. Official campaign filings open July 20. Brown served as mayor from 1998 to 2004.
At a June 5 Houston City Council Meeting, Boykins, who was elected in 2013, did not comment on his intentions to run for mayor. Mayor Sylvester Turner responded to the recent filing and said, “We look forward to who replaces him in District D.”
Boykins, whose district includes much of central south Houston, has been a vocal supporter of the Houston Firefighters Association in its ongoing efforts to ensure pay parity between the city’s police and fire departments.
His recent attempts included delaying all agenda items on City Council agendas two weeks in a row and also proposing citywide trash collection fees to offset the costs of implementing the Proposition B, the legally embattled mandate aimed at ensuring pay parity between the city’s police and fire departments.
He joins mayoral candidates Tony Buzbee and Bill King as well as Turner in the 2019 race.
Buzbee responded to Boykin’s entrance into the race on Twitter.
“I enthusiastically welcome council member Dwight Boykins to the mayor’s race. I’d also love to see [former City Council Member]Sue Lovell run as well,” Buzbee said on Twitter. “The more the merrier.”
Editor’s note: this post has been updated for clarity.