2 candidates in race for Houston City Council District E


Two candidates are in the November race for Houston City Council District E, which includes the Clear Lake area in southeast Houston, the Lake Houston area in northeast Houston and the Houston Ship Channel.

Incumbent Dave Martin is running for re-election against challenger Sam Cleveland. The deadline for candidates to file for the November elections was Aug. 19.

Martin has served District E since 2016 after being elected in 2015. In the last year, he has helped promote development of and partnerships with the Houston Spaceport, worked to negotiate contentious raises for firefighters, and fought and defeated a proposal to put oil tanks along a major thoroughfare, among other accomplishments.

According to his website, samforhouston.com, Cleveland is a conservative police officer who wants greater transparency in government, primarily when it comes to spending. Cleveland’s other priorities include flood control, public safety and keeping tax dollars in District E.

Houston City Council members can serve a maximum of two four-year terms. The election is Nov. 5.

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Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for a few years, covering topics such as city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be an editor with Community Impact. In his free time, Magee enjoys playing video games, jamming on the drums and bass, longboarding and petting his cat.
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