Former Houston City Council Member Sue Lovell enters mayoral race

Former Houston City Council Member Sue Lovell announced her campaign for mayor July 1.

Former Houston City Council Member Sue Lovell announced her campaign for mayor July 1.

Former At-Large Houston City Council Member Sue Lovell announced her campaign for mayor of Houston on July 1.

Lovell served on Houston City Council from 2006-11 in at-large Position 2, currently held by Council Member David Robinson. While serving on City Council she was elected vice mayor pro tem and was appointed chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Aviation Committee and the Regulatory Affairs Committee. She also previously represented the city of Houston on the Houston-Galveston Area Council and its Transportation Policy Council.

The announcement from her campaign website lists improving public safety and the city’s infrastructure as her priorities.

“Now, more than ever, our citizens trust that public safety will be a priority, that the services they pay for will be delivered efficiently and on time, and that there will be an investment in the city's infrastructure and their quality of life. I will honor that trust and deliver on those commitments,” the statement read.

She joins Tony Buzbee, Bill King and current District B Council Member Dwight Boykins as well as Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is seeking re-election.

Buzbee issued a statement referencing the ongoing dispute between Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association President Marty Lancton and Turner over Proposition B, a voter-approved ballot initiative mandating equal pay between Houston firefighters and Houston police officers that is currently held up in appeals court.

“Sue Lovell has been another ally to the firefighters in their very public debate with Mayor Turner, showing that even people from his own party don’t trust him. Although we likely won’t agree on all issues, I have no doubt she loves Houston as much as do I, and I respect her views,” Buzbee’s statement read.

King also issued a statement following the announcement.

"Bill King is the only candidate positioned to defeat this mayor and deliver the change Houstonians so obviously want. Bill knows what must be done to get Houston back to the basics of balancing the budget, fixing the streets, reducing flooding and improving public safety, and he has a proven track record with voters,” the statement read.

Official campaign filings open July 20.
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By Emma Whalen

Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered health care and public education in Austin.


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