Houston candidate forums: Get to know City Council, mayor candidates at these upcoming forums

Over 100 candidates are vying for a chance to work in City Hall in 2019.

Over 100 candidates are vying for a chance to work in City Hall in 2019.

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Community groups are getting Houston's election season kicked off with candidate forums hosted throughout the city. With over 100 candidates running for City Council and mayor, residents are likely to see a crowded ballot in November.

Learn more about the candidates representing your district and the city at these upcoming forums.

Editor's note: This post will be updated periodically as additional forums are announced. If you are a forum organizer and would like your event included, contact hrmnews@communityimpact.com.

Mayoral candidates



  • Sept. 18, 6-8 p.m. Hosted by Greater Houston Pachyderm Club. Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 W. Gray St., Houston

  • Sept. 21, 2- 4 p.m. Hosted by The Coalition for Environment, Equity & Resilience. Baker Ripley Harbach Campus, 6225 Northdale St., Houston.

  • Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans, 6001 Gulf Freeway, Houston

  • Sept. 26, 8-10 a.m. Hosted by Houston West Chamber of Commerce. Cantina Laredo, 11129 Westheimer Road, Houston

  • Oct. 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Hosted by Houston Millennials. Rice University Grand Hall, 6100 Main St., Houston

  • Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Hosted by the Super Neighborhood Alliance. Houston Community College Central Campus, 1300 Holman St., Houston

  • Oct. 7, 7 p.m. Hosted by Meyerland Community Improvement Association and Brays Bayou Association. Lovett Elementary School, 8814 S. Rice Ave., Houston.

  • Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Hosted by Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce, Houston Public Media and Houston Rotary Club. Admission $50. Westin Galleria. 5060 W. Alabama, Houston.


At-large City Council candidates



  • Sept. 10, 7:30-10 a.m. Hosted by Brays Oaks District, Houston Baptist University and Southwest District. Houston Baptist University Morris Cultural Arts Center, McNair Hall, 7502 Fondren Road, Houston

  • Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Hosted by the Bay Area Association of Democratic Women. Bay Area Community Center, 5002 NASA Parkway, Seabrook

  • Sept. 28, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Hosted by 350.org Houston, Citizens Climate Lobby, Environment Texas and Houston Climate Movement. 317 Sampson St., Houston


District City Council candidates


District C

  • Sept. 10, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Hosted by Greater Houston Pachyderm Club. Tony’s, 3755 Richmond Avenue, Houston

  • Sept. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hosted by Rice Military Civic Club. Conference Room CD, DePelchin Children's Center, 4950 Memorial Drive, Houston

  • Sept. 25, 7 p.m. Hosted by Greater Meyerland Super Neighborhood 31. Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston.

  • Oct. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hosted by Super Neighborhoods 14, 15, 22 and 62. MECA Auditorium, 1900 Kane St., Houston

  • Oct. 16, 7-9 p.m. Hosted by The Neartown Association. The Montrose Center, 401 Branard St., Houston


District D

  • Sept. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hosted by District D stakeholders. Student Center South Theater Room, University of Houston, 4455 University Drive, Houston


District H

  • Oct. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Hosted by Super Neighborhood 22. MECA Auditorium, Dow School Building. 1900 Kane Street, Houston. 


District J

  • Sept. 18, 7-9 p.m. Hosted by Southwest Democrats. Bayland Park Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet St., Houston


Houston ISD board candidates



  • Oct. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hosted by Pantsuit Republic Houston. Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center. 1414 Wirt Road, Houston


Dates to know


Voter registration deadline: Oct. 7, 2019
Early voting: Oct. 21-Nov. 1
Election Day: Nov. 5
Runoff: Dec. 14


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