The First Court of Appeals affirmed Aug. 10 the trial court's decision that the race between candidates Tarsha Jackson and Cynthia Bailey can happen.
The race for District B, which includes parts of the Humble area, took place last November with 14 candidates in the running. Jackson and Bailey claimed the top two slots with 20.85% and 14.45% of votes, respectively, according to Harris County Clerk’s Office election results. Coming in at third was Renee Jefferson Smith, who received 13.41% of the votes.
As Jackson and Bailey were primed to head to the Dec. 14 runoff election, Jefferson Smith filed a legal challenge asserting that Bailey should not be allowed to run for office, as she has a felony conviction, Community Impact Newspaper reported.
Mary Benton, director of communications at the city of Houston, said via email that the city of Houston's legal department is reviewing the decision and advising Mayor Sylvester Turner as well as waiting on direction from Harris County, which handles elections.
"There has been no decision made to regarding an election date," she said.