Appellate court rules Houston City Council District B runoff race may proceed

After eight months of delay, a the First Court of Appeals ruled that the Houston City Council District B runoff election can take place this November. (Courtesy Fotolia)
After eight months of delay, a the First Court of Appeals ruled that the Houston City Council District B runoff election can take place this November. (Courtesy Fotolia)

After eight months of delay, a the First Court of Appeals ruled that the Houston City Council District B runoff election can take place this November. (Courtesy Fotolia)

After eight months at a standstill, a court ruled that the Houston City Council District B runoff election can take place this November, according to an Aug. 12 news release from Outreach Strategists, a public relations company.

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.
By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.