This Week in Texas: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Posted December 18, 2019 in The Mignon Memo

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Wins Second Term in Runoff Election

Sylvester Turner won reelection to a second term as Houston Mayor on Saturday, easily defeating lawyer Tony Buzbee by 57% in the runoff election.  He will join a Houston City Council that has made a noticeable shift to a younger and more progressive body, and one on which more women than men will serve for the first time in at least 30 years.

U.S. Senate Democrats endorse MJ Hegar

On Monday the U.S. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee endorsed MJ Hegar in the March 3, 2020, primary race against U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas).  While Texas voters are still familiarizing themselves with the Democrats in the race to challenge Sen. Cornyn, Democrats in D.C. have chosen to back the former Air Force pilot and working mother in the contest.  The endorsement is one of the biggest developments so far in the primary race, which has drawn a dozen candidates including State Senator Royce West, former Houston congressman and 2006 gubernatorial nominee Chris Bell and labor organizer and author Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez.

Only in Austin…

There’s still time to take a stroll through Austin’s Trail of Lights at Zilker Park!  Now in its 55th year, the Trail of Lights is one of Austin’s largest events, entertaining thousands of visitors every year with more than 60 displays, 2 million lights, food trucks, live music and holiday activities such as a fun run.  It will run nightly until Monday, December 23rd.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!  See you in 2020!