The race for Mayor is on with the 1st of many forums/debates/gatherings/whatever held last night. Here is a quick guide to who is running.
According to the main stream media, there are only two viable candidates, and they are probably right. Out of the 5 candidates only Mayor Parker and Ben Hall are serious candidates, able to raise money (sort of) and attention. The others are fringe candidates running for reasons unknown.
Mayor Annise Parker. Mayor Parker is the incumbent running for her third term. Parker was elected in December of 2009 after a run off with Gene Locke.
Attorney Ben Hall. Ben Hall is a former City Attorney under Mayor Bob Lanier. This is his first try at elected office with a self financed campaign.
Eric Dick. Eric Dick is an attorney in Houston. His claim to fame was littering the city with his campaign signs like a dog marking his territory back in 2011. This election he is running as the Harris County Republican Party candidate although I wonder if they really approve of his message. Look for Dick to peter out.
Don Cook. Cook is the Green Party candidate in the non partisan race for Mayor. Little is known about him except his crappy website.
Victoria Lane. Speaking of little is known.....little is known of Victoria Lane. No website. No Facebook. No nothing. A fringe candidate for sure.
Mike Fitzsimmons. Another unknown wannabe.
Keryl Douglas. Douglas is a strange individual. She is an attorney who came out of no where to run for the Chair of the Harris County Democratic Party funded by republican organizations. Not quite sure why she is running for Mayor or what qualifications she thinks she has to be Mayor, but then again we can ask that of Dick and the other fringe candidates.
For now, the races is between Parker and Hall.