Now that Election Day is right around the corner, here are my guesses as to who will win. Keep in mind that this is not a list of who I want to win. It is a list of who I think will win.
Annise D. Parker
I think Mayor Parker will win reelection. Although there are many people who will gladly vote for anyone else, there are still plenty of people who are excited to continue voting for Parker. As of November 3rd, early voting was down by 23%. This shows that people might not be as excited to rush out to vote for Parker, but it also shows that people aren’t excited to vote against her either.
CM Stardig will likely win again. Although Brown raised more money than a challenger to an incumbent is expected to, beating an incumbent is so difficult, and I don’t think Brown did enough.
Phillip “Paul” Bryant
Charles A. Ingram
It is really difficult to predict who the front runners are in this one. There will be a runoff, but I don’t think anyone can predict at this point who will be in that runoff.
I think Cohen pretty much has this one locked up. The only thing standing in her way is the fact that she and Derr might split votes, causing a runoff between Cohen and Cweren. Even with a runoff, I think Cohen will win.
CM Adams will most likely win reelection.
Hoc Thai Nguyen (Nguyen Thai Hoc)
Peter “Lyn” René
I predict CM Hoang will win. Even if a District F resident is incensed with Hoang’s job (which many definitely are), the presence of two other candidates to choose from will render a splitting of votes, causing Hoang to win.
Although CM Pennington is an incumbent, many people in District G know Bryan. Still I don’t think that enough people are upset with Pennington’s performance to change their vote. Let’s not forget that Pennington beat four other people in 2009 and won with 59.10% of the vote.
Edward “Ed” Gonzalez
CM Gonzalez will likely win again.
Leticia Gutierrez Ablaza
CM Rodriguez will likely win again.
Laster raised the most money. Although this district is considered a “Hispanic-Opportunity District,” with only 17 of registered voters with Hispanic surnames, I don’t think being Hispanic automatically predicts a win here. I think Laster will win.
Simply, Green has the money and the endorsements. While that doesn’t always predict a win, I think it will in this case.
Stephen C. Costello
This is a hard one to say. CM Costello is the one behind the Rebuild Houston drainage fee, and I think most voters know that by now. Although many are angry about it, let’s not forget that it did pass by the voters in the last election. Even when you take away the number of people who originally voted for it and are now against it, there are still many who support the fee and who support Costello. Couple that with the fact that Boates recently stated that he “‘ joined both parties this year as part of this run for office.'” It’s fine if someone is a moderate (actually that might not be a bad thing at all), but his poor choice of words and the fact that it will be difficult to make headway with either party might cause a clear opening for Costello to win again. I am fairly confident in many of my predictions, but I really won’t be shocked if Costello loses.
Elizabeth C. Pérez
Andrew C. Burks, Jr.
Gordon R. Goss
Bolivar “Bo” Fraga
Eric B. Dick
Jenifer Rene Pool
M. “Griff” Griffin
David W. Robinson
Roslyn “Rozzy” Shorter
This is another one where it is really difficult to predict. I think there will be a runoff that includes Thibaut, but I am not sure who will be in it with her. Maybe Robinson, but then again, let’s not discount the fact that for the last couple of months you couldn’t drive anywhere in Houston without seeing an Eric Dick (illegal) sign. In the end I think Thibaut will win.
J. Brad Batteau
CM Noriega will likely win. I think those who supported her last time still support her today.
C. O. “Brad” Bradford
I don’t see CM Bradford losing his seat. He has lots of support from both sides of the aisle and hasn’t done anything that the majority of voters would find alarming.
Jolanda “Jo” Jones
I really think Christie will win this time. I think enough people are mad an CM Jones and want her out. With Christie as the clear front runner with Jones, I think it will end up being just a battle between them with Christie winning.