FILLING SHELLEY’S SPOT ON THE COUNCIL AIN’T CHEAP!

BILL WHITE WANTS TO AMEND STATE LAW TO FILL THE AT LARGE POSITION!

Mayor Bill White says his motive is to save you millions of dollars. That’s why he’s going to the Texas legislature to get an amendment to a state law that requires Houston to hold a special election for the vacated seat once held by now Congresswoman Shelley Sekula Gibbs. Frank Michel, Houston’s communications director, says a special election to fill the last year of Gibbs unexpired term would cost between $3 and $4 million dollars. So the mayor’s director of Governmental Affairs Anne Travis will lobby state lawmakers to amend the law. The city would then allow the seat to remain vacant until the general election in November rather than a multi-million dollar special election in May. However, those against leaving the seat vacant say it could cause a major headache on city council. They say with one of the 15 seats vacant there could be lots of room for deadlocks on the council without the crucial 15th vote. In the meantime, Council member Anne Clutterbuck is asking the Mayor to appoint someone to the position until there is another election!

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