Less than four months after losing a close race for Harris County district attorney, former Houston Police Chief C.O. Bradford is running for an at-large seat on the City Council.
Bradford is aiming for the at-large Position 4 seat being vacated by Ronald Green, who is running for controller. Other candidates for the council job include Noel Freeman, an administrator for the city engineer. The election is Nov. 3, and candidates have until late September to sign up.
Bradford, a lawyer and security consultant, indicated in a written statement Wednesday that he is launching his second candidacy within two years because he wants to serve the public again.
“It is certainly an honor to serve in the public sector. Making a difference for the greater good of all is a tremendous reward,” he said. “As Houston moves forward, we must get better prepared to deal with issues such as public safety, budget restraints, critical infrastructure repairs, representation via council redistricting and many others.”
With about 1 million votes cast in the race for district attorney in November, Bradford, the Democratic nominee, lost by about 5,000 votes to Republican Pat Lykos.
Bradford served as police chief from 1997 to 2003, when he retired amid a series of controversies, including errors and faked results by police crime lab personnel.