Veteran lawmaker Sylvester Turner won a close run-off election Saturday against businessman Bill King for the office of Mayor for the City Of Houston. According to results, Turner received the majority with 50% of the votes compared to King’s 49%. The margin was slightly more than 4000 votes.
Turner has previously run for mayor twice. In 1991, he lost a run-off election to Bob Lanier and he lost again in 2003. Since 1989, he has been a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives.
Turner will be only the 2nd African-American to serve as Mayor of Houston. In his victory speech, he stated:
“I will do my very best to represent every single Houstonian in this city , whether you voted for me or not,” Turner said. “Tonight we’ll enjoy this moment and tomorrow when we wake up, we’ll start looking at the direction of the City of Houston.”