"The election is never done until the last vote is counted," laughed runoff mayoral candidate Sylvester Turner. "We're continuing to talk to voters and visit with people in their neighborhoods." Meanwhile, for opponent Bill King "this depends on which community gets back out and votes."
Will Turner convince Houstonians that his broad vision for the city is the right path? Or will Bill King persuade us to go back to basics? We'll know in a month from now. In the meantime, one thing is for sure, citizens have their priorities pretty clear.
"As far Houston goes, I would like to see more support for our police," expressed Houston resident April Spell.
"The main challenges facing the next mayor are bringing more culture to Houston, the potholes and just kind of supporting the infrastructure here," Justin Shirley added.
Defeated mayoral candidates Adrian Garcia and Steve Costello have announced their support for Turner; while Bill King is getting some love from the business sector. The runoff mayoral candidates met one more time at a breakfast hosted by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Greater Houston, to try to pave their road to victory.
"If you think that the city ought to spend the next eight years trying to fix income inequality instead of trying to fix the streets, then you probably ought to support my opponent," King said. "If you want to get the city back to basics, if you want to get our streets fixed, if you want to start catching the crooks, and if you want to do it on a responsibly balanced budget, then I'm your man."
In his remarks, Turner said that the next mayor will have to deal with more than finances and basic municipal services. "People want us to take care of the flooding issues and the infrastructure. People want us to be well-managed financially; and at the same time, this is a city where people dream big and make big things happen. You just can't focus on just the basics."
So, what's the verdict? It's all on you, the voter.