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City council candidate speaks to students on voter turnout, 2016 election

Harris County Democratic Party Chairman Lane Lewis, who announced in December that he would run for city council, was on campus Tuesday evening to discuss the state of the Democratic Party and the future of the political party.

Hosted by the UH Democrats, Lewis talked with students about his decision to run for At-Large Position 1.

“I am very concerned about the lack of transparency in our infrastructure system,” Lewis said.

Since he became chairman, more resources and time have gone into voter participation by mail in an effort to increase Democratic voter participation.

“I believe, if done correctly, we can actually gain votes,” Lewis said. “No chair prior to me has ever attempted to do this, to do vote by mail.”

Lewis said he predicts 2016 will be challenging for Democrats with Hillary Clinton on the ticket. He also predicted that Martin O’Malley, former Democratic governor of Maryland, will compete for the nomination.

“Martin O’Malley will be on the ticket, and he is an outstanding campaigner,” Lewis said. “He had a really liberal agenda in a non-liberal state, and he managed to get it all passed.”

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