Houston ballot results announced
Voters hit the polls Tuesday to decide who will be the next Houston mayor and if the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance will become law for the City of Houston.
Sylvester Turner gained 32 percent of votes, while Bill King gained 25 percent. In the occasion that a candidate does not receive 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates are to filter into a runoff election in December.
A runoff election is another election where candidates continue to campaign leading up to December election where voters return to the polls to select their Houston mayoral candidate.
Although there will be extended campaigning, Turner and King continue to be positive.
It has been an amazing campaign so far and I'm looking forward to uniting even more Houstonians to make our city work for everyone. #houvote
— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) November 4, 2015
Your support made this next step possible and will be even more vital as we head into the runoff. Let's get this done for Houston! #HouVote
— Bill King (@BillKingForHou) November 4, 2015
In addition to the mayoral election, Houstonians voted 61 to 39 percent for HERO, the opposition prevailing.
According to the Texas Tribune, HERO would have made it illegal to discriminate against someone based on 15 different “protected characteristics,” including sex, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Despite some Houstonian’s measures, the opposition of HERO declared it as a bathroom ordinance, saying the ordinance’s gender identity protection would allow sexual predators to enter women’s bathrooms.
President Obama & NAACP, Secretary Julian Castro & Houston Hispanic Chamber, AARP & student groups, GHP & businesses all support HERO.-A
— Annise Parker (@AnniseParker) October 30, 2015
To my brothers and sisters in Houston, know that we won't give up this fight until everyone in TX is treated equally under the law. #HERO
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) November 4, 2015
— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) October 26, 2015
This is simple: Equal rights for LGBT does not mean you get to shower with girls just because you think you're one too. #HERO
— Countermoonbat (@CounterMoonbat) November 4, 2015