Felon to remain on ballot for Houston City Council seat

1 year 11 months 3 days ago Saturday, November 16 2019 Nov 16, 2019 November 16, 2019 10:38 AM November 16, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

HOUSTON (AP) - A felon will remain on the ballot in the runoff for a seat on the Houston City Council.

The Houston Chronicle reports that a Harris County judge on Friday refused to remove Cynthia Bailey from the Dec. 14 runoff election.

Bailey finished second in the Nov. 5 election to Tarsha Jackson in the 14-person race to replace term-limited Councilman Jerry Davis. Third place finisher Renee Jefferson-Smith sued to remove Bailey from the ballot because of her past conviction.

An attorney for Jefferson-Smith did not immediately return the newspaper’s request for comment.

Texas’ Election Code bars candidates who were “finally convicted” of a felony or are not “pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities.” The code, however, does not define the disabilities.

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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