The leading candidates for mayor of the City of Houston, including incumbent Sylvester Turner, have committed to participate in a public forum in Garden Oaks early next month.
The Leader will play a key role in the event, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 at Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet, 901 Sue Barnett Dr. The forum, co-hosted by the the Super Neighborhood 12 alliance and Garden Oaks Civic Club, will be moderated by The Leader publisher Jonathan McElvy.
Super Neighborhood 12 president Mark Klein said Turner and his top challengers – Dwight Boykins, Tony Buzbee, Bill King and Sue Lovell – have committed to participate along with some of the other mayoral candidates. Klein said it will be the first mayoral forum this election cycle for Turner, who beat King in a runoff in 2015.
“We like to give people here a chance to not only learn something about the candidates, but also show that the neighborhoods here are engaged and will vote,” Klein said. “So they should be paid attention to.”
Super Neighborhood 12 includes Candlelight Estates, Ella Lee Forest, Garden Oaks, Mangum Manor, Oak Forest, Pinemont Park Square, Shepherd Forest and Shepherd Park Plaza.
Super Neighborhood 12 and the Garden Oaks Civic Club also will host a forum for Houston City Council District C candidates on Wednesday, Oct. 2. That event also is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet.
Both events are open to the public and free to attend.