With the March 3 primary
just weeks away, we take a look
at some local races of interest.
Davis files for re-election,
gets rare endorsement
State Rep. Sarah Davis, the moderate Republican who
represents Bellaire, West University and parts of
southwest Houston, is seeking re-election to what would
be her sixth two-year term in the statehouse.
Davis announced her filing on her social media accounts: “I am
grateful for my time spent serving House District 134 and hope
to continue to provide a voice for reasonable and responsible
In 2018, she both successfully staved off a challenge within her
own party in the primary, when Gov. Greg Abbott sponsored a
conservative opponent (whom Davis beat 56-44 percent), and
dominated a Democrat in the general election, 53-47 percent,
while most Republicans took a shellacking in Harris County.
An early endorsement has come from the political action
committee of Equality Texas, the LGBTQ advocacy organization
which had recently also honored Davis with its Profile in
Courage Award. Davis co-authored five pro-equality bills in the
last legislative session.
“Finding people in politics who will stand up and do what
is right regardless of the consequence is increasingly rare,”
said Ricardo Martinez, CEO of Equality Texas and its PAC in
endorsing Davis and five incumbent Democratic legislators.
“But Republican Sarah Davis…has demonstrated time and time
again that she is one of those true leaders.”
Ex-West U mayor seeks to replace Radack
Former West University Mayor Susan Sample is running
for Harris County Commissioner’s Court as a Republican,
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joining candidates in both
parties jumping at the chance
to replace longtime Precinct 3
Commissioner Steve Radack,
who did not file for re-election.
Sample served as West U mayor
for four years after spending
four years as a councilmember
and mayor pro tem. She tried
unsuccessfully to gain a seat
on the Metro board after being
term-limited in West U (the job
went to another former West U mayor, Bob Fry). She is a tax
attorney for Munsch Hardt’s Kopf & Harr’s Houston office, and
is also a certified public accountant.
In a statement, Sample said her experience as a CPA, business
lawyer, and with West U’s “multimillion dollar budget” has led
her to “understand the complexity of managing infrastructure
and services that residents of Precinct 3 want,” including street
repair, flood mitigation, maintenance of greenspace, and safety
“I promise to be a fighter to ensure that Precinct 3 receives
its share of tax dollars,” she said. “I will work to see that flood
mitigation investment is made where it needs to be made to
stop high water and protect all of Harris County. To promote
economic growth in our county, I will strongly advocate for
transportation investment in areas where the economy is being
In the primary, Sample faces Houston City Councilwoman
Brenda Stardig, who represents 280,000 constituents in
District A, the Spring Branch-Cypress-Addicks areas, and
Spring Valley Village Mayor Tom Ramsey, who received
Radack’s endorsement last month.
Rep. Fletcher packs ‘em in at WUES,
faces tough fight
U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, a Democrat serving her first term
representing the 7th Congressional District, which includes
West University and Bellaire, held a packed town hall meeting
at West University Elementary School in November. She
Davis fills out the paperwork to run for re-election. (Twitter)
Sample as she filed to run for
Harris County commissioner.
Fletcher meets her constituents at West U Elementary.