Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) confirmed he would run for Harris Co. Commissioner, opening his Senate seat for the first time in 25 years.
Several Houston City Council members are considering their own runs for the office, including Dwight Boykins, C.O. Bradford, Jerry Davis and Larry Green. Former city attorney Gene Locke was appointed to finish out the late El Franco Lee’s term earlier this week. Locke said he did not intend to seek a full term.
Lee and Ellis were unopposed for re-election in 2016, and their names will remain on the primary ballot. After the primary is canvassed, the process for the Democratic Party to select replacement nominees can begin.