The 24 precinct chairs present for this morning’s meeting selected attorney Shawn Thierry by a 13-11 runoff vote to replace Rep. Borris Miles (D-Houston) on the general election ballot, effectively electing her to the Legislature in January. Miles was running un-opposed before he was selected to replace Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) last month.
Former Houston council candidate Larry Blackmon and Harris Co. Department of Education trustee Erica Lee Carter were also nominated. In the initial vote, Thierry received 12 votes to Carter’s 11 and Blackmon’s one. Thirteen votes were needed to win. Thierry and Carter proceeded to a runoff, and Blackmon’s supporter voted for Thierry.
An early vote for chair ended up in a 12-12 tie, so a coin toss was needed to determine whether Priscilla Bloomquist or Jill Moffitt would preside over the meeting. Bloomquist, who supported Thierry, won the coin toss. Moffitt supported Carter.
Three precinct chairs were absent. Two of them, both Carter supporters, were said to be in the hospital. Carter is U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s daughter.
At community center in S Houston, 27 precinct chairs are about to (effectively) pick a new rep. in #hd146 #txlege pic.twitter.com/Ip8hcAllVF
— chris hooks (@cd_hooks) August 6, 2016