The list of candidates includes
- no fewer than 11 Houstonians lined up to run against incumbent Mayor Sylvester Turner;
- at least a dozen vying for each of the open seats in Districts B, C, and D;
- 11 seeking to replace At-Large 4 Councilmember Amanda Edwards, who is running for US Senate; and
- perennial candidate Orlando Sanchez deciding that Controller Chris Brown should have at least one competitor to keep his job.
It does not include Green Party of Texas co-chair Janis Richards—at least not yet. Richards filed to run for mayor on the deadline day, Monday 19 August, and ran into some snarls regarding the address on her voter registration. Her voting address was changed to one inside the city limits officially on Monday, but she did not receive the card until yesterday. Her candidacy is thus in limbo, pending an appeal.
It's not as if Richards has never lived in Houston and only just moved into the city in time to run for mayor this year. I'm not at liberty to discuss all the circumstances here, but she has lived inside the city in recent years, in addition to some rental arrangements in Pearland and unincorporated Harris County. If her application gets an OK from the City of Houston, we'll have full coverage of her platform, etc., right here.