Incumbent Mary Nan Huffman has retained her seat on the Houston City Council, fending off Tony Buzbee in a contested runoff election. Early numbers had Huffman in the lead with 56% of the vote to Buzbee's 44%, according to unofficial results reported by The Texas Tribune. The face-off between the two, who both eyed the seat for District G, drew notable attention with its share of contentious moments.
Huffman was to solely avoid a runoff in the initial election, clinching 49% of the vote, the Houston Chronicle reported. Buzbee, with 41%, was a formidable contender, amplifying the partisan rhetoric in the runoff's latter days. District G represents one of Houston's more affluent and conservative regions, and Huffman's victory reaffirms her stance on public safety, an issue she has been closely aligned with in her work with the Houston Police Officers Union.
Huffman expressed her gratitude in a statement obtained by the Houston Chronicle, stating, "The voters in District G know me and know I am a fighter." On the other side, Buzbee acknowledged an uphill battle and the divisiveness over his defense of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in Paxton's impeachment trial. "While we came up short this evening, I'm honored to have had so many grassroots activists from all across District G standing with Frances and me," Buzbee said in a statement.
The election season had its sharp edges, notably when Buzbee attempted to question Huffman's GOP credentials by accusing her of having supported the Black Lives Matter movement, aiming to sway Republican favor, according to The Texas Tribune. Yet, Huffman's history as a lawyer for the House Police Officers and support from local and state GOP figures allowed her to retain her foothold within District G's electorate.