LGBTQ advocate Sue Lovell likely to jump in Houston mayor’s race


The Houston mayor’s race may get more crowded.

Four major candidates have announced mayoral campaigns: flamboyant attorney Tony Buzbee and buttoned-down Bill King – both conservatives; current mayor Sylvester Turner and city council member Dwight Boykins – both Democrats.

Although Buzbee has spent almost $1 million on TV ads attacking Turner, according to AdMo, the race remains Turner’s to lose.

But there might be another Democrat entering the increasingly dynamic race. Perhaps the worst kept secret in progressive circles in recent weeks is that Sue Lovell, a fixture in Houston’s grassroots politics, may throw her hat into the ring.

The Texas Signal confirmed with Lovell she is likely to get into the race.

Lovell is a former three-term council member at large, vice mayor pro tem, and small business owner. She was the first female president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus and first LGBTQ Texan to be elected to the State Democratic Executive Committee, and then to the Democratic National Committee.

While on city council, Lovell focused on core city services like public safety, infrastructure improvements, and quality of life issues. She brought the first dog park to Houston, strengthened the City’s Historic Preservation ordinance and graffiti ordinance.

A source close to Lovell, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss any potential plans, says, “It’s more likely she gets in the race than not.”

The election is November 5.

Photo: Houston Parks and Recreation Department

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