A Republican elected official who twice ran unsuccessfully for Houston City Council is claiming a spot as the conservative choice in the nonpartisan campaign for mayor.
Roy Morales, 51, elected in 2006 as a Harris County Department of Education trustee, launched his latest campaign with pledges to cut municipal government spending and to keep the city safe from natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.
He ran in 2005 for an at-large seat won by Peter Brown, who now is entering the mayor's race. In 2007, Morales ran for a different at-large seat and lost a runoff to Melissa Noriega. Both were seats vacated by incumbents, and now Morales is aiming for the job that Bill White must leave because of term limits. The election is Nov. 3.
Date Position Votes Pct
11/05 At Large #1 48,644 31.91
05/07 At Large #3 6,349 18.52
06/07 At Large #3 11,062 44.33
11/07 At Large #3 34,758 33.91
Unlike now, Morales spoke out against illegal immigration in his 2005 campaign.
He said four years ago that the city should end "this sanctuary program," which is how critics portray the city policy of not enforcing immigration laws on its own.
Morales said this week he is against detaining city residents who an official may think look like illegal immigrants -- and that city government should wait to see how the federal government changes its immigration policy before tackling the issue here.
Morales said he expects to run his campaign through low-cost, grass roots efforts.