I don’t think there’s any mystery about who is and isn’t running for Mayor, but as other candidates have had their formal campaign announcements, so today will Gene Locke. From the press release:
WHAT: Gene Locke To Announce Candidacy
Gene Locke will make a public declaration of candidacy for the Houston Mayoral race. Locke will also reveal plans for a campaign kickoff event on April 18th to rally volunteers and supporters for his candidacy and make public a video introducing him through his campaign web site at www.genelocke.com.
WHERE: Tranquility Park, 400 Rusk Street, Houston, 77002
WHEN: 11 to 11:20 a.m. Thursday, March 26, 2009
Gene Locke is a Texas Super Lawyer who graduated valedictorian from his high school in Marshall, Texas. The son of a teacher, he enrolled at the University of Houston shortly after it became integrated. There he became a leader – attuned to social issues and civil rights. He later graduated from South Texas College School of Law attending night school and worked at a refinery to support his family. After graduation he moved to Washington D.C. to serve as Chief of Staff to Representative Mickey Leland. From 1995 to 1998 he served as Houston City Attorney under Mayor Bob Lanier. Locke is a partner at the Andrews Kurth LLP law firm, and remains General Counsel to the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority. He has been instrumental in negotiating contracts that allowed the development of Minute Maid Park, Reliant Stadium and the Toyota Center.
Gene Locke is a devoted husband and father. His wife, Aubrey Sampson Locke; daughters, Tembi and Attica; sons, Nicholas, Douglas and Thomas – are among his biggest supporters.
Here’s the Chron story on Locke’s announcement. I’d have to say at this point the field is set, modulo the usual fringe characters. I think we have three good and qualified candidates in the race, and I look forward to hearing them debate their vision for Houston’s future.