16:40 PM

Candidates for City Council, Houston Mayor to Attend UHD Meet & Greet Event

Elections aren’t until November, but candidates for City Council and Mayor will be getting the vote out at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD). On April 9, the UHD's Student Government Association (SGA) and the Center for Public Deliberation are hosting a Candidate Meet & Greet on campus.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Reading Room on One Main Building's fourth floor (just outside of N420).

Candidates will participate in informal roundtable conversations with students to discuss issues and answer questions. These 15-minute sessions allow attendees the opportunity to interact with all of the participating candidates.

“The Meet & Greet is an opportunity to sit and talk with many different local candidates in small, intimate groups,” said Windy Lawrence, director of the Center for Public Deliberation. “Participants report experiencing a much deeper learning about the candidates, the issues that are important, and criteria to consider for voting in our local elections. It’s also important for candidates to learn more about the constituents they are representing.”

Scheduled guests at the April 9 Meet & Greet include:

City Council

District A

  • Lesheia Wilson

District F

  • Jesus Zamora
  • Steve Le
  • Anthony Nelson

At Large District 3

  • Janaeya Carmouche
  • Marcel McClinton
  • David Martin
  • Michael Kubosh

District E

  • Dave Martin

District C

  • Greg Meyers
  • Shelley Kennedy

At Large District 2

  • David Robinson

District J

  • Edward Pollard
  • Sandra Rodriguez Lerma
  • Nelvin Adriatico

District B

  • Cynthia Bailey
  • Earl Ben White
  • Tarsha Jackson

District H

  • Karla Cisneros

At Large District 5

  • Sallie Alcorn
  • Sona Rivera
  • Catherine Flowers
  • Letitia Plummer

At Large District 1

  • Raj Salhorta
  • Mike Knox

At Large District 4

  • Amanda K. Edwards


  • Kendall Baker
  • Bill King
  • Tony Buzbee
  • Demetria Smith

City Controller

  • Chris B. Brown

The University previously hosted Candidate Meet & Greet events in spring and fall 2018. These events and others presented by the Center of Public Deliberation and Student Government Association are just some of the initiatives aimed at promoting civic engagement. SGA also hosts the annual Walk 2 Vote event in which students march from campus to the nearest polling sites. This particular event has served as a model for other universities nationwide.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.