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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) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.