Can A Candidate With A Felony Conviction Stay On The Ballot In Houston?

“At the end of the hour if she can do the job she deserves to have that position,” District B resident Angela Johnson said. “Second chances are what we’re about.”

By Jen RiceDecember 2, 2019 9:30 am, , , ,

From Houston Public Media:

When Cynthia Bailey made the runoff for the Houston City Council District B race, no one was more surprised than she was.

“I went to bed in third,” Bailey says. “But when I woke up, I was in second. I said, ‘Oh, Lord.’ I got so excited. And I knew then that, hey, these people really care, and they really know the work that I do, that it speaks for itself.”

Bailey founded Impacting Houston Inc., a nonprofit for local kids, and starting in 2017 she formed a team to clean up District B, picking up debris from illegal dumping. More than a decade ago, Bailey was convicted of theft. Now she’s running to represent District B, which includes majority African American neighborhoods like Kashmere Gardens and Acres Homes.

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