In the realm of partisan politics, Harris County Democratic Party Chairman Lane Lewis has proven himself one of the most influential and effective Democrats in the state of Texas. Under his leadership, the state’s largest county voted majority Democratic in 3 straight electoral cycles.
But this week, Houstonians have learned that Lewis will turn his attention to the non-partisan arena in 2014. Here’s the story directly from the Houston Chronicle…
Harris County Democratic Party chair Lane Lewis will run for an at-large city council position, he told Democratic activists Wednesday evening.
Lewis, who has led the county’s party operation since 2011, is running to succeed Stephen Costello in At-Large Position 1, one of two open-seat at-large races next year. Lewis will remain party chair during his campaign.
Several other candidates already have appointed campaign treasurers in advance of runs for at-large positions, though only Philippe Nassif, a local Democratic activist, has specified that he will run for Position 1.
The announcement will almost certainly cause some significant changes to dynamics in the City Council races. Like fellow bloggers Texpatriate, Dos Centavos and Off the Kuff, I too am left to wonder why so many candidates are leaning towards the At-Large 1 seat as opposed to At-Large 4. Both seats will be open for the 2015 election cycle. But with Lewis in the hunt for AL-1, there is no doubt that many Democrats will steer towards AL-4 to avoid potential conflicts.
As for Lewis himself, he benefits from a strong record of accomplishments, city-wide name ID and a massive infrastructure that would readily support his campaign. Indeed a world of difference from 2009 when he last ran for the District A seat and was beaten by current Council Member Brenda Stardig. Of course anything can happen in the next eleven months, but at this point, chances look good for Lane Lewis’ run at City Council.