The Mayor’s Race and More: Murray at the MATCH

Three Wednesdays. October 28, November 11, and December 2, 6:30–8:00 P.M. | Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main Street at Holman St., 77002

Houston Mayor Annise Parker is in her third and final two-year term as Texas’ most powerful municipal executive. A vigorous competition among a bumper crop of candidates to succeed her is in full swing. As the Baker Institute blog in the Houston Chronicle proclaimed in January, “the current field of announced and likely candidates in the 2015 Houston mayoral race is the largest and strongest in the past 25 years.” 

Once again, pollster and political prognosticator Richard Murray is perfectly positioned to enlighten the Seminar audience about this important and exciting election and also offer thoughts on the national campaigns in progress. Professor Murray will join us for one evening in advance of the November 3 election, and two evenings after Election Day, before the December 12 runoff.

Richard Murray is the Bob Lanier Professor of Urban Public Policy and Director of surveying for the Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston, where an endowed scholarship was established in his name.



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Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course. 


Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!


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