Former Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins to run for mayor of Houston in 2023

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – The former Harris County Clerk who established drive-in and overnight voting hours has applied to run for mayor of Houston in 2023.

Chris Hollins filed paperwork Monday to replace Mayor Sylvester Turner, who has limited time to run for re-election. Hollins was appointed to the position of county clerk so it will be his first time running for a city or countywide position.

When ABC13 host Gina Gaston interviewed Hollins with his family in the Third Ward following the 2020 election, he hinted at a future in politics, but on Monday, Hollins made it official announced its future plans.

“My whole career, I’ve been a problem solver,” says Hollins. “(I have) pioneering ideas and strategies for large government agencies and advising multinationals on how to achieve better outcomes for the people they serve. And I brought all that experience to the County Clerk’s Office and certainly look forward to bringing it along as Houston’s next mayor.”

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Hollins said public safety will be at the heart of his campaign, including our safety from natural disasters and their consequences – floods and the reliability of electricity. But at a time when we are seeing record killings and our law enforcement officers are under siege, he has a perspective shaped by real-life experiences. .

“I come from a family of police officers,” Hollins said. “My father served 34 years. My uncle just retired after 33 years with HPD. And today, both my sisters are married to HFD firefighters. And so I definitely appreciate what that means. It’s necessary to keep our communities safe. And I think that we Public safety officers should be well-paid. And we have to make those jobs more appealing to people. people. But we also have to make sure we’re being protected and served as a community. And so not writing a blank check to HPD or any other agency.”

Hollins grew up in Missouri City, and his parents say he loved politics from an early age. He and his wife Morgan are both lawyers – educated in the Ivy League – and are raising two young children. Their son George is 18 months old and they have a 5 year old daughter, Vivian.

Hollins will be a new generation of leaders. But he will have to beat what is sure to be a crowded field, including Texas Senator John Whitmire, who has nearly 50 years of statewide service and an estimated $11 million electoral fortune la.

He explains, “Whether you’re 35 or you’re 75, you have to ask everyone the same questions: Do you have executive experience? Have you ever managed such a large budget? now manage a staff. Meanwhile, you know, a senate staffer can be five to eight. But it’s not about me, it’s not about John Whitmire, and honestly, who Houstonians would disagree if the campaign was about that. It’s about the city of Houston and how to make life better for our neighbors.”

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