Houston mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee contributed an additional $2.3 million to his campaign, while incumbent Mayor Sylvester Turner raised $1.74 million, according to final fundraising reports before Saturday’s runoff election.
At the end of the reporting period from Oct. 27 to Dec. 6, Buzbee had $597,624 cash on hand to Turner’s $524,420 on hand. Buzbee started the period with $1,300,780 cash on hand; Turner started with $787,331.
Buzbee and Turner will participate in a nonpartisan Dec. 14 runoff election for mayor of Houston, Texas, after advancing from the 12-candidate general election field on Nov. 5. Turner advanced from the general with 46.9% of the vote; Buzbee advanced with 28.4% of the vote.
In 2015, Turner won a runoff election against Bill King by 678 votes or about a 0.4% margin.
Houston’s mayor serves as the city’s chief executive and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors, and overseeing the city’s day-to-day operations. He or she also presides over the city council with voting privileges.
Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States, with a population of 2,195,914.
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