President Barack Obama has endorsed Sylvester Turner in the Houston mayor’s race, Turner’s campaign announced Friday afternoon, less than 24 hours before Election Day polls open.
Turner, a 26-year Democratic state representative, is squaring off against businessman Bill King, who identifies as independent, in an increasingly partisan contest to determine term-limited Mayor Annise Parker’s successor.
“I am proud to endorse Sylvester Turner in his bid to become Houston’s next mayor.
Sylvester rose from humble beginnings to become a champion in the Texas legislature for quality education, universal access to health care and affordable electricity rates for seniors.
His story is the American story, and he’s determined to keep the promise of his city and country alive for the next generation,” Obama said in a statement released on Turner’s Facebook page.
“Sylvester believes that every Houstonian deserves safer neighborhoods, stronger schools and better infrastructure, no matter what you look like or what part of town you live in. I agree. That’s why I am asking you to vote for Sylvester Turner for mayor in the runoff election on December 12.”
Turner’s campaign plans to publicize the late-breaking endorsement in robocalls and on flyers to be distributed by block walkers Saturday, Turner spokeswoman Sue Davis said.