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Dome Bond Proposal Fails On Election Day

Dome Bond Proposal Fails On Election Day

Another Election Day is in the books. You made your voice heard, and while you gave a thumbs up to Mayor Annise Parker, the plan to repurpose the Astrodome failed to pass.

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“Clearly on the issue of the Dome, the voters have rejected the proposal,” Harris County Judge Ed Emmett announced Tuesday night.

The proposed plan would have turned the Eighth Wonder of the World dome into a large convention center failed. So what happens to the building now?

“Commissioners Court will have to make a decision as to where we go from here,” Emmett said, adding that demolition was not a lock to happen.

The plan was one that had no organized opposition, and it was a proposal that Leroy Shafer of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo supported. Shafer explained to KTRH’s Matt Patrick what happens now that the proposal was defeated.

“If they tear it down it will leave a lot of good space that becomes part of our master plan. We’d probably move our carnival into that area and make more room for parking where the carnival now is,” Shafer told Houston’s Morning News.

Parker cruises to win in Mayor’s race

While the future of the Astrodome remains murky, the future of Houston Mayor Annise Parker is clearer. She gets two more years in office.

“I will lead a government in the next two years that will build on the first four years,” Parker told supporters Tuesday night.

This will be Parker’s final term in office, but she has no plans to slow down or rest on her laurels.

“My election is over, but the work gets much tougher. I don’t believe in lame ducks. The next two years has just begun,” Parker said in her victory speech.

Parker thanked those that voted her back in office.

“This is a city where anything and everything is possible, and where we come together to make great things possible,” Parker said.

Parker spoke with Matt Patri

Parker spoke with Matt Patrick about her re-election, Houston's future, and the Astrodome on Houston's Morning News. Hear it here:

Parker with a big win over a group of challengers, the highest profile of those being Ben Hall.

“We entered this campaign because we knew that Houston was the best city on the planet. I still believe that,” Hall said in his concession speech.

Hall if proud of what he was able to accomplish during the campaign.

“If nothing else, we have spoken on behalf of the dreams of a great people. We have said to City Hall that we deserve and demand better streets. We have said we must address crime in this city. If nothing else we have challenged the status quo and said that Houston has a better future than its past,” Hall explained.

In other races, the statewide water plan passed easily. The bond proposal that would have given Katy ISD a second football stadium for $69M was voted down.

 

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