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Judge rules Cynthia Bailey, a convicted felon, to remain on ballot for City Council District B runoff race

Cynthia Bailey talks to KPRC 2 on Aug. 28, 2019.
Cynthia Bailey talks to KPRC 2 on Aug. 28, 2019. (KPRC)

HOUSTON – A judge has ruled that candidate Cynthia Bailey, a convicted felon, should remain on the ballot of Houston City Council District B runoff race.

Candidates Tarsha Jackson and Bailey were set to face off in a runoff election after neither candidate got enough votes for an outright win.

The runoff came into question when third-place finisher Renee Jefferson-Smith in the Nov. 5 election filed a lawsuit demanding Bailey be disqualified because she was previously convicted of felony forgery and Jefferson-Smith claimed that Bailey lied on her application for candidacy about the conviction.

Jefferson-Smith’s first attempt to remove Bailey from the ballot was denied.

She then filed a second suit contesting the Nov. 5 election. The second lawsuit led the Harris County Clerk’s office to remove the race from the Dec. 14 joint runoff ballot.

But now, a judge ruled Baily will remain on the ballot for the special election set for May 2.

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