In a late night Facebook Live video, prominent Houston activist Ashton P. Woods bowed out of the race to replace former City Councilman Larry Green who passed unexpectedly in early March. Woods says he will back a Black woman for the post since he believes there should be another Black woman on City Council.
Woods, founder of Black Lives Matter-Houston, says he still plans for an at-large seat in 2019.
Rumblings of candidates aiming to fill the southwest-Houston district filled rumor mills with long-time Democratic operative Pat Frazier and Larry Blackmon announcing runs so far.
The Mayor and City Council are slated to approve the May 5th election date which will give candidates roughly thirty days to campaign for a seat around the horseshoe at City Hall.