From Texas Political Almanac
City of Houston Elections
Houston's 2011 election season was highlighted by a slim 50.8% re-election win by incumbent Mayor Annise Parker against multiple underfunded and little known opposition. Two incumbents to lose their contests were District A Council Member Brenda Stardig and At Large Council Member Jolanda Jones, both in runoffs. Their losses were the result of conflicting bases of support, with Helena Brown defeating Stardig based on the incumbent's support (and backing from) the Mayor in a district with a conservative electorate. Jack Christie, on the other hand, promises to be more supportive of the Mayor than Jolanda Jones. One open At Large seat was won by Andrew Burks in a runoff with the support of anti-Parker support despite Burks' more limited opposition to the Mayor. Two new districts sent Mayoral supporters Mike Laster (District J) and Larry Green (District K) to council. Open district contests in District B and District C sent - respectively - newcomer Jerry Davis and former State Representative Ellen Cohen to the council table.
City of Dallas Elections
An open seat for Dallas Mayor opened when Tom Leppert resigned on February 3, 2011 to run for the United States Senate . Former Pizza Hut chief executive Mike Rawlings and former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle led the field in the first round of voting, with Rawlings winning 56% - 44% in a runoff. Sitting Council Member Dwaine Caraway served as interim Mayor during the interim.
City of Fort Worth Elections
Incumbent Mayor Mike Moncrief opted to not run for re-election in 2011. Tarrant County Tax Assessor Betsy Price and former Council Member Jim Lane led a five-candidate field in the first vote, with Price winning a runoff 56% - 44% in an non-partisan election settled more-or-less along partisan lines.
City of San Antonio Elections
With extremely low turnout of 7%, Incumbent mayor, Julian Castro, easily won re-election with 82% of the vote against four under-funded challengers. Incumbents Ivy Taylor, Jennifer Ramos, David Medina, Ray Lopez, Reed Williams and Elisa Chan easily defended their seats in their respective districts.
Among new members of council, Trinity University professor Rey Saldaña won the race for District 4 with 52% of the vote in the first ballot against the presumed frontrunner and wife of the outgoing incumbent, Leticia Cantu. Also decided on the May ballot, commercial property manager Carlton Soules defeated Bud Little, a retired City Hall radio journalist, who had been considered the favorite for District 10.
Elections decided in a June runoff included District 1, where civil rights attorney Diego Bernal scored an upset against Ralph Medina 63.5% - 36.5% in a runoff. District 7 was decided with Cris Medina winning 74% of the vote against Elena Guajardo.
City of Irving Elections
Former Council Member Beth Van Duyne became Irving's first female mayor after defeating two-term incumbent Herb Gears. The election was decided in a runoff after Van Duyne led Gears 41% - 38% in the initial election. In council district contests, Dennis Webb defeated David Gutierrez for District 3 on the city’s west side. District 4 incumbent Allan Meagher opted to not seek re-election.
City of Arlington Elections
Mayor Robert Cluck won his fifth term of office over underfunded challenger Carl Scrivner.
City of Sugar Land Elections
Sugar Land elections featured four district contests, highlighted by Amy Mitchell's 1-vote win in District 3 and a contentious contest in District 4 won by Harish Jajoo.
Texas Constitutional Amendments
Ten Constitutional Amendments were on the ballot in 2011. The highest profile amendment - Prop 2 - allowed the Texas Water Development Board to issue more bonds. It narrowly passed with 51.5% support. Prop 1 allowed a similar expansion of debt to allow for more student loans and passed with 54.5% of the vote.
Propositions that failed include Prop 4, which would have given counties the right to issue bonds for redevelopment of real estate; Prop 7, which would have added El Paso to the list of counties authorized to create conservation and reclamation districts in order to develop parks and recreation facilities; and Prop 8, which would have required the legislature to provide for taxation of open space land devoted to water stewardship purposes.
House District 14 Special Election
State Representative Fred Brown announced on June 29 during a legislative Special Session that he would resign his seat to pursue a new job managing a car dealership in Temple. Brown had previously served as a city council member in College Station before serving twelve and a half years as State Representative in the district. The Special Election was held on November 8th and the runoff on December 13th. The runoff saw John Raney defeat Bob Yancey. Both candidates are business owners in Brazos County.