Race in Houston raises Hispanic hopes

November 30, 2001
After mayoral bids by Latino candidates in New York and Los Angeles this year drew Hispanic voters to the polls in record numbers, the increasing political involvement of the nation's fastest-growing ethnic group is on display again in a big-city election, this time in Houston.
     And this time with a last-minute push from the president of the United States.
     Here in America's fourth-largest city, where Hispanics in the 1990s eclipsed whites as the biggest segment of the population, no Anglo candidate has made the final cut in this year's race for mayor. On Saturday, voters will choose either incumbent Democrat Lee Brown, who is the only black mayor in Houston's history, or Republican Orlando Sanchez, a City Council member whose candidacy has energized the city's burgeoning Latino electorate.