The Houston area experienced a year of change in 2018, including new faces in local politics. There were other significant events in areas such as education, business opportunities, the fight against gun violence and healthcare.

There are new faces in area politics as a result of the midterm election, which saw Harris County and Fort Bend County vote blue. In two hard-fought races, Yolanda Ford beat incumbent Allen Owen in a runoff to become Missouri City’s first African-American mayor, and Democrat Brian Middleton was elected Fort Bend County’s first African-American district attorney. In addition, Democrats now hold a majority of the County Court judgeships. 

Harris County Commissioners Court also became predominantly Democratic. Incumbent County Judge Ed Emmett was upset by Lina Hidalgo and former Sheriff Adrian Garcia won the County Commissioner Precinct 2 race against incumbent Jack Morman. Nineteen African-American female judicial candidates in Harris County all won their races. Houston State Sen. Sylvia Garcia made history as one of two Latino women elected on Nov. 6 to represent Texas in the House. Democratic newcomer Lizzie Fletcher upset incumbent John Culberson. Incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz narrowly defeated Democratic challenger O’Rourke.