University of Houston Resources Address 2015 Houston Municipal Elections

Election Day for the city of Houston has voters deciding on a new mayor, all 16 city council seats and a veto referendum on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). University of Houston experts can provide perspective and insight into these important voter decisions.

Richard Murray, professor of political science: Murray’s expertise includes local governments and politics, public opinion and political parties. Reach him at 713-743-3909 or

Renée Cross, associate director of UH’s Hobby Center for Public Policy: Reach out to Cross for stories related to Houston and Texas politics, urban politics and civic engagement.  Reach her at or 713-743-3972.

Jeronimo Cortina, assistant professor of political science: Cortina specializes in American and Latino politics, immigration and comparative politics. He also teaches classes in Chicano politics. He also is bilingual.  Reach him at or 713-743-38947

Jason Casellas, associate professor of political science:  Casellas specializes in Latino political representation, American politics and public policy. He also is bilingual. Reach him at or 713-743-8714

Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science: Rottinghaus discusses Texas politics and public opinion, as well as the media and political communication.  Reach him at or 713-743-3925.

Temple Northup, associate professor of communication:  Northup can discuss political advertisements and their effectiveness in campaigns.  Reach him at or 713-743-1697.