Cohen Says She Ran Race She Can Be Proud Of

Nov. 8, 2011The Houston Chronicle

Ellen Cohen leads the five-way race to succeed termed out Anne Clutterbuck as District C council member. She has 54 percent of the vote with early votes, absentees and about an eighth of precincts counted.

Cohen made her pitch as fiscally responsible based on managing a multimillion dollar budget during her 18 years as CEO of the Houston Area Women’s Center and a multi-billion budget as a member of the Appropriations Committee in the state legislature.

“I’m a problem solver” she said she told voters.

She raised the most money, and got attacked by all four opponents.

“If you’re considered a front-runner, then that’s what people go after,” Cohen said from her election night party at Cafe Adobe. “Whatever happens, we ran a good race, a respectful race, a race I can be proud of.”

When asked if she planned for a runoff, she didn’t answer directly but said, “I always think of the various things that can happen, and I like to plan ahead.”