Houston Mayor Bill White celebrated turning fifty-five Tuesday night by cutting two birthday cakes, and collecting campaign donations for his anticipated race for the U.S. Senate.
Several elected officials and long time supporters of the Mayor attended the party, which was held at his new campaign office near the Galleria.
White is term limited at city hall, and has six months left in office. It’s clear he is spending a lot of time focusing on his future political aspirations.
In recent weeks, he has started juggling a hectic schedule: taking care of the city’s business, while traveling the state on nights and weekends, shaking hands and meeting people to lay the ground work for the election. During his speeches around the state White is focusing on his record of creating jobs and his experience dealing with natural disasters.
Speaking of the election, the date will be decided whenever U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison decides to step down. She has already announced plans to challenge Governor Rick Perry in the March 2010 GOP primary.
Sources say the Senator wants to stay in Washington long enough to have input on some proposed legislation.
Herb Butrum, White’s chief fundraiser, says he thinks the election will be held in May 2010. He didn’t say how much the Mayor raised at his birthday party, but White and his wife Andrea plan to match every dollar contributed to the campaign in June.