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A Complete History of Musicians Running for Office



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When Houston City Council member Dwight Boykins announced a run for mayor in 2019, one surprising candidate for his soon-to-be-vacated seat was Geto Boys member Scarface. The rapper, born Brad Jordan, was building off the work of Positive Purpose Movement, the nonprofit he founded to help bring education and employment programs to Houston’s communities of color, and promising to put the “neighbor back in the hood.” His first run at public office was cut short in December when he was beaten in a runoff election by lifelong educator Carolyn Evans-Shabazz.