I spent the early part of Wednesday evening at the Kick-off Party for the Herman Litt Campaign. Litt is running for City Council At-Large Position 1. With introductions by Chris Bell and State Representative Ellen Cohen, one can immediately see the kind of high-profile support he has.
Growing up in the city’s east end, Herman helped his parents manage their dry goods business near the ship channel. He attended HISD schools & became involved early on in community service when he was asked to tutor neighborhood students at risk of failing in school. Herman graduated from San Jacinto High School and the University of Houston with a B.S. in Psychology. He went on to Texas Tech University graduating with an M.A. in Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling.
Herman has had an accomplished and rewarding career as a rehabilitation counselor and hospital administrator. As a rehabilitation counselor, he has helped thousands train for better jobs in the industries that make Houston strong. He developed and managed health care programs for over 20 years and has served as a vocational expert for the Social Security Administration for over 30 years.
He assumed leadership positions in his profession by serving twice as president of the Houston Area Rehabilitation Association and twice as Chairman of the Job Fair for the Handicapped. He worked with Mayor Fred Hofheinz, Houston area corporations and rehabilitation agencies in coordinating efforts for job placement of handicapped individuals.
Herman has been able to give something back to the community in a number of ways. Elected to the Houston Community College Board in 1999, he earned a reputation for building consensus and bringing people together from different points of view. As Chairman of the HCC Board, Herman helped expand and build campuses in all areas of Houston, opening up affordable higher education opportunities for thousands of young people while cutting taxes. As a member of the HCC Foundation Board, he is currently working to help build an endowment that will ensure all high school graduates in the Houston area will be able to have at least two years of college.
Litt states he is committed to improving public safety efforts in Houston’s neighborhoods, and will work to improve the City’s ailing infrastructure.
Running a grassroots campaign, Litt states he is ready to take his campaign to all sectors of the City.
And the Money reports for City races are coming out.
In At-Large Position 4, Noel Freeman reports his campaign has raised almost $36,000 from 175 donors. Freeman acknowledged the challenges folks are facing, but who still showed some support.
“I’m so grateful to everyone who has worked so hard and opened up their homes to my campaign, and I’m very grateful to everyone who has contributed, especially in such a tough economy. ”
In the District A race, Lane Lewis raised about $35,000 from 330 supporters, and goes into the next phase of the race with $13,000 on hand and a lot of momentum. I finally met him tonight and he’s an impressive candidate.
In the BIG race, there seems to be a lot of excitement from the Parker, Brown, and Locke campaigns. Parker reported raising over $800K, Brown raised $1.7 million, and Locke a little over $1 million. All three begin the next phase with healthy war chests.
I’m looking forward to seeing the outreach plans for all of these campaigns take off. It should be quite interesting.