5PM Monday came around and the final filings were released by the City of Houston for the 2015 races. Looks like there will be contests in most races, some will be decided on November 3, others in the December run-offs.
Council Races on my radar (click here for full lists):
District F (home): Kendall Baker, Steve Le, and incumbent Richard Nguyen. From the looks of it, Baker and Le are pro-discrimination, while Nguyen is a HERO supporter and has served my new district well.
District H: Jason Cisneroz, Roland Chavez, Karla Cisneros, and Abel Davila. Jason is a friend of mine, I’ve made no secret of that.
District I: Robert Gallegos (incumbent) and Herlinda Garcia. If this is the same Garcia who ran for HCC on the fake-Black Dave Wilson anti-Gay ticket, then, we know where she stands. Gallegos, on the other hand, hit the ground running once elected and has done a great job for the district that I almost landed at when moving.
District J: Mike Laster, Manuel Barrera, and James Bigham. Before I moved to F, I supported Laster for his second term. He’s represented the district well and is a HERO supporter.
At-Large 5: There are five candidates, but the only one worth watching is Philippe Nassif.
At-Large 1: With eight candidates, only two have interested me: Lane Lewis and Tom McCasland. Of course, I’ve known Lewis for a while and have supported him in the past.
At-Large 2: Incumbent David Robinson remains the only candidate of the five who filed that is interesting and serving constituents well.
At-Large 4: Seven filed for this seat; however, the two that I have met and remain the most interesting and qualified are Amanda Edwards and Laurie Robinson.
At-Large 3: Doug Peterson is the only candidate I’ve really met from my Democratic activism. Some might want anyone but Kubosh, but Peterson is getting the Dem nods.
City Controller: This one has six candidates, but the only one I’ve given my attention is Chris Brown.
What is unfortunate is that while many of my favorite candidates have an actual interest in serving and addressing multiple issues, their opponents seem to be more interested in being bigots, or making this a bathroom election. Houstonians need to learn about the candidates, about the real issues, and vote accordingly.
Well, those are my thoughts for now. I’ll work on something for the Mayoral race soon.
Chron did a little breakdown of the races.