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Houston Politics with Stace and Rey is back! What is that? It’s a podcast featuring myself and local smart guy and activist, Dr. Rey Guerra. We had a few shows toward the end of 2013, but after I fought off a bad case of laryngitis, we are back and ready to talk…a lot!
So, to get back into practice, we recorded this episode last Thursday.
We cover the latest on immigration reform, the City Council election, and Wendy Davis and the Democrats. I also mention how Lt. Governor candidates are making immigration the issue on which to attack Latinos, and Kuff provides some proof today, so, it is fitting that we talked about this.
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The plan is to bring in a VIP on our next episode to discuss Women’s Health, the Affordable Care Act, and probably more on the sexist nature of the Greg Abbott campaign toward Wendy Davis and all women. Stay tuned!
Basically, this is just a list of those whose names I will click one of these days. I won’t go all “Chron” on you by writing down my reasons because I always wonder if I will have to un-endorse an endorsed candidate. Seriously, though, I do make these DosCentavos nods without any reservation, unless otherwise noted.
Mayor – Annise Parker
The final filings are up! Click on the link and you will find your list of individuals who filed for either Houston Mayor, City Controller, or City Council. The Chron has more if you pay, or this handy chart.
Mayor Annise Parker will need to fend off nine opponents. Hopefully, she can be done in Round 1, although, that doesn’t mean we won’t have a run-off election for other races in December if she is done. Also, City Controller Ronald Green will need to fend off one opponent.
District D has twelve candidates vying for outgoing Council Member Wanda Adams’ current seat. There is little doubt that this one will end up in overtime. Although there are some good names on the list, my favorite is Christina Sanders (website).
District I seems to have ended up with the four who have been campaigning: Mendez, Gallegos, Garces, and the Republican. This one has the strong possibility of ending up in a run-off. District I is usually considered a low turnout race, which could bode well for a lone right-wing-fringe candidate; however, this time around there is no incumbent to run against, so, if Mendez, Gallegos, and Garces keep putting a good dose of energy into the race, it could just end up being a run-off amongst two of those three. It’s all about turn-out.
At-Large 2 will have four candidates; however, only the incumbent (Andrew Burks) and challenger David Robinson have drawn some attention. While both of these candidates trend more Democratic, the remaining candidates are more representative of the other side of the spectrum. That said, I would say the possibility of a run-off is only slight, if at all.
At-Large 3 is destined for a run-off with six candidates. One other right-winger announced he was dropping out, leaving Dem-leaning candidates Rogene Calvert, Roland Chavez, and Jenifer Rene Pool against anti-Parker Republican Michael Kubosh, right-winger Roy Morales, and a perennial candidate. Who will end up in overtime? My hope is that two of the three Dems will end up in the run-off. But if it is one of them against one of the right-wingers, then it seems there is definitely some competition for the right-wing spot. Morales probably has the most name ID of the two, but Kubosh has more of an ability to purchase some name ID to add to what he has earned from his anti-Parker, anti-red light camera rhetoric. Meanwhile, I’m still trying to decide between the Dem-leaning candidates.
District A is District A, I guess. Four candidates challenge the incumbent, Helena Brown.
The Other Races
In District J, it looks like I get to keep Mike Laster (unopposed). That’s a good thing. District C’s Ellen Cohen, though, drew one opponent, according to the Chron.
Dave Martin, Ed Gonzalez and Larry Green will win Districts E, H and K, respectively–or at least they didn’t get any opponents.
I sure am glad I have a choice in At-Large 5, now that James Horwitz is in the running (a third candidate signed up,too) against Jack Christie, but the final hour filings have At-Large 4’s Brad Bradford earning himself some competition from former HISD Construction Manager Issa Dadoush. Likewise, At-Large 1’s Stephen Costello will need to fend off Griff Griffin to earn another term.
Update: Campos points to Dadoush listing a Pasadena address. Apparently, he’s registered to vote in Pasadena’s City Council District H, too, according to Harris County. So, is it Congrats, Chief?
Rounding off the City ballot, District B incumbent Jerry Davis drew three opponents, while District F’s Al Hoang and District G’s Oliver Pennington each drew one opponent.
So, hopefully, all of the updates and corrections have been made at this point. From now on, it’s a sprint to the end of Round 1.
Sanders is the State Director of the Texas League of Young Voters and has been working to empower the youth vote. Here’s a community profile on Christina:
Christina Sanders is one of America’s youngest civic engagement leaders. Christina’s expertise is engaging and training young people to be involved and participate in elections, voting and the public policy. Sanders is a Houston native and received her Bachelors of Political Science and Masters of Public Administration in Public Policy degree from Texas Southern University.
Christina steered the founding of the Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund, a state affiliate of the League of Young Voters Education Fund which is a non-partisan organization that seeks to register, educate and turn out young voters across the country. As State Director, Christina Sanders has lead the Texas League to grow to be the largest field-based young civic engagement organization in Texas. Under her leadership, thousands of young Texans were organized to join coalition partners to fight and defeat the proposed Texas Voter ID Law.
Christina co-authored a manuscript entitled,” From “Block the Vote to Protect the Vote”: Historically Black Student Voting Suppression and Disen-franchisement in Texas”, published in Volume XIV of the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy; making her one of the country’s youngest experts on Student Voter Disenfranchisement.
Christina’s passion for engaging young people in the American Political systems is also evident in her service as an adjunct professor of Political Science at Texas Southern University. Appointed at age 25, Christina was amongst the youngest Political Science professors teaching at a Texas public four-year university. To date, she taught nearly a thousand young people about the workings of government and the importance of civic responsibility.
Ms. Sanders has worked in the office of Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis as a District Aide and Policy Analyst. While there, Sanders lead the organizing of clergy, elected officials and community groups in a collective effort that established a Public Defender’s Office for Harris County, Texas.
Christina’s success in Public Policy is diverse as she served as the Public Policy coordinator for Houston Communities for Safe Indoor Air (HCSIA), where she successfully worked on smoke-free policy change in many Texas cities. She also served in Washington, D.C. as the National Coordinator of Black Youth Vote!, a program of the National coalition on Black Civic Participation.
Christina is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Lawyers’ Committee of Civil rights Under the Law “Young Champion of Justice Award” and the Spirit of Democracy award as recognition of courage and outstanding work in protecting the voting rights of students at Prairie View A&M University. The Houston Defender suggested that through her work she is following in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps.
I’m looking forward to hearing more about her campaign, issues, etc. No doubt she will be energizing the youth vote during an election in which the youth vote usually goes ignored by other candidates.
One of my favorite Houston Council Members that doesn’t even represent me but that I highly respect is set to kick-off his campaign for another term next week. CM Ed Gonzalez from District H is among the most accessible and responsive members of the Council and there’s no doubt I think he is destined for much bigger and brighter things.
Here’s some info on the kick-off/birthday celebration:
…we’re throwing a party to celebrate my birthday a little early this year. I’d love to see you there! The ‘Happy (Early) Birthday Party’ will take place on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, from 5:30P – 7:30P, at Casa Grande, 3401 North Main (MAP).
And here’s a kick-off video, too.
Local businessman Ben Mendez made it official Thursday night and announced his candidacy for Houston City Council District I–and he did it in grand fashion. Hundreds of supporters packed the Talento Bilingue Houston facility for quite the production which included all sorts of community VIPs, a biographical video, a reception, and, of course, the candidate.
Mendez touts almost two decades of experience as an engineer, project manager, budget manager, educator, and community activist in various public-private ventures. Among his various community projects is serving as founder of the National Hispanic Professional Organization and its Leadership Institute which has helped develop various current and up and coming community leaders. Currently, Mendez serves as Chair of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC). And, of course, this blogger has enjoyed a couple of appearances on a local public access show Mendez co-hosts, LatinoTalk TV.
Mendez is centering his campaign on two points, among other issues: Improving the delivery of city services and strengthening services to Seniors. He states he is especially committed to making District I a community its residents will take pride living in after he leads it through much needed infrastructural and neighborhood improvements. Economic and small business development are also among his commitments, as he further touted his TAMACC experience.
Mendez took the opportunity to talk about the diversity of District I and pointing to the diverse base of support he has been able to establish. Joining him on stage were notables, such as HCDE Trustee Erica Lee, Houston Sports Authority Chairman Edgar Colon, and recent Texas Senate Candidate Joaquin Martinez, to name a few.
For all intents and purposes, it looks like activity for this East End council district is taking off. Once the SD-6 election is done on Saturday, expect more to formally announce their respective candidacies.