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Thoughts on HD145

Well, I’ve been asked what I think of the Special Election for Texas HouseDistrict 145 and my favorite answer to them has been, “I live in HD137!”

Still, when one of the candidates is a long-time friend for whom one has put up signs, passed out push cards, and helped raise money, it’s hard to stay quiet.

That said, there are eight in the running for HD145, the seat once held by newly elected Texas Senator Carol Alvarado (congrats to her, by the way). The most familiar name to me is Melissa Noriega, who temporarily filled the HD145 seat when she was called up to serve in the seat while the officeholder was called to war. She also served three terms on the Houston City Council having effectively earned citywide support, which shows her campaign abilities. In both positions, Noriega served well and was among the most responsive members of the Council during that time. I did my part to get out the vote during my time in the ‘burbs for Melissa Noriega, so, needless to say, I am rooting for her in this race.

Read more about Melissa Noriega. She has served her community in education, nonprofits, and community groups. Always responsive and always ready to listen to constituents–what I believe are the two most important qualifications of a state representative.

As far as the other candidates are concerned, I know De La Garza ran previously for the seat and Del Toro ran with a lot of heart for Pasadena City Council recently. The others, I guess I don’t run in their circles, but I have friends that are supporting one of the others.

I do want to hear more about all of the candidates’ positions as the 86th Lege Session is about to begin and already plenty of bills have been filed. Other than De La Garza and the right-winger, I haven’t seen much in the form of policy pronouncements:  Where do they stand on HISD and education finance? Public schools or charter/privatization? Where do they stand on SB4? Where do they stand on criminal justice reform? Where do they stand on voting rights? Where do they stand on billions wasted on border militarization? You know stuff on which we have been attacked in recent times.

I prefer to see a campaign of issues rather than a popularity contest. But maybe that’s just me. Anyway, some asked where I stood, so, I responded.

Best of luck to the candidates. I know I have friends working in two of the campaigns, at least. Early voting starts January 14th. Election Day is January 29th.

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SD-6 ~ Early Voting Begins on Wednesday, 2/20

That’s right, for those able to vote in Senate District 6, you have one more go-round at the voting booth (or by mail). The best time to get it done is during the Early Voting period, which begins on Wednesday, February 20. Here’s the schedule:

February 20 – February 22: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
February 23: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
February 24: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
February 25 – February 26: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

There will be seven (7) early voting locations available around SD-6:

Location Address
1 Harris County Administration Building 1001 Preston, 1st Floor Houston TX 77002
2 Holy Name Catholic Church 1912 Marion Street Houston TX 77009
3 Ripley House 4410 Navigation Boulevard Houston TX 77011
4 H.C.C.S Southeast College, Learning Hub 6815 Rustic, Bldg D Houston TX 77087
5 Galena Park Library 1500 Keene Street Galena Park TX 77547
6 Hardy Senior Center 11901 West Hardy Road Houston TX 77076
7 Baytown Community Center 2407 Market Street Baytown TX 77520

Joaquin Martinez Endorses Sylvia Garcia in SD-6

Looks like the candidate that got the attention of DosCentavos back in December has made his choice in the SD-6 Run-Off. Joaquin Martinez has endorsed Sylvia R. Garcia for State Senate.

My goal in OUR SD6 race was to have a new voice at the table.

#ProjectMtz has brought a change to our political landscape and we want to continue the work of voter outreach, education, and most importantly, participation. A new coalition of the people and for the people is possible! This week has compelled me to look into the community’s best interest. My experience with one of Houston’s oldest and largest non-profits has guided my decision of endorsing Sylvia Garcia.

I feel that her strong Social Work background will allow us to pave the way towards building new, positive, and constructive relationships. Throughout my campaign for SD6, I truly appreciated Sylvia’s encouragement to stand up for what I believe in. As a young, progressive, and energetic Latino, I have the responsibility to be a part of a change in Houston politics. I regard Sylvia as someone who can empower many from our generation to participate in the dynamics of social progress. It is important to continue our involvement in the political process – and this is why I am asking all who supported me during my race for SD6 to show your support for Sylvia Garcia.

The turnout has been predicted to be LOW, but we will continue working from where we left off in our ongoing mission to increase our voter turnout, engage our communities, and inspire unified action. We do not have the date for the runoff election yet, but we will stay informed and engaged. I plan on showing my support for Sylvia by continuing to march these boots on the ground. I welcome all young, energetic individuals to join and help the work along.

Stay tuned to upcoming events and volunteer opportunities! Sylvia Garcia for Senate District 6!

Joaquin Martinez
#ProjectMtz

That’s a pretty strong endorsement. As always, keep an eye on this guy.

In a response to the endorsement, Garcia posted this on her campaign Facebook:

I admire the energy and enthusiasm he brings to politics and I deeply appreciate his support in the SD6 runoff election.

SD-6 – ELECTION DAY – SATURDAY

Well, it’s Saturday, January 26, and according to Rick Perry, today is the day you get to vote in the Senate District 6 Special Election. You missed early voting, but you get one final shot at picking your next State Senator, but you need to vote in your neighborhood polling location.

Need to find your polling location? HarrisVotes has a cool tool where you just punch in your address and voila!, you get your location and a sample ballot! Click on the image below to get there. Polls are open from 7am to 7pm. Do your duty!

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DC-Voice ~ Joaquin Martinez, Democrat for SD-6

DosCentavos.net attended the Power of the Community Rally in support of SD-6 candidate Joaquin Martinez. Martinez, a Democrat and community activist, has been running a grassroots campaign powered by volunteers and shoe-leather. I took an interest in this campaign because he was saying something different, plus he was attracting young voters who are seldom targeted in local campaigns. A crowd of over 125 was in attendance at Talento Bilingue Houston for this event. Here’s his stump speech from the evening.

Update:  I just noticed that some mobile apps may not be seeing the link to the Soundcloud file, so, here’s the link where you may connect.

{There’s an error in the embedding that I’m checking out, but click on the link  to directly access the recording.}

SD6 ~ Re-Checking the Mail–Direct and Electronic

My post this morning about the start of early voting earned me a call-out about my take, and let’s just let be known that if you call me out and state your case, then, I can be a fair guy–even though this blog wasn’t designed to be “fair and balanced.” But I may just take the pay-route like the Chron, so, be warned.

So, I had written:

There was a flare-up yesterday over a Sylvia Garcia direct mail piece that called out Carol Alvarado’s METRO dealings, which PDiddie covers. Negative pieces are designed to tarnish competitors, and like most things, it’s all in the timing. It’s a lot harder to respond to a negative mail piece than to something on TV. And when the e-mail response to said piece has a couple of linked exhibits and is sent by a surrogate, well, it’s hard to be effective. Targeted voters have something tangible in their hands, in this case. Believe what you will, enjoy the negativity or not, in a race like this where there are too many similarities in issues stances, that’s what one does, beyond the door-to-door.

What seemed to me like an attack on Alvarado’s work for METRO was specifically about the East End rail line and the problem with running the new light rail line across the existing freight rail line crossing on Harrisburg and Hughes. One solution, which METRO supported, was an overpass–a six-block  long bridge over the freight line, 26 feet high. While many of the politicos supported it or thought it feasible, business owners and residents called for an underpass–below the freight line. So, as stated in the article, State Rep. Alvarado was hired as a consultant to find funding for the added cost of the project (bridge or underpass project). In the direct mail piece, Garcia seems to question Alvarado’s work for METRO in support of a bridge while also serving the same constituents who did not support METRO’s idea of a bridge.

In his response to the mail piece, CM James Rodriguez took exception to Garcia’s line of attack and provided a link to a letter from then-commissioner Sylvia Garcia which had stated that she supported “the concept of a bridge or underpass” at the freight rail crossing, and not just the underpass. Citing comments regarding elected officials and “guts” made by Garcia at a candidate forum, Rodriguez challenged Garcia  by stating that many of the area’s officials worked to find the funding for the project and that Garcia did not attend meetings on seeking a solution. Rodriguez further stated that Garcia “declined” to contribute County money to the project.

In fact, Garcia’s letter stated that there was no provision in the county’s most recent bond referendum for this money and that the county was “not in a position” to commit money for the proposed bridge.

So, hopefully, I’ve provided background and fairness to this whole thing about a mail piece. Obviously, there are differing takes and opinions to this whole thing and I have some of my own. Needless to say, the people got an underpass and that’s what matters.

To add a bit more fairness, there was a lot of online rumbling from supporters of Joaquin Martinez, who pointed to the two “serious” campaigns’ warring as a means of pushing the alternative–Joaquin. When other bloggers and even the Chron minimize the other candidates, they tend to get a little upset. As someone who has worked with those kind of candidates, I don’t blame them! But we all know political realities, and those other candidates do, as well.

As far as attacks go, let me say that I seldom mess with people’s livelihoods or personal lives when working campaigns–too many people can get hurt. The bigger story here is that the Texas Legislature was built to be occupied by wealthy people, or at least those who make enough money in their endeavors in a year that they are allowed to take 140 days off to be in Austin. (As if they don’t do Lege work the other days, right?). We seldom question the rich lawyers in the Lege about their money, thus, I’m not a fan of questioning anyone else.

Why can’t they all be like the late, great Ernie Glossbrenner? But that’s for a whole other blog post.

The Dos Centavos SD-6 Unscientific Poll

Yes, I’m doing an unscientific poll to see what DosCentavos.net and new readers are thinking. Voting will take place between 7AM and 7PM TODAY only. Have fun!  Feel free to share the post.

Today in SD-6 News

Garcia Earns Houston GLBT Caucus Nod

Former Commish Sylvia Garcia earned one of the most coveted organizational endorsements last night, that of the Houston GLBT Caucus. Garcia had earned the recommendation over Carol Alvarado after a close vote by the Caucus screening committee. The ensuing organizational vote showed that both Garcia and Alvarado are the group’s favorite candidates out of the eight in the running.

Make Your Vote Count!

Because the County is telling us that, along with the tens of thousands being spent by the candidates, your tax dollars will be footing the bill for the special election to the tune of $825,000 if an election and run-off are held.  That’s a good investment in democracy in my opinion, but a good turnout will add value to whomever is elected–that value being the power of the people. Su voto es su voz–speak loudly, starting on January 9th. (Early vote locations are at the link, too.)

Stay Tuned for More

Yours truly has been invited to appear on LatinoTalk TV on Monday at 6PM and I have accepted. The big topic is none other than SD-6. Should be a fun and informative discussion. Click on the link to find your channel!

SD6 Ballot Positions

SD-6 candidate Joaquin Martinez was at the County Clerk’s office this morning to draw for a ballot position and posted this pic on Facebook. Here’s the order in which the candidates will appear on the ballot.

We all know how folks say that the closer you are to the top the better for you–some say by a few percentage points if you are #1. But in a race like this, I’m pretty sure it will be all about candidate ID, doors knocked and/or bodies dragged to the polls. Good luck to all!

Meanwhile, Kuff has a post on an issue I hope to hear more about in the SD-6 special election–payday lending reform.

SD-6 Candidate Filings

Well, the good people at the Communications Department of the Secretary of State just provided me with the applications of those who have filed for a spot on the January 26 ballot for the Senate District 6 Special Election. There are eight who filed applications (in the order SOS sent them).

  • Carol Alvarado – Democrat
  • R.W. Bray – Republican
  • Susan Delgado – Democrat
  • Sylvia R. Garcia – Democrat
  • Joaquin Martinez – Democrat
  • Dorothy Olmos – Republican
  • Rodolfo “Rudy” Reyes – NO PARTY AFFILIATION LISTED
  • Maria Selva – Green

More commentary on this later, but that’s the latest. PDiddie has his comments, though.

Kuff adds this to his piece from earlier today:

What we don’t know is why there was no one at the Chron or the Trib that bothered to find this out, leaving it instead to a bunch of unpaid bloggers. Be that as it may, I’ll have a post with more information tomorrow.

All it took was a nice e-mail, actually.