DON'T FORGET THAT EARLY VOTING FOR THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RUNOFF ELECTION AND 2016 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY RUNOFF ELECTION WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016

Ground Game Magazine® is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. The people pictured above are not connected to one another in any way, shape, or form unless otherwise noted. The REPUBLICAN candidates featured above on the right are: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Kendall L. Baker, Tex Christopher, Lori Bartley, Briscoe Cain, Rick Ramos, and Paul Simpson. The DEMOCRATIC candidates featured above on the left are: Hillary Clinton, Elaine Palmer, Kristen Hawkins, Ed Gonzalez, Hilary Green, Eric William Carter, Fredericka Phillips, and Kimberly Willis. Call (281)788-3033 to discuss being featured inside our next edition.



LET'S PUT PEOPLE OVER POLITICS AS WE ENDEAVOR TO IDENTIFY AND SUPPORT THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATES WHO VALUE, RESPECT AND APPRECIATE OUR DIVERSE COMMUNITY

As President and CEO of Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper® and Ground Game Magazine® I am imploring every warm-blooded American to put people over politics when selecting candidates during the "2016 Presidential Election Cycle" that's currently in full swing. I’m also asking for you to vote for and support "QUALIFIED CANDIDATES" who "EXPRESS AND DEMONSTRATE" a sincere desire and willingness to represent "ALL CONSTITUENTS" who dwell within the jurisdictions to which they've been duly elected "BY THE PEOPLE" to serve during this very important and pivotal election cycle.


SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016 “MAYORAL ELECTION” IN MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS FEATURING MAYOR ALLEN OWEN RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION

On Saturday, May 7, 2016 there will be an important “Mayoral Election” taking place in Missouri City, Texas. Our friend and supporter Mayor Allen Owen (one of the longest serving mayors in Texas) is running for re-election in Missouri City, Texas. Other candidates who are also running for office on the Saturday, May 7, 2016 ballot in Missouri City, Texas are: Fred G. Taylor (running for Mayor); Jerry Wyatt (running for City Council at Large Position 1); Pernell Davis (running for City Council at Large Position 1); Cynthia Gary (running for City Council At-Large Position 2); Chris Preston (running for At-Large Position 2) and Susan Soto (running for At-Large Position 2). As of today, Mayor Allen Owen and Cynthia Gary are the only candidates asking for our prayers, vote and support in the Saturday, May 7, 2016 General Election in Missouri City, Texas. Early voting for this election will begin on Monday, April 25, 2016 and end on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Don't forget to vote early!



SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016 -- COUNCIL MEMBER JERRY WYATT IS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION IN THE RACE FOR MISSOURI CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION #1

On Saturday, May 7, 2016 Council Member Jerry Wyatt is running for re-election for City Council at Large Position 1 in Missouri City, Texas against Pernell Davis. As of today, Council Member Jerry Wyatt is the only candidates asking for our prayers, vote and support in the Saturday, May 7, 2016 General Election in Missouri City, Texas. Early voting for this election will begin on Monday, April 25, 2016 and end on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Don't forget to vote early!




SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016 - CYNTHIA GARY LOOKS TO MAKE HISTORY IN MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS AT-LARGE POSITION #2 CITY COUNCIL RACE

On Saturday, May 7, 2016 our friend and supporter Cynthia Gary will be looking to make history again in Missouri City, Texas. A victory by Cynthia Gary in the race for Missouri City Council At-Large Position #2 would make her the first African American woman to ever represent Missouri City as an at-large councilwoman. But this would not be the first time Cynthia Gary has rewritten the history books in Missouri City by defeating an incumbent. Back in 2007 Cynthia defeated (District B) incumbent Missouri City Councilman Don Smith in a landslide victory en route to becoming the first African American woman to hold a city council seat in the city’s fifty-year history. As of today, Cynthia Gary is the only candidate asking for our prayers, vote and support in the Saturday, May 7, 2016 race for Missouri City Council At-Large Position 2. Early voting for this election will begin on Monday, April 25, 2016 and end on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Chris Preston (the incumbent) and Susan Soto are also in the race. Cynthia Gary is a former two-term Missouri City council member and one-term Fort Bend ISD trustee.


TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016 “DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRIMARY" RUNOFF FOR (JUDGE) 215TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT IN HARRIS COUNTY

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016 our friend and supporter Judge Elaine Palmer will be facing off against her Democratic rival JoAnn Storey. Judge Elaine Palmer is asking for your vote and support in this race. The race for District Judge for the 215th Judicial District in Harris County will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 to decide who will represent the Democratic Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. Judge Elaine Palmer is the incumbent in this race. The winner of the Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Democratic Party Primary election will then have to face off against Fred Shuchart the Republican nominee.



TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016 “DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRIMARY" RUNOFF ELECTION FOR (HD-139) IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS 

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Democrat Kimberly Willis will be seeking to secure her place in history. A victory by Willis over her Democratic rival Jarvis Johnson would make Willis the first woman to ever represent House District 139 in the Texas House of Representatives. Willis is asking for all House District 139 voters to help her make history by turning out to vote for her in the Democratic Party runoff election. She led all vote-getters back on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 in the Democratic Party Primary with 3,919 votes (32.14%) and must now face off against (second place finisher) fellow Democrat Jarvis Johnson who finished with 3,483 votes (28.56%) in a “WINNER-TAKE-ALL-SHOWDOWN”. Early voting for this race will begin on Monday, May 16, 2016 and end on Friday, May 20, 2016. The winner of the Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Harris County Democratic Party Primary runoff election between Kimberly Willis and Jarvis Johnson will become the next State Representative for House District 139 – because “NO” Republican will be opposing the Democratic nominee in the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Presidential Election.



TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016 “DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRIMARY" RUNOFF FOR HARRIS COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE FOR PRECINCT 1, PLACE 1

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016 our friend and supporter Eric William Carter will be facing off in the Democratic Party Primary Runoff Election for Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 1 against Tanya Makany-Rivera. The winner of the runoff election will face off against Republican SaraJane Milligan on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in the Presidential Election.


TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016 “DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY" RUNOFF FOR JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 7, PLACE 1 IN HARRIS COUNTY

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016 our friend and supporter Judge Hilary Green will be facing off against her Democratic rival Cheryl Elliott Thornton in the runoff race for Justice of the Peace for Precinct 7, Place 1 in Harris County, Texas. This runoff election will decide who will represent the Democratic Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. *No Republican chose to run for this seat. So, the winner of the runoff between Hilary H. Green and Cheryl Elliott Thornton will be elected on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Judge Green is the incumbent in this race. At this time Judge Hilary Green is the only candidate asking for our vote, prayers and support in this race.



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016 “PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION" RACE FOR HARRIS COUNTY CIVIL COURT AT LAW #1 JUDGE

Our friend and supporter Judge Clyde Raymond Leuchtag would like for you to mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 8, 2016. In the race for Judge, County Civil Court at Law No. 1 -- Clyde Raymond Leuchtag is the nominee who will represent the Republican Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. On the Democratic side, George Barnstone defeated F. Richard Leach to earn the right to represent the Democratic Party in the race for Judge, County Civil Court at Law No. 1 in the November General Election. As of today, Judge Leuchtag is the only candidate asking for our prayers, vote and support in the race for Judge for Harris County Civil Court at Law #1. Early voting for this election will begin on Monday, October 24, 2016 and end on Friday, November 4, 2016. So don't forget to vote during the early voting period! Judge Leuchtag is the incumbent in this race.



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016 “PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION" RACE FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE FOR HOUSE DISTRICT 137 IN HOUSTON, TEXAS

Our friend and supporter Kendall Baker would like for you to mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 8, 2016. In the race for State Representative, District 137 -- Kendall Baker is the nominee who will represent the Republican Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. Pastor Kendall Baker is asking for you to help him unseat Gene Wu the current Democrat incumbent who defeated Edward Pollard to earn the right to represent the Democratic Party in the race for State Representative for House District 137 in the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Presidential Election. A Libertarian candidate by the name of Dan Biggs will also be in the race. As of today, Kendall Baker is the only candidate asking for our prayers, vote and support in the race for State Representative for House District 137 in Houston, Texas. Early voting for this election will begin on Monday, October 24, 2016 and end on Friday, November 4, 2016. Don't forget to vote early!




TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016 "PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION" RACE FOR JUDGE - 164TH DISTRICT COURT IN HARRIS COUNTY


Our friend and supporter Bruce Bain would like for you to mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 8, 2016.In the race for District Judge, 164th Judicial District in Harris County -- Bruce Bain is the nominee who will represent the Republican Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. Bruce Bain is asking for you to help him unseat Democrat incumbent Alexandra Smoots-Hogan who will be representing the Democratic Party in the race for District Judge, 164th Judicial District in the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Presidential Election. As of today, Bruce Bain is the only candidate asking for our prayers, vote and support in the race for District Judge for the 164th Judicial District Court in Harris County, Texas. Early voting for this election will begin on Monday, October 24, 2016 and end on Friday, November 4, 2016. So don't forget to vote during the early voting period!



Sunday, March 10, 2013

OPEN LETTER: Rodney Griffin A Candidate for Missouri City Council in the 2013 General Election to be held on Saturday, May 11th

Candidate Rodney Griffin in front of Missouri City Hall at 1522 Texas Avenue. Rodney Griffin continues to campaign tirelessly for the revitalization of Texas Parkway. He has served the Missouri City community as the Presiding Election Judge for many terms. Presently he serves Precinct 2059 as the Democratic Chair and on the State Democratic Executive Committee in Austin, Texas. -- Election Day is May 11th! 
























The State of Missouri City Texas by Rodney Griffin, A 2013 Candidate for Missouri City Council District A

I believe, the more things change, the more they are the same. Taxes are higher, vacancies along the Texas Parkway and Cartwright corridors continue to exist. The newly passed “crash tax” as dubbed by CNN, has made our great city, arguably the laughing stock of the world. The esplanades along Texas Parkway, are perceived as turning the parkway into contraflow lanes for the convenience of Highway 6 commuters, and many believe, at the expense of communities of color. This has to stop! No longer take seriously, those who lurk in the shadows of governance, representing no one, but themselves, and who are merely stooges for the rich and powerful! Change comes from the bottom up, never from the top down ( i.e. the Arab Spring, , closer to home, The Affordable Health Care Act (Obama Care)).

Having a mathematics degree from the University of Texas at Austin, working at a senior level in a council manager form of government, and running my own business for years makes me uniquely qualified to serve Missouri City and District A.I am a problem solver. I understand keeping our community moving in the right direction, having lived here for 33 years. I am the husband of Jan West, graduate of Rice University. I am the father of four, Elizabeth Bert, a University of Texas at Austin alum, William, a Harvard Law Alum, Omari, a father of three, and Brook a Columbia U alum. I am the grandfather of seven: Jamal, Jawan, Jasmine, Chase, Rose, Amaria, Khyla.

I continue to campaign tirelessly for the revitalization of Texas Parkway. I have served our community as the Presiding Election Judge for many terms. Presently I serve Precinct 2059 as the Democratic Chair and on the State Democratic Executive Committee in Austin. Here I was the first State (Texas) party official to endorse then candidate Obama for president (Feb, 22, 2007). During the de centennial census, I made sure that every person in our community was counted.

Texas Parkway is the gateway to Missouri City. How it looks determines what businesses move here. On Texas Parkway there are more nail shops, chicken joints, liquor stores and now, dollar stores per square mile than anywhere else in the city. I believe city boards and commissions should reflect the 60% citizens of color, 41% African American, 14% Latino, and 5% Asian. I believe those who do business with the city should look like the ethnic diversity of the city. This does not mean, the politically, or well connected should get the lion share of the contracts, regardless of color! Hire those who can and will do the job. They are out there. Affirmatively, seek them!

I am a retired businessman, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, BA mathematics. I am a graduate of the Fort Bend Chamber Leadership Forum (1996), Organization for Action, and National African American Leaders (Black Americans for Obama) Election 2012.

Candidate Rodney Griffin (right) continues to be a supporter of President Barack Obama (left). Rodney Griffin was the first State (Texas) party official to endorse then candidate Obama for president (Feb, 22, 2007). -- Election Day is May 11th.























A MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS OF MINE IN THE 2013 GENERAL ELECTION FOR MISSOURI CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT A 
- Tideland Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

A FEW OF MY PLATFORM ISSUES FOR THE 2013 GENERAL ELECTION FOR MISSOURI CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT A

- I want to repeal the CNN dubbed “Crash Tax” in Missouri City
- I want to deal with the Uneven Code Enforcement in Missouri City
- I want to see the revitalization of Texas Parkway in Missouri City
- I want to see the equalization of our “Tax Revenues” in Missouri City
- I want to increase “Diversity” on our Commissions, Boards and Committees
- I want to increase “Diversity” in rewarding “City Contracts” in our city

TOGETHER WE CAN BRING MUCH NEEDED CHANGE TO MISSOURI CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT A NEIGHBORHOODS

I’m Rodney Griffin, and I want to be your Missouri City Council District A Representative. 
- FOR MORE INFO VISIT: http://griffinfordistricta.com
Paid for by the Rodney Griffin Campaign for Missouri City Council District A, Jan West Treasurer




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44 Thoughts To Ponder For This Month

Here is the list of the (44) forty-four individuals included in this "Special Issue" of Your Thought Matters Newspaper. If you feel a calling to reach our world with your words of encouragement or reporting of positive information I'd like to discuss your inclusion in our next issue. Your Thought Matters Newspaper is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communication. For more information call 832.212.8735 today!

1.) Mayor Allen Owen
2.) Pastor Mia Wright
3.) Gallery Furniture
4.) Stephanie Boutte-Phillips
5.) Ashley Washington
6.) Joyce Meyer Ministries
7.) Georgia D. Provost
8.) Yolanda Denise Fontenot
9.) Pastor Paula White
10.) Donald Williams
11.) Roslyn Bazzelle
12.) Apostle Valencia Mashiach Williams
13.) Matchmaker Amber Neal
14.) Les Brown
15.) Pastor Jamal Bryant
16.) Bishop James Dixon, II
17.) State Rep. Ron Reynolds
18.) Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell
19.) John Cage
20.) Dr. D Ivan Young
21.) Creflo A. Dollar
22.) Evang Cassandra Taylor
23.) Elizabeth DeLeon Howard
24.) Rudy & Juanita Rasmus, and Tina Knowles
25.) Bishop James Dixon, II
26.) Jennifer Galaway
27.) Anella Spiller Coleman
28.) Carlondria Dixon
29.) Leslie TopRealtor Hall
30.) Tammi Matthews-Durden
31.) Lisa “Ladyle” Ricardo
32.) Rhonda Williams Thornton
33.) Michael Bunch
34.) Michaeline Yanascavage
35.) Yuri Solomon
36.) Cheron K. Griffin
37.) Diedre Colson
38.) Yogi Matthews
39.) Vannessa Wade
40.) Joel Osteen Ministries
41.) T.D. Jakes Ministries
42.) Constable May Walker
43.) Congressman Al Green
44.) Bishop K J Brown Ministries