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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: Here is Your Link List to The Candidates Running in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Mayoral Election in Houston, Texas for Your Thought Matters Newspaper readers

 


1). Annise D. Parker -- Connect with her campaign!
2). Ben Hall -- Connect with his campaign!
3). C.O. "Brad" Bradford -- Connect with his campaign!
4). Helena Brown -- Connect with her campaign!
5). Ellen Cohen -- Connect with her campaign!
6). Ed Gonzalez -- Connect with his campaign!
7). Brenda Stardig -- Connect with her campaign!
8). Assata Richards -- Connect with her campaign!
9). Ben Mendez -- Connect with his campaign!
10). Jack Christie -- Could not find his website!
11). Amy Peck -- Connect with her campaign!
12). Dave Martin -- Connect with his campaign!
13). Melissa Noriega -- Term-Limited
14). James G. Rodriguez -- Term-Limited
15). Andrew C. Burks Jr. -- Connect with his campaign!
16). Jerry Davis -- Connect with his campaign!
17). Al Hoang -- Connect with his campaign!
18). Larry V. Green -- Connect with his campaign!
19). Stephen C. Costello -- Connect with his campaign!
20). Ronald C. Green -- Connect with his campaign!
21). Mike Laster -- Connect with his campaign!
22). Don Sumners -- Could not find his website!
23). Travis McGee -- Click here to connect!
24). Wanda Adams -- Term-Limited
25). David Robinson -- Connect with his campaign!
26). Roy Morales -- Connect with his campaign!
27). Bill Frazer -- Connect with his campaign!
28). Georgia D. Provost -- Connect with her campaign!
29). Michael Kubosh -- Connect with his campaign!
30). Ronald Hale -- Connect with his campaign!
31). Laticia Ablaza -- Connect with her campaign!
32). Mike Knox -- Connect with his campaign!
33). Eric Dick -- Connect with his campaign!
34). Rogene Gee Calvert -- Connect with her campaign!
35). Roland Chavez  -- Connect with his campaign!
36). Robert Gallegos -- Connect with his campaign!
37). Jenifer Rene Pool -- Connect with her campaign!
38). Dwight Boykins -- Connect with his campaign!
39). Keith Caldwell -- Connect with his campaign!
40). Chris Carmona -- Connect with his campaign!


 






 MAYOR ANNISE D. PARKER

POSSIBLE CANDIDATES IN THE RACE FOR MAYOR: Here are a few of the names you could see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for mayor of Houston: Annise ParkerBen HallDon Cook, and Eric Dick. If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography and campaign photo to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.




CONTROLLER RONALD C. GREEN

POSSIBLE CANDIDATES IN THE RACE FOR CONTROLLER: Here are a few of the names you could see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for City Controller: Ronald C. GreenBill Frazer, and Don Sumners. If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography and campaign photo to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.


POSSIBLE CANDIDATES IN THE RACE FOR DISTRICT A: Here are a few of the names you could see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council District A: Helena BrownBrenda StardigAmy PeckRonald Hale, and Mike Knox. If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography and campaign photo to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.


CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AMY PECK


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT B
POSSIBLE CANDIDATES IN THE RACE FOR DISTRICT B: At this time we have not heard of anyone challenging Houston City Council (District B) Member Jerry Davis in the 2013 Mayoral Election. If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT C

SEE IF YOU LIVE IN HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT C
POSSIBLE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR DISTRICT C: At this time we have not heard of anyone challenging Houston City Council (District C) Member Ellen Cohen in the 2013 Mayoral Election. If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography and campaign photo to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.
 


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT D
Houston City Council Member Wanda Adams is currently serving her third and final term as the Houston City Council District D representative. Council Member Wanda Adams cannot run for re-election due to term limits. The District D Houston City Council seat will be one of the open seats in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Mayoral Election.
POSSIBLE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR DISTRICT D: Here are a few of the names you could see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council District A: Georgia ProvostTravis McGeeDwight BoykinsAssata-Nicole Richards, and Keith Caldwell. If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography and campaign photo to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT E
POSSIBLE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR DISTRICT E: At this time we have not heard of anyone challenging Houston City Council (District E) Member Dave Martin in the 2013 Mayoral Election. If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography and campaign photo to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT F
POSSIBLE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR DISTRICT F: At this time we have not heard of anyone challenging Houston City Council (District F) Member Al Hoang in the 2013 Mayoral Election. If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography and campaign photo to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT G
POSSIBLE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR DISTRICT G: At this time we have not heard of anyone challenging Houston City Council (District G) Member Oliver Pennington in the 2013 Mayoral Election. If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography and campaign photo to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT H
POSSIBLE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR DISTRICT H: At this time we have not heard of anyone challenging Houston City Council (District H) Member Ed Gonzalez in the 2013 Mayoral Election. If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography and campaign photo to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT I
Houston City Council Member James G. Rodriguez is currently serving his third and final term as the Houston City Council District I representative. The District I Houston City Council seat will be one of the open seats in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Mayoral Election.
POSSIBLE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR DISTRICT I: Here are a few of the names you could see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council District I: Graci GarcesLeticia Gutierrez AblazaRobert Gallegos, and Ben Mendez. If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography and campaign photo to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT J
Houston City Council Member Mike Laster is currently serving his first term as the Houston City Council District J representative. Council Member Laster will be running for re-election in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Mayoral Election in Houston.
POSSIBLE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR DISTRICT J: At this time we have not heard of anyone challenging Houston City Council (District J) Member Mike Laster in the 2013 Mayoral Election. . If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography and campaign photo to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT K
Houston City Council Member Larry Green is currently serving his first term as the Houston City Council District K representative. Council Member Green will be running for re-election in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Mayoral Election in Houston.
POSSIBLE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR DISTRICT K: At this time we have not heard of anyone challenging Houston City Council (District K) Member Larry V. Green in the 2013 Mayoral Election. If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography and campaign photo to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.


CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 1
Council Member Stephen Costello is currently serving his second term as the Houston City Council At-Large Position 1 representative. Council Member Costello will be seeking to voter approval to serve his third and final term in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Mayoral Election.
POSSIBLE CANDIDATES FOR AT-LARGE POSITION 1: At this time we have not heard of anyone challenging Houston City Council (At-Large Position 1) Stephen Costello in the 2013 Mayoral Election. If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography and campaign photo to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.


CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 2
Houston City Council Member Andrew C. Burks, Jr. is currently serving his first term as the Houston City Council At-Large Position 2 representative. Council Member Burks will be seeking voter approval to serve a second term in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Mayoral Election.
POSSIBLE CANDIDATES FOR AT-LARGE POSITION 2: Here are a few of the names you could see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council (At-Large Position 2) Council Member: Andrew C. Burks, Jr. and David Robinson. If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography and campaign photo to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.


CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 3
Houston City Council Member Melisa Noriega is currently serving her third and final term as the Houston City Council At-Large Position 3 representative. The Houston City Council At-Large Position 3 seat will be one of the open seats in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Mayoral Election.
POSSIBLE CANDIDATES FOR AT-LARGE POSITION 3: Here are a few of the names you could see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council (At-Large Position 3) Council Member: Chris CarmonaMichael KuboshRoy MoralesRoland ChavezRogene Gee Calvert, and Jenifer Rene Pool. If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography and campaign photo to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.


CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 4
Houston City Council Member C.O. “Brad” Bradford is currently serving his second term as the Houston City Council At- Large Position 4 representative. Council Member Bradford will be seeking voter approval to serve his third and final term in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Mayoral Election.
POSSIBLE CANDIDATES FOR AT-LARGE POSITION 4: At this time we have not heard of anyone challenging Houston City Council (At- Large Position 4) C.O. “Brad” Bradford in the 2013 Mayoral Election. If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography and campaign photo to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.


CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 5
Houston City Council Member Jack Christie is currently serving his first term as the Houston City Council At-Large Position 5 representative. Council Member Jack Christie will be running for re-election in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Mayoral Election.
POSSIBLE CANDIDATES FOR AT-LARGE POSITION 5: At this time we have not heard of anyone challenging Houston City Council (At- Large Position 5) Jack Christie in the 2013 Mayoral Election. If you are a candidate running for this seat email your biography and campaign photo to: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com.





MAYOR ANNISE PARKER - CONTRIBUTOR
Mayor Annise Parker has spent many years in service to the people of Houston, with six years as a City Council member and six years as City Controller. She is the first person in Houston's history to hold the offices of council member, controller and mayor. This is her second term as mayor; and she is seeking re-election to a third in the 2013 Mayoral Election to be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 in the City of Houston.


Mayor Annise Parker and her life partner Kathy Hubbard have been together for more than 20 years and are advocates for adoption, with two adopted daughters and a son.
Mayor Annise Parker Shares A Few Thoughts About How She Goes About Selecting The Best Candidate

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “As a voter, how do you go about selecting the person who is the best candidate in any given election? And what are a few of the characteristics you look for in a leader?”

MAYOR ANNISE PARKER: “It is wrong to run for office just to be in politics; elected officeholders should want to work toward change that will improve the lives of those they represent. I have often said that my job is the best job available because I have the opportunity everyday to truly impact our great city and its residents for the better. When I am personally deciding which candidates to support in an election, obviously, I look for someone who shares my views and positions on the issues. I also look for someone who is passionate, exhibits leadership qualities and is motivated to serve.

Leadership is not simply taking the reigns and getting the job done. A leader also has to be willing to listen to different points of view, flexible enough to change course when the original path proves unworkable or will create an undesirable outcome. And a leader must be willing to compromise. They need to be genuinely concerned about their constituents, and about improving the area they will represent. Ultimately, however, a leader needs to be able to generate consensus through a cooperative approach and stand strong even when the final decision may not be politically popular.”


Annise Parker
The 61st Mayor of Houston, Texas



MAYOR PRO-TEM BRADFORD - CONTRIBUTOR
Vice Mayor Pro-Tem C.O. "Brad" Bradford 

Vice Mayor Pro-Tem C.O. Bradford at a “Community Partnership Breakfast” at the South Union Church of Christ. Bradford is currently serving his second term in office. He will be on the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Mayoral Election ballot seeking re-election to his third and final term as the At-Large Position #4 Council Member for the City of Houston. 


Vice Mayor Pro-Tem Bradford Shares on How he Goes About Selecting The Best Candidate in an Election
AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “As a voter, how do you go about selecting the person who is the best candidate in any given election?”

VICE MAYOR PRO-TEM BRADFORD: “Who is the best candidate will surely, and properly so, vary from voter to voter. As a voter, I am concerned with someone who brings experience, training and education to the arena. Many of the issues facing our city, state and nation today are complex and multifaceted. The demand for services constantly increases and public resources seem to dwindle. Our population is more and more diverse with high, varied expectations. Therefore, it is my belief that managing the financial and human resources, along with capital assets entrusted to public officials today requires in-depth knowledge and skills.”

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “What are a few of the characteristics you look for in a leader?”

VICE MAYOR PRO-TEM BRADFORD: “Leaders need to be able to inspire! Transforming a vision into a plan and subsequent implementation is no easy task. Leaders understand that reward is attached to performance and that anything worth having isn’t easy to get. Leaders demonstrate that it is nice to be important, but more important to be nice. And, at the end of the day, when it is all said and done, it is not going to matter how many degrees we have, what titles or what positions we’ve held. The question is going to be, ‘what have you done to help others?’ Leaders have a love for humanity and a passion to make a difference for the greater good of all.”

C.O. “Brad” Bradford
Vice Mayor Pro-Tem
Houston City Council, At Large Position 4



COUNCIL MEMBER BURKS - CONTRIBUTOR
Andrew C. Burks, Jr., is the Position 2 At-Large Houston City Council Member

Council Member Andrew C. Burks, Jr. Shares A Few Thoughts About How he Goes About Selecting The Best Candidate & What He Looks For In A Leader

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “As a voter, how do you go about selecting the person who is the best candidate in any given election? And what are a few of the characteristics you look for in a leader?”

COUNCIL MEMBER BURKS: “Our leaders should share our goals and values. When I am personally deciding who to vote for, I look for the candidate who best understands my needs and the aspirations of the community. Strong leaders listen to the people they represent, understand their concerns and aspirations and form a plan to deliver a solution. Successful candidates should be able to empathize with their voters and proactively work to solve the problems brought to their attention. Our neighbors who are hands-on and involved in the community make the best leaders.

Leadership is about more than just making decisions and giving speeches – it is about listening. Selecting a candidate who takes time out of their schedule to visit with you or an organization you are a part of goes a long way. I look for candidates who can roll up their sleeves and accomplish their goals. This takes hard work, perseverance and a willingness to find common ground. On Election Day, the candidate who understands the needs of the community with a plan to improve the lives of all he or she represents earns my vote.”


Andrew C. Burks Jr.
Houston City Council At-Large Position 2




COUNCIL MEMBER COHEN - CONTRIBUTOR

Ellen Cohen is the District C Representative on Houston's City Council


Council Member Ellen Cohen Shares A Few Thoughts On How she Identifies the best Candidate

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “As a voter, how do you go about selecting the person who is the best candidate in any given election? And what are a few of the characteristics you look for in a leader?”

COUNCIL MEMBER COHEN: “As both an elected official and a long-time voter, I have become familiar with both sides of the coin when it comes to choosing between political candidates. The question of who will represent you at the local, state, and federal level of government could not be more critical, so it is important to be well-informed about the candidates and the issues.

I believe all politics is local, so when selecting a representative, my first step is to research the issues the elected official will actually be voting on, and find out what each candidate’s views are on those specific issues. I am drawn to leaders that are passionate about these local issues and pragmatic about problem-solving. Grandstanding about challenges is no substitute for a solid plan of action, so the ability to think critically is also imperative to me.

As a Council Member and a former State Representative, I have found that another trait essential to good governance is the ability to work with those whose opinions differ from your own. Without the ability to build a consensus, a lawmaker will come to a stalemate in office.

Ultimately, I vote for candidates who share my viewpoint, are passionate about local issues, and are able to implement effective solutions for bettering their community.”


Ellen Cohen
Houston City Council District C


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Above: On the Campaign Trail with 2013 Candidate for Houston Mayor -- Ben Hall 

Above: On the Campaign Trail with 2013 Candidate for Houston Mayor -- Ben Hall 

Above: On the Campaign Trail with 2013 Candidate for Houston Mayor -- Ben Hall 

Above: On the Campaign Trail with 2013 Candidate for Houston Mayor -- Ben Hall 

Above: On the Campaign Trail with 2013 Candidate for Houston Mayor -- Ben Hall 

Above: On the Campaign Trail with 2013 Candidate for Houston Mayor -- Ben Hall 

HERE'S A LITTLE ABOUT BEN HALL

Born into a family of meager financial means, Benjamin Hall, III has experienced firsthand the struggle that accompanies difficult economic times. Ben also encountered challenges in the academic world, where teachers doubted his ability to rise above his humble beginnings and achieve higher education; however, he knew he had the potential to succeed and refused to compromise his goals. In 1975, Ben enrolled at the University of South Carolina, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977, with honors. His thirst for knowledge and desire to help others led him to continue his education at Duke University; obtaining a Master of Divinity degree in 1979 and a Ph.D. in 1985. Others might have stopped at that point, but Ben saw a real opportunity to help underrepresented communities as an attorney. In 1986, Ben earned a law degree from Harvard Law School and began working at the Vinson & Elkins law firm in Houston, Texas. He went on to serve as the City Attorney for the City of Houston in Mayor Bob Lanier’s administration.

Through his legal practice, Ben has applied the principles of courage, tenacity and justice that he learned as a young man; speaking out on behalf of those who need a strong voice to champion their causes. In 2000, Ben founded the nationally recognized Hall Law Firm. Additionally, Ben has served the Houston community through his numerous pro bono efforts on behalf of groups, corporations and individuals in need of representation.

Ben is grateful for his professional successes, but also recognizes his personal blessings. He describes his family as his greatest treasure. Ben and Saundra, his wife of 31 years, have two sons. The entire Hall family remains committed to serving the Houston community.

Leadership with Vision

Houston is a great city – rich in diversity, talent and potential. Our collective future can be brighter than our past.

Houston needs a mayor who is more than a manager; it needs a world-class leader with vision. We also need a leader with the energetic ability to tackle broad issues and implement meaningful change. Rome was not built in a day, but it also was not built by tinkering with food carts and small matters. We have a choice to make in November between mere management and leadership with vision.

Houstonians believe in fair play for all. This is one of our great strengths. We also believe in the power of fresh ideas and forward-looking policies. We believe that government should not act as a barrier to success, but as a catalyst to achieve it. Government must be business-friendly, while still protecting our prized individual liberties. Through the application of new technologies, entrepreneurial governance, and innovative leadership, Houston can expand its position as a global business capital.

Ben Hall on Crime

Criminal conduct will not be tolerated in Houston! Criminals will be arrested and punished to the fullest extent of the law. For those offenders convicted of non-violent crimes, I will seek to have them give back to our community by mowing overgrown lots and cleaning illegally dumped trash from streets and waterways. Those non-violent criminals should actively pay their debt to society, rather than sit idly in jail, watching television at the additional expense of taxpayers.

Ben Hall on Education

Our future as a world-class city depends on a superb educational system and no one – especially not a mayor – can remain silent on this pressing issue. As mayor, I will use my office to set a tone of excellence in education and will work to achieve that goal through collaborative efforts with area school districts. We have the teachers, staff and civic leaders to turn around any real or perceived issues with educating the next generation of Houstonians. I believe city government has a responsibility to assist school districts in increasing the number of educational opportunities for students. As mayor, I will work with Houston’s school districts to help them create the best educational experience for our students, advancing pragmatic city/school district initiatives to integrate education with real world business experiences. This will be a top priority item for my administration.

Ben Hall on Transportation

Houston’s transportation issues can only be fully addressed through a combination of planning and transit options. Automotive travel is here to stay, but we must also promote shared transit ridership through expanded high-occupancy vehicle lanes, better bus access, smart rail options, and other transit innovations. Additionally, Houston’s city government must plan and work with TXDOT to coordinate travel patterns through and around the city. Better transportation practices and policies do more than reduce congestion on the highways; they also assist with air quality issues, making Houston safer and even more enjoyable.

Ben Hall on Downtown

Our downtown is a vibrant business district with an impressive array of world-class companies, restaurants, and hotels. I envision an active downtown where more people will want to live, work and play. At the same time, I hope to channel the energy of that bustling city center to attract a greater number of international conventions and increase the level of downtown tourism. My administration will actively encourage the development of a thriving downtown shopping and entertainment center by fostering innovative public-private partnerships. In that way, we will work to encourage the development of a larger retail business footprint downtown.

Ben Hall on Infrastructure/Road Repairs

Houston’s roads must be repaired and upgraded immediately! A Hall administration will implement the latest technologies available to allow citizens to self-report road problems and track the city’s response and repairs in real-time on your computers or cell phones. We will also explore new technologies to fortify roadway repairs and end the costly practice of repeatedly refilling the same potholes. Repairing city roads will be job-one-on-day-one of the Hall administration.

Ben Hall on Drainage

As a city that has always stood at the forefront of engineering and science, Houston has the capacity to develop a cutting-edge drainage system that can handle surface water. Flooding should not be a recurring problem in this world-class city. By challenging the current approach and employing innovative drainage solutions, we will dramatically improve the way we handle storm water and flooding in our city.

Ben Hall on Diversity

In Houston, we find people from every continent, ethnicity and belief system. We applaud our respective heritages and are all made better by the great span of our cultures and diversity. As Mayor, I will continue the proud tradition of showcasing the impressive intercultural acceptance that has made Houston strong.