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Houston Businesswoman Stephanie Boutte-Phillips, the founder of Houston's Training and Education Center, Inc.., is being recognized for her commitment to Houston-area veterans and others seeking to better themselves.
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COME JOIN US ON SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013: Houston Businesswoman Stephanie Boutte-Phillips, the founder of (H-TEC) Houston's Training and Education Center is being recognized for her (more than 17) years of service provided to veterans, the homeless, and those oftentimes overlooked (deemed under-served) in the Houston community. This event will be held at 7:00 p.m. at The Museum District Bistro & Lounge located at 1112 Southmore Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77004.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS EVENT: Community Leaders, Corporate Leaders, Public Servants, Small Business Leaders, and friends of Stephanie Boutte-Phillips.
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WHAT YOU SHOULD WEAR: Attendees will have action photos taken during this event. So business attire is required. The photos taken will be published as part of the “2013 Leadership Series” inside the July 2013 issue of Your Thought Matters Newspaper at no charge to invited attendees.
COST TO ATTEND THIS EVENT: There is no cost to attend this event. However, some of the veterans and other students who attend Houston Training & Education Center are homeless and need assistance with supplies -- so we are asking attendees to donate a minimum of $20 dollars at the door.
Stephanie Boutte-Phillips Cares about Our Veterans, The Homeless & The Houston Community At-Large
By Aubrey R. Taylor
Publisher of Your Thought Matters Newspaper
Stephanie Boutte-Phillips, the founder of (HTEC) Houston’s Training & Education Centers knows a thing or two about what it means to fight battles. She’s been fighting to beat the odds all her life. You see, Boutte-Phillips was born and raised in a little town called Opelousas, Louisiana to a teenage mother and father who pretty much left the responsibility of raising her on the shoulders of her elderly grandmother and grandfather. “As a child growing up I can remember starving at the end of the month because of a lack of food. But not having enough was a normal thing, because most of the kids I went to school with either lived alone with their grandparents or with (their parents) who were also living with their grandparents,” Boutte-Phillips explains.
“But one of the things I remember the most about growing up with my grandparents was that they were honorable people. My grandfather, would say, “It doesn’t matter who much money you have, if your name and word doesn’t mean anything, then you’re nothing,” says Boutte-Phillips.
Stephanie Boutte-Phillips Is Opening Doors
TSU President named Chair of the SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors
NEW ORLEANS – Texas Southern University President Dr. John M. Rudley has been named Chair of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors for 2013-2015.
As the new Chair of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Council (SWAC) of Presidents and Chancellors, President Rudley has shared his vision for the conference during his term. Branding of the SWAC and assuring that student athletes graduate on time head the top of his list of priorities.
"We must do a better job of telling the many stories of our successes," Rudley says. "Our student athletes have made significant accomplishments both on the fields of play and in the classrooms and have achieved in various arena's post graduation including: entrepreneurship, the music and entertainment industry, research, science and technology, politics, and from classrooms to boardrooms. Highlighting these accomplishments will serve to further the mission of each individual institution."
In addition to his appointment as Chair, Dr. Rudley is leading the NCAA's Advisory Group that is assisting with academic challenges that impact Limited Resource Institutions (LRI). The formation of this advisory group represents a collaborative and proactive effort between HBCU institutions and the NCAA to serve as a conduit to communicate issues and concerns that may impact LRIs collectively within the Academic Performance Program (APP).
Prior to joining Texas Southern University, Dr. Rudley served as interim chancellor of the University of Houston System and interim president of the University Of Houston. He also served six years at that institution as vice chancellor/vice president for administration and finance.
JGSEO’s Rousing Second Annual Owl Tank Competition Builds Momentum
Recently, the Jones Graduate School Entrepreneur Organization (JGSEO) at Rice University held its second annual Owl Tank Competition. Inspired by the popular television show Shark Tank, Owl Tank offers competitors the valuable opportunity to pitch their business plans to a panel of successful Houston-area business leaders and venture capitalists who serve as judges.
This year, 11 teams, each with a “small idea that doesn’t require a patent or millions of dollars in funding,” competed for the top spots by distilling their idea into a six-minute pitch compelling enough to gain the judges’ interest and enthusiasm. After the pitch, the judges provided valuable feedback, often volleying pointed questions to team members about the viability, sustainability and originality of their plan.
The competition began rousingly, when Michael Tatz ’14, team member for Patriot Family Housing, began calling cadence and jogging military-style across the expanse of Anderson Family Commons. The following teams kept up the energy of the competition, which lasted nearly two hours.
Owl Tank’s Future
“I received a great deal of feedback on the quality of the presentations and pitches, as well as involvement of judges in terms of tougher questions,” says JGSEO President Gene Brieck ’10, when describing the success of this year’s event. “More teams applied, more teams presented, and we more than doubled the prize money in total and gained more sponsors in general.”
The JGSEO hopes to keep the momentum going for next year’s Owl Tank, slated for spring 2014
— M. Yvonne Taylor
2012-2013 Annual Board of Education Student Awards
Each year the Board of Education recognizes distinguished seniors from HISD high schools in recognition of their total accomplishments exemplified by their character, academic achievement, leadership, and service. Selection is made by a school committee appointed by the principal and the award is presented by the board trustee during commencement exercises. An outstanding young man and young woman are selected as well as up to five honorable mention students from each high school. Click this link to see who this year’s recipients are.
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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE FROM AROUND THE STATE
Joanie Haley, Alison Meador, Melissa Pardue, and Brenda Swinney have been appointed to OneStar Foundation
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry has appointed four members to the OneStar Foundation. The foundation furthers volunteerism and community service in Texas.
Joanie Haley of Houston is executive director of the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation. She is a member of Women in Philanthropy and the Neuhaus Education Center Advisory Board, membership committee chair of the University of Texas College of Education Advisory Council, and a volunteer with the Houston American Cancer Society. She is also a past board member of the Texas Business and Education Coalition and Texas Association of Partners in Education. Haley received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is reappointed for a term to expire March 15, 2016.
Alison Meador of Austin is a private special events coordinator and fundraiser. She is a member of the Texas Conference for Women Advisory Board and Helping Hand Home for Children. She is also a past board member of Hospice Austin, the Elizabeth Ann Seton Board and the Capital of Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, and past president of the Good Shepherd Episcopal School Board of Trustees. Meador received a bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama. She is appointed for a term to expire March 15, 2014.
Melissa Pardue of Austin is a part-time private public policy consultant, former deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and former associate director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. She is a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae Group of Austin, and a past member of the National Association of Christians in Social Work and National Council on Family Relations. Pardue received a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma and a master's degree in social work and public policy from Columbia University. She is reappointed for a term to expire March 15, 2016.
Brenda Swinney of Paige is owner and trustee of the Son Dau Trust in Bastrop County. She is a member of and volunteer for Texas Alliance for Life, and a past member of Altrusa International Inc. She is appointed for a term to expire March 15, 2016.
Brigadier General William "Len" Smith has been named Assistant Adjutant General for Army
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry has named Brigadier General William "Len" Smith of Austin as the Assistant Adjutant General for Army effective June 16, 2013, for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.
Smith is director of joint staff and commander of domestic operation for the Texas Military Forces. He is commander of the Joint Counterdrug Task Force and the Homeland Response Force, a member of the United States and Texas National Guard associations and the United States and Lone Star Chapter of the Armor Association, and a distinguished knight of the Order of Saint George. He previously served in the 36th Infantry Division G3 and as deputy commander of Kosovo Forces 7, as chief of staff of the Texas Army National Guard, and as deputy commanding general-maneuver of the 36th Infantry Division and the United States Division in Iraq. He has received a Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit award, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo and Iraq Campaign medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army and Overseas Service ribbons, the NATO Medal, Adjutant General's Individual Achievement Award, and the Texas Faithful Services Award.
Smith received a bachelor's degree from Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University, a Master of Business Administration from Touro University, and a master's degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College.
Steven J. Austin, Kirby Bunel Jr., Tim O'Hare, Louis Palermo, and Lewis White have been appointed to Texas Board of Dental Examiners
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board oversees licensing and regulation of dental care providers in Texas, and enforces Texas laws regulating the practice of dentistry.
Steven J. Austin of Amarillo is a dentist in private practice and past adjunct faculty member at the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. He is a member of the American and Texas Dental associations, Panhandle District Dental Society and Western Regional Examination Board, and a member and past president of the Panhandle Academy of General Dentistry. Austin received a bachelor's degree from West Texas State University, a master's degree in theology from the Dallas Theological Institute, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry. He is reappointed to the board.
Kirby Bunel Jr. of Texarkana is president of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of Northeast Texas. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and American Dental Society of Anesthesia, and a diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is also a member and past president of the Texas Dental Association and Texas Dental Society of Anesthesia, and a board member and past president of the Texas Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is a volunteer dentist for Texas Mission of Mercy in Texarkana and Atlanta, and a member of the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce. Bunel received a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Baylor College of Dentistry, and completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Tim O'Hare of Farmers Branch is an attorney in private practice and owner of O'Hare Real Estate. He is former mayor and former city councilman for the City of Farmers Branch. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association and Alliance Defense Fund Honor Corps, and president of the Christian Legal Society of Dallas. He is also a member of the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce, a founding board member of Reclaiming Texas for Christ, and past president of the Rotary Club of Farmers Branch. O'Hare received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law.
Lois Palermo of League City is a dental hygienist at Castille and Castille PC. She is chair of the Dental Hygiene Advisory Board, an examiner for the Western Regional Examination Board, board member and past president of the Texas Dental Hygienists Association, and a member and past board member of the Bay Area Dental Hygienists Society. She is also a past board member of the Space City Aquatic Team and a volunteer for the Bay Wind Village Convalescent Center. Palermo received an associate degree in dental hygiene from Del Mar College and a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston.
Lewis White of Humble is an attorney and corporate counsel for Innovative Paradigm Solutions. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, past president of the Fort Bend and Ector County Texas Young Lawyers associations, and a past member of Safer Dallas Better Dallas. White received a bachelor's degree from McMurry University and a law degree from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He is reappointed to the board.
Henry Borbolla III, Amanda Davis, Valerie Ertz, Tom Fordyce, Jess Laird, David Leonard, Jim Neale, Amir Rupani, Ana Laura Saucedo, Dudley Skyrme, and C. Dwayne Somerville have been appointed to Trinity River Authority Board of Directors
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry has appointed eleven members to the Trinity River Authority Board of Directors. The authority oversees development and conservation of surface water resources for the Trinity River Basin.
Henry Borbolla III of Fort Worth is vice president of BB&T. He is a board member of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, Community Hospice of Texas, Downtown Fort Worth Design Review Board, University of North Texas Health Science Center Foundation, Tarrant County Housing Partnership Inc., Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation and Fort Worth Casa Mañana Theatre. He is also a member of the Fort Worth Rotary Club and a committee member of Catholic Charities Fort Worth. Borbolla received a bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University. He is reappointed to the board for a term to expire March 15, 2019.
Amanda Davis of Buffalo is a retired school administrator in the Buffalo Independent School District. She is a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators, Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association, and Texas Association of Mediators. She is also a member of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable and Texas Farm Bureau. Davis received a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University and a master's degree in educational leadership and conflict resolution from Abilene Christian University, and completed her superintendent certification from the University of Texas at Tyler. She is appointed for a term to expire March 15, 2017.
Valerie Ertz of Dallas is owner and president of VEE Services. She is a member of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, Military Order of St. John's, Texas Women's Initiative and the Southern Methodist University Alumni Association. She is also a past member of the Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents. Ertz received a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and a master's degree in management from Troy State University. She is appointed for a term to expire March 15, 2015.
Tom Fordyce of Huntsville is a retired director of the Texas Criminal Justice Agribusiness Department. He is vice president of the Lone Survivor Foundation and a board member of the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Texas Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Council, Kick Start for Kids and Huntsville Veterans' Affairs Advisory Board. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a Vietnam War veteran. Fordyce received a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University. He is reappointed to the board for a term to expire March 15, 2019.
Jess Laird of Athens is president and CEO of First State Bank in Athens. He is a member of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas and Texas Bankers Association, and a board member of the Athens Economic Development Corporation and Trinity Valley Community College Foundation Board. He is also a member and past president of the Athens Rotary Club, a past board member of the of the Region VII Education Service Center, Athens Chamber of Commerce and East Texas Medical Center Board of Managers, and past chairman and past board member of the Cain Center. Laird received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler, and is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University Graduate School of Banking. He is reappointed to the board for a term to expire March 15, 2019.
David Leonard of Liberty is co-owner of Liberty Dayton Chrysler. He is a member of the Liberty and Dayton chambers of Commerce, a director of the Liberty Knights of Columbus, and a director and past president of the Liberty Lions Club. He is also president of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Parish Council and treasurer of the Magnolia Ridge Country Club. Leonard attended Lee College. He is reappointed to the board for a term to expire March 15, 2019.
Jim Neale of Dallas is president of Quorum Energy Co. He is a member of the North Texas Commercial Real Estate Association, a board member of the Dallas Police Athletic League, and a past member of the Dallas Blue Foundation Executive Committee. Neale received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is reappointed to the board for a term to expire March 15, 2019.
Amir Rupani of Dallas is president and CEO of Texas Prince Properties Inc. He is a board member of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Dallas Foundation, an executive committee member of the Pakistan Society of North Texas, and past chairman and current executive committee member of the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce. Rupani attended City College of Karachi in Karachi, Pakistan. He is reappointed to the board for a term to expire March 15, 2019.
Ana Laura Saucedo of Dallas is a retired real estate investor. She is past president of the Pike Park Preservation League, and a past member of the Dallas Mexican American Historical League and Socorro Independent School District Board of Trustees. Saucedo attended Eastfield Community College. She is reappointed to the board for a term to expire March 15, 2019.
Dudley Skyrme of Palestine is a retired sales and construction manager for United Bilt Homes LLC. He is a volunteer for the Palestine Community Food Pantry. He served in the U.S. Navy. Skyrme received a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Arkansas. He is appointed for a term to expire March 15, 2019.
C. Dwayne Somerville of Mexia is president and owner of Natural Alternatives Inc., Henderson RV Sales, Palestine RV Center, Eagle Ford RV Park, South Texas Family Housing and Wash Mart Laundry. He is a member of the Coin Laundry Association, assistant scoutmaster for the Mexia Boy Scouts of America, and a youth group leader at First Baptist Church of Mexia. Somerville attended Kilgore College. He is appointed for a term to expire March 15, 2019.
William "Bill" Brod Jr., Conrith W. Davis, Pat Mizell, and Linda Russell have been appointed to Judicial Compensation Commission
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry has appointed four members to the Judicial Compensation Commission. The commission was created by the Texas Legislature in 2007 to recommend the salaries of state judges.
William "Bill" Brod Jr. of Pasadena is a certified public accountant (CPA) and commercial director of AES Corp. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Texas and Houston societies of CPAs and Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. He is also a past board member of the Private Sector Prison Industries Oversight Authority, and a deacon and finance and building committee member of First Baptist Church of Pasadena. Brod received a bachelor's degree from Tarleton State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston. His term expires Feb. 1, 2017.
Conrith W. Davis of Sugar Land is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He is president of the SW59 Sunrise Rotary Club, and a member of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, City of Sugar Land Bond Committee and Sugar Land City Manager's Multicultural Advisory Team. He is a graduate of Leadership Sugar Land, a volunteer for Second Mile Food Bank and SW59 Rotary Imagination Library Program, and a past board member of the Fort Bend Education Foundation. He is also a past board member of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and a past member of the Texas Corrections Association and Association of Paroling Authorities International. Davis received a bachelor's degree from Fayetteville State University, a Master of Public Administration from Pepperdine University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix at Houston. He is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2017.
Pat Mizell of Houston is an attorney and partner at Vinson and Elkins LLP, and a former judge of the 129th Judicial District Court in Harris County. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association and American Board of Trial Advocates, and a board member and past chairman of the San Jose Clinic. Mizell received a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. He is reappointed to the commission for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.
Linda Russell of League City is CEO of the Woman's Hospital of Texas. She is member of the American and Texas Hospital associations, a board member of the Houston March of Dimes, and a board and executive committee member of the Gulf Coast Blood Bank. Russell received a bachelor's degree and master's degree in nursing from Northwestern State University. She is reappointed to the commission for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2019.
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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE FROM AROUND THE NATION
The Corporation for National and Community Service has announced the appointment of MICHAEL SMITH as director of its Social Innovation Fund. Smith is senior vice president for social innovation at the Case Foundation, where he recently led the effort to launch the Startup America Partnership. Before joining the Case Foundation, Smith worked for the Beaumont Foundation of America, PowerUP: Bridging the Digital Divide, the Family Center Boys and Girls Club, and the National Crime Prevention Council, and served on the staff of Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA).
The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation has announced the appointment of LAURA MITCHELL as executive director. Mitchell, former chief financial and operations officer for Make-A-Wish Arizona, began her career in accounting and finance and later worked as an audit and business advisory manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She will continue her association with Make-A-Wish as a member of its finance committee.
The John R. Oishei Foundation has announced the appointment of KAREN LEE SPAULDING as vice president of philanthropic support, effective October 1. Spaulding, who has worked at the Albright Knox Art Gallery for over thirty years, most recently as interim director, began her career at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in curatorial and public affairs work.
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has announced the appointment of SHAUN ADAMEC as director of strategic communications. Adamec, formerly vice president of communications at City Year, earlier served as press secretary for Maryland governor Martin O'Malley and director of communications and campaign outreach for Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, currently mayor of Baltimore, when she was city council president.
The Arcus Foundation has announced the appointment of JANET MOCK to its board. Mock, a writer and activist in the LGBTQ arena, worked as a staff editor for People.com and helped develop programming for transgender youth at the Hetrick-Martin Institute. She founded the social media project #GirlsLikeUs and travels the country speaking about intersectional gender justice.
The California Endowment has announced the appointments of STEPHEN BENNETT, HECTOR FLORES, SHAWN A. GINWRIGHT, and WINSTON F. WONG to its board. Bennett, a lifelong champion for the civil rights of people with disabilities, is president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy. Flores co-founded and serves as medical director of the Family Care Specialists Medical Group in East Los Angeles and is chair of White Memorial Medical Center's department of family medicine as well as co-director of its family medicine residency program. Ginwright is director of community thriving at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design. Wong is director of Kaiser Permanente's Disparities Improvement and Quality initiatives and medical director of Kaiser's Community Benefit Program.
The Foundation for the National Archives has announced the appointment of PATRICK MADDEN as executive director, effective June 25. Madden, currently executive director of the United Nations Association of the United States of America, has more than fifteen years of nonprofit leadership experience at a variety of organizations, including Sister Cities International, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. He currently teaches graduate seminars on fundraising at George Mason University.
The Washington Area Women's Foundation has announced the appointment of CAROLYN BERKOWITZ as board chair, effective July 1. Berkowitz, who has been on the foundation's board for seven years and previously served as vice chair, is the president of the Capital One Foundation and managing vice president of community affairs at Capital One. The foundation also announced the election of ROSIE ALLEN-HERRING, managing director of Fannie Mae's Office of Community Investment and Engagement, to its board.
The Women's Impact Fund has announced a new slate of directors for 2013-2014. Outgoing and incoming chairs are JEANETTE SIMS of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and CAROLYN MEADE of Moore & Van Allen. Officers include JANE RATTEREE of Robinson Bradshaw, AMY OWEN of the Coniston Group, DEBBIE PROFFITT (an independent CPA), MARGARET SWITZER of the Monaghan Group, MARY GALLIVAN of the Foundation for the Carolinas, BARBARA REIN of Smart Start, DEBORAH MAJEWSKI of Bank of America, JOAN LORDEN of UNC-Charlotte, ANNA MCLELLAND of Knoll, Inc., and PAMELA HARRIS of the ViSight Association. The fund also welcomed eight community volunteers to its board: KATHY MANSFIELD, AMY LOVETT, SONJA NICHOLS, JILL DINWIDDIE, LEIGH GOODWYN, PAM JOHNSON, LISA MILLER, and CHARLENE SLAUGHTER.
In other news, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the appointment of SUSAN SELLERS as head of its design department, while theSmithsonian Institution has named CAROLINE BAUMANN as director of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design museum. Sellers, founding creative director of design consultancy 2x4 in New York City and a senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art, will join the Met on June 24. Baumann, who has worked at the Cooper-Hewitt since 2001, previously led development efforts for the Museum of Modern Art's Yoshio Taniguchi building project and the Calhoun School, and was an art book editor at George Braziller Publishers.
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Vice Mayor Pro-Tem Bradford Shares a Few Thoughts on How He Goes About Identifying The Best Candidate
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
|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.”
Houston City Council District C