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By Aubrey R. Taylor
Publisher of Houston Business Connections
Mayor Annise Parker is currently serving her second term as the mayor of the city of Houston. In the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Mayoral Election Mayor Parker is facing off against Ben Hall, Don Cook, Keryl Burgess Douglas, Victoria Lane, Michael Fitzsimmons, Derek Jenkins, Charyl Drab, and Eric Dick in her quest to gain voter approval to serve a third and final term as mayor of Houston.
Based on the result of the only televised debate which took place on PBS on Tuesday, November 8, 2013; Mayor Parker, Ben Hall and Keryl Burgess Douglas are the candidates who really stood out in my opinion. Other candidates who took the stage along with the trio of Parker, Hall, and Douglas were: Michael Fitzsimmons and Eric Dick.
The debate was put on by Houston PBS and The League of Women Voters of Houston Education Fund.
Mayor Annise Parker Is Asking for Your Vote!
Mayor Annise D. Parker serves as the Executive Officer of the City. As the City's chief administrator and official representative, the Mayor is responsible for the general management of the City and for seeing that all laws and ordinances are enforced. Administrative duties include the appointments, with Council approval, of department heads and persons serving on advisory boards.
As Executive Officer, the Mayor administers oaths and signs all motions, resolutions and ordinances passed by City Council. The Mayor also serves a legislative function, presiding over City Council with voting privileges. The Mayor is responsible for advising Council of the City's financial condition and presents to Council an annual budget for approval.
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.
Here are a few of the videos released by the Annise Parker for Mayor of Houston Campaign during the 2013 Mayoral Election Cycle:
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. Ben is grateful for his professional successes, but also rough his numerous pro bono efforts on behalf of groups, corporations and individuals in need of representation.
Ben 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.
Here are a few of the videos released by the Ben Hall for Mayor of Houston Campaign during the 2013 Mayoral Election Cycle:
Keryl Douglas is an accomplished mediator and attorney, legal journalist and analyst. Keryl is also an appointed ad litem for local courts; a frequent moderator, panelist/educator for diverse legal seminars, and structured settlement consultant.
Attorney Keryl Douglas graduated summa cum laude from Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She received her M.S. in Chemistry, magna cum laude, from Texas Southern University; B.S. in Biology, cum laude, from Florida A&M University; completed coursework for a Ph.D. in Epidemiology at UTHSC.
Her diverse professional experience includes National NAACP’s Regional Director for Region VI, encompassing 250 units across Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. She was co-architect of the NAACP’s historic 2000 National Voter Mobilization Campaign. She served for nearly a decade as Executive Director of NAACP-Houston.
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