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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Meet Helena Brown and Brenda Stardig, the two Candidates Running for Houston City Council District A in the Saturday, December 14, 2013 Runoff Election

Houston City Council -- District A
Brenda Stardig vs. Helena Brown
HOW BRENDA AND HELENA MADE THE RUNOFF: On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, the incumbent, Helena Brown was forced into a runoff by former Houston City Council District A Councilwoman Brenda Stardig. Other candidates who were on the ballot seeking to unseat Brown were Amy Peck, Ron Hale, and Mike Knox. Helena Brown ended the night with 4,613 votes for 38.04% of the vote to finish first. Brenda Stardig ended the night with 3,538 votes for 29.17% of the vote to force the Saturday, December 14, 2013 runoff.


 According to her website, Helena Brown is a twenty-three-year resident of District A. She is also a lifelong community activist and volunteer within the district.
Prior to her being elected to represent the residents of District A, Brown worked in City Government at Bunker Hill Village. Her website states that she is a business professional with more than 10 years of experience in administration, marketing, and technology.

 Helena Brown is also a member of the Houston Property Rights Association -- Co-founder; Pachyderm Club of Northwest Houston -- Board Member & Past President; Moritz Village Townhomes Association --Leader and organizer of numerous church, political, and community groups and projects.

 Brown, according to her website is also an honors graduate from the University of St. Thomas here in Houston, Texas.

 She’s also a Board Member of the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston; a Houston City Council Member - District A (2012-2013); and serves on these committees: Budget & Fiscal Affairs, Ethics, Elections & Council Governance, Public Safety, and Quality of Life.


 According to her campaign website, Brenda Stardig is an influential leader who has lived alongside old friends and new neighbors in District A of the City of Houston for more than forty years. She has helped her community by devoting time and resources to improving west Houston. Her compassion for her community is shown through her actions.


 Meet-BrendaBorn and raised in District A, Former Houston City Council Member Brenda Stardig has worked alongside old friends and new neighbors to become an influential leader in Houston.

 Problem Solver:

 During her previous term as District A's representative, former Council Member Stardig devoted time and resources to improving west Houston by meeting with City of Houston Departments, community leaders and business owners. Stardig worked with organizations like CrimeStoppers and HPD to provide crime prevention tips and awareness to the District A community and also hosted well-attended community gatherings, including movie nights and various town hall meetings. As a Council Member, Stardig always looked for opportunities to rid neighborhoods of unsafe buildings and to find new businesses to enhance the quality of life for the residents of District A.

 A licensed Realtor, Stardig has made appropriate residential development and land-use policies a priority. Among her noteworthy achievements: a much-needed clean-up and demolition of three apartment complexes that had fallen into disrepair and threatened neighborhoods by becoming havens for drug trafficking and other criminal activities.

Community Leader:

 Former Council Member Stardig has a strong past in community involvement. She has worked her way through the ranks as a Civic Club President of 1,000+ homes for 9 years, a president of one of the largest Super Neighborhoods in Houston, a Spring Branch Education Foundation Director, and a Chamber of Commerce Director and alternate member of the Houston-Galveston Area Council's Transportation Policy Council. Council Member Stardig has received praise for her tireless efforts, including the Keep Houston Beautiful Mayor's Award Certificate of Recognition and the award for Leadership Excellence in Neighborhood Development from Bank of America. She is also a multiple award recipient of the Spring Branch ISD Good Neighbor Award for her involvement with the school district.

 In addition to her neighborhood leadership, former Council Member Stardig is an accomplished businesswoman. She worked in the financial industry 20 years prior to her successful transition to residential real estate broker. Recognizing the importance of being inclusive, Brenda has learned sign language and regularly collaborates with the hearing impaired community and supports the ADA.


 Improving the quality of life for District A residents also led Stardig to help convince the city to purchase the Inwood Forest golf course, which will provide much needed flood control and green space. Her office also sponsored the application that won $350,000 in federal funds to improve Schwartz Park. Indeed, the conservative Stardig, returned The Neighborhoods Matching Grants Program to the city budget on an amendment she sponsored.


 Council Member Brenda Stardig has dedicated her life to expanding opportunities for others and preserving a desirable quality of life for the people of District A. She has never forgotten where she came from — nor the faith and dedication that have brought her here thus far.