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A few of the people featured in this edition of Houston Business Connections Magazine© are Governor Greg Abbott, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Mayor Allen Owen, Dr. Letitia Plummer, Sheriff Troy E. Nehls, Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert, Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, Manny Berrera, Daniel "DC" Caldwell, Robert Glaser, Victoria Bryant, Eugene "Gene" Pack, David Jaroszewski, Pretta VanDible Stallworth, Monica Flores Richart, Elizabeth Santos, Gretchen Himsl, Carlos Perrett, Sergio Lira, Rodolfo (Rudy) Reyes, Jesse A. Rodriguez, Susan Shafer, Sue Deigaard, Kara DeRocha, Sean Cheben, Daniel Albert, Robert Lundin and Holly Flynn Vilaseca, Anne Katherine Sung, John Luman, Wanda Adams, Karla Brown and Gerry W. Monroe. Houston Business Connections Magazine is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. Call (832)212-8735 for more information.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

2015 ELECTION WATCH: Jacquie Baly, Damali Keith to Moderate Several Upcoming 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Candidate Forums


2015 MAYORAL FORUM: Jacquie Baly (left), Damali Keith to Moderate Several Upcoming 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Candidate Forums to be held on August 11th, September 3rd, September 11th, September 24th, and October 18, 2015 in the Greater Houston Area

HBC Reports

As it stands right now, we’d like to make you aware of several upcoming “2015 City of Houston Mayoral Forums” to be held between Tuesday, August 11, 2015 and Thursday, September 24, 2015 in the Houston area. 

DAMALI AND JACQUIE

The “Mayor Forum” taking place on Tuesday, August 11th is being moderated by Damali Keith.  The September 3rd, September 11th, September 24th, and October 18th "Mayoral Forums are being moderated by Jacquie Baly. In case you don't know, Damali Keith has been a Fox 26 reporter for more than a decade, and Jacquie Baly, is a co-host of FOX 26 KRIV's Front Page Talk which airs every Sunday morning 6 AM - 8 AM on Fox 26.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

In case you haven’t heard, Damali Keith will serve as moderator for the Public Mayoral Candidates Forum being hosted by State Representative Senfronia Thompson (HD-141) and The Peoples United Summit on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. @ Mt. Zion Baptist Church located at 9318 Homestead Road in Houston, Texas 77016. According to the press release we recently received from State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, “ALL” declared candidates running for Mayor of Houston in 2015 are invited to participate and address the community’s concerns at this forum. Please call Herb Mitchell at (713)633-3390 if you have any questions or inquiries.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

On August 19, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., A consortium of area young professional organizations will host the Keys to the City Forum with Houston mayoral candidates inside the University of Houston Student Center Theatre (Room S103) located at 4800 Calhoun Road in Houston, Texas. This forum is intended to spark dialogue about Houston’s future with its uniquely diverse community of young professionals. Building a relationship with the young adult demographic in Houston is imperative for future leadership. Houston has one of the youngest populations in the nation with many recent college graduates moving to the city to take advantage of its favorable economic outlook. A few of the organizations participating in the forum include the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals, Harris County Young Democrats, Houston Branch NAACP – Young Adult Committee, Houston Young Republicans, Houston Chapter of Maverick PAC, and the University of Houston Master of Public Administration Program. THE ATTIRE FOR THIS EVENT IS BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL OR BUSINESS CASUAL. Admission for this event is FREE. However you should (CLICK HERE) to RSVP and guarantee your seat.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

On Thursday, September 3, 2015, Jacquie Baly (Fox 26) will serve as moderator for The Women Contractors Association (WCA) and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) mayoral panel discussion to be held at: Maggiano's Little Italy - Houston located at: 2019 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056. Several of the major 2015 City of Houston Mayoral candidates are expected to discuss various public policy issues that affect women business owners and women contractors in the greater Houston area. According to Jacquie Baly, all the major candidates have already confirmed their intentions to attend this forum. For more information, please go to: www.womencontractors.orgWomen Contractors Association National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) -- Houston Chapter.


Friday, September 4, 2015

On Friday, September 4, 2015@6:30 P.M.,The Texas Voters Alliance is hosting a debate/forum for all the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Candidates at The Fountain of Praise, 13950 Hillcroft Street in Houston, Texas. All candidates who file no later than August 31, 2015 will be invited to attend this forum. The moderator for this particular forum is: Victor D. Dunn. A few of the announced candidates who are expected to be in attendance are: Former Sheriff Adrian Garcia, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, Former City Attorney Ben Hall, Council member Stephen C. Costello, Former Congressman Chris Bell, Businessman Marty McVey, and Former Kemah Mayor Bill King. You can (CLICK HERE) for more information on this forum.
Thursday, September 10, 2015

On Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M., The Houston Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) is bringing the Houston political scene to your doorstep. This “MAYORAL FORUM” will take place in Downtown Houston at the J.W. Marriott located at: 806 Main Street. So mark your calendar for Thursday, September 10, 2015 as BOMA hosts a Mayoral Forum featuring key candidates in the race for Houston Mayor. Candidates in attendance will be asked their positions on fixing the permitting center, mandatory electricity benchmarking, city finances, economic development, public safety and more. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear directly from the candidates themselves about their plans to fix Houston. Here’s the lineup: State Representative Sylvester Turner; Council Member At Large Stephen Costello, Former Mayor of Kemah Bill King, Former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia and Former City Attorney Ben Hall. You can (CLICK HERE) for more information on this event.

Friday, September 11, 2015

On Friday, September 11, 2015 Jacquie Baly (Fox 26) will serve as moderator for a “Mayoral Forum” being hosted by THE ROUNDUP PANEL at Paul’s Kitchen@ 7:30A.M. Paul’s Kitchen is located at: 2502 Algerian Way, Houston, TX 77098. According to Baly, all the major candidates have already confirmed their intentions to attend this event. You can email Jacquie Baly at: jacquie@balyprojects.com if you need additional information about this event.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

On Saturday, September 19, 2015 @ 5:00P.M The Clear Lake Area Republicans will be hosting a “MAYORAL DEBATE” at Brookwood Elementary 16850 Middlebrook Drive in Houston, Texas 77059. All of the announced 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Candidates will be invited to attend this event. You can (CLICK HERE) for more information on this event.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

On Thursday, September 24, 2015 Jacquie Baly (Fox 26) will serve as moderator for THE HOUSTON CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION’S “Mayor Forum” to be held at The Junior League of Houston @11:30A.M. The Junior League of Houston is located at 1811 Briar Oaks Land, in Houston, Texas 77027. According to Jacquie Baly, all the major candidates have already confirmed their intentions to attend this forum. For more information on this event or the Houston Contractors Association, please go to www.houstoncontractors.org today.

Sunday, October 18, 2015


On Sunday, October 18, 2015 The Roundup (only on FOX 26) will be hosting a “Mayoral Forum” during the airing of their show beginning at 7:30 A.M. The Roundup features: Sally MacDonald (Anchor), Chris Tritico (Legal Analyst) far right, Mustafa Tameez (News Analyst) far left, and Jacquie Baly (center) is the Public Policy Analyst. You can (CLICK HERE) for more information on this Mayoral Forum.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

On Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., emerge USA will be hosting a “CANDIDATES FORUM” for candidates running for Mayor and Houston City Council in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election. Attendees will be afforded a great opportunity to find out where the candidates stand on various issues, and who they propose to shape the future of Houston during their tenure if elected. THIS FORUM IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. And will be held at the Shahnai Reception Hall located at: 5920 Hillcroft Street (Suite D) in Houston, Texas 77036. emerge USA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic engagement organization engaging underrepresented communities into the political process. This group believes in power through participation. You can (CLICK HERE) for more information on this event.



In case you haven’t heard, the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Race is shaping up to be one of the most expensive races Houstonians have seen in quite some time.

A few of the announced candidates running for mayor of Houston in 2015 are: Chris Bell, Bill King, Adrian Garcia, Christopher Legier, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Sylvester Turner, Demetria Smith, Ben Hall, Victoria Lane, Marty McVey, and Steve Costello. “All combined, the candidates running for Mayor of Houston in 2015 have raised well over $7 million dollars. Adrian Garcia (former Harris County Sheriff) has raised more than $1,506,774; Steve Costello (an at-large City Council Member who’s running for mayor) has raised more than $1,476,757; Sylvester Turner (a former State Representative) has raised around $763,092; Bill King (a former Mayor of Kemah) has raised around $755,293; Chris Bell (a former Congressman and Houston City Councilman) has raised about $381,668; Ben Hall (a former City Attorney and owner of KCOH Radio) has raised $94,605; and Marty McVey (a local businessman) has raised somewhere in the neighborhood of $60,197,” says Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. “These preliminary dollar figures are definitely going to bode well for local television and radio outlets,” says Taylor. “But my question is how much of this money is going to trickle back down to minority-owned and operated media outlets.”

OTHER 2015 CITY OF HOUSTON MAYORAL CANDIDATES: At the time this article was published we were not able to locate the campaign finance reports for: Demetria Smith, Khistina “Khis” Dehean Caldwell, Christopher Legier, or Victoria Lane. 

A LOOK AT BEN HALL 

As it stands right now, KCOH Radio, a popular radio station (targeted to reach African Americans) recently purchased by Ben Hall (a 2015 candidate for Mayor of Houston) is getting its share of campaign dollars directly from The Ben Hall for Mayor of Houston Campaign. According to campaign finance reports: back on Saturday, November 1, 2014 The Ben Hall for Mayor of Houston Campaign purchased an ad buy on Beyond Broadcasting (KCOH) totaling: $29,000.00 dollars. On the same day (Saturday, November 1, 2014) The Ben Hall for Mayor of Houston Campaign purchased another ad buy on Beyond Broadcasting (KCOH) totaling: $24,300.00 dollars. Earlier this year (back on Monday, February 2, 2015) The Ben Hall for Mayor of Houston Campaign purchased another ad buy on KCOH Radio totaling $63,000.00 dollars. Wow! That’s a lot of loot being spent with KCOH. What does this mean? Well, from Saturday, November 1, 2014 to Tuesday, February 2, 2015, (a (4)four-month period) The Ben Hall for Mayor of Houston Campaign spent more than $116,300.00 dollars with the radio station that’s owned by Hall himself – according to his campaign finance reports.

ADRIAN AND SYLVESTER

As it relates to Adrian Garcia, the bulk of his campaign money being spent (to this point) is going to his consultants and strategists from what we can see. The same holds true for Sylvester Turner. At this time it looks like Turner and Garcia are both spending a considerable amount of their campaign donations on putting their team in place – from what we can tell.

BILL AND STEVE

As for Bill King and Steve Costello, well, next to the $116,300.00 The Ben Hall for Mayor of Houston Campaign spent with KCOH; King and Costello are the other two big spenders in the race for mayor. “According to published reports, Bill King allocated more than $191,000 dollars to advertising. I’ve seen a few of his advertisements on television. I’ve also heard a few of his radio spots on conservative radio. However, I haven’t seen much in terms of minority outreach to this point,” says Taylor. “Oh, and I’ve also seen a lot of Bill King banners in social media,” Taylor explains. “The same is so as it relates to Steve Costello. According to published reports he’s incurred somewhere in the neighborhood of $66,000.00 dollars or so in advertising related campaign expenditures; but it doesn’t appear that much of that spending has been geared toward minority voters – to this point.”

COMING IN AUGUST

In the August 2015 printed/e-editions of Houston Business Connections Newspaper we will publish a breakdown of the most recently released campaign finance reports…SO STAY TUNED! You can (CLICK HERE) to see "PART ONE" of our "TOWN HALL MEETING SERIES" to be published in the next "THREE" editions of Houston Business Connections Newspaper.


ABOUT DAMALI KEITH

Damali Keith joined the FOX 26 family more than a decade ago. She delivers reports for weekday newscasts.

Since making Houston home, Damali has been involved in countless community outreach programs. Some of the issues important to her are empowering women, combating domestic abuse and anything to do with protecting children and promoting strong families.

She's originally from Wayne, MI.

Her journey as a journalist has taken her from her first TV Reporting job in Owensboro, KY to Evansville, IN with a stop in Memphis, TN before arriving at FOX 26 here in Houston in July 2000.

When she isn't working, you'll find her at any given park, playground, (restaurant or shopping mall) with her daughter.

She loves books, music, LAUGHING & God (but not in that order). One of her latest loves? Coming into the computer age!

ABOUT JACQUIE BALY

Jacquie is an accomplished businesswoman with a record of public service for more than twenty years, culminating in her position as the Mayor Pro Tem of Sugar Land. Free enterprise and economic freedom need a strong defense. Jacquie Baly is the conservative leader with a track record and the policy expertise to get results. You can see Jacquie in action every Sunday morning, 6-8 am. as the co-host of FOX KRIV's Front Page Talk.

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions regarding this report, you can contact Aubrey R. Taylor, president and CEO of Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper by calling (832)212-8735 today.



 

This link (CLICK HERE) gives you access to all the Houston City Council Districts in one complete map. So, if you are thinking about running for Mayor, Controller, or one of the At-Large Houston City Council Districts this map could be a useful tool.


Mayor Annise D. Parker

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Mayor Annise Parker is currently serving her third and final term. She is term-limited and cannot run for re-election. A few of the key candidates running for Mayor of Houston in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election is as follows: Chris Bell, Bill King, Adrian Garcia, Christopher Legier, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Sylvester Turner, Demetria Smith, Ben Hall, Victoria Lane, Marty McVey, and Stephen C. Costello. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. THIS SEAT IS OPEN in the upcoming election.”

ABOUT MAYOR ANNISE PARKER

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.

BIOGRAPHY OF THE MAYOR

Mayor Parker is Houston’s 61st mayor and one of only two women to hold the City’s highest elected office. As the City's chief executive officer, she is responsible for all aspects of the general management of the City and for enforcement of all laws and ordinances.

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 only person in Houston history to hold the offices of council member, controller and mayor.

The mayor’s tenure includes passage and implementation of Rebuild Houston, a pay-as-you-go comprehensive street and drainage improvement program that will provide jobs for Houstonians for years to come; voter approval of a $410 million public improvement bond program; creation of an independent organization to oversee the City’s crime lab operations; a unique sobering center for public intoxication cases; adoption of a long-term financial plan that ensures the stability of the City’s water department and reorganization of City departments to achieve cost savings and more efficient operations. She created a new City department focused on the needs of neighborhoods and the Office of Business Opportunity to help minority and women-owned small business enterprises compete for City contracts. Additionally, she won City Council approval of a Historic Preservation Ordinance that, for the first time, provides real protection for historic properties in City-designated historic districts and she issued one of the most comprehensive non-discrimination orders in the nation.

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