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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2015 ENDORSEMENTS: Larry Blackmon Has Received the Endorsements of Rep. Dutton, Rep. Miles, and Rep. Allen


State Representative Harold V. Dutton, Jr., (House Disrict 142), State Representative Borris Miles (House District 146), and State Representative Alma Allen (House District 131), are all endorsing Larry Blackmon in the race for Houston City Council At-Large Position #4.


2015 HOUSTON ELECTION: Larry Blackmon has Received the Endorsements of State Rep. Alma Allen (House District 131), State Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr. (House District 142), and State Rep. Borris Miles (House District 146) in the race for the Houston City Council At-Large Position #4 Seat

HBC REPORTS

IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T HEARD, there’s a battle brewing in the Houston City Council At-Large Position #4 race. As it stands right now, Laurie Robinson, Larry Blackmon, Jonathan Hansen, Matt Murphy, and Roy Morales have all thrown their hat into the ring to declare their intention to fight for the seat currently held by Council Member C.O. “Brad” Bradford. Due to term-limits, Councilman Bradford is prohibited from running for re-election. However, this post isn’t about Councilman Bradford; the strength of the field of candidates running for the Houston City Council At-Large Position #4 seat in 2015; or the fact that this is one of the coveted at-large council seats that has traditionally been won by an African American candidate. 

Meet Larry Blackmon

This is a post being written to let you, our valued reader know this: “Larry Blackmon is the first candidate in the race for the highly-coveted Houston City Council At-Large Position #4 seat to reach out to us,” says Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. “However, don't take this post as an endorsement of Larry Blackmon, or any of the other candidates highlighted on this page. For our reader endorsements will not be posted until Friday, October 16, 2015," Taylor went on to explain."

Who Is Endorsing Larry Blackmon?

We're glad you asked. A few of the honorable leaders who are endorsing Larry Blackmon in the race for Houston City Council At-Large Position #4 are: State Representative Alma Allen (House District 131), State Representative Harold V. Dutton, Jr. (House District 142), and State Representative Borris Miles (House District 146). “Houston Business Connections Newspaper is a tool that’s been created to inspire, encourage, motivate, and implore our readers to participate in the process of supporting people who value us,” Taylor explains. “So to this end, I’m asking each of you to take a moment to learn more about Larry Blackmon by carefully going over the information provided on this page. And while you're at it -- you can also (CLICK HERE) to visit his campaign website.”

Blackmon Has Experience

“Larry Blackmon has experience and expertise in dealing with public works, streets, and transportation related issues,” explains Taylor. “But I’m not here at this point trying to get you to vote for Blackmon. What we’re going to be doing over the next few months is introducing the candidates who value, respect, and appreciate the community we’re building here. So to this end, consider this our introduction of Larry Blackmon.”

Blackmon is Asking for Your Vote

“My name is Larry Blackmon, and I'm committed to making your voice heard. Like you, I want to play an active role in making my city a safer better place to raise my children, run my business, and forge a future filled with unlimited promise,” says Blackmon. “If you share my vision, I urge you to connect with me and help make it happen! Together, we can make a meaningful difference-- for our families, our communities, and our country.”

More About Larry Blackmon

Larry Blackmon is a graduate of Jack Yates High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Lamar University and Master’s degrees in Public Administration and Urban and Regional Planning from Texas Southern University.

Employment credentials include:

Administrative Assistant to the City Manager of Galveston, Texas

Teacher and coach in the Houston and Fort Bend Independent School Districts

Sponsor of the Mayor’s Youth Council (1994-2006)

Executive Director for PACCO – Parents Against Community Crime Organization

Family Values

Larry has been married to his wife, Linda, for 43 years. They have four children – Damon, Sherre-Khan, Ashleigh and Logan – and three grandchildren – Chloe, Maison, and Milan.

Larry has served under the leadership of three Houston Mayors – Lee Brown, Bill White and Annise Parker. In 1995, Mayor Lee Brown appointed Larry to serve on the Houston Industrial Board, the Houston Higher Education Learning Board and the Houston Health Facilities Board. The Houston Industrial Development Board was authorized by Texas law to fund specific public purposes from the development of commercial, industrial and manufacturing enterprises to promoting and encouraging employment and public welfare. The Aeroterm Cargo Facility at Bush Intercontinental Airport was financed with bonds issued by the Industrial Development Corporation. The Health Facilities Bond was authorized by Texas law to use funds for the sole public purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, providing, financing and refinancing health facilities to assist in maintaining public health. Organizations that benefited were The Methodist Hospital and Buckingham Senior Living Community, just to name a few.Additionally, Larry was recently appointed as Houston Independent School District Advisory Team Member. This collective helped oversee the $2 Billion construction project for the new Jack Yates campus facility.

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Election Day: Tues., Nov. 3, 2015
Larry Blackmon Campaign
PO Box 88309-77288
Houston, TX 77035
Telephone: +1.281.415.0351
FAX: +1.281.437.1174
Email: Larry.Blackmon@yahoo.com
Facebook: Larryblackmon campaign
Twitter: @blackmonhouston
www.Blackmon4Houston.com
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C.O.”Brad” Bradford


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Council Member C.O. “Brad” Bradford is currently serving his third and final term. He is term-limited and cannot run for re-election. A few of the key candidates running for the Houston City Council At-Large Position #4 seat in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election is as follows: Amanda Edwards, Laurie Robinson, Larry Blackmon, Jonathan Hansen, Matt Murphy, and Roy Morales. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. THIS SEAT IS OPEN in the upcoming election.”

ABOUT C.O. “BRAD” BRADFORD

C.O. "Brad" Bradford is an Attorney, Public Safety Consultant, former Houston Chief of Police and Vice Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Houston. In January 2012, members of the Houston City Council elected Bradford as Vice Mayor Pro-Tem via unanimous vote. Bradford ran three successful citywide campaigns, the maximum (three terms) permitted under law. During his second and third campaign, he won in every council district, without a run-off and got the highest number of votes in all of the citywide contested races.

He became a resident of the city of Houston in 1979. Bradford has lived in Hiram Clarke, Alief, Fondren Southwest, and MacGregor areas, he understands the various characteristics of the Houston community and appreciates efforts to focus on neighborhood needs.

Bradford served 24 years as a Houston police officer and seven years as Chief of Police. He was appointed Houston's Police Chief by Mayor Bob Lanier and re-appointed by Mayor Lee P. Brown. While serving as Chief of Police, Bradford managed 7,000 personnel and $500 million annual budget. During his tenure, citizens' fear of crime and public safety concerns went from 59% in 1996 to only 10% by the time he left office in 2003, as documented by Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Rice University.

He holds degrees in law from the University of Houston Law Center, criminal justice from Grambling State University, and a public administration degree from Texas Southern University. Also, he is a graduate of the FBI Academy and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government Program for State and Local Executives.

Bradford has combined his education, legal training and police experience to work with neighborhoods and businesses, nationally and internationally, to help develop safety strategies.

He has initiated and led investigations, reviews, and assessments surrounding police, community and incidents of crime on numerous occasions. Chief Bradford was part of the leadership team that first developed and implemented community policing strategies in Houston, Texas. Today, more than 80% of the police agencies in America utilize some form of community policing; it is a proven concept in providing public safety services.

Chief Bradford served one of the longest tenures as a Houston Police Chief and implemented many significant programs and initiatives during his administration. These include the Department's first Alternative Dispute Resolution Process, American Sign Language Program, Assessment Center Process for Promotions, Expansion of Airport Security, City/County Jail Consolidation Project, Computer Crime Mapping, Crisis Intervention Team Program, Decentralized Family Violence Unit, Hate Crimes Program and Houston Police Online. Bradford also initiated HPD Crime Laboratory Accreditation, the first Meet and Confer Employees’ Benefits Agreement, established the first Middle Eastern and South Asian Community Liaison, created the No Trucks in the Left-Lane Motorists Safety Program, implemented a Racial Profiling Prohibition Policy, implemented HPD's Top 10 Sex Offenders/Parole Violators Program and created the Department's first Crime Victim Services Unit. He also opened new Police Stations at four divisions and Police Storefronts at five locations. In cooperation with 28 other police agencies and media outlets, Bradford implemented the Technology to Recover Abducted Kids (TRAK) System and he established the first Youth Police Advisory Council in the nation.

Bradford has served as a Precinct Chair and Election Judge in Harris County, Texas. Also, he has extensive experience as a Senior Consultant in the international consulting firm of Brown Group International (BGI). BGI is a full-service consulting firm that provides solutions to problems of government, corporations and individuals. BGI offers services in the areas of Public Safety, Homeland Security, Crisis Management, Government Relations, Community Government, Personnel Selection, Litigation Support, Technology Services and International Trade.

Additionally, Bradford has served for several years as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. He is a highly rated Professor teaching two particular courses: Police Administration and Judicial Administration.

As a Houston City Council Member, Bradford focuses on the delivery of core services which include water, garbage, infrastructure issues and safety services. In addition to serving on the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, he served as Chair of the Ethics, Elections and Council Governance Committee, Vice Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee and chaired a City of Houston Procurement Process Task Force.

Bradford’s civic activities include serving as a Precinct Chair, Election Judge, and Deputy Voter Registrar in Harris County, Texas. He holds memberships and volunteers in numerous community activities including the ENRICH After-School (Evaluating the Out-of-School-Time Needs, Resources and Initiatives in the Communities of Houston) Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Education Foundation of Harris County, American Education Technologies Youth Counselor, Grambling State University's Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Wiley College Criminal Justice Institute, DeVry University Industry Advisory Board, 100 Club, Harris County Constable Precinct 7 Advisory Board and frequently serves as a university guest lecturer, crime prevention and safety awareness speaker.
Council Member C.O. "Brad" Bradford
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.3012
FAX; 832.393.3327 

*The Houston City Council District At-Large Position #4 District covers the entire City of Houston. This council member is elected citywide. You can (CLICK HERE) to view the complete map including all districts.


HERE'S WHERE THE CITY OF HOUSTON INCUMBENTS STAND HEADING INTO THE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015 CITY OF HOUSTON MAYORAL ELECTION

Mayor Annise Parker (currently serving her final term), Controller Ronald Green (currently serving his final term), CM Stephen Costello At-Large #1 (currently serving his final term), CM David Robinson At-Large #2 (currently serving his first term), CM Michael Kubosh At-Large #3 (currently serving his first term), CM C.O. "Brad" Bradford At-Large #4 (currently serving his final term), CM Jack Christie At-Large #5 (currently serving his second term), CM Brenda Stardig District A (currently serving her second term), CM Jerry Davis District B (currently serving his second term), CM Ellen Cohen District C (currently serving her second term), CM Dwight Boykins District D (currently serving his first term), CM Dave Martin District E (currently serving his first term), CM Richard Nguyen District F (currently serving his first term), CM Oliver Pennington District G (currently serving his final term), CM Ed Gonzalez District H (currently serving his final term), CM Robert Gallegos District I (currently serving his first term), CM Mike Laster District J (currently serving his second term), and CM Larry Green District K (currently serving his second term).





HERE ARE THE OPEN SEATS WHERE THERE WILL NOT BE AN INCUMBENT RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION ON THE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015 BALLOT: The Seats for Mayor of the City of Houston, City of Houston Controller, At-Large #1, At-Large #4, District G, and District H Are Open in the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election

By Aubrey R. Taylor
Houston Business Connections Newspaper

Have you ever thought about running for Mayor of Houston, City of Houston Controller, or Houston City Council? Well there’s no better time than the present to hop to it. What’s stopping you from throwing your hat into the ring? Look, Houston is a vibrant City. Houston is a City of opportunity and limitless possibilities. Houston’s also a City where dreams come true for those who are willing, and brave enough to go after their dreams. So what are you waiting for?

NOT SURE WHAT TO DO?

Okay, we’re going to make it easy for you. The information below should help -- but if not, you can call us at: (832)212-8735 to discuss what your next move should be.

STEP #1: Pray and ask God whether (or not) He wants you to serve your community as a "Public Servant" at Houston's City Hall or in some other “ELECTED” capacity.

STEP #2: Wait on God to give you the answer to your prayer. If the answer is “NO” don’t proceed forward. However, if the answer is “YES” you will need to then start thinking about who you can appoint as your campaign treasurer. But do not go out and raise any money, or do anything else campaign related until after you have a campaign treasurer in place.

STEP #3: Determine whether you’re going to run for Mayor, City of Houston Controller, or City Council. If you feel compelled to run for City Council you will need to decide whether you are going to run for an “AT-LARGE” or “SINGLE-MEMBER” district seat. You can also find your Council Member via calling 3-1-1. If you are calling from outside the City Limits, the number is 713.837.0311,

STEP #4: Take a moment to visit the website for the TEXAS ETHICS COMMISSION. You can (CLICK HERE) to go directly to their website to learn more about campaign rules and procedures. 
STEP #5: Take a moment to download the form to designate your “Campaign Treasurer”. Then follow the directions on the form. You can (CLICK HERE) to download the form. Also, please note that you (the candidate) -- not the campaign treasurer, are responsible for filing this form and all candidate/officeholder reports of contributions, expenditures, and loans. Failing to file a report on time or filing an incomplete report may subject you to criminal or civil penalties. 

STEP #6: You want to take a moment and hand-deliver your form to the City of Houston Secretary. The current City Secretary for Houston is Anna Russell, and she’s been on the job for more than 60 years. The City Secretary’s Office is located at: 900 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002. The phone number is (832) 393-1100. You can (CLICK HERE) to visit their website.

STEP #7: Go open up your bank account and schedule yourself a campaign fundraiser. You want to invite everybody you know to come out and support your campaign.

STEP #8: Get a good consultant. However, you should try to get someone who believes in you and your candidacy. If possible, try to avoid any consultant who’ll suggest that you fork over everything you have (from your fundraiser) to get them to come on board to assist you. If you need a good proven consultant give us a call at: (832)212-8735 and we will give you the names of two or three consultants who just may be able to help you achieve your goal of winning on Election Day.

STEP #9: Let your consultant go to work for you. A good consultant should come armed with some great connections. These connections should prove to be invaluable. One of the biggest mistakes I see viable campaigns make is that they have too many consultants on board. Sometimes, it almost looks like they’re just playing some sort of shell game with the donations that are being donated to the campaign. 

STEP #10: Promote your campaign. But don’t just go out and purchase television and radio commercials in the blind. Make sure to develop a good media mix for your campaign. If possible, try to find yourself a few print and electronic media partners as well. DON'T FORGET: You have the money and the power – so negotiate, negotiate, and then do some more negotiating to get the best bang for your buck. Again, if you’re not sure how to get this done give us a call at (832)212-8735 and we will give you the names of two or three individuals who are experienced in this area.


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, 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.





*Don't forget to vote during the Early Voting period if possible. Between Monday, October 19, 2015 and Friday, October 30, 2015 you can vote at any one of the Early Voting locations stationed throughout the City of Houston. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Call us at (832)212-8735 to discuss your inclusion on this page.



Controller Ronald C. Green


Controller Ronald C. Green

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “The current City of Houston Controller Ronald C. Green is currently serving his third and final term. He is term-limited and cannot run for re-election. A few of the key candidates running for City of Houston Controller in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election is as follows: Carroll G. Robinson, Bill Fraser, Chris Brown, Jew Don Boney, and Dwight Jefferson. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. THIS SEAT IS OPEN in the upcoming election.”

ABOUT CONTROLLER RONALD C. GREEN

Houston City Controller Ronald C. Green is the second highest elected official in Houston city government and its chief financial officer. The Office of the Houston City Controller superintends the fiscal affairs of the City. This includes conducting audits, managing investments and debt, preparing financial statements and providing leadership on policy issues pertaining to the City’s financial health. The Controller thus serves as an independently elected “financial watchdog” over City government’s fiscal affairs.

Ronald Green was elected City Controller in December 2009 after serving three terms as a Member-At-Large on Houston City Council where he also chaired the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee. He has been re-elected twice and will begin serving his third and final term as Controller in January 2014. Green holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctor from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law; he is also a licensed real estate broker. As Controller, Green has emphasized aggressive and focused audits of City departments and enterprises, refinancing of existing debt with more favorable interest rates and working with City departments to identify new and more efficient ways of running City government.

*Don't forget to vote during the Early Voting period if possible. Between Monday, October 19, 2015 and Friday, October 30, 2015 you can vote at any one of the Early Voting locations stationed throughout the City of Houston. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Call us at (832)212-8735 to discuss your inclusion on this page.


Brenda Stardig


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Council Member Brenda Stardig is currently serving her second term in office. We don’t know of any viable opponents who are seeking to unseat Council Member Brenda Stardig in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election – check back periodically for updates. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. STARDIG IS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION in the upcoming election.”

ABOUT BRENDA STARDIG

Brenda Stardig is an influential leader who has lived in District A of the City of Houston for more than forty years alongside old friends and new neighbors.

She has helped people in the community, devoting time and resources to improving west Houston. Her compassion is shown through her actions.

Brenda is a past president of one of the City of Houston's Super Neighborhoods, she has organized numerous crime fighting initiatives, and as a Spring Branch Education Foundation member, she has strived to enhance public education. Brenda doesn't rest. She has served as a director on the boards for government, financial and medical corporations. Brenda has received praise for her tireless efforts, including the Keep Houston Beautiful Mayor's Award Certificate of Recognition Winner and the award for Leadership in Excellence in Neighborhood Development from Bank of America.

In addition to being a community leader, Brenda is an accomplished businesswoman. She excelled in the financial industry for 20 years prior to her successful transition to real estate. Brenda is a multi-million dollar producer who is trusted throughout the industry and is known for doing the right thing for her clients. She also offers her expertise as a member of three different real estate associations.

Brenda has dedicated her life to expanding opportunities for others and preserving a quality of life for the people of Spring Branch. She has never forgotten where she came from - or the faith and dedication that drives her.
Council Member Brenda Stardig
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.3010
FAX: 832.393.3302 

*The District A Houston City Council Member pretty much serves areas in northwestern Houston which includes communities north of Interstate 10 along the Katy Freeway. It also covers Spring Branch as well. You can (CLICK HERE) to study the map of this district.



Jerry Davis


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Council Member Jerry Davis is currently serving his second term in office. We don’t know of any viable opponents who are seeking to unseat Council Member Jerry Davis in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election – check back periodically for updates. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. DAVIS IS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION in the upcoming election.”

ABOUT JERRY DAVIS

Recognized for his community involvement, Jerry was invited to serve on the board of Change Happens!, a local community-based non-profit organization serving adults and at-risk youth in Harris County. While serving at Change Happens! Jerry recognized there was a void to be filled. Using his training in education, coupled with his desire to help children, he founded the organization Making It Better (MIB). MIB is a local non-profit whose mission is to address the severe disadvantages faced by low-income children in the Houston area by providing them with academic intervention, positive activities, and adult role models. Jerry also serves on the Houston Housing Resource Board, assisting clients of the Houston Housing Authority by developing innovative approaches to affordable housing and self-sufficiency.
Council Member Jerry Davis
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (832) 393-3009

*The District B Houston City Council District is widely considered to be an African American stronghold based on the way this district is drawn. District B pretty much serves the north and northeastern sides of Houston. You can (CLICK HERE) to study the map of this district.

Ellen Cohen


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Council Member Ellen Cohen is currently serving her second term in office. We don’t know of any viable opponents who are seeking to unseat Council Member Ellen Cohen in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election – check back periodically for updates. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. COHEN IS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION in the upcoming election.”

ABOUT ELLEN COHEN

Ellen Cohen has lived and worked in the city of Houston for the past 38 years. She served for 10 years as the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, and for 18 years as the CEO of the Houston Area Women’s Center, working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. In 2006, she was elected as the Texas State Representative for Houston’s District 134. After serving two terms in the Texas Legislature, Ellen decided to continue her public service career at home. She ran for Houston City Council, and was sworn into office in January 2012 as the Council Member representing District C.

During her tenure on Council, Ellen has championed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, the elimination of the sexual assault kit backlog, the creation of a Parking Benefit District for the Washington Corridor, and many other initiatives to improve the quality of life of her constituents. She is currently serving her second term on Council. 
Council Member Ellen R. Cohen
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.3004

*The Houston City Council District C district encompasses areas north of the 610 Loop, which overlaps into the Heights and Braeswood areas. District C also covers some parts of Montrose, the Houston Museum District and a few of the communities that surround Rice University. You can (CLICK HERE) to study the map of this district.

Dwight Boykins


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Council Member Dwight Boykins is currently serving his first term in office. We don’t know of any viable opponents who are seeking to unseat Council Member Dwight Boykins in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election – check back periodically for updates. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. BOYKINS IS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION in the upcoming election.”

ABOUT DWIGHT BOYKINS

Dwight A. Boykins is currently serving at City Council Member for District D. Dwight is a native of District D and attended local public schools. He received his BBA in Marketing from the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University. Dwight is also President and CEO of DBoykins Consulting, a consulting firm that specializes in governmental affairs, advocacy and business development. He has served on various boards and committees, including the Hurricane Ike Relief Fund Board, which was responsible for overseeing the distribution of over $16 million in funding to the city’s most devastated area. Dwight has also previously served on the Oversight Committee of ReBuild Houston and remains a huge advocate for the improvement of the city’s street infrastructure. As a member of City Council, Dwight serves on the Budget and Fiscal Affairs, Transportation Technology and Infrastructure, Housing and Community Development, Transportation Policy Council and Ethics, Elections & Council Governance Committees. Dwight is involved in numerous organizations and activities. He is currently a member of the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a Life Member of the NAACP and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Dwight is a man of faith and he and his wife are active members of Windsor Village United Methodist Church. Dwight resides in District D with Genora, his wife of 25 years. 

Council Member Dwight Boykins
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.3001
FAX; 832.393.3201 

*The Houston City Council District D is widely considered to be an African American stronghold district. Texas Southern University and University of Houston both fall within the boundaries of this single-member district. This district also covers a large portion of the northernmost part of Houston encompassing Midtown; but also covers areas such as Sunnyside. You can (CLICK HERE) to study the map of this district.

Dave Martin


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Council Member Dave Martin is currently serving his first term in office. We don’t know of any viable opponents who are seeking to unseat Council Member Dave Martin in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election – check back periodically for updates. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. MARTIN IS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION in the upcoming election.”

ABOUT DAVE MARTIN

A proven business and government leader, Dave has a strong desire to ensure conservative principles are applied in City government. He has been influential in providing sound business and proven decision making skills to the council in dealing with notable issues facing Houston today. First elected in November 2012; public safety, fiscal responsibility and economic development have been and will continue to be cornerstone of Dave’s daily priorities. Additionally, he works hard to ensure exemplary constituent service to the residents of District E. During his first term, Dave has been appointed to serve as Vice Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee, Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Subcommittee on Benefits, Ethics and Council Governance Committee and Transportation, and Technology and Infrastructure Committee.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana and a graduate of Louisiana State University, Dave serves as a Managing Director of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. and previously worked for two large “Big Four” Accounting Firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and Ernst & Young, LLP. 

Dave was elected to the Humble ISD Board of Trustees in 2004 and served as President, Board Finance Committee Chairman and Chairman of the Board Audit Committee. 

Dave also served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Harris County Houston Sports Authority (HCHSA) where he was also Chairman of the Board Finance Committee. While serving in this capacity, Dave helped with Houston’s mission to attract the very best sporting events into our city, bringing economic development while ensuring the debt service payments for Houston’s Sports venues are transacted to protect Houston’s tax dollars. Dave has also been involved with the Greater Houston Partnership where he served on the Education Policy/Strategic Policy Committee. As a member of “Raise your Hand Texas”, an advocacy organization dedicated to supporting Texas Public Schools, Dave has been instrumental in shaping public policy for public education for many years. 

Dave and his wife Julie have been married for 30 years. They live in Kingwood with their three children, David, Michael and Jennifer. They are active parishioners at St. Martha’s Catholic Church.
Council Member Dave Martin
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002

Clear Lake Office
17629 El Camino Real, Suite 415
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 832.393.3008
FAX: 832.393.3279 

*The Houston City Council District E pretty much covers Kingwood and portion of Houston that overlaps into the Clear Lake area. You can (CLICK HERE) to study the map of this district.

Richard Nguyen


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Council Member Richard Nguyen is currently serving his first term in office. At this time, Steve Duc Le is the only candidate we know of who is seeking to unseat Council Member Richard Nguyen in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election – check back periodically for updates. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. NGUYEN IS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION in the upcoming election.”

ABOUT RICHARD NGUYEN

Richard A. Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated with his family to the US in 1975 at the age of 11. The family settled in Ohio. After high school, Richard earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Capital University in Columbus.

Richard briefly taught middle and high school in Hilliard, Ohio after working in the health care field in Columbus. Upon moving to Houston, Richard earned a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Texas Health and Science University in Austin and then continued his career in public service with the Solid Waste Management Department in the City of Houston, where he served for almost 10 years.

In addition to his career, Richard enjoys drawing and spending time with his children. Richard currently resides in Alief with his wife and two children, as well as his elderly parents. 
Council Member Richard Nguyen
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.3002

*The Houston City Council District F Council district has a large Vietnamese American constituency. This district pretty much covers southwestern Houston including parts of Alief, Westchase, Tanglewilde, and the Briarmeadow area. You can (CLICK HERE) to study the map of this district.

Oliver Pennington


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Council Member Oliver Pennington is currently serving his third and final term. He is term-limited and cannot run for re-election. Initially Pennington threw his hat into the ring as a 2015 Mayoral Candidate; but withdrew due his wife Beverly suffering an illness. At this time there are two key candidates running for the Houston City Council District G seat in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election – those candidates are: Sandie Mullins Moger and Greg Travis. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. THIS SEAT IS OPEN in the upcoming election.”

ABOUT OLIVER PENNINGTON

Oliver Pennington's life is one of education, hard work, dedication and achievement. Born and raised in Houston, he loves this city and everything it has to offer. Oliver achieved great success at a very young age. He graduated in 1960 from Rice University. From there he went on to law school at the University of Texas. He graduated in 1963.

During that time he was an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review. He married in 1968 to Beverly Buzzini and together they raised two children right here in District G, Oliver Pennington III and Sarah Pennington Tropoli. Oliver currently has 5 grandchildren.

Upon graduation, he took a job at the local firm of Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP. He quickly became a partner and took on that role from 1973 to 2002. Oliver's practice included municipal finance, municipal law, municipal utility district law (where he attended monthly meetings of boards which dealt with water, sanitary sewage, drainage, security, solid waste services and other similar neighborhood issues), environmental and administrative law.

Oliver is the former Chairman of the Houston Civil Service Commission. He was a member of Board of the Memorial Park Conservancy for five years, which is right in the heart of District G. He is also a member of the Houston Bar Association. He is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership where he is or has been a member of the Water Laws Committee and the Environmental Committee and the Economic Development Committee. Oliver was also a member of the Board of Directors of North Houston Association, a trade group advocating public policy and economic development policies favorable to that area.

Oliver has been involved in the community at many different levels, particularly at the neighborhood level because of his municipal utility district law practice. He has been successful and is now ready to give back to his community and the city of Houston by serving as Councilmember for District G.
Council Member Oliver Pennington
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.3007
FAX; 832.395.9571 

*The Houston City Council District G Council Member serves areas in western Houston that extend along the 610 Loop between 610 and Interstate 10. Memorial, Tanglewood, and River Oaks make up a large portion of this district. You can (CLICK HERE) to study the map of this district.


Ed Gonzalez


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Council Member Ed Gonzalez is currently serving his third and final term. He is term-limited and cannot run for re-election. At this time there are four key candidates running for the Houston City Council District H seat in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election – those candidates are: Jason Cisneroz, Roland Chavez, Karla Cisneros, and Abel Davila. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. THIS SEAT IS OPEN in the upcoming election.”

ABOUT ED GONZALEZ

Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez was first elected to serve on Houston City Council in 2009. A life-long resident of the City of Houston, he is dedicated to making his hometown the leading global city of the 21st century.

Council Member Gonzalez is committed to public safety and served the Houston Police Department for 18 years. While at the Houston Police Department, Gonzalez was promoted to Sergeant, served on the elite hostage negotiation team and was a homicide investigator. He has used his extensive law enforcement experience to help craft innovative and effective solutions to modern-day crime issues. Council Member Gonzalez has been a public servant for most of his adult-life and knows what it means to be “on call” at all times to serve the constituents of the City of Houston.

Council Member Gonzalez also prioritizes quality of life issues and infrastructure improvements for our city. He is well-known for regularly visiting neighborhoods and speaking to residents about their concerns. He works diligently to connect with residents and community leaders, an effort to educate his constituents on the services the City of Houston provides and to address their needs. Recognized as an active user of multiple social media platforms, Gonzalez has used technology as an additional tool to communicate with constituents and to further engage with the communities he represents.

Council Member Gonzalez has been a champion for education and regularly speaks at area schools. He passionately advocates for literacy by sharing his personal story; his father did not have the ability to read and write as an adult, but made sure that his son had every opportunity to learn and to achieve though education. Today, Council Member Gonzalez holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Houston Downtown and earned a Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas.

On Houston City Council, Gonzalez has served as Mayor Pro-Tem since 2012 when he was appointed by Mayor Annise Parker and confirmed by his peers; previously he served as Vice Mayor Pro-Tem, first elected by his peers in 2010. Currently he serves as Chair for the Public Safety & Homeland Security (PSHS) Committee. Gonzalez also sits on the following committees: Budget and Fiscal Affairs (BFA), Ethics, Elections and Council Governance (EECG), Houston and Community Affairs (HCA), Quality of Life (QoL), and Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure (TTI).

Council Member Gonzalez and his wife, Dr. Melissa Gonzalez, reside in Lindale Park with their daughters; they make nearby St. Patrick Church their worship home.
Council Member Ed Gonzalez
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.3003
FAX: 832.393.3224

*The Houston City Council District H single-member council district covers some of the areas north of the 610 Loop. The larger portions of this district include the Near Northside and Northside of Houston extending to Little York Road. Parts of Downtown and the Heights also fall within the boundaries of this district. You can (CLICK HERE) to study the map of this district.

Robert Gallegos


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Council Member Robert Gallegos is currently serving his first term. At this time we don’t know of any viable candidates seeking to unseat Council Member Robert Gallegos in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election – check back periodically for updates. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. GALLEGOS IS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION in the upcoming election.”

ABOUT ROBERT GALLEGOS

Robert Gallegos was born at Parkview Hospital on 75th and Harrisburg and was raised in Magnolia Park. Robert attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church & Elementary School, where he was baptized, received his Holy Communion and was confirmed. He attended Edison Junior High School and was active in both the marching and stage bands. Robert became president of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Youth Organization (C.Y.O.) and went on to graduate from Stephen F. Austin High School.

A graduate of Houston Community College, Robert earned an Associate’s Degree in International Trade & Distribution and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University. He is a graduate of Spencer School of Real Estate.

He’s a member of the National Hispanic Professional Organization, a member of LULAC Council 402, served on the Board of the Gulf Coast Community Services Association, and is certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).

Robert spent over 25 years in Logistics Sales in Motor Freight and International Trade. He served as a Community Liaison for Former County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia with an emphasis in Galena Park, Jacinto City, Aldine, and City Council Districts H & I, and has worked for the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.

Robert Gallegos was born at Parkview Hospital on 75th and Harrisburg and was raised in Magnolia Park. Robert attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church & Elementary School, where he was baptized, received his Holy Communion and was confirmed. He attended Edison Junior High School and was active in both the marching and stage bands. Robert became president of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Youth Organization (C.Y.O.) and went on to graduate from Stephen F. Austin High School.

A graduate of Houston Community College, Robert earned an Associate’s Degree in International Trade & Distribution and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University. He is a graduate of Spencer School of Real Estate.

He’s a member of the National Hispanic Professional Organization, a member of LULAC Council 402, served on the Board of the Gulf Coast Community Services Association, and is certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).

Robert spent over 25 years in Logistics Sales in Motor Freight and International Trade. He served as a Community Liaison for Former County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia with an emphasis in Galena Park, Jacinto City, Aldine, and City Council Districts H & I, and has worked for the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.

Council Member Robert Gallegos
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.3011
FAX; 832.393.3313 

*The Houston City Council District I district includes many of the neighborhoods in southeastern Houston – and the East End of Houston. However it also includes most of Downtown Houston. You can (CLICK HERE) to study the map of this district.

Mike Laster


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Council Member Mike Laster is currently serving his second term in office. At this time, Jim Bigham is the only candidate we know of who is seeking to unseat Council Member Mike Laster in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election – check back periodically for updates. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. LASTER IS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION in the upcoming election.”

ABOUT COUNCIL MEMBER LASTER

Mike Laster was born in San Pablo, California but his family relocated to Texas soon after his birth, settling in the rural community of Bangs in Brown County. Educated in the public schools of Brown County, Mike demonstrated his leadership skills at an early age by serving as President of the High School Student Body, of his High School Class, of the National Honor Society and the Future Farmers of America.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s Plan II Honors Program, Mike earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center. While at the Law Center, Mike distinguished himself as the National Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Law Student Division.

Mike is an attorney specializing in real estate with the firm of Williams, Birnberg & Andersen, L.L.P. in Houston, where he has practiced for the past thirteen years. From 1989 to 1995, Mike served as a Senior Assistant City Attorney in the Real Estate Division of the City Attorney’s Office, where he handled many aspects of a general real estate and development practice for the city.

Throughout his life Mike has developed an extensive record of civic involvement and achievement. He has served as a Board Member as past Chairman of the Sharpstown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone and Redevelopment Authority (TIRZ). As Chairman, he worked to complete an amended TIRZ project plan that provides over $90 million in infrastructure development and financing dollars to the TIRZ area.

A founding Board Member and Secretary of the Greater Sharpstown Management District (GSMD), Mike helped: implement a Constables on Patrol Program which added additional constables to patrol the business corridors of the district; create a graffiti abatement program that cleaned up thousands of graffiti sites; and, worked to revitalize the neighborhood with new street signs and esplanade beautifications.

Mike is also a Board Member and former President of the Sharpstown Civic Association, a group serving over 6,800 homes in the area with neighborhood protection programs, crime prevention and security patrols.

An active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Mike has served as Senior Warden; as a member of the Vestry; and is a past parish Delegate to the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

Council Member Mike Laster
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.3015
FAX: 832.395.9423 

*The Houston City Council District J single-member district covers several neighborhoods along Southwest Freeway (U.S. Route 59). It also includes the Sharpstown and Gulfton areas of Houston, and stretches from the 610 Loop south of Beltway 8. You can (CLICK HERE) to study the map of this district.

Larry Green


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Council Member Larry Green is currently serving his second term in office. We don’t know of any viable opponents who are seeking to unseat Council Member Larry Green in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election – check back periodically for updates. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. GREEN IS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION in the upcoming election.”

Sworn into office in January 2012, Council Member Larry V. Green is the Council Member of the newly formed District known as “K”. District K serves from the edge of the Texas Medical Center to the portion of Houston within Fort Bend County. The District also includes the Reliant/ Astrodome Complex, two management districts, and two school districts—Houston ISD and Fort Bend ISD.

Engaged in private practice of law for 21 years, Council Member Green has been responsible for all matters relative to a general practice. During, his first term on Houston City Council, Council Member Green has brought over 20 million dollars’ worth of economic development projects to District K including but not limited to a Houston Police Department station, neighborhood street reconstruction and repair projects, a senior citizen center in Fort Bend Houston and has brought a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) for the Hiram Clarke and Fort Bend Houston Area. Additionally, Council Member Green led the efforts to increase the MWBE / SBE participation goals from 22 percent to 34 percent. The Council Member also insured that women owned businesses were included back into the city’s affirmative action contracting program.

Council Member Green has been appointed by Mayor Parker to be chair of Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee. This Committee is responsible for the Information Technology, Houston Airport System, METRO, Port of Houston and the Public Works and Engineering department projects as well as Rebuild Houston Projects, Water & Sewer, and water resources and conservation.

He has recently been appointed by the National League of Cities to serve 2014 Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Steering committee. As a member of the committee, Council Member Green will address national economic policy, general financial assistance programs intergovernmental relations, census, and municipal bonds issues just to name a few.

Council Member Green earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Houston and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence, from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Greater Houston Partnership, a former Board Trustee of Brentwood Baptist Church, serves on the Board of the Texas Black Expo, and serves on the College of Science and Technology Advisory Board at Texas Southern University.
Council Member Larry Green
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.3016
FAX; 832.395.9410 

*The Houston City Council District K single-member district pretty much encompasses the far southwestern area of Houston. Parts of Almeda Road, Gessner, and Braeswood fall within the boundaries of this district. But this district also encompasses parts of 2234 in Fort Bend County. You can (CLICK HERE) to study the map of this district.

Stephen C. Costello


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Council Member Stephen C. Costello is currently serving his third and final term. He is term-limited and cannot run for re-election. A few of the key candidates running for the Houston City Council At-Large Position #1 seat in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election is as follows: Jenifer Pool, Chris Oliver, Lane Lewis, Tom McCasland, Trebor Gordon, and Griff Griffin. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. THIS SEAT IS OPEN in the upcoming election.”

ABOUT STEPHEN COSTELLO

Stephen Costello is in his third term as Houston City Council Member At-Large Position 1. He chairs City Council's Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee which oversees all financial matters related to the city's $5.1 billion annual budget. He also serves on the Quality of Life Committee; the Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee; and the Ethics Elections and Council Governance Committee. He is the current chair of the Transportation Policy Council, the organization responsible for providing policy guidance and overall coordination of transportation planning throughout the Houston-Galveston area region. On City Council, Stephen focuses on issues related to strengthening the city’s long-term financial health; improving transportation and mobility; upgrading the city's aging infrastructure; increasing access to fresh, healthy food in under-served communities; and expanding green space and outdoor recreational opportunities.

Stephen is an engineer with a background in flood control and drainage. He is president of Costello Engineering and Surveying, a Houston civil engineering firm he co-founded in 1991. Costello Engineering and Surveying has over 130 local employees and recently received top honors as a "Best Place to Work" by both the Houston Business Journal and Houston Chronicle. In early 2014, Stephen was named "Engineer of the Year" by the Texas Society for Professional Engineers, a distinction widely recognized as the engineering community's highest honor.

With a degree in civil engineering from the University of New York at Buffalo, Stephen's first job in Texas was working as a civilian with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Galveston. It was with the Corps working with residents whose homes had been flooded that Stephen discovered what has become his lifelong interest in storm water management and flooding issues. Striving to reduce flooding risks in Houston, in 2010 Stephen led the charge to pass the Renew Houston initiative, now the ReBuild Houston Program, a pay-as-you-go program to improve Houston’s street and drainage infrastructure.

Stephen has served as chair and longtime board member of the Memorial Park Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the natural habitat and historical significance of Memorial Park. He is also a board member of Marathon Kids, an organization focused on educating and motivating children to lead active lifestyles, and Family Services of Greater Houston, a nonprofit providing family counseling and case management services to those in need. In addition, he serves as an advisory board member for Trees for Houston, a group dedicated to protecting woodlands and planting trees around the city.

Stephen is an avid runner, competing in over 30 marathons and seven Ironman Triathlons. He and his wife, Debbie, have been married 39 years and have raised two sons in Houston, Stephen and Christopher.They are now proud grandparents of two granddaughters, Eliana and Gia.

Council Member Stephen C. Costello
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.3014
FAX: 832.395.9472 

*The Houston City Council District At-Large Position #1 District covers the entire City of Houston. This council member is elected citywide. You can (CLICK HERE) to view the complete map including all districts.

David W Robinson


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Council Member David W. Robinson is currently serving his first term in office. At this time former At Large Position #2 Council Member Andrew C. Burks, Jr. is the only candidate we know of who’s seeking to unseat Council Member David W. Robinson in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election – check back periodically for updates. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. ROBINSON WILL BE RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION in the upcoming election.”

ABOUT DAVID W. ROBINSON

Early in his architectural career, David Robinson assisted with the new U.S. Embassy in Amman Jordan and then contributed to the development and production of the master planning document for the campus of the Texas Children’s Hospital. In 1999, he started his own company as a sole practitioner with an emphasis on building large commercial and institutional buildings. As a small business owner, David has kept his practice going through good times and lean. Currently, he is fortunate to have a healthy list of projects mostly located in the Houston area. He also teaches a graduate level course here in Houston for Texas Tech University on planning and development called "Infrastructure in the Urban Environment."

Along with his architectural practice, David has been actively involved with neighborhood issues, serving eight years as an officer of the Neartown (Montrose) Association, including a couple of terms as president. With the nomination of civic club representatives from across Houston, he was elected to serve as chairman and president of the citywide Super Neighborhood Alliance to a maximum two year term that concluded in January 2013. While serving on the board of directors of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, David was appointed to the City of Houston Planning Commission by Mayor Bill White in 2007 and re-appointed by Mayor Annise Parker in 2009 – becoming the first licensed architect to serve the city as a commissioner since the 1970's.

David Robinson received a BA in Architecture from Yale College and earned a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University in 1993. David is the proud father of Elissa, a 13 year old who attends the Lanier Middle School. They are active members of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church and love living here in the great city of Houston, TX.

Council Member David W. Robinson
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.3013
FAX; 832.393.3336 

*The Houston City Council District At-Large Position #2 District covers the entire City of Houston. This council member is elected citywide. You can (CLICK HERE) to view the complete map including all districts.

Michael Kubosh


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Council Member Michael Kubosh is currently serving his first term in office. At this time Atlas Kerr is the only candidate we know of who’s seeking to unseat Council Member Michael Kubosh in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election – check back periodically for updates. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. KUBOSH WILL BE RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION in the upcoming election.”

ABOUT MICHAEL KUBOSH

Sworn in to office in January 2014, Council member Michael Kubosh is an At Large Council Member that covers the entire City of Houston. There are five (5) At Large Positions and he holds At Large Position #3.

For the past 20 years Council Member Kubosh has been involved in the Bail Bond Business in the City of Houston and Harris County. He has served on the Harris County Bail Bond board as the representative for the Bondsman of Harris County. He currently serves as a Director of the State Bail Bond Organization (Professional Bondsman of Texas). Council Member Kubosh is married and has been a Foster Parent and is an Adoptive Parent. He has a large family with five (5) children and 16 Grand Children and one (1) Great Grandson.

Council Member Kubosh led the Citizens Against Red Light Campaign. This campaign was successful in the Charter Amendment that prohibits the use of Red Light Cameras in the City of Houston. He led the petition drive to stop the City from criminalizing the feeding of the Hungry in Houston. Council Member Kubosh now serves on City Council and is a voice of the People for transparency. He believes that the Citizens have the right to know what is going on in City Government and believes that the communication to the public should be in simple and plain words without the use of acronyms that confuse the Citizens.

Council Member Kubosh believes in City Government providing CORE services of Police, Fire & Emergency Services, Water & Sewer, Trash pickup to its Citizens. City Government has gotten involved in many other NON-CORE services projects. The City has created Local Government Corporations that has kept council from the day to day operational oversight.

Council Member Kubosh believes that the City should not spend more money than it brings in from taxpayers. There must be accountability and restraint on spending and taxing. He is working hard to protect the citizens from overspending.
Council Member Michael Kubosh
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.3005
FAX; 832.393.3251 

*The Houston City Council District At-Large Position #3 District covers the entire City of Houston. This council member is elected citywide. You can (CLICK HERE) to view the complete map including all districts.

C.O.”Brad” Bradford


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Council Member C.O. “Brad” Bradford is currently serving his third and final term. He is term-limited and cannot run for re-election. A few of the key candidates running for the Houston City Council At-Large Position #4 seat in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election is as follows: Amanda Edwards, Laurie Robinson, Larry Blackmon, Jonathan Hansen, Matt Murphy, and Roy Morales. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. THIS SEAT IS OPEN in the upcoming election.”

ABOUT C.O. “BRAD” BRADFORD

C.O. "Brad" Bradford is an Attorney, Public Safety Consultant, former Houston Chief of Police and Vice Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Houston. In January 2012, members of the Houston City Council elected Bradford as Vice Mayor Pro-Tem via unanimous vote. Bradford ran three successful citywide campaigns, the maximum (three terms) permitted under law. During his second and third campaign, he won in every council district, without a run-off and got the highest number of votes in all of the citywide contested races.

He became a resident of the city of Houston in 1979. Bradford has lived in Hiram Clarke, Alief, Fondren Southwest, and MacGregor areas, he understands the various characteristics of the Houston community and appreciates efforts to focus on neighborhood needs.

Bradford served 24 years as a Houston police officer and seven years as Chief of Police. He was appointed Houston's Police Chief by Mayor Bob Lanier and re-appointed by Mayor Lee P. Brown. While serving as Chief of Police, Bradford managed 7,000 personnel and $500 million annual budget. During his tenure, citizens' fear of crime and public safety concerns went from 59% in 1996 to only 10% by the time he left office in 2003, as documented by Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Rice University.

He holds degrees in law from the University of Houston Law Center, criminal justice from Grambling State University, and a public administration degree from Texas Southern University. Also, he is a graduate of the FBI Academy and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government Program for State and Local Executives.

Bradford has combined his education, legal training and police experience to work with neighborhoods and businesses, nationally and internationally, to help develop safety strategies.

He has initiated and led investigations, reviews, and assessments surrounding police, community and incidents of crime on numerous occasions. Chief Bradford was part of the leadership team that first developed and implemented community policing strategies in Houston, Texas. Today, more than 80% of the police agencies in America utilize some form of community policing; it is a proven concept in providing public safety services.

Chief Bradford served one of the longest tenures as a Houston Police Chief and implemented many significant programs and initiatives during his administration. These include the Department's first Alternative Dispute Resolution Process, American Sign Language Program, Assessment Center Process for Promotions, Expansion of Airport Security, City/County Jail Consolidation Project, Computer Crime Mapping, Crisis Intervention Team Program, Decentralized Family Violence Unit, Hate Crimes Program and Houston Police Online. Bradford also initiated HPD Crime Laboratory Accreditation, the first Meet and Confer Employees’ Benefits Agreement, established the first Middle Eastern and South Asian Community Liaison, created the No Trucks in the Left-Lane Motorists Safety Program, implemented a Racial Profiling Prohibition Policy, implemented HPD's Top 10 Sex Offenders/Parole Violators Program and created the Department's first Crime Victim Services Unit. He also opened new Police Stations at four divisions and Police Storefronts at five locations. In cooperation with 28 other police agencies and media outlets, Bradford implemented the Technology to Recover Abducted Kids (TRAK) System and he established the first Youth Police Advisory Council in the nation.

Bradford has served as a Precinct Chair and Election Judge in Harris County, Texas. Also, he has extensive experience as a Senior Consultant in the international consulting firm of Brown Group International (BGI). BGI is a full-service consulting firm that provides solutions to problems of government, corporations and individuals. BGI offers services in the areas of Public Safety, Homeland Security, Crisis Management, Government Relations, Community Government, Personnel Selection, Litigation Support, Technology Services and International Trade.

Additionally, Bradford has served for several years as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. He is a highly rated Professor teaching two particular courses: Police Administration and Judicial Administration.

As a Houston City Council Member, Bradford focuses on the delivery of core services which include water, garbage, infrastructure issues and safety services. In addition to serving on the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, he served as Chair of the Ethics, Elections and Council Governance Committee, Vice Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee and chaired a City of Houston Procurement Process Task Force.

Bradford’s civic activities include serving as a Precinct Chair, Election Judge, and Deputy Voter Registrar in Harris County, Texas. He holds memberships and volunteers in numerous community activities including the ENRICH After-School (Evaluating the Out-of-School-Time Needs, Resources and Initiatives in the Communities of Houston) Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Education Foundation of Harris County, American Education Technologies Youth Counselor, Grambling State University's Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Wiley College Criminal Justice Institute, DeVry University Industry Advisory Board, 100 Club, Harris County Constable Precinct 7 Advisory Board and frequently serves as a university guest lecturer, crime prevention and safety awareness speaker.
Council Member C.O. "Brad" Bradford
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.3012
FAX; 832.393.3327 

*The Houston City Council District At-Large Position #4 District covers the entire City of Houston. This council member is elected citywide. You can (CLICK HERE) to view the complete map including all districts.

Jack Christie


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Council Member Jack Christie is currently serving his second term in office. At this time Durrel Douglas and Philippe Nassif are the only candidates we know of who’s seeking to unseat Council Member Jack Christie in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election – check back periodically for updates. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. CHRISTIE WILL BE RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION in the upcoming election.”

Jack Christie is a native Texan, businessman, chiropractic physician and community leader. Jack’s broad range of experience has taken him through Houston’s numerous and richly diverse neighborhoods, and he is proud to serve the entire city as At-Large Position 5 Council Member.

Christie received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Texas Chiropractic College and served in the Army Reserves Medical Corps for six years. He received a certificate in International Relations upon completion of graduate courses at the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M. He now runs two successful Houston-area practices that care for over 20,000 patients. As a dedicated small business owner for over thirty years, Christie lends his expertise to the local business community through his position on the Board of Directors for the Spring Branch-Memorial Chamber of Commerce.

Jack’s previous elected positions prior to arriving at Houston City Council include his three terms as a State Board of Education board member and three terms on the Board of Trustees of Spring Branch Independent School District. Christie was elected President of Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees and was appointed Chairman of Texas State Board of Education from 1995-2000.

Christie’s background in science and education has made him a sought-after education and technology expert. He has appeared on NBC’s Today, ABC’s World News, CNN and CNN Money networks and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and Time, Fortune and Wired magazines. After being selected from a pool of nominees by the state’s premier names in science, Dr. Jack Christie was inducted into the Texas Science Hall of Fame in 2000.

While an accomplished businessman and a recognized name in his many fields, Jack Christie is most clearly defined by his unrelenting drive to serve his community. Thirty years ago Jack founded the Annual 5th Ward Ice Skating Party and has acted as its organizer and underwriter every year since. He served on the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Houston Board of Directors for five years; he volunteered as a Big Brother himself for eight years and has had the unparalleled privilege of watching his “littles” grow into successful and self-assured adults in their own rights.

Jack is the proud father of John, Katherine and Patrick. He is an active member of St. Cecilia’s Church and an Eagle Scout. Jack has been an avid runner for more than forty years, competing and finishing marathons and the Ironman triathlon in Hawaii. 

Council Member Jack Christie
City Hall Annex 
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.3017
FAX; 832.395.9426 

*The Houston City Council District At-Large Position #5 District covers the entire City of Houston. This council member is elected citywide. You can (CLICK HERE) to view the complete map including all districts.


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL

The City Council is the City's legislative body, with the power to enact and enforce all ordinances and resolutions. Eleven Council Members are elected from districts and five are elected at-large, by all voters of the City.

The sixteen members of Council, along with the Mayor, act only by ordinance, resolution or motion. They adopt and may alter the annual budget and confirm the Mayor's appointments. Council is responsible for the appropriation and issuance of bonds, the awarding of contracts and the approval of City expenditures over $50,000. Council may lease or dispose of the City's real estate and may levy assessments against property. Council determines its own rules of procedure, and its meetings are open to the public.

Sixteen Council Members are elected every two years, in odd-numbered years. Council Members are limited to serving three terms of two years each, with each term beginning on January 2 of the even-numbered year. Five Council Members are elected At-Large, or city-wide, while the other eleven are elected to geographic districts of roughly the same proportion of population.

You can write to your Council Member at: 900 Bagby / City Hall Annex / First Floor / Houston, TX 77002. 





"Here are a few questions and opinions we should definitely ask ourselves/candidates and consider before going to the polls to vote in the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election to be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. And please, please, please, don't forget that early voting will begin on Monday, October 19, 2015 and end on Friday, October 30, 2015."



-- FARRAH MARTINEZ --
HERE'S A QUESTION VOTERS SHOULD ASK ALL THE CANDIDATES: Voters should ask candidates what are their top three priorities for the next two years for our city and how they plan to achieve those goals. – This statement was submitted by Farrah Martinez a Personal Injury and Accident Lawyer in Houston, Texas. Farrah Martinez PLLC, is dedicated to ensuring that you get the compensation you deserve through experienced, aggressive and smart representation. You can (CLICK HERE) for more information. You may also call (713)853-9296 to speak with Attorney Farrah Martinez today! So don't wait another minute. Set up an appointment by calling (713)853-9296 for a free consultation today!


-- JUDGE JOHN SCHMUDE --
HERE'S A THOUGHT TO CONSIDER BEFORE VOTING: I look for a candidate that respects the religious liberties and the freedom of conscience of all Houstonians. – This thought was submitted by Judge John Schmude (247th Family District Court in Harris County). Judge Schmude and his family are grateful for our continued prayers, love, vote, and continued support. He won’t be up for re-election again until the November 2018, Midterm Elections. You can (CLICK HERE) for more information. Judge Schmude believes in fair and impartial justice.



-- BRISCOE CAIN --
HERE'S A QUESTION FOR THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES: Would you disregard the First Amendment and subpoena the sermons of pastors? – This question was submitted by Briscoe Cain, president of The Cain Law Firm. Briscoe Cain is also a candidate running for State Representative for House District 128 in the 2016 Presidential Election. You can (CLICK HERE) for more information on his campaign.


-- CHRIS BELL --
HERE'S A QUESTION WE SHOULD EACH ASK OUR SELF: Who actually has ideas that will move Houston forward? – This question was submitted by Chris Bell one of the 2015 Candidates running for Mayor of Houston. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. Election day is on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.


-- YOLANDA SMITH --
HERE'S SOMETHING YOU SHOULD ASK YOURSELF ABOUT EACH CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR MAYOR IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION: Education remains the highest civil rights priority of the NAACP, voters should be asking whether the candidate of choice has a true urgency in turning around our failing school system, including eliminating the educational disparities that exist within HISD. – This statement was submitted by Yolanda Smiththe executive director at the NAACP Houston Branch.


-- BILL KING --
HERE'S SOMETHING YOU MAY WANT TO THINK ABOUT: The question voters should ask themselves is this: In this election we are essentially hiring the CEO of a $5 billion entity called the City of Houston, so which candidate has the right blend of business and executive experience to get city government back to basics — fixing the streets, catching the crooks, and balancing the budget? -- This question was submitted by Bill King one of the 2015 Candidates running for Mayor of Houston. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. Election day is on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.



-- DON DAVIS --
HERE'S A QUESTION FOR THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES: Being a City where celebrities are born, we have secured the fact that legacies begin here: what plans do you have to grow the quality of life and retain the talent we attract, without compromising the economic growth of our majority minority communities? -- This question was submitted by Dionelle "Don" Davis, president of the Don Davis Luxury Group (DDLG) Texas Real Estate License #0555553. You can (CLICK HERE) for more information; or call Don directly at (936)494-5500. And don't forget: When Ready to Sell Your Home -- "It's A 'Don' Deal" when you deal with Don Davis.


-- DENISE V. SINGLETON --
HERE'S A QUESTION FOR ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS: What initiative are you willing to legislate for Women Veterans who served honorably in the military and that suffered various related traumas? The results are joblessness, homelessness, and lack of medical benefits. – This question was submitted by Denise V. Singleton a reader of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. Denise is relatively new to the Houston area.



-- BISHOP ALLEN --
HERE'S A QUESTION FOR THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES: Do you have a valid plan in hand detailing how you will leverage the economic playing field and inspire present and future Houstonians to strive for a better quality of life in the 21st Century? – This question was submitted by Bishop Anthony A. Allen, founder of Bishop Anthony Allen Ministries. You can (CLICK HERE) to learn more about his ministry. Call (281)210-8374 or email Bishop Allen at: bishopaallen@yahoo.com for additional information.


-- KERYL L. DOUGLAS --
HERE'S SOMETHING WE MAY WANT TO THINK ABOUT: Who will be the very BEST Mayor for ALL of Houston; serving with utmost integrity, vision, fairness, and without corruption, compromise, or lack of character. -- This question was submitted by Keryl L. Douglas a well-known Houston area attorney, and past President of the NAACP Houston Branch.


-- VICTORIA LANE --
HERE'S A QUESTION FOR ALL THE WOMEN OUT THERE: Do you think men should be allowed to use public restrooms with us? – This question was submitted by Victoria Lane, a 2015 Candidate for Mayor of Houston in the upcoming election. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. Election day is on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.You may email Victoria Lane at: victorialane53@yahoo.com if you have the answer to this question.



-- CHARLES X WHITE --
HERE'S A QUESTION FOR THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES: How do you plan to equalize tax based service delivery? This question was submitted by Charles X White, chairman of THE PEOPLE’S PAC (TPPAC) located in Houston, Texas. TPPAC was formed because the existing political model for African Americans is broken and in many cases never worked according to White. You can (CLICK HERE) to learn more about TPPAC. You can (CLICK HERE) to become a member.


-- LAURIE ROBINSON --
HERE'S SOMETHING WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT: Which candidate has the relevant experience to hit the ground running in day 1 to tackle some of the City's most pressing issues like the forecasted FYI 2017 budget deficit. This question was submitted by Laurie Robinson a 2015 Candidate running for the Houston City Council At-Large Position #4 seat in the upcoming election. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. Election Day is on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.


-- BISHOP K.J. BROWN --
HERE'S A FEW QUESTIONS FOR THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES: What is your position on the HERO Ordinance? If you oppose it, what will you do to have it repealed? If you support the ordinance, why do you support it? – This question was submitted by Bishop K.J.Brown the Chief Visionary Officer (CVO) at Bishop K.J. Brown Ministries. You can hear Bishop K.J. Brown on Sundays@6:00p.m. and Wednesday’s @7:30p.m. LISTEN TO: rhemagospelradio.com. You can email Bishop K.J. Brown at: bishopkjbrown@gmail.com. You can also email Bishop Brown a prayer request if you need prayer.


-- TREBOR GORDON --
HERE'S A QUESTION YOU SHOULD ASK YOURSELF BEFORE GETTING BEHIND ANY CANDIDATE IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION: What is your (Candidate's) plan to help in preventing the city from going further into debt? This question was submitted by Trebor Gordon a 2015 Candidate running for the Houston City Council At-Large Position #1 seat in the upcoming election. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. Election day is on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.


-- SEAN ROBERTS --
A QUESTION FOR THE 2015 MAYORAL CANDIDATES: What is your vision for Houston 20 years from now? -- This question was submitted by Sean Roberts a well-known Houston area attorney. You can (CLICK HERE) to provide Sean with the answer to his question.


-- ED KAMPF --
HERE'S AN OPINION ON THE UPCOMING ELECTION: Aubrey, I am friends with Carl Pittman. He's running for HC Sheriff. I don't think the mayoral position in Houston has to be a battle between party lines. I would like to see a businessman, however we tried that with Lanier. Heck, I just want someone who's honest. Houston deserves the best. I like King and Bell thus far. I don't know much about the others. -- This statement was submitted by Ed Kampf via our facebook network.


-- RHONDA SKILLERN-JONES --
HERE'S SOMETHING EVERY VOTER SHOULD THINK ABOUT: Since I only have one vote and it matters, how do I want to invest it so that I receive the maximum return for it. In other words, WHO will help me make my vote mean something in my life and community? – This question was submitted by Rhonda Skillern-Jones the HISD Board Trustee for District II. She's running for re-election in the upcoming General Election. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. Election day is on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.


-- ANDREA WARD-CONWAY --
HERE'S SOMETHING TO ASK YOURSELF ABOUT EACH CANDIDATE: Does the candidate have the education, experience, knowledge, and a proven track record of supporting policies that will bring about progressive reform and empowerment for my community? -- This question was submitted by Andrea Ward-Conway via our facebook network.



-- RENEE DUHON --
 HERE ARE TWO QUESTIONS EVERY VOTER SHOULD ASK BEFORE SELECTING A CANDIDATE IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION: What have they (the candidate) done or contributed previously for Houston? Who is this person? -- This question was submitted by Renee Duhon via our facebook network.


-- DARLENE "KOFFEY SMITH --
HERE'S SOMETHING VOTERS SHOULD CONSIDER: In a Mayoral Candidate (as a voter) I look TO CAST MY VOTE for someone who is a product of the City of Houston. Someone who has experienced, witnessed, and walked in the same shoes as the people of the City of Houston. Someone with the passion to “WANT TO”, and the ‘FEARLESS WILL” to make effective change that ALL residents of Houston will respect according to the rights of the People, Policies, Procedures, Rules, Regulations, and Laws that will allow taxpayers to see and have more confidence in the transparency, and accountability that’s being applied and enforced at: City Hall, the Houston Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Houston Independent School District. -- This statement was submitted by Darlene “Koffey” Smith a 2015 Candidate running for HISD Board Trustee for District II in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 General Election. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. Smith issued her point of view from the perspective of a born and raised in 5th Ward, Texas resident and voter within the City of Houston. You can (CLICK HERE) to send Darlene "Koffey" Smith a message.








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KEY DEADLINES

The candidate filing deadline is on Monday, August 24, 2015 if you plan to run for Mayor, Controller, City Council, or one of the HISD Board Trustee seats in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 General Election.


Thursday, June 25, 2015 is the deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 is the first day to file for place on general election ballot.

Monday, August 24, 2015 is the last day to file for place on general election ballot.

Friday, September 4, 2015 is the first day for registered voters to apply for ballot by mail.

Monday, October 5, 2015 is the last day for voter registration with the Harris County Clerk.

Monday, October 19, 2015 is the first day of early voting for the 2015 General Election.

Friday, October 23, 2015 is the last day to apply for ballot by mail for the 2015 General Election.

Friday, October 30, 2015 is the last day of early voting for the 2015 General Election.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 is Election Day for all registered voters in the City of Houston. 

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Please make an informed and empowered decision when you go into the voting booth to cast your vote on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.”

Election Day is Tues., Nov. 3, 2015 

At this time, Ben Hall, a well-known Houston attorney is asking for our vote, prayers, and support in his quest to become mayor of Houston. Hall finished as the runner-up to (Mayor Annise Parker) back in the 2013 City of Houston Mayoral election. “We’ve provided some information on Ben Hall below. Hall is being highlighted here because he’s one of only two candidates in the 2015 race for mayor who is asking for our vote, prayers, and support at this time,” says Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper.

“Victoria Lane is a candidate who values and respects us, our community, and our vote. Victoria Lane, is a businesswoman with more than 40 years of experience. She was the fourth place finisher back in the 2013 City of Houston Mayoral election. She finished behind Mayor Annise Parker, attorney Ben Hall and attorney Eric Dick respectively back in 2013. “We've provided a good overview of who Victoria Lane is in her profile below,” says Taylor.



AUBREY R. TAYLOR: "The charts and information below this point should serve as a quick reference guide to City of Houston Mayoral Election results from 1985 through 2013. This information was compiled by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications."


ANNISE PARKER WON IN 2013


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In the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 City of Houston Mayoral Election, Mayor Annise Parker won the right to serve her third and final term in office by receiving 98,124 votes to avoid a runoff. Mayor Parker was challenged by Charyl L. Drab, who received (788) votes, Eric B. Dick (18,368), Don Cook (1,740), Keryl Burgess Douglas (1,227), Ben Hall (48,604), Michael Fitzsimmons (1,195), Victoria Lane (1,814), and Derek A. Jenkins, who finished with 834 votes at the end of the night.


ANNISE PARKER WON IN 2011


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In the Tuesday, November 8, 2011 City of Houston Mayoral Election, Mayor Annise Parker won the right to serve her second term in office by receiving 60,135 votes to avoid a runoff. Mayor Parker was challenged by Kevin Simms who received (8,261) votes, Amanda C. Ulman (1,896), Dave Wilson (13,911), Fernando Herrera (16,863), and Jack O’Connor, who finished with 17,348 votes as the end of the night.


ANNISE PARKER WON IN 2009


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In the Tuesday, November 3, 2009 City of Houston Mayoral Election, seven candidates faced off in the race for the open mayoral seat. Annise Parker and Gene Locke made the runoff by finishing with (54,254 votes for Parker) and (45,988 votes for Locke) respectively. Peter Brown received (39,930) votes, Amanda C. Ulman (994), Luis Ralph Ullrich, Jr. (487), and Roy Morales finished with 35,964 votes to finish off the night. 


Annise Parker went on to defeat Gene Locke in a Saturday, December 12, 2009 runoff election by a vote count of (82,175 votes for Parker) to (73,495 votes for Locke) respectively. By defeating Locke, Annise Parker became the first female mayor for Houston, and earned the right to serve her first term.


BILL WHITE WON IN 2007


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In the Tuesday, November 6, 2007 City of Houston Mayoral Election, Mayor Bill White won the right to serve his third and final term in office by receiving 101,557 votes to avoid a runoff. He was being challenged by Amanda C. Ulman, who received (8,832), and Outlaw Josey Wales, IV who finished the night with 7,042 votes.


BILL WHITE WON IN 2005


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In the Tuesday, November 8, 2005 City of Houston Mayoral Election, Mayor Bill White won the right to serve his second term in office by receiving 165,524 votes to avoid a runoff. Mayor White was being challenged in this election by Gladys House, who finished with (7,711) votes, Luis Ralph Ullrich, Jr. (2,550), Jack Terence (4,285), and Anthony M. Dutrow, who finished the night with 1,771 votes.


BILL WHITE WON IN 2003


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In the Tuesday, November 4, 2003 City of Houston Mayoral Election, nine candidates faced off in the race for the open mayoral seat. Orlando Sanchez and Bill White made the runoff by finishing with (98,600 votes for Sanchez) and (112,916 votes for White) respectively. Anthony M. Dutrowreceived(405) votes, Jack Josey Terence (323), John Worldpeace (368), Douglas Robb (193), Sylvester Turner (87,267), Luis Ralph Ullrich Jr. (311), and Veronica Michelle Gregory finished with 385 votes at the end of the night. 


Bill White went on to defeat Orlando Sanchez in the Saturday, December 6, 2003 runoff election by a vote count of (136,618 votes for Bill White) to (81,830 votes for Orlando Sanchez) respectively. By defeating Sanchez, Bill White earned the right to serve his first term as Houston’s mayor.


LEE P. BROWN WON IN 2001


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In the Tuesday, November 6, 2001 City of Houston Mayoral Election, five candidates lined up to prevent Mayor Lee P. Brown from serving his third and final term as Houston’s mayor. Orlando Sanchez was successful in forcing a runoff with the incumbent mayor by receiving (115,967) votes to Mayor Brown’s (125,282) votes at the end of the night. Luis Ralph Ullrich, Jr. received (572) votes, Anthony M. Dutrow (235), Larry J. Devoy (488), and Chris Bell received 45,739 votes to finish the night of voting. 


Mayor Lee P. Brown went on to defeat Orlando Sanchez in the Saturday, December 1, 2001 runoff election by a final vote tally of (165,866 votes for Mayor Lee P. Brown) to (155,162 votes for Orlando Sanchez) respectively.


LEE P. BROWN WON IN 1999


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In the Tuesday, November 2, 1999 City of Houston Mayoral Election, two candidates challenged Mayor Lee P. Brown in an effort to prevent him from serving his second term as Houston’s mayor. However, Brown beat back his opponents by receiving (139,150) votes. Jack Terence received (47,887) votes, and Outlaw Josey Wales, IV finished off the night with (19,741) votes.


LEE P. BROWN WON IN 1997


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In the Tuesday, November 4, 1997 City of Houston Mayoral Election, eight candidates faced off for the open mayoral seat. Lee P. Brown and Rob Mosbacher made the runoff by receiving (132,324 votes for Brown) and (90,320 votes for Mosbacher) respectively. Richard E. BarryHelen HueyGracie Saenz (21,950), George Greanias (53,115), Bernard E. Calkins, and Jean-Claude Lanau were also in the race. 


Lee P. Brown went on to defeat Rob Mosbacher in the Saturday, December 6, 1997 runoff election. Lee P. Brown received (156,307 votes) to Mosbacher’s (140,449 votes) to earn the right to serve his first term as Houston’s first and only African American mayor.


BOB LANIER WON IN 1995


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In the Tuesday, November 7, 1995 City of Houston Mayoral Election, two candidates challenged Mayor Bob Lanier in an effort to prevent him from serving his third and final term as Houston’s mayor. However, Mayor Bob Lanier received (104,222) votes to beat back his opponents without a runoff. Elizabeth Spates finished with (10,456) votes, and Dave Wilson finished the night off with 11,403 votes.


BOB LANIER WON IN 1993


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In the Tuesday, November 2, 1993 City of Houston Mayoral Election, four candidates challenged Mayor Bob Lanier in an effort to prevent him from serving his second term as Houston’s mayor. However, Bob Lanier defeated his opponents by receiving (169,752) votes to avoid a runoff. Brian A. Bowen received (9,705) votes, Luis Ralph Ullrich, Jr. (4,613), Jerry Freiwirth (2,713), and James Partsch-Galvan received 161 votes to finish off the night.


BOB LANIER WON IN 1991


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In the Tuesday, November 5, 1991 City of Houston Mayoral Election, Mayor Kathryn J. “Kathy” Whitmire lost her seat by finishing third, behind Bob Lanier, and Sylvester Turner in her bid to serve a sixth term as Houston’s mayor. Bob Lanier made the runoff election by receiving (138,096) votes, to Sylvester Turner’s (113,782) votes. Mayor Whitmire could only muster (63,631) votes as election night voting closed. Willie M. Reid received (787) votes to round out the field that night. 


Bob Lanier went on to defeat Sylvester Turner in the Saturday, December 7, 1991 runoff election. Lanier received (152,792) votes, to Sylvester Turner’s (135,173) votes to earn the right to serve his first term as Houston’s mayor.


KATHY WHITMIRE WON IN 1989


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In the Tuesday, November 7, 1989 City of Houston Mayoral Election, Mayor Kathryn J. “Kathy” Whitmire received (176,342) votes to avoid a runoff by beating back five candidates seeking to prevent her from serving her fifth term as Houston’s mayor. “Shelby” B. Oringderff received (2,018) votes, Fred Hofheinz (89,971), Rosie Walker (4,667), Greg Rosenberg (856), and Ted G. Walker finished the night with 5,615 votes.


KATHY WHITMIRE WON IN 1987


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In the Tuesday, November 3, 1987 City of Houston Mayoral Election, Mayor Kathryn J. “Kathy” Whitmire received (168,656) votes to fend off six challengers seeking to prevent her from serving her fourth term as Houston’s mayor. Richard “Dick” Diamond received (13,628) votes, “Shelby” B. Oringderff (4,853), Bill Anderson (27,254), Mary J. Pritchard (5,296), Glenn Edward Arnett, Jr. (6,977), and Don W. Gell finished the night with 2,807 votes.


KATHY WHITMIRE WON IN 1985


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In the Tuesday, November 5, 1985 City of Houston Mayoral Election, Mayor Kathryn J. “Kathy” Whitmire held off a stiff challenge from Louie Welch and four other candidates seeking to prevent her from serving her third term as Houston’s mayor. Mayor Whitmire finished the night with (200,868) votes to avoid a runoff. Louie Welch finished a distant second with (138,588) votes. John McCabe received (565) votes, Willie Mae Reid (398), L.B. “Lock” Chambers (266), and Susan Director finished the night off by receiving 430 votes.

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