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

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Arthur and Darlene "Koffey" Smith are Having a "Grand Opening" for Their "Voter Registration Depot" Located at 5307 Sonora


Arthur J. Smith II, his wife Darlene "Koffey" Smith, and their son, Arthur J. Smith III, recently took a dilapidated barbershop and converted it into a “VOTER REGISTRATION DEPOT”and themed it “Vote & Live”. They’ve also come up with a "catchy" motto for this project titled: “My vote -- gives my hope life.” 



Arthur J. Smith, III and Arthur J. Smith, II showing off a few T-Shirts and other products they created for the Phillis Wheatley Wildcats. Arthur J. Smith II can be contacted at: (832)258-5776 for more information on the "GRAND OPENING" for the "Voter Registration Depot".


Arthur and Darlene "Koffey" Smith are Opening Up A "VOTER REGISTRATION DEPOT" in Houston's Historic Fifth Ward Across the Street from Finnigan Park

HBC Reports

Most people know Arthur J. Smith as a businessman with a passion for designing and printing T-Shirts for corporations, schools, businesses, events, and family reunions. But what a lot of folks don't know about Smith is that he recently hatched a plan to register 100,000 new voters in Harris County. Yes, that's right, 100,000 new voters in Harris County. "This is a very lofty goal this young man has adopted," says Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. "I for one, hopes that he can accomplish his goal. As a matter of fact, I believe it's incumbent upon all of us to do what we can to get more people engaged and playing active roles in the elections process," Taylor went on to say.


GRAND OPENING

The "Grand Opening" of the "Voter's Depot" will take place on Tuesday, July 28, 2015@10:00 A.M. -- SO DON'T MISS IT!!! The “Vote & Live” registration headquarters is located at 5307 Sonora in Houston’s Fifth Ward right across the street from the historic Finnigan Park.


REFRESHMENTS SERVED

There will be plenty of music and ice cold drinks for area residents, politicians, public servants, celebrities, and business people. Everyone's invited -- Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Tea Party, Green Party -- nobody's excluded.


SMITH IS DEPUTIZED

Arthur J. Smith recently became deputized to register voters in Harris County. And the "Voter's Depot" is a part of his vision to make a difference in Harris County. "This historic endeavor is very much needed to get more people involved in the process of electing those who govern over us," says Taylor. "What Arthur J. Smith has created is both timely and unique in it's own right. In essence, this young man has created a "ONE-STOP NON-PARTISAN VOTER REGISTRATION SHOP" in one of Houston's most under-served communities...and I applaud him and his wife Darlene "Koffey" Smith (a 2015 Candidate Running for HISD School Board Trustee for District II) for doing this."


WANT TO ATTEND?

If you would like to attend the "GRAND OPENING OF THE VOTER'S REGISTRATION DEPOT" you should contact Arthur J. Smith at: (832)258-5776 for more information.


VOTER APATHY IN HOUSTON

Back in the 2014 Midterm Elections for Harris County only 688,018 of the more than 2,044,361 registered voters in Harris County actually went to the polls to cast their vote. "Voter turnout has been dismal in Harris County as of late. We've gotta find creative ways to get folks engaged and involved," says Taylor. "

Back in the 2013 City of Houston Mayoral Election there were only 174,620 ballots cast in the race for Mayor of Houston according to information published on the Harris County District Clerk's website. "According to public information, the city of Houston had more than 953,380 registered voters back on Tuesday, November 5, 2013," explains Taylor. "And the fact that only 174,620 of those registered voters decided to go to the polls on Election Day speaks volumes," he proclaims.


WE MUST DO BETTER

Times are crucial, and it’s imperative that “ALL REGISTERED CITY OF HOUSTON VOTERS” participate in the process of electing the next Mayor, Controller, City Council Members, HISD Board Trustees, and HCC Board Trustees in the upcoming election.


VOTE & LIVE

The “Vote & Live” registration headquarters is located at 5307 Sonora in Houston’s Fifth Ward right across the street from the historic Finnigan Park, which offers a playground, lighted tennis courts, lighted sports field, swimming pool, indoor gym, weight room, 0.65-mile hike and bike trail, and a meeting room. “What we want to do is empower our people to become active participants in the process of putting people into office who value us,” says Smith.


IN CASE YOU DON’T KNOW, the Fifth Ward area is northeast of Downtown. It’s a historic area with a rich history, and bordered by the Buffalo Bayou, Jensen, Liberty Road, and Lockwood Drive.

According to published information, the Fifth Ward, one of the six wards of Houston, was created partly from two other wards, the First Ward, which ceded the area to the north and east of White Oak Bayou and Little White Oak Bayou, and the Second Ward, which ceded all land within the Houston city limits to the north of Buffalo Bayou.

A LITTLE HISTORY

According to information published on Wikipedia, after the American Civil War, newly freed slaves (freemen) began settling in the sparsely settled area. In 1866, it became the Fifth Ward and an alderman from the ward was elected to Houston's City Council. By the mid-1880s, it was virtually all black, home to working-class people who made their livings in Houston's eastside ship channel and industrial areas or as domestics for wealthy Houstonians. Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, founded in 1865 by a former slave, is the oldest church in the ward. Five other churches are over a hundred years old. Also home to the famous "Island of Hope (Anderson Memorial Temple) COGIC" the oldest Pentecostal church in Fifth Ward. Over the years it had been home to the city's minority and immigrant population. Although it had always been a mostly black area, LatinosFilipino AmericansPakistani Americans, and Italian Catholics have migrated to the area as well.


ABOUT "KOFFEY" SMITH



Darlene “Koffey Smith is proud of the fact that she’s an active member of Windsor Village United Methodist Church, where Kirbyjon Caldwell is the senior pastor. She’s also proud to be a product of HISD’s District II -- the district she's seeking to represent. And not being a career politician could be a plus for Smith; as she doesn’t appear to be beholden to any special interest groups, political action committees, or contractors doing/seeking to do business with the Houston Independent School District.

SMITH WANTS TO BE YOUR VOICE

According to Smith, she wants to be: “A VOICE FOR THE PEOPLE.” And she wants to make sure that the people of HISD’s District II are granted the leadership they deserve. “I am a “PROUD PRODUCT” of Houston ISD District 2. (Nathaniel Q. Henderson Elementary, Lamar Fleming Middle School Fine Art's Academy and Barbara Jordan High School for Careers - Class of '91). I am married with one child. My husband Art Smith and son Arthur J. Smith, III are “Proud Graduates” of Phillis Wheatley High School. (Class of 1988 and Class of 2015 respectively),” says Smith.

DARLENE “KOFFEY” SMITH: “I am asking for your VOTE so my VOICE can be your VOICE to IMPROVE, PROTECT and SERVE on the School Board at Houston ISD for our Students, Parents, Teachers and School Campus Administration according to Policy and Procedures, the Education Code, State and Federal Law for the Progression of our children to receive a FAIR and QUALITY Education.” 


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “Whether Darlene “Koffey” Smith can seal the deal by defeating Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 remains to be seen. However, having witnessed the work ethic of Smith and her husband, long-time businessman Arthur J. Smith, I can assure you that we’re about to witness a competitive, grassroots-styled campaign driven by fresh ideas and out-of-the-box thinking.”



AUBREY R. TAYLOR: "I strongly encourage "ALL" Houston area voters to try to attend one or more of the "MAYORAL CANDIDATE FORUMS" listed below."
Tuesday, August 11, 2015


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


On August 19, 2015 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., A consortium of area young professional organizations will host the Keys to the City Forum with Houston mayoral candidates inside the University of Houston Student Center Theatre (Room S103) located at 4800 Calhoun Road in Houston, Texas. This forum is intended to spark dialogue about Houston’s future with its uniquely diverse community of young professionals. Building a relationship with the young adult demographic in Houston is imperative for future leadership. Houston has one of the youngest populations in the nation with many recent college graduates moving to the city to take advantage of its favorable economic outlook. A few of the organizations participating in the forum include the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals, Harris County Young Democrats, Houston Branch NAACP – Young Adult Committee, Houston Young Republicans, Houston Chapter of Maverick PAC, and the University of Houston Master of Public Administration Program. THE ATTIRE FOR THIS EVENT IS BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL OR BUSINESS CASUAL. Admission for this event is FREE. However you should (CLICK HERE) to RSVP and guarantee your seat.
Thursday, September 3, 2015


On Thursday, September 3, 2015, Jacquie Baly (Fox 26) will serve as moderator for The Women Contractors Association (WCA) and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) mayoral panel discussion to be held at: Maggiano's Little Italy - Houston located at: 2019 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056. Several of the major 2015 City of Houston Mayoral candidates are expected to discuss various public policy issues that affect women business owners and women contractors in the greater Houston area. According to Jacquie Baly, all the major candidates have already confirmed their intentions to attend this forum. For more information, please go to: www.womencontractors.orgWomen Contractors Association National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) -- Houston Chapter.
Friday, September 4, 2015


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


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

Friday, September 11, 2015


On Friday, September 11, 2015 Jacquie Baly (Fox 26) will serve as moderator for a “Mayoral Forum” being hosted by THE ROUNDUP PANEL at Paul’s Kitchen@ 7:30A.M. Paul’s Kitchen is located at: 2502 Algerian Way, Houston, TX 77098. According to Baly, all the major candidates have already confirmed their intentions to attend this event. You can email Jacquie Baly at: jacquie@balyprojects.com if you need additional information about this event.  The Roundup features: Sally MacDonald (Anchor), Chris Tritico (Legal Analyst) Above Center, Mustafa Tameez (News Analyst) Above Left, and Jacquie Baly (Above Right) is the Public Policy Analyst.

Saturday, September 19, 2015


On Saturday, September 19, 2015 @ 5:00P.M The Clear Lake Area Republicans will be hosting a “MAYORAL DEBATE” at Brookwood Elementary 16850 Middlebrook Drive in Houston, Texas 77059. All of the announced 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Candidates will be invited to attend this event. You can (CLICK HERE) for more information on this event. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Mayor Annise Parker is currently serving her third and final term. She is term-limited and cannot run for re-election in the upcoming election. A few of the key candidates who are 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, Chistopher Legier, Sylvester Turner, Demetria Smith, Ben Hall, Victoria Lane, Marty McVey, and Stephen C. Costello. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

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

Sunday, October 18, 2015


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

Sunday, October 18, 2015


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


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: "The 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."


Back 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. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? “Well, this means that the citizens of the fourth most populous city in America (behind only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago) sat back and allowed a mere 98,124 voters to elect Houston's mayor. This must change on Tuesday, November 3, 2015,” says Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. "We must turn out to vote on Election Day."



Back 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. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? “Well, once again, registered voters in Houston failed to get involved and allowed a mere 60,135 voters to elect Houston's mayor. We must guard against this happening in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election,” says Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. "We must turn out to vote on Election Day."



Back 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. “Again, only a handful of Houston voters turned out for the Saturday, December 12, 2009 runoff election. Partly due to this low-voter turnout, Mayor Annise Parker was able to win the runoff election against Gene Locke by only receiving 82,175 votes. WHAT DOES THS MEAN? “Well, there are far too many registered voters who are not engaged or excited about participating in City of Houston Mayoral Elections. And if this is going to change, we must change it,” says Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. "We must go to the polls to vote on Election Day."



Back 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. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? “Well, the turnout in this race was still way too low. We must do better than this in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election,” says Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. "We must go to the polls on Election Day."



Back 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. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? “Well, the voter turnout could have been better. However, the outcome of this race was never in doubt,” says Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. "We must do better on Tuesday, November 3rd."



Back 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. Dutrow received (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. “However, it would be Bill White who would get the better of 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,” says Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. 



Back in the Tuesday, November 6, 2001 City of Houston Mayoral Election, five candidates lined up in an attempt 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. “However, 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,” says Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper.



Back 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,” says Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper.



Back 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. Barry, Helen Huey, Gracie Saenz (21,950), George Greanias (53,115), Bernard E. Calkins, and Jean-Claude Lanau were also in the race. “However, 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,” says Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper.



Back 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,” says Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper.


Back 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,” says Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper.



Back 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,” explains Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. “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. The runoff election victory Sylvester Turner earned Bob Lanier the right to serve his first term as Houston’s mayor.



Back 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. 



Back 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.



Back 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.



Join our effort! Houston Business Connections Newspaper is currently looking for sponsors, advertisers, and supporters who value our vote, prayers, and support. Our “2015 CITY OF HOUSTON MAYORAL ELECTION GUIDE” is scheduled to be released on Friday, October 16, 2015 featuring our "2015 Publisher's Recommendations" and "2015 Reader Endorsements". This guide will be distributed to homes and businesses throughout the greater Houston area. You can (CLICK HERE) to view our newspaper.

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