Arthur and Darlene "Koffey" Smith Have Given New Life to A Dilapidated Barbershop by Re-Opening It As A "VOTER REGISTRATION DEPOT" in Houston's Historic Fifth Ward Across the Street from Finnigan Park
In case you haven’t heard, Arthur J. Smith II, his wife Darlene "Koffey" Smith, and their son, Arthur J. Smith III, recently held the “Grand Opening” for their “Vote & Live” Voter’s Registration Depot in Houston’s Fifth Ward. The “Vote & Live” Depot has a very unique theme: “MY VOTE – Gives My Hope Live.”
BIG PLANS FOR THE DEPOT
“Taking a dilapidated barbershop, and converting it into a “VOTER REGISTRATION DEPOT” is no easy task,” says Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. “I’m so proud of Arthur and Koffey,” says Taylor. “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 and his family have developed a plan to register 100,000 new voters in Harris County. Yes, that's right, 100,000 new voters in Harris County.”
OUR VOTE IS OUR FUTURE
"This is a very lofty goal adopted by this family," explains Taylor. "But I’m pulling and praying for Arthur and his family to accomplish their 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. “Our vote is indeed our future.”
THE RIBBON CUTTING
“I was running a little late (because of a previously scheduled appointment), but upon arrival, I was very impressed at the number of Houston area leaders who were in attendance at the “Grand Opening”. Carroll G. Robinson, Lane Lewis, Jew Don Boney, Larry Blackmon, Georgia Provost, Jim Lewis, Andrew C. Burks, Jr., Joshua Bullard, Justin Jordan, Charles X White, and representatives from Governor Greg Abbott’s Office were just a few of the people on hand for this historic event,” says Taylor.
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 undertaking 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, Jr. 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."
CONTACT ARTHUR SMITH
If you need addition information, or would like to display your literature, push cards, or campaign signs at the "Vote & Live" Depot located at: 5307 Sonora in Houston, Texas, you should contact Arthur J. Smith at: (832)258-5776 today.
VOTER APATHY IS A BIG PROBLEM IN CITYWIDE AND COUNTYWIDE ELECTIONS
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