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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CAMPAIGN NEWS: Reverend William A. Lawson joins Laurie Robinson Campaign as Treasurer






CAMPAIGN NEWS: Reverend William A. Lawson joins Laurie Robinson Campaign as Treasurer


(Houston, TX) – Reverend William “Bill” Lawson, pastor emeritus of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, stands as a quiet giant in the annals of history. He has committed his life’s work to being a faithful messenger and champion for the rights for all. He exemplifies the spirit of Houston through his ability to connect with and work alongside diverse communities and affiliations. He brings that same spirit to the growing list of supporters for the Laurie Robinson Houston City Council At-Large for Position 4 campaign. As treasurer, Reverend Lawson invites Houston voters to join the “Our Houston” campaign for Laurie Robinson. 

“I am generally staying out of campaigns this season, but feel that we need someone on city council with the character, integrity and experience of Laurie Robinson”, Lawson said. “I am complimented that she asked me to identify with her and I want to support a leader who is willing to work with individuals and organizations for the greater good of us all; I know Laurie Robinson is that person". 

The campaign focuses on necessary improvements to infrastructure, opportunities for small businesses to create jobs, after school youth programs, public safety and fiscal responsibility to ensure Houston continues its path towards being an even better city to live and work in the 21st century. 

Robinson has over 22 years of experience, which includes leadership roles in disaster response and recovery, implementation strategies for federal healthcare legislation, and municipal operational audits and monetary recovery audits. Several audits have been performed on behalf of the City of Houston. 

"We are honored to have Reverend Lawson’s support as campaign treasurer. His confidence in my experience and ability to help move Houston in the right direction is invaluable," said Robinson.


Attorney Farrah Martinez Shares Her Thoughts on the Type of Lawyer You Need If You've Been Involved in a Car Accident






By 
Farrah Martinez - Houston Personal Injury Lawyer

After an accident, many car injury victims often wonder what type of lawyer handles car accident cases. It is a very common question. If you were in a car wreck and the accident was not your fault, most likely you will want to seek the advice of a personal injury lawyer. The majority of personal injury lawyers offer free consultations to car accident victims; so, it will not cost you anything to have a lawyer review your case.

Here are three questions car accident victims ask about personal injury lawyers:

What is a personal injury lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer is a licensed attorney that represents victims that have been injured physically and possibly mentally by the negligent or reckless behavior of another individual, company, or government agency.

A personal injury lawyer also know as an injury lawyer or an accident lawyer, usually handles car accidents cases, boating accidents, motorcycle accidents, 18-wheeler accidents, slip and falls cases, products liability cases, construction accident cases and
accidents that occur while at work.

How do I find a good personal injury lawyer?

Ask for a referral. Before I hire anyone, I ask my friends, neighbors or my relatives if they have someone they can recommend. For example, my orthodontist was referred to me by a friend in law school. She has worked out great. I trust her and now I feel comfortable recommending her to other people.

Visit the State Bar of Texas at www.texasbar.com. It is better to be safe, rather than sorry, later down the road. There you can perform a search to make sure the person you plan to hire is licensed to practice law. Their attorney profile will also include the number of years the lawyer has been licensed and if the attorney is in good standing.

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?

Generally, there is no out of pocket costs to the client. Personal injury lawyers usually agree to take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. In a nutshell, they do not get paid unless your case results in a favorable outcome. To learn more about contingency fee agreements see a blog post http://injuryandaccidentlawyer.blogspot.com/2015/03/no-gimmicks-if-i-win-your-case-then-i.html.


COMMITMENT

I guarantee effective and aggressive representation for you and your loved ones. My experience, dedication and aggressive representation will get you the results you deserve. I provide injury and accident representation in Houston and throughout Texas. I do not get paid, unless you win. You do not pay any out of pocket personal injury lawyer fees . 

I treat you with respect. Whether your injuries are small or you lost a loved one, we go to bat against the insurance companies with vigor and determination. It is not wrong to ask for the money you deserve for your injury. Before you try to handle the claim on your own, call me. I can can help. Contact Farrah Martinez Personal Injury & Accident Lawyer--Injury and Accident Representation at (713) 853-9296.

Disclaimer: The information and materials provided here are for general informational purposes only and are not intended as legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is formed nor should any such relationship be implied. Nothing on this blog is intended to substitute for the advice of an attorney. If you need legal advice, please consult with a competent attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

The World Youth Foundation, Personal Injury Lawyer Farrah Martinez, and Attorney Ben Hall are Featured on Page 11





By Aubrey R. Taylor
Publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper

Have You Heard?

The World Youth Foundation, Attorney Farrah Martinez, and Ben Hall are featured in the "Have You Heard?" section on (PAGE 11) of this edition of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. This edition is “PART 3” of our “People Who Value Us” series. The World Youth Foundation (WYF) offers a variety of youth programs in areas of entrepreneurship, advanced career skills, technology, financial literacy, arts enrichment, mentoring, tutoring, leadership training, as well as college prep, improved health, and much more! Attorney Farrah Matinez recently provided us with an informative article entitled, "It's All About DIY" to help keep us informed and empowered. And finally, Ben Hall, a 2015 candidate for mayor of Houston recently spent time talking with young people at the World Youth Foundation. Attorney Ben Hall is a candidate running for mayor of Houston in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election. Early voting for the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election will begin on Monday, October 19, 2015 and end on Friday, October 30, 2015. The page featuring these individuals is intended to inform our readers on a few recent happenings. Click here to check out the page featuring the World Youth Foundation, Attorney Farrah Martinez, and Ben Hall.



Attorney Ben Hall recently spent time speaking to students at the World Youth Foundation

As the skills gap continues to widen in today’s complex global economy, new approaches to out-of-school time learning & mentoring are needed now more than ever.

For 23 years, the World Youth Foundation (a Houston Texas non-profit organization) has delivered cost-free mentoring programs to communities across Greater Houston and surrounding areas.

Through the efforts of a dynamic volunteer team, business leaders, community advocates, and industry thought-leaders; the World Youth Foundation has designed & implemented the first of its kind Out-of School Time Youth Mentoring & Development Program focused on equipping young people with next-generation leadership and workforce skills.

Our unique mentoring program engages students from various schools across Houston and surrounding areas in intellectually stimulating hands-on project experiences that increase self-confidence, personal empowerment, self-efficacy, interpersonal development, and 21st Century workforce skills in areas of STEM, manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and other sectors.

We also focus on health & wellness by starting each mentoring sessions with exercises and workouts for the body, mind, and inner-self.

MISSION

Our mission is to “Teach All Youth How to Win in Life against All Odds.”

We accomplish our mission by delivering free out-of-school time mentoring programs focused on increasing self-confidence and accelerating educational & professional skills for all youth belonging to groups that are under-represented in the field of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).

Youth between the ages of 6-24 work closely with a breadth of business, education, community, and industry leaders in highly engaging and intellectually stimulating hands-on projects that foster innovation, improve health & wellness, affirm college as an expectation, and promote careers across STEM industry sectors.

The World Youth Foundation students come from diverse communities, educational, and cultural backgrounds. We mentor students as young as 6 years of age through college graduation (25 years of age). This diverse body of students assemble together monthly to participate in hands-on leadership, mentoring, & professional development activities

We are the first-of-its kind mentoring organization providing youth with real world project experiences that promote self-confidence, while accelerating career development & leadership skills.

BUSINESS CASE FOR WYF

Today’s youth continue to face new and complex challenges.

Social influences such as America’s shifting economy, increased usage of drugs and alcohol, lack of strong social infrastructure, health and obesity issues, and increased single parent households are changing the landscape of family and community life across this nation.

Programs delivered by the World Youth Foundation (WYF) are needed now more than ever, and our success can only be realized through the support of our WYF parents, volunteers, corporate sponsors and partners.

23 YEARS OF DELIVERING SUCCESS

WYF is a non-profit organization, celebrating 23 years of community involvement. Our focus is to create a positive "mentoring gateway" for diverse groups of youth, and delivering effective programs that positively impact their future.

WYF focuses on empowering our young leaders with knowledge in areas of better health, improved positive self-esteem, improved decision-making skills, and other important skills required for our youth to achieve significant success in their family, educational, personal, and community lives.

YOUTH PROGRAM DELIVERY EXCELLENCE

WYF offers a variety of youth programs in areas of entrepreneurship, advanced career skills, technology, financial literacy, arts enrichment, mentoring, tutoring, leadership training, as well as college prep, improved health, and much more!

Our programs reach a wide range of ages from Kindergarten to high school, all the way through college.

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT US?

Call (713)523-8484 if you would like more information on the World Youth Foundation, Inc. located inside the Judson Robinson Community Center 2020 Hermann Drive Houston TX 77004.



Injury & Accident Lawyer: It's all about DIY

by Farrah Martinez, Personal Injury & Accident Lawyer

Do it Yourself? 

We live in the age of do it yourself (DIY). I am all for learning new things, cutting costs, and doing things for myself; however, there are some tasks that require a professional to achieve the best possible results. While I might watch a YouTube video to learn how to make a school craft project for my four year old or even learn to arch my own eyebrows, I would not watch a video or google to learn "how to repair my own roof" or "perform a root canal" in hopes that one day I might actually perform these tasks myself. 

In my mind, there are some tasks that are too important and there is too much at stake to go at it alone.

As a consumer, you must decide which tasks you are willing to learn to do and which task you determine require a professional. 

Should I Handle my own Personal Injury Claim?

Studies show that individuals involved in a car accident tend to recover more when they hire a lawyer than those claimants who did not hire a lawyer and handle the settlement alone. Insurance companies are for-profit companies and their goal is to make money and keep their stockholders happy. Most of us can appreciate that a company needs to make a profit or else they will go out of business. However, in the state of Texas, drivers are required to carry insurance. So the majority of drivers, just like you, purchase insurance with the expectation that if involved in an accident the insurance company will cover it. "Covered" is a broad term when you are dealing with accident or injury claims. Covered is often in the eyes of the beholder. 

Every month, quarterly or once a year, you pay your insurance with the promise that if something happens to you that your insurance company will pay your medical bills, that you will be paid for loss of wages, for you pain and suffering and for any other expense or loss you incur as a result of your injury. 

Is this a Level Playing Field?

The insurances companies are hoping you DIY since, studies confirm that the insurance companies win financially when you DIY. Take note, insurance companies do not go at it alone they have a team of lawyers that work on their behalf to get the best results for them--NOT you. 

If you have started your claim, it might not be too late to hire an attorney. At Farrah Martinez, Personal Injury and Accident Lawyer, we hold insurance companies accountable. Contact Farrah at (713) 853-9296 for a consultation and review of your claim.


    




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THE CITY OF MISSOURI CITY

On Saturday, May 9, 2015 the City of Missouri City will hold a General Election. A few of the key names you should find on your ballot are: Don Smith, Bobby Marshall, Yolanda Ford, George Maroulis, Floyd Emery, and JaPaula Kemp. Early voting for the 2015 General Election for Missouri City, Texas will be taking place from Monday, April 27, 2015 through Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The deadline to have your name placed on the ballot in Missouri City, Texas has passed.

THE CITY OF HOUSTON

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015 the City of Houston will hold a General Election. A few of the key names you should find on your ballot are: Ben Hall, Carroll G. Robinson, Victoria Lane, Stephen Costello, David Robinson, Michael Kubosh, Jack Christie, Brenda Stardig, Jerry Davis, Ellen Cohen, Dwight Boykins, Dave Martin, Richard Nguyen, Oliver Pennington, Ed Gonzalez, Robert Gallegos, Mike Laster, Larry Green, Janet “Jan” Clark, Chris Bell, Roland Chavez, Laurie Robinson, Tynia Colbert, Bill King, Brent Trebor Gordon, Marty McVey, Amanda Edwards, Christopher “Chris” Oliver, Lane Lewis, Philippe Nassif, Abel Davila, Tom McCasland, Larry Blackmond, Sandie Mullins Moger, Gregory Travis, Atlas Kerr, Jenifer Rene Pool, Sylvester Turner, Bill Frazer, and Chris Brown. The deadline to have your name placed on the ballot for the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election is Monday, August 24, 2015.



If you are a candidate running for office in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election and need assistance with getting your name before potential voters you should contact us today. Houston Business Connections Newspaper is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. Call (832)212-8735 to discuss your inclusion.

A FRIENDLY REMINDER

Don't forget to do all the research you can on the 2015 candidates running for City of Houston Mayor, City of Houston Controller, and Houston City Council in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

Best regards,

Aubrey R. Taylor
957 NASA PARKWAY #251
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77058-3039
P: (832)212-8735
C: (832)894-1352


"According to an ABCNews/Beliefnet Poll 83 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians. So to this end, it makes perfect sense for us to get Christians engaged, empowered, informed, and excited about the process of choosing those who govern on the local, state, and federal levels in America. So don't forget about what Proverbs 29:2 teaches us: "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn." -- AUBREY

Tryon Dexter Lewis, Governor Greg Abbott, Tom Mechler, and 2015 Candidate for Houston Mayor Ben Hall featured on Page 10




By Aubrey R. Taylor
Publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper

Have You Heard?

Tryon Dexter Lewis, Governor Greg Abbott, and Ben Hall are featured in the "Have You Heard?" section on (PAGE 10) of this edition of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. This edition is “PART 3” of our “People Who Value Us” series. Gov. Greg Abbott recently accepted Site Selection Magazine's Governor's Cup on behalf of the state of Texas. He also recently appointed Tryon Dexter Lewis Chair of the Texas Transportation Commission. Tom Mechler was recently named Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. And finally, Ben Hall, a 2015 candidate for mayor of Houston recently spent time with two medical students – a young man, Saviour and a young woman, Uchechi, who stopped by KCOH to share their road to tomorrow’s MATCH DAY with the listeners of KCOH’s Starting Point. Attorney Ben Hall is a candidate running for mayor of Houston in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election. Early voting for the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election will begin on Monday, October 19, 2015 and end on Friday, October 30, 2015. The page featuring these individuals is intended to inform our readers on a few recent happenings. Click here to check out the page featuring Gov. Greg Abbott, Tom Mechler, Tryon Dexter Lewis, and Ben Hall.

Governor Greg Abbott Accepts Site Selection’s Governor’s Cup On Behalf Of State Of Texas

AUSTIN -- Governor Greg Abbott recently accepted the 2014 Governor’s Cup, an award given annually by Site Selection Magazine to recognize the top performing state for capital investment attraction in a season that lasts all year. 2014 was the third year in a row and sixth year since 2004 that Texas has been honored with the award.

“I’m honored to accept Site Selection Governor’s Cup on behalf of the people of Texas,” Governor Abbott said. “It’s no surprise Texas is again named the top state for the most new and expanded corporate facilities – this is the third year in a row Texas ranked #1 and the sixth time in the last 11 years. Unleashing the power of entrepreneurs and innovators and securing Texans’ freedom to aspire is the model of success for Texas, and I’m confident Texas will continue to lead the nation.” 

Governor Abbott Statement On Tom Mechler’s Election As State Party Chairman

AUSTIN -- Former Republican Party of Texas Treasurer Tom Mechler was today elected to serve as GOP Chairman following the resignation of former Chairman Steve Munisteri. Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement:

“Cecilia and I extend our sincerest congratulations to Tom Mechler on his election to serve the state of Texas and the Republican Party as the next Chairman. Having faithfully served as the Party’s Treasurer for many years, Tom will not only strengthen the Party, but he will help continue the momentum of our state’s Republican victories and preserve the very values that have made Texas the greatest state in the nation to live, work and raise a family. I look forward to working with Chairman Mechler and the rest of the Republican Party of Texas to ensure the future of our beloved state is even bigger, better and brighter than ever before.”

Governor Abbott Names Lewis Chair of Texas Transportation Commission

AUSTIN -- Governor Greg Abbott recently named Tryon Lewis chair of the Texas Transportation Commission for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor. The commission oversees the Texas Department of Transportation.

Tryon Dexter Lewis of Odessa is a former State Representative from Texas’ 81st District, serving from 2008-2015. Prior to serving in the Texas Legislature, Rep. Lewis practiced law in Odessa from 1973-1984 with a primary emphasis on civil litigation. In 1985, Rep. Lewis took office as a State District Judge of the 161st District and served in that capacity until February of 2006, after which he returned to practicing law. During Rep. Lewis’ legislative career, he served as the Chairman of the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee from 2013-2015 and was the Co-Chair of the Joint House Senate Committee on Judicial Selection in 2014. Rep. Lewis is currently a partner at Atkins, Hollman Jones, Peacock, Lewis & Lyon Law Firm.


BEN HALL: “Our city should be very proud of the legacy that these young people are creating”

HOUSTON -- Ben Hall recently spent time with two medical students – a young man, Saviour and a young woman, Uchechi, who came to share their road to tomorrow’s MATCH DAY with the listeners of KCOH’s Starting Point. MATCH DAY marks a pivotal point in a doctor’s career as this day dictates where he or she will begin to practice as a resident. “These amazing young people represent years of hard work and dedication. They as well reflect the diversity of Houston’s residents and the future of medicine…Our city should be very proud of the legacy that these young people are creating,” says Ben Hall.





"Our mission is to assist our readers with identifying "LEADERS" in Education, Corporate America, Business, Elected Public Offices, and Ministry who value our lives, support, patronage, and vote. Our publications are non-partisan and made possible by our advertisers, sponsors, and supporters." -- AUBREY R. TAYLOR, is the publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine and Newspaper - Call us at (832)212-8735 to discuss your inclusion.

THE CITY OF MISSOURI CITY

On Saturday, May 9, 2015 the City of Missouri City will hold a General Election. A few of the key names you should find on your ballot are: Don Smith, Bobby Marshall, Yolanda Ford, George Maroulis, Floyd Emery, and JaPaula Kemp. Early voting for the 2015 General Election for Missouri City, Texas will be taking place from Monday, April 27, 2015 through Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The deadline to have your name placed on the ballot in Missouri City, Texas has passed.

THE CITY OF HOUSTON

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015 the City of Houston will hold a General Election. A few of the key names you should find on your ballot are: Ben Hall, Carroll G. Robinson, Victoria Lane, Stephen Costello, David Robinson, Michael Kubosh, Jack Christie, Brenda Stardig, Jerry Davis, Ellen Cohen, Dwight Boykins, Dave Martin, Richard Nguyen, Oliver Pennington, Ed Gonzalez, Robert Gallegos, Mike Laster, Larry Green, Janet “Jan” Clark, Chris Bell, Roland Chavez, Laurie Robinson, Tynia Colbert, Bill King, Brent Trebor Gordon, Marty McVey, Amanda Edwards, Christopher “Chris” Oliver, Lane Lewis, Philippe Nassif, Abel Davila, Tom McCasland, Larry Blackmond, Sandie Mullins Moger, Gregory Travis, Atlas Kerr, Jenifer Rene Pool, Sylvester Turner, Bill Frazer, and Chris Brown. The deadline to have your name placed on the ballot for the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election is Monday, August 24, 2015.



If you are a candidate running for office in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election and need assistance with getting your name before potential voters you should contact us today. Houston Business Connections Newspaper is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. Call (832)212-8735 to discuss your inclusion.

A FRIENDLY REMINDER

Don't forget to do all the research you can on the 2015 candidates running for City of Houston Mayor, City of Houston Controller, and Houston City Council in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

Best regards,

Aubrey R. Taylor
957 NASA PARKWAY #251
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77058-3039
P: (832)212-8735
C: (832)894-1352


"According to an ABCNews/Beliefnet Poll 83 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians. So to this end, it makes perfect sense for us to get Christians engaged, empowered, informed, and excited about the process of choosing those who govern on the local, state, and federal levels in America. So don't forget about what Proverbs 29:2 teaches us: "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn." -- AUBREY

Personal Injury Attorney Farrah Martinez Shares A Few Tips on What You Should Do If You are Injured in an Accident





Tips Following the Scene of a Car Accident 
by Farrah Martinez Personal Injury and Accident Lawyer

1). Stop. As soon as it is safe, stop at the scene of the accident. 

2). Stay at the Scene. Do not leave the scene. Leaving the scene prematurely could have criminal consequences. 

3). Call the Police. Dial 911 and a police office will be dispatched to the scene of the car accident. The officer will prepare an accident report (also referred to as an incident report). If you did not report the accident at the scene, you can still make a report with the Houston Police Department . Call (713) 884-3131. You can also visit their website for more information. 

4). Keep Calm. Car accidents can be stressful and emotions tend to run high at the scene of an accident. No matter who is at fault or how serious the injuries you or your passengers have suffered, keep a level head and do not become confrontational. Nothing you say is going to change the accident that has already occurred. 

5). Exchange Information. Gather and exchange insurance information with the other driver or drivers involved in the car wreck.

6). Take pictures. Once it is safe, take pictures of the scene of the accident. 

7). Keep a record. Write down any important information. 

8). Do not make a deal. It's not a game show. Car accidents are serious and making deals at the scene usually turnout to be a major headache.

9). Choose your words wisely. Yes, your words may come back to haunt you later so choose them wisely.


COMMITMENT

I guarantee effective and aggressive representation for you and your loved ones. My experience, dedication and aggressive representation will get you the results you deserve. I provide injury and accident representation in Houston and throughout Texas. I do not get paid, unless you win. You do not pay any out of pocket personal injury lawyer fees . 

I treat you with respect. Whether your injuries are small or you lost a loved one, we go to bat against the insurance companies with vigor and determination. It is not wrong to ask for the money you deserve for your injury. Before you try to handle the claim on your own, call me. I can can help. Contact Farrah Martinez Personal Injury & Accident Lawyer--Injury and Accident Representation at (713) 853-9296.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Attorney Farrah Martinez Personal Injury and Accident Attorney Located in Houston, Texas: Should You Do It Yourself?





It's all about DIY



Do it Yourself? 

We live in the age of do it yourself (DIY). I am all for learning new things, cutting costs, and doing things for myself; however, there are some tasks that require a professional to achieve the best possible results. While I might watch a YouTube video to learn how to make a school craft project for my four year old or even learn to arch my own eyebrows, I would not watch a video or google to learn "how to repair my own roof" or "perform a root canal" in hopes that one day I might actually perform these tasks myself. 

In my mind, there are some tasks that are too important and there is too much at stake to go at it alone.

As a consumer, you must decide which tasks you are willing to learn to do and which task you determine require a professional. 

Should I Handle my own Personal Injury Claim?

Studies show that individuals involved in a car accident tend to recover more when they hire a lawyer than those claimants who did not hire a lawyer and handle the settlement alone. Insurance companies are for-profit companies and their goal is to make money and keep their stockholders happy. Most of us can appreciate that a company needs to make a profit or else they will go out of business. However, in the state of Texas, drivers are required to carry insurance. So the majority of drivers, just like you, purchase insurance with the expectation that if involved in an accident the insurance company will cover it. "Covered" is a broad term when you are dealing with accident or injury claims. Covered is often in the eyes of the beholder. 

Every month, quarterly or once a year, you pay your insurance with the promise that if something happens to you that your insurance company will pay your medical bills, that you will be paid for loss of wages, for your pain and suffering and for any other expense or loss you incur as a result of your injury. 

Is this a Level Playing Field?

The insurances companies are hoping you DIY since, studies confirm that the insurance companies win financially when you DIY. Take note, insurance companies do not go at it alone they have a team of lawyers that work on their behalf to get the best results for them--NOT you. 

If you have started your claim, it might not be too late to hire an attorney. At Farrah Martinez, Personal Injury and Accident Lawyer, we hold insurance companies accountable. Contact Farrah at (713) 853-9296 for a consultation and review of your claim.


COMMITMENT

I guarantee effective and aggressive representation for you and your loved ones. My experience, dedication and aggressive representation will get you the results you deserve. I provide injury and accident representation in Houston and throughout Texas. I do not get paid, unless you win. You do not pay any out of pocket personal injury lawyer fees . 

I treat you with respect. Whether your injuries are small or you lost a loved one, we go to bat against the insurance companies with vigor and determination. It is not wrong to ask for the money you deserve for your injury. Before you try to handle the claim on your own, call me. I can can help. Contact Farrah Martinez Personal Injury & Accident Lawyer--Injury and Accident Representation at (713) 853-9296.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Ben Hall, Sylvester Turner, Oliver Pennington Stephen Costello, Bill King, and Marty McVey Could All be Running for Mayor of the City of Houston in 2015



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By Aubrey R. Taylor
Publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine

Is it just me, or does it seems like political pundits have already anointed Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia as one of the front-runners in the 2015 race for mayor of Houston? Not so fast. I know he’s the highest ranking Democrat in Harris County; but whether he has what it takes to build the kind of diverse coalition he would need to win the mayor’s race remains to be seen. So I think we should take the wait-and-see approach; and allow things to unfold.

LETTING GO 

There’s an old adage that says, “A bird in the hand, beats two in the bush.” Have you ever heard that before? Well, letting go of his current position as Harris County Sheriff, for a long-shot run to become mayor of Houston could come back to bite him -- if it doesn’t turnout favorable for him. 

FIELD ALREADY CROWDED

A very crowded and presumed-to-be well-financed field of candidates, like the one we’re seeing take shape in the race for mayor of Houston could put Garcia into some uncharted waters; unlike any he’s ever treaded before. If you take a quick glance at his past runs for office it should become unmistakingly obvious that He’s almost always been the class of every political race he’s been a part of so far. I mean, He’s been the only candidate with good name identification, and the financial means to get the job done. But the 2015 race for Mayor of Houston would be much different.

MUST RESIGN TO RUN

With that said, the moment Sheriff Adrian Garcia officially announces his intention to seek the mayor’s office he’ll be compelled to relinquish his position as Harris County Sheriff. Why? Well, based on Article 16, Section 65 of the Texas Constitution, officeholders are required to resign from their current office if they choose to run for another. 

As it stands today, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, and Texas are the only states in the nation with a resign-to-run-law on the books.

Article 16, Section 65 of the Texas Constitution states:

(a) This section applies to the following offices: District Clerks; County Clerks; County Judges; Judges of the County Courts at Law, County Criminal Courts, County Probate Courts and County Domestic Relations Courts; County Treasurers; Criminal District Attorneys; County Surveyors; County Commissioners; Justices of the Peace; Sheriffs; Assessors and Collectors of Taxes; District Attorneys; County Attorneys; Public Weighers; and Constables.

(b) If any of the officers named herein shall announce their candidacy, or shall in fact become a candidate, in any General, Special or Primary Election, for any office of profit or trust under the laws of this State or the United States other than the office then held, at any time when the unexpired term of the office then held shall exceed one year and 30 days, such announcement or such candidacy shall constitute an automatic resignation of the office then held, and the vacancy thereby created shall be filled pursuant to law in the same manner as other vacancies for such office are filled.

BAD NEWS FOR DEMOCRATS

The current Harris County Commissioner’s Court is mostly Republican, by a (4-to-1) margin. So don’t be surprised if they (COUNTY COMMISSIONERS) seize the opportunity to pick a Republican appointee to serve out the remainder of Sheriff Garcia’s vacated term as Harris County Sheriff – should he resign his post.

THE DECISION MAKERS

The County Judge for Harris County is Judge Ed Emmett a Republican. The Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 1 is Commissioner El Franco Lee a Democrat. The Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 2 is Jack Morman a Republican. The Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 3 is Steve Radack a Republican. And the Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 4 is R. Jack Cagle a Republican. Again, if Sheriff Garcia runs for mayor of Houston, these individuals will be charged with selecting his replacement.

MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION

As informed Houstonians, we must start doing our own research. We must…and I stress: “MUST DO OUR OWN RESEARCH” if we truly desire to make informed and empowered decisions at the ballot box. And we must never ever, ever, ever, rely on sound-bites, jingles, endorsements, catchy-names, negative campaign ads, or the number of facebook-likes a candidate generates as the key deciding factors we use to determine the best candidate in a political race. Research, research, and more research is the key.

CHECK OUT THE CHARTS BELOW

My team and I have put together a few charts to assist you in your research process. If you have any questions about these charts, you should call Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Houston Business Connections at: (832)212-8735 today.

FRIENDLY REMINDER

Please pay close attention to the fact that Sheriff Adrian Garcia has never really been involved in the type of political contest, he’s going to encounter in the race for mayor of Houston. Now, that’s not to say he can’t win. I’m simply saying that he’s not seen a battle like the one he’s about to face by going up against the likes of: Attorney Ben Hall, former Congressman Chris Bell, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, Attorney Eric Dick, Council Member Oliver Pennington, Councilman Stephen Costello, Attorney Sean Roberts, former mayor of Kemah Bill King, and God knows who else…again, I say we should take the wait-and-see-approach before jumping onto every band-wagon that comes along.

Here are the charts we’ve prepared:

2003 GENERAL ELECTION
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In the Tuesday, November 4, 2003 City of Houston Mayoral Election, Adrian Garcia finished first in a field of six candidates vying for the Houston City Council District H seat; but had to go to a runoff to win the seat. Garcia finished first with 8,698 votes. Diana Davila Martinez finished second with 7,633 votes. Hector Longoria finished third with 3,148 votes. Joe Carlson finished fourth with 1,177 votes. Richard Cantu finished fifth with 1,014 votes. And Gonzalo Camacho finished with 812 votes to close out the night. This chart was created by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine using data found on the website belonging to the City of Houston Secretary.

2003 RUNOFF ELECTION
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In the Saturday, December 6, 2003 City of Houston Runoff Election for Council District H, Adrian Garcia finished just ahead of Diana Davila Martinez. Garcia finished with 9,096 votes; and Diana Davila Martinez closed out the night with 8,255. This chart was created by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine using data found on the website belonging to the City of Houston Secretary.


2005 GENERAL ELECTION
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In the Tuesday, November 8, 2005 City of Houston Mayoral Election, Adrian Garcia was the incumbent councilman for Council District H seeking reelection. In this race he drew a challenge from one opponent by the name of Larry Williams. Garcia was able defeat Williams by receiving 10,625 votes. Larry Williams could only muster 3,009 votes in his losing bid for the Houston City Council District H seat. This chart was created by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine using data found on the website belonging to the City of Houston Secretary.

2007 GENERAL ELECTION
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In the Tuesday, November 6, 2007 City of Houston Mayoral Election, Adrian Garcia was running to earn the right to serve his third and final term as the Houston City Council Member representing District H. He didn’t draw an opponent in this election; but had 7,853 votes cast for him. This chart was created by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine using data found on the website belonging to the City of Houston Secretary.

2008 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY
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In the Tuesday, March 4, 2008 Democratic Primary, Adrian Garcia, Charles Massey El, and Guy Robert Clark faced off in a quest to represent the Harris County Democratic Party as the nominee for Harris County Sheriff. Adrian Garcia finished first against his rivals. Adrian Garcia finished the night with 153,097 votes to finish first in the field of three. Guy Robert Clark finished second with 62,381 votes. And Charles Massey El finished the night off with 46,378 votes. This chart was created by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine using data found on the Harris County Clerks website.

2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
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In the Tuesday, November 4, 2008 Presidential Election, Adrian Garcia rode the “OBAMA-WAVE” to the Harris County Sheriff’s office by receiving 637,588 votes against his Republican opponent Tommy Thomas, who finished the night off with 495,246 votes in this historic election. Keep in mind, this is the election where Americans went to the polls and elected Barack Obama as the first black president of the United States. Many Democratic candidates in Harris County, and all over the nation benefited from the record voter turnouts of African Americans and other ethnic minorities. This chart was created by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine using data found on the Harris County Clerks website.


2012 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY 
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In the Tuesday, May 29, 2012 Democratic Primary, Adrian Garcia was the incumbent Sheriff running for reelection. He drew two challengers in his party’s primary. However, Sheriff Garcia received 47,744 votes to finish first. While Delores Jones, an African American female Sergeant with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office finished second with 16,742 votes; and Charles Massey El finished third with 3,591 votes. This chart was created by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine using data found on the Harris County Clerk's website.

2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
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In the Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Presidential Election, Adrian Garcia was the incumbent seeking to hold onto his position as Harris County Sheriff. He was able to finish first with 613,103 votes in this election. Louis Guthrie, the Republican candidate in the race finished with 523,309 votes; and Remington Alessi, the Green Party candidate finished third with 21,406 votes. Keep in mind, this was an election where the first African American, to ever be elected president of the United States was at the top of the Democratic ticket seeking reelection. Many Democratic candidates in Harris County; and all over the nation benefited from the large turnouts of African Americans and other ethnic minorities seeking to keep America’s first African American to be elected president from become a one-term president. This chart was created by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine using data found on the Harris County Clerks website.

THE 2015 RACE FOR MAYOR

Every candidate in the race for mayor in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election should run their race like they’re down by twenty points in the polls. That’s my bit of advice to: Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Attorney Ben Hall, former Congressman Chris Bell, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, Businessman Marty McVey, Council Member Oliver Pennington, Councilman Stephen Costello, former mayor of Kemah Bill King, and anyone else hoping to be Houston’s next mayor.

MEET SHERIFF ADRIAN GARCIA


ABOUT SHERIFF ADRIAN GARCIA

Prior to being elected Harris County Sheriff in 2008, Adrian Garcia spent 23 years with the Houston Police Department gaining valuable law enforcement experience. His dedication was recognized by former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier who appointed Adrian to the position of HPD’s liaison to the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office. In 1999, Adrian was named Director of this anti-gang effort.

After leaving HPD, Adrian served six years as a Houston City Councilman eventually becoming Mayor Pro-Tempore under Mayor Bill White. On City Council, Adrian gained valuable experience in how government works—experience that will help him maintain a transparent Sheriff’s Department that is, above all, accountable to the taxpayers of Harris County.

Aside from the vital work Adrian did as a Houston police officer and city councilman, he was retained as a consultant for the U.S. State Department to evaluate law enforcement and policing programs in Central America. He has also repeatedly served as a panelist on Harvard University’s Criminal Justice Project.

In 2008, Sheriff Garcia inherited a Sheriff’s Department that was in dire need of reform and he wasted no time producing new, innovative ideas to clean up the mess that existed at that department. Adrian brought more diversity to the department’s command staff. He brought in outside experts to re-evaluate the way our Harris County jail system works. And he has worked to be a visible, community-oriented law enforcement officer.

Looking forward, Adrian’s priorities for the Harris County Sheriff’s Department include cutting crime in all parts of the county, improving security at our port, tackling jail overcrowding issues, and bringing even more transparency to how the Sheriff’s Department does business. Sheriff Garcia also maintains a mental health task force to develop new ideas for dealing with mentally ill persons who are routinely cycled through our criminal justice system.








By Aubrey R. Taylor
Publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine


Here are a few of the candidates whom I believe are eyeing the chance to succeed Mayor Annise Parker in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election: Attorney Ben Hall, Attorney Chris Bell, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, Attorney Eric Dick, City Council Member Oliver Pennington, City Council Member Stephen Costello, Former Kemah Mayor Bill King, and Businessman Marty McVey, and Sheriff Adrian Garcia. However, the deadline for candidates to enter the race for mayor isn't until Monday, August 25, 2015.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2015 for the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election. And I am looking forward to a record turnout, clean competitive races, and hopeful that we get a mayor who is committed to representing our entire city – not special interest groups.

FRIENDLY REMINDER

Don't forget to do all the research you can on the 2015 candidates running for City of Houston Mayor, City of Houston Controller, and Houston City Council in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

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"Ben Hall is a 2015 Candidate for City of Houston Mayor. Hall is asking for our prayers, vote, and support in his bid to become only the second African American to serve as Houston's mayor."




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"Carroll G. Robinson is a 2015 Candidate for City of Houston Controller. Robinson is asking for our prayers, vote, and support in his bid to become only the second African American to serve as City of Houston Controller."