"People On The Cover"
Judge Elaine Palmer, Keryl L. Douglas, Judge Hilary Green, Kimberly Willis, Judge Morris Overstreet, Dr. D.Z. Cofield and Mayor Sylvester Turner are the featured people on the cover of this edition of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. Ground Game Magazine® and Houston Business Connections Newspaper® are both published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. Call (832)212-8735 to discuss your inclusion in our next edition.
Judge Elaine Palmer is currently the incumbent Democratic Judge for the 215th Judicial District Court in Harris County. Judge Palmer is being challenged by JoAnn Storey, Joshua A. Verde, and Jonathan C.C. Day in the Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Democratic Party Primary for Harris County.
Judge Hilary Harmon Green is currently the incumbent Democratic Harris County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 7, Place 1 in the Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Democratic Party Primary. Judge Hilary Harmon Green is being challenged by Keryl L. Douglas, Cheryl Elliott Thornton, Fred Reynolds, Desmond Earl Spivey, Elijah Carl Lewis, Jerome Provost and Joseph R. Willie, II in this election.
Keryl L. Douglas is a well-known Houston area Attorney, Community Leader, and Human Rights Advocate who is running for Harris County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 7, Place 1 in the Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Democratic Party Primary. Douglas is facing off against Judge Hilary Harmon Green and others in this election.
Judge Morris Overstreet is running for Harris County District Attorney in the Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Democratic Party Primary. Judge Overstreet is facing off against Judge Lloyd Wayne Oliver and Kim Ogg in the Democratic Party Primary. The winner of this primary must then face off against Devon Anderson the current Harris County District Attorney. Devon Anderson is running unopposed in the 2016 Republican Party Primary.
Kimberly Willis is running for State Representative for District 139 in the Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Democratic Party Primary. This is the seat that Sylvester Turner held for more than 26 years. Willis has earned many endorsements; among them are the coveted endorsements of the Houston Chronicle and the Baptist Ministers Association of Houston and Vicinity. Kimberly Willis is facing off against Jerry Ford Jr., Jarvis D. Johnson, and Randy Bates in this election.
Mayor Sylvester Turner will not be on the ballot in the 2016 Democratic Primary for this election cycle. He gave up his seat to run for mayor of Houston and won. Now, Kimberly Willis, former city council member Jarvis Johnson, attorney William “Randy” Bates, and Jerry Ford Jr. are seeking this coveted seat in the Texas legislature. According to the Houston Chronicle: “Of all the candidates, Willis has the best balance of on-the-ground knowledge and legislative experience. After more than a quarter-century with Sylvester Turner, voters should send another young, ambitious product of Acres Homes up to Austin.”
Dr. D.Z. Cofield, Senior Pastor of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church is our featured “Thought Leader” inside this edition of Houston Business Connections Newspapers. Dr. Cofield joined Aubrey R. Taylor Communications in imploring all registered voters in Harris County to go to the polls to vote in one of the 2016 Primary Elections taking place in Texas.
Your VOTE Is Your VOICE - Make Sure You Are Heard!
People complain over and over again about what’s wrong in our society and what politicians are doing and not doing to, or for, the community and their constituents. People complain about the injustices within the criminal justice system and schools that are graduating students who are under educated and therefore unemployable. From barbershops to beauty shops, from bridge clubs to social clubs, from fraternities to sororities, people grumble, mumble and complain over and over again about what’s wrong in our society. But what would happen if everyone who complained actually went out and voted? If only 20-30% of registered voters actually vote, do you think only 20-30% of registered voters actually complain? The sad truth is I believe there are more people who could vote and don’t than those who actually do vote, and if you can vote and don’t you shouldn’t complain. Bad officials and policies are allowed to remain in place when good citizens don’t vote.
In 1981 Pres. Ronald Reagan said, “For this nation to remain true to it’s principles, we cannot allow any American’s vote to be denied, diluted or defiled.” Perhaps the greatest tragedy in our society is the fact that too many people render their right to vote impotent by not exercising that right.
We turn out most to vote for a presidential election, but the results of our state, county and city elections, both primary and general, are more important to your day-to-day existence than any national election because our local public servants will directly impact you, your family and your friends. School board members can decide the quality of your child’s education or whether your neighborhood school remains open or closes. Local judges will rule on cases in your community. Community college board members will decide on many of the post-secondary educational opportunities for our young adults. Your Justice of the Peace will decide if local residents are evicted or will have another opportunity to stay in their homes. Local elections matter. Your vote matters.
From the lack of economic development and job creation to public safety, healthcare and public education, people want something better. You want something better, and the way to begin bringing about change is to get involved and vote.
In 1965 Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson said, “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.”
Voting works. If voting didn’t work there would be no women’s rights, no public schools, no minimum rage, no Civil Rights Act, no Social Security, no Medicare, no Medicaid, no workers compensation, no environmental laws, and no health insurance. The fact is voting makes a difference. Your vote makes a difference, so get out and vote. As Mahatma Gandhi admonished, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world,” and the change you want to see should first be shown in how you vote. YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE! Let your voice be heard by making sure you GO AND VOTE!