When All Hope was Seemingly Lost...Gloria Sanderson of Pioneer Bank Showed Up for Arthur J. Smith Sr. and His Family with a $15,000.00 dollar Check

Arthur Smith Sr., his wife Darlene Koffey Smith, son Arthur Smith III, also known as “Yung Giant”, Gloria Sanderson, SVP, CRA/Fair Lending Officer for Pioneer Bank are the featured individuals on the cover of “VERSION 1” of Houston Business Connections Magazine’s “2017 Year-End Review” edition. Houston Texans football player J.J. Watt is also featured on the cover of this version. Inside this edition, J.J. Watt shares how he plans to distribute the millions of dollars the J.J. Watt Foundation received in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Beyoncé, Mattress Mack, Jim Crane, State Senator Borris L. Miles, State Rep. Shawn Thierry, Dr. Letitia Plummer, Judge Loyd Wright, Judge Christine Riddle Butts, Judge John Schmude, Judge Renee Magee, Attorney Sandra Peake, and Attorney Melanie Wilcox Flowers are just a few of the other distinguished individuals featured inside this edition. Houston Business Connections Magazine© is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. All Rights Reserved. Cover photo by: Kennedy Hall, Phillis Wheatley High School Journalism Department/Photographer

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR JANUARY 19TH, 2018


Gladys Knight is coming to Houston on Friday, January 19, 2018, for the Diamond Dreams Gala at Minute Maid Park

Held on the field at Minute Maid Park, the Diamond Dreams Gala features seven-time Grammy winner, Ms. Gladys Knight -The Empress of Soul, as well as Astros players and legends. The event benefits the Astros Foundation and New Hope Housing, an organization combatting homelessness by providing housing and support services for those in need. In case you don’t know, The Astros Foundation supports local 501(c)3 nonprofits and their causes through fundraising events. They support organizations whose efforts benefit Youth Baseball/Softball, Education/Literacy, Childhood Cancer, Military and Quality of Life.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Judge Hilary Green and Cheryl Elliott Thornton are the Candidates in the Democratic Runoff for Justice of the Peace Precinct 7, Place 1


HARRIS COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 7, PLACE 1

The (DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RUNOFF) for Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7, Place 1 will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Judge Hilary H. Green and Cheryl Elliott Thornton to decide who will represent the Democratic Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. *No Republican chose to run for this seat. So, the winner of the runoff between Hilary H. Green and Cheryl Elliott Thornton will be elected on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Judge Hilary Green is the incumbent in this race.

Aubrey R. Taylor


As President and CEO of Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper® and Ground Game Magazine® I am imploring every warm-blooded American to put people over politics when selecting candidates during the "2016 Presidential Election Cycle" that's currently in full swing. I’m also asking for you to vote for and support "QUALIFIED CANDIDATES" who "EXPRESS AND DEMONSTRATE" a sincere desire and willingness to represent "ALL CONSTITUENTS" who dwell within the jurisdictions to which they've been duly elected "BY THE PEOPLE" to serve during this very important and pivotal election cycle.


DEMOCRATIC RUNOFFS

As of today, Judge Elaine PalmerJudge Hilary H. GreenAngelique Bartholomew, and Kimberly Willis are Democratic candidates who are asking for our prayers, vote and support in the Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Democratic Party Primary Election. Early voting will begin on Monday, May 16, 2016 and end on Friday, May 20, 2016.



REPUBLICAN RUNOFFS

As of today, we don't currently have any Republican candidates seeking our prayers, vote or support in the Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Republican Primary Runoff Election. Hopefully this will change before voting begins. Please don't forget to vote early!






U.S. REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 18

The (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY RUNOFF) for United States Representative, District 18 will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Reggie Gonzales and Lori Bartley to determine which candidate will represent the Republican Party in the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election. (ATTENTION HARRIS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC VOTERS): On the Democratic side, Sheila Jackson Lee will represent the Democratic Party in the race for U.S. Representative for the 18th Congressional District. Congresswoman Lee is the incumbent in this race.



TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSIONER

The (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY RUNOFF) for Railroad Commissioner will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Gary Gates and Wayne Christian to decide who will represent the Republican Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. The (DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RUNOFF) for Railroad Commissioner will also be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Grady Yarbrough and Cody Garrett to decide who will represent the Democratic Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot in the race for Texas Railroad Commissioner. Mark A. Miller is the Libertarian candidate in this race.



JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 2

The (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY RUNOFF) for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2 will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Mary Lou Keel and Ray Wheless to decide who will represent the Republican Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. (ATTENTION HARRIS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC VOTERS): On the Democratic side, Lawrence “Larry” Meyers will represent the Democratic Party in the race for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2 in the November General Election. Judge Meyers is the incumbent in this race. Mark Ash and Quanah Parker are both Libertarian candidates in this race.



JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 5

The (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY RUNOFF) for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5 will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Sid Harle and Scott Walker to determine who will represent the Republican Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. (ATTENTION HARRIS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC VOTERS): On the Democratic side, Betsy Johnson will represent the Democratic Party in the race for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5 in the November General Election. William Bryan Strange is the Libertarian candidate in this race.



MEMBER, STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT 6

(ATTENTION HARRIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN VOTERS): In the race for Member, State Board of Education, District 6 -- Donna Bahorich is the nominee who will represent the Republican Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. Donna Bohorich is the incumbent in this race. The (DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RUNOFF) for Member, State Board of Education, District 6 will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Jasmine Jenkins and R. Dakota Carter to determine who will represent the Democratic Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. Whitney Bilyeu is the Libertarian candidate in this race.


STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 27

(ATTENTION FORT BEND COUNTY REPUBLICANS): In the race for State Representative for House District 27 in Fort Bend County in the Tuesday, March 1, Republican Primary Ken Bryant defeated Mary Walker to earn the Republican nomination. The (DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RUNOFF) race for State Representative – House District 27 in Fort Bend County will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Ron Reynolds and Angelique Bartholomew to determine who will represent the Democratic Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. *State Rep. Ron Reynolds is the incumbent in this race. *Angelique Bartholomew is asking for your vote in this race.



STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 128

The (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY RUNOFF) for State Representative, District 128 will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Briscoe Cain and Wayne Smith to decide who will represent the Republican Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. *No Democrat chose to run for this seat. So, the winner of the runoff between Cain and State Rep. Smith will face Libertarian Ken Lowder on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Don't forget to vote early!


STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 139

The (DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RUNOFF) for State Representative, District 139 will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Kimberly Willis and Jarvis D. Johnson to decide who will represent the Democratic Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. *No Republican chose to run for this seat. So, the winner of the runoff between Kimberly Willis and Jarvis Johnson will be elected on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. *Kimberly Willis is asking for your vote in this race.


DISTRICT JUDGE, 11TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

(ATTENTION HARRIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN VOTERS): In the race for District Judge, 11th Judicial District -- Kevin Fulton is the nominee who will represent the Republican Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. The (DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RUNOFF) for District Judge, 11th Judicial District will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Kristen Hawkins and Rabeea Collier to decide who will represent the Democratic Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. Don't forget to vote early!



DISTRICT JUDGE, 61ST JUDICIAL DISTRICT

(ATTENTION HARRIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN VOTERS): In the race for District Judge, 61st Judicial District -- Erin Elizabeth Lunceford is the nominee who will represent the Republican Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. Judge Lunceford is the incumbent in this race. The (DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RUNOFF) for District Judge, 61st Judicial District will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Julie Countiss and Fredericka Phillips to decide who will represent the Democratic Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot.


DISTRICT JUDGE, 215TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

(ATTENTION HARRIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN VOTERS): In the race for District Judge, 215th Judicial District -- Fred Shuchart is the nominee who will represent the Republican Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. The (DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RUNOFF) for District Judge, 215th Judicial District will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Elaine Palmer and JoAnn Storey to decide who will represent the Democratic Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. Judge Palmer is the incumbent in this race.



HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF

(ATTENTION HARRIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN VOTERS): In the race for Sheriff -- Ron Hickman is the nominee who will represent the Republican Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. Sheriff Hickman is the incumbent in this race. The (DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RUNOFF) for Harris County Sheriff will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Ed Gonzales and Jerome Moore to decide who will represent the Democratic Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. Don't forget to vote early!



HARRIS COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 1, PLACE 1

(ATTENTION HARRIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN VOTERS): In the race for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 1 -- SaraJane Milligan is the nominee who will represent the Republican Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. The (DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RUNOFF) for Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 1 will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Eric William Carter and Tanya Makany-Rivera to decide who will represent the Democratic Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. The incumbent in this race (Democratic Judge Dale Gorczynski) did not run for re-election.


HARRIS COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 7, PLACE 1

The (DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RUNOFF) for Harris County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7, Place 1 will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Judge Hilary H. Green and Cheryl Elliott Thornton to decide who will represent the Democratic Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. *No Republican chose to run for this seat. So, the winner of the runoff between Hilary H. Green and Cheryl Elliott Thornton will be elected on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Judge Hilary Green is the incumbent in this race.



HARRIS COUNTY CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 3

(ATTENTION HARRIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN VOTERS): In the race for Constable, Precinct 3 -- Dan Webb is the nominee who will represent the Republican Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. The (DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RUNOFF) for Harris County Constable, Precinct 3 will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Sherman Eagleton and Michel Pappillion to decide who will represent the Democratic Party on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election ballot. The incumbent (Democratic Constable Ken Jones) did not run for re-election in this race.



HARRIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRMAN

The (REPUBLICAN PRIMARY RUNOFF) for Harris County Republican Party Chairman will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 between Rick Ramos and Paul Simpson to determine which candidate will lead the Harris County Republican Party forward. Rick Ramos lead all vote-getters in the Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Republican Primary by garnering 90,258 votes. Paul Simpson (the incumbent) finished second with 88,720 votes. And Tex Christopher finished third with 47,600 votes.