LOCAL ELECTIONS MATTER -- EARLY VOTING FOR THE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017 GENERAL ELECTIONS BEGINS ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017 AND ENDS ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017

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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pearland East May Have Just Pushed Mayor Tom Reid into the Early Lead Over Quentin Wiltz after First Day of Early Voting



Pearland East Branch Voter Turnout has Jacquie Baly All Smiles As Early Voting Numbers May Indicate Mayor Tom Reid Has Taken the Early Lead Over His Challenger Quentin Wiltz in the General Election Runoff Race for Mayor of Pearland, Texas

REPORT by AUBREY R. TAYLOR

No, the runoff election in Pearland, Texas isn't over after the first day of early voting. So don't you dare pop that cork on the celebratory champagne bottle you're holding just yet. And don't set off any fireworks just yet. The General Election Runoff "SHOWDOWN" between Mayor Tom Reid and his pesky challenger Quentin Wiltz is long from over. So you'll just have to wait and see what happens between now and Saturday, June 10, 2017.

THE FIRST DAY OF EARLY VOTING BY THE NUMBERS

There were (779) BALLOTS CAST at the East Pearland Branch. There were (234) BALLOTS CAST at the West Pearland Branch. And there were (295) BALLOTS CAST at the Shadow Creek Branch on the first day of Early Voting -- which was Tuesday, May 30, 2017. I'm not trying to start anything; but there's been a lot of talk lately about an "EAST vs. WEST" divide in Pearland, Texas -- but that's not a discussion for today. 

COMPARED TO THE LAST TIME

There were (248) BALLOTS CAST at the East Pearland Branch. There were (92) BALLOTS CAST at the West Pearland Branch. And there were (120) BALLOTS CAST at the Shadow Creek Branch on the first day of Early Voting back in the General Election -- which took place on Monday, April 24, 2017.

MAYOR TOM REID IS THE ONLY 2017 CANDIDATE ENDORSED BY JACQUIE BALY WHO WAS FORCED INTO A RUNOFF ELECTION

Do endorsements matter? Well, it all depends on who you ask. I'll bet if you were to ask Mayor Chuck Brawner -- the "NEWLY-ELECTED" Mayor of Katy, Texas; Mayor Susan V. Sample -- the newly "RE-ELECTED" Mayor of West University Place; FBISD Trustee Jason Burdine -- the "NEWLY-RE-ELECTED" Trustee for Position #1 in Fort Bend County; or Mayor Pro Tem/Councilman Gary Moore who recently won his "RE-ELECTION BID" in the race for Pearland City Council Member for Position #3 -- they would all perhaps give a resounding "YES" as their answer to this question.

A COMMON THREAD

So what's the common link between the recent successes enjoyed by all of the aforementioned candidates? I'm glad you asked. The common thread is, Jacquie Baly, a successful businesswoman and very "OUTSPOKEN" Political Analyst for FOX 26. She's currently a co-host of FOX 26 KRIV’s The RoundUp which airs every Sunday morning 6 AM – 8 AM. And her company, BalyProjects was founded back in 1999 with the objective of providing public affairs, public policy and planning services to individuals, institutions, small businesses, government and corporations.  And NO, I'm not trying to give Jacquie Baly full credit for the recent successes enjoyed by the "DISTINGUISHED CANDIDATES" I just mentioned. However, her bravery and willingness to "SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER" is slowly giving her increased "NAME RECOGNITION" and "A RECOGNIZABLE BRAND" that people from all ethnic groups, political persuasions, and socioeconomic states can trust and respect. 

SHE'S NOT SCARED


Jacquie Baly is definitely a person who isn't afraid to make her picks known before the election takes place -- that's one of the things I absolutely love about her. A lot of folks won't make endorsements in political contests at all; or in a lot of cases won't make them until they are "ABSOLUTELY SURE" that victory is certain for the candidate they favor. But not Jacquie Baly -- if she likes you...she's going to stand on the "FRONT-LINE" and battle with you! Such is the case as it relates to the Saturday, June 10, 2017 Runoff Election where Mayor Tom Reid, the beloved Mayor of Pearland, Texas finds himself embroiled in what is perhaps one of the toughest challenges he's faced since taking office many...many years ago.


CAN MAYOR REID CLOSE THE DEAL?



ONLY TIME WILL TELL

For now, we will just have to wait until after the election returns begin to flow in from the TWENTY SIX (26) VOTING PRECINCTS in Pearland, Texas on "ELECTION NIGHT" to find out if Mayor Tom Reid can win and secure his legacy. However, in true fashion, Jacquie Baly has taken her stance and made it perfectly clear that she and many other Pearlanders want for "EVERY REGISTERED VOTER IN PEARLAND, TEXAS TO VOTE EARLY (but not often) FOR MAYOR TOM REID IN THE RACE FOR MAYOR" of Pearland, Texas. After all, Baly believes that Mayor Tom Reid has done an excellent job representing the City of Pearland.


IN HER OWN WORDS

JACQUIE BALY: "Mayor Tom Reid has done an excellent job representing the City of Pearland. His heart and head are in the right place. The residents of Pearland are blessed to have such a dedicated public servant as their leader...Mayor Reid you have my full support and endorsement in your re-election bid. Please let me know how I can help you in this race and in the future."

LET'S CLOSE THE DEAL

Back in the General Election Mayor Tom Reid appeared to be heading to a "VERY EASY VICTORY" after "ABSENTEE VOTING" and "EARLY VOTES" were tabulated. However, his supporters "FAILED TO SHOW UP ON ELECTION DAY" -- allowing his opponent Quentin Wiltz to close ground on him, and force the "RUNOFF ELECTION" that's currently underway.


A RECAP OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE GENERAL ELECTION IN THE SHOWDOWN BETWEEN TOM REID, QUENTIN WILTZ AND JIMI AMOS

Mayor Tom Reid beat Quentin Wiltz in "ABSENTEE VOTING" (216 TO 102). Jimi Amos only received (ten) 10 absentee votes. Mayor Tom Reid had a commanding lead at this point with 65.85 percent of the vote. However, Quentin Wiltz began to "CLOSE GROUND" during the "EARLY VOTING PERIOD" by gaining 1,902 votes or 43.88 percent of the "EARLY VOTE". Mayor Tom Reid received 2,237 "EARLY VOTES" and was still in the lead with 51.60 percent of the vote. At this point Jim Amos only had 4.52 percent of the vote -- making him pretty much a non-factor in the race.


VOTER TURNOUT WAS A PROBLEM FOR MAYOR TOM REID BACK ON SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017 

Heading into "ELECTION DAY" it appeared that Mayor Tom Reid had his opponents measured and would avoid a runoff. However, Quentin Wiltz and his bevy of "ELECTION DAY" supporters outpaced those supporting Mayor Tom Reid -- granting Quentin Wiltz "ANOTHER BITE AT THE PROVERBIAL APPLE". Get this, Quentin Wiltz beat Mayor Tom Reid in "ELECTION DAY VOTING" by receiving 1,457 votes to Mayor Tom Reid's 1,257 votes. The pesky Wiltz beat Mayor Reid by a mere 200 votes in "ELECTION DAY VOTING"; but it was more than enough to force the Saturday, June 10, 2017 runoff "SHOWDOWN" between Quentin Wiltz and Mayor Tom Reid. So we are encouraging "ALL" Pearlanders to join in the effort to help Mayor Tom Reid close the deal this time around.


THE FINAL VOTE COUNT FROM THE SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017 GENERAL ELECTION

Mayor Tom Reid finished the night with 3,710 votes for 48.89% of the vote. Quentin Wiltz finished the night with 3,461 votes for 45.61% to force a runoff to decide the winner. Jimi Amos finished the night with 418 votes for 5.51% of the vote. The unofficial turnout for this race was 7,589 according to the Brazoria County Clerk -- WITH SEVENTY-ONE (71) UNDER VOTES. The runoff election between Mayor Tom Reid and Quentin Wiltz is underway and will end on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.


EARLY VOTING POLL HOURS

The early voting polls in Pearland, Texas will be open on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 through Friday, June 2, 2017 from 8:00AM to 5:00PM; On Saturday, June 3, 2017 the early voting polls will be open from 7:00AM to 7:00PM; and from Monday, June 5, 2017 through Tuesday, June 6, 2017 the early voting polls in Pearland, Texas will be open from 7:00AM to 7:00PM. So don't forget to vote early!


EARLY VOTING POLL LOCATIONS

There are three (3) "EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS" in the City of Pearland, Texas where "ALL" registered voters can vote for either Tom Reid or Quentin Wiltz in the race for Mayor of Pearland, Texas; or Dalia Kasseb or Woody Owens in the race for Pearland City Council Position #7. The early voting locations are as follows: Pearland Westside Library, located at: 2803 Business Center Drive #101The Public Safety Building, located at: 2555 Cullen Boulevard, and The Tom Reid Library, located at 3522 Liberty Drive.


TOM REID PEARLAND LIBRARY

Pearland East Branch Location: Tom Reid (Pearland) Library is located at 3522 Liberty Dr., Pearland, Texas. All registered Pearland, Texas voters can vote early at this location on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 through Friday, June 2, 2017 from 8:00AM to 5:00PM; On Saturday, June 3, 2017 the early voting polls will be open from 7:00AM to 7:00PM; and from Monday, June 5, 2017 through Tuesday, June 6, 2017 the early voting polls in Pearland, Texas will be open from 7:00AM to 7:00PM.



PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING

Pearland West Branch Location: Public Safety Building is a “NEW” voting location for Pearland, Texas. The Pearland Public Safety Building is located at 2555 Cullen Blvd., Pearland, Texas. All registered Pearland, Texas voters can vote early at this location on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 through Friday, June 2, 2017 from 8:00AM to 5:00PM; On Saturday, June 3, 2017 the early voting polls will be open from 7:00AM to 7:00PM; and from Monday, June 5, 2017 through Tuesday, June 6, 2017 the early voting polls in Pearland, Texas will be open from 7:00AM to 7:00PM.



PEARLAND WESTSIDE LIBRARY

Shadow Creek Branch Location: Pearland Westside Library is located at 2803 Business Center Dr. #101, Pearland, Texas. All registered Pearland, Texas voters can vote early at this location on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 through Friday, June 2, 2017 from 8:00AM to 5:00PM; On Saturday, June 3, 2017 the early voting polls will be open from 7:00AM to 7:00PM; and from Monday, June 5, 2017 through Tuesday, June 6, 2017 the early voting polls in Pearland, Texas will be open from 7:00AM to 7:00PM.





ELECTION DAY VOTING

If you are a registered voter in Pearland, Texas, you  "DO NOT" have to vote at your regular "VOTING PRECINCT" on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Any "REGISTERED VOTER" may vote at any "OPEN" vote center location between 7:00AM and 7:00PM. And take someone else to the polls with you when you go to vote.


ANY REGISTERED VOTER CAN VOTE AT EITHER OF THE LOCATIONS LISTED BELOW FOR PEARLAND, TEXAS

There are six (6) locations where registered voters in Pearland, Texas can vote on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Here are the "ELECTION DAY" polling places: Drainage District #4 Building located at: 4805 Broadway; Pearland Recreational Center located at: 4141 Bailey Road; Pearland Westside Library located at: 2803 Business Center Drive #101; Public Safety Building located at 2555 Cullen Boulevard; Shadycrest Baptist Church located at: 3017 Yost Boulevard; and Tom Reid Library located at 3522 Liberty Drive. Again, if you are a registered voter in Pearland, Texas, you  "DO NOT" have to vote at your regular "VOTING PRECINCT" on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Any "REGISTERED VOTER" may vote at any "OPEN" vote center location between 7:00AM and 7:00PM. Please take someone else to the polls with you when you go to vote.


MEET JACQUIE BALY



ABOUT JACQUIE BALY

Jacquie Baly, President, of BalyProjects, LLC, has been a leader in the Houston region’s business and policy communities for more than two decades. She began her career as a city and regional planner for numerous entities, then served as a gubernatorial appointee on water and wastewater issues and most recently served as an elected official.

Ms. Baly founded BalyProjects in 1999 with the objective of providing public affairs, public policy and planning services to individuals, institutions, small businesses, government and corporations. Ms. Baly is also a co-host of FOX 26 KRIV’s The RoundUp which airs every Sunday morning 6 AM – 8 AM.

Ms. Baly has been featured on KUHF, KTRH, KTRK and several radio stations discussing policy matters. She also lectured on public policy and urban politics at the University of Houston for over 8 years.

Over the years, Baly has received many awards including: ABC/13 Woman of Distinction, Outstanding Young American, U of H “Rising Star” Alumnus of the Year, U of H “Black Alumnus” of the Year, Dynamic Woman of Houston, Most Influential Woman in Houston, Top 25 Women of Houston, Fort Bend Entrepreneur of the Year, Outstanding Young Texan, Outstanding Young Houstonian, (Texas Executive Women’s) Woman on the Move, and Outstanding (Fort Bend) Business Executive. Before forming BalyProjects, Baly was Vice President at the Greater Houston Partnership. She has also worked as the director of Planning and Community Development for the cities of Seabrook and Sugar Land.

Baly has served on several boards, including: Texas Lyceum, Houston City Hall Fellow, Parks Youth Ranch Advisory Board, Texas Dragon Boat Association, Alley Theatre Advisory Board, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce-Infrastructure division chair, Texas CASA-Director, Fort Bend Boys’ Choir-President, YMCA-Past President, The Chinquapin School’s Board of Trustees-Past Vice President, Fort Bend Education Foundation-Gala Chair and Board Member, Sugar Land Economic Development 4-B Corporation-Director & Vice President, Sugar Land’s Intergovernmental Relations subcommittee (legislative liaison).

She is also a member of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Transportation Infrastructure Advisory Committee, the Transportation Policy Council, Fort Bend County Mobility Planning Committee, The Center for Houston’s Future Business Leadership Forum; Leadership Houston, Class XVIII; Rotary International and the Sugar Land Exchange Club.

A native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Baly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and a master’s degree in City Planning specializing in Public Policy. She is also a classically trained flutist. She is the proud mother of two phenomenal sons, Raphael and Alexandre.

LET'S KEEP PEARLAND MOVING FORWARD BY RE-ELECTING MAYOR TOM REID TO ANOTHER TERM ON SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2017



LET'S FINISH THE JOB THIS TIME: Yes, that's a cookie named after the honorable Mayor Tom Reid. The City of Pearland has experienced "UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH" under the direction of this dedicated public servant. He's committed most of his adult life to serving the City of Pearland, Texas. Yes, he's getting up there in age -- but he's still vibrant, full of energy, vitality and has an enviable supply of stamina woven into his DNA! Mayor Tom Reid is doing very well mentally, physically, and emotionally -- and is in much better shape and spirits than many people half his age. Make no mistake about it, he's "THE STEADYHAND" the City of Pearland needs during this "CRUCIAL TIME" when "THE DIRECTION THE CITY IS GOING TO HEAD IS AT STAKE". As an ambassador of sorts Mayor Tom Reid has "STOOD WITH PEARLAND MOST OF HIS ENTIRE ADULT LIFE". And on "SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2017" he needs for every "REGISTERED PEARLANDER TO STAND WITH HIM IN HIS RE-ELECTION BID". So don't forget that back on Saturday, May 6, 2017 his opponent (Quentin Wiltz) made up a lot of ground on him and forced him into a Saturday, June 10, 2017 Runoff Election. Quentin Wiltz is hungry and smells victory! However, his hunger must be satisfied by the bitter taste of defeat -- and his thirst quenched by the oft-fleeting thoughts of what could-have-been. But for now, he's been granted a second chance to try to unseat the beloved Mayor Tom Reid. So you can bet your last dollar that he's going to be looking for his supporters to flood the polls again on Election Day! But Pearlanders should beat back Wiltz' feeble attempt with an "OVER-POWERING SHOW OF LOVE AND SUPPORT" befitting a man as honorable as Mayor Tom Reid. So let's make Saturday, June 10, 2017 different -- it must be! LET'S FINISH THE JOB WE STARTED by making quick-work of Quentin Wiltz -- and helping Mayor Tom Reid to secure his legacy.


ABOUT THE PUBLISHER/REPORTER OF THIS PARTICULAR REPORT

Mayor Tom Reid is also the "RECOMMENDED CANDIDATE" by Houston Business Connections Magazine®. in the race for Mayor of Pearland, Texas. This magazine is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. Aubrey R. Taylor is the publisher/CEO of Aubrey R. Taylor Communications and has more than 26-years of experience in marketing branding, public relations and political consulting. He’s publicly promoted Republican and Democratic candidates in statewide elections and in local municipalities throughout the State of Texas. He’s also publicly promoted (through his publications) such corporations and institutions as: Shell Oil, The City of Houston, Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, Chevron, Waste Management, Nationwide Insurance, Momentum Jaguar/BMW, State Farm Insurance, and Allstate Insurance to name a few.


SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2017 RUNOFF ELECTION CANDIDATES RECOMMENDED BY HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE®



A BIT OF HISTORY

Back in the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 "MIDTERM ELECTION" in the State of Texas nearly every candidate "RECOMMENDED" by the readers of Houston Business Connections Magazine® won their respective races. Back in the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 "PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION" the endorsements made by the readers of Houston Business Connections Magazine® outperformed those endorsed by Houston's only daily newspaper. And get this: Results based on analysis of sixty-seven (67) races where the daily newspaper's "EDITORIAL BOARD" and a "SELECT GROUP" of Houston Business Connections Magazine® readers made endorsements -- the results show candidates endorsed by Houston Business Connections Magazine® performed better: THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE (38 WINS - 29 LOSSES) versus HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE (51 WINS - 16 LOSSES).



YES, ENDORSEMENTS MATTER

You can bet your "BOTTOM DOLLAR" they do! That's why we're urging you to cast your vote for Mayor Tom Reid in the Saturday, June 10, 2017 Runoff Election in Pearland, Texas.


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