HBC NEWSPAPER REPORTS©
There are well over 80,000 registered voters living inside the boundaries of Houston City Council District K. However, only 3,427 voters chose to vote during the early voting process. In case you don't already know, 1,868 people voted early by personal appearance. And according to the Harris County Clerk's Office, 1559 people voted early by absentee ballot.
WE MUST DO BETTER TODAY!
“It is imperative that we make it our business to elect the “BEST-QUALIFIED” candidate who values our vote in this race,” says Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper©. “And we are pleased to inform you that Martha Castex-Tatum is the only candidate in this race who is asking for our vote, prayers, and support!”
MARTHA VALUES EVERY VOTE
Martha Castex Tatum is endorsed by Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Houston City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tempore Ellen Cohen, Houston City Council Member Jerry Davis, FBISD Trustee Addie Heyliger, Harris County Constable May Walker, Houston City Council Member Dwight Boykins, HISD Trustee Jolanda Jones, Former Houston City Council Member and City Controller Ronald Green, HISD Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones, HISD Board Trustee Wanda Adams, and HCCS Board Trustee Pretta VanDible Stallworth. Martha Castex-Tatum is also endorsed by Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, Houston Police Officers Union, GLBT Caucus, Houston Contractors Association, UNITE HERE Local 23, Plumbers Local Union 68, Houston Association of Realtors.
Martha Castex-Tatum has been rooted in public service since childhood. As a young girl, she eagerly tagged along with her father, the Block Captain for Keswick/Ramblewood Civic Club in District K, helping keep the community informed by passing out the Civic Club newsletter. There are many pioneers and lifelong residents of District K that reminisce over, “Hello, I’m Martha Castex, please make your vote count!” Growing up in the Keswick/Ramblewood neighborhood, Martha learned the value of hard work and serving others. She attended Grissom Elementary, Parker Elementary and Welch Middle School, all in District K. Actively involved in numerous organizations and clubs growing up, Martha represented her community as a Brownie, Girl Scout, Junior Daughter, basketball player, and the list goes on! Her passion and commitment to serve District K has come full-circle and Martha is thankful that she has been able to give back to the community by working for Houston City Council’s District K’s office as the Director of Constituent Services since 2015. Today, Martha is walking even taller and would be honored to lead and represent the residents of District K, which gave her a solid foundation and where she began her journey to success.
Martha Castex-Tatum is Our History-Making Community Leader
Martha is passionate about serving the community she resides in. Upon graduating from Southwest Texas State University (now, Texas State University) in San Marcos, TX, where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration degrees, she began expressing her voice in political service. She has since served as an adjunct professor at the university. While in San Marcos, Martha’s desire to serve where she lives led her to unseat a 12-year City Council incumbent, becoming the first African American woman to be elected in the city’s history. During her tenure on the San Marcos City Council Martha served as Deputy Mayor Pro Tempore. The Association of Mayors Council and Commissioners awarded Martha a certificate of achievement for her completion of continuing education unit credits for the Texas Municipal League Institute program. Only 41 certificates were awarded statewide that year. Martha was a graduate of Leadership San Marcos – 1996. She also served on the San Marcos Economic Development Council and the Convention and Visitor Bureau.
Martha is Our Experienced Leader
In 2004, Martha returned to Houston and joined the bustling business community as a high-performing realtor with Keller Williams Realty, where she worked for ten years. A testament to her work ethic, Martha was named “Rookie of the Year” in her first year of business based on her production. Martha continued her real estate career with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, where she currently assists new and existing residents with home sales and purchases and is consistently an award winning top producer. In addition to her career in real estate, Martha has been a faithful and loyal public servant to District K residents since 2015. Martha has worked with other District K staff members to address concerns of constituents while advocating for seniors, small business owners, extracurricular and after-school activities for youth, economic development and beautification projects. She oversaw the progress for the new HPD police station in District K, the CASE after school grant process, the monthly Fort Bend and Hiram Clarke Bridging the Divide meetings, and numerous sidewalk, waterline, and street repair projects throughout the district. Martha represents the District K office monthly at the TIRZ 9 and 25 meetings as well as the Five Corners Management District meetings.
Martha Castex-Tatum Has Always Pursued and Strived to Achieve Excellence
Thanks to her strong work ethic and the pursuit of excellence, Martha has been selected to serve in various leadership positions by her peers in the public and private sectors. She was elected as a Keller Williams Realty Sugar Land City Wide Representative. Martha has received various awards and recognition including being named a David Ashworth Community Service Award finalist, a YMCA Minority Achiever, a Woman Entrepreneurs Trailblazer Award honoree, Who’s Who in Black Houston, and a Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Honor Society Award honoree. With her continuous pursuit of excellence, Martha is part of the Leadership Houston Class of XXXVI. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., where she has been active for over 27 years. Martha currently resides in Brays Oaks and is a member of Windsor Village United Methodist Church. When she is not working or serving the community, she enjoys spending time with her son, her parents who are District K residents and other family members and friends.