Thursday, September 3, 2015

Dr. Kendall L. Baker, Councilman Richard Nguyen, and Dr. Steve Le Are Vying for the Houston City Council District F Seat

Dr. Kendall L. Baker (Top) Issues an "Open Letter" Asking Houstonians to Encourage their Family and Friends Living in District F to Vote for His Campaign; Council Member Richard Nguyen, and Dr. Steve Le (Bottom) are Also Candidates in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Houston City Council District F Race



"The only question now is whether the African American and Hispanic communities are going to show up at the polls to vote -- and that my friend is a story for another day. So stay tuned...” Taylor says.


Hello, my name is Kendall L. Baker, a native Houstonian, originally from the northeast side. I am a candidate for City Council District F in the 2015 City of Houston elections. First and foremost, I love my city; particularly District F, where I've resided for nearly 25 years and where I’ve pastored a church for over 10 years now. I was employed with the City of Houston for almost 29 years servicing citizens directly in 911 Emergency, Public Works and Engineering, Consumer Affairs Division and as Division Manager of the new improved 311 Help and Information Center. My excellent performance ratings and perfect attendance gave me the ability to see inside the core of what makes the City of Houston work and what doesn’t. Unfortunately, one thing I know for sure is that most of District F (Alief, Tanglewilde, Royal Oaks, Weshchase, Westwood, Briar Meadow, etc.) residents are underrepresented. Why? I'm glad you asked. 

District F needs and deserves a candidate who can effectively communicate the needs of the entire district. My experience has equipped me to know every inch of District F extremely well, as well as the entire city. My motto is, "No constituent left behind!" My first task is to make sure our police department has adequate resources and personnel to provide better security in District F. Public safety overall includes improving the infrastructure by making sure roads are safe, by addressing our enormous pothole problem and broken streets. District F streets are broken in part by the underlying deteriorating water and sewer lines. I vow to immediately correct and improve these conditions as your next Councilman.

Second, I stand for “equality” but not “special rights!” Our current Mayor, Annise Parker, is calling for Equal Rights which are in fact particularly and especially designed, aimed, and intended for the LGBT community who wants to implement policy that will threaten religious freedom and criminalize those who stand for the protection of women and children. This ordinance gives men access to women's restrooms and other public accommodations. As your Councilman I'm against this type of ordinance and I will protect religious freedom, family values, women, children and citizens in general.

Third, the key to any city’s financial security is economic development that will attract and incentivize corporations to relocate to Houston and provide more jobs! I pledge to ensure that we do that; especially improving economic development, increasing jobs, building better infrastructure in District F!

Fourth, our city must keep a disciplined fiscal accountability, bringing all debt under control, including the infamous pension fund; controlling unnecessary spending, and ceasing the present Administration’s “kick the debt down the road” mentality. This includes revisiting how we allocate funding to districts based on the actual prioritized needs of districts, not “under the table bargaining” to get a favor from the Mayor. This is why I will also support a Charter change that will allow council members to place items on the agenda, not just the mayor only. In addition, I will address other divisive issues including but not limited to the drainage fee and the feeding ordinance. I will protect, promote, advance, and fight for District F!

Houston, it's time for us to be reunited again and this can be made possible by your vote this November. Please vote for Dr. Kendall L. Baker for District F because I truly care about Houston!

Dr. Kendall L. Baker for City Council District F. Offers a refreshing change by an experienced candidate for all of District F. Call 832-858-4831 or email us at

Pd. Pol. Ad by Kendall L Baker Campaign, Tim Taft, Treasurer 

As far as we can tell Council Member Richard Nguyen is the only candidate in the 2015 race for Houston City Council District F who supports for HERO Ordinance. Both Dr. Kendall L. Baker and Dr. Steve Le have taken very public positions against the highly controversial ordinance that will appear on the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 election ballot. As a matter of fact, Dr. Kendall L. Baker actually appeared before Houston City Council back on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 to ask Mayor Annise Parker and City Council to vote "NO" on the ordinance. You can (CLICK HERE) to check out the passionate plea Dr. Baker's delivered before Mayor Annise Parker and the entire Houston City Council body.


"Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper will not be making any endorsements in the Houston City Council District F race, as Council Member Richard Nguyen, and Dr. Kendall L Baker are both candidates who are asking for our vote, prayers, and support in the upcoming election," explains Taylor. "However, reader endorsements for the HERO Ordinance and 2015 Race for Mayor of Houston will be released on Friday, October 16, 2015."

In case you don’t know, Houston City Council District F has a large Vietnamese American constituency. District F pretty much covers southwestern Houston including parts of Alief, Westchase, Tanglewilde, and the Briarmeadow area. You can (CLICK HERE) to study the map of this district. You can (CLICK HERE) to see if you live in District F and are eligible to vote for either Dr. Kendall L. Baker, Council Member Richard Nguyen, or Dr. Steve Le on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Early voting for the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election will begin on Monday, October 19, 2015 and will end on Friday, October 30, 2015.

Dr. Kendall Baker (right) pictured with former President George H.W. Bush.

Dr. Kendall L. Baker (left) pictured with former President Bill Clinton.

The Race for District F
Steve Le
Kendall Baker
Richard Nguyen


"I stand for “equality” but not “special rights!” Our current Mayor, Annise Parker, is calling for Equal Rights which are in fact particularly and especially designed, aimed, and intended for the LGBT community who wants to implement policy that will threaten religious freedom and criminalize those who stand for the protection of women and children. This ordinance gives men access to women's restrooms and other public accommodations. As your Councilman I'm against this type of ordinance and I will protect religious freedom, family values, women, children and citizens in general," says Dr. Kendall L. Baker.


Dr. Kendall L. Baker is a native of Houston, TX who was raised in Fontaine Place; a northeastern Houston suburb. He attended several local colleges, Bible colleges and seminaries and currently holds a Doctorate of Divinity degree from Kingdom Builders Bible Seminary and a Ph.D in Pulpit Communication and Expository from Covenant International University. He is married to his lovely wife of almost five years Esther Iyoha Baker. 

Dr. Baker retired from the City of Houston after 29 years of public service. His exiting position was a Division Manager for the Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department, Operations Division, 311 Help and Information Center. There he served as a versatile professional with broad experience including management and staff development, in depth knowledge of contact center operations, and problem solving abilities. During his tenure, he also worked in various management capacities in other departments including the Office of the Mayor, Public Works & Engineering Department (PWE)- PWE – Consumer Affairs Division, PWE – Utility Operations Center and the then General Services Department – 911 Emergency Network. Apostle Baker was widely known as “the voice of the City” for the many illustrious voice-over jobs he performed for the City whenever called upon by the Houston Information Technology Services or (HITS} Department. While working for the City of Houston, Dr. Baker simultaneously pursued the call to ministry.


Dr. Kendall L. Baker (center) with U.S. Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (18th Congressional District of Texas), and former President Bill Clinton.


From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Baker served as the inaugural Chairman of the Houston Police and Clergy Alliance as well as a past member of the Houston Ministers Against Crime, where he served for nearly 20 years. In the past, Dr. Baker has also served with the Houston Independent School District south area, the Harris County Juvenile Operating Board and the NAACP Houston Branch.

He is currently Director of Field Operations for the Houston Area Pastor Council (HAPC), under the leadership of Rev. Dave Welch. HAPC was founded in 2003 by Rev. Welch working alongside a group of thirteen pastors as a trans-denominational, inter-racial coalition of senior pastors who came together to bring a united, Biblical voice to the city, state and nation. We have since grown to over 300 plus senior pastors in the Houston area as well as assisted in developing Pastor Councils in Austin, Beaumont, Sacramento, Virginia Beach, San Antonio, El Paso and other cities around the nation that are organizing, subsequently birthing the identity of the U. S. Pastor Council (USPC) and Texas Pastor Council (TXPC) to connect those teams of pastors. USPC is the only culturally and politically active organization from a Biblically grounded perspective that is focused on developing strong, functioning teams of pastors in each city as a means to enlisting a strong remnant at the grassroots level.

In 2007 Dr. Baker contested for a Houston City Council At-Large seat that was later won in a run-off by Melissa Noriega. In March of 2011, Dr. Baker was elected to the office of the 3rd Vice President/3rd Bishop and Overseer of the Family Life International Fellowship, Houston jurisdiction under the leadership of the late Bishop Robert C. Jefferson.

In 1994, Dr. Baker accepted his ministerial calling while ministering alongside his biological father, Pastor Earnest L. Baker of Wilson Temple Church of God in Christ in Rosenberg, TX. In 2004, Dr. Baker was ordained as an Elder in the Church of God in Christ. Nineteen years later, in 2013, Dr. Baker founded Christ Solid International Church; a trans-denominational Christian church located on Houston’s southwest side (Tanglewilde Subdivisions) The ministry offers weekly worship services, evangelism, teaching and prayer to the community.

As Senior Pastor of Christ Solid International Church, Dr. Baker operates under the anointing of prayer, teaching, healing and deliverance, where the living word of God is ministered with power to the people of God. His Sunday services from the inception of the ministry started in his town home with only a few believers who believed in the purpose, vision and the call upon the life of the man of God. As the Lord added to the ministry daily, they have since moved into the Cedar Creek club house and have future plans to relocate to a larger sanctuary.

In addition to traveling annually around the country and to South Africa for ministry opportunities with Bishop T. D. Jakes Ministries, Dr. Baker has been used by God to preach the gospel in many countries including, Nigeria, Ghana and the United Kingdom. Dr. Baker also attends crusades and works closely with Pastor Benny Hinn. In 2006, he was ordained under the Potter’s House International Pastoral Alliance (P.H.I.P.A.) – a spiritual covering for senior pastors, under the leadership of Bishop T. D. Jakes.

Dr. Baker is also the founder of Orion Title I Community Development Center, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 geared towards, caring for the needy, sheltering the homeless, employment consultant, motivational speaking and mentoring and empowerment of youth and more.


Council Member Richard Nguyen (left) walking with Mayor Annise Parker


Richard A. Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated with his family to the US in 1975 at the age of 11. The family settled in Ohio. After high school, Richard earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Capital University in Columbus.

Richard briefly taught middle and high school in Hilliard, Ohio after working in the health care field in Columbus. Upon moving to Houston, Richard earned a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Texas Health and Science University in Austin and then continued his career in public service with the Solid Waste Management Department in the City of Houston, where he served for almost 10 years.

In addition to his career, Richard enjoys drawing and spending time with his children. Richard currently resides in Alief with his wife and two children, as well as his elderly parents.



Born in South Vietnam to a police officer father and an accountant mother, Steve believed early on in the promise of the American dream. The day before the fall of Saigon, Steve and his family boarded a ship full of refugees seeking freedom and democracy. They arrived in the U.S. in 1975 and settled in Houston. Although his parents had to work multiple jobs to put food on the table, Steve was undeterred by the challenges they faced. He learned education, hard work, and determination would be the keys to success.

With the desire to contribute and be a productive member of the community, Steve aspired to be a medical doctor. After he graduated at the top of his class at Klein Forest High School, Steve went on to Baylor University, where he met his future wife, Jackie. Following graduation, Steve attended Ross University School of Medicine and completed his residency in family medicine at one of the most prestigious programs in the country, the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, an affiliate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. 

As a family doctor and small business owner, Steve treated thousands of patients from his four family care clinics, some of whom he provided care without charge. As busy as Steve is, he still finds the time to do charitable works. Steve and Jackie donate time and money to countless charities and non-profit organizations. He is an active board member of Tinh Luat Buddhist Temple and Wings of Innocence, a nonprofit group dedicated to helping impoverished orphans. Steve and Jackie are the proud parents of three children, Catherine, Julie and James.

Houston has given Steve and his family, as well as others, the opportunity to succeed. A strong, safe and healthy community, among other things, promotes and attracts residential and business growths. Houston is one of the best cities to raise a family and do business, and Steve wants to build on it and make it better for all. 

The focus of Houston Business Connections Newspaper from now through Tuesday, November 3, 2015 is being placed on voter education, engagement and empowerment heading into the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Elections. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015. Call (832)212-8735 for more information. Or you may email the publisher at: to discuss your inclusion.

Are you confused on matters pertaining to the HERO Ordinance? Well, you are strongly encouraged to read the ordinance for yourself before going to the polls to vote. You can (CLICK HERE) to read the ordinance for yourself. "Voting is a personal decision that every voter should make from an empowered position. The 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election will be perhaps one of the most important elections that have taken place in the last 50 years. So to this end, please research and study the candidates and issues before going to the polls. Early voting will be taking place from Monday, October 19, 2015 through Friday, October 30, 2015. Election Day is on Tuesday, November 3, 2015," Aubrey R. Taylor, publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper -- You are welcome to call (832)212-8735 to discuss your inclusion.


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