Congratulations to Councilwoman-elect Lynn Clouser (seated with legs crossed), Mayor-elect Robin Elackatt (standing with microphone) and Councilwoman-elect Tarsha Jackson (with Mayor Sylvester Turner) for their Saturday, December 12, 2020, runoff election victories. In the race for Mayor of Missouri City, Yolanda Ford, the first African American, and first woman Mayor in the history of Missouri City lost her seat to Mayor-elect Robin Elackatt who made history himself by becoming the first Asian-American elected Mayor in the history of “THE SHOW ME CITY”. How about Lynn Clouser? She put on a show – didn’t she? Lynn Clouser held true to form and rolled to a commanding victory and brought Elackatt right along with her. To her credit, Lynn Clouser totally dominated Councilman Preston, by garnering 6,259 votes, to Councilman Preston’s 4,259 votes. And get this, enroute to her victory Clouser received more votes than any other candidate on the Saturday, December 12, 2020, ballot anywhere in the Houston-area – including the two women who were running for Houston City Council District B seat. And speaking of the Houston City Council District B seat, Tarsha Jackson manhandled Cynthia Bailey by garnering more than 68.57% of the vote, to Bailey’s 31.43% of the vote.
Underdog Robin Elackatt Unseated Mayor Yolanda Ford in a Low-Voter Turnout Affair in the Race for Mayor of Missouri City, Texas
AUBREY R. TAYLOR REPORTS©
I tip my hat to Robin Elackatt – he did that! He and Lynn Clouser ran a brilliant strategy. And Mayor Allen Owen needs to start a consultant company if you ask me. His “TAKE OUR CITY BACK” campaign was masterful. And I must say that I am proud to have been invited to be a member of the group. I have to say, Missouri City, Texas lost a great Mayor several years ago when Allen Owen lost to Yolanda Ford by a handful of votes several years ago, after Democrats successfully turned what was supposed to be a non-partisan race into a partisan affair – and overtook Owen with a robust Election Day turnout. So, rather than give up, Allen Owen – who served as Mayor of Missouri City longer than anyone else – got busy. And on Saturday, December 12, 2020, he left no doubt that he and his crew is going to be a force to be dealt with in the 2021 Municipal Elections, and 2022 Midterm Elections as well.
KUDOS TO ROBIN ELACKATT
Believe it or not, bad blood between Yolanda Ford and Fred G. Taylor, above anything else is the #1 reason Robin Elackatt’s victory was made possible. In case you don’t remember, back on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, in the general election, Ford appeared like a world beater. However, the strong showing by Fred G. Taylor (African American) kept Yolanda Ford from reaching the 50% plus 1 threshold. Having two African Americans in the race actually split the African American base in such a fashion that it played against both the African American candidates – and in the end proved fatal to the short-lived rein of Mayor Yolanda Ford – after just one term. As a refresher, back on November 3rd, Fred G. Taylor received 6,268 votes for 20.26% of the vote. Robin Elackatt received 9,690 votes for 31.32% of the vote. And Mayor Yolanda Ford received a whopping 14,983 votes for 48.42% of the vote. Yes, you heard me right Mayor Yolanda Ford received 14,983 votes back on November 3rd in the general election. However, get this, she only received 5,085 votes on Saturday, December 12, 2020, in the runoff election. Can you believe that? Talk about being let down!!! Anyways, kudos to Mayor-elect Robin Elackatt for a job well done!
KUDOS TO LYNN CLOUSER
Yes – it’s real Lynn Clouser!!! You did that!!! How about that Lynn Clouser? She’s a bad girl if you ask me! She has the heart of a champion and relentless drive – that was unmatched by any other candidate who was present on any of the ballot in Fort Bend County or Harris County on Saturday, December 12, 2020. But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself. According to the unofficial return numbers Lynn Couser received 6,259 votes to defeat Councilman Chris Preston, who only received 4,259 votes in the race for Missouri City City Council At-Large Position #2 was something to behold. So, to put things into perspective – no other runoff candidate in any other local Saturday, December 12th runoff race was able to even cross the 6,000 vote threshold. Get this, Robin Elackatt only received 5,622 votes, Yolanda Ford only received 5,085 votes, Chris Preston only received 4,259 votes, Tarsha Jackson only received 4,639 votes, Cynthia Bailey only received 2,126 votes, and Cecil Willis received 1,129 votes. So there was an assortment of other candidates on runoff ballots in other races, but their vote totals were under the 1,000 vote threshold.
A MESSAGE FROM LYNN
"Pinch me. Is this real? Thank you to everyone who reached out to extend a congratulatory message to me on my new position as Councilwoman-Elect. As I told someone last night, this is not a win for me, this is a win for Missouri City. I want to thank my mother Gloria Arnold Clouser who was at the polls every day all day for 3 weeks straight from open to close during the general election and every day for a week during the runoff. My dad Judge Joel Clouser Sr. is one amazing public servant and father. I'm honored to be his daughter. Thank you for paving the way!
My children had a lot less of my time during the last 9 months but understood my mission and supported me 100% and for that I’m grateful.
Thank you to Patricia Arbuckle, Krystal James, Angie Wierzbicki, Chris Watson, Mario Kelly...my core Dream Team for their amazing work!
A huge congratulations go to Mayor-Elect Robin Elackatt, his wife and children, and my friend Reginald Pearson who, in the general election, ran one heck of a campaign that we are all so proud of.
I want to thank Mayor Yolanda Ford and Councilmember Mayor Pro Tem Chris Preston for their service to our great city.
I was in heels and a business suit from 7 a.m. - midnight all day yesterday going from election poll to election poll...My feet ache, my neck is tight from all the hugs, and my cheeks hurt from smiling all day but my heart remains filled with gratitude.
I will take my oath on December 21 and that will be my first council meeting officially as Councilwoman Clouser. I can’t and won’t make anyone any promises to anyone other than what I have stated from the very beginning and that is a promise of good government; nothing more, nothing less. This is YOUR city, MY city, OUR city...Let’s govern ourselves accordingly and all work together regardless of which candidate’s side you sit on. Let’s all be the positive change WE want to see in Missouri City with each of us taking part in fulfilling a desire of Unity in the CommUNITY.
A VERY HAPPY MAN
“I am so pleased that enough of our citizens put race, gender, and political parties aside and voted for integrity, honesty, transparency, and elected two dedicated people that want the best for our City. Thank all of you who voted to make it happen. It was still alarming to see how many people didn't take the time to even vote. We are so fortunate in this Country that we have the opportunity to do that and we have people who have given their lives to give us that opportunity. Voting is a way to say thank you to those and yet too many ignore that fact. I will continue with my website so stay tuned. November 2021 is only a short time away, and we still have work to do.
For the greater part of 2020, I have walked through every district and listened to many residents and business owners of Missouri City. The conversations with many residents gave me the perseverance to reach my goal. Today, I am very grateful, humbled and excited to be Mayor Elect of Missouri City!
To all the volunteers and supporters who have helped me throughout this election, during the good and bad times; to all of the people who kept encouraging me to fight when it looked like we faced a Goliath- WE HAVE WON! Truth and Transparency has decided this election, the residents of Missouri City deserve the praise and credit for this election. Each of you who came out to vote, not once but twice; we would not be here without all of you.
Thank you to current Mayor Yolanda Ford and Councilman Chris Preston for their years of service for our city. Congratulations to newly elect Councilwoman Lynn Clouser. I am looking forward to working with the entire city council, city staff, business owners and residents of Missouri City.
Our city is one of rich diversity and various cultures. Together, with the concerns and ideas of residents from every corner of Missouri City, let's come together in UNITY and not use politics to segregate and divide us. There will be challenges ahead and there will be some hard decisions, but together, we can move Missouri City Forward!"
Tarsha Jackson Soundly Defeated Cynthia Bailey With a Strong Grassroots Campaign in December 12th Runoff Election
I would like to take this moment to congratulate Tarsha Jackson on her hard fought victory – and job well done. She beat Cynthia Bailey in every aspect of the election, from “THE ABSENTEE BALLOT” category, to the in-person voter turnout. But heck, she didn’t even need the in-person votes she received. Why? Well, just as I knew it would be, the Houston City County District B runoff race came down to being decided by the “ABSENTEE BALLOTS” and not the in-person ballot turnout. In case you don’t know, Tarsha Jackson received 3,019, absentee ballots alone, and Cynthia Bailey only received a total of 2,126 votes when you add her 1,236, absentee ballots received to her in-person vote tally. So, at the end of the day, what the long-awaited Houston City Council District B runoff election came down to was a lopsided affair that was won by the better of the two candidates present on the Saturday, December 12, 2020, runoff election ballot. So, in the end, it was all Tarsha Jackson who totally dominated Cythia Bailey. As a refresher, Tarsha Jackson received 4,639 votes for 68.57% of the vote. And comparatively speaking, Cynthia Bailey only received 2,126 votes for 31.43% of the vote.
THE BETTER STRATEGY WON
I hope that Tarsha Jackson gives the Houston City Council District B residents the kind of representation they deserve. “It’s official! First I thank God for giving me the strength to run and finish my race,” said Councilwoman-elect Tarsha Jackson via a post-election Facebook status update. “I am so grateful to the constituents of District B for electing me to represent them on Houston City Council,” she went on to say. “I look forward to leading the district in a positive new direction,” stated Jackson. And a new direction is definitely something that the people of District B desperately need.
TARSHA IS A CLASS ACT
Seeing Tarsha Jackson celebrate her victory in a humble, classy and dignified way speaks volumes about who she is as a person. “Big thanks to everyone who supported my campaign whether through a donation or volunteering. It was a long journey and I appreciate you for sticking in there with me,” she said thanking her loyal supporters. “Also congratulations to Cynthia Bailey for running a great race,” she said in the aforementioned Facebook status update. “ I look forward to working with Cynthia to move our communities in District B forward. Now it’s time to get to work! Again, thank you everyone!”
The ground-game put forth by (TOP) The Texas Organizing Project proved too much for Cynthia Bailey, and her crew to handle. After I sat back and watched the “ABSENTEE BALLOT’S start to roll in, it was evidently clear that Tarsha Jackson was firmly in control of the Houston City Council District B runoff race. What am I talking about? Well, there were more “ABSENTEE BALLOTS” cast in the Houston City Council District B race, than the number of in-person voters who cast a ballot in the runoff race. Get this, 12,929 absentee ballots were sent out – but only 4,638 of the absentee ballots were mailed back in. And of the 4,638 absentee ballots that were mailed back in, 3,019 of the absentee ballots went to Tarsha Jackson. Wow!!! Can’t you kind of see why many of these candidates don’t feel like they need to advertise their campaigns anymore? Anyways, ‘it is what it is’ at the end of the day! I didn’t have a proverbial dog in the District B runoff fight. So, at this point, all I’m left with is to congratulate Councilwoman-elect Tarsha Jackson and (TOP) The Texas Organizing Project for doing their thing. Way to go guys!