Dialogue in “D”

This is actually from that same Chronicle article as last night, but for some reason I failed to mention it.

A local politico named Dwight Boykins is already in for District D. Boykins does not have a website or any press besides the Chronicle article, but the article claims he has endorsements from Lee Brown and Jew Don Boney. The article also claims Councilmember Adams is not endorsing, at least yet. As I have stated before, this election will be tougher than Jones may think.

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Jones to return?

I have a few comments on this, straight from the Houston Chronicle.

Jolanda Jones is reported to be considering a return to 901 Bagby, but by attempting to replace Wanda Adams; not run against Christie for her old seat. There is, of course, a convoluted term limits statute that may or may not prohibit certain people who have served two terms from seeking a non-consecutive third one. David Feldman obviously has an agenda to push, right or wrong, so I would take all of his comments with a grain of salt.

First, I know this comment may be irrelevant, but these segment of the term limit law is truly stupid.  Draw a line in the sand about how many years a City Hall politician can serve, but quit with all the exceptions. If anything we should encourage non-consecutive terms, as it allows for the politicians to not have to campaign while in office.

Second, the ordinance says “No person, who has already served two terms, shall be eligible to file for that same office”. It is worth noting that unlike Peter Brown, Jones did not resign before the end of her term (even by a few days). However, there is something to be said about the distinction between a District Councilmember and an at-large Councilmember. My first year working at City Hall (2009-2010), I worked for Toni Lawrence/Brenda Stardig, while one of my better friends worked for Ronald Green/C.O. Bradford. I can say from experience the two positions are extremely different, similar, in my views, to the relationship between the House and the Senate.

Third, I hold the belief that David Feldman has an axe to grind against Jones, and Brown likewise (he insinuated both would be ineligible at City Hall). Parker did not always get along with Jones, and certainly did not get along with Peter Brown (he ran against her). I do not mean Feldman holds any malice or what not, but he is biased.

District D may be the best opportunity for Jones, but it will not be easy. There will be a dozen candidates and getting into the runoff may not even be guaranteed. I endorsed Jones with a heavy heart in 2009, and endorsed her with an even heavier one in 2011, for a simple premise: a bad Democrat beats a Republican–especially a Texas one. She will have a lot of explaining to do if she wants my approval next year though, because I suspect there will be plenty of other Democrats in the race.

Jack Christie is most likely running again in 2013, but his website, “http://www.christieforhouston.com/”, now suggests otherwise (it is for sale and in Japanese). There have been few challengers proposed for the Councilmember and it is forgone conclusion that, as Jones did not resign early, she may not challenge him. That is probably a good thing.

MIA

So I have not been posting very much recently and this is for two reasons. First, I have quite a few papers due soon, so I may not be back until around Thanksgiving. Second, there really is not much local political news right now. If and when either of these situations change, I’ll be back. Rest assured, I was not a fluke for just the 2012 elections.

The “other” 2013 election

Carol Alvarado will face off against Sylvia Garcia in the race to succeed the late Sen. Gallegos.

National news hopped onto this affair, mentioning that the Gallegos family will be supporting Alvarado. The Chronicle article which mentions Garcia’s candidacy also mentions that Rick Noriega is considering throwing his hat into the ring. Meanwhile, each side is touting some of its endorsements, with Garcia picking up State Reps such as Jessica Farrar and Garnet Coleman, and Alvarado picking up Sen. Ellis, Mayor White, and Ronald Green. This will be a fun primary.

UPDATE: The Chronicle says this might happen in December, but I still suspect it will occur in 2013.

Ben Hall for Mayor

The Chronicle is running a story about how Hall is in for the 2013 Mayoral race by saying he is a “definite maybe”. For some reason all that makes me think of is that asinine song (I have been spending too much time with the people my age again), but I do have some serious thoughts:

1. The honeymoon of the GLBT and African-Americans is over. Some, including myself, had mused the idea that these two groups could get aside their differences now that President Obama and the NAACP have endorsed same sex marriage. Evidently, not. 2013 might prove to be a very hard year, especially if a Republican hops in.

2.That Republican will most likely be Bill King. Having a Republican as mayor is the one thing this city desperately does not need.

3. Screw you, Mr. Hall, for ruining my post-election vacation. I guess there truly is no rest for the wicked. I was planning on writing some stuff on the elections in hindsight for today, but 2013 was already come to steal my thunder.

Hall said it was “more likely than not” that he would run. I think Parker is not in a Whitmire situation, and actually would be the favorite in a ’13 election featuring Hall, King, and herself. Parker has a pretty pro-business track record, could garner a lot of support among the Latino population, and is more than willing to play dirty and call King a carpetbagger (which as far as I’m concerned he is; I have no respect for someone who tries to be Mayor of two different cities). I have already preemptively endorsed Parker, and such will not backpedal my support for her, even though, in an open election, I probably would have supported Ben Hall.

Musings on the election

First up, Congrats to President Obama! Four more years! The President won Harris County by a few hundreds votes. Democrats expand their majority in the Senate to 55 and lessen the Republican majority in the House. All fantastic news.

Statewides
Republicans keep the Railroad Commission and the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals–no surprise there. However, Keith Hampton got clobbered, which is upsetting.

Courts of Appeals
1st and 14th stay all Republican, which is not surprising.

State Senate
Wendy Davis got re-elected. The composition stays at 19-12. Mario Gallegos re-elected posthumously, which means we will see a special election.

State House
Democrats pick up six or seven seats. Composition is at 95-55. Ann Johnson was defeated, again disappointing.

County Judges
11th–Mike Miller (D) re-elected.
61st–Al Bennett (D) re-elected.
80th–Larry Weiman (D) re-elected.
125th–Kyle Carter (D) re-elected.
127th–R.K. Sandhill (D) re-elected.
129th–Michael Gomez (D) re-elected.
133rd–Jaclanel McFarland (D) re-elected.
151st–Mike Engelhart (D) re-elected.
152nd–Robert Schaffer (D) re-elected.
164th–Alexandra Smoots-Hogan (D) re-elected.
165th–Josephina Rendon (D) defeated by Elizabeth Ray (R).
174th–Ruben Guerrero (D) re-elected.
176th–Shawna Reagin (D) defeated by Stacey Bond (R).
177th–Ryan Patrick (R) re-elected.
178th–David Mendoza (D) re-elected.
179th–Randy Roll (D) defeated by Kristin Guiney (R).
215th–Elaine Palmer (D) elected. Damn.
333rd–Tad Halbach (R) re-elected.
334th–Ken Wise (R) re-elected.
337th–Herb Richie (D) defeated by Renee Magee (R). Again, damn.
338th–Hazel Jones (D) defeated by Brock Thomas (R).
339th–Maria Jackson (D) re-elected.
351st–Mark Ellis (R) re-elected.
County Court 1–Debra Mayfield (R) re-elected.
County Court 2–Theresa Chang (R) re-elected.

Of the nineteen Democratic Judges: 14 win re-election and 5 lose.
Of the six Republican Judges: 6 win re-election.
Final Tally: 14 Demorats, 11 Republicans.

County Officials
DA–Mike Anderson (R) wins. No surprise.
Sheriff–Adrian Garcia (D) re-elected. Again, no surprise.
County Attorney–Vince Ryan (D) re-elected. Great News!
Tax Collector–Mike Sullivan (R) wins. However, it is close and Bennett hasn’t conceded yet.

Referendums
METRO Prop passed, City props passed, and all the Bond measures passed.

City Council
Martin wins without a runoff.

Discussion comes later.