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Editorial note: This is the fourth in our series of electronic interviews with City Council, City Controller and Mayoral candidates. We have sent 10 questions based on seven different templates: (1) incumbent City Council, (2) challenger City Council, (3) open seat City Council, (4) challenger Controller, (5) incumbent Controller, (6) challenger Mayoral and (7) incumbent Mayoral. The following are verbatim copies of the questions sent out and the answers received.
Further note: Dick’s campaign requested we ‘spell check’ the answers they sent us, but out of respect to other candidates who may request similar treatment, we are reprinting the answers they sent us exactly as we received them.
Eric Dick, Candidate for Mayor of Houston
Texpatriate: What is your name?
ED: My name is Eric Dick.
T: What is your current occupation?
ED: Threw a small law firm I earn my living as a lawyer.
T: Have you run for or held public office before?
T: What is your political affiliation? We understand that City Council elections are nonpartisan, but this is a point many voters find important. If you are not comfortable currently identifying with a political party, what was the last Political Party’s primary election you voted in (a matter of public record)?
T: Typically, this board will defer to incumbents unless we are convinced the incumbent has failed in some way. Do you believe the incumbent has failed at her or his job? If so, why?
ED: Yes Candidate annise parker has failed houston and heres why=she out right lied about the fee “tax” amount on the drainage fee,she misled the general public to believe that everybody would have to pay 5$ and she out right lied when she said it would be only used for this specific purpose,when houstonians began to recieve bills up to 14$ to 18$ a month,this was an injustice,the people of Houston deserve a Mayor that will lead with the truth,not a Mayor that acts on “its better to ask for forgiveness than for permission”,when Candidate mayor parker launched an all out collateral attack against our fire fighters pay plans with utter disregard to state law with out first sitting down with an open mind,she failed houston.When she was notified at council that sidewalks needed to be placed in Blueridge subdivide in Sunnyside,she refused even when she was provided proof that the annexation from 1956 clearly states that sunnyside and blueridge and reedwood should have receieved sidewalks over 55 years ago,she failed sunnyside as well as all of houston,to date she continues to force blueridge school children to walk to JR reynolds elementary in the city roads, offering her only on record response “i am not sure i can do anything about something that was in place before i was born”.She continues to force all taxi drivers to wear an over abundance of clothing in the hot houston heat,dissallowing even a small seasonal reprive so that taxi drivers can wear shorts in the hottest parts of the summer,shes failed houston.When she decided that it would become unlawful and a jail offense for one houstonian to feed 6 others,even when the hungry searched our city dumpsters,she jailed em,shes failed houston time and time again,and lets never forget the huge bonuses she gave her friends,correction her dept staff,while she kicked 747 of our city workers out the back door,while secretly lining the pockets of her “team”.shes failed houston and Houston deserves better.
T: Why are you specifically running against this incumbent?
ED: I am running against candidate parker because she has lied, to many times ,to way to many people and the people have had to suffer,their familys have suffered and its unjust and its unfair.Her sit down and shut up,my way is the highway style of governing this city must end.
T: What do you hope to get out of serving as the Mayor?
ED: I have run a fair and just campaign,a camp i am very proud of,giving the deserving position of campaign manager to one of Houstons most active in the community joshua ben bullard,to see this individual rise from houstons homeless community 15 years ago to become an elite political strategist,is beyond amazing for our camp staff,as mayor, i wish to help all houstonians achieve their dreams threw a smaller sized local goverment but at the same time allow the private sector more involvement with the comminity,together we can grow in a positive direction.
T: What is an ordinance you would introduce as Mayor?
ED: As Mayor i would first introduce an ordinance to dissolve the feeding ordinance so that houstonians that wish and have the desire to help their fellow man with a meal can do so with out the threat of parkers police jailing them.
T: Obviously, an officeholder strives to maintain a diverse core constituency and political base, but all candidates have interest groups they have been traditionally strong with and traditionally weak with, respectively. For you, what would be one example of each type of group?
ED: I will not stand for any level of discrimination with in my administration,nor will i stand for anyone to engage in such acts,i am a human and i love houston,and i do not put my self in a box ,nor my campaign,People in houston deserve and have a right to local goverment services that they fund,when elected officials start moving the money out the back door,then i eric dick have a problem with that.
T: What has been the most important thing you have learned in your campaign?
ED: I learned that candidate parker hasnt really fixed these roads since shes been elected,i learned that shes lied to most of southpark and sunnyside and blueridge for the last 3 years, since she said she would have sidewalks put in,ive learned that people in houston can still fight with their vote even when she tried to discount their vote when she turned the red light cameras back on when mike kubosh had fought so very hard for all houstonians freedoms,, after they voted to have the cameras removed,parker turned them right back on,ive learned that people still have a voice and a right to say who will lead them in their city,and that years ago annise parker forgot what got her elected 16 years ago”the people are the city”..I am Eric Dick and would like to work for you,for each and every one of you,I may make some mistakes,but unlike parker ill never lie to you and when the times get tough,I will be right there with you every step of the way,I am the candiate for mayor that wants to work for everybody,all the time #charge the mound,Eric Dick for Mayor 2013…….