Editorial note: This is the sixteenth 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.
Issa Dadoush, Candidate for the Houston City Council at-large Position #4
Texpatriate: What is your name?
ID: Issa Dadoush
T: What is your current occupation?
ID: Professional Engineer
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)?
ID: Republican Party
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?
ID: My campaign is not about the incumbents. I am running for City Council At Large Position 4 to bring to Local Government what I so desperately have looked for in our leaders: open transparent government, a true representative body that listens to constituents and makes decisions in terms of what is best for Houston and the Community at Large.
T: Why are you specifically running against this incumbent?
ID: My campaign is not about the incumbent. I want to give Houston a choice.
T: What do you hope to get out of serving on the City Council?
ID: I desire for Houston to be the City of Choice where the next generation’s workforce is provided the best education, required training, and development to allow for a robust sustainable growth.
I see Houston’s elected officials (Mayor and City Council) as Board of Directors of a multi-billion dollar corporation that provides water, sewer, infrastructure, and public safety services to the Houston Community at large. It is their responsibility to eliminate/reduce regulations and policies that hinder growth. I am a firm believer in small local government with fewer regulations that allows the highly efficient private sector to grow at a faster rate and create more jobs for Houston’s growing economy.
T: What is an ordinance you would introduce in your next term?
ID: The City of Houston has a strong Mayor form of Mayor–Council government. The Mayor sets the agenda and introduces ordinances. Accordingly, I want to work with the Mayor and make sure that any ordinances presented to the City Council for approval truly represent the public interest and not special interest groups. Again, I will bring new leadership to City Government that is not attached to special interest groups. I want to be the true “People’s Candidate”
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?
ID: I am a firm believer in diverse core constituency and political base that are aligned with my core values. For example, I am a pro-life Republican that holds family values as the core of who I am.
T: What has been the most important thing you have learned in your campaign?
ID: Be a listener and a leader. I want to bring new leadership to City Government that is NOT attached to special interest groups. I want to be the true “People’s Candidate”.