Editorial note: This is the eighteenth 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.
Houston City Councilmember Al Hoang, District F
Texpatriate: What is your name?
AH: My full name is Aloysius Duy-Hung Hoang, but I choose to be called Al Hoang. Aloysius is the name of my patron saint, Saint Aloysius, a Jesuit in the 18th Century. By the name it indicates that I am a Christian.
T: What is the position you currently hold?
AH: My position now is District F Councilmember.
T: What number term are you seeking?
AH: The upcoming election is my last term, the third term, and I am term limited.
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)?
AH: The City election is non-partisan but I am a Republican.
T: What was one ordinance you authored that has now become law? If none, what is an ordinance you have introduced?
AH: I have not authored any ordinance that become law.
T: Why do you deserve another term?
AH: I have done what I have promised to my constituents when I ran for this position 4 years ago. I have achieved the following: 1. Reduction of crime in my district 4 years consecutively 18%; 2. Job growth in my District because of relocation of giant companies to District F such as Emerson, Datavox, etc., and foreign investment to District F.; 3. Infrastructure construction on major thoroughfares such Bellaire and Beechnut.;4. Working with the Administration to have the fund to build ONE STOP CENTER on S. Kirkwood and Bellaire in 2019 of which there will be a New Community Center, a New Library, and a New Health Clinic.
T: What is an ordinance you would introduce in your next term?
AH: I would like to author an ordinance to have 2 four-year term for City councilmembers and the Mayor because it would be more efficient to the City.
T: What has been the most rewarding experience in serving on the City Council?
AH: Fighting with the Administration to have the fund for the ONE STOP CENTER in District F.
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?
AH: District F is the most diversified district and the Asian population is the highest in this District, about 24%. I am an Asian and naturally anything that is related to Asia, my constituents come to me. Therefore, I am traditionally strong with the Asian group. I do not think that I have a traditionally weak group because I reach out to all.
T: What has been the most important thing you have learned in your campaign?
AH: Forgiveness and Self-Respect.