Editorial note: This is the nineteenth 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.
James Joseph, Candidate for the Houston City Council District B
Texpatriate: What is your name?
JJ: James ‘Joe Joseph
T: What is your current occupation?
JJ: Entrepreneur, President, CEO
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?
JJ: Yes, the current incumbent lacks of Visibility, Communication, Knowledge and Leadership skills to community improvement project, community services, community environment and basic need of the people.
T: Why are you specifically running against this incumbent?
JJ: This incumbent has not been truthful to the voters, this incumbent has voted against jobs and educational programs to side with special interest group to grow their business at the expense of the children, youth, young adults and senior citizens. (i.e. Costco job cuts here in Houston)
T: What do you hope to get out of serving on the City Council?
JJ: I hope that the citizens in my district may see the pursuit to happiness right outside of their front door.
T: What is an ordinance you would introduce in your next term?
JJ: [NO RESPONSE]
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?
JJ: No special interest groups for me. We shall all strive to grow and prosper together.
T: What has been the most important thing you have learned in your campaign?
JJ: The most important thing that I have learned in this campaign is the compassion and loyalty that the citizens have for their perspective communities and how they want to see their tax money improve their neighborhoods.