Editorial note: This is the twenty-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.
Jenifer Pool, Candidate for the Houston City Council at-large Position #3
Texpatriate: What is your name?
JP: Jenifer Rene Pool
T: What is your current occupation?
JP: Business Owner
T: Have you run for or held public office before?
JP: Yes. City Council 2011
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: Open seats typically attract countless candidates. Why are you specifically running for this seat?
JP: Having run for an At-Large position in 2011, my campaign was designed for Citywide. Melissa Noriega has been a friend and good progressive and I want to maintain the progressive status of this seat.
T: Are you in contact with the incumbent Councilmember for this position? Would the two of you have a good relationship for a possible transition?
JP: Yes and yes.
T: What do you hope to get out of serving on the City Council?
JP: Opportunity to serve and be a strong voice for those citizens who feel they have not been heard; thus making the City better where it matters
T: What is an ordinance you would introduce in your next term?
JP: One to make the City responsible for the maintenance of sidewalks; A non-discrimination ordinance;
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?
JP: Strong: LGBT Community
Leak [sic]: Religious Right Conservatives
T: What has been the most important thing you have learned in your campaign?
JP: It’s important to listen and truly hear what people are saying