Editorial note: This is the twenty-ninth 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.
Dwight Boykins, Candidate for the Houston City Council District D
Texpatriate: What is your name?
DB: Dwight Boykins
T: What is your current occupation?
DB: President of d Boykins Consulting Firm, LLC
T: you run for or held public office before?
DB: Yes, I was also a previous candidate for Houston City Council
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)?
DB: I am a Democrat
T: Open seats typically attract countless candidates. Why are you specifically running for this seat?
DB: I have an engrained desire to better my community. I have the knowledge; passion and skill set needed to make a difference in District D. I want to put District D residents back to work, ensure community safety and assist the elderly in the community.
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?
DB: I have known Council Member Adams for many years and I am certain we would have a great relationship for possible transition.
T: What do you hope to get out of serving on the City Council?
DB: I hope to bring new and creative jobs to District D, address issues concerning senior citizens, recruit brand name retail to District D, reduce crime and most importantly focus on our infrastructure, street and drainage issues.
T: What is an ordinance you would introduce in your next term?
DB: The creation of a long-term permanent sustainable fund used for the development of jobs and the development of a 2nd Chance program. This program is an initiative to provide long-term employment opportunities, economic development, crime reduction and sustainable income for those looking for a second chance, including non-violent ex. felons.
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?
DB: I have traditionally been strong with community-based organizations such as TIRZ 13 and as a Commissioner for ReBuild Houston Oversight Committee. I aim to gather more knowledge of certain interest groups concerns and needs in District D.
T: What has been the most important thing you have learned in your campaign?
DB: The massive need of assistance for senior citizens, high unemployment rate and public safety issues.