Council commercials

The Mayoral candidates have released a combined total of five television ads (3 from Hall, 2 from Parker), which Texpatriate has covered in some detail.

Over the past few days, I have encountered somewhat updated YouTube accounts representing many of the other candidates for municipal office, whose videos merit recognition and discussion. Obviously, I am not especially adept about what is actually airing on Houston television, since I live in Boston, so I do not know how many of these are actually television commercials. However, I can vouch that all of the videos highlighted will include the hallmarks of a TV ad, which include professional footage and a respectfully short length (either 30 seconds or 60).

Three candidates in particular have published these advertisements: Dwight Boykins, Ron Hale and Michael Kubosh. Kubosh’s ad is obviously for radio, but the other two candidates ostensibly are intending for the videos to be aired on television. Boykins, for his part, actually produced two videos.

The videos are embedded in their entirety below, and discussed:

First up is the pair of commercials recently released by Dwight Boykins, by all accounts the frontrunner for the City Council race in District D.

The first video is a 30 second piece that simply includes testimonials from his supporters, most notably former Mayor Lee Brown, who currently as the Boykins Campaign’s treasurer.

The second video is another 30 second ad which features Boykins himself addressing the camera and discussing his platform. Most notably, he mentions a “job program,” which he attests to his novel idea on second chances. This second chance program Boykins references is actually a recurring point of his campaign. On his website, Boykins briefly summarizes the premise:

“As City Councilman for District D, Dwight Boykins will look to put a stop to this vicious cycle by introducing his “Second Chance” Program. The premise of this program is simple; for those people whose mistake led to their incarceration – excluding capital felonies and first or second degree felonies – Dwight’s “Second Chance” Program will look to get them back to work and back to contributing to our community. Getting these people off the streets and back to work will not only help reduce crime rates in the community, it will also increase District D’s tax base. This means more money going back into District D’s parks, schools, community businesses, and vital infrastructure.

Utilizing funding from the recently approved ReBuild Houston initiative, Dwight’s “Second Chance” Program will look to place previously incarcerated individuals on ReBuild Houston construction work crews. After receiving the necessary training and skills, these individuals will be placed on work crews to help lay concrete, inspect roads and properties, work as surveyors, and much more. These jobs will give people a chance to make an honest living and give back to the District D community.”

This is a very unique and interesting idea. Don’t be fooled, unlike the many unique and interesting ideas made by other candidates in municipal elections, the “second chance” program is actually a well flushed out idea. There is 60 whole minutes of excruciating detail on the program on YouTube, if anyone is interested.

Anyways, going back to Boykin’s second ad, it finishes with his mother discussing the accomplishments of her son.

Second, there is Ron Hale’s commercial, a candidate for District A. In the 30 second ad, Hale touts his endorsements from the Houston Black-American Democrats, Oak Forest Area Democrats, Republican Party for America and Log Cabin Republican. Strangely enough, Hale then notes their support of him for “being a Conservative with Conservative values.” While I disagree that his conservatism is the reason HBAD supports him, I found it very interesting and noteworthy to see him taking these endorsements with pride. Hale is definitely trying to be the token progressive in this race.

Last but not least, there is Michael Kubosh’s radio ad, a candidate for At-large 3 (an open seat). At 60 seconds long, Kubosh narrates his opposition to the red light cameras and the homeless feeding ordinance. Further, James Nash, a Sunnsyside reverend (and his Campaign Treasurer), touts his bipartisan appeal. It is somewhat obvious that Kubosh is heavily downplaying his Republican credentials, instead attempting to increase his non-partisan, centrist standing.

I strongly agree with everything Kubosh says in the ad, as I would suspect would many other Democrats. The question is how many voters will scrutinize his record to reveal unflattering positions on many fiscal issues. I wonder if Kubosh intends to create an ad about pensions. Probably not.

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