Last month, this board made four different selections in the preliminary race for the Houston City Council, District D. Among those four selections, we all similarly believed that Dwight Boykins would be a well-qualified and effective member of the City Council. Accordingly, we unanimously endorse him in the the District D runoff election.
While we think that Georgia Provost, Boykins’ opponent in this runoff, would be a good member of the City Council, this board has serious concerns about her lack of an effective online presence. As we have stated before, our sojourning outside of Houston makes social media and internet communication paramount in our ratings of similarly-positioned candidates.
On the other hand, it was Boykins’ strong social media foundation that first drew members of this board towards his candidacy. In March, Noah M. Horwitz lauded the strong communication skills of the campaign, writing “For a City Council candidate to have such an awesome Social Media infrastructure this early is noteworthy, especially from a District candidate.” We are also impressed by Boykins’ strong allegiance to his community, evident by straying away from typical out-of-touch opulence seen by most politicians. While many other candidates held $250/plate events to announce candidates or hold watch parties, Boykins held both at parks, completely free and open to the public. The campaign even gave out free food to attendees.
This board has also been excited by the thoroughness and detail of Boykins’ policy plans. His “2nd Chance Plan” is a great example of such policies, creating an intricate policy prescription to ensure a decrease in both crime and unemployment.
And, as Andrew Scott Romo wrote last month when supporting Boykins, “City Council Districts boast just a single representative. Accordingly, it is invaluable find candidates for these offices who lack the need for on-the-job training. I believe that Dwight Boykins is the best candidate for the office of the Houston City Council District D for exactly that reason.” This board believes that Boykins will be ready on Day 1, ready to improve his community, ready to work as a successful public servant for Houston.
Accordingly, we endorse Dwight Boykins for the Houston City Council, District D.