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Checking In On This November's Houston Municipal Eections

by: kuff

Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 05:45 AM CDT

(Thanks to Charles Kuffner for this in-depth look at what's happening in Houston! - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

The largest city in Texas will hold several important elections this November. Let's check in on what's happening as we approach the filing deadline for Houston's municipal elections.

I've done this in January and in June, and I'm back again to report on the state of the Houston elections.

Below the jump, get caught up on the races for mayor, city controller, several council seats, and other local elections in Houston.

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Midyear 2013 Houston election update

by: kuff

Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 05:54 AM CDT

(Thanks to Kuff for this thorough preview of Houston's elections this November! - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

Back in January, I took an early look at the 2013 elections in Houston. At the request of the folks at the Burnt Orange Report, who also printed my initial overview, here's an update on the races in the city of Houston in 2013. Join me beneath the fold for the goodies.
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A first look at Houston's 2013 elections

by: kuff

Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 05:57 AM CST

(Thanks to Charles Kuffner for this detailed first look into Houston's upcoming November elections.   - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

Dist        Name     Cash on hand



Myr       Parker        1,281,657

Ctrl     R Green            9,983

AL 1    Costello           57,345

AL 2       Burks            3,160

AL 4    Bradford           20,590

AL 5    Christie           14,535

A          Brown           22,641

B          Davis           64,211

C          Cohen           45,597

F          Hoang            6,429

G     Pennington          119,951

H       Gonzalez           57,899

J         Laster           31,816

K        L Green            9,107

It is 2013, right? So while we have the SD06 special election and the new legislative session to worry about, it's not too early to start talking about the 2013 elections. Let's start with a peek at the campaign finance reports from last July of the Houston officeholders who will be on the ballot this November, at right.

I omitted the three Council members who are term-limited out (Melissa Noriega, Wanda Adams, and James Rodriguez), as well as newly-elected Dave Martin, since his July report would not be relevant. Normally there would have been five open seats this year, but with Mike Sullivan stepping down due to his successful candidacy for Tax Assessor and Jolanda Jones losing in 2011, there are only three vacancies, and as such there will likely be a stampede for those seats. But we'll get to that in a minute.

Below the jump, let's take a closer look at where the non-term limited incumbents are.

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An overview of the 2011 City of Houston elections

by: kuff

Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 06:16 AM CDT

(Thanks, Kuff! Houston readers, what are your thoughts on this November's elections? - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

Howdy. This is Charles Kuffner from Off the Kuff, and I was asked by the fine folks at BOR to write an overview of the 2011 Houston municipal elections. What follows is my effort to summarize it all for you. For more information, please see my 2011 Election page, which contains links to interviews I have conducted with the candidates (more are to come), campaign finance reports, and endorsement lists. On to the overview...
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Interview with Eric Roberson

by: kuff

Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 06:08 AM CDT

(Be sure to check out the interview.   - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)

I had the chance to meet Eric Roberson, who is running for CD32 up in Dallas, while I was in Austin for the Democratic convention, but due to my short stay our schedules didn't allow for an interview. Fortunately, he was going to be coming to Houston shortly afterward, and I took advantage of that to rectify the omission. We're all aware of the recent IVR poll that shows him trailing Rep. Pete Sessions by only nine points. Now you can hear what he has to say on a variety of issues, from Iraq and FISA to immigration and why he calls himself a former Republican. The interview is available here, along with links to other candidate interviews I did at the convention.
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Why I'll be voting for Jessica Farrar in HD148

by: kuff

Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 06:36 PM CST

I see Marc Campos has picked a side in the upcoming primary fight between State Rep. Jessica Farrar and her opponent.

Commentary's friend Jose Medrano is running for State Representative, District 148 in the Dem Primary. Jessica Farrar is the incumbent. Commentary votes in District 148. Jose used to work for Jessica. The conspiracy folks think Commentary is behind this race. Sorry pals. Jose has his own pros and friends involved. I like Jose, will vote for him, and tell others to support him because I think he would make a great public official.

Well that's nice, but speaking as someone else who votes in District 148, I say we already have a great public official serving us, one with a proven track record of doing the right thing. The single most important issue for any legislator or legislative candidate going into 2009 will be where they stand on House Speaker Tom Craddick and his notion of a divine right of Speakers. I know exactly where Jessica Farrar stands on this, because she's been voting against Craddick since 2005, back before most people realized how important it was to do so. She paid a price for it, too. Maybe her opponent will oppose Craddick, as all Democrats (and most Republicans) should. But why should I wonder about that when I have certainty with Farrar? I'll stick with the person who has demonstrated her courage when it counted.

More than that, Jessica Farrar represents my beliefs as well as any member of the House. I thought she had a great session this past year, standing up time and again for things that needed a champion. She fought for the HPV vaccine, after many of her colleagues suddenly and temporarily became concerned with the Governor overreaching his powers and used that as an excuse to demagogue against women's health. She was a leader in the fight against a genuine and pernicious power grab by the Governor on Homeland Security. She fought for clean air. On issue after issue, she voted the way I would have voted, and was up front about it.

Now, maybe Farrar's primary opponent believes the same things she does, and maybe he doesn't. If he doesn't, then for sure I wouldn't vote for him. But even if he does, why would I want to replace someone who's been doing a good job and voting the way I like for as long as Jessica Farrar has? Why wouldn't I want to keep the person who's been there and done that and has the record to prove it? I can't think of any reason at all. There's plenty of need and room for change in the Texas Legislature, but I want to change the parts that don't work. Jessica Farrar represents what does work. She belongs in the Lege, and I intend to help keep her there.

The choice could not be clearer. If you live in HD148, I hope you'll make a point of voting in the Democratic primary, and then again in the November general, for State Rep. Jessica Farrar. Thanks very much.

Cross-posted from Off the Kuff.

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