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Congresswoman Lee: Share’s her thoughts about why she’s the best candidate in the 2012 race for the 18th Congressional District of Texas

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Justice Don Willett: Shares his thoughts about why he’s the best candidate in the 2012 race for the Texas Supreme Court Justice for Place 2 seat

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Erica S. Lee: Shares her thoughts about why she’s the best candidate for Harris County School Trustee for Position 6, Precinct 1

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M.J. Khan: Shares his thoughts about why he’s the best candidate in his race for State Representative for House District 137

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CRUZ

SADLER

BURNS

BRADY

MUELLER

CADIEN

SEIBERT

HENRY

BAHORICH

BRAY

POGUE

HALBACH

THOMPSON

OAKES

HASTINGS

LANDRUM

BRIDGWATER

CARGAS

ROSEN

GUTHRIE

DOUGHERTY

DEVINE

THOMAS

HART

HUBERTY

RYAN

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TRAUTMAN

GARCIA

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You Do Have A Voice! BISHOP K.J. BROWN MINISTRIES -- “BUILDING WINNING LIVES”

VOTE FROM NOW THRU FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND

Voting is an empowered opportunity to choose leadership, which should be exercised every time we have the opportunity. Our collective voice is of great value to our neighborhoods, communities, city and country. Our political system affords us the opportunity to vote...and every vote matters. Everyone who is eligible to vote should do so. Never buy in to polls and percentages put out in the media...and figure that your vote won’t make a difference. Every vote counts and every voice will be heard by you participating in this very important and pivotal election.

Be attentive to the issues and think forward. When I cast a ballot at the poll I use a biblical example as my guide. God chose David as King. When I read the story of David, I see a lesson we can all use in voting. God chose David because of the following reasons ONE: His heart. TWO: His History. THREE: How he would handle the issues. FOUR: How he would help the people. FIVE: How he would be used to heal the land. God knew that David wouldn’t be perfect; but God was able to use him in civil government in order to fulfill his divine purpose. Voting is not only valuable to the candidate. Voting is valuable to you and your family too. Our families are counting on us at the polls. Your right to vote is very valuable. So use it to be a part of the collective voice that leads this country forward. God Bless America!!!

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The Candidates

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- Ted Cruz, Paul Sadler and Jim Cargas share their thoughts about why they’re the best candidates in their respective races.

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- James Cargas, Congressman Kevin Brady, Neil Burns, and Steve Mueller share their thoughts about why they’re the best candidate in their respective races.

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- Tawana Cadien, Sean Seibert and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee share their thoughts about why they’re the best candidate in their respective races.

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- Dale Henry, Justice Don Willett, John Devine, Dona Bahorich and R.W. Bray share their thoughts about why they’re the best candidates in their respective races.

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- Sam “Tejas” Texas, Cody Pogue, M.J. Khan, State Representative Senfronia Thompson, and Ron Lovett share their thoughts about why they’re the best candidate in their respective races.

Why Vote In 2012 Pastor Robert L. Thomas pictured with his wife Tracey.

By Pastor Robert L. Thomas For Your Thought Matters Readers:

I know many of us will say the old cliché’ “Our forefathers died for this right!”, which is very true; but that alone as an argument to motivate us to do what we should already be excited to do; just isn’t enough.

Why we have to extol the virtues of voting to a people just a few decades removed from one of the worst atrocities ever perpetrated against mankind in the detestable act of slavery is really beyond me. It really boils down to this: if you are interested in having a better quality of life; you should go out and vote; if you want your children to be able to afford to attend college, then go vote; if you think your taxes are too high for the services you receive; go out and vote; if your school system is not what you want it to be; yep, you should get up and roll to the polls. It really is true — your vote is your voice! We have to be stronger in voice, so that what we say, when we say it, matters, and we are responsible for doing that at the voting booth. Elected officials work for the taxpayers, not the other way around, and as such, they should not be able to tell us what they are going to do, they are to push forward the positive agendas for bettering our safety, opportunities, prosperity and quality of life. The choice is yours, accept things as they are, or vote and seek the systemic change we all so richly deserve! Be Safe, Stay Informed!

Robert L. Thomas, Jr. Senior Pastor Olivet Missionary Baptist Church Celebrating 80 Years of Continuous Service

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- Natalia Cokinos Oakes, Judge Michael Massengale, Justice Brett Busby, Jeff Hastings, and Judge Kyle Carter share their thoughts about why they’re the best candidate in their respective races.

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- Michael Landrum, Don Self and Robert Summerlin share their thoughts about why they’re the best candidate in their respective races.

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- Roger Bridgwater, Louis Guthrie, Diane Trautman, Juluette Bartlett-Pack share their thoughts about why they’re the best candidate in their respective races.

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THESE ARE THE 2012 CANDIDATES WHO WANT YOU TO KNOW WHY THEY’RE THE BEST CANDIDATES IN THEIR RACE TED CRUZ SHARES HIS THOUGHTS:

Why I am the best candidate for United States Senate by Ted Cruz For Your Thought Matters Readers

I’m running for Senate because in my judgment, America is at a crossroads. Barack Obama is the most radical president this nation has ever seen and we are facing the epic battle of our generation — a battle of whether this nation remains a free-market nation. The size, power, and spending of the federal government has increased faster in the past three years than ever before. And we desperately need leadership to stand up and defend liberty, free-market principles, and the U.S. Constitution. I think voters in Texas and across the country are tired of the same establishment incumbents. And 2010 showed they were looking for new leaders who have the courage of their convictions and are strong, principled conservatives who are willing to fight to defend limited government. For the past decade, over and over again, I have been standing up for conservative principles and winning on the national level. Serving under Attorney General Greg Abbott, I was proud to successfully defend the Pledge of Allegiance, the Ten Commandments, the Second Amendment, and U.S. sovereignty from the World Court and the UN—all of which we won before the U.S. Supreme Court. I am the only proven conservative in the race with a demonstrated record of standing up for conservative values and winning on a national level: • As the head of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Tenth Amendment Studies, took a leading national role in fighting for States’ rights and against excessive federal regulation. • Successfully represented Texas before the U.S. Supreme Court in Medellin v. Texas, which upheld U.S. sovereignty and held that the World Court cannot bind the U.S. justice system and the President cannot order the state courts to obey the World Court. • Under the leadership of Attorney General Greg Abbott, repeatedly defended the right to free speech and religious expression, including in a landmark decision protecting the Texas Ten Commandments monument. • Played a leading role in several important pro-life cases, including defense of the partial-birth abortion ban, parental consent laws, and prohibiting state funds

from going to abortion. • Led a coalition of 31 states protecting the 2nd Amendment by challenging the unconstitutional ban on gun rights in Washington, D.C. • Worked to strengthen border security and help ensure that America remains a nation of laws. Among other efforts, worked on efforts to increase penalties for felons who enter the country illegally. • Defended the landmark lawsuit reform legislation implemented in Texas in 2003, protecting the constitutionality of that effort, which has led to greater access to health care and expanded economic opportunity. • Successfully represented over 3 million veterans before the U.S. Supreme Court, defending the constitutionality of the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial, which was erected in 1934 to honor WWI veterans. • Fought on the federal level to defend marriage between one man and one woman ----------------------------------------------------------------------

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PAUL SADLER SHARES HIS THOUGHTS:

Why I am the best candidate for United States Senate By Paul Sadler For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers

“I am a Democrat with a proven record of fierce, independent leadership and legislative experience. I want us to be problem solvers committed to the principles of this great country. Those principles are larger than a label – they live inside each of us. They are what made this country great. Join me as we return to that heritage, help me restore dignity and respect to our public institutions. One election at a time we can restore our faith in each other – it begins here and now, with the election of your next United States Senator. We need to build a stronger economy, invest in education and protect the progress we have made on health care. We must secure our border through investments in technology and pass the DREAM Act. We need to invest in new energy solutions.

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JIM DOUGHERTY SHARES HIS THOUGHTS:

Why I am the best candidate for U.S. Congress for the 2ndCongressional District

By Jim Dougherty For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “Our government represents diverse people and views. While each of our individual principles and values may clash at times, we are united by the belief that we are best-represented by an elective citizens’ body in which agreements and laws are fashioned through informed judgments, rational processes, reasoned discussion and collegial collaboration. A public official’s duty is to govern in a manner that seeks the common good: is accountable and sustainable now and into the future. As circumstances change, society evolves and our needs shifts, so must our policies. Congressional representatives cannot and should not be so inflexible in their approaches to solutions that they are unable to relate to one another and attempt to meet the needs of all of the country’s citizens. The pledges of candidates in their campaigns must not be immutable on issues about which people can reasonably disagree, or so inflexible that they cannot act responsibly when confronted with the future needs. I believe in a law-based society, with individual freedoms enshrined in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. I believe in free enterprise which preserves a social safety net that prevents people from falling through; a tax system that is fair and proportionate to income and means. I believe everyone should have the opportunity to excel, and government has an obligation to assure that opportunity is available. I believe peace in the world is best achieved through communication and shared responsibility. I stand for cohesive policies that improve the quality of governance and life for all.”


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Effective Conservative Leadership.

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ith so much at stake, now is not the time to send unproven, inexperienced representatives to Washington.

Congressman Kevin Brady is the only candidate with the experience and conservative track-record required to fight against the liberal PelosiObama agenda. A pro-family, pro-family, pro-small business conservative, Kevin has worked his way up in the U.S. House and now holds important leadership posts on key committees, which means we enjoy a bigger voice on national issues. Kevin Brady stays in touch with those he represents. Unlike many in Congress, he never moved to Washington D.C. and this last August he held 53 health care town-hall meetings, the most in the entire country. Kevin Brady opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants, tax increases and wasteful spending. Kevin Brady is working to end the T and return all bailout money to the taxpayers.

Keep Kevin Fighting for Us!

ABOUT CONGRESSMAN BRADY Name: Kevin Brady Age: 57

Occupation: U.S. Representative, former chamber of commerce executive Position sought: U.S. Representative, 8th District

Reason for running and what makes you best: Our country is headed in the wrong direction. I’m worried our children and grandchildren won’t have the same opportunities we have.

I’m a proven pro-family, pro-business conservative with the experience and conservative track-record needed to fight against the liberal Obama agenda. I work hard to stay in touch with those I represent. Unlike many, I never moved to Washington. My wife and I raise our boys here in Montgomery County and I’ve logged nearly two million miles commuting each week to Congress. To hold myself accountable to my constituents I hold more than 50 town hall meetings a year.

After serving as a civic leader in Montgomery County I’ve worked my way up in the U.S. House and now hold important leadership posts on key committees - such as Ways & Means and Joint Economic Committee - which mean my constituents enjoy a bigger voice on national issues such as taxes, Medicare and Social Security. I help lead the fight to protect Texas energy jobs. I fought the Obama moratorium in the Gulf that hurt our Texas energy workers, and continue to successfully fight President Obama’s new taxes on Texas oil & gas companies that would drive local energy jobs overseas.

I’ve introduced the MAP Act to cut out-ofcontrol Washington spending. The MAP Act shrinks the size of the federal government by a quarter this decade, shuts down obsolete agencies, establishes a line-item veto to cut wasteful spending, and ends forever the threat of a government shutdown. Experience: Chamber of Commerce executive for 18 years including President, South Montgomery County Woodlands Chamber of Commerce 1985-1996; Texas House of Representatives 19901996; U.S. House of Representatives 1997 to present.

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Community Service: Original Hometown Hero of The Woodlands, Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow; member, Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church; supporter, Lone Star Honor Flight and many civic activities. Led successful community campaign to establish the VA Health Clinic in Conroe to serve our veterans. Honors include: Texas Political Leader of the Year, Five Outstanding Young Texans, 10 Best Texas Legislators for Families & Children, Hero of the Taxpayer, Defender of Liberty, Small Business Champion; Super-Friend of the Seniors. Family: Wife Cathy, sons ages 13, 10.


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JAMES CARGAS SHARES HIS THOUGHTS:

Why I am the best candidate for U.S. Congress for the 7th Congressional District By James Cargas For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “I am the Democratic challenger in Congressional District 7. I am a former Congressional and Clinton White House aide, who is seeking election because I am tired of our do-nothing Congress. I have the experience to see Congress become a functioning institution again, just as our Founding Fathers envisioned. Vote for me if you, are tired of the Tea Party and gridlock in Washington, tired of the lack of basic arithmetic that has resulted in our largest deficit in history, or tired of trickle-down economics being repackaged and resold, as the Ryan Budget. Vote for me if you are disappointed that Congress fails to even debate comprehensive immigration reform, if you believe our energy-thirsty nation needs a comprehensive “all of the above” energy policy, or if you want to reverse a decade of cuts to research funding that has resulted in layoffs in the Texas Medical Center, and America no longer being the global leader in innovation and research. Finally, vote for me if you believe your Congressman should not block public transportation dollars from coming to METRO, which results in your gasoline tax dollars going to another state. I have the experience and understanding of how Washington is supposed to work. My first job out of college was working on Capitol Hill. This was back when Jim Wright of Texas was the Speaker and Ronald Reagan of California was President. Democrats and Republicans did not agree all the time, but at least we talked to each other and worked to find common ground. Back then members of Congress focused on what was right for America - All of America. After working in Congress, I went to law school in Washington DC and became an energy lawyer. I started out in the private sector working in a large law firm and then for an interstate natural gas pipeline company. I returned to public service, when I accepted a position in President Bill Clinton’s White House at the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. I finished out the Clinton Administration by serving Gov. Bill Richardson when he was the Secretary of Energy. Today, I work in the City Attorney’s Office handling all of the City’s energy transactions for Mayor Annise Parker. Previously, I did the same for Mayor Bill White. If I am elected, jobs, energy, science and a balanced budget will be my highest priorities. I understand the arithmetic necessary to balance the federal budget again, just like we did during the Clinton Administration. I am committed to seeing our Texas Medical Center remain a worldclass research center. I am also an energy expert who will work hard to develop and implement a comprehensive energy policy that balances fossil energy and renewable energy according to America’s demands; and that improves energy efficiency to reduce those demands. If you are tired of what Capitol Hill has become, then vote for me. I believe Houston can do better!”

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KEVIN BRADY SHARES HIS THOUGHTS: Why I am the best candidate for U.S. Congress for the 8th Congressional District

By Congressman Kevin Brady For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “Our country is headed in the wrong direction. I’m worried our children and grandchildren won’t have the same opportunities we have. I’m a proven pro-family, pro-business conservative with the experience and conservative track-record needed to fight against the liberal Obama agenda. I work hard to stay in touch with those I represent. Unlike many, I never moved to Washington. My wife and I

raise our boys here in Montgomery County and I’ve logged nearly two million miles commuting each week to Congress. To hold myself accountable to my constituents I hold more than 50 town hall meetings a year…After serving as a civic leader in Montgomery County I’ve worked my way up in the U.S. House and now hold important leadership posts on key committees - such as Ways & Means and Joint Economic Committee - which mean my constituents enjoy a bigger voice on national issues such as taxes, Medicare and Social Security. I help lead the fight to protect Texas energy jobs. I fought the Obama moratorium in the Gulf that hurt our Texas energy workers, and continue to successfully fight President Obama’s new taxes on Texas oil & gas companies that would drive local energy jobs overseas. I’ve introduced the MAP Act to cut out-of-control Washington spending. The MAP Act shrinks the size of the federal government by a quarter this decade, shuts down obsolete agencies, establishes a line-item veto to cut wasteful spending, and ends forever the threat of a government shutdown.” -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

NEIL BURNS SHARES HIS THOUGHTS:

Why I am the best candidate for U.S. Congress for the 8th Congressional District By Neil Burns For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers

“My name is Neil Burns and I am running for US Congress, District 8, Texas. Why am I undertaking this challenge? I believe Republicans have exhibited irresponsible behavior that is threatening our nation’s future. My opponent, Kevin Brady and the GOP want the American people to simply forget eight years of Republican control in which the nation was brought to its knees by huge spending deficits, two unpaid wars and a debilitating financial crisis that has lingered to cause unemployment levels not experienced since the great depression. Now, they propose to correct these problems through massive spending cuts (translation, more jobs lost). They would virtually dismantle safety net programs (cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits). At the same time, they claim to favor a so-called broadened tax base (which in their approach would actually increase taxes on the poor and middle class while reducing taxes for corporations and the wealthy). Fellow voters, would you put your trust in such a solution? Help me stop this hypocrisy and sheer lack of credibility.”

STEVE MUELLER SHARES HIS THOUGHTS:

Why I am the best candidate for U.S. Congress for the 9th Congressional District

By Steve Mueller For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “The very foundations of our country are under attack and you and your family will suffer the consequences if wise choices are not made this election. Our Founding Fathers fled their homelands in search of a place of religious and economic freedom. After the War for Independence and the Article of Confederation, they created a “more perfect union” of the States with the Constitution. With the addition of the Bill of Rights, our God-given rights were to be protected by the government. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is attacking our Religious Liberty in the rules they have made around the “Affordability Care Act”. Their rules are requiring citizens to violate their consciences and their religious beliefs or else be in violation of the law. Violating civil and religious liberty is not new in history. Adolph Hitler came to power in a democratic republic during turbulent political times. His government suspended constitutional guarantees pertaining to civil liberties “For the Protection of the People and the State”. Today, I can assure you that providing affordable healthcare is no reason to be violating our God-given, constitutionally-protected rights. If you care about your rights, then vote for Romney for President. Obama has demonstrated in many ways that he will violate the rights of the people and go against American traditions, such as marriage being between one man and one woman, to achieve his political agenda. Let’s turn to the economy. Our economy is in terrible shape and getting worse. Our US dollar is at risk of losing its status as the world reserve currency because the world is losing confidence in the value of the US dollar. The FED’s recent announcement on quantitative easing that it will essentially “create” 40 Billion Dollars, out of thin air, every month for the foreseeable future, doesn’t help the trust factor at all. As our dollar loses its status as the world reserve currency, we are going to have a terrible, terrible situation on our hands. The incumbent Democrat I am running against refuses to make the hard choices that need to be made to stop going further into debt. We MUST stop going into debt. As Dave Ramsey says, first, cut up the credit cards, then, “live your wage”. The second step to turn this economy around and have it grow by 10 %, is to pass the Fair Tax. The Fair Tax bill is before Congress RIGHT NOW but has not been passed. Most of our Houstonarea Republicans have cosponsored the bill. None of our Democrats have. To conclude, if you value your rights and want to stop the spiral of debt, then vote for Steve Mueller for CD 9. Thank you for your time. The future of freedom is in your hands. I pray that you vote wisely.”


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TAWANA CADIEN SHARES HER THOUGHTS: Why I am the best candidate for U.S. Congress for the 10th Congressional District

By Tawana Cadien For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “I am Tawana Cadien, your nominee for the United States Congress for District 10. I am excited about this opportunity to serve the people of District 10. District 10 is comprised of several counties including Travis, Bastrop, Lee, Fayette, Colorado, Austin, Washington, Waller, and Harris County. I am a Registered Nurse and I have also earned an Executive Master’s in Public Administration. I have a compassion for people, and I know that it is vital that you have representation that will put people before policy. I work for an organization that provides free mammograms I speak to individual citizens and organizations about breast, testicular, ovarian, and prostate cancer and the importance of early detection. There is so much at stake in this election, and I want you to know that I vote for me is a vote for compassion, care, and understanding. This District is reflective of America in that it consists of suburbs, rural areas, and cities. As your representative I will assure that every inch of this district has access to vital information that will enhance every community. We will collaborate with the big oil companies that are drilling in the rural areas to ensure that those citizens are trained and equipped, and hired so that not only does the oil company gain revenue, but the families and communities in which they drill also benefit. Our seniors deserve genuine gratitude for the services and contributions that they have made to our society. While I was in kindergarten, junior high, high school and college, these now sixty, seventy, eighty, and ninety year olds were holding our country together. Instead of making life harder for them, we must show our appreciation by assuring that their Medicare is NOT put into a voucher system, but that their Medicare and other benefits reflect our true gratitude for their services and contributions to our country. Our children are our future is not a cliché, it is true. One day my daughters, ages nine and six along with your children, grandchildren, and even great grandchildren will make decisions for our country. I want them to be prepared. Our children and young adults are watching and hearing what we do today. I want them to be assured that we are doing everything possible to secure a bright future for them. We must prepare them to compete in a global society. Our children are bright, they are full of hope and they have everything inside of them needed to one day take our country to new heights. We will give them the tools that they need by way of excellent educational, technical, and social skills. We owe so much to our veterans and active service men and women. What can you truly say about someone who willingly signs a form to say that they are ready to give their lives for the sake of others, for the sake of their country? Words can truly not express this level of sacrifice. It is vitally important that we support these men and women that without question supported us. We must get every veteran off of the street and in a place of safety. I want to thank you for keeping us safe. I want to thank you for putting so many others above yourself. I want to assure you and your family that I will work tirelessly to make sure that your sacrifice is not only acknowledged, but that you and your family have available every resource necessary to help you have a good life in the country that you so valiantly protected. I am asking every woman in District 10 to give me your support and your vote. I have been amazed at the devaluing of women that has become rampant in our country. Women you are valuable in your homes, to your family, and most definitely to our society. You are NOT a pre-existing condition. You are a human being that deserves respect and honor. As your representative, you will have a voice at the table. You will have someone that will vote for you and someone who

thinks that you should be paid fairly. The current District 10 representative has voted against the Fair Pay Act and has voted against measures in the Affordable Care Act that consider you as a pre-existing condition. The current District 10 representative as voted AGAINST YOU. Please take the time to view his voting record. I am asking every man who thinks that their mother, wives, daughters, and grand-daughters deserve a representative that votes for them, to vote for me. Your vote is not merely about being fair, your vote is a stance for what is right. Your vote for me is a vote for you! I will represent you and stand up for you. Every woman in District 10 now has an opportunity to have as seat at the table by voting Tawana Cadien for U.S. Congress. I will take your issues to heart. When I speak to citizens about early detection for cancer, it doesn’t matter how much money they have or where they live, or what party they are affiliated. My goal is to help save a life. I have a compassion for all people regardless of a status, party affiliation, or gender. As your representative I will not only be representing my family, but all of the citizens of District 10. Thank you in advance for your support. When you go to the polls, please vote Tawana Cadien for U.S. Congress.”

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SEAN SEIBERT SHARES HIS THOUGHTS:

Why I am the best candidate for U.S. Congress for the 18th Congressional District

By Sean Seibert For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “Houstonians of District 18, I’m listening to you, and I will fight for you! My commitment to you is that I will create jobs, protect your rights, and work to provide our children a better future. You deserve a government that will be fiscally responsible. Our children have the right to a future that is not burdened with the debt of this generation’s spending. I vow to be a new breed of public servant to you. I value liberty more than life. As a Lt. Col. in the Army, who has served for 29 years, I have a commitment to my fellow men and women in uniform… patriots, willing to give their lives for the country they hold so dear. Today, veterans have the second highest rate of unemployment. I will create incentives among the private sector to encourage the hiring of returning servicemen and women. As your Congressman, I will not support “boots on the ground” unless United States National Security is jeopardized, nor will I ever leave our diplomats vulnerable in known unstable environments. I am deeply concerned about the direction of our country. As of today, we have too many Americans out of work. Unemployment is higher than it’s been since the Great Depression. The national debt is 16 trillion dollars. We spend 9 billion per day; yet take in only 5 billion. The cost of critical items, like food and housing, are steadily increasing. Gasoline has doubled from only one dollar and eighty cents four years ago. We must do something differently. While America is out of work, or underemployed, this administration refuses to create solutions, and my opponent, Ms. Jackson-Lee, has been absent for over 30% of the votes. We have had no approved budget for 4 years. We must curb spending in Congress, get our debt under control, and put America back to work. I have a plan that brings jobs into the Houston area. I will work to reduce regula-

tions and support energy independence. I will get the government off the back of small businesses, so they can create more jobs, and I will bring your tax dollars back into the district for local job opportunities, education and crime prevention. I know what Texans value and I will fight for what is important to you. 18 years is long enough for my opponent to be in office! Our nation and our economy are at stake. We must change our course. “

SHEILA JACKSON LEE SHARES HER THOUGHTS:

Why I am the best candidate for U.S. Congress for the 18th Congressional District

By Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “As a Member of the United States Congress, I believe in expanded service to reach my constituents who are truly in need. My approach to service is to find solutions where others see problems. After Hurricane Ike I helped set up three pods for food distribution at various sites throughout the city and worked with a smaller church to serve an additional 8,000 persons in one day. Recently helped secure over $151 million dollars to repair homes still impacted by Hurricane Ike. Worked with HUD to save $7 million dollars for Houston Economic Development and Job Creation. Generated $849 million dollars for American Recovery Act projects. Kept 16 pools and community centers open during the historic heat wave experienced by Houston in 2011. Passed consent amendment with a unanimous vote honoring the returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently introduced H.R. 6019 Bullying Prevention and Intervention Act which passed out of the Judiciary Committee reauthorizing $200 million dollars. Passed H.R. 2130 Date Rape Drug Prohibition Act which protects women against date rape. Authored H.R. 750, the Save America Comprehensive Immigration Act and supported the Dream Act which was signed into law to protect innocent children. Secured 1.5 in federal funding to support post traumatic disorder services to a center in Houston that I established and $1.2 billion for public transportation and light rail. And played a major role in the passage of a new patent law which is considered the most significant reform helping small businesses. I work with a very diverse constituency and I take that diversity of ideas back to Washington to pass legislation working with both Democrats and Republicans. Supported capping tuition hikes at public colleges and universities in order to make college more affordable and stopped increases in student loan interest rates. And played a major role in the passage of a new patent law which is considered the most significant reform helping small businesses. Held the 1st annual health fair at the George R. Brown convention center which provided free health screening and testing for over one thousand participants and a home foreclosure event to help keep families in their homes working with the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) and local banks. Served on the following Boards: United Way, Chair of Interfaith Ministries, Chair of Urban Scouting, President of the Houston Lawyers Association, State Bar Board of Texas, Ensemble Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Founder and CoChair of House of Representatives Congressional Children’s Caucus and the Pakistan/Afghan Caucus. Founder of the Houston Youth Impact Program (serving Middle School Boys). Received the following awards: First Focus Champion of Children 2011/2012, US Dream Academy Legacy Award, the National Bankers Association Foundation Excellence Award, the Martin Luther King National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. Champion of Courage Award, the Living-


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stone College Doctor of Humane Letters, the National Association of Negro Business Sojourner Truth Meritorious Service Award, the Award for Policy at the 16th Annual Phillip Burton Immigration & Civil Rights Awards, the Drum Major Award for Public Service by the Revelation Urban Development Institute, the National Minority Health Quality Forum Lifetime Achievement Award, the Houston Community College Joyce M. Reynolds Award, and the National Technical Association (NTA) of Scientists and Engineers honored the Congresswoman with its Top Women in the Sciences Award. I work with a very diverse constituency and I take that diversity of ideas back to Washington to pass legislation working with both Democrats and Republicans.” -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

DALE HENRY SHARES HIS THOUGHTS: Why I am the best candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner

By Dale Henry For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “I’m Dale Henry, and I’m the Democrat running for Texas Railroad Commissioner in the 2012 General election. There are so many problems at the Railroad Commission that we do not have time enough for an in depth dialog. All of these issues affect the people of the state of Texas…The Railroad Commission does not monitor all the CEMENTING JOBS AT EVERY WELL SITE AS IT IS DECLARED TO DO! Therefore, we have wells that are NOT cemented properly (with a good chance that they were not inspected) and have a high probability of failure and contaminating our precious ground water. They are not monitoring because the Railroad Commission is run by appointees, who were put there mostly by the governor,— WHO HAVE NO ON-THE-GROUND EXPERIENCE, NO EXPERIENCE IN MAN-POWER UTILIZATION — AND ARE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY THRU CAMPAIGN FINANCE! Just look at the Texas Ethics Commission, to see the millions of dollars of campaign finance my opponent has taken; and nearly half of it is from the oil and gas industry. Now I call that A HUGE CONFLICT OF INTEREST, and any good attorney should know that. This is the reason that most of the people see a cloud of corruption over the Railroad Commission. It is also the reason that I SELF FINANCE MY CAMPAIGN, AND DO NOT ACCEPT ANY MONEYS FROM SPECIAL INTERESTS OR (PACS) Political Action Committees. I CAN NOT BE BOUGHT BY THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY…The Railroad Commission does not have enough people (inspectors and supervisors), that work enough hours to carry out THEIR MANDATE OF OVER-SIGHT OF THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY! …Drilling permits are Rubber Stamped at the Rail Road Commission. This must stop and new policies need to be applied...This list could go on for a very long time. And I am out of time, right now.” ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

DON WILLETT SHARES HIS THOUGHTS: Why I’m The Best Candidate for Texas Supreme Court Justice for Place 2

By Justice Don Willett For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “When I joined the Supreme Court in 2005, Texas’ four — then-living former chief justices—a bipartisan group of eminent legal statesmen—hailed my appointment, calling it “outstanding,” noting their “unanimous support and admiration,” and saying” Willett brings to the court one of the most varied and wide-ranging legal backgrounds in recent memory.” I’ve been fortunate to work for a federal appellate judge, a major Texas law firm, a Texas Attorney General, a Texas Governor, a U.S. Attorney General and the President of the United States. All in all, it’s a resume of uncommon and tremendous breadth that has bestowed this key virtue: I know judging; I know policymaking; and I know the difference. I’m proud to have earned broad-based support from both sides of the aisle and both sides of the docket. Recently, a bipartisan group of former State Bar of Texas appellate chairs urged their fellow appellate lawyers—those with the keenest interest in a top-tier Supreme Court—to rally behind me. This group of preeminent appellate leaders said: Justice Willett has built a record of impressive scholarship and no-favorites decision making. He writes with wel-

come clarity and also shows refreshing independence, often departing from his colleagues to write separately. Plus, he always writes swiftly, never falling behind on his docket. . . . We are a nonpartisan group who asks everyone who favors a strong high-caliber judiciary to support Justice Willett. In my seven years on the Court, I’ve earned a reputation for distinctive and evenhanded scholarship.”

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JOHN DEVINE SHARES HIS THOUGHTS: Why I am the best candidate for Texas Supreme Court Justice Place #4

By John Devine For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “I am the most experienced and well qualified candidate in the race. I have received every major endorsement in the race for Texas Supreme Court, Place 4. I have served our community in many official capacities including: District Judge, 190th District Court, 1995 – 2002; Special Judge, Harris Co. J.P. Courts, 2002 – 2011; Harris County Juvenile Board; Harris County Juvenile Justice School Board; Board of Civil District Judges Mass Torts Committee; Board of Civil District Judges; Texas Association of State Judges; and, American Judges Association. I recently moved to Austin from the Houston area. I have lived in the Houston area for more than 25 years. I served 8 years on the bench and compiled an impressive judicial record: My court ranked #1 in reducing the court’s case load. My decisions were reversed in appeals court less than any other judge at the time. I was named the “Judge of the Year” by Police Organizations and awarded the title of “Texas Size Hero” by Focus on the Family magazine. I am also known as the “10 Commandments Judge.” I am a conservative who is a proud defender of the values which have made our country great. I received national acclaim by refusing to remove a painting of the Ten Commandments from my courtroom and defeated a related lawsuit by liberal activists. Happily married my wife, Nubia, for 23 years and blessed with six children.”

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DONNA BAHORICH SHARES HER THOUGHTS: Why I’m The Best Candidate for Texas Board of Education, District 6

By Donna Bahorich For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers

“Five million public school students will attend Texas schools this year. That represents 10% of the students educated in public schools nationwide. I believe that our students matter not only to the future of Texas but to the nation. EVERY school must be a place of high student expectations, high teacher quality, and a highly focused mission to prepare our students for college and career. Curriculum standards set by the State Board of Education

must be relevant, academically sound, rigorous and clear. A rigorous high school curriculum is a strong predictor of college readiness. Re-teaching basic skills in reading, writing and math in college is a $200 million a year problem in Texas. Only 1/3 of students taking remedial classes earn a degree even after six years. We must not fail our children by accepting mediocre standards. The job market of today breaks downs as follows: 50% of jobs require education beyond high school but less than a 4year degree, 30% require a 4-yr degree, only 20% require a high school education or less. The Career and Technical Education now available for our students in high school help prepare and engage them in their futures. Students can earn certifications, licensures and college credit to enable them to earn a 4-year degree or to secure a good paying job upon graduation. Considering 78% of students work during college, higher wages, as a result of skills earned, increase the opportunity to secure a diploma. Real world, real jobs, real futures. This is my passion as I seek to serve on the State Board.” ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

R.W. BRAY SHARES HIS THOUGHTS & PRAYERS:

I Will Continue To Keep The Gallegos Family In My Prayers

By R.W. Bray For The People of Senate District 6 in Texas “My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of Texas Senator Mario Gallegos. Today is a tragic day as we have lost a true pioneer and visionary in Texas politics. For the last 17 years Senator Gallegos has served the citizens of District 6 with great heart and compassion; the spirit of the Senator’s commitment toward bringing positive change to the District will live on. I was truly honored to be in a campaign with the first Hispanic Senator elected to represent Harris County and was looking forward to many nights and days of open discussion and dialogue with the Senator. I am deeply saddened that those days and nights will never come, but even more grieved that his family will no longer get to see their loved one improve lives of others as he did for them. I will continue to keep the Gallegos family in my prayers as I send out my heartfelt condolences. I am convinced Senator Mario Gallegos will forever smile down not only on Texas, but also his district where he poured out his heart and soul. Rest In Peace Senator…you will be missed.” --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


VOTE FOR DON SELF

IN 2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

- NOVEMBER 6TH, 2012 Don Self is a native Texan, married to Kimberly, and father of three children: Morgan 11, Logan 9 and Peyton 8

Why I am the best candidate for Harris County District Judge for the 152nd District Court

arbitrations and settlements in simple to complex, multi-party litigation including class actions. I am a Leadership Houston member class XXV. I served on the Leadership Houston Board of Directors (2007-2009), Leadership Houston, Vice-Chairman, Business Development Committee (2007-2009). I am a member of the Houston Bar Association, Pasadena Bar Association, Republican Party, Memorial Drive Baptist Church, Boy Scouts of America, Neighborhood Centers, Inc. I served on the City of Houston Building and Standards Commission, Commissioner, Panel 3, (2006 – 2009). I am a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, International Ombudsman Association, BBB – Meby Don Self diator and Ford Motor ComFor Your Thought Matters Readers pany Autoline Arbitrator, EEOC – volunteer mediator, My name is Don Self, and I am a Republican ADR Section – Texas State candidate for the 152nd Civil District Court. I am Bar, Construction Law Section a fourth-generation Texan and Houston native. I – Texas State Bar, Association graduated from Westbury High School in Housof Conflict Resolution, Texas ton. I am married to Kimberly Self and we have Mediator Credentialing Assothree children; two daughters and a son. After ciation, Texas Association of high school, I joined the U.S. Navy where I Mediators (TAM), NAA-Naserved for six years. I was awarded a Navy tional Apartment Association, Commendation, two Navy Citations and an honHouston Realty Business orable discharge for my service. Coalition. I hold a JD degree and a Masters of Law My volunteer comdegree in health law from the University of munity involvement includes Houston. I am a certified mediator/arbitrator. Leadership Houston, NeighI am a certified attorney ad litem and borhood Centers, Inc., Arbor guardian ad litem. I have been practicing School, Boy Scouts, Girl law for more than 16 years in civil litiScouts, and Girls Inc. I DON SELF gation representing individuals and am the head of the businesses. My practice areas are dimen’s ministry at Memoverse and broad-based, ranging from rial Drive Baptist Church. simple to complex, multi-party litigaI am a volunteer mediation, including, but not limited to busitor in healthcare and AND A COMMENDATION ness, commercial disputes, elder care, family and commercial real estate, aviation law, employment disputes for personal injury, elder law, health-care law, nursing the Better Business Bureau, EEOC. I do pro bono mehome abuse and class actions. I have handled cases diation, counseling and ombudsman assignments inin state and federal courts in Texas representing plainvolving nursing home conflicts. tiff and defendant clients on a local and national basis. I am the most qualified candidate for the 152nd My diverse and broad-based practice provides experiDistrict Court because of my advanced education, cerence in depositions, pre-trial motions, trial, mediations,

U.S. Navy Veteran

* TWO NAVY CITATIONS

tifications, military leadership, depth and breadth of my legal experience and my community service. I continue to update my education and stay involved in the community in a leadership position.

About Don Self

• Hard working, common sense Texan who stands for conservative values and fairness • Will follow the law and not legislate from the bench • Attorney and small business owner with practical hands-on experience • Masters of Law Degree in health law from the University of Houston

Experience

• 16 years of private practice experience • A certified mediator/arbitrator • United States Navy Veteran, earned a Navy Commendation, Two Citations and honorable discharge • Republican Leadership Council Member • Board of Directors, Leadership Houston • Involved in the Boy Scouts of America

Vote for Don Self on Tuesday, Nov. 6th!

• Don Self has a true understanding of what it takes to be successful in law, business and the military. As a leader in the community, he has what it takes to become the Judge of the 152nd District Court • Native Texan, married to Kimberly, and father of three children: Morgan 11, Logan 9 and Peyton 8

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SAM “TEJAS” TEXAS SHARES HIS THOUGHTS: Why I’m The Best Candidate for Texas State Senate for District 7

By Sam “Tejas” Texas For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers

“I would be the first state senator to file legislation to help our Houston police chief Charles McClelland, whom I know personally, to have the authority to fire any police officer that breaks the law. Just a few days ago, Ex-officer Abraham Joseph was found guilty of 2 counts of rape. I believe it is time “Policing the Police”. These are not happy days for Harris county law enforcement. We are in a county that is experiencing a pandemic of police lawlessness. It is clear that indefensible brutalities - most of them inflicted on powerless minority victims. There have been over fifty law enforcement officials in Harris County that have been arrested on criminal activities. This must stop. The world saw the beating of the 15 year old Chad Holley by 5 Houston police officers which was caught on video and inspite of the evidence, one of the officers was found not guilty. Justice in Harris county court is a joke. My opponent with his step brother radio talk show host Michael Berry, who was caught drunk driving, ran away from the accident, and was never prosecuted. I believe there is a selective prosecution practice with the district attorney office and the court system. I am ashamed of my opponent, he cut funding to feed our kids,medicaid, and school education. I will restore the funding as the second bill I will file as a State Senator. My opponent guilty of shielding pedophile, John Matthew, his step brother who was a radio talk show host worked for him for about twenty years. My opponent knew that John Matthew’s computer which belonged to both of them for the radio station purpose, containing hundreds of sexually explicit photos, as children as young as 5. My opponent knew that John Matthew was soliticing children online, and he never reported him to the authority. I believe my opponent should be prosecuted for being an accessory to the crime that John Matthew committed. I have met with the FBI, many member of my family work for the justice department, I have requested an investigation against my opponent, I am a private citizen and a tax payer, unlike my opponent, he is a part of the media, he has in the past criticized our president of being a Muslim. My opponent is against Obama Care. I support the health care that the US Congress passed. As someone who was raised in Houston, Texas, since I was 14 years ago, I acknowledged the existence of racism in Houston. Because of our corrupt politician, I have previously filed criminal complaints against who is now a convicted criminal, former Harris county commissioner Eversole. I have also filed a criminal complaint against Steve Raddack for being involved in bribery and criminal activity. I have also in the past filed as many as nineteen complaints against police officers that violated the law against people that I knew in my church. Many of them are Asian women that barely spoke English, these officers were Caucasian. I have lobby in the past, both in the state level and federal level. I know what it takes to pass legislation in Austin that my number one enemy to get elected, is the Houston chronicle and the media. My opponent is part of the media’s establishment.” ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

CODY POGUE SHARES HIS THOUGHTS:

Why I’m The Best Candidate for State Representative for House District 127 By Cody Pogue For Your Thought Matters Newspaper “I’m Cody Pogue running for Texas House in district 127. I am the best candidate because I am running on behalf of the future of Texas. My opponent is busy changing his story and fighting for his own political career, but I am not worried about a political career. I am not a politician. I am a teacher. I love teaching, but when my opponent voted to cut education by $5.4 billion, causing 25,000 teachers and school employees to lose their jobs, I said “enough is enough.” I decided to do my civic duty and I am running because I have a plan to fund public schools, I want to stop our addiction to standardized testing, and I want to fight to give Texans the bright future they deserve. I am a 7th generation Texan. My first Texas ancestor fought alongside Sam Houston at the battle of San Jacinto and I love this state with all of my heart. That’s why I am fighting so hard for it. I hope you will stand with me in fighting for a better tomorrow. We Texans deserve better than what we are getting right now, and our children deserve better, too!”

M.J. KHAN SHARES HIS THOUGHTS:

bers of both parties for the good of my district and all Texans. Further, as a former public school teacher, a mother, and a grandmother I understand the impact that my decisions and choices have on not only the State of Texas, but on each individual in my district. I have a stake in making sure that our educational system and economy are built for the long term so future generations have a chance at better lives.”

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Why I’m The Best Candidate for State Representative for House District 137

By M.J. Khan For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “My name is M.J. Khan and I’m the Republican candidate running for southwest Houston’s State Representative for House District 137. Once elected, YOU can count on ME to represent YOUR values in Austin. I’m uniquely qualified to be your next State Representative for House District 137. First of all, I am a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. I know the importance of family values. I understand that we must secure the future for our children and grandchildren; and I’m running to do just that. I want to build a better Texas for all our children. Second, I am a businessman. You can count on me to run Texas like a business. I will insist on efficiency; and I promise to cut wasteful government programs. Third, I am a TEXAN! I see Texans struggling for jobs; and I don’t like it! I see Texans weighed down with excessive taxes. I know more government interference will cost our community jobs. You can count on me to get our economy back on track by cutting crime, litigation, taxes and regulations that crush small businesses. I am a family man, I am a businessman, and I’m a TEXAN! And in the 2012 General Election I am asking for your vote so that I can represent our southwest -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Houston values in Austin.”

SENFRONIA THOMPSON SHARES HER THOUGHTS: Why I’m The Best Candidate for State Representative for House District 141

By Senfronia Thompson For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “I feel I am the best candidate for State Representative of House District 141, because I am experienced, effective, and work well with members of both parties. I am the longest serving female and African American member of the Texas House of Representatives. During my tenure in office, I have served on most major House Committees. My service on these committees provides me with experience dealing with major issues. During the last session I passed 39 bills as author or sponsor, on subjects ranging from fighting human trafficking to making sure cities get the sales tax due them. Over the course of my service I have passed over 200 bills improving the lives of countless Texans. I have always worked with mem-

RON LOVETT SHARES HIS THOUGHTS:

Why I’m The Best Candidate for Justice, Texas 1st Court of Appeals, Place 2

By Ron Lovett For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “As a native Houstonian and Texan I value the integrity of the bench and the impact such responsibility has on the lives of the people of this great state. I began my career in litigation as a litigation paralegal, and served in that capacity for 10 years until becoming a licensed attorney in 1996. I have spent my entire career representing and fighting for the rights of individuals and their families who have suffered great tragedy and loss in their lives. I represent people, not special interests groups, corporations, or insurance companies. I will restore balance to the Court in order to better serve the people – instead of the special interests that currently influence our system of justice. I’m Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; I’m AV Preeminent Rated; I’m a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association; I’m also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.”


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...And M.J. Khan Is The Most Experienced Candidate In This Race!

I’m The Right Choice for HD-137

“My name is M.J. Khan and I’m the Republican candidate running for southwest Houston’s State Representative for House District 137. Once elected, YOU can count on ME to represent YOUR values in Austin. I’m uniquely qualified to be your next State Representative for House District 137. First of all, I am a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. I know the importance of family values. I understand that we must secure the future for our children and grandchildren; and I’m running to do just that. I want to build a better Texas for all our children. Second, I am a businessman. You can count on me to run Texas like a business. I will insist on efficiency; and I promise to cut wasteful government programs. Third, I am a TEXAN! I see Texans struggling for jobs; and I don’t like it! I see Texans weighed down with excessive taxes. I know more government interference will cost our community jobs. You can count on me to get our economy back on track by cutting crime, litigation, taxes and regulations that crush small businesses. I am a family man, I am a businessman, and I’m a TEXAN! And in the 2012 General Election I am asking for your vote so that I can represent our southwest Houston values in Austin.”

Important Issues

Since his first term, in 2004, as a Council Member for the city of Houston, MJ Khan has constantly strived for “improving the quality of life” of all Houstonians especially those who make District 137 a home. He remains committed to the pledge, even today, as he aspires to represent the District in the Texas State House. As in the past, MJ will present and support such policies and legislations that are geared for safer neighborhoods, better education and economic growth for all Houstonians especially those living in District 137.

Safe Neighborhoods; through better police training, increased funding for up-to-date equipment and new legislation aimed at crime prevention and preserving family values.

Better education; insuring increased funding for teachers’ compensation, educational grants, improving on quality of education, innovative aaproaches for testing and appraisal of students. Develop incentives and ideas for making access to higher education easier for all. Economic growth; MJ will strive to secure increased funding for repair, maintenance and building of roads and other infrastructure in the district. MJ will diligently work to keep taxes and other cost of doing business low and also encourage new businesses to move and make district 137 their home.

Vote Early!

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NATALIA COKINOS OAKES SHARES HER THOUGHTS: Why I’m The Best Candidate for Justice, Texas 1st Court of Appeals, Place 7

By Natalia Cokinos Oakes For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “I am the best candidate because I am a serious and thoughtful attorney with experience as a family and juvenile attorney, a teacher and community leader. The 1st Court of Appeals sorely needs justices with diverse views and experience - justices who can provide deeper insight and perspective into the cases before them. Family Law is just one area that is not well represented on the court and is an area of expertise I will impart as justice. I will provide the Court with more insight to the wide variety of cases it considers. Corporations often view a trial as merely a “bump in the road” on the way to the Court of Appeals where, they believe, they are likely to be granted the legal outcome they deserve. A Court of Appeals with justices who reflect only certain segments of the law and population reinforces this belief. The Court must follow the law and be aware of the changing dynamics in today’s society while leaving it to the Legislature to make new law. I will add more balance to the Court and help ensure fairness and equality for the individual, which must not be denied. I have worked on a number of appeals and have practiced law for 12 years. The focus of my practice has been in Family/Juvenile Court handling felonies, misdemeanors, adoptions and family law cases: I understand the law. I have a particular area of expertise in family law which is not well represented on the 1st Court of Appeals. I was officer of Juvenile Law Section of the Houston Bar Association for 3 years as Treasurer, Program Director and President. I brought in speakers for CLE programs: I am organized. I have good community outreach to educate the public about the legal system. The Appellate Courts do not generally have members with this type of background and my experience will add balance to the court: I am diligent. I have been endorsed by my peers in the Pasadena Bar Association and Mexican American Bar Association of Houston. Houston Bar Association does not endorse. We have a golden opportunity during the 2012 elections to level the playing field so that all who come before the Court of Appeals are treated equally.” -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

MICHAEL MASSENGALE SHARES HIS THOUGHTS:

Why I’m The Best Candidate for Justice, Texas 1st Court of Appeals, Place 8

By Michael Massengale For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “I am honored to have been previously elected to serve the people of Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Waller, and Washington Counties as a judge on the First Court of Appeals. I believe that the courts should be fair to

all litigants. I also believe that the role of a judge is to apply the law to each case, and not to legislate from the bench. Judges must be constantly vigilant that they do not overstep their role. I believe Texas deserves to have well-qualified, hardworking judges who share this philosophy of judicial restraint. That is why I ask for your support and your vote.”

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BRETT BUSBY SHARES HIS THOUGHTS: Why I’m The Best Candidate for Justice, Texas 14th Court of Appeals, Place 3

By Brett Busby For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers I was recently appointed to the 14th Court of Appeals, Place 3, and I am seeking election to a full term. I am asking for your vote to continue serving the public with experience, dedication, and fairness. I have the most relevant experience for this position: I have specialized in appeals for 14 years, and I am Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law. Texas Monthly magazine recently recognized me as one of the top 100 lawyers in Texas. I began my legal career as a law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court, and I was a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP before taking the bench. The attorneys in my district were asked to vote anonymously on who is the best candidate for this position, and I am honored that they chose me. I won both the State Bar of Texas Judicial Poll and the Houston Bar Association Preference Poll, and I was overwhelmingly rated the most “well qualified” candidate in this race in the Houston Bar Association Qualification Poll (note: these polls are not endorsements by the bar associations). I have a proven record of fairness: As a lawyer, I represented individuals, small businesses, and large companies as plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of civil cases, and I regularly volunteered to provide free legal services in both civil and criminal cases. My record shows that I will stand up for safer neighborhoods, protect your property rights, and defend the Constitution. I have strong support from all parts of the bar and the community, and you may view my list of endorsements and supporters at www.BrettBusby.com.

I believe that a judge must be fair to all parties and apply the law as written, not legislate from the bench. Texans deserve to have wellqualified, hard-working judges who share this philosophy of judicial restraint. That is why I ask for your support and your vote. The Fourteenth Court of Appeals hears appeals of civil, criminal, and family law cases from Harris County as well as Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Waller, and Washington Counties. I appreciate your interest in my campaign, and I am honored to serve you on this Court.” -

JEFF HASTINGS SHARES HIS THOUGHTS

Why I am the best candidate for Harris County District Judge for the 61st District

By Jeff Hastings For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers

“I, Jeff Hastings, am the best candidate for the 61st District Court because I care. I care about the quality of the Court and believe that the Judge should have the right education and experience to provide justice to all citizens of Harris County. I grew up here in Houston and have a Business degree from the University of Houston and a Law degree from South Texas College of Law — also right here in Houston. At South Texas I tutored at-risk students and graduated in the top 5% of my law school class. For over 20 years I have been representing parties in our civil courts, protecting their rights and seeking justice. I have handled cases involving negligence, products liability, breach of contract, consumer rights, employment discrimination - the very type of cases heard before a District Judge. I care about people. Justice delayed can be justice denied — that is why I will run an efficient court; so that the parties can get to trial without undue delay or expense. I will also be mindful of the important role the Jury has in our justice system and will honor their service by honoring their time, not wasting it. I care about justice for all and I am fully committed to seeing that all that come into the 61st District Court will receive their day in court and an opportunity for unbiased and fair justice. I also care about the Community, that is why I am running for District Judge. I believe in giving back to those in need, that is why I serve as a Deacon in my Church, serve as a coach and mentor to kids teaching them not just the fundamentals of the game but also the fundamentals of life. Please help me raise the expectations of this Court. I humbly ask for your vote and your prayers. For justice, vote Jeff. JeffHastingsforjudge.com. Thank you and my God richly bless you.” -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

KYLE CARTER SHARES HIS THOUGHTS:

Why I am the best candidate for Harris County District Judge for the 125th District

By Kyle Carter For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “It has been my honor and privilege to serve Harris County as Judge of the 125th District Court since my election in 2008. Your continued support will ensure that the justice in Harris County remains available to all its citizens. As the son of a Methodist Minister and a trial lawyer, I have the desire to serve my fellow citizens through the


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“YOUR THOUGHT MATTERS NEWSPAPER BLOG IS THE BLOG FOR OPEN-MINDED PEOPLE!” -- SEND ALL EDITORIAL COMMENTS TO: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com law. My personal values are reflected in my mission to insure that all that enter the 125th District Court are treated fairly, and with dignity and respect. The people of Harris County deserve a Judge that they know will listen to them in their time of need, and treat everyone equally regardless of circumstance. Prior to my election as Judge of the 125th Civil District Court, I received invaluable experience working with the Texas Legislature as General Counsel to the Legislative Committee on General Investigating and Ethics for two sessions, as well as the Legislative Committee on Urban Affairs. My experience with the Texas legislative process, coupled with my history as a trial lawyer working on a variety of civil law cases, have given me the knowledge necessary to successfully serve as Judge of the 125th Civil District Court. Over the last three years, I’ve achieved many of my personal goals as your Judge of the 125th Civil District Court. Since 2009, I have presided over more than 5,000 cases to disposition, including over 130 full jury or bench trials. In reclaiming control of my Court’s tax docket, I’ve saved over $30,000 taxpayer dollars per year, as well as increased efficiency at the Harris County District Courthouse. Additionally, I have been honored by my colleagues to serve two very important positions within the Courthouse: Chair to the Civil Court Committee on Special Dockets and Secretary to the Civil Court Board of Judges. While working diligently as your Judge, I’ve also strived to help Harris County grow, save, and gain improved access to our Courts. But, my work inside the Courtroom is only part of my duty as your Judge. I have conducted numerous speaking engagements across the State of Texas as well as to out of state audiences. Most notably, I appeared before the State Bar of Texas, the American Association for Justice, as well as the Houston Trial Lawyers Association speaking on many important issues facing our Harris County legal system. In addition to my leadership in the legal field, I strive to answer the most important call of all by serving the needs of the community through service and outreach. As a father of three wonderful children, I know the importance of educating our county’s youth about the role and importance of the judicial branch. In an effort to educate, I began Judges at Work in Schools, a charitable organization designed to link the Courtroom to the Classroom. Personally, I’ve spoken at over a dozen schools in our County, and rallied my colleagues to do the same. A vote for me is an investment in Harris County’s future, both inside and outside of the Courthouse. With your vote and support, we can keep the power of the court in the hands of the citizens.” --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

MICHAEL LANDRUM SHARES HIS THOUGHTS: Why I am the best candidate for Harris County District Judge for the 129th District

By Michael Landrum For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “My name is Michael Landrum and I am the Republican candidate for Judge of the 129th Civil District Court. The incumbent is Michael Gomez, who defeated Judge Grant Dorfman in the 2008 election. Judge Dorfman has graciously endorsed me in this race. I believe in our civil justice system. I believe that impartial courts and competent judges are essential to the success of free market capitalism, as business depends on the consistent and fair application of known and understood legal principles. A judge’s rulings can have a direct impact in the lives of your family and friends. It is critical that our judges are highly qualified, experienced, and dedicated to impartially following the law. I respectfully say that I am the best qualified - most experienced candidate. For over three decades, I have worked hard representing individuals and small businesses in State and Federal trial and appellate courts. I have worked hard to obtain specialty certification in

two fields of legal specialty relating to the matters heard in a civil district court: my Civil Trial Law certification was awarded in 1989 and my Civil Appellate Law certification was awarded in 1995 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. My opponent has not been awarded a specialty in any area of law. I am also former presiding tax master in Harris County tax court. Perhaps the Houston Chronicle said it best in its September 20 endorsement:

Michael Landrum has an impressive level of experience, training and background that make him a prime candidate for this bench. He has practiced law for 35 years and is board-certified in both civil trial law and civil appellate law. He has also served as a tax master for the county’s civil courts, including the 129th. These years of in-depth work in our courtrooms have granted him a balanced view on the role of judges. I am also honored to have been endorsed by the Pasadena Bar Association, the Association of Women Attorneys of Houston, and I was preferred by a majority of the attorneys voting in this year’s Houston Bar Association preference poll. If elected, I will work hard every day to make sure that the cases in the 129th District Court are managed promptly and carefully, and that all parties will receive a fair hearing without regard to race, religion, partisan affiliation or economic status. I volunteer my time serving as counsel to Crossroads School, a private school that specializes in educating children with special needs. I have lectured in continuing legal education seminars, including presentations to Harris County judges. I volunteer as a judge in student competitions at South Texas College of Law. My wife, Mary Grace, and I have been active in local schools, the Spring Branch Education Foundation, our church, and other community activities. In years past, I coached little league basketball and soccer. I would be honored to have your vote.” --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

business, commercial disputes, commercial real estate, aviation law, personal injury, elder law, health-care law, nursing home abuse and class actions. I have handled cases in state and federal courts in Texas representing plaintiff and defendant clients on a local and national basis. My diverse and broad-based practice provides experience in depositions, pre-trial motions, trial, mediations, arbitrations and settlements in simple to complex, multi-party litigation including class actions. I am a Leadership Houston member class XXV. I served on the Leadership Houston Board of Directors (20072009), Leadership Houston, Vice-Chairman, Business Development Committee (2007-2009). I am a member of the Houston Bar Association, Pasadena Bar Association, Republican Party, Memorial Drive Baptist Church, Boy Scouts of America, Neighborhood Centers, Inc. I served on the City of Houston Building and Standards Commission, Commissioner, Panel 3, (2006 – 2009). I am a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, International Ombudsman Association, BBB – Mediator and Ford Motor Company Autoline Arbitrator, EEOC – volunteer mediator, ADR Section – Texas State Bar, Construction Law Section – Texas State Bar, Association of Conflict Resolution, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, Texas Association of Mediators (TAM), NAA-National Apartment Association, Houston Realty Business Coalition. My volunteer community involvement includes Leadership Houston, Neighborhood Centers, Inc., Arbor School, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Girls Inc. I am the head of the men’s ministry at Memorial Drive Baptist Church. I am a volunteer mediator in healthcare and elder care, family and employment disputes for the Better Business Bureau, EEOC. I do pro bono mediation, counseling and ombudsman assignments involving nursing home conflicts. I am the most qualified candidate for the 152nd District Court because of my advanced education, certifications, military leadership, depth and breadth of my legal experience and my community service. I continue to update my education and stay involved in the community in a leadership position.

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DON SELF SHARES HIS THOUGHTS: Why I am the best candidate for Harris County District Judge for the 152nd District By Don Self For Your Thought Matters Readers

My name is Don Self, and I am a Republican candidate for the 152nd Civil District Court. I am a fourth-generation Texan and Houston native. I graduated from Westbury High School in Houston. I am married to Kimberly Self and we have three children; two daughters and a son. After high school, I joined the U.S. Navy where I served for six years. I was awarded a Navy Commendation, two Navy Citations and an honorable discharge for my service. I hold a JD degree and a Masters of Law degree in health law from the University of Houston. I am a certified mediator/arbitrator. I am a certified attorney ad litem and guardian ad litem. I have been practicing law for more than 16 years in civil litigation representing individuals and businesses. My practice areas are diverse and broad-based, ranging from simple to complex, multi-party litigation, including, but not limited to

ROBERT SUMMERLIN SHARES HIS THOUGHTS:

Why I am the best candidate for Harris County District Judge for the 174th District

By Robert Summerlin For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers

“The 174th Criminal District Court has one of the highest number of pending cases of all the 22 Felony Courts. Harris County citizens (victims, their families and Defendants) deserve to have these cases resolved promptly, efficiently and fairly. With 20 years of legal experience in criminal courts at all levels of Texas’ State and Federal court system, I have seen first hand how a judge’s decision can impact an individual as well as our neighborhoods generally. I am the only person with experience on both sides of the courtroom. I have spent years working as a Harris County felony prosecutor as well as a private practice attorney. Because of my work ethic and knowledge, I am routinely appointed by Judges (Democrats and Republicans) to represent indigent defendants. I have the unique ability to see both sides of an argument and the knowledge to under-


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“YOUR THOUGHT MATTERS NEWSPAPER BLOG IS THE BLOG FOR OPEN-MINDED PEOPLE!” -- SEND ALL EDITORIAL COMMENTS TO: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com stand that there are grey areas in every case. I am a hard worker (worked full-time and went to school at night) who is not afraid to accept responsibility and who is uniquely equipped to handle criminal cases. I received my undergraduate degree from Rice University and my doctorate degree from South Texas College of Law. I am confident that my background and experience has prepared me to serve as an independent, impartial and fair judge. I possess extensive knowledge and experience with the law, which is essential for a Harris County Criminal Judge. I believe that judges should establish, maintain and enforce high standards of conduct and should personally observe these standards so that the integrity and independence of the judiciary is preserved. I believe that judges have a responsibility to the people who elect them and should be faithful to the law, maintain professional competence in it, require order and decorum in proceedings, be patient, dignified and courteous to litigant, jurors, witnesses, lawyers and others whom the judge deals with in an official capacity. I am humbled to have the support of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, the Harris County Deputies’ Organization, the Houston Chronicle, P.O.L.I.C.E. Inc., the “C” Club, the Harris County Courtroom Observers as well as many other community and business leaders. Elections have consequences and every vote matters, so please vote for me in the November 6, 2012 election.” -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

ROGER BRIDGWATER SHARES HIS THOUGHTS: Why I am the best candidate for Harris County District Judge for the 178th District

By Roger Bridgwater For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “While in College, I had various summer jobs that included being a porter at a 600-unit apartment complex, a fitter’s helper, a tack-welder, and construction worker. During the school year I held jobs including head resident for a men’s dorm, porter at a car dealership, and graphic arts handyman as part of my work-study financial aid. After graduating from Sam Houston State University in May 1975, I went to work in the Harris County Criminal District Clerk’s Office where I was the chief clerk for cuts 2 & 8. In January 1978 I became the court coordinator for the 232nd Criminal District Court and I believe these jobs gave me not only great exposure to the criminal courts of Harris County, but honed my skills of working with the full range of personalities. My interpersonal skills, due to my temperament and upbringing, lead me to be polite, respectful, and compassionate of all people. My Judeo-Christian principles and leadership roles throughout my life have taught me to discern truth and falsities as well as confident humility in addressing the circumstances of people in all ranges and socioeconomic levels. I have worked in the Harris County Criminal Courts since 1975 when I worked full time for Ray Hardy in the District Clerk’s Office during the day and attended South Texas College of Law at night. I completed South Texas in 3 years by taking courses at night and on Saturdays. It was a full load, but I had a goal to be a lawyer and was willing to work hard to obtain it. When I graduated Law School, Carol Vance hired me, the then Harris County District Attorney. Following his retirement, Johnny Holmes kept me on in his office as well. In 1983 I left the DA’s office and went to work for a small civil firm that specialized in real estate and business transactions. A few years later I went out on my own and started Law Offices of Roger Bridgwater. I was in private practice for 22 years until receiving the Governor’s appointment. After the dust settled from the 2008 election, and finding myself as one of the many judges voted out

of office, Judge Pat Lykos called me and asked me if I’d serve on her transition team and stay on to be one of her 5 Bureau Chiefs. I considered it an honor and a Godsend. I oversee the continuing education and training for all the ADA’s on the Office. I also supervise all the adas in the 15 Misdemeanor Courts, those in Crimes Against Children, or in Family Violence, as well as areas Judge Lykos created such as Crimes Against the Elderly, Child Exploitation, and Mental Health. I also direct DIVERT, the DWI diversion program.”

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DIANE TRAUTMAN SHARES HER THOUGHTS:

Why I am the best candidate for Harris County School Trustee Position 3, At-Large

LOUIS GUTHRIE SHARES HIS THOUGHTS: Why I am the best candidate for Harris County Sheriff

By Louis Guthrie For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “The position of Sheriff is critical; effecting the safety and quality of life of every citizen. More importantly, the job of Sheriff is more than a political position. Every day there are lives on the line, and the Sheriff does not have the luxury of delegating decisions to a committee or passing blame on another political party. This is not a job for a politician; it’s a job for a Lawman.Right now Harris County is becoming a dangerous place. We are a major hub for both drug and human trafficking and with this comes a very bold and violent criminal element. This culture of lawlessness has grown under my opponent’s watch and it will take decisive leadership (which he has not shown) and command experience (that he does not have) to confront this growing threat. For 22 years I have served as a County Police Officer with experience supervising and commanding in almost every area of Law Enforcement. During that time I have made the tough leadership decisions based on two things; the law and what best protects the citizens of Harris County. This is not always popular but it works when your job is to protect citizens not seek higher political office. My opponent is a politician and therefore his decision making is clouded with politics. He has demonstrated this over and over again while he served as Sheriff. Examples of these frivols and political decisions are funding grandiose technology programs like iWatch, boutique task forces like Safe Home Task Force and feel good groups like the Employee Relationship Council; each taking vital manpower and funds from the primary mission of basic law enforcement services. As your next Sheriff, I will make it a priority to put MORE DEPUTIES ON THE STREET TO REDUCE CRIME, CUT UNNECESSARY SPENDING, and PROPERLY STAFF THE 911 CALL CENTER TO ASSURE THAT YOUR CALL WILL BE ANSWERED. Our quality of life in Harris County requires a stable economy, safe streets and neighborhoods and an optimistic vision of the future. As Sheriff I know that in order to maintain this quality of life we must dedicate ourselves to meeting this challenge head on; never accepting crime at any level. I am ready to meet this challenge, and I know that under my leadership the Deputies of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office will be capable, professional and motivated. These men and women chose to take this mission, and they chose to be part of this great organization; they deserve a leader who is as dedicated to protecting the public as they are. I’m Louis Guthrie, I’m ready to be your Sheriff and I’m asking for your vote.”

By Diane Trautman For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “I’m running for the Harris County Board of Education because I care about the future of our public schools and our children. As a life-long educator, I have been working to make a difference for public education for 28 years as a teacher, principal, and professor of education. Currently, I work with a local non-profit called Will’s Kids that helps keep our students in school instead of dropping out. I am passionate about helping our public schools and I have worked hard to be the best I could be in the field of education. Now I want the children of Harris County to be the best they can be. And I believe that HCDE programs like Head Start, Early Childhood Intervention, and After School Programs will help them meet that goal.”

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BARTLETT-PACK Ph.D SHARES HER THOUGHTS:

Why I am the best candidate for Harris County School Trustee Position 6, Precinct #1

By Juluette Bartlett-Pack Ph.D For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “If the students, parents, and teachers of Harris County want the only qualified candidate to represent them on the Harris County Board of Education, Precinct 1, Position 6 then I am that candidate. I come to offer the citizens of Harris County a bold proposition. One that is honest and forthright rather than sugar-coated and laced with political jargon that sounds appealing yet lacks in substance. I come with a proposition for restoration of quality education in Harris County. We live in an era where promises are made to be broken and quantity takes precedence over quality. I say it is time for a bold change. I am Dr. Juluette Bartlett-Pack, and I want to lead this restoration as a member of the Harris County Board of Education. I have been an educator for 17 years at the college level. I have taught at the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, University of Phoenix, and currently I am a Visiting Associate Professor of English at DeVry University—Houston Campus since I retired as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Science 8-31-2012. As a college professor and dean, I have seen the challenges first-hand that some of our students face who have recently graduated from high school. I have taught students to read and write in college developmental classes because they needed to improve in these skills before taking first year English. Therefore, I want to use my education, experience, and expertise to serve the students, parents, and teachers in Harris County. I want to restore character through discipline in academics, critical thinking, and performance; restore students


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Bud Wiesedeppe is a husband, father,

lawyer and proud Republican. Bud was

raised in Sherman, Texas. His father, Bud,

worked for Procter & Gamble at the Folger’s

Coffee Plant. Martha, his mother, was a stay

at home mom to Bud and his two older sis-

ters, Trish and Jennifer.

Bud graduated from Sherman High

School in 1990 and pursued his undergradu-

ate education at Kansas State University. He

graduated in May 1994 with dual Bachelor of

Science degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. In the fall of 1994, Bud enrolled at Southern Methodist University School of

Law. There, he met his future wife Shannon Beirne. Bud and Shannon graduated in

1997. They were married in the fall of the same year and moved to Houston.

Bud has been an attorney with the

same firm since graduating from law school.

He joined Woodfill & Pressler, L.L.P. in 1997

and continues to work there today. His prac-

tice is broad-spectrum civil litigation.

Bud and Shannon are proud parents to

a seven-year-old son, Brink, and a four-

year-old daughter, Finley.

Thank You!

“I am proud to accept the endorsement of Former Harris County Tax Collector Paul Bettencourt. Please visit www.budforjudge.com for my complete list of endorsements.”

“I am proud to endorse Bud Wiesedeppe for Judge of the 164th District Court. I have known Bud for more than a decade and am confident he has the temperament, judicial philosophy and wisdom to be an excellent civil court judge.”

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“YOUR THOUGHT MATTERS NEWSPAPER BLOG IS THE BLOG FOR OPEN-MINDED PEOPLE!” -- SEND ALL EDITORIAL COMMENTS TO: yourthoughtmatters@gmail.com learning the basics of math, reading and writing, and science; and restore pride in students through increasing graduate rates. Developing character in students is a necessary step in producing students who leave high school ready for higher education, entrepreneurship, careers, and jobs in skilled trades. According to University of Missouri teaching professor David Light Shields’ article Character as the Aim of Education, “there are multiple dimensions of character that education should develop, including intellectual, moral, civic, and performance character” (Shields, 2011). How can we develop intellectual character? Intellectual character is built by encouraging thinking rather than demanding factual regurgitation that only serve to stifle free thinking (critical thinking) and creativity. To build intellectual character in our children, we must not teach them what to think, but how to think. We can accomplish this step by giving them the proper tools with which to think—be they technological, intellectual, literary, or tangible in nature. Once our children have these tools at their disposal, they will, with careful guidance and nurturing of their teachers, parents, and others in leadership roles in the community, be able to accomplish the unimaginable. Not only is intellectual character desired, but moral character is also necessary. How can we develop moral character? Moral character is built on decision making and experience. Thus, we must teach our children how to make good decisions as well as show them, in their own experiences, how every action has a consequence. By doing so, we enable them to learn first-hand how to differentiate between positive and negative consequences and how to achieve their desired outcomes by making good decisions. When children learn the value of making good decisions as well as the vital lessons that should follow from being disciplined in many areas, they are more prepared to deal with the world around them. I have shared with you a portion of my vision to restore education in Harris County schools. I am running for a position on the board to use my education, experience, and expertise as an educator to help develop and support policies that will benefit the students, parents, and teachers in Harris County. I ask for your vote. “

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ERICA S. LEE SHARES HER THOUGHTS:

Why I am the best candidate for Harris County School Trustee Position 6, Precinct #1

By Erica Lee For Your Thought Matters Readers I seek to serve as a Trustee on the Harris County Board of Education because I believe all children deserve a quality education. I am committed to bringing quality education to Harris County Precinct 1 and plan to use my experiences within local, state, and federal levels of government to do so. I am committed to improving the education quality for students in Harris County. I truly believe that none of our children are throwaways and they all deserve opportunity. If elected to serve as a Trustee on the Harris County Board of Education, I plan to ensure that our system focuses on: • Quality professional development and support for

our teachers and school leaders in Harris County. • Quality implementation of educational services and enrichment programs for students. • Quality management of the community’s financial resources. • Quality outreach to and partnerships throughout our communities including the 26 ISDs and charter schools in Harris County. In addition to being a former HISD teacher, I have worked for the state government finance contributing to the development of a $21 Billion education budget and navigated the complex federal legislative process. My educational background includes a Masters of Public Policy, Duke University, Terry Sanford School of Public Policy and B.A. with Honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have expertise in the legislative process and how the state and federal government work with local school boards like the County Board to institute education policy. As Trustee, I will apply all of this expertise and know-how to improve the delivery of education services for our children. For those who are unfamiliar with the board, the Harris County Board of Education Board ensures accountability for our public tax dollars. The Department saves districts money through sharing resources, improved efficiency and collaborating on best practices. Students benefit from high quality services like early intervention, after schooling and continued education. As a Trustee, it would be my mission to expand the outreach, accessibility and quality service delivery of the Harris County Department of Education beyond its traditional targets to ensure our highest needs communities benefit from its services and resources. I believe I am the most qualified candidate because I combine high-level policy-making and budget expertise with a deep passion for changing education outcomes for our children. I am the only candidate with federal, state and local policy-making experience. I have worked as a budget analyst for one of the nation’s largest democratic states- New York. In this role, I created complex budget formulas for the state’s public schools and supported the drafting of key legislation to expand pre-kindergarten and protect high needs districts. I am a passionate advocate for children who will bring my skills, expertise and democratic values to my role as a Harris County Board of Education Trustee.

ALAN ROSEN SHARES HIS THOUGHTS:

Why I am the best candidate for Harris County Constable for Precinct #1

By Alan Rosen For Your Thought Matters Newspaper Readers “The citizens of Precinct 1 deserve a Constable with the proven law enforcement, management and community experience to move the Constable’s Office to a higher level of service and accountability. That is why I’m the best choice for Precinct 1 Constable. I’m a 21- year law enforcement veteran with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department. I’m also an honors graduate in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston, and the only candidate in the race with direct patrol, management and budgetary experience. I’ve earned the endorsement of the Houston Chronicle, and top cops including former police chiefs Mayor Lee P. Brown, Councilmember C. O. Bradford, the Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Organization, the Afro-American Sheriff’s Deputy League, and the Houston Police Officers’ Union. I currently serves as a Major and Commander of the Special Operations Bureau for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office managing criminal warrants, fugitive warrants, the child predator apprehension team, sex offender tracking team and the. Tactical Medical Team (Tac Medics), an elite team of Emergency Room Physicians and Paramedics who all have police and S.W.A.T. training. Under my leadership Harris County developed and instituted the Child Predator Apprehension Team, and warrant apprehension rates have increased 161% and capture rates for the increased by impressive numbers. Currently, the Child Predator Apprehension Team (CPAT) maintains an 84% capture rate. As Commander of the Sex Offender Registration Tracking Team (SORT), my subordinates and I ensure that registered sex offenders are where they are supposed to be while conducting field interviews and surveying the entire home and work place during visits. I began my law enforcement as a deputy sheriff. Working in the jail operations, I became well acquainted with policy issues and detention process, and the penal side of the job. Later, transferring to Harris County Law Enforcement, my experience and knowledge of the law expanded my work with the county enhancing my insight, and compassion into the depth and tragedy of the issues facing the incarcerated including mental illness and other problems. My experience at the jail has given me a better understanding of how law enforcement can make a difference in the lives of those at a critical crossroads. In addition to seeing people who needed detention, I saw people who needed help not just punishment.” Transferring to the Patrol Division, I learned to solve crimes by listening to what people said…and what they didn’t say, we were able talk with members of the community, witness what was happening, then go in and make the arrest. Working in narcotics, I was assigned to work on an Undercover Narcotics Street Task Force, purchasing narcotics on the street in an effort to track down the major traffickers supplying the street dealers. I reside in the Constable Precinct One with my wife of 20 years and my three children. I’m deeply committed to keeping families safe, addressing environmental issues and improving the quality of life for all residents of Harris County Constable District Precinct One.”

THE END.


SUMMERLIN ROBERT

FOR JUDGE 174TH DISTRICT COURT

CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN WE CAN COUNT ON TO BE FAIR AND TOUGH.

Known by judges, prosecutors, and criminal defense lawyers as an experienced and knowledgeable trial lawyer Former Harris County felony prosecutor Extensive courtroom experience

Dedicated to serve the citizens of Harris County

Robert Summerlin

Will respect individual liberties

Will protect public safety

Will not legislate from the bench

Will enforce the law in a fair and impartial manner

“My extensive experience in the courtroom makes me uniquely qualified to be your next Criminal Court Judge. I possess the right balance of fairness and toughness, so that I can offer justice that is unparalleled.” -- Robert

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“As a native Houstonian and Texan I value the integrity of the bench and the impact sponsibility has on the lives of the people of this great state. I began my career in lit litigation paralegal, and served in that capacity for 10 years until becoming a license in 1996. I have spent my entire career representing and fighting for the rights of indi their families who have suffered great tragedy and loss in their lives. I represent peo special interests groups, corporations, or insurance companies. I will restore balanc Court in order to better serve the people – instead of the special interests that curre ence our system of justice. I’m Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Spec I’m AV Preeminent Rated; I’m a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association; I’m a ber of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Foru


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VISIT THE YOUR THOUGHT MATTERS NEWSPAPER BLOG AND LET US KNOW IF YOU’RE ENDORSING GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY OR PRESIDENT OBAMA IN THE ELECTION Barack H. Obama is the 44th President of the United States.

His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others. With a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, President Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. He was raised with help from his grandfather, who served in Patton’s army, and his grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management at a bank. After working his way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans, President Obama moved to Chicago, where he worked with a group of churches to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants. He went on to attend law school, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, he returned to Chicago to help lead a voter registration drive, teach constitutional law at the

University of Chicago, and remain active in his community. President Obama’s years of public service are based around his unwavering belief in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose. In the Illinois State Senate, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. As a United States Senator, he reached across the aisle to pass groundbreaking lobbying reform, lock up the world’s most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by putting federal spending online. He was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008, and sworn in on January 20, 2009. He and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two daughters, Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11.


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“Serving the Citizens of Harris County as your Judge of the 125th Civil District Court has been my greatest honor and privilege.” Judge Kyle Carter has presided over more than 5,000 cases to disposition, including over 130 full jury or bench trials, all while going the extra mile to save Harris County’s hard-earned taxpayer dollars. Judge Carter also started a judicial outreach program called “Judges at Work in Schools”, designed to take the Courthouse to the Classroom and educate our youth about the judicial branch.

Judge Carter and his wife of more than 10 years, Melanie, have three beautiful children: Kylie, Caleb, and Colton. The son of a lawyer and a Methodist Minister, Judge Carter has chosen the path of serving his neighbors through the law. Help Judge Kyle Carter continue to service the people of Harris County!

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Harris County AFLCIO Mexican American Bar Association of Houston Northwest Harris County Ministers Alliance Baptist Ministers Association of Houston And Vicinity

“Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” -Proverbs 31:9

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Texas Reaches Record Number of Registered Voters on Voter Registration List for Nov. 6th General Election Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade recently announced Texas reached a record number of registered voters on the Official List of Registered Voters. As of Friday, October 19, Texas has 13,646,226 registered voters; the highest number in state history. Tuesday, October 9 was the last day to register to vote in the November 6, 2012 General Election. “I want to thank all Texans who registered to vote this year and all Texans who are already registered voters. The next step is getting to the polls during Early Voting or on Election Day,” said Secretary Andrade. The previous record number of registered voters was 13,575,062 set for the November 2008 General Election. As a reminder, Early Voting begins Monday, October 22, 2012 and runs through November 2, 2012. Voters can find links to polling places and times atwww.VoteTexas.gov. During Early Voting, voters may cast a ballot at any polling place in their county of residence. “With Early Voting beginning October 22nd, now is a perfect time for Texans to begin preparing to cast their ballot,” said Secretary Andrade. “Now’s the time to verify your voter registration status, locate your registration certificate, make sure it’s signed, verify where your county’s polling places are, review what’s on your ballot and make plans to go vote.”

IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Photo identification is not required when voting in person during Early Voting or on Election Day. To cast a ballot during Early Voting or on Election Day, voters should present their Voter Registration Certificate or in lieu of a Voter Registration Certificate, at least one of the following:

A driver’s license or personal identification card issued to you by the Texas Department of Public Safety or a similar document issued to you by an agency of another state, even if the license or card has expired; A form of identification that contains your photograph and establishes your identity; A birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes your identity; Your United States citizenship papers; Your United States passport; Official mail addressed to you by a governmental entity; or A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

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GENERAL ELECTION Strra aight Parrtty ƑRepublican Party ƑDemocratic Party tarian Party ƑLiberrtari ƑGreen Party President and Vice President ƑMitt Romney / Paul Ryan Republican Party ƑBarack Obama / Joe Biden Democratic Party ƑGary Johnson / Jim Gray Libertarian Party ƑJill Stein / Cheri Honkala Green Party ƑWrite-in United States Senator ƑTed Cruz Republican Party ƑPaul Sadler Democratic Party ƑJohn Jay Myers Libertarian Party ƑDavid B. Collins Green Party United States Repre esentative, District 2 ƑTed Poe Republican Party ƑJim Dougherty Democratic Party ƑKenneth Duncan Libertarian Party ƑMark A. Roberts Green Party United States Repre esentative, District 7 ƑJohn Culberson Republican Party ƑJames Cargas Democratic Party ƑDrew Parks Libertarian Party ƑLance Findley Green Party United States Repre esentative, District 8 ƑKevin Brady Republican Party ƑNeil Burns Democratic Party ƑRoy Hall Libertarian Party United States Repre esentative, District 9 ƑSteve Mueller ty Republican Parrty ƑAl Green Democratic Party ƑJohn Wieder Libertarian Party ƑVanessa Foster Green Party United States Repre esentative, District 10 ƑMichael McCaul Republican Party ƑTawana W. Cadien Democratic Party ƑRichard Priest Libertarian Party United States Repre esentative, District 18 ƑSean Seiberrtt Republican Party ƑSheila Jackson Lee Democratic Party ƑChristopher Barber Libertarian Party

United States Representative, District 22 ƑPete Olson Republican Party ƑKesha Rogers Democratic Party ƑSteve Susman Libertarian Party ƑDon Cook Green Party United States Representative, District 29 ƑGene Green Democratic Party ƑJames Stanczak Libertarian Party ƑMaria Selva Green Party United States Representative, District 36 ƑSteve Stockman Republican Party tin ƑMax Marrti Democratic Party ƑMichael K. Cole Libertarian Party Railroad Commissioner ƑChristi Craddick Republican Party ƑDale Henry Democratic Party ƑVivekananda (Vik) Wall Libertarian Party ƑChris Kennedy Green Party Railroad Commissioner, Unexpired Term ƑBarry Smitherman Republican Party ƑJaime O. Perez Libertarian Party ƑJosh Wendel Green Party Justice, Supreme Courtt, Place 2 ƑDon Willett Republican can Party ƑRS Roberto Koelsch Libertarian Party Justice, Supreme Courtt, Place 4 ƑJohn Devine Republican Party ƑTom T Oxford Libertarian Party ƑCharles E. Waterbury Green Party Justice, Supreme Courtt, Place 6 ƑNathan Hecht Republican Party ƑMichele Petty Democratic Party ƑMark Ash Libertarian Party ƑJim Chisholm Green Party Presiding Judge, Courtt of Criminal Appeals ƑSharon Keller Republican Party ƑKeith Hampton Democratic Party ƑLance Stott Libertarian Party Judge, Courtt of Criminal Appeals, Place 7 ƑBarbara Parker Hervey Republican Party ƑMark W. Bennett Libertarian Party Judge, Courtt of Criminal Appeals, Place 8 ƑElsa Alcala b ican Par arty y Republ ƑW am Bryan S range L ber ar an Par y

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Member, State Board of Education, District 4 ƑDorothy Olmos Republican Party ƑLawrence Allen, Jr. Democratic Party Member, State Board of Education, District 6 ƑDonna Bahorich Republican Party ƑTraci Jensen Democratic Party ƑGene Clark Libertarian Party ƑG C Molison Green Party Member, State Board of Education, District 8 ƑBarbara Cargill Republican Party ƑDexter Smith Democratic Party State Senator, District 4 ƑTommy Williams Republican Party ƑBob Townsend Libertarian Party State Senator, District 6 ƑR. W. Bray Republican Party ƑMario V. Gallegos, Jr. Democratic Party State Senator, District 7 ƑDan Patrick Republican Party ƑSam (Tejas) Texas Democratic Party State Senator, District 11 ƑLarry Taylor Republican Party ƑJacqueline Acquistapace Democratic Party State Senator, District 13 ƑRodney Ellis Democratic Party State Senator, District 15 ƑBill Walker Republican Party ƑJohn Whitmire Democratic Party State Senator, District 17 ƑJoan Huffman Republican Party ƑAustin Page Libertarian Party ƑDavid Courtney Green Party State Senator, District 18 ƑGlenn Hegar Republican Party State Representative, District 126 ƑPatricia Harless Republican Party State Representative, District 127 ƑDan Huberrty ty Repub y blican Par arty ƑCody Pogue Democra c Par y S a e Represen a ve D s r c 128 ƑWayne Sm h Repub can Par y S a e Represen a ve D s r c 129 Ƒ John E Dav s Repub can Par y


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State Representative, District 130 ƑAllen Fletcher Republican Party ƑArrtt Browning Green Party State Representative, District 131 ƑAlma A. Allen Democratic Party ƑAlfr fred ed N. Montestruc Libertarian Party fred ed Molison, Jr. ƑAlfr Green Party State Representative, District 132 ƑBill Callegari Republican Party ƑPhil Kurtz Libertarian Party State Representative, District 133 ƑJim Murphy Republican Party ƑGerald W. (Jerry) LaFleur Libertarian Party State Representative, District 134 ƑSarah Davis Republican Party ƑAnn Johnson Democratic Party State Representative, District 135 ƑGary Elkins Republican Party ƑPaul Morgan Democratic Party State Representative, District 137 ƑM. J. Khan Republican Party ƑGene Wu Democratic Party State Representative, District 138 ƑDwayne Bohac Republican Party ƑLee Coughran Libertarian Party State Representative, District 139 ƑSam Brocato Republican Party ƑSylvester Turner Democratic Party State Representative, District 140 ƑArmando Lucio Walle Democratic Party State Representative, District 141 ƑMichael Bunch Republican Party fron onia Thompson ƑSenfr Democratic Party

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State Representative, District 146 ƑBorris L. Miles Democratic Party State Representative, District 147 ƑGarnet F. Coleman Democratic Party ƑDeb Shafto Green Party State Representative, District 148 ƑJessica Cristina Farrar Democratic Party ƑHenry Cooper Green Party State Representative, District 149 Ƒ Dianne Williams Republican Party ƑHuberrtt Vo Democratic Party State Representative, District 150 Debbie Riddle Ƒ Republican Party ƑBrad Neal Democratic Party Justice, 1st Courtt of Appeals District, Place 2 ƑJane Bland Republican Party ƑRon Lovett Democratic Party Justice, 1st Courtt of Appeals District, Place 6 ƑHar Harvvey Brown Republican Party ƑChuck Silverman Democratic Party Justice, 1st Courtt of Appeals District, Place 7 ƑTerry Jennings Republican Party kes ƑNatalia Cokinos Oakes Democratic Party Justice, 1st Court rt of Appeals District, Place 8 ƑMichael Massengale Republican Party ƑNile Copeland Democratic Party Justice, 1st Courtt of Appeals District, Place 9 ƑRebeca Hu Hudd ddle Republican Party ƑKathy Cheng Democratic Party Justice, 14th Courtt of Appeals District, Place 3 ƑBrett Busby Republican Party ƑBarbara Gardner Democratic Party

State Representative, District 142 ƑHar Harol old V. Dutton, Jr. Democratic Party

Justice, 14th Courtt of Appeals District, Place 4 ƑJeff Brown Republican Party ƑJim Wrotenbery Democratic Party

State Representative, District 143 ƑDoug Weiskopf Republican Party ƑAna Hernandez Luna Democratic Party

Justice, 14th Courtt of Appeals District, Place 5 ƑMarrtha tha Hill Jamison Republican Party ƑTanner Garth Democratic Party ar y

State Representative, District 144 ƑDavid Pineda Republican Party ƑMary Ann Perez Democratic Party ƑRobb Rourke Libertarian Party

Justice, 14th Courtt o Appea s D s r c P ace 6 ƑBill Boyce Republican Par y

State Representative District 145 ƑCar Caro o A varado Democra c Par y

Justice, 14th Courtt o Appea s D s r c P ace 8 ƑJohn Donovan Republican Par y ƑJulia Maldonado Democra atic Par y

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District Judge, 11th Judicial District ƑBruce Bain Republican Party ƑMike Miller Democratic Party District Judge, 61st Judicial District ƑJeff Hastings Republican Party ƑAlfred ("Al") Bennett Democratic Party District Judge, 80th Judicial District ƑRichard Risinger Republican Party ƑLarry Weiman Democratic Party District Judge, 125th Judicial District ƑJohn Coselli Republican Party ƑKyle Carrter ter Democratic Party District Judge, 127th Judicial District ƑRussell Lloyd Republican Party ƑR. K. Sandill Democratic Party District Judge, 129th Judicial District ƑMichael Landrum Republican Party ƑMichael Gomez Democratic Party District Judge, 133rd Judicial District ƑLamar McCorkle Republican Party ƑJaclanel McFarland Democratic Party District Judge, 151st Judicial District ƑJohn Wittenmyer Republican Party ƑMike Engelharrtt Democratic Party District Judge, 152nd Judicial District ƑDon Self Republican Party ƑRoberrtt Schaffer Democratic Party District Judge, 164th Judicial District ƑBud Wiesedeppe Republican Party ƑAlexandra Smoots-Hogan Democratic Party District Judge, 165th Judicial District ƑElizabeth Ray Republican Party ƑJosefina Rendon Democratic Party District Judge, 174th Judicial District ƑRoberrtt Summerlin Republican Party ƑRuben Guerrero Democratic Party District Judge, 176th Judicial District ƑStacey Bond Repub ar y blican Party ƑShawna L Reag n Democra c Par y D s r c Judge 177 h Jud c a D s r c ƑRyan Pa r ck Repub can Par y ƑV v an K ng Democra c Par y

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District Judge, 178th Judicial District ƑRoger Bridgwater Republican Party ƑDavid L. Mendoza Democratic Party District Judge, 179th Judicial District ƑKristin M. Guiney Republican Party ƑRandy Roll Democratic Party District Judge, 215th Judicial District ƑKen Shorrtr treed Republican Party ƑElaine H. Palmer Democratic Party District Judge, 333rd Judicial District ƑJoseph "Tad" Halbach Republican Party ƑTracy D. Good Democratic Party District Judge, 334th Judicial District ƑKen Wise Republican Party ƑDonna Roth Democratic Party District Judge, 337th Judicial District ƑRene« Magee Republican Party ƑHerb Ritchie Democratic Party District Judge, 338th Judicial District ƑBrock Thomas Republican Party ƑHazel B. Jones Democratic Party District Judge, 339th Judicial District ƑBrad Hart ty Republican Parrty ƑMaria T. Jackson Democratic Party District Judge, 351st Judicial District ƑMark Kent Ellis Republican Party ƑMack McInnis Democratic Party District Attorney ƑMike Anderson Republican Party Ƒ Lloyd Wayne Oliver Democratic Party Judge, County Court rt at Law No. 1, Unexpired T er m ƑDebra Ibarra Mayfield Republican Party ƑErica M. Graham Democratic Party Judge, County Court rt at Law No. 2, Unexpired T er m ƑTheresa Chang Republican Party ƑDamon Crenshaw Democratic Party County At Attorney ƑRoberrtt Talton Republican Party ƑVince Ryan Democratic Party Sheriff ƑLouis Guthrie Republican Party ƑAdrian Garcia atic Party Democra ar y ƑRem ng on A ess Green Par y

County Tax As ssessorr Collector ƑMike Sullivan Republican Party ƑAnn Harris Bennett Democratic Party ƑJesse Hopson Libertarian Party County School Trustee, Position 3, At Large ƑMike Wolfe Republican Party ƑDiane Trautman Democratic Party County School Trustee, Position 4, Precinct 3 ƑKay Smith Republican Party ƑSilvia Mintz Democratic Party County School Trustee, Position 6, Precinct 1 ƑJuLuette Bartlett-Pack Republican Party ƑErica S. Lee Democratic Party County Commissioner, Precinct 1 ƑChuck Maricle Republican Party ƑEl Franco Lee Democratic Party County Commissioner, Precinct 3 ƑSteve Radack Republican Party ƑGlorice McPherson Democratic Party County Commissioner, Precinct 4, Unexpired T er m ƑR. Jack Cagle Republican Party ƑSean Hammerle Democratic Party Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 1, Place 1 ƑDale M. G Gorc orczynski Democratic Party Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 2, Place 1 ƑJoAnn Delgado ad Democratic Party Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 3, Place 1 ƑMike Parrott Democratic Party Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 4, Place 1 ƑJ. Kent Adams Republican Party Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 5, Place 1 ƑRuss Ridgway Republican Party Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 6, Place 1 ƑRichard C. Vara Democratic Party Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 7, Place 1 ƑHilary H. Green Democratic Party Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 8, Place 1 ƑHolly Williamson Republican Party ƑTommy Ginn Democratic Party Constable, Precinct 1 ƑJoe Danna Republican Party ƑAlan Rosen Democratic Party ƑJames C er C. Lancaster L ber ar an Par y ƑCar os V a obos Green Par y

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City of Houston, Proposition No. 2 (Relating to amending the Charter of the City of Houston to conform initiative, referendum, and recall processes to current law) Shall Arrtiticle V, Section 10 (adopted 1951), Arrtiticle VII-a (adopted 1913), and Arrtticle VII-b (adopted 1913) of the Charrter ter of the City of Houston be amended to remove obsolete ty primaries and partisan City references to parrty elections, to address the impact of current election laws and procedures, and to recognize the existence of council districts in initiative, referendum, and recall petition processes? ƑYes ƑNo City of Houston, Texas Special Bond Election City of Houston, Proposition A The issuance of $144,000,000 public safety improvement bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and equipment of public safety public improvements for police and fire departments and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon ƑFor ƑAgainst City of Houston, Proposition B The issuance of $166,000,000 park improvement bonds for the conservation, improvement, acquisition, construction and equipment of neighborhood parks, recreational facilities and bayous, including such green spaces along all bayous to create an integrated system of bayou walking, running and bicycle trails to enhance, preserve and protect the health of citizens, water quality, natural habitat and native wildlife and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon ƑFor ƑAgainst City of Houston, Proposition C The issuance of $57,000,000 permanent public improvement bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, remediation and equipment of permanent improvements that supporrtt public health, sanitation and other essential general services of the City and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon ƑFor ƑAgainst City of Houston, Proposition D The issuance of $28,000,000 library improvement bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and equipment of the public library system and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon ƑFor ƑAgainst City of Houston, Proposition E The issuance of $15,000,000 affordable housing bonds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and equipment of afforda aff ordable housing and the levying of taxes sufficient for the payment thereof and interest thereon ƑFor ƑAgainst

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City of Baytown Special Election City of Baytown, Proposition No. 1 The amendment of Section 9 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to conform this section to state law, to require a description of the annexation ordinance be published in a ter the city council's first reading newspaper af after of the ordinance, and to reduce the number of days between publishing notice of the annexation in the newspaper and taking final action on the annexation. ƑFOR ƑAGAINST City of Baytown, Proposition No. 2 The amendment of Section 14 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to compensate the members of the City Council for their service up to the following amounts: Mayor................................ $1,000/month Council Members............... $500/month ƑFOR ƑAGAINST City of Baytown, Proposition No. 3 The amendment of Section 31 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to conform this section to state law regarding the number of audits required per year. ƑFOR ƑAGAINST City of Baytown, Proposition No. 4 The amendment of Section 47 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to conform this section to state law regarding changes/ of the amendments to the budget, the filing o budget, and the availability of the budget to the public. ƑFOR ƑAGAINST City of Baytown, Proposition No. 5 The amendments of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, tto o repeal Sections 53 and 54 and to amen me d Section 52 to conform this section to the b budget content requirements of state law. ƑFOR ƑAGAINST City of Baytown, Proposition No. 6 The amendment of Section 55 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to allow contingent appropriations to be used for the proper functioning of the City regardless of any declared emergency and to provide for the proper accounting of such expenditures. ƑFOR ƑAGAINST

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City of Baytown, Proposition No. 9 The amendment of Section 68 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to clarif arifyy the legal level of control for fund transfers and to tments with allow fund transfers between deparrtm the approval of the city council at any time instead of only during the last three months of a budget year. ƑFOR ƑAGAINST City of Baytown, Proposition No. 10 The amendments of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to repeal Sections 79 and 80 and to amend Section 78 to conform the issuance and terms of anticipation notes to state law. Ƒ FOR ƑAGAINST City of Baytown, Proposition No. 11 The amendment of Section 82 of the Charter arifyy the ad of the City of Baytown, Texas, to clarif valorem tax rate limitation is for maintenance and operations of the City and to remove provisions concerning ad valorem tax valuation and assessment which are obsolete due to changes in state law. ƑFOR ƑAGAINST City of Baytown, Proposition No. 12 The amendments of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to repeal Sections 67(6), 83, 84, 85 and 86 to remove obsolete provisions conc on erning the assessment and collection of ad valorem taxes governed by state law. ƑFOR ƑAGAINST City of Baytown, Proposition No. 13 The amendment of Section 97 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to better distinguish between a referendum and an erss sub ubjject to an initiative, to limit the matter initiative ordinance, to set a standard of review by the courts, and to establish 1,000 as the number of qualified voters' signatures required for a valid initiative petition rather than a percentage of the number of all of the qualified voters who voted at the last mayoral election. ƑFOR ƑAGAINST

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 7 The amendment of Section 57 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to update this section to reference financing tools permitted by state law, including certificates of obligations and revenue bonds. ƑFOR ƑAGAINST

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 14 The amendment of Section 62 and Section 98 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to remove the permissive referendum on bonds, to better distinguish between a referendum and an initiative, to limit the matters sub ubjject to a referendum ordinance, to ts, establish a standard of review by the courrts to extend the time period for which a referendum petition may be filed from 20 days to 365 days, and to establish 1,000 as the number of qualified voters' signatures required ffor or a valid referendum petition, rather than a percentage of the number of all of the qualified voters who voted at the last mayoral election. ƑFOR ƑAGAINST

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 8 The amendments of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to repeal Sections 59, 60, 61 and 63, to remove provisions regarding the form, content, title and sale of bonds which are governed by state law. ƑFOR ƑAGAINST

City of Baytown, Proposition No. 15 The amendment of Section 99 of the Charter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to conform the initiative and referendum petitions to state law and to require the petition circulator to witness the persons signing the petitions. ƑFOR ƑAGAINST

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City of Baytown, Proposition No. 16 The amendment of Sections 104 and 111 of the Charrter ter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to for referendum, establish the election date for initiative and recall elections, as the date of the next regular municipal election for which preclearance is obtained. ƑFOR ƑAGAINST City of Baytown, Proposition No. 17 The amendment of Section 110 of the Charrter ter equire that of the City of Baytown, Texas, to rreq the statement of the grounds for rrem emoval from office which are filed with the city clerk be attached to the petition being circulated. ƑFOR ƑAGAINST City of Baytown, Proposition No. 18 The amendment of Section 127 of the Charrter ter equire of the City of Baytown, Texas, to rreq members of the City Council as well as officers and employees of the City to comply with applicable state law conflict of interest provisions and to remove unenforceable, overbroad conflict of interest provisions. ƑFOR ƑAGAINST City of Baytown, Proposition No. 19 The amendment of Section 138 of the Charrter ter of the City of Baytown, Texas, to conform the process for charrter ter amendments to state law, to remove the requirement that the proposed charrter ter amendments be mailed to every qualified voter in the city, to add the ter requirement that the proposed charrter amendments be posted on the City's website, and to require a charrtter review committee be appointed by the city council at least 18 months before the date the City is required to call its regular municipal election. ƑFOR ƑAGAINST City of League City General Election City of League City, Council, Position #3 (Three Year Term) ƑMick Phalen ƑHeidi Thiess City of League City, Council, Position #4 (Three Year Term) ƑTodd Kinsey ƑJohn E. Babcock ƑJay Frederick Ewend City of League City, Council, Position #5 (Three Year Term) ƑGeri Bentley ƑPhyllis Sanborn City of League City Special Election City of League City, Proposition No. 1 Shall Arrtiticle II, Sections 1 and 3, and Arrtticle III, Section 1, of the City Charter be amended to provide for biennial elections on a uniform election date in evenn numbered years, and allow a member of Council to serve a four year term rather than a three year term, effec eff ective with the 2014 general election, with adjustment of existing terms as necessary (not to ever exceed a one year extension of term) to cause municipal elections to occur every two years on a uniform election date, with the next municipal general election to occur in 2014, instead of every year as currently required for for the terms of Mayor and Council members in the Charter? ƑFor ƑAgainst

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City of League City, Proposition No. 2 Shall Arrtiticle Il, Section 2, of the City Charter for more restrictive be amended to provide for term limits such that no person may be a candidate for Mayor if serving a second consecutive mayoral term or be a candidate for Council if serving a second consecutive councilperson term? Currently, no person may be a candidate for for Mayor if serving a third consecutive term as Mayor, or be a candidate for Council if serving a third consecutive term as a Councilperson. ƑFor ƑAgainst City of League City, Proposition No. 3 Shall Arrtiticle II, Sections 1 and 13, of the City Charter be amended to provide that the Mayor shall vote on any ordinance, resolution, action or question presented to the Council, and be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum, as any other member of City Council? Currently, the Mayor is prohibited from voting except in the case of a tie vote of City Council. ƑFor ƑAgainst City of League City, Proposition No. 4 Shall Arrtiticle II, Section 11, of the City Charrter ter be amended to provide that a quorum of City Council for the transaction of business shall consist of 5 voting members of City Council? The current provision requires 5 councilpersons, excluding the Mayor, and may be affected by other proposed amendments being submitted, including allowing the Mayor to vote. ƑFor ƑAgainst City of League City, Proposition No. 5 Shall Arrtiticle IX of the City Charter be amended to include a new Section 8, in order to prohibit further renewal or de dep ployment of photographic traffic enforcement systems on the City's public rights of way when the co c ntract with Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc. expires pursuant to its terms? A vote "For" thi th s proposition will prohibit future p photographic enforcement as specified above, and a vote "Against" will allow the City to continue use of such enforcement. ƑFor ƑAgainst City of League City,Proposition No. 6 Shall Arrtiticle II, Section 22, Arrti ticle V, Section 4, and Arrti ticle VII, Section 8, of the City Charrter ter be amended to avoid any confusion in interpretation of the existing provisions, by clarif arifyying and adopting uniform language that a super ma majjority consists of a four-fifths majjority of the voting members of City Council, ma specifically including the Mayor, if given the right to vote? ƑFor ƑAgainst City of League City, Proposition No. 7 Shall Arrtiticle II, Section 7, of the City Charter be amended to provide that a Councilmember remaining absent for 3 consecutive meetings of Council of any kind, including special meetings or workshops, shall be determined to have vacated office? The current provision provides for determination of vacancy upon a Councilmember remaining absent for 3 consecutive regular meetings of City Council. ƑFor ƑAgainst

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Houston Community College System Bond Election Houston Community College System, Pro oposition THE ISSUANCE OF $425,000,000 SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS FOR CONSTRUCTION, ACQUISITION, AND EQUIPMENT OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS IN THE SYSTEM, SCHOOL SITES AND THE LEVYING OF THE TAX IN PAYMENT THEREOF ƑFor ƑAgainst Channelview Independent School District Board of Trustee Election Channelview I.S.D., Trustee, Position No. 1 ƑKeith Liggett ƑRaquel Dobbins Channelview I.S.D., Trustee, Position No. 2 ƑSteve Dennis ƑChrista R. Colomb Channelview I.S.D., Trustee, Position No. 3 ƑLonnie (LoJo) Hays ƑWillie Hodson Crosby Independent School District General Election Crosby I.S.D., Trustee, Position 4 ƑDavid N. Shaver ƑDavid Porter Crosby I.S.D., Trustee, Position 5 ƑCarla Mills Windfont ƑWill Locke Crosby I.S.D., Trustee, Position 7 ƑJames J. Hofmann ƑGerald Blankenship Cypress-Fairbanks I.S.D. General Election Cypress-Fairbanks I.S.D., Trustee, Position 3 ƑDarcy Mingoia ƑLillian Wanjagi ƑBill Morris Cypress-Fairbanks I.S.D., Trustee, Position 4 ƑKevin H. Hoffman ƑAngela M. Wesley HOUSTON I.S.D. SCHOOLHOUSE BOND ELECTION Houston I.S.D., PROPOSITION THE ISSUANCE BY HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT OF $1,890,000,000 SCHOOLHOUSE BONDS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION, ACQUISITION AND EQUIPMENT OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT (INCLUDING THE REHABILITA LITAT TION, RENOVATION, EXPANSION AND IMPROVEMENT THEREOF) AND THE PURCHASE OF THE NECESSARY SITES FOR SCHOOL BUILDINGS, AND THE LEVYING OF THE TAX IN PAYMENT THEREOF ƑFOR ƑAGAINST HUFFMAN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL TRUSTEE ELECTION Huffman I.S.D., SCHOOL TRUSTEE, POSITION NO. 4 ƑDean L. Tinnin Huffman I.S.D., SCHOOL TRUSTEE, POSITION NO. 5 ƑCharles Bardwell


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Hufffman I.S.D., SCHOOL TRUSTEE, POSITION NO. 6 ƑMatt Dutton Hufffman I.S.D., SCHOOL TRUSTEE, POSITION NO. 7 ƑPatrick Keith ƑGuy Smith Klein I.S.D. School Board Trustee Election

Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 127 Directors s' Election Harris County M.U.D. No 127, Directors s

Vote for None, 1, 2 or 3

ƑJohn R. Gagne tega ƑKatrina Orrteg ƑDon R. Baylor thur C. Zavala ƑArrthu ƑB.A. (Khris) Scherwitz

Klein I.S.D. Trustee, Position 3 ƑWilliam F. (Bill) Pilkington ƑJim Smith

HARRIS COUNTY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT NO. 148 Operations and Maintenance Tax Election

Klein I.S.D. Trustee, Position 4 ƑStephen J. Szymczak

Harris County M.U.D. No. 148, Proposition 1 An operations and maintenance tax not to exceed fifty cents ($0.50) per one hundred ty dollars ($100) valuation of taxable properrty ƑFor ƑAgainst

Klein I.S.D. Trustee, Position 5 ƑRonnie Anderson New Caney Independent School District General Election New Caney I.S.D., Trustee, Position 3 ƑAlan Moreau, Jr. New Caney I.S.D., Trustee, Position 4 ƑJeromi Wright New Caney I.S.D., Trustee, Position 5 ƑGary Lemley ƑChad Turner

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Vote for None, 1, 2, or 3

ƑDennis D. Malcolm ƑAl Nash ƑMark Kishbaugh ƑC.H. "Buddy" Myers ƑDavid J. Ross

Nortth Fore est Independent School District School Board Election

Nortthampton Municipal Utility District Bond Election

Nortth Fore est I.S.D., Trustee, Position 4 ƑThaddeus Seals

Nortthampton M.U.D., PROPOSITION THE ISSUANCE OF $38,000,000 OF BONDS, AND THE LEVY OF AD VALOREM TAXES ADEQUATE TO PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT OF BONDS ƑFor ƑAgainst

Nortth Fore est I.S.D., Trustee, Position 5 ƑLinda Bell Robinson ƑJoAnna Love Casey ƑAlberrtt Coleman Sheldon Independent School District Trustee Election Sheldon I.S.D., Trustee Position 1 ƑKeith Nor Norwo wood ƑShane Schultz Sheldon I.S.D., Trustee Position 2 ƑLatricia Archie Sheldon I.S.D., Trustee Position 3 ƑEileen Palmer Spring Independent School District General Trustee Election Spring I.S.D., Trustee, Position 6 ƑRon Crier ƑJim Davis Spring I.S.D., Trustee, Position 7 ƑJana Anders Harris County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1-A 1 Bond Election Harris County F.W.S.D. No. 1-A, Proposition 1 THE ISSUANCE OF $6,140,000 UNLIMITED TAX BONDS AND LEVY OF TAXES ADEQUATE TO PROVIDE FOR PAYMENT OF THE BONDS ƑFor ƑAgainst

Nortthampton Municipal Utility District Election for Designation of a Defined Area, Bond Election, and Maintenance Tax Election Nortthampton M.U.D., PROPOSITION 1 DESIGNATION OF THE DEFINED AREA ƑFOR ƑAGAINST Nortthampton M.U.D., PROPOSITION 2 ISSUANCE OF $41,000,000 OF UTILITY BONDS, AND THE LEVY OF AD VALOREM TAXES TO RETIRE THE BONDS ƑFOR ƑAGAINST Nortthampton M.U.D., PROPOSITION 3 ISSUANCE OF $17,000,000 OF ROAD BONDS, AND THE LEVY OF AD VALOREM TAXES TO RETIRE THE BONDS ƑFOR ƑAGAINST Nortthampton M.U.D., PROPOSITION 4 LEVY OF A MAINTENANCE TAX ƑFOR ƑAGAINST

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Harris County Water Control and Improvement District No. 89 Directorrs s' Election Harris County W.C.I.D. No. 89 Directors s Vote for None, 1, 2 or 3

ƑKarri Garza ƑSharyn Smalls ƑMichael Clancy Smith ƑVictoria D. Lastee ƑByron Keith Watson, Sr. ƑCharles "C.G." Johnson ƑArrthu thur Washington

Emergency Services District No. 200 General Election E.S.D. No. 200 Board of Emergency Serv vices Commissioners s Vote for None, 1 or 2

ƑBrooke Robinson ƑRoger Lieder ƑTom Garbett ƑTommy Davis

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Mitt was born in Detroit on March 12, 1947. His mother, Lenore, gave up an acting career when she met and married his father, George. Mitt’s father came from humble origins and never graduated from college. He apprenticed as a lath and plaster carpenter and sold aluminum paint before beginning a career that brought him to the head of American Motors and then the governorship of Michigan.

Mitt married his wife, Ann, in 1969. They first met in elementary school when he was a Cub Scout; he remembers tossing pebbles at her when she rode by on a horse. When they met again years later at a friend’s house, he was smitten. Between them, they have five sons and eighteen grandchildren, who are the center of their lives.

Mitt Romney: Introduction

Like any family, the Romneys have faced hardship: Ann was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, and more recently fought a battle with breast cancer. She credits her husband’s unwavering care and devotion to her for helping her through these ordeals. Mitt is not a career politician. He has spent most of his life in the private sector, giving him intimate knowledge of how our economy works. But he has also been an outstanding

public servant. In one chapter of his distinguished career, he reversed the decline of a state mired in recession. In another chapter, he salvaged the 2002 Winter Olympic Games from certain disaster. America faces exceptional challenges. Mitt Romney is an exceptional man with unique qualifications to lead our country through perilous times, restoring our strength at home and abroad.

—GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS

When Mitt was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, the state was in severe disarray, its budget was out of balance, spending was soaring, and taxpayers were being required to pay more and more in taxes for diminishing services. The state economy was in a tailspin, with businesses cutting back on investment or even closing, and unemployment ticking up. Mitt made hard decisions that brought state spending under control. He restructured and consolidated government programs, paring back where necessary and finding efficiencies throughout. Facing a state legislature dominated by Democrats, Mitt cast more than 800 vetoes as he brought conservative principles to state government. He cut red tape for small businesses, signed into law job-creating incentives, and fought hard to bring new businesses to the state. He eliminated a $3 billion deficit without borrowing or raising taxes. By 2007, at the end of Mitt’s term, the state had accumulated a $2 billion rainy day fund in its coffers. This stringent fiscal discipline provided an essential backdrop for economic recovery. While Mitt was in office, the state unemployment rate fell from 5.6% to 4.7% and the Massachusetts economy added tens of thousands of new jobs. America faces exceptional challenges. Mitt

Romney is an exceptional man with unique qualifications to lead our country through perilous times, restoring our strength at home and abroad.

—2002 WINTER OLYMPICS

In 1999, the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics was on the verge of collapse. Thanks to his reputation as a superb manager, Mitt was asked to take over. The event had been bogged down in a bid-rigging scandal, sponsors were fleeing, and the budget was bleeding red ink. The attacks of September 11, 2001, just months before the start date, created a security nightmare. Some were contemplating scaling back the competition or even moving it out of the country. Mitt set to work. In a remarkably short period, he revamped the organization’s leadership, trimmed the budget, and restored public confidence. He oversaw an unprecedented security mobilization to assure the safety of the athletes and millions of international visitors,

staging one of the most successful games ever held on U.S. soil. Mitt’s impressive skills did not come out of nowhere. He began his career in business.

—A STERLING BUSINESS CAREER

After graduating from Brigham Young University in 1971, he earned dual degrees from Harvard Law and Harvard Business School. After working as a business consultant for several years, Mitt founded the investment firm Bain Capital in 1984. Under his leadership, Bain Capital helped to launch or rebuild over one hundred companies, including household names such as Staples, Bright Horizons, and The Sports Authority. As Bain Capital was growing in prominence, Mitt returned to his old consulting firm, Bain & Company, as CEO. In a time of financial turmoil at the company, he led a successful turnaround.


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I Am... “Bray for Texas” is about renewal, growth and freedom. It’s about taking responsibility and stepping out on faith to change the status quo. It’s past time men of principle sit on our most principial positions. We Can ill afford to continue doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. Texas needs a face lift! -- R. W. Bray For Texas Senate - District 6

USAF - Member of the Texas Air National Guard I’m Inspired To Make A Change! I’VE PREPARED MYSELF TO REPRESENT YOUR BEST INTERESTS Law Officer Manager for Ellington Field AFB Jag Corps Chief Duty Director for Houston City Council Member Helena Brown Proud Initiator of Houston’s Annual Veterans Career Expo Author & Advocate of Houston’s “Veterans Points” for City Contracts Chief LANG Drug Testing Manager during Hurricane Katrina Business Banker for Wells Fargo

i’m INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY I’M SEEKING TO SERVE Vice President of Houston’s Young Republicans Member of the United Negro College Fund Houston Inter Alumni Council Member of Frederick Douglas Foundation HERE’S A GLIMPSE INTO MY EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND Dillard University USAF Air University Study of Advanced Legal Studies

Objective: To present with enthusiasm and confidence, a vision for the future of Texas and District 6, by advocating, promoting and fostering a constructive environment for the advancement of education, entrepreneurship, social equality, business alliances and a 21st Century approach to joining private and public sector efforts to fuel our needs -- rather than a mere coalition of government interests. *Note: So even if you vote a straight ticket on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 you can still go back and do an over-ride to vote for me!


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Mayor Allen Owen Has Served Missouri City, Texas For Over 35 years

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FROM MAYOR OWEN: Here Are A Few Things You Should Know THE OWEN REPORT -- UPCOMING EVENTS FOR MISSOURI CITY RESIDENTS

Citywide Crime Prevention Meeting

The Missouri City Police Department will host a citywide crime prevention meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to help curb crime rates during the upcoming holiday season—the time of year, statistically, when police see a spike in certain offenses.

The meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, 3849 Cartwright Rd.

Sgt. Philip Enghlishbee will host the event, which will feature presentations from Police Community Liaison Officer Evett Kelly, and members of the Burglary and Auto Theft and Gang Task Forces. Sgt. Enghlishbee will discuss home and personal safety tips and the City’s proactive crime-prevention programs. The forum was planned to further help citizens protect their families and property as Police generally see an increase in the following crimes during the holiday season: thefts, burglaries, criminal mischief and assault. To learn about the City’s prevention programs, visit the website: www.missouricitytx.gov and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse).

tiveness, transferability to other communities, the number of jobs trol and Improvement District No. 2 to interest the second largest created, community commitment and added value to the tax water bottling company in the United States in opening its doors base,” Graf said. “The Texas Economic Development Council in premier Lakeview Business Park. looks at what tools were used as a community effort. For exam“We are very pleased with this achievement that involved ple, we were able to secure the deal with the help of other entities CenterPoint, representing power, WCID number two, representthat will provide the resources that Niagara’s ing water, Fort Bend Economic Develop356,000 square foot plant will require.” ment Council, providing tax abatement UPCOMING In its recognition, TEDC also noted assistance and the Greater Houston Partthat “Missouri City attracted Niagara Botnership, which initiated the discussion,” tling Company to the site of a former golf said Mayor Allen Owen, who shared decourse, which had been re-developed into the Lakeview Business tails of the recognition at the Oct. 1 City Council meeting. “This Park by Trammell Crow Company. Missouri City provided a 10is an exemplary example of the significant growth and developyear tax abatement and used a Section 380 Agreement to help ment our City is experiencing.” Mayor Owen, City Manager Edstreamline the development process. The $60 million investment ward Broussard and Economic Development Coordinator Bob will create nearly 100 jobs.” Graf traveled to Austin recently to receive the award. The Austin-based professional association is dedicated to the “The criteria used to determine the winners included, innova-

City Wins Prestigious State Award

Missouri City’s steadfast commitment to economic development and private-public partnerships that promote growth was recently rewarded with the prestigious 2012 Community Economic Development Award for the Niagara Bottling Company project. The honor was bestowed by the Texas Economic Development Council and the “Show Me City” won the top award for cities with populations of 40,001 to 100,000. In making its decision, TEDC cited Missouri City’s “team effort” in partnering with the Greater Houston Partnership, the Fort Bend Economic Development Council, Fort Bend County, CenterPoint Energy Economic Development Group and Water Con-

“The Show Me City” is the Region’s Most Diverse City


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development of economic and employment opportunities, and established the Community Economic Development Award in 1995 to honor excellence and exceptional contributions of Texas communities in business growth. “We are honored by the recognition of our economic development peers for the work we did with Niagara,” Broussard said. “This is the result of the outstanding partnerships we have with our public and private partners, as we work together to build the economic infrastructure for our community.” Niagara’s Missouri City plant is scheduled to be fully operational in Lakeview Business Park in the first quarter of 2013. When complete, the facility will include water processing, bottle manufacturing, warehousing and a distribution facility. The local plant will be the company’s 12th location countrywide, and will serve an expansive regional market for private label bottled water. Headquartered in Ontario, California, Niagara has bottling plants in eight states including Texas. The 168-acre Lakeview Business Park, located adjacent to major thoroughfares such as the Sam Houston Parkway, Highway 90A and U.S. Highway 59, is currently home to manufacturing and distribution companies representing a variety of industries. Following the purchase of land by Niagara, Lakeview developer Trammell Crow will add $2.75 million in drainage and road improvements to the business park. Missouri City has three years to reimburse Trammell Crow for these improvements and will do so with Metro sales tax rebates earmarked to be used for general mobility projects. The water and sewer improvements will be managed and reimbursed through WCID No. 2.

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Taking Healthy Strides

Residents, City Council Members, police officers, firefighters and local officials united Tuesday night to promote public safety and fitness during National Night Out. Hundreds of people gathered with their neighbors to host block parties, and this year, as the City participates in a statewide health initiative—the Healthy at H-E-B Community Challenge— many communities incorporated a healthy aspect in their events. Citizens mixed and mingled during their crime prevention gatherings and many shared healthy snacks including Subway sandwiches and fruit and vegetable trays. Police officers, firefighters and City Council Members visited block parties, reminding homeowners of the importance of getting to know their neighbors and making sure their homes are safe. National Night Out correlated perfectly with the healthy challenge, which encourages health and fitness in all aspects of life, and Missouri City continues to be a strong contender a month into the competition. The “Show Me City” is currently in second place in its category (cities with populations ranging from 0-100,000) in the Healthy at H-E-B Community Challenge. For the past few weeks, the Show Me City has trailed the City of Pflugerville, however; each has owned the No. 1 spot for short intervals. To engage citizens, Missouri City has some fun and exciting events planned as part of its participation. All residents are encouraged to take part in: Missouri City Police Officers Association’s Kids’ 5K Zombie

Dash: Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Missouri City Police Department 7 a.m. Tricks & Treats in the Park: Saturday, Oct. 27 at Buffalo Run Park 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Residents are encouraged to visit the Challenge website to sign up and share their healthy activities, thereby building our community’s overall score. An email address is the only requirement to sign up. Watch this video to see details on how to register. Missouri City kicked off its participation in the program on Saturday, Sept. 15, with a Health Fair and Tennis Play Day that attracted about 200 people of all ages to its new Recreation and Tennis Center. City officials were also on hand to support the initiative: Mayor Allen Owen, Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Wyatt and Council Members Danny Nguyen and Floyd Emery visited with the guests. Visitors were treated to cooking demonstrations, a farmers market, fitness classes, XBOX 360 Fitness, massages and spinal checks. H-E-B Sienna’s pharmacy also gave flu shots. Among the other vendors were H-E-B Sienna Market, Houston Community College-Missouri City Campus, and Sienna Modern Dentistry. “With this event, Missouri City and its partners took a giant step in encouraging citizens to be active and to live a healthy lifestyle,” Director of Parks & Recreation Larry Foos said. To follow the City’s progress in the Challenge, visit the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, join the Twitter conversation #ItsTimeMCTX and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse).

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Obedience To God Is Doing What Go Says To Do, When God Says To Do It

I am led to teach obedience today for those who may read this post because it is such a grey area in Christian circles these days. We have such an "all access" to God attitude that defies and denies His holiness. You cannot do/be/say any old thing with God. His word is held above all things and when we disobey we reap consequences and need mercy. Obedience is better than sacrifice people! (1 Samuel 15:22). Obedience to God is doing what God says to do, when God says to do it, and how God says to do it. It seems like such a simple concept, but how easy is it for the cares of this world to snuff out our fellowship with God! It is also a fact that God always rewards obedience to him. In the bible rewards are spoken of for the child of God in this life. There are no rewards in heaven, for heaven is by the grace of God. But in this life God rewards those who are obedient to him. Deut. 28 speaks of blessings for those who hearken diligently to the voice of the Lord, to observe and do all his commandments. It also speaks of curses to those who will not hearken nor observe to do all his commandments and his statutes. Isaiah 1:19-20 says, “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it”.

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Have You Extended Your Hand?

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“You have no right to complain where you have not extended your hand to help." - Ed Rhino

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Thank You For Being By My Side

“Father in Heaven, thank You for being by my side during the victories and storms I have faced and for those that will confront my path ahead. Your strength is more powerful than any problem, sickness or defeat I could ever encounter. You are the answer to all my needs. I praise You for Your goodness, Your faithfulness and for never leaving me alone to fight my battles. Thank You for the priceless gift of today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.” - Joyce Adejumo

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Have Faith And Trust God

“FAITH.....FOREVER ANTICIPATING INCREDIBLE THINGS HAPPENING! Have Faith and trust God even When you can not trace Him!!!!” - Vivian Martin


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If The Book Being Judge Was You

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"Judging a book by its cover is very easy for most of us to do, but I wonder if the pages would unravel if the book being judged was you."

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Come Out And Be Free

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Apostle Valencia Mashiach Williams - This is what the Lord says:“In the time of My favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a Covenant for the people, to Restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’ -ISAIAH 49:8-9

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Jackson, Jr. There’s Something Noble In You

“God has put something noble and good into every heart His hand created.” - Cleo Jackson Jr.

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Nothing “Just Happens” In Life!

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“What's your plan? What is your strategy for your life? Where are you headed? Are you just existing...living from day to day...hoping and wishing that good things happen for you? Nothing "just happens" in life. You've got to have a plan. Spend some quiet time with GOD and listen as he speaks. GOD has a great plan for your life. *KEEP WINNING IN 2012!*” - Tammi Matthews-Durden

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His Mercies Are New Everyday

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"Praise God for His AMAZING GRACE! His mercies are new EVERYDAY and His favor rests upon those whom He has called according to HIS purpose!" - Cheryl Douglas Barrett

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Pinnock, Mpa Keep Us Close To You Always

“Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of today. We choose to focus on the blessing of each moment instead of allowing the little things and worries to steal our joy. Keep us close to You always as we submit every area of our hearts and minds to You in Jesus’ name...in Jesus' name...in Jesus' name...amen.” - Noel Pinnock, Mpa

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There Is A Word From The Lord

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“It’s awkward that when God is calling you to move forward in life, situations, circumstances, even some people try to hold you back. There is a word from the Lord.” -- Philippians 3: 12-14. -- 12 Not that I have already attained or am already perfected: but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended: but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

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I AM Michelle Obama!

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Over the past few years since the Obama’s have come into the spotlight, I have heard many men say “I want me a Michelle Obama”. That statement has increased many times over after her outstanding speech recently during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention. Well fellas, we are here! (Yes, I said WE) We are the women who support our men – we encourage him; we pray with him and over him. We “hold it down” when life beats him up, and we love him with all that is within us. We take good care of our families no matter what the economy throws at us, and we make sure that there is balance – fun, discipline, and God. We are intelligent and beautiful. We are strong and emotional. We are concerned

We are also many times about our communities and our overlooked. We are sometimes bodies. We are enlightened darker than Rihanna. Our hair and entertaining. We are sodoesn’t always phisticated and flow like Beyclassy. We are OPINIONS once’s. Our women of Faith. breasts are full We speak eloor just relatively “normal” and quently and don’t have to anwe don’t let them spill over nounce our arrival – people everything that we wear like know we are there. We are elsome of the latest reality stars. egant and we carry ourselves Our clothes are stylish and fit like ladies.

without cutting off our circulation. We may not have a booty like Nikki Minaj. Yet nonetheless, in the perfection of the way that God has created us, we are fine – make that foine! So, in the same vein of the statements made after the tragedy in Florida, I stand and proclaim, I AM Michelle Obama….where are YOU, Barack?

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