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Christine Riddle Butts Judge Harris County Probate Court No. 4

Carroll G. Robinson, other Believers are Answering the Call to Service in Harris County!


*The individuals featured on this cover and inside this magazine are not connected to one another unless otherwise noted.

FEATURED THOUGHT LEADERS A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE - THOUGHT LEADER AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Can you share your thoughts on what freedom means to you, and why you’re proud to be an American with our readers? HARRIS COUNTY JUDGE ED EMMETT: As a boy, I lived in East Texas. The son of an oil field worker and a housewife, I was the first in my family to graduate from college. As a grown man, I have had the privilege of holding elected and appointed offices, and I have traveled the world. As I saw the world, I reflected upon my growth and realized that the one factor most responsible for my success was being born an American. The United States of America provides the fertile ground from which an East Texas boy can become educated and play on the world stage. And if the United States provides the fertile ground for accomplishment and progress, it is the freedom given to each individual that nurtures their growth. Every day, I am grateful that I was born an American.


AUBREY R. TAYLOR: What does freedom mean to you? JUDGE PATRICIA J. KERRIGAN: Freedom means our constitutionally protected right as Americans to choose how we work, live, worship, speak, provide for and protect our families. While true freedom is beyond what a government provides, the many freedoms we enjoy as Americans are a fundamental part of our Democracy. Just as important as our enjoyment and exercise of these rights is the responsibility each one of us bears to protect and save our freedoms for the next generation. Everyday as we look at world events, we are graphically shown how precious our freedoms truly are. Every time I seat a jury in the 190th District Court, I remind the jury members that around the world people are literally dying for the right they are exercising, that is the right to have a dispute decided by fellow citizens, rather than by a government or by the military. All of our freedoms are important in today's world and so must be our commitment to preserve them.




We Must Vote on Tues., November 4th, 2014 By Pastor Robert L. Thomas 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 perpetuated 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 Pastor Robert L. Thomas, his wife Tracey and daughters, – then go vote; if you Mariel and Taylor. 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, and Stay Informed!

Robert L. Thomas, Jr. Robert Thomas Ministries

Senior Pastor of Olivet Missionary Baptist Church

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“My mission is to serve families in times of crisis in a thoughtful, compassionate, and deliberate way, whether that crisis involves the loss of a loved one, the need for a guardianship, or a mental health issue.” - JUDGE CHRISTINE RIDDLE BUTTS



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Christine Butts was raised in Houston and graduated from Westfield High School. While in high school, she worked with her father, a probate lawyer, in his small law firm. She went on to graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of business administration degree. Soon after college, she married Donald Butts and studied law at the University of Houston. After graduating from law school, Christine joined her father's boutique estate planning and probate firm. Serving clients in a private practice has enabled her to learn a great deal about probate, guardianship, and mental health issues. More importantly, private practice has given her a balanced perspective and a view into how these issues impact families. In 2010, Christine was elected as the judge of Harris County Probate Court 4, where she, along with the other probate judges, developed the following enhancements designed to improve the courts' service to the public and increase efficiency for the attorneys practicing in the probate courts: • The Guardianship Handbook was created and published in English and in Spanish. It is now given to every person appointed as a guardian • The courts offer a free Continuing Legal Education program every quarter • The Standards for Attorney Fees were updated and clarified • Helpful Guidelines designed to assist attorneys seeking help with less common probate procedures were published to the court’s website and are offered in the offices of the court free of charge Throughout her legal career, Christine has been dedicated to the mission of helping families in crisis, as evidenced by the following professional accomplishments, recognition, and leadership: • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2003 • Attorney ad Litem appointed by the probate courts in probate and guardianship matters • Former Partner in the boutique probate and estate planning firm, Riddle, Butts & Akiens, LLP • Texas Rising Star (2008, 2009, 2010) (As published in Texas Monthly Super Lawyer Magazine) • Houston’s Top Lawyers for the People (2007-2009) (As published in H Texas Magazine) • Houston’s Top Lawyers (2007-2009) (As published in H Texas Magazine) • Former Board Member Planned Giving Council of Houston • Member of Attorneys in Tax and Probate • Member of Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association • Member of Pasadena Bar Association • Member Association of Women Attorneys • Board Member of National College of Probate Judges • Published works located at Christine is dedicated to her community. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Houston and served as a seamstress for many years making blankets and diaper bags for young mothers. She and her husband enjoy raising their four children, raising money for MS through bike riding, and hiking in the Hill Country.


PROUD AMERICANS Q&A With Congressman Kevin Brady

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Congressman Brady, can you share your thoughts on freedom and what it means to you? CONGRESSMAN KEVIN BRADY: Freedom is everything. But what Freedom will never be is free. Freedom is a precious gift that our veterans and our fallen have secured for us and continue to secure for us. Being an American is about being free. Martin Luther King, Junior said “we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom.” He was so right that “a man can't ride you unless your back is bent.” As Americans we must always stand proud and tall for freedom and against injustice. We must have faith to take the harder path with the greatest rewards. Being a servant leader will never be the easy path, but it is the most rewarding path. Serving my constituents and my state in Washington, DC is an honor that I do not take lightly. It’s my duty to preserve freedom for all Americans. As Dr. King said “The time is always right to do what is right.” That time is now. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Congressman Brady, why are you proud to be an American? CONGRESSMAN KEVIN BRADY: I first understood why I’m proud of being American from my mom. In 1967, my world changed when dad took on a difficult case for our local church. While helping an elderly woman escape an abusive marriage, we were repeatedly threatened. Mom even learned to use a gun, just in case. When the trial started, this angry man burst into the courtroom, killed his wife, killed my father and shot the judge – who thankfully lived. His actions left our mom to raise five children by herself – ages 14 to 3. I tell you this because being an American is about making my fiercely independent and determined mother proud. She kept five kids on the straight and narrow with a good offensive. She had us serving our community from morning to night. For me, it was Boy Scouts, altar boy at two churches, year-round sports and student government. In our community, if a club or activity existed, it was a good bet you’d find a Brady kid there. She taught each of us to be independent, optimistic, to have faith in God and to give back. Everything I am. Everything I know about being an American, I owe my mom.

Are you worried that your children and grandchildren won't have the same freedom and opportunities that you enjoy? Then let's all go to the polls and bring our principles, values and our knowledge.

Freedom 2014 CONGRESSMAN KEVIN BRADY is a pro-family, pro-small business conservative fighting for free enterprise, limited government, a balanced budget, secure border, more American-made energy and an innovation economy that leads the world. Are you worried that your children and grandchildren won't have the same freedom and opportunities that you enjoy? Then let's all go to the polls and bring our principles, values and our knowledge. POLITICAL AD PAID FOR BY KEVIN BRADY FOR CONGRESS

MEET JOHN SCHMUDE Candidate running for District Judge, 247th Judicial District in Harris County, Texas John Schmude resides with his wife and two children in Spring. John is a lifetime Republican with a strong record of service to children and to families especially those children and families who have faced substantial challenges involving extreme poverty and abuse. John's wife, Kelly, was employed by Lockheed Martin Space Operations at NASA and MD Anderson Hospital before becoming a full time homemaker. John's commitment to family law is motivated by his strong faith and his recognition that families are the first and firmest foundation upon which any healthy society is built. John is an active member in Annunciation Catholic Church in downtown Houston. John Schmude is endorsed by: Texas Right to Life, Frederick Douglass Society, Texas Alliance for Life, Dave Welch, Robin Bennett (from Robin's Haven of Hope), Melanie Flowers, Dr. Robin Armstrong, Katy Christian Magazine, Texas Home School Coalition, Christian Legal Society, RW Bray.

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Message from Judge Loyd Wright On November 2, 2010, I had the honor and privilege of being elected Judge of Harris County Probate Court No.1, one of the busiest probate courts in the United States of America. I am a native Houstonian and life-long conservative. I am now in my fourth year as judge and it has been the greatest experience of my professional career. As an attorney with over 27 years experience in probate, guardianship, estate planning, trust and elder law, I developed a reputation for handling the matters entrusted to me with diligence and integrity. I often represented administrators, executors, guardians, trustees and beneficiaries in complex probate proceedings, and recovered millions of dollars in assets lost through fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. Over the years, I was also appointed by the probate judges to handle both contested and uncontested estate and guardianship matters. The experience I garnered over the last thirty years has served me well on the bench. Prior to coming to the bench, I was licensed to practice in all Courts in the State of Texas, the United States District Court (Southern District), the United States Court of Appeals (5th Circuit), and the United States Tax Court. I also served two terms as a member of the District 4A grievance committee (which disciplines attorneys) and served as Chair in 1994. I am a member of the State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section, Taxation Section and Litigation Section and the Houston Bar Association Probate, Trusts and Estate Section, Taxation Section and Litigation Section. I also belong to the Houston Business and Estate Planning Council and the Houston Estate and Financial Forum.


I received my JD from the University of Houston in 1981, and a BBA (1977 - accounting) and MBA (1980 - accounting/taxation) from the University of Texas.

By the time my opponent received her law license, I had been practicing probate law for two decades. This race is a choice between my combined 30 years of probate and guardianship experience and my opponent's 11 years of legal experience and minimal probate experience. My race is just one example of the consequences of judicial elections. I welcome the opportunity to continue to earn your trust and support as Judge of Harris County Probate Court No. 1.On November 4th, I would be honored and privileged to have your vote.




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■ Appointed by the Governor in November 2012 ■ Formal Investiture in December 2012 ■ Confirmed in a unanimous vote of the Texas Senate in February 2013 ■ Ranked in the top tier of all Harris County Civil District Judges in various categories

■ Highly-rated in the 2013 HBA Judicial Evaluation Poll “Outstanding” rating in all areas evaluated: - Follows the law - Rules decisively and timely - Courteous & attentive - Demonstrated impartiality - Uses attorneys’ time efficiently - Works hard and is prepared ■ Captain on Houston Livestock Show Team Penning & Ranch Sorting Committee ■ Past Chair of Associates’ Roundtable, Rice’s James A. Baker III Center for Public Policy ■ St. Luke’s United Methodist Church – Sunday school teacher, usher, member of Board of Stewards, youth soccer coach ■ Married 17 years to the amazing Molly Ward, with 3 awesome children – Lily, Ava, and Wylie

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES ■ Eagle Scout ■ Texas A&M, BBA-Accounting, National Merit Scholar ■ Certified Public Accountant since 1995 ■ Graduate of UT Law School, with Honors Order of Barristers Niemann Cup as top advocate Pd. Pol. Ad by Wesley Ward Campaign, in compliance with the voluntary limits of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act, Kaye T. Goolsby, Treasurer.

“I care about every single litigant and attorney who appears before the 234th, and I work very hard to ensure that all parties receive the justice to which they are entitled. I work hard to prepare for hearings and trials, to know and follow the law in cases before me, and to apply the law fairly and promptly. Thank you for the opportunity to serve and I ask for your vote in the November 4th Midterm Election.“ – Judge Wesley Ward

Judge Wesley Ward with his wife, Molly, and their three children. City of Houston Controller Ronald C. Green Discusses Freedom and Why He's a Proud American AUBREY R. TAYLOR: What does freedom mean to you? CONTROLLER GREEN: On the most essential level, freedom is the intrinsic right to choose for yourself what you will do with your life. Within the confines of a society’s laws, an individual is free to pursue a chosen livelihood and personal pleasures such as marriage and volunteerism in the community. Freedom brings certain responsibilities, I think, such as participation in the affairs of one’s community, and it also may involve the duty to protect the freedom we are given through service to our country. One needs only to imagine living in a country or society where freedom is denied to realize what a hardship that would be. I am also mindful of the past, and the struggles that millions of Americans faced in gaining true freedom in our land, the cost they paid. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? CONTROLLER GREEN: People around the globe are envious of the enormous opportunities that most Americans have. I believe the greatest advantage we have is the ability to choose our leaders—and our history is rich with brilliant, humane and



thoughtful leaders. Democracy is synonymous with America. I am personally proud that I have served my community through elected office. In the larger scheme, I am proud of the ingenuity that defines America: our industrial and commercial strengths, our medical and scientific breakthroughs, our arts and cultural geniuses. As an AfricanAmerican, I take special pride in that heritage and the many individual accomplishments made to this country by those of my race who came before me.

“Take these recommendations into the voting booth with you on Election Day!� - Aubrey R. Taylor Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine strongly encourages all open-minded nonstraight-ticket voters in Harris County to consider the candidates listed on this page when you go to vote on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. U.S. Senator: John Cornyn (R) U.S. Representative, District 2: Ted Poe (R) U.S. Representative, District 7: John Culberson (R) U.S. Representative, District 8: Kevin Brady (R) U.S. Representative, District 9: Al Green (D) U.S. Representative, District 10: Michael McCaul (R) U.S. Representative, District 18: No Recommendation U.S. Representative, District 22: Pete Olson (R) U.S. Representative, District 29: Gene Green (D) U.S. Representative, District 36: Brian Babin (R) Governor of Texas: Greg Abbott (R) Lieutenant Governor: Leticia Van de Putte (D) Attorney General: Sam Houston (D) Comptroller of Public Accounts: Glenn Hegar (R) Commissioner of the General Land Office: George P. Bush (R) Commissioner of Agriculture: Sid Miller (R) Railroad Commissioner: Ryan Sitton (R) Chief Justice, Supreme Court: Nathan Hecht (R) Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6, Unexpired Term: Jeff Brown (R) Justice, Supreme Court, Place 7: Jeff Boyd (R) Justice, Supreme Court, Place 8: Phil Johnson (R) Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3: Bert Richardson (R) Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4: Kevin Patrick Yeary (R) Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9: David Newell (R) Member, State Board of Education, Dist. 4: Lawrence A. Allen Jr. (D) State Senator, District 7: Paul Bettencourt (R) State Senator, District 15: John Whitmire (D) State Senator, District 17: Joan Huffman (R) State Representative, District 126: Patricia Harless (R) State Representative, District 128: Wayne Smith (R) State Representative, District 129: Dennis Paul (R) State Representative, District 130: Allen Fletcher (R) State Representative, District 132: Mike Schofield (R) State Representative, District 133: Jim Murphy (R) State Representative, District 134: Sarah Davis (R) State Representative, District 135: Gary Elkins (R) State Representative, District 137: Gene Wu (D) State Representative, District 138: Dwayne Bohac (R) State Representative, District 144: Mary Ann Perez (D) State Representative, District 148: Jessica Cristina Farrar (D) State Representative, District 149: Hubert Vo (D) State Representative, District 150: Debbie Riddle (R) Chief Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District: Kyle Carter (D) Justice, 1st Court of Appeals District, Place 3: Jim Sharp (D) Justice, 14th Court of Appeals District, Place 7: Ken Wise (R) District Judge, 55th Judicial District: Jeff Shadwick (R) District Judge, 113th Judicial District: Michael Landrum (R)

District Judge, 157th Judicial District: Randy Wilson (R) District Judge, 180th Judicial District: Catherine Evans (R) District Judge, 184th Judicial District: Jan Krocker (R) District Judge, 185th Judicial District: Susan Brown (R) District Judge, 189th Judicial District: Bill Burke (R) District Judge, 190th Judicial District: Farrah Martinez (D) District Judge, 208th Judicial District: Denise Collins (R) District Judge, 230th Judicial District: Brad Hart (R) District Judge, 234th Judicial District: Wesley Ward (R) District Judge, 246th Judicial District: Sandra Peake (D) District Judge, 247th Judicial District: John Schmude (R) District Judge, 248th Judicial District: Katherine Cabaniss (R) District Judge, 262nd Judicial District: Denise Bradley (R) District Judge, 263rd Judicial District: Jim Wallace (R) District Judge, 269th Judicial District: Dan Hinde (R) District Judge, 270th Judicial District: Brent Gamble (R) District Judge, 280th Judicial District: Lynn Bradshaw Hull (R) District Judge, 281st Judicial District: Sylvia Matthews (R) District Judge, 295th Judicial District: Caroline E. Baker (R) District Judge, 334th Judicial District, Unexpired: Grant Dorfman (R) Family District Judge, 308th Judicial District: Jim Evans (D) Family District Judge, 309th Judicial District: Sheri Y. Dean (R) Family District Judge, 311th Judicial District: Sherri L. Cothrun (D) Family District Judge, 313th Judicial District: Glenn Devlin (R) Family District Judge, 314th Judicial District: Natalia Oakes (D) District Attorney, Unexpired Term: Kim Ogg (D) Judge, County Court at Law No. 2: Theresa Chang (R) Judge, County Court at Law No. 3: Linda Storey (R) Judge, County Court at Law No. 4: Roberta Loyd (R) Judge, County Criminal Court No. 2: Bill Harmon (R) Judge, County Criminal Court No. 4: John Clinton (R) Judge, County Criminal Court No. 5: Ramona Franklin (D) Judge, County Criminal Court No. 6: Linda Geffin (D) Judge, County Criminal Court No. 7: Pam Derbyshire (R) Judge, County Criminal Court No. 8: Jay Karahan (R) Judge, County Criminal Court No. 10: Dan Jeffrey Spjut (R) Judge, County Criminal Court No. 13: Don Smyth (R) Judge, County Criminal Court No. 14: Mike Fields (R) Judge, County Criminal Court No. 15: Jean Spradling Hughes (R) Judge, County Probate Court No. 1: Loyd Wright (R) Judge, County Probate Court No. 2: Mike Wood (R) Judge, County Probate Court No. 3: Rory Robert Olsen (R) Judge, County Probate Court No. 4: Christine Riddle Butts (R) District Clerk: Chris Daniel (R) County Clerk: Ann Harris Bennett (D) County Treasurer: Orlando Sanchez (R) County School Trustee, Position 5, At Large: Mike Wolfe (R) County School Trustee, Position 7, At Large: Melissa Noriega (D) County Commissioner, Precinct 4: R. Jack Cagle (R) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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This "FREEDOM" acronym has been developed by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine for people of faith; but it can be used by anyone looking to make an informed and empowered decision in any given election. THE [F) REPRESENTS


The (F) in “FREEDOM” represents our “FAITH”. We should be trying to identify the candidates whom we believe are governed by the same guiding principles of “FAITH” that we're governed by. Using our “FAITH” as our guide will provide each of us with a much greater chance of selecting the “PUBLIC SERVANTS” who best identify with our core values and beliefs on issues, concerns and causes that are near and dear to our heart.





The (R) in “FREEDOM” represents “RESPECT”. We should be trying to do as much research as possible on each campaign before we go to the polls to vote. In our research, we should be trying to identify the most respectful candidates. During this process, we should also be trying to identify the candidates who are doing nothing but running negative campaign advertisements in their attempt to destroy their opponent/opponents. Identifying the most “RESPECTFUL” candidate may seem like a daunting and time consuming task; but taking this crucial step will aid you in selecting the candidates who are more likely to “RESPECT” your position on issues, causes and concerns that are near and dear to your heart.


–EXPERIENCE– The first (E) in “FREEDOM” represents “EXPERIENCE”. We should be trying to identify the candidates who have the relevant “EXPERIENCE” needed to faithfully perform the duties required for the office or position they’re seeking. By selecting the most experienced candidate, we will also be getting the candidate most qualified and prepared to represent us on issues, causes and concerns impor-


tant to us and our futures.



– E D U C AT I O N – The second (E) in “FREEDOM” represents “EDUCATION”. We should be trying to identify candidates who have the educational background needed to perform the duties required to faithfully serve us from day one. This is especially important in judicial races. It is not in our best interest to elect someone who is a plumber by trade as the next Supreme Court Justice for the State of Texas. Selecting the candidates with the relevant educational background to match the duties required for the office for which they're running is crucial in any election.


– D E B AT E –

The (D) in “FREEDOM” represents “DEBATE”. Some candidates run from debates. But debates play a crucial role in helping us to relate to candidates; find out where candidates stand on crucial issues near and dear to us; and enable us to identify the areas of strength a candidate may or may not posses. All candidates should be open to debates. Debates are also a very good way for us to identify how a candidate we're thinking about supporting responds under pressure; how quickly they can think on their feet; and whether or not they're knowledgeable and wellrounded. If you select the best debater, you could verywell be getting the person you want to be speaking on your behalf on issues near and dear to your heart.

The (O) in “FREEDOM” represents “OBJECTIVITY”. Objectivity is something we should be looking for in every “PUBLIC SERVANT”. More often than not, the most objective or open-minded candidate may also be the candidate who will work the hardest for all of their constituents once elected to office. By selecting the most “OBJECTIVE” candidates we stand the best chance of getting the candidates who are more likely to work for what’s best for America, rather than what’s best for their own political career or the special interest groups backing them.



The (M) in “FREEDOM” represents “MONEY”. You should take a moment to look up this scripture: 1 Timothy 6:10. In the King James Version of the Bible this scripture reads: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” If we can identify the candidates who are the most transparent whereas their campaign, professional and personal finances are concerned, we're probably going to discover candidates who have nothing to hide from us. Following the money trail will oftentimes lead you to answers that will help you understand why a given candidate is supporting a specific issue, cause, legislative agenda, or special interest group. This is not always the case; but oftentimes, following the money trail is the clearest way to uncover why a "PUBLIC SERVANT" may be choosing to support special interests over our interests.




LISA OSTEEN COMES: “Today is a day of FREEDOM for you! I declare that you are going to get set free from wrong thinking that has held you back. You are going to move FORWARD from this moment on—never to look back again! Joy is coming into your life in its fullness! God is doing a new thing in your life and it begins now! Love you, Lisa”


FORMER PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: “Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”


SUZE ORMAN: “A big part of financial freedom is having your heart and mind free from worry about the what-ifs of life.”




FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: “God is not on the side of any nation, yet we know He is on the side of justice. Our finest moments [as a nation] have come when we faithfully served the cause of justice for our own citizens, and for the people of other lands.”


GOVERNOR RICK PERRY: "Freedom of religion doesn't mean freedom from religion, and people of faith often feel like they can't express that faith publicly. HB 308 works to address that by ensuring that people of all faiths are free to use traditional holiday greetings, and display religious scenes and symbols, even on school property. It ensures freedom of expression where, for many students, teachers and administrators, it's most important."


MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.”

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SHERRY FRANKE: “It means responsibility -- no one is truly free -- we are all captives of our hearts. But freely choosing to serve the ones you love. Real freedom is the ability to make choices."


CURRENT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.”


WALTER CRONKITE: “There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.”


GLENN BECK: “We're giving our freedoms away. The American experiment was about freedom. Freedom to be stupid, freedom to fail, freedom to succeed.”


BOB MARLEY: “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!”


CORETTA SCOTT KING: “Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don't believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.”



ROCHELLE SMITH: “Freedom is the ability to soar high above all the barriers designed to prevent us from moving forward. Yet, we soar higher than ever -- breaking down barriers and crashing down wall. This is freedom to me.”


POPE JOHN PAUL II: “Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.”

A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE - THOUGHT LEADER JUSTICE KEN WISE: “Freedom means the ability to achieve whatever you want and live however you want based on your own talent and willingness to work hard. The United States of America was founded on this ideal. Our founders desired a society with a very limited government designed only to protect the nation and foster the commerce that would help everyone succeed. Our founders wanted to avoid a big government, which restricts freedom. Our founders want to avoid oppressive and voluminous laws, which restrict freedom. I pray for a return to the idea that each of us can succeed if we respect each other, work hard and develop our talents.”

A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE THOUGHT LEADER PHILIP OWENS: “Freedom is more than an idea, it is an ideal. The Declaration of Independence begins with the fundamental truth that “we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights -- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. Jefferson and the Founding Fathers recognized that no man or Government can take away what God has given.”

A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE THOUGHT LEADER STATE REP. MARY ANN PEREZ: “Freedom means something different to all of us, but for me—the definition is very clear. Freedom is the ability to adequately provide for my children, having the right to make my own choices, and being entrusted to hold leadership roles within my community. Freedom, to any individual, is a hard-sought goal and the ability to achieve it by whatever means necessary. Freedom is not found without struggle, determination and sacrifice but it is a fight that’s worthy of the journey. Freedom is having the capacity to enrich your community and be involved in the electoral process.”

A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE THOUGHT LEADER JUDGE WESLEY WARD: “Freedom is opportunity, choice, and duty. It is our Godgiven (not government-allowed) freedom to live, become educated, vote, speak, and work how we choose. But it is not all take and no give, for with our freedom comes duty, our responsibility to protect that freedom and to nourish it by living it. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others,” said Nelson Mandela.”

speak fearlessly against oppression and tyranny, and to be free to work and provide for our families. Living freely is the only way each of us can become the complete person God wants us to be. But freedom cannot be taken for granted; it must be protected and nourished. Perhaps Ronald Reagan said it best: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE THOUGHT LEADER A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE THOUGHT LEADER JUSTICE JEFF BROWN: “Freedom is a gift of God. Government can help secure and protect our freedom, but it’s not the source of our freedom. And government can just as easily deprive us of our freedom. God intends for us to live freely—to worship Him as our conscience directs us, to

STATE REP. PATRICIA HARLESS: “Freedom is a gift I have been given by the men and women that gave their lives serving our country. Their gift has given me the ability to worship in public, speak my mind (even though it may not be what is popular or wanted), to work, raise a family, get an education, start a business, and to be as rich or as poor as I want. Freedom also means I have a responsibility to participate in government to ensure that my freedom is passed on to my kids and grandkids.“

“Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”- Proverbs 31:9 JUDGE CARTER IS THE RIGHT CHOICE Judge Kyle Carter has served as Judge of the 125th District Court since his election in 2008. In his time on the bench, Judge Carter has made it a rule that everyone who enters the 125th District Court is treated with fairness, dignity, and respect. Judge Carter has been honored by his colleagues to serve as chair to the Civil Court Committee on Special Dockets, as well as Secretary to the Civil Court Board of Judges.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014 EARLY VOTING STARTS: Monday, October 20, 2014

EARLY VOTING ENDS: Fri., October 31, 2014

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A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE THOUGHT LEADER DEBBIE FANCHER: “Freedom means being able to make the choices that I feel are best for me and my family and that line up with my biblical beliefs. I was born in Venezuela which is now a socialist country so my passion runs deep to keep policies and tactics that led to its destruction away from this country.”

A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE THOUGHT LEADER SAM HOUSTON: “Freedom is at the core of what it means to be an American -- it is a great gift and even greater responsibility. We protect our freedom at home and honor the men and women who protect our freedom abroad by acting with integrity and honesty. Our freedom,

unique in all the world, is the result of men and women who ask themselves everyday "Is this the right thing to do?" Freedom is our greatest public trust -- and we must safeguard it by acting with honor and personal integrity.”

A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE THOUGHT LEADER KEVIN PATRICK YEARY: “Freedom is the power to act according to one's own judgment. It carries with it the duty to be responsible for one's own actions. It includes the ability to seek one's own path in life, the right to choose the good or the bad, and the ability to prosper or fail. It requires the will to accept consequences, be they good or bad. Real freedom, understood properly and exercised appropriately, leads people to a sense of gratitude and to a spirit of charity and joy.”

"My fellow Houstonians of District 18. I am seeking your support to be your reasonable voice in Congress. I will champion the causes that are important to you, my constituents. I’m listening to you, I will take your concerns forward, and I will fight for the causes that best serve you. I appreciate your support to become your advocate and leader in Washington."

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natural rights. As a refugee from communism, the USA means freedom for me.”

A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE THOUGHT LEADER JUDGE KYLE CARTER: “We are all endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Freedom is the ability to exercise those rights. However, this freedom is not something that just happens. Our forefathers made it possible for us to experience the American dream of freedom and we must, as part of our generational duty continue to fight against those who would take our freedoms away and to ensure opportunity exists for all Americans. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt aptly stated "In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved."

A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE THOUGHT LEADER COUNTY TREASURER ORLANDO SANCHEZ: “Freedom means the liberty to live one's life in a country that, as a matter of law, protects our God given

A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE THOUGHT LEADER JUDGE JEFF SHADWICK: “Freedom is the right and power to act, but really freedom comes with a duty and responsibility to self and others. Freedom must be exercised and fought for by each generation to prevent a loss of freedom and slide into tyranny. “

A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE THOUGHT LEADER JUDGE JAY KARAHAN: “Freedom to me means the freedom to think for myself, to act upon those thoughts in a responsible way, to modify my thoughts with education, and the freedom to enjoy my "unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness."





DIANE PEIRSON: “To me, freedom is all about choice. We can choose to succeed or to fail, choose to support government or to oppose it. We can choose to fight against bad laws, or fight for good laws. We can work in our communities to better them, or we can raise a voice in dissent. These things are what make this country great.”

JUDGE LOYD WRIGHT: “Any discussion of freedom begins with paying homage to the brave men and women who fought and died to preserve our freedom and liberate others from tyranny and oppression around the world. These courageous men and women selflessly gave life and limb for country and freedom. The best way to honor them is for us to preserve and protect the very freedoms and values for which they so willingly gave everything.”

A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE THOUGHT LEADER RAMONA FRANKLIN: “Freedom reminds me of a beautifully handcrafted quilt. Each patch in the quilt symbolizes the uniqueness of one being permitted to live the way a person chooses to live without unlawful restraints. One patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom stands for one to live in the United States with the opportunity to lawfully speak his or her mind without being censored. Another patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom is the right of religion. The third patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom allows a woman the right to make decisions for her own body. The fourth patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom allows a law abiding citizen to live anywhere they desire to live. The fifth patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom is the ability to receive an education. The sixth patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom is the ability for one to think as one wants without constraints. The last patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom is the right of choice. Freedom symbolizes the complete handcrafted quilt that has all of its unique and beautiful patches woven together.”

A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE THOUGHT LEADER JUDGE BERT RICHARDSON: “I was raised in a military family and understand firsthand the sacrifices that others have made so as citizens of this State & Country we enjoy freedoms in many aspects of our lives that others throughout the world do not have. At an early age my uncle (my father’s brother) was killed in a crash of a F-106 USAF fighter jet. Not long after that my father left for Vietnam and flew over 160 missions as a fighter pilot. During that year many of his fellow pilots did not return home from that war. I knew several of the children from those families. My brother recently retired from the USAF and is a veteran of over 300 air missions in the Middle-east conflicts with the Special Ops Squadrons. I have heard many stories of those brave soldiers he protected during his flights. Without such sacrifices throughout our Country’s history, we as American citizens would not enjoy the blessings to worship according to the dictates of our own conscience, or enjoy the many benefits and opportunities offered in our country to better ourselves through education, hard work and to support our families. I have lived overseas for over 10 years and am painfully aware of the fact that others do not have these great opportunities available to them.“



A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE THOUGHT LEADER NANCY SIMS: “Freedom is a precious word that must be treasured deeply. For many citizens of the world, it means the chance to leave free of dictatorship and controlling governance. For many Americans, it is reflected in our core values of democracy and the right to freely choose our leaders. Beyond that, it means so many different things to so many different people. For me, freedom means the right to live in a society governed by its citizens. Sadly, I fear that this most basic tenet of our society is at risk. It may be at risk primarily because the citizens are in default. My greatest hope for our freedom is that people take ownership of their government back and engage in reasonable and rational debate.”

A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE THOUGHT LEADER STATE REP. GARY ELKINS: Freedom is defined as the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. Therefore our first amendment to the U.S. constitution is the foundation of our political and religious freedom. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

A HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE THOUGHT LEADER SENATOR GLENN HEGAR: “Freedom is anyone’s opportunity to achieve their goals without fear of an oppressive government standing in their way. It’s the idea that you get to choose how to run your business, what religion to practice, what moral guidelines you want your children to follow, and many other personal decisions that government shouldn’t be regulating. It is about living in a society without over-burdensome and forced government mandates that try to dictate the details of daily life and instead is when an individual is the sole arbiter of their decisions. In Texas, we have shown that the more liberty, or freedom, you give the people, the more likely they are to achieve success. This is why Texas continues to lead the nation in fastest growing cities and job growth. As Americans, we are given the privilege to follow our dreams and are allowed to do so without fear of an oppressive government holding us back.”


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Harris County Republican Party 7232 Wynnwood Lane, Houston, TX 77008 (713) 838-7900

Effective, Efficient Justice

Harris County's conservative majority of judges are leading the way to ensure every citizen has equal and timely access to their courts. In the most recent Annual Statistical Report for the Texas Judiciary, Harris County courts outperformed the statewide average of 3 of 4 performance measures for the number of cases cleared.Harris County also outperformed the state's minimum Backlog Index in each of the court types measured: civil, family, criminal and juvenile courts.


To ensure Harris County remains open for business CIVIL COURTS Republican Judges will follow the Constitution and apply the law as written. They will never legislate from the the bench, making our courts fair and dependable to all. ________________________________________

To Keep Harris County a safe place to live and raise a family CRIMINAL COURTS Republican Judges will be firm and fair, and follow the law to protect our community from criminals while preserving vital constitutional rights. ________________________________________

To protect those that can't protect themselves FAMILY COURTS Republican Judges will protect our families and children while providing fair and compassionate resolutions for disputes. ________________________________________

To give our children the opportunity to turn their life around JUVENILE COURTS Republican Judges will work to turn a child's life around while safeguarding our streets. ________________________________________

To administer guidance in a time of need PROBATE COURTS Republican judges will fairly administer the needs of families dealing with the loss of l oved ones or those facing challenges of aging or mental illness. Pol. Adv. Harris County Republican Party Cynthia Siegel, Treasurer.



BRADFORD RE-URGES REQUEST FOR MAYOR TO INSTRUCT CITY ATTORNEY TO WITHDRAW CHURCH/PASTORS SUBPOENAS The City of Houston continues to advance its request via subpoenas to obtain communications, speeches and presentations by area Pastors regarding what they may have or have not told parishioners regarding the Referendum Petition signature gathering process. The request for such information from members of the Clergy is highly suspect and most unusual. Moreover, the fifty thousand plus (50,000+) signatures gathered should be and must be subjected to an inquiry to establish Charter compliance. However, the measure to establish the Referendum Petition's validity should be an objective test. Besides, nothing that Pastors said or did not say to their parishioners is going to change what is actually on the 50,000+ petitions sitting in the City Secretary's Office. The test should be: Do the Referendum Petition signatures, as presented, meet the requirements prescribed in the City Charter? Either the answer is yes or no. Subpoenaing sermons, notes, speeches and presentations will not change what has already been presented. Today, the subpoenas are still broad and absolutely unnecessary to answer the above question. The City of Houston Charter prohibits Council Members from instructing department directors. However, the Mayor can end this divisive and destructive overreach for Pastors' communications. Last week, I called on Mayor Parker to use her authority to instruct the City Attorney to withdraw subpoenas issued to area Pastors, simply because they are not necessary. I am re-urging the request for Mayor Parker to instruct the City Attorney to withdraw Church/Pastors subpoenas. Let's use an objective test and leave the Pastors' speeches and presentations alone. Besides, we shouldn't try to get sermons via a subpoena. A better way to get a sermon would be to go sit in the pews! ________________________________________



C.O. "Brad" Bradford is a member of Houston City Council elected citywide. He is an attorney, public safety consultant, and former Houston Chief of Police. Phone: 832.393.3012/



Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

A tradition of valor... 3816 Caroline Street Houston, Texas 77004 Contact: (713)942-8920 The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM) a non-profit 501(c)(3) institution was founded in the year 2000 by a Vietnam veteran and African American military historian, Captain Paul J. Matthews. The museum’s Historian is Dr. Franklin D.B. Jackson, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. Currently, Major Charles Williams, Historian and former member of the United States Army, serves as the Museum’s Chief Docent. The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is a proud member of the Houston Museum District. We are the only Museum dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the AfricanAmerican soldier, in the United States of America. The museum is also a proud member of the Greater Houston Conventions and Visitors Bureau, and the Greater Houston Partnership.

Exhibit Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Free Admission on Thursday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM General Admission: $10.00 per adult $5.00 per student(including college W/ID), Senior 60-older, military, children 5-under-FREE

Museum Booking Allow the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum to assist you with planning your next meeting, social outing, or business networking event. For more information call(713) 942-8920 or send us an e-mail at


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“I love this city. I have dedicated my life as a committed husband, father, business leader, and civic volunteer to making Missouri City the best city imaginable.� - Mayor Allen Owen

Personal History Mayor Allen Owen is Missouri City's 10th mayor since the city's incorporation in 1956. Mayor Owen and his family have lived in Missouri City more than 36 years. Mayor Owen continues to dedicate much of his time and expertise towards the development of a community where he and his wife of 46 years, Jane, raised their three children. Owen has served as mayor since his election to that position in 1994. Prior to that time he was a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission for five years and a City Council member for eight years, including serving as mayor pro-tem. Mayor Owen earned degrees from Southern Methodist University's Graduate School of Finance and Banking and from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Community Involvement From the beginning of Mayor Owen's association with Missouri City, he has been highly visible in the community that now has grown to 68,000 residents and numerous businesses. He continues to play a major role in building a strong economy evidenced by Missouri City's attraction of quality residential and commercial development. Mayor Owen combines his position as retired senior vice president and Texas government liaison for Wells Fargo Bank of Texas with assuring he is available to hear and work with the City's residents on their needs. He actively participates in numerous community activities, including tireless volunteer hours with the YMCA, United Way, March of Dimes, and many other organizations.

Additional Service He serves on the boards for the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Fort Bend Women's Center, Fort Bend Literacy Council, and the Fort Bend Community Justice Council. Mayor Owen is also a lifetime vice president and director of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a lifetime member of the Fort Bend Fair, past president of the Texas 4H Foundation, and president of the Asian American Family Services Center.


Multi-Millionaire Blue Diamond Edwin Haynes Is On A Mission to Create More Millionaires Edwin Haynes is a successful entrepreneur, international business consultant, motivational speaker, best-selling author, and multi-millionaire who has experienced the highs and lows of success. After a successful 13-year career as an Entertainment Executive, Haynes experienced a devastating setback that crippled him personally, professionally and financially. As result of a series of setbacks Haynes hit rock bottom, free-falling from millionaire status into foreclosure, bankruptcy and repossession. When everything seemed to be crashing down around him, including emotional and physical health; at his worst moment, Haynes would not let his circumstances consume him. He knew that he innately possessed the mindset of a millionaire, and the tools that would lead him to his true purpose. Although Edwin’s journey on the road to success was paved with obstacles that would normally sideline the average person, Haynes prepared for change and climbed his way back up the ladder by utilizing the “nine mile markers to success” outlined in his current book, “You Have Permission to Succeed.” Blessed with the gift of captivating audiences with his seemingly effortless down to earth and honest style, Haynes positively changes the lives of thousands daily through powerful messages of faith, encouragement and empowerment. Today, he continues to dominate his industry while empowering individuals worldwide to advance on both personal and professional levels.

WANT TO BE A PART OF EDWIN’S TEAM IN 2015? A “Blue Diamond” is an individual with over $30,000 per week “Dual Team” earning potential in ORGANO GOLD. Organo Gold is on a mission, spreading the knowledge of Ganoderma to the four corners of the world. By using the cost effective network distribution system to deliver these Ganoderma products, more of every dollar is shared with our growing Organo Gold family world-wide. Think about your future. Where will you and your family be in 5 years from right now? You may know where you want to be, but do you know how you are going to get there? Do you have a plan? Now more than ever it’s up to you to define your future. That’s where Organo Gold comes into the picture. Organo Gold is a global family that is growing and thriving every day. A family that is caring and compassionate and believes that the knowledge of Ganoderma should be in the hands of people world-wide. It’s a family that cares about you.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF TEAM HAYNES Edwin is looking to Coach and Mentor 10 NEW individuals in his current business venture. If you are serious about the secrets of a millionaire and creating wealth and want to know more Edwin Haynes visit today!

Edwin & Andrea Haynes 2470 S. Dairy Ashford, Ste. 217 I Houston, TX 77077

Phone: 832-405-7187

Freedom 2014 Start with what you have and where you are. Don't wait for something big to occur.� – Edwin Haynes



We’re A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau. So you can count on Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Inc. to get your taxes done right.” - Jimmy Coleman

FEATURED SPONSOR LET GREATER HOUSTON CONSULTING & TAX SERVICES, INC. HANDLE YOUR TAX RELATED NEEDS IN 2015 Since 1980, Jimmy Coleman and his fine team of Tax Professionals at Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Inc. (GHCT), has been helping Houstonians to rest a little easier when it comes to knowing that their tax related business has been taken care of. That's because Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Inc, has a firm stated commitment that they are governed by: to always put the needs of their customers first. GHCT specializes in Tax Preparation, IRS Representation, Business Start-up/Consulting, and Bookkeeping Services. Conveniently located at 12606 Hillcroft, GHCT is uniquely positioned to service the needs of individuals living in southwest Houston, as well as those having to travel down South Main Street from Missouri City, Sugarland, Richmond, Rosenberg and other parts of Fort Bend County to get to and from work in the Houston area – and other parts of Harris County.

GHCT HAS AN A+ RATING WITH THE BBB Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Inc., currently has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau with no complaints having ever been filed against it. So, if you're looking for an independent Tax Preparation Service, where honesty, integrity, and putting you first is the order of the day: you should seriously consider calling Jimmy Coleman and his team of professionals at Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Incorporated at (713)723-2005 to schedule an appointment today!

GHCT HAS A CUSTOMER FIRST POLICY What Cynthia Stewart had to say about Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Incorporated: "I have used Greater Houston Consulting and Tax Services to prepare my taxes for at least the last 20 years. They are prompt and dependable. I appreciate their honest approach to my taxes and the thoroughness employed in helping me pay only what is owed or ideally to receive a refund when appropriate. Jimmy Coleman's advice and counsel concerning my personal finances and retirement planning has been invaluable. Cheryl and Nicole are very helpful, efficient and personable, also. You will be well served by any of their staff. I highly recommend this business." What Tammy Michelle Davis had to say about Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Incorporated: "Loyal, Professional, and Honesty at its BEST! ... I've been a very satisfied client of Greater Houston's Consulting and Tax Services for over 5 years. Each member of their staff are very professional, loyal and I can count on their dependable and hardworking efforts to get the job done! Thanks Greater Houston!" Another satisfied customer said this about Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services Incorporated: "This is tax service that cares about people. Greater Houston Tax Service has "great" employees that knows previous and current customers by their names. Some customers decide to seek other tax services, but they always manage to come back to Greater Houston Tax Service to prepare their taxes the correct way and to fix, what mistakes that was made from other tax services."

GREATER HOUSTON CONSULTING & TAX SERVICES, INC., IS READY TO PUT YOUR NEEDS FIRST For more information on Greater Houston Consulting & Tax Services, Inc., you should call Jimmy Coleman or one of his fine Tax Professionals at (713)723-2005, or feel free to stop by 12606 Hillcroft at South Main, Houston, Texas 77035. Email: and expect to receive a fast, friendly, and educated answer to any tax related questions you may have today!

FEATURED SPONSOR The Honorable Frank D. Jackson has served as the City of Prairie View's Mayor Since May 4, 2002 ABOUT MAYOR JACKSON Mayor Frank D. Jackson was born and raised in Luling, Texas and is the second of three sons born to Robbie Jackson Sr. and Willie Louise Jackson. He graduated from Luling High School in 1969 and entered Prairie View A&M College during the Fall Semester of this same year. Frank D. Jackson majored in Geography and earned a 4-year Scholarship as a Naval Science student. He graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 1973 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree and was Commissioned and Ensign in the United States Navy. During his Eight years of Active Duty, Frank D. Jackson served aboard the Nuclear Powered Cruiser USS Long Beach CG (N) 9, the USS Coral Sea CV 43 and the USS Inchon LPH 12. He ended his active duty service at Prairie View A&M University in 1982 as Assistant Professor for Naval Science – Navigation and Ship-handling Instructor. Frank D. Jackson immediately accepted a Commission in the US Naval Reserves and was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1995 (Officer Grade 06). He began his employment at Prairie View A&M University in 1982 as Associate Counselor for Admissions. Frank D. Jackson has served the University as Director of the Memorial Student Center, Assistant Director of University Centers, Director for Auxiliary Services, Director of Student Initiatives and Development and currently serves as Governmental Relations Officer for Prairie View A&M University. He served on the City Council – City of Prairie View for 12 years, and 8 years as County Commissioner Precinct 3, Waller County, Texas. Frank D. Jackson was elected Mayor for the City of Prairie View, Texas on May 4, 2002. He was re-elected to serve a second term May 8, 2004, re-elected to serve a third term on May 13, 2006, re-elected to serve a fourth term on May 10, 2008, re-elected to serve a fifth term on May 8, 2010 and re-elected to a sixth term on May 12, 2012. In addition, Frank D. Jackson is President and Fire Chief of the Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighting Association, Inc., and Past Master of Lone Star Lodge #85 – Hempstead, Texas and currently serves as Grand Junior Warden for the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas and is a 33º Mason. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter – Prairie View, Texas. Frank D. Jackson was inducted into Prairie View A&M University’s Sports Hall Of Fame with the Hall Of Fame Class of 2010. He is a 2012 recipient of the Texas Conference of the NAACP’s President’s Award. He is the author of five books: A Brief History of The City of Prairie View, Texas; A Brief History of The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas & Jurisdiction; Juneteenth In the Brazos River Valley; His-Story – A History of Africans in America; Down That Road – A Pictorial History of Prairie View A&M University. Mayor Jackson is married to the former Marian Elaine Jones and is the father of four children, Tracy, Ayanna, Cheikh & Okofo. The Jackson’s have two grandchildren Chazrel & Simone.


“A city at the point on the frontiers of change”

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX Frank D. Jackson

MAYOR OF PRAIRIE VIEW, TEXAS City of Prairie View, Texas 44500 Business Highway 290 P.O. Box 817 Prairie View, TX 77446 City Hall...................936-857-3711 Municipal Court.......936-857-5327 Police Department...936-857-3521

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Regardless of the phenomenon we encounter in this life; it would be a whole lot better if we just do it together” – Mayor Frank D. Jackson

A CITY OF CHARACTER City Hall 1125 Austin Street Hempstead, TX 77445 P: (979) 826-2486 F: (979) 826-6703

Public Works 1405 8th Street Hempstead, TX 77445 P: (979) 826-8313 P: (979) 826-3557 F: (979) 921-0085

Municipal Court 1015 11th Street Hempstead, Texas 77445 P: (979) 826-8838

Economic Development 733 12th Street Hempstead, Texas 77445 P: (979) 826-2900 F: (979) 826-2037

Street Department 1820 14th Street Hempstead, Texas 77445 P: (979) 826-8313 P: (979) 826-9392

Police Department 1015 11th Street Hempstead, Texas P: (979) 826-4972

Michael S. Wolfe, Sr.

Mayor of Hempstead Te “I am Michael S. Wolfe, Sr., the Mayor of Hempstead, Texas. I graduated from Hempstead High School. I received my B.A. in Political Science and my Master’s in Counseling at Prairie View A&M University. I am the Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. My loving wife Deborah and I have two children; Demetria, and Michael S. Wolfe, Jr. We also have six grandchildren. I am dedicated to making Hempstead the best city anyone would want to reside in.”

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We’re Building W “Older Men and Women teach the young children and the young adults that will listen. Each generation should start on our shoulders as we encourage,support and teach . We need finance,education and wisdom but we also need to pass down values.” - Bishop K.J. Brown Ministries TITUS 2:1-5 IN THE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION - You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2). Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. 3). Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4). Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5). to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

“I am the founder of Bishop K.J. Brown Ministries and The Pastor of Zion Tabernacle Church. We’re located at 13155 Westheimer in Houston, Texas. ( Between Eldridge and Synott in the Wind Chimes Shopping Plaza ). We meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 12:15pm-2pm.” - Bishop

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Anthony A. Allen President/Apostle - (281)210-8374 Bishop Anthony A. Allen is an apostolic leader who also serves the community at large as a businessman, entrepreneur, investor, author and entertainer. He is the founder and president of Anthony Allen Ministries, a ministry called to serve the urban community. In 2001 Bishop Anthony A. Allen received a word from the Holy Spirit instructing him to create systems that will keep and grow God’s people. Giving up his dream of one day becoming a head coach for the NFL he set out to pursue the call of God on his life. The first system he set out to create evolved from the first message he preached entitled: “Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus.” This message which came from the book of St. Luke 9:23 lead Bishop Anthony A. Allen to begin designing a church operation system entitled Total Control. After years of development, his spiritual father the late Pastor Noah Newcoste and his mother Evengelist Christine Newcoste handed over the responsibility of carrying on their ministry, House of Hope International Church. Once given this responsibility he was directed to implement the Total Control system. The first instructional book entitled: “Total Control 101” (You Are In Total Control) was released in February of 2013, and the system was launched. Total Control 101 serves as the first of a thirteen instructional book series that ranges from you taking total control of you, to you taking total control of your community duties abroad. Now that the book which serves as the foundation to the system has been released, Bishop Anthony A. Allen serves the Kingdom of God eagerly awaiting a word from the Holy Spirit on when to release the next book from this series along with other material associated with the system. Beyond his ministerial duties, Bishop Anthony A. Allen is also the owner of Allen Hip-Hop Enterprise LLC, a company aimed at gaining the attention of the urban community at large with subsidiary companies like MBBG Records, D.O.C FA LIFE (Urban Wear) and Bishop A Enterprise (Production Company). He is also a licensed T.V. Producer with the Houston Media Source, a music producer and music artist (TPK BISHOP A) with the group Hip-Hop Party League. His music group has been featured on several reality shows, T.V. competitions and sitcoms. He is a former collegiate football and track athlete for Texas A&M Commerce who gives back to the future of athletics by serving as an assistant coach with the Mainland Jaguars out of Galveston County. He is also the proud husband to First Lady Matishe R. Allen and the father of a combined family of 12 outstanding children and grandfather to 6 blessed grandchildren. Soon to celebrate 16 years in ministry, Bishop Anthony A. Allen looks forward to getting involved in his passion of ministering economic growth to the masses. A business major and licensed financial services agent, Bishop Anthony A. Allen plans to empower people around the globe with the knowledge of how their economy works verses how it really should work and how to get it to work for them. His philosophy to life is “He that owns the darkness controls the darkness”.


Allen Ministries

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“The primary focus of Anthony Allen Ministries is to empower people with the knowledge on how to achieve economic success within any society despite the current hardships at hand.� - Bishop A.

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