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being of my family? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: Most politicians are very persuasive people. So don’t just listen to their promises. ALWAYS BE RESPECTFUL: I mean, don’t be disrespectful; but in your quiet time, try to find out if they’ve (the candidate) done anything to indicate that they value you, your family, community, and the issues you deem to be important.


QUESTION # 5: Does this mayoral candidate have a diverse campaign team reflective of the cultural diversity and makeup of the body of people living in the City of Houston? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: Not all; but there are some individuals who seek elected office to further their personal agenda. FIND OUT WHY THEY ARE RUNNING FOR OFFICE AND WHO'S BACKING THEIR CAMPAIGN: The last thing Houston needs is for a person with a selfish agenda to buy their way into the mayor’s office. This wouldn’t be good for us. Houston is a diverse City; and any viable candidate worthy of your vote and support should embrace our diversity.


QUESTION #6: Who are the other 2015 City of Houston mayoral candidates attacking; or talking about the most? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: Politics can be a dirty business. I mean, it can be downright nasty -- despicable even. In some cases, political candidates will do whatever it takes to win -- and I do mean whatever it takes. So typically, long before opinion polls are released, candidates/campaigns have a pretty good idea of who their chief competitor/competitors are going to be in a race. SO PAY ATTENTION: If you sit back, observe, and identify who the other candidates are spending money to run negative attack ads on – you just might be able to identify who those candidates perceived the front-runner in the race to be.


QUESTION #7: Does the mayoral candidate I’m thinking about voting for on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 understand the importance of being supportive, sensitive, knowledgeable, and attentive to the needs of a populous as culturally diverse as the City of Houston? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: I’ve said it before, Houston is an International City! LOOK FOR A PERSON WITH VISION: The Mayor of Houston should be open-minded and receptive to every citizen -- and definitely have vision. So ask questions. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with asking a candidate if they’ve ever had any diversity training -- or plan to do so in the future.


QUESTION #8: What kind of money is the mayoral candidate I’m thinking about voting for on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 used to handling? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: The last thing Houston needs is someone who doesn’t understand the numbers game. Houston does not need a mayor who can't count; and doesn't understand the concept of restraint. KEEP THIS IN MIND: Some people deal in hundreds of dollars; some in thousands of dollars; some in tens of thousands; some in millions; and some in billions. The mayor of Houston needs to be someone comfortable with having conversations about what to do with billions of dollars.

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you should look for candidates who also have the relevant experience that lends itself to enabling that particular candidate to function well under pressure. THE KIND OF CANDIDATE YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR: We should look for someone who can clearly articulate their position; deal with dignitaries from other nations; work well with local community leaders; and broker business deals that are in the best interest of all Houstonians.


QUESTION # 3: Will this mayoral candidate I’m thinking about voting for on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 be working for me (the voter) or special interest groups, his/her donors, political action committees, or only those who supported their campaign should they get elected? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: In reality, the mayor of Houston is elected to two year terms by the citizens of Houston -- and they can't serve more than three (two year terms). So, this almost puts the mayor at a disadvantage of sorts. Let me explain: While on one hand the mayor has to handle the people’s business; on the other they really don’t ever get the opportunity to relax. In essence, the campaigning never stops. SO HOUSTON DOES NOT NEED A CANDIDATE WHO'S BEEN BOUGHT BY ANYONE: This is why you want to look for the candidate who will, for the most part, not be beholden to special interest groups, donors, PACS, other politicians, or the like.


QUESTION #4: Does this mayoral candidate have a proven track-record of supporting issues, concerns, and policies that are important to me, and the well-


QUESTION #9: Is this mayoral candidate I’m thinking about supporting simply looking for a job? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: There are a lot of “POLITICAL ENTREPRENEURS” running around out here. Every time you look up they’re placing their name on the ballot to run for something. Almost like playing the lottery – they’re in a sense, simply hoping to get lucky. THE 2015 CITY OF HOUSTON MAYORAL ELECTION IS NON-PARTISAN: There’s no straight-ticket voting in this election – so that pretty much takes care of the getting lucky part on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.


QUESTION #10: Has this mayoral candidate I'm thinking about voting for actually reached out to ask me for my vote? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTIONS: You would be surprised at the games that are sometimes played in political circles. There are actually people in Houston who are sitting back and trying to determine who runs for office – and when it’s their turn to run. NO KIDDING!!! Back room deals are cut all the time in politics. After all, it’s a high-stakes winner take all game these guys are playing. SO DON'T JUMP ONTO BANDWAGONS: Make them ask for your vote directly! Would you marry someone who asked for your hand in marriage through someone else? I think not -- so make them ask for your vote on Election Day!


“My prayer is that you would be blessed, inspired, and empowered as you ready yourself to make a more informed voting decision in the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election. And DON’T FORGET THIS: “When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.” PROVERBS 29:2 in the New Living Translation of the Bible.” -- Aubrey R. Taylor - HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER n 27

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