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“Ben Hall is asking for our vote, prayers, and support in his quest to become the next mayor of Houston, Texas in the 2015 Mayoral Election.� -- AUBREY R. TAYLOR Houston Business Connections Magazine

Dear Neighbor: I am Ben Hall and I want to be Mayor of this great city! Many of you probably know me, but for those of you who don't, I am a husband, father, businessman and attorney. I left the private sector during Mayor Bob Lanier's term, to lead the City Attorney's office. During that time, I gained the skills and knowledge to move our city forward, by using private sector experience to solve problems. I learned from Mayor Bob that in order to lead this City it requires a focused and committed leader. Saundra and I love Houston and the opportunity it has given us to be a positive force in the lives of others. We want to continue that by giving back to a city that has given so much to us. Our streets need to be repaired; our neighborhoods need to be protected; Houstonians need jobs; and our city debt must be addressed. We can't do this if we don't work together. As your next Mayor,my focus will be on our City's basic needs, and to make sure that businesses can flourish without the harsh penalty of more taxes and fees. I am asking you to join Saundra and me in moving our city forward. Join us in focusing on the things that matter to ALL Houstonians. I am asking for your prayers, your votes and your thoughts on how we can move Houston forward. Sincerely,

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City of Houston Mayoral Candidate Ben Hall takes a moment to give us a few insights into his mission and life AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifelike foryouasachildgrowingup? ATTORNEY BEN HALL: Iwasoneof six(6)childrenbornintoafamilyofschool teachers.MymothertaughtFrenchandfathertaughtmechanicaldrawing.Bothparentsworkedhardtokeepusclothedand fed,andIremembermissingthemsorely attimesbecauseoftheirworkload.Ialwaysfeltlovedevenwhenoutwardcondi-

tionsseemeddifficult.Wewereacloseknitfamily,livingintightquartersinitially withourgrandparents.Thechildrenhadto sharebedsbecauseofcrampedquarters. Foodwasnotplentiful,butmyparentsalwaysensuredwehadsomethingtoeat. WeattendedchurcheverySundayasa familyandwereconstantlylecturedabout properlivingandthedutytobeofservice toothers.Toyswerealuxuryandmypar-

entswouldworkextrajobsandteachduringsummerschooltomakesurewereceivedatleastoneofourwished-forgifts atChristmas.Whilelivingwithmygrandparents,wedidnothavecentralheatingor airconditioning.Thehousewaswarmed inthewinterbycoal-burningstoves,andin

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thesummerwewerecooledwithfans andopenwindows.Lifewasrugged, butenjoyable.Throughtheseearly years,Ilearnedtobelievethattheproductofhardworkcouldbesuccess. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyou dreamofbecomingasyouwereachild growingup? ATTORNEY BEN HALL: ThehonestansweristhatIreallydon'trememberdreamingabout"becoming" anythingasachild.Mymostdominant recollectionisjusttryingtobecomfortable.Irememberprayingasimple prayereverymorningandnightfor everyonetobehealthyandsafe.This simpleprayerwascomfortingtome. Perhapsitdevelopedfrommyinner concernsaboutsomeoftheruggedaspectsofmylife.Perhapsitwassimply theresultofindoctrinationfromreligious grandparents/parents.Whateverthe origin,Ihadasolidconfidencethat thingswouldworkoutifIbelievedand workedashardasIcould.Idonotrememberhopingtobeanyparticularprofessionalasachild.Lifeitselfseemed fulfillingandchallengingenough.Itwas notuntilcollegethatIbeganattempting toforecastacareerpath. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyourmissioninlife? ATTORNEY BEN HALL: Thisisa difficultquestiontoanswer.Thereareso manylevelsatwhichthisquestionsolicits aresponse.Ataspirituallevel,Iwould hopetoperfectmyselfinconformitywith myfaithstructure.Atthefamilylevel,I wouldhopetoensurethatallfamilymembers(wife,sons,sisters,etc.)knowmy loveforthemwithoutanydoubt.Asa businessman,Iwouldhopetoserveall clientsandemployeeswiththehighest degreeofintegrityandhonesty.And,asa servant,todevelopapersistentcommitmenttohelpotherswithoutneedforrewardoracknowledgement. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Canyoutellusa littleaboutwhatyoudoforaliving? ATTORNEY BEN HALL: Iama businessman.Ipresentlyownandoperatefour(4)businesses:alawfirm,a real-estate-holdingcompany,aradiostationandanewly-formedTVcompany. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Doyouhavea recentaccomplishmentyouwouldlike toshare? ATTORNEY BEN HALL: Acouple ofrecenteventsmaybeofinterest.I hadthehonorofrepresentingSHAPE Community Center inapieceoflitigationthatresultedinafavorableresultfor SHAPE.Wewereabletopreventthe wrongfulseizureofSHAPE'sproperty. AnotherpieceoflitigationIamhandling ispresentlyongoingandinvolvesoureffortstoprotectthebrickslaidinFourth Ward over100yearsagobyfreedformerslaves.ThebricksarehistoricandI ampleasedtohavebeenaskedtorepresenttheefforttosavethisirreplaceabletreasure.Also,mywife,Saundra, andIhavehadtheopportunitytopurchasethehistoricKCOH radiostation. Weintendtocontinueandgrowtheimpressivelegacyofthisgreatradioinstitution.Finally,Iwasrecentlyafforded theopportunitytohostMrs. Sarah Collins-Rudolph inourhome.Mrs. Collins-Rudolphisthesolesurviving childvictimoftheBirminghamchurch bombingthatkilledfourlittlegirlsatthe handsofprofessedracistklansmen. Herovercomingspiritfilledourhome.

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I am a businessman. I presently own and operate four (4) businesses: a law firm, a real-estate-holding company, a radio station and a newly-formed TV company.�

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyouroutlookfor2015? ATTORNEY BEN HALL: Houston's mayoralracethisyearwillconsume mostofmytimeandenergy.Houston hasanumberofsystemicandchronic issuesthatmustbeaddressedina measuredandpersistentmanner.All neighborhoodsneedamayorwhorepresentsthemandapplaudsourdiversity. Streetsandpotholesmustbeaddressed immediately;theCity'spensionobligationsmustbeprovidedcreativeandconstructivesolutions;whilecorecity services(police,fire,infrastructure,etc.) cannotbeneglected.Themayor'srace mustbeaboutmorethanpersonalagendas,andmoreaboutthepeoples'business.TheCityandhercitizensdeserve answerstotoughquestionsfromanyone applyingtositinthemayor'schair.Iintendtorunanaggressivecampaignthis yeartomakesurevotersknowwhatwe willdoastheirmayor.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatadvice wouldyougivetosomeoneoutthere strivingtoachievetheirdream? ATTORNEY BEN HALL: Believe! Thenativitysiteofsuccessisanunyieldingbeliefthatyoucanandwilldo whatyoudream.Life'sharshwinds willblowagainstyourdreams;clouds ofdoubtwillarisetorobyouofhope; andtherainsofstrugglewilltestyour resolve;butthebrightsunshineof yourfaithinwhatyoubelievemust piercethedespairtogetyouthrough thedifficulttimes.Whennooneelse believesyoucandoit,believeanyway!RememberBarackObama's seemingimpossiblerunagainstHillary ClintontobecomePresident!

Ride your faith to success!

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Missouri City, Texas Mayor Allen Owen shares a few insights into his life, mission, and outlook for 2015 AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifelike foryouasachildgrowingup? MAYOR ALLEN OWEN: Mymother wasanElementaryTeacherandmydad ownedanInsuranceCompany.Iwasthe middlechildwithanolderandyounger sister.IgrewupinEastTexasandgraduatedfromcollegeatStephenF.Austin StateUniversity.Iplayedsportslikemost kidsandevenplayedminorleaguebaseballduringmycollegedays.IknewI wouldnotbeabigleaguersoIdecidedto coachandgotmycoaching/teachingcertificate.DuringthattimeIbeganworking inabankanddecidedthatIwouldliketo dothatinstead.Jobwasmuchmoresecureandyoudidn'thavetohaveawinningseasontokeepyourjob.Ihadjust marriedandwantedabetterfutureforus.

citiesintheUSAisanotheraccomplishmentIamproudofforourCity.Ididnone ofthisalone.IttookagoodCounciland dedicatedstafftoaccomplishitall. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyouroutlookfor2015? MAYOR ALLEN OWEN: Iseeavery brightfutureforourCity.Increasedpropertyvaluesgiveourcitizensequityintheir largestinvestment-theirhomes.Iseecontinuedgrowthinourcommercialandindustrialsegments.Placingmorevalueonthe groundandcreatingmorejobsforourcommunitymeansthatwecancontinuetolook atwaysoftakingthetaxburdenoffofthe rooftopsandplacingitonsalesandcommercialpropertytaxes. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatadvicewould yougivetosomeoneouttherestrivingto achievetheirdream? MAYOR ALLEN OWEN: Nevergiveup trying.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyoudream ofbecomingasyouwereachildgrowing up? MAYOR ALLEN OWEN: Ireally wantedtobeadoctorasachildbutsciencecoursesincollegechangedmymind. Theyweretoomuchofastruggle.

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AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Didyouachieve yourchildhooddream,ordiditevolveinto somethingdifferent? MAYOR ALLEN OWEN: Ididplay minorleaguebaseballandthatwasnot necessarilyadream,butsomethingIenjoyeddoing. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyourmissionin life? MAYOR ALLEN OWEN: Mymission wasjusttobesuccessfulinwhateverIdid withmylife.IhavealwayssaidthatI thoughtGodputmeonthisearthtoserve othersandIhavestrivedtodothatinthe bestwayIcould.NotonlyasMayorbut throughthemanynon-profitorganizationsI serveon. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Doyouhavearecentaccomplishmentyouwouldliketo

share? MAYOR ALLEN OWEN: Ihavealways saidthatIhopetoberememberedafter leavingofficeforhelpingguidetheCityin thedevelopmentofitbeingoneofthebest intheUSAtocallhome.Thishasbeen donethroughthedevelopmentofSienna Plantation,Riverstone,LakeColony, ColonyLakes,Brightwater,LakeOlympia, andtheacquisitionofQuailValleyCountry Clubandthepreservationofthe400acres ofparkland.Beingnamedoneofthesafest

MAYOR ALLEN OWEN – Mayor Allen Owen is Missouri City's 10th mayor since the city's incorporation in 1956. He’s faithfully served as Missouri City’s mayor since 1994. He has a long-standing documented track record of placing the citizens of Missouri City first. His track record and dedication was part of the reason Missouri City was honored as one of the top 10 safest cities in Texas by real estate website Movoto back in August of 2014. Movoto combined crime data from the top 100 most populous municipalities in Texas, and used the FBI’s 2012 Uniform Crime Report to determine that Missouri City is the sixth safest city in Texas. 24/7 Wall St., a web-based corporation designed to report financial news and opinions, also recently ranked Missouri City 16th on their list of the top 50 places to live in the United States.

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“Carroll G. Robinson is asking for our vote, prayers, endorsement, and support in his quest to become the next City Controller for the City of Houston in the Mayoral Election.” Dear Fellow Houstonian: On Friday, a federal judge ruled that candidates for city office, in the 2015 city election, could immediately begin raising campaign contributions. I am writing to ask you for as generous a contribution as you are able to give at this time to my campaign for Houston City Controller. As you may remember, I am a former At-Large City Council Member. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund and Houston Community College System. I have also served on the Board of the National League of Cities, State Bar of Texas, K9s4COPS, Children at Risk and the Northeast YMCA. I would like to work with you to help make life better for all Houstonians and to help make our city greater. Protecting Taxpayers’ money, Fixing the City Budget, Fixing our Streets, Modernizing city government to reduce its operating expenses, paying down the unfunded pension liability debt and attracting more good paying jobs, businesses, entrepreneurs, construction and development to our city - while respecting and protecting our neighborhoods - will be my top priorities. I support legalizing casino gaming in Houston and using private investments to connect Hobby and Bush Intercontinental Airports to our light rail system to attract more tourists to our city to generate more sales tax revenue to help pay for core city services. As City Controller, I will be the Taxpayers’ Voice at City Hall and will work with you to make the City Controller’s Office the Solution Center of City Government. Please consider making a contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 or more today to my campaign. Together, we can Make Houston Greater! Visit CARROLLGROBINSON.COM to make your donation. Sincerely,

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City of Houston Candidate for Controller Carroll G. Robinson shares a few insights into his life, mission and outlook for 2015 AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifelike foryouasachildgrowingup? CARROLL G. ROBINSON: Ihada greatchildhood.Myparentswerehardworkingandloving. Mybrother,sistersandIenjoyed eachotherandourdoGermanShepard. Wewerenotrichwithmaterialthings,but wewererichinotherways--loveandsupport. Myparentsmadesurewecould achieveanythingwewantedinlifeifwegot agoodeducation,workedhard,tookcareof ourfamilyandmoneyandavoidedtrouble. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyou dreamofbecomingasyouwereachild growingup? CARROLL G. ROBINSON: Mydream wastogotocollege,makemyparents proudofmeandbeabletohelptakecare ofthemasthanksforalltheyweredoing forme,mybrotherandsisters. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Didyouachieve yourchildhooddream,ordiditevolveinto somethingdifferent? CARROLL G. ROBINSON: YesIdid. Godisgoodallofthetime. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyourmissioninlife? CARROLL G. ROBINSON:Mymissioninlifeistotakecareofmyfamilyand totryandmakeapositivedifferenceinmy community. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Doyouhavearecentaccomplishmentyouwouldliketo share? CARROLL G. ROBINSON: Asa HoustonCommunityCollegeTrusteeIgot theBoardtoapprovea6thGradePreAdmissionprogramandamilliondollars inscholarshipsforlocalstudents. AsaCityCouncilmemberisupported whatwouldbecomethecity's"RevCap" spendinglimit,workedwithcouncilmemberstoestablishthecity'sRainyDayFund andleadtheefforttopasstheNoTrucksIn

TheLeftLaneordinancetoimprovetraffic safetyonlocalhighways. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyouroutlookfor2015? CARROLL G. ROBINSON: IamprayingforHealth,Safety,PeaceandProsperityforeveryonein2015. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatadvicewould yougivetosomeoneouttherestrivingto achievetheirdream? CARROLL G. ROBINSON: Believe inyourself,loveyourselfandyourfamily andbewillingtohelpandserveothers.

ON THE COVER EDUCATOR AND ATTORNEY CARROLL G. ROBINSON – Carroll G. Robinson is an Associate Professor and a former Associate Dean of External Affairs at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU) in Houston, Texas. Professor Robinson is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of

the Houston Community College System (HCC) and a Citizen Member of the Board of Trustees of the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund. He is a former member of the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors of K9s4COPs. He is also a past chairman of the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce. Professor Robinson is a former AtLarge (elected citywide) member of the Houston (Texas) City Council. As a member of the City Council, Professor Robinson chaired the city’s Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee. Professor Robinson is a Life Member of the NAACP and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is the author or co-author of numerous legal and public policy articles and commentaries. Robinson plans to put his vast experience and know-how to work for the people of Houston should voters choose him as the best candidate in the race for City of Houston Controller on the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election ballot.

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“Experienced, Effective, and Hard-Working for Missouri City�

Re-Elect Floyd Emery for Missouri City Council District (D) on May 9, 2015 Vote Early: April 27th - May 5th DearFriends: InMay2011,IwaselectedtothispositionbyasubstantialmajorityofDistrictDvoters.Iwasre-electedinMay2013 withoutopposition.Iappreciateyoursupportandconfidence. Intheelectionof2011,Iranonaplatformof"Ensuring Public Safety", "Protecting Property Values" and"Attracting New Business". I'mproudoftheawards,recognitionandbusinesssuccessMissouriCityhasexperienced duringmytenure.Our City beingrecognizedasoneofthe safestcitiesintheUS,mostdiversecityintheHoustonarea, bestplacetoliveandmostaffordableforhomebuyersgives mesatisfaction,knowingIhaveworkedhardtokeepthose campaignpledges.ThecompletionoftheCityCentreat QuailValley,RecreationandTennisCenteratCypressPoint andthe$50millionWaterTreatmentPlantatSteepBankexemplifiesoursuccess.Missouri City hasworkedhardtodevelopandfosterabusiness-friendlyenvironment.Asa result,ourcommercialtaxbasereflectsasubstantialincreaseasapercentofCityrevenueandourretailsalestax revenuereflectssteadygrowth.I'mpleasedtostatethat MissouriCityisviewedbymanyasthebestplacetolive, work,shopandplay. With the experience I have gained, I am positioned to continue the work with my colleagues on City Council and our City Staff to move Missouri City forward. We mustmaintainourcurrentpathofgrowthandlookfornew opportunitiestobuildourbusinessbase.Fundingofour PublicSafetysectorsandaddressingourinfrastructureand waterneedswhilecontinuingtoimproveourallianceswith ourHOAsmustbeourprioritiesaswebuildanenvironment thatmeetstheexpectationsofourresidents. Thank you to the residents of District D and Missouri City. I will continue my hard work for Missouri City's future. ThankYou,

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Missouri City, Texas District D Councilman Floyd Emery takes a moment to give us a few insights into his mission and life AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifelikeforyouasachildgrowing up? COUNCILMAN FLOYD EMERY: IwasraisedinaMidwest-city byabluecollarworkerfatherandhomemakermother.Myfather wasastrictdisciplinarianwithastrongcompetitivespirit.He workedhardandlonghourstoprovidemyyoungersisterandIwith thebasicsrequiredtoliveasafeandcomfortablelife.Mymother withgreathomemakerskillsprovidedalovingatmosphereinstilling religiousprincipalsinmylife,andwasfullysupportiveofmyfathers’decisions. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyoudreamofbecomingasyou wereachildgrowingup? COUNCILMAN FLOYD EMERY: Likemanyyoungboys,I wantedtobeamajorleaguebaseballplayer;playingformyhome townheroes--theSt.LouisCardinals.Afterthat,Iwantedtobuilda lifewhereIwouldnothavetofacethehardshipsmyfatherendured dueinparttohislackofformaleducation;butwouldimitatehishard andcompetitiveworkethic. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyourmissioninlife? COUNCILMAN FLOYD EMERY: Toprovidealovingatmosphere formywifeandsonswhilesettingagoodexampleinbothmypersonalandbusinesslife.Givingbacktomycommunity,countryand faith,throughserviceandcommitmenttoeach,withanoverallgoalof beingrecognizedasagoodhusband,father,friendandcitizenisextremelyimportanttome. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Canyoutellusalittleaboutwhatyoudofor aliving? COUNCILMAN FLOYD EMERY: Iretiredfrombusinesslife after47yearsofservicewithBaroid/Halliburton,achievingdirectorshipsinthedisciplinesofIT,FinanceandHR.Currently,Ihave dedicatedmytimeandenergytothejobofperformingtheduties, andmeetingtheresponsibilitiesastheMissouriCityCouncil-memberrepresentingDistrictD. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Doyouhavearecentaccomplishment youwouldliketoshare? COUNCILMAN FLOYD EMERY: Iamequallyproudoftwoaccomplishments.Theattentionandactionsbroughttothesupportof ourPublicSafety(fire/police)ismostrewarding.Workingwiththe CityStaffandmyCouncilcounterpartswe’veimplemented processestobringtheirpay(firemen/policeofficers)andbenefitsto acompetitivelevel;providedbudgetandassetsrequiredtomake themeffectivewhileprovidingfortheirsafety,andthesafetyofour residents.Theirperformance(firemen/policeofficers)positioned MissouriCityasthe6thsafestCityinTexas. Additionally,thestrengtheningofourpartnershipwithour

HOA’sisrewarding.MycommitmenttoattendmostHOAmeetings whiledirectingCityactionsneeded toaddresstheirissues;insuring wehaveCityrepresentationat thesemeetingstolistento,and addressissues,promotingtheNationalNightOuteventbyCity Staff;andthereviewanddevelopmentofCityordinancesthatassist theHOA’sinmaintaininghomevaluesisanaccomplishmentinwhich Iamveryproudtohaveplayedapartin. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyouroutlookfor2015? COUNCILMAN FLOYD EMERY: Ihaveaverypositiveoutlook forMissouriCityanditsresidents.Taxescollectedandjobscreated fromourcurrentandnewlyprojectedbusinesspark(s);increasesin salestaxrevenue,andexistinghomevaluation,willprovidethe revenuerequiredtomeetourbudgetaryneedsandpotentialCity taxrateconsiderations. TheCityisinsoundfinancialcondition,thestandardsestablishedforratiosandreservesbycreditandbondinginstitutionsreflectweareabovethenorms.Developmentofresidential propertieshasahealthyoutlookasevidencedinSiennaSouth, RiverstoneandOlympiaEstatesamongothers. TheCityismakinggreatstridesinprovidingtransparencyin ourfinancial,ordinance,andlandplanningactivities,andmobility forourresidentswillcontinuetoimprove.MissouriCitywillcontinue tomoveforward. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatadvicewouldyougivetosomeoneout therestrivingtoachievetheirdream? COUNCILMAN FLOYD EMERY: Educateyourselfbothformallyandintheattributesneededtomakeyourselfaviablecandidateforthestationinlifeinwhichyouascribe.Associateyourself withactivitiesandindividualsthroughvolunteerism,publicservice orothermeansofinvolvement.Iwasgivenadviceearlyinmycareerthatajobgivenisajobworthdoingwell;goingoverandabove whatmightbeexpected.Inallthatyoudo,buildareputationofreliability,consistency,honestyandtruthfulness.

ON THE COVER COUNCIL MEMBER FLOYD EMERY hasbeenmarried52yearsto hiswife,Linda.TheyhavebeenhomeownersinQuailValleyformore than35years,wheretheyraisedtheirtwosons,BrianandDennis.

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Judge Loyd Wright takes a moment to share a few insights into his life, childhood growing up, mission, 2015 outlook, and his current job AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifelike foryouasachildgrowingup? JUDGE LOYD WRIGHT: Ihadagreat childhood,playingsandlotandorganized baseball,footballandbasketball.Ihadlovingandsupportiveparentsandanolder brother,allofwhomprovidedguidanceand goodadvicethroughoutmylife.Mymother andfatheralsostressedacademics.Iwill neverforgetmyfather'sfrequentadmonishmenttonotcomehomewitha"B"!I tookhimveryseriouslyandtriedmybest toneverdisappointhim.

twotermsasJudgeofProbateCourtNo.1.I wanttocontinuetoearntheconfidenceof thosewhocomeintocourtandreaffirmthatI willalwaysdomyutmosttobefair,impartial anddiligent. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyouroutlook for2015? JUDGE LOYD WRIGHT: Ithink2015is goingtobeanothergreatyearfortheTexas andHouston.Iamlookingforwardtoanother fouryearsonthebench.Ihaveawonderful staffthatkeepsthingsrunningsmoothly"behindthescenes."Itisjustagreatplaceto showuptointhemorning.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyoudream ofbecomingasyouwereachildgrowingup? JUDGE LOYD WRIGHT: IsupposeifI hadamaindreamitwastoplaybaseball andfootballforRiceUniversity.IwasadmittedtoRicebutmadealatedecisionto"get outoftown"andattendtheUniversityof Texas.IsometimesthinkaboutthechoicesI made,likewealldo.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatadvicewould yougivetosomeoneouttherestrivingto achievetheirdream? JUDGE LOYD WRIGHT: Everyone shouldstartbygivingtheirbesteffortin school.Therereallyisnoconsistently betterwaytochangethecircumstances ofyourlifethanthroughachievementand successinschool.Doingwellacademicallywillgiveyoumoreopportunitiesand choicesinwhattodowithyourlife.Of course,workinghardatwhateveryoudecidetodowillalsomakeatremendous difference,perhapsthebiggestdifference.Thesecoreprinciplesbecome clichesforareason!Americaoffersso manydifferentopportunitiestobesuccessfulinonewayoranother.Butyou havetobeaparticipant.Youhaveto makeagoodfaitheffort.Youhavetobe "inthegame".Don'tbesomeonewho sitsonthesidelinesandthencomplains thatthingsarenotfair.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Didyouachieve yourchildhooddream,ordiditevolveinto somethingdifferent? JUDGE LOYD WRIGHT: Ididnotbecomethestarlefthandedpitcherortight endIdreamedofbeing,buttheemphasis onacademicspavedthewayforagood legalcareerwhichultimatelyledtothejobI havenowasJudgeofProbateCourtNo.1. Whocouldcomplainaboutthat?Asasole practitionerfornineteenyears,Ihadcontrolovermytimeandwasoftenableto coachmyson'sanddaughter'steams.I wouldnottradethosedaysbeingwiththem foranything. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyourmissioninlife? JUDGE LOYD WRIGHT: Mymissionin lifenowistoenjoymyfamily,continuetodo myjobtothebestofmyability,andhelpotherswheneverIcan.

ON THE COVER AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Doyouhavearecent accomplishmentyouwouldliketoshare? JUDGE LOYD WRIGHT: Mybiggest professionalaccomplishmenthasbeentowin

JUDGE LOYD WRIGHT – currently serves as the Probate Judge for District Court #1 in Harris County.

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Judge Christine Riddle Butts takes a moment to share a few insights into her life, mission, and outlook AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifelike foryouasachildgrowingup? JUDGE RIDDLE BUTTS: Igrewupin NorthwestHoustonandwenttoWestfield HighSchool.Myfirstjobwasataskating rinkworkinginthesnackbarwhenIwasin theeighthgrade.Duringhighschool,Ienjoyedservingasawaitressatourlocal steakhouse,DelFriscos.Myfatherwas anattorneyandIspenthighschooland collegesummersworkinginhisofficeand accompanyinghimtocourt.Asahigh schooljunior,RotaryInternationalsponsoredmeasanexchangestudenttoGermany,whereIstayedwithawonderful familyinVreden,asmallfarmingtownoutsideCologne.Myparentswereverysupportiveofmeandinstilledinmethevalues offaith,diligence,education,andservice. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyou dreamofbecomingasyouwereachild growingup? JUDGE RIDDLE BUTTS: WhenIwas veryyoung,mymotherrequiredanexpensivesurgeryand,freshoutoflawschool, myfatherwasdesperatetoraisethemoney forhersurgery.Igavehimthetwoquarters Ihadearnedfromweedingandsweepinga neighbor'sdrivewayandaskedwhatelseI coulddotohelp.HesaidIcouldgrowup andbecomealawyertohelphiminhisprobatepracticeandtoserveotherfamilies facingcrisis.Inthatmoment,myfather gavememymission,andfromthatpointon IknewthatIwouldbecomeaprobate lawyer. AUBREYR.TAYLOR:Didyouachieve yourchildhooddream,ordiditevolveinto somethingdifferent? JUDGE RIDDLE BUTTS: WhenIaccompaniedmyfathertocourt,IenjoyedsittinginonJudgeScanlan'sguardianship docket.Hisdemeanoronthebench demonstratedempathyforfamilymembers, compassionandrespecttowardthedisabled,andamasteryofprobatelaw.My desiretofollowinhisfootstepsdeveloped atayoungageinthecrowdedspaces

sisinvolvesthelossorincapacityofaloved one. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Doyouhavearecentaccomplishmentyouwouldliketo share? JUDGERIDDLEBUTTS:Theprobate courtshavedevelopedahandbookfor guardiansandsuchhandbookhasbeen translatedintoSpanishandHindibytalentedlawyersdedicatedtoserving guardiansintheircommunity.Wealso offeraquarterlyCLEprogramtoattorneys andhaveupdatedourwebsitetoinclude onlinedocketsettingandusefulpracticeinformationforattorneys,alldesignedto makethepracticeoflawmoreefficientand costeffectiveforattorneysandthosethey serve. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyouroutlookfor2015? JUDGE RIDDLE BUTTS: 2015will seearenewedfocusonenhancingservicesforthementallyill.Theassistedoutpatienttreatmentprogram,whichis designedtoassistthementallyillwithtreatmentcomplianceoutsideofahospitalsetting,issettoexpandinthenextseveral years. AUBREYR.TAYLOR:Whatadvicewould yougivetosomeoneouttherestrivingto achievetheirdream? withintheFamilyLawBuilding.Now,Ilook outthewindowfrommy7thfloorofficein theCivilCourtsbuildingandseewheremy dreamstookrootasIfondlyrememberthe colorfulmuralinJudgeAustin'scourtroom, theshadedbencheswhereIoftenate lunch,andthepaintedsignsofdemonstratorswhoseemedeverpresentinthelate 1980's. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyour missioninlife? JUDGE RIDDLE BUTTS: Inadditionto raisinganoblefamilyofmyown,mymissionistohelpfamiliesincrisiswhenthecri-

JUDGE RIDDLE BUTTS OFFERED THIS QUOTE: "Everygreatdreambegins withadreamer.Alwaysremember,you havewithinyouthestrength,thepatience, andthepassiontoreachforthestarsto changetheworld."HarrietTubman.

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Houston City Councilman Dwight Boykins takes a moment to share insights into his life and mission AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifelike foryouasachildgrowingup? COUNCILMAN BOYKINS: Asachild growingupintheSouthUnioncommunity,I focusedonalwaysputtingfamilyfirst.My motherprovideduswiththeopportunityto playsportsincludingbaseballandfootball anddisciplinewasenforced.

larstobringthefirstofitskindHolidayTree Lighting&KwanzaaCelebrationonAlmeda totheDistrictDcommunity. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyouroutlookfor2015? COUNCILMAN BOYKINS:Myoutlook for2015focusesonmySecondChance Programwhichprovidesindividualswho havemademistakesinthepast,including non-violentex-felonswithanopportunity, withoutdiscrimination,foremployment. Also,myofficeisworkingonthefirstofits kindsecondchancehomebuyingopportunitytoassisthardtoqualifyhomeownershipindividuals.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyoudream ofbecomingasyouwereachildgrowing up? COUNCILMAN BOYKINS: AsachildI wantedtobecomeapublicservant. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyourmission inlife? COUNCILMAN BOYKINS: Mymission inlifeistobecomethebestpublicservant possibleandalwaysremembertogive backtomycommunity. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Canyoutellusalittleaboutwhatyoudoforaliving? COUNCILMAN BOYKINS: IownabusinessdevelopmentfirmandIamalsotheDistrictDHoustonCityCouncilMember. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Doyouhavearecent accomplishmentyouwouldliketoshare?

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatadvicewould yougivetosomeoneouttherestrivingto achievetheirdream? COUNCILMAN BOYKINS: AlwaysremembertoputGodfirstandbelieveinyourself.

COUNCILMAN BOYKINS: IestablishedtheSeniorsAssistanceFundand raisedover50,000toassistseniorcitizens inDistrictDwithminorhomerepairsno costtothemortaxpayers.Ialsoraiseddol-

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Houston City Councilman C.O. “Brad” Bradford shares a few insights into his life and mission AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifelike foryouasachildgrowingup? COUNCIL MEMBER C.O. “BRAD” BRADFORD: Igrewuponourfamilyfarm innorthLouisiana.Myfather,mother,six boysandsixgirlsraisedcattle,cotton,soybeans,cornand-yes,turnipgreens. Thankstomymotheralltwelvechildrenare collegeeducatedpeople.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatadvicewould yougivetosomeoneouttherestrivingto achievetheirdream? COUNCIL MEMBER C.O. “BRAD” BRADFORD: Rewardisattachedtoperformanceandanythingworthhavingisn’t easytoget.Alwaysrememberthatatthe endoftheday,whenitisallsaidanddone; thequestionisgoingtobe:‘Whathaveyou donetohelpothers?’Degrees,titlesand positionswon’tmatter.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyoudream ofbecomingasyouwereachildgrowing up? COUNCIL MEMBER C.O. “BRAD” BRADFORD: Itwasnotfarming.Ihadhad enough!Mypassionwasmachinery,automobilemechanicsandautomotiveengineering.

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AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyourmissioninlife? COUNCIL MEMBER C.O. “BRAD” BRADFORD: Mymissionistoinitiateand supporteffortswhichbenefitthegreater goodofall.Trytoleavealittlepieceofthe worldabetterplacethanIfoundit. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Canyoutellusalittleaboutwhatyoudoforaliving? COUNCIL MEMBER C.O. “BRAD” BRADFORD:Iamanattorney,public safetyconsultantandformerChiefofPoliceinHouston,Texas.Icombinemyeducation,legaltrainingandpoliceexperience toworkwithneighborhoodsandbusinesses,nationallyandinternationally,to helpdevelopsafetystrategies. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Doyouhavearecentaccomplishmentyouwouldliketo share? COUNCIL MEMBER C.O. “BRAD” BRADFORD: Asanat-largememberofthe HoustonCityCouncil,Iamanadvocatefor after-schoolprogramsandsummerjobsfor ouryouth.Workingwithothersoncity councilthelastbudgetcycle,Iwasableto spearheadeffortswhichallocatedmore

thantwomilliondollarsforthesemuch neededstrategies.Also,IauthoredaCouncilDistrictServiceBudgetamendment whichallocated,forthefirsttimeeverat CityHall,onemilliondollars ($1,000,000.00)toeachdistrictcouncil memberforuseintheirrespectivedistricts. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyouroutlookfor2015? COUNCIL MEMBER C.O. “BRAD” BRADFORD: Iamcommittedtoexhaustingutmosteffortstore-focuscitygovernmentonthedeliveryofcoreserviceswhich includewater,garbage,infrastructureissuesandsafetyservices.

C.O. "BRAD" BRADFORD isanAttorney, PublicSafetyConsultant,formerHouston ChiefofPoliceandViceMayorPro-Temfor theCityofHouston.InJanuary2012, membersoftheHoustonCityCouncil electedBradfordasViceMayorPro-Tem viaunanimousvote.Bradfordranthree successfulcitywidecampaigns,themaximum(threeterms)permittedunderlaw. Duringhissecondandthirdcampaign,he wonineverycouncildistrict,withoutarunoffandgotthehighestnumberofvotesin allofthecitywidecontestedraces. Hebecamearesidentofthecityof Houstonin1979.Bradfordhaslivedin HiramClarke,Alief,FondrenSouthwest, andMacGregorareas,heunderstandsthe variouscharacteristicsoftheHoustoncommunityandappreciateseffortstofocuson neighborhoodneeds. Bradfordserved24yearsasaHouston policeofficerandsevenyearsasChiefof Police.HewasappointedHouston'sPolice ChiefbyMayorBobLanierandre-appointedbyMayorLeeP.Brown.While servingasChiefofPolice,Bradfordmanaged7,000personneland$500millionannualbudget.Duringhistenure,citizens' fearofcrimeandpublicsafetyconcerns

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Houston Attorney Ramona Franklin takes a moment to share insights into her life, outlook and mission AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifelike foryouasachildgrowingup? ATTORNEY RAMONA FRANKLIN: Lifewaswonderful.Ilivedacarefreelife thatwaswellguardedbytwoGodfearing, lovingandprotectiveparents.Iwasableto liveandplayasachildfreefromadultresponsibilities.Ihadthelove,guidance,nurturingandprotectionfrombothofmyloving parents.Iwasalsoblessedbymyneighborhood.Yousee,Iwasraisedduringthe timewhenthe“Village”joinedinandraised thechild.Soessentially,Ihadhundredsof lovingmothersandhundredsoflovingfatherswhoguided,encouraged,andinstilled valuesinmylifethatIstillcarrytoday. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyoudream ofbecomingasyouwereachildgrowingup? ATTORNEY RAMONA FRANKLIN: I wantedtobethefemaleversionofJohnny Cochran.IalwaysknewthatIwantedtobe anattorneyandlivealifeofservicetoothers. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Didyouachieve yourchildhooddream,ordiditevolveinto somethingdifferent? ATTORNEY RAMONA FRANKLIN: YesandNo.Yes,Ihaveachievedthe dreamofbecominganattorney.However, eachdayasIgrowintomyGod-givenpurposeIamdiscoveringuntappeddreams thathavebeeninstilledinmebeforemy birththathaveyettobecompleted.No, therearestillsomanychildhooddreams thatIamstillpursuing. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyourmissioninlife? ATTORNEY RAMONA FRANKLIN: MymissioninlifeistobeawomanofGod thatencourages,inspires,empowers,educatesandequipspeoplewiththeknowledgeofGod. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatadvicewould yougivetosomeoneouttherestrivingto achievetheirdream? ATTORNEY RAMONA FRANKLIN: First,keepyourfocusandeyesonGod.I

thinkitisalsoimportanttohavedreamsthat arebiggerthanyouthatrequiresoutside help.Nevergiveuponadream!Brushyourselfoffifyoupursueadreamandyoufind yourselfinaholdingpatternwaitingforyour time.Giveyourselftimetoreflectonplansto effectivelycarryoutyourdreams.Itisalways easytogiveuponourdreamswhenthey appeartobenon-existent,anddelayed.

ON THE COVER ATTORNEYRAMONAFRANKLINisanativeFloridianbuthasresidedinTexassince 2001.RamonaresidesinKaty,TXandhas beenamemberofBrookhollowBaptist Church-ChurchWithoutWallsfornine years.RamonagraduatedfromFlorida AgricultureandMechanicalUniversityin Tallahassee,FLwithaBachelorofArtsDe-

greeinEnglishandaMinorinCriminalJustice.Followinghergraduation fromFloridaAgricultureandMechanicalUniversityshepursuedaMastersofScienceinSports AdministrationfromLynnUniversity inBocaRaton,FL.ImmediatelyfollowinghergraduationfromLynnUniversityRamonapursuedherJuris DoctorfromThomasM.CooleyLaw SchoolinLansing,MI. InlawschoolRamonaparticipated intheMootCourtCompetitionand wasawardedtheBestAdvocate Award,sheparticipatedintheMock TrialCompetitionandservedonthe MootCourtandMockTrialExecutive Board.SheservedasaSenateRepresentative,LawSchoolMarshall, Ambassadorandservedasthe PresidentoftheBlackLawStudent Association.Followinghergraduationfromlawschoolshemovedto Houston,TXandworkedasanAssistantDistrictAttorneyattheHarris CountyDistrictAttorney’sOfficebeforeenteringintoprivatepracticein 2006.WhileinprivatepracticeMs. Franklinbeganherlawfirmconcentratingoncriminallaw,familylaw andwills.Ramonahashandledanextensivevarietyoflegalcasesbutprimarilyfocusesherpracticeonzealouslyadvocating criminalcases. RamonaFranklinisanAdjunctInstructoratRemingtonCollege,Houston,TXwith amainconcentrationonCriminalJustice Studies.RamonaFranklinispassionate aboutservingtheHarrisCountyCommunity.ShehasvolunteeredintheHouston Volunteer’sLawyerProgram,NAACPPro BonoLegalDefenseProgram,TheLady LeagueMentorProgramandtheDiamond IntheRoughMentorProgram. RamonaFranklinisamotivational speaker,workingoncompletingherfirst bookandisthemotherofaprecocious4 montholdMaltiPoonamedBailey.RamonaFranklinisamemberofAlphaKappa AlphaSororityIncorporated.

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District Judge John Schmude takes a moment to share a few insights into his life and mission AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifelike foryouasachildgrowingup? JUDGE JOHN SCHMUDE: Igrewup inSpring,Texasastheyoungestof10children.Myfatherwasanappellateattorney fortheUSDepartmentofJusticebefore becomingacorporateattorneyforExxon. Mymotherwasahomemaker.Beingpart ofsuchalargefamily,therewasnevera dullmomentgrowingup. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyoudream ofbecomingasyouwereachildgrowingup? JUDGE JOHN SCHMUDE: WhenI wasachild,Idreamedofbeingamajor leaguebaseballplayer. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyour missioninlife? JUDGE JOHN SCHMUDE: MymissioninlifeistobethebesthusbandandfatherthatIcanbe;toservefamiliesasa fair,impartial,compassionateandhard workingjudge;and,throughthemercyof God,tosavemysoul. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Canyoutellusalittleaboutwhatyoudoforaliving? JUDGE JOHN SCHMUDE: Iama StateDistrictJudgeforthe247thFamily DistrictCourtofHarrisCounty. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Doyouhavea recentaccomplishmentyouwouldliketo share? JUDGE JOHN SCHMUDE: IamhumbledandhonoredthatthepeopleofHarris CountyelectedmeinNovember2014tobe Judgeofthe247thDistrictCourt. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyouroutlookfor2015? JUDGE JOHN SCHMUDE: In2015,I willworkhardtobringgreaterefficiencyto the247thDistrictCourtandtoworkdiligentlytomakejudgmentsthatapplythelaw fairlyandimpartiallywhiletreatinglawyers andlitigantswithdignityandrespect.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatadvicewould yougivetosomeoneouttherestrivingto achievetheirdream? JUDGE JOHN SCHMUDE: Donot everletanybodytellyouthatyoucannotdo something.Withhardwork,apositiveattitudeandanindomitablespirit,youcanaccomplishanythingyousetyourmindto.

ON THE COVER JUDGEJOHNSCHMUDEcurrentlyserves astheStateDistrictJudgeforthe247th FamilyDistrictCourtofHarrisCounty.

JudgeJohnSchmuderesideswith hiswifeandtwochildreninSpring. JohnisalifetimeRepublicanwitha

strongrecordofservicetochildrenand tofamilies-especiallythosechildren andfamilieswhohavefacedsubstantialchallengesinvolvingextreme povertyandabuse.John'swife,Kelly, wasemployedbyLockheedMartin SpaceOperationsatNASAandMD AndersonHospitalbeforebecominga fulltimehomemaker.John'scommitmenttofamilylawismotivatedbyhis strongfaithandhisrecognitionthat familiesarethefirstandfirmestfoundationuponwhichanyhealthysociety isbuilt.Johnisanactivememberin AnnunciationCatholicChurchindowntownHouston.

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FBISD Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre shares a few insights into his life, outlook and mission AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifelike foryouasachildgrowingup? SUPERINTENDENT DUPRE: Ihada complicatedchildhood.Mymotherdiedwhen Iwasfiveyearsold,andwhenIwasseven, myfathersentmetoliveinafaith-basedchildren'shome.IlivedthereuntilIfinishedhigh school.Iwasblessedtobewelltakencareof, andIreceivedagoodeducationthatprovided thefoundationforfutureopportunities;but,it waschallengingtoberaisedbypeoplewho werenotmyparents.

school.Professionally,Iamproudthat,duringthepasttwoyears,FBISDhasengaged morestakeholdersthaneverbeforeindevelopingcomprehensiveplansforthefuture.Animportantresultofthecommunity engagementisthat74percentofvotersapprovedtheNovember2014bondelection. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyouroutlookfor2015? SUPERINTENDENT DUPRE: In2015, Iwillbeginmythirdyearassuperintendent ofFBISD,soIlookforwardtomovingoutof the"transition"phaseoforganizationaldevelopmentaswebegintobringtofruition twoyearsofextensiveplanningdonein partnershipwithastrongSchoolBoard,an engagedcommunityandadedicatedstaff.I willalsocompletemy20thyearinpublic education,whichisamajormilestone. Evenmoreimportantly,Iwillcelebrate30 yearsofmarriagetothebeautifulwoman whohasfaithfullysharedlife'sjourneywith meinaloving,supportiveway.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyou dreamofbecomingasyouwereachild growingup? SUPERINTENDENT DUPRE: Froma youngage,Ienjoyedperforming,andpublicspeaking.Iwantedtobeaperformeror broadcastjournalist. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Didyouachieve yourchildhooddream,ordiditevolveinto somethingdifferent? SUPERINTENDENT DUPRE: Interms ofoverallsuccess,Ihavefarexceededmy childhooddream,butIamdefinitelynot doingwhatIoriginallydreamed!WhenI speaktostudents,Ioftenremindthemthatit islikelytheywillendupinajoborprofession theycan'tevenconceiveoftoday.InFBISD, ourmissionistoinspireandequipallstudentstopursuefuturesbeyondwhatthey canimagine.Ifeelblessedthatteachersand othersinmylifepreparedmeinthatway.I beganmycareerasCertifiedPublicAccountant.Today,IamSuperintendent/CEO ofone ofthelargestpublicschooldistrictsinTexas andtheU.S.Whoknew!? AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyourmissioninlife? SUPERINTENDENT DUPRE: MyprimarymissioninlifeistoglorifyGodinallI do.Asaleaderinpubliceducation,IfeelI amfulfillingmycallingtoinvestinthelives ofothers.Theworkwedoaseducators shapesthefutureofeachchildwetouch, alongwiththatoftheirfamiliesandany spouseorchildrentheymighthaveinthe

future.Ourworkalsoshapesthefutureof ourcommunity.Ifourcommunityisto thrive,publicschoolsmustsendproductive, contributingcitizensintotheworkforce.We mustdevelopleadersandpreparestudents togivebacktotheircommunitiesandinvest inthelivesofothers. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Doyouhavearecent accomplishmentyouwouldliketoshare? SUPERINTENDENT DUPRE: Ona personallevel,in2014,Icompletedadoctoratedegreeafterfouryearsofgraduate

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatadvicewould yougivetosomeoneouttherestrivingto achievetheirdream? SUPERINTENDENT DUPRE: To achieveyourdreams,youmustbeaperson ofintegrityinallthingsandinvestinauthenticrelationshipswithothers,includingcolleaguesatalllevelsoftheorganization.This isdifferentthansimply"networking."You mustbealife-longlearner,anddemonstrate youarewillingtoworkhard.It'salsoimportanttobeflexible,nimble,andwillingto stretchtheboundariesofthestatusquo. Youmustpossessthecouragetotakerisks, learnfromyourmistakesandsetbacks,and keeppressingforward.

ON THE COVER FBISD SUPERINTENDENT DR. CHARLES DUPRE – Dr. Dupre is the first African American to serve as superintendent for the FBISD School District.

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FBISD Board President & Trustee Grayle James takes a moment to share a few insights into her life AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifelike foryouasachildgrowingup? GRAYLE JAMES: IgrewupinCaliforniawheremyfamilyhasfarmedsincethe 1850s.Mymotherworkedonthefarmand everydayIwouldaccompanyhertowork. WhenIstartedschool,shewenttowork whileIwasatschoolandthenwouldpickme upafterschoolandtakemewithherbackto work.Ilearnedtoappreciatehardwork, completingthejobyouaregiven,andtheloyaltyofmyfamilytothefamilybusiness.

fora$484millionBondPackagefor FBISD.Thiswillenableustokeepupwith thegrowthinourcommunity. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyouroutlookfor2015? GRAYLE JAMES: Lookingaheadinto 2015,ourschooldistrictexpectscontinued growth.Wehaveamajorprojectcurrently underwaytoalignfeederpatternsinour schoolsystem.Weexpecttocompletethis workinJanuary.Wealsoexpecttoopena newelementaryschoolin2015andanother in2016.Additionally,thedistrictwillworkto improveourtechnologyinfrastructuretofacilitatetheeducationofeverystudent.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyou dreamofbecomingasyouwereachild growingup? GRAYLE JAMES: WhenIwasgrowingup,Idreamedofworkinginanoffice andnotonafarm!WhenIhadthechance togotocollege,Ididn'tknowwhatIwanted tostudy.Iespeciallyremembertellingmy motherIdidn'twanttobeamathteacher. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Didyouachieve yourchildhooddream,ordiditevolveinto somethingdifferent? GRAYLE JAMES: Mychildhooddream evolvedbecauseinmy20sIfinishedcollege andbecameamathteacher.Ialsotaught sciencetohighschoolstudents.Iloved teachingandinspiringstudentstopursue theirdreams. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyourmissioninlife? GRAYLE JAMES: Currently,mylife's missionistobeasupportive,lovingwife andtoraisemychildrenwithloveandintegrity.Atthesametime,Iamdevotedto helpingeverystudentinFortBendISD reachtheirfullpotential. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Doyouhavea recentaccomplishmentyouwouldlike toshare? GRAYLE JAMES: Inmyroleonthe FortBendISDSchoolBoard,Ihaveparticipatedinnumerousaccomplishments.

SchoolBoardTrusteesworkasateam. Wemustworktobuildconsensusonour pathforwardandhaveagreementinorder toaccomplishanygoal.Ihaveworked hardtofacilitateourBoard'steam-building overthepastyear.Asaresult,wehave hiredDr.CharlesDupreassuperintendent ofschoolsandhehasdemonstratedleadership,integrityandcommitmenttoourstudents.Also.wehavegottenvoterapproval

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatadvicewould yougivetosomeoneouttherestrivingto achievetheirdream? GRAYLE JAMES: Tothosestriving toachievetheirdream,Iwouldsay,"Great job!Thefirststeptoachievingsomething remarkableistohaveadream."NextI wouldadvisethefollowing: a)Never give up! -Obstaclesarepart oflifeandareunavoidable. b)Don't be afraid of change! -Circumstanceschange,opportunitieschange, andlifewillchange;Asourperspectives change,wecanlearnandgrowand achieve.Ifwe"fight"change,wewillalwaysstruggle. c)Be a problem solver! -Whenyouencounteranobstacle,challengeitandconquer it.Always,thinkcreativelyandfindsolutions; Excusesarenotawiseoptionbecauseproblemsrarelygoawaybythemselves.Problems needproblemsolverstofixthem!

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Businessman Durrel K. Douglas takes a moment to share a few insights into his life and mission AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifelikefor youasachildgrowingup? BUSINESSMAN DURREL DOUGLAS: I grewupintheSouthParkneighborhoodof Houston,TexasonSelinskyStreet.Welived inCrestmontVillage,anapartmentcomplex mymothermanaged.PeopletellmeIhave an"oldsoul"allthetimeandIbelievethis wasbecauseofthewaymyfamilyraisedme --aroundpeoplemucholderthanmyself.I remembermymotherexplainingthereasoningbehinddecisionsshemadesothatI'd makewisedecisionsifIhappenedtobeby myself.Forinstance,whenIplayedoutside anditwasdarkandIwascalledin,Iwould ask"Why,"towhichshe'drespond:"You havetocomeinsidebecauseIhavetoget upearlyinthemorningtogotowork,"insteadofsaying,"BecauseIsaidso." AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyoudream ofbecomingasyouwereachildgrowing up? BUSINESSMAN DURREL DOUGLAS: Asachild,Iwantedtobealawyer.Lookingback,Ineverreallyunderstoodthe reasoningbehindit,butitmayhavebeen becausethatwasoneofthetwoidealprofessionsI'dheardof.Ifyouwantedtobe someone,youhadtobeeitheradoctoror alawyer--Ichoselawyer.WhenIruninto youngchildreninpassing--ontheelevatororso,that'soneofmyfavoritethings toaskthem:Whatareyougoingtobe whenyougrowup? AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyourmissioninlife? BUSINESSMAN DURREL DOUGLAS: I'lluseoneofthebestanswersI'dever heardfroma4year-oldtoanswerthisquestion.Iwasontheelevatoratmyapartment buildingheadingtomycarwhenIsawa motheranddaughteralreadyontheelevator.Aftertellingbothofthe"Goodmorning,"I askedthelittlegirlhowoldshewasandshe toldmeshewas4.Iaskedherwhatshe wasgoingtobewhenshegrewup,she pausedandgavemeananswerthatgave mechills--shesaid"5."IbelieveGod

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Doyouhavearecentaccomplishmentyouwouldliketo share? BUSINESSMAN DURREL DOUGLAS:Ahh...Igrewmybeardbackandit's fullerthaneverLOL.Yearsago,Iworked forTexas'prisonsystemandcouldn'twear facialhair.OnceIresignedthere,ItoldmyselfI'dneverdotwothings:worksomewhereIcouldn'twearwhateverIwanted andworksomewhereIcouldn'twearfacial hairwhenIwantedto. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyouroutlook for2015? BUSINESSMAN DURREL DOUGLAS: 2015isgoingtobeagreatyear.Astensionsrisearoundcertainissues,we'llmake progress.Thisyearisamayoralyearand thingsarealreadygettingheated.Personally,I'mlookingforwardtospendingtime withmyfriendsandfamily--justmaking themostoutofeveryday.

speakstousthroughpeople,andthatwas God'swayofreachingouttomethrough that4yearoldtellingmetoworryaboutthe nextstepinlife,nottheendofthestaircase. Shecould'vesaidballerina,doctor,lawyeror amultitudeofotherthings,butshereplied "5."I'dhavetosaymymissioninlifeisto makeitbetterforthosearoundme. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Canyoutellusa littleaboutwhatyoudoforaliving? BUSINESSMAN DURREL DOUGLAS: Asaconsultant,Iworkonissuebased campaigns,politicalcampaignsanddoabit ofadvocacyworkhereandthere.InLayman'sterms,organizationshiremeto strategize--itseemstobeoneofmy strengths.Iworkformyself,soIgettopick andchooseissuesthatIworkonandonly chooseissues/candidatesthatIcareabout.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatadvicewould yougivetosomeoneouttherestrivingto achievetheirdream? BUSINESSMAN DURREL DOUGLAS:ThebestadviceIcouldgivewould betofollowyourdream.Understandthat mostoftheirfriendsandfamilieswon'tsee thedreamasclearlyastheydo.Understandthattofollowyourdreamyou'lllose friendsandcolleaguesthroughenvyand jealousy.Understandthatitwon'tbeas easyasitappearsinyourhead.Understandthatattheendoftheday,youmust followyourinstinct.

ON THE COVER DURRELDOUGLASisoneoftheCoFoundersoftheHoustonJusticeCoalition.HegrewupinSouthParkon SelinskyStreet.In2005hetookajobas acorrectionalofficerwiththeTexasDe-

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Businesswoman Pamela Ellis takes a moment to share a few insights into her life and mission AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifelikefor youasachildgrowingup? BUSINESSWOMAN PAMELA ELLIS: IgrewupinaverysmalltowninTexas.For mostofmychildhood,mymotherwasa singleworkingmom.Iwasthe3rdof4 girls.Mymotheralwaysencouragedmeto workhardandbethebestatwhateverIset outtodo.Mygrandmother,whowasmy greatestinspiration,wasahugeinfluencein mylife.Servingasoursecondmom,she taughtmeabouttheloveofGodandthe powerofprayer.Asachild,whenIwasn’t busywithchurchandafter-schoolactivities: girlscouts,sports,studentassociations, etc.,Iwaslookingforwaystoearnmoney; cleaninghousesfortheelderly,selling Christmascards,recyclingaluminumcans, sellingbagsofpecans,younameitIdidit.I wasfascinatedwithmakingmoney. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyoudream ofbecomingasyouwereachildgrowing up? BUSINESSWOMAN PAMELA ELLIS: Asachild,Idon’trecalldreamingofaparticularprofession.MymotheralwaysencouragedmetobethebestatwhateverI chosetodo.Ispecificallyrecallhowshe usedtosay,“Iwantyoutobesomebody.” BythetimeIgottocollege,mydreamwas tobe“In-charge”,makealotofmoneyand helppeople.Itwasjustthatsimpleandin thatorder. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyourmissioninlife? BUSINESSWOMAN PAMELA ELLIS: MymissionislifetoserveGodinallthatI do.InservingGod,Iknowthatmeansto servehumankind.Iamonamissionto“be somebody”.I’velearnedthatwhatreally makesyou“somebody”iswhencanprovidesolutionstosomeoneelse’sproblems. Inthatway,mymissionistoencourage andfosteropportunitiesforteengirlsand youngwomentolivethelifeoftheir dreams. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Canyoutellusalittleaboutwhatyoudoforaliving?

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyouroutlookfor2015? BUSINESSWOMAN PAMELA ELLIS: Iamveryexcitedabout2015!2015marks my13thyearofbusiness.Iamlookingforwardtoexecutinganewservicedelivery model.Weareexpandingourcapabilities toofferservicestoabroadermarket therebycreatingopportunitiesforsubstantialrevenueincrease.In2015,mylonganticipatedbookgearedtowardsHuman Resourcesprofessionalswillbereleasedin thefallof2015.

BUSINESSWOMAN PAMELA ELLIS: IamthePrincipalConsultantandOwnerof SmahrtSolutions.Smahrtprovidesmanagementconsultingforfortune500companiesandlargepublicsectorentitiesinthe areasofHumanResourcesManagement andBusinessProcessEngineering. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Doyouhavearecentaccomplishmentyouwouldliketo share? BUSINESSWOMAN PAMELA ELLIS: ArecentaccomplishmentthatI’dliketo sharewouldbetheexpansionofThe SmahrtGirlFoundation,anon-profitthatI establishedin2003asascholarshipfund forgraduatingseniorslivinginruralcommunities.In2013,weexpandedtoafull programprovidingmentoring,resources andspecialprogramsforteengirlsinrural andurbanunderservedcommunities.In 2014,wehostedourfirstcharitygalawhich helpedtoraisefundsfortheSmahrtGirl SummerCampthisyear.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatadvicewould yougivetosomeoneouttherestrivingto achievetheirdream? BUSINESSWOMAN PAMELA ELLIS: Myadvicetoanyoneouttherestrivingto achievetheirdreamsistobecomevery awareofthemoralandethicalvalues.Your valuesareattherootofeverythingyouproduce.Iliketolookatitasmypersonalconstitution.ItestablisheswhatIbelieve(faith), howIlivemylifeandwhyIlive(purpose). Don’tworryabouthowyourdreamswill cometrue;justknowthattheywillifyou takeaction.Youwon’thavealltheanswers whenyoustart,butstartanyway.Learn everythingyoucanthatwillequipyouto achieveandsustainyourdreams.Beopen, yetnevercompromiseyourvalues,youwill onlyendupwithregrets.AllowGodtoorder yoursteps,andmakesmartchoices.Lying, cheating,orstealingyourwaytoitwillonly causeyourdreamtobeshort-lived,ortake longer.Besmart!

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Businessman Craig Joseph takes a moment to share a few insights into his life, outlook and mission AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifelike foryouasachildgrowingup? BUSINESSMAN CRAIG JOSEPH: I hadanormalchildhoodgrowingup;althoughIwasaroundourfamilybusinessthe majorityofthetime--simplybecauseIwas raisedbymygrandparents.Mymotherlived nextdoortomygrandparents,soIwould spendthenightwithheronoccasions. Growingupintheinnercitywasnotaschallengingasitistoday.Everybodyforthe mostpartlookedoutforeverybody;evenin theabsenceofparents.Butlivingwithmy grandparentswasjustwhattheywantedto do.Thusitkeptmemainlyaroundthe restaurantandinstilledalotofvaluesinme.

lookfor2015? BUSINESSMAN CRAIG JOSEPH: My outlookfor2015istotakeHouston’sThis IsItSoulFoodtoamuchhigherlevel. Perhapsfranchisingtherestaurantoreven relocatingtoanothercity.Ialsowouldlike tostartamentorprogramtotrainnew businessowners,passingthebusinesson tomyson(Christopher).Iamattendingthe GoldmanSachs10Programtoincrease myknowledgeofoperatingabusiness. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatadvicewould yougivetosomeoneouttherestrivingto achievetheirdream? BUSINESSMAN CRAIG JOSEPH: The bestadvice,Ibelieve,istohavecommitmentanddedicationtoyourbusiness. Nevergiveup;becauseadoorisclosein yourface.Ifonedoorisclosing,gotoanotherandtryandtryagain.WD-40didn't accomplishtheirgoaluntilafterthe39th time.That'showitbecameWD-40.Iwas turneddown8times,butIkeptontrying. Eventuallythedoorwillopen.Ifyoudon't continuetotry,howwouldyouknow whetherornotyoucandoit?Noonelikes aquitter.Thereisgreatnessontheinsideof allofus.Wejusthavetoexposeit.God didn'tmakeusa“goodpeople”,Hemade usa“GreatNation”.Thereis“GREATNESS”ontheinsideofeachofus.SoalwaysrememberJoshua1:8–“Thisbookof thelawshallnotdepartoutofthymouth; butthoushaltmeditatethereindayand night,thatthoumayestobservetodoaccordingtoallthatiswrittenthereinforthen thoushaltmakethywayprosperous,and thenthoushalthavegoodsuccess.” So, put God first and you can't help but to win!

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyoudream ofbecomingasyouwereachildgrowing up? BUSINESSMAN CRAIG JOSEPH: As achildgrowingupIwanttobecomeacivil engineer. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Didyouachieve yourchildhooddream,ordiditevolveinto somethingdifferent? BUSINESSMAN CRAIG JOSEPH: No,Ididn'tachievethatdreamofbecomingacivilengineer;becauseinthelate 70'stheengineeringmarketwasgoing down.AndIprospectsofgettingajobas anengineerwasslimtonone.So,IdecidedtobecomeaHoustonFireFighterin 1980. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyour missioninlife? BUSINESSMAN CRAIG JOSEPH: My missioninlifehasalwaysbeentoserve. Servingpeoplehasalwaysbeenapassion ofmine.Asamatteroffact:thathasbeena familytraditionforus. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Doyouhavearecentaccomplishmentyouwouldliketo share? BUSINESSMAN CRAIG JOSEPH: Someofmyrecentaccomplishmentshave beenbeingselectedinthetop50Black

Professional&Entrepreneurs;myretirementfromtheCityofHoustonFireDepartmentafter34yearsofservice.I’malso proudandblessedtocontinuebeaffiliated withTIRRMemorialHermann. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyourout-

ON THE COVER BUSINESSMAN CRAIG JOSEPH – Craig Joseph is a well-known successful businessman who owns one of the oldest family-owned restaurants in the Houston area.

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Businessman Bill Frazer takes a moment to share a few insights into his life, mission, and outlook AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifelikefor youasachildgrowingup? BUSINESSMAN BILL FRAZER: Igrew upinaneighborhoodwithlotsoffamilies withlotsofkids,pluswehadalotoffamily andfriendsofmyparentswhowerealways aroundourhouse.Theonethingthatwas paramountwastoberespectfulofotherpeoplenomatterwhotheyareorhowdifferent theyappeartobe.Wewerealsoexpected toworkforwhateverwewanted.Myparents providedallthebasics,everythingelsewas uptome.SofromanearlyageIhadsome sortofjob,ultimatelyleadingtowaitingontablesinhighschoolandthroughoutcollege. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyoudream ofbecomingasyouwereachildgrowing up? BUSINESSMAN BILL FRAZER: I wantedtoownarestaurant. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyourmissioninlife? BUSINESSMAN BILL FRAZER: Tolive accordingtotheSevenChristianHabits:A personalrelationshipwithGod,dailypersonalprayer,regularstudyoftheBible,adjustingmywilltoGod’swill,serviceto others,maintainingarelationshipwithpeoplewhoserveGod,andmaintainingstewardshipoftheresourcesprovidedtome. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Doyouhavearecentaccomplishmentyouwouldliketo share? BUSINESSMAN BILL FRAZER: I givethankseachdayforthelovingrelationshipIhavewithmywife,Jean. We’vebeenmarriedforover42years andhave2wonderfulchildren,now grownand“outofthehouse”,whoremindusofhowtrulyblessedweare. ButIalsoliketotellasmanypeopleas IcanabouttwoorganizationsIserve.One iswithVolunteerInterfaithCaregivers– Southwest.Itsmissionistohelpfrail,elderly,andhealth-impairedpeopleinthe southwestHoustonarearemainindepend-

relycompletelyonMedicaidfundsfora placetolive.Thesefundsarewoefully shortofactualcostofcare,andweare abletobridgethegaptoprovideasafe, cleanandcaringhomethatourresidents andtheirfamiliescanbeproudof.

entintheirownhomesandtobeableto meettheirhealthcareneedstopreserve theirqualityoflife.Ourbasicserviceisto helpthemmeetverycriticaltransportation needs,suchastripstodoctorappointmentsandtothegrocerystore.Suchbasic needsarecriticalinhelpingthemremainin theirexistinghomes.Transportationneeds ofseniorsisagrowingprobleminthisCity andweallneedtodomoretoaddress theseissues.AsaBoardmemberI’ve beenabletohelpthisgroupraiseneeded operatingcapitalandtoaddresssomecriticalissuesindatamanagementandvolunteeroutreach.Thisgroupmustbeableto keeptrackoftheseniorswhoneedour servicesaswellasvolunteerswhoprovide freetransportation.Bettercomputerand datasystemshelpusdeliverbetterservice. TheotherorganizationIworkwithis askillednursinghomeinBaytown,which ispartoftheEpiscopalDioceseofTexas. AsaTrusteeI’vebeenabletohelpthe permanentstaffsolvesomepressingfinancialissues.ThishasenabledthefacilitytokeepupwithfallingMedicaid reimbursementsandtoutilizedonations moreeffectively.Mostofourresidents

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyouroutlookfor2015? BUSINESSMAN BILL FRAZER: My goalfor2015istohelptheresidentsofthe CityofHoustonhowwecanbetterutilize theresourceswehavetosolvesomevery difficultandimportantissues.Todothis willrequirebeinghonestinourassessment ofourpensionsystemsandtheconditionof ourstreetsandotherinfrastructure.Itisa difficulttaskanditwon’tbeeasy.ButI firmlybelievethatbyaddressingthesedifficultissuesnowwewillbecomebetterorganizedandtheskillsandhardworkofthe bestandbrightestpeopleintheCitywill developmeaningfulsolutions. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatadvicewould yougivetosomeoneouttherestrivingto achievetheirdream? BUSINESSMAN BILL FRAZER: AndrewJackson’smothergavehimthefollowingadvice,andI’vealwayslikedtorepeatit whensomeonestartingtheircareerasks mewhatadviceI’dgive.“Andrew….inthis worldyouwillhavetomakeyourownway. Todothatyoumusthavefriends.Youcan makefriendsbybeinghonest,andyoucan keepthembybeingsteadfast.Youmust keepinmindthatfriendsworthhavingwill, inthelongrun,expectasmuchfromyouas theygivetoyou.”

ON THE COVER BUSINESSMAN BILL FRAZER – Frazer plans to put his vast experience to work for the people of Houston should voters choose to elect him on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015.

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Businesswoman Keryl L. Douglas takes a moment to share a few insights into her life and mission AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifeforyou asachildgrowingup? ATTORNEY KERYL L. DOUGLAS: I borrowfromCharlesDickenstosaymy childhoodwasboth“ThebestoftimesAND theworstoftimes.”Igrewupwitha blessed,albeitsomewhat‘sheltered’life thataffordedmeandmysiblings,apositive,protectedupbringing.ButIalsowas raisedinthedeepracialunrestofthe60’s inthesouth.Blackswerestillbeing lynchedandoppressed.Butourfamilywent unscathed.Weandothersweknewwere passionatelyengagedineffortsforsocial justice/civilrights.“WhitesOnly”signsstill adornedwaterfountainsandotheraccommodations.YetBlacksweknew,especially myfamily,wereundauntedanddeterminedlycommittedtoadvance,thrive,and achieve.Icreditmywonderfulparents,especiallymymom,JohnnieM.Burgessfor rearinguswithstrongconvictionthatNO manissuperior,norinferiortoothers;but ALLarecreatedequal.Christianitywasthe pinnacle,foundation,andanchoroflives then,asnow. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyoudream ofbecomingasyouwereachildgrowingup? ATTORNEY KERYL L. DOUGLAS: First andforemost,Idreamtofbeingamother, withhopeandprayerofbeingevenjusta fractionofthemothermymotherwas.GOD blessedmeinthisregardwithmywonderful son,JamesMatthewDouglasII,11thgrade honorstudentatWestburyChristianSchool. Idreamtofbeingsuccessfulandhavinga positiveimpactonsocietyandtheworld.I continuetobuilduponbothofthesethroughoutwhatIprayandexpecttobeaverylong, successfullife--Cliché,buttrue. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyourmissioninlife? ATTORNEY KERYL L. DOUGLAS: My missioninlifeistofulfillthepurposefor whichmyGODcreated,sent,called, equipped,andassignedme;including,to provideCHRISTIAN,positiveupbringingfor myson;tocontributepositivelytosociety,

againvolunteeredtomeafewdaysago howmuchhelooksforwardtogoingtocollege.IpraiseGODI’vebeenabletoinspire, empowerandopendoorsformanyothers toachieveaswellthroughmyprofessional workandvolunteerism. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyouroutlook for2015? ATTORNEY KERYL L. DOUGLAS: My outlookfor2015isagainoneofunrelenting faith,hope,andoptimismasIbelieveand pleadwithGODforamightymoveofHIS handinmylife,myfamily,sphereoffriends; andintheheartsofpeoplearoundthe world.Myoutlookisfueledbymypleasto GODforrevivalofmonumentalmagnitude resultingintrueandlastingpositivechange insociety.

theworld,andtheadvancementofhumanitybyhelpingestablish,secure,andassure thatALLpeopleare“free,”andempowered withaccess,opportunity,liberty,andjustice. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Canyoutellusalittleaboutwhatyoudoforaliving? ATTORNEY KERYL L. DOUGLAS: I “do”lawasmyoccupation;butformytrue“ living,”IdoallIcantohelpadvancehumanity,securejustice,freedom,andequalityforALLbyservingGODandhumanityin meaningfulwaysthatadvancesociety. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Doyouhavearecentaccomplishmentyouwouldliketo share? ATTORNEY KERYL L. DOUGLAS: Whentherearesomanydismalstatistics regardingeducationandouryouth,Ipraise GODforHISblessingsinraisingmyson whoiswell-rounded,Christian,prayerful, conscientious,caring,compassionate,accomplished,academicallyblessed,self-directed,studious,eagertopursuecollege andmakepositiveimpactontheworld.Alreadysoughtoutbymajoruniversities,he

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatadvicewould yougivetosomeoneouttherestrivingto achievetheirdream? ATTORNEY KERYL L. DOUGLAS: My advicetoallregardingtheir“DREAMS:”A) ALWAYSHaveaCurrentDream;B)NEVER GiveUponAchievingEACHDream;C) COMMITtochoosingdreamsthatHONOR GODandADVANCEHUMANITY.

ON THE COVER KERYLL.DOUGLAS,avidvolunteerandattorneyinprivatepracticeinHouston,graduatedsummacumlaude,withstandingof#5 outof202students,fromThurgoodMarshall SchoolofLawinMay2008.Shepassedthe Baruponfirstattemptandisadmittedto StateofTexasBarandtheFederalBar. FounderandownerofAdvancingAmerica andOptimumSolutionsConsulting,she’s experiencedinpublicaffairs,politicalempowerment/votermobilizationstrategies, funddevelopment,mediation,advocacy, writing,publicspeaking,poiseandetiquette coaching,businessdevelopment/branding.

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City of Houston Controller Ronald C. Green shares a few insights into his life, 2015 outlook and mission AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatwaslifelike foryouasachildgrowingup? CONTROLLER GREEN: Iwasfortunatetohavelovingparentsandgrandparentswhoencouragedmyinquisitivenessand schoolinterests.Evenasayoungster,Ihad astrongsenseofcommunity,inmycase Houston’sThirdWard—whereIstilllive.

involvedintheaggressivere-financingof theCity’municipalbonds;ourofficehas seensuccessfulbondtransactionsthatwill savethecitywellover$450millionthisnext decade,moneythatwillfundservicesfor ourcitizens.IamalsoproudthattheController’sOfficehasaheightenedlevelof transparencyandthatmorepeopleare awareofwhatexactlythisofficeaccomplishes.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatdidyou dreamofbecomingasyouwereachild growingup? CONTROLLER GREEN: Ialways knewIwantedtobeapartofmycommunityandbeofhelptoothers;thatcame frommyparentsIthink.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatisyouroutlookfor2015? CONTROLLER GREEN: Myoutlook for2015isveryoptimistic.Houstonisdoing well,post-recession.TheCity’stwomain sourcesofrevenue—propertyandsales taxes—havereboundedsignificantlyfrom theirlowsduringtherecession,andthat translatesintoCityservicessuchalibraries andparksandhealthclinicsthatbenefitcitizensacrossthecity.Thereisaninfectious civicprideinHouston—and,Ithink,thenotionthatweareallbetteroffwhenthereisa lesseningofany“prosperitydivide”among ourcitizens.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Didyouachieve yourchildhooddream,ordiditevolveinto somethingdifferent? CONTROLLER GREEN: Earlyon,I thoughtIwantedtobeadoctor,andsoI attendedDebakeyHighSchoolforHealth Professions.WhenIwasattendingthe UniversityofHouston,Ibecameinterested insocialissuesandthesenseofserving thecommunitybecameevenstronger. AfterIreceivedmyBSdegreefromthe UHSchoolofSocialScience,Iattended theThurgoodMarshallSchoolofLawat TexasSouthernUniversity,andthenwhile IservedonHoustonCityCouncil,Iwent backtoUHandobtainedmyMBA. AUBREYR.TAYLOR:Whatisyourmissioninlife? CONTROLLER GREEN: Idonothave asingle“missioninlife.”Rather,Ihavea missiontoservemycity—andtoelucidate thecomplexitiesofmunicipalfinancetothe public;amissiontoserveandmentor youngpeople;amissiontoespeciallyencourageandempoweryoungAfricanAmericansastheybegintheircareers;a missiontocollaborativelyworkwithother municipalitiesinourcountrytoaddressthe largechallengescitiesface—andmypositionontheBoardofDirectorsoftheNationalLeagueofCitieshasgivenmethat opportunity.Finally,ofcourse,Ihavethe all-importantmissionofbeinganencour-

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Whatadvicewould yougivetosomeoneouttherestrivingto achievetheirdream? CONTROLLER GREEN: Dreams needaplan.Mostdreamsthatarerealized havealotofhardworkandcommitment behindthem.Mostdreamsareteameffortsreally,andincludeparentsandteachersandsupportivefriends.Idothinkitis importanttochooseyourfriendswisely andtoplaywithintherules.Ialsothinkit’s importanttonotjeopardizeyourdreamsby doingsomethingstupidonFacebookor YouTube!!

ON THE COVER agingandlovingfathertoChristopher,as myparentsweretome. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Doyouhavearecent accomplishmentyouwouldliketoshare? CONTROLLER GREEN: IamespeciallyproudthatasControllerIhavebeen

CITY OF HOUSTON CONTROLLER RONALD C. GREEN – Ronald C. Green was elected as the first African American Houston City Controller on December 12, 2009.

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Attorney Ben Hall, State Representative Sylvester Turner, Attorney Sean Roberts, and other Candidates Running for Mayor Are Expected to At Some Point Ask for our Vote/Support During the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election Cycle Aubrey R. Taylor HoustonBusinessConnectionsMagazine The2015electioncycleisaveryimportantonefor allHoustonians,especiallyAfricanAmericans.AndI believewemaybeonthevergeofseeingarecord turnoutifthecandidatesplaytheircardsright.Are youreadyforwhatcouldverywellevolveintoone ofthemostexcitingandcompetitiveraceswe’ve seenindecades? Well, I encourage you to get your popcorn ready. Anyway,aspartofourmissiontoinformandempoweryou, I’mimploringyoutolearnasmuchas youcanabouteachofthecandidatesrunningfor mayorofHouston intheupcomingTuesday,November3,2015CityofHoustonMayoralElection.

THE FOCUS OF THIS REPORT Thesearethethree African Americans (AttorneyBen Hall,StateRep.SylvesterTurnerandAttorneySeanRoberts)Iexpecttobeintherace.Now, I’mnotonehundredpercentsure Sean Roberts will bethereintheend,butatthistimeIwillincludehim inthefieldbasedonwhatI’vebeentold. A CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR MAYOR OF HOUSTON WHO VALUES US AND WANT OUR VOTE AND SUPPORT “AtthistimeBenHallistheonly2015CandidaterunningforCityofHoustonMayorwhois seekingoursupport. Hallisaskingforourprayers, vote,andsupportinhisbidtobecomeonlythesecondAfricanAmericantoserveasHouston’smayor.” OTHER CANDIDATES ALSO RUNNING FOR MAYOR OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON

Ifullyexpectandanticipatethat,Attorney Chris Bell,formermayorofKemah Bill King,Councilman Stephen Costello,Councilman Oliver Pennington,Attorney Eric Dick,Businessman Joe Ferreira,andBusinessman Marty McVey willat somepointmakeapushto demonstratetheirdesiretoreceiveourvoteandsupportlikeAttorney BenHallhasalreadydone.

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1991. State Rep. Turner alsolosthissecondbid formayorofHoustonbackin2003.Accordingto theinformationgatheredfromtheTexasSecretary ofState’swebsite, State Rep. Turner hasneverreallybeenchallengedinanyofhisre-electionbids forStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139in HoustonTexas.Thus,he’sbeenre-electedyear afteryearwithoutbeingchallenged.

EMPOWER YOURSELF Myprayerandhopeisthatyoufindthis“SPECIALREPORT”usefulasyouaregoingtohave peopleinthenewsmedia,campaignoperatives, bloggers,andsocialmediafolksalsofeedingyou information(andinsomecasesmisinformation) betweennowandtheTuesday,November3, 2015CityofHoustonMayoralElectiondate. So check out the charts and pies below to inform and empower yourself.

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ThedemographicsofHoustonischangingveryrapidly. So,Ibelieve,thatanycandidatewhowantsto representacityasdiverseastheCityof Houston shouldbecompelledtodemonstratetheir willingnesstoworkwitheverysegmentofthe BayouCity’scitizenry.

WE MUST MAKE AN INFORMED VOTING DECISION IN 2015 This report is intended to assist you in your quest to become a little bit more informed as it relates to how Ben Hall, State Rep. Turner, and Sean Roberts have performed in their past runs for public office. Attorney Ben Hall hasrunforofficeonce— and lost. Attorney Sean Roberts has alsorunforofficeonce— and lost. State Rep. Sylvester Turner losthisfirstbidforoffice backin1984whenhetriedtobecomeaHarris CountyCommissionerbyrunningagainst Commissioner El Franco Lee. State Rep. Turner alsolost hisfirstbidformayorofHoustonbackin

InhisfirstattemptatbecomingHouston’smayor, (backin2013)attorney Ben Hall cameupwellshort ofhisgoalofbecomingmayorforthecityofHouston. Back on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 in the City of Houston Mayoral Election, BenHalljoineda fieldof(7)sevenothercandidatesseekingtounseatMayor Annise Parker.

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BEN HALL’S FIRST RUN Tosettheback-drop:Mayor Annise Parker had narrowlyescapedarunoffelectioninthe previous CityofHoustonMayoralElectionwhich tookplacebackonTuesday,November8,2011. So manyinthepoliticalworldthoughtshe(Mayor Parker)wasvulnerable,andwouldsurelybeforced toarunoffelectionin2013againstthewell-funded businessman(BenHall)andothersseekingtopreventherfromservingherthirdandfinaltermas mayoroftheBayouCity.However,thiswouldnotbe thecase;asnoneofherchallengerswereableto gainmuchtractionintheirbidtounseatMayor Parker.AndBenHall,thesecondplacefinisherin therace,whowasbasicallyentrustingotherswith theresponsibilityofmarketinghiscampaign,found himselfstuckwithagroupofconsultantsandstrategistswhosimplyappearedtohavenoanswerfor thepoliticalstrategybeingemployedbytheincumbentmayor.Hall’steambackin2013appearedto seeminglyjustrunoutofideas. Imean,the team Ben Hall reliedonbackin2013wasseeminglyrenderedineffectivebyMayorParker’srelentlessassaultonhim.ButIexpecthisstrategytobe muchdifferentin2015,ashehasoneofthebest AfricanAmericanconsultants/strategistsridingshotgunwithhimthistimearound.ThepersonI’m speakingofis Justin Jordan,thefounderof Patriot Group Strategies.

dan bringstothetableforhis2015bidformayorof Houston.JordanisthefounderofHouston,Texas based Patriot Group Strategies. Thisfirmisapremierpoliticalconsultingfirmthatspecializesincampaignstrategy,marketingandfundraising.Jordan hasaproventrackrecord.AndIbelievethathe’s oneofthebestandbrightestpoliticalconsultants theAfricanAmericancommunityhastooffer.

THE JORDAN ADVANTAGE

be seen as to whether they are going to be able to develop a strategy that will turn out African Americans for State Rep. Sylvester Turner.

THE TEAM BEING ASSEMBLED BY STATE REP. TURNER HAS CLOSE TIES TO CURRENT CITY OF HOUSTON MAYOR ANNISE PARKER PicturedonthebuttonbelowisGrant Martin, MayorAnnise Parker,and Chuck Wolfe.I’mnot surewhether Chuck Wolfe iscurrentlyworkingon StateRep.Turner’scampaignornot.Thisphotoof Martin,Parker,andWolfeisfrombackin2009 whenMayorAnniseParkerwasseekingre-election. Chuck Wolfe istheformerPresidentand CEOattheVictoryFund&Institute. Victory helps LGBT leaders (such as Mayor Annise Parker) win elections and serve effectively — to give the LGBT community a powerful voice in decisions that affect their lives.

Patriot Group Strategies hasahistoryofproducingeffectiveandhardhittingcampaignadsforits clients.Theadditionof Justin Jordan toHall’steam couldverywellgive Ben Hall theadvantageover anyoftheothercandidates(includingStateRep. Turner)whomayseektocapturetheheartsof AfricanAmericanvotersinthe2015CityofHouston MayoralElection— especially if they don’t plan to ask for the African American vote directly.

Here’s a quick look at how the 2013 race for mayor of the City of Houston turned out:

NOT SURE ABOUT SEAN ROBERTS Atthistime,Iamnotsurewhoattorney Sean Robert willbeusingtoassistwithhisbranding, marketing,andcampaignstrategyefforts;butas soonasIknowsomething,I’llbesuretopassthe informationalongviaourblog.

A LOOK AT THE TEAM BEING ASSEMBLED BY STATE REP. TURNER IntheTuesday,November5,2013CityofHouston MayoralElection, Mayor Annise Parker wonthe righttoserveherthirdandfinalterminofficebyreceiving98,124votestoavoidarunoffelection. Mayor Parker waschallengedbackin2013 by Charyl L. Drab,whoreceived(788)votes, Eric B. Dick (18,368), Don Cook (1,740), Keryl Burgess Douglas (1,227), Ben Hall (48,604), Michael Fitsimmons (1,195), Victoria Lane (1,814),and Derek A. Jenkins, whofinishedwith834votesattheendofthenight.

Incaseyoudon’talreadyknow, Grant Martin, Pat Strong,and Sue Davis,areallcloselytiedto Mayor Annise Parker and have played pivotal roles in her previous mayoral bids in some form or another. I’m saying this because I would be really surprised if Mayor Annise Parker does not endorse State Rep. Sylvester Turner. Ifshedoes,this couldgiveRep.TurneranedgeovertheothercandidatesseekingthevoteoftheLGBTCommunity.

BEN HALL TURNS TO ONE OF THE MOST EXPERIENCED AFRICAN AMERICAN CONSULTANTS IN AMERICA Unlikehis2013campaignstrategywherehe(Ben Hall)usedanassortmentofpoliticalconsultants andstrategists;heseemstohavelearnedfrom someofthe “POLITICAL-NEW COMER BLUNDERS” hemadeinhisfailed2013attempttobecomemayorofHouston.

A VERY SMART MOVE Asofthedatewereleasedthisreport,itappears that Ben Hall isgoingtorelyheavilyonthecreativity,ingenuity,expertise,andexperience Justin Jor-

STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER MAY ALREADY HAVE A LEG UP ON THE OTHER 2015 CITY OF HOUSTON MAYORAL CANDIDATES DESIRING TO CAPTURE THE HEART OF THE LGBT VOTERS IN HOUSTON

EXPERIENCE MATTERS As it stands right now, it appears that State Rep. Sylvester Turner is going to place his hopes for Election Day success in the hands of: Grant Martin, Pat Strong, and Sue Davis according to published reports. I believe all three of these individuals are very experienced at what they do. However, it remains to

Having the experience of this threesome (Martin, Strong, and Davis) on board is a good thing from an experience standpoint for Rep. Turner. However, he (State Rep. Turner) could wind up having to play a very difficult balancing act, especially given some of Mayor Annise Parker’s recent activity; such as the stance she took against, local pastors, Turner’s all star political team is very experienced, but

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they very well may have their work cut out for them. So we’re just going to have to take the wait-and-see approach as the building of his complete campaign team unfolds.

BEN HALL IS A PERSON OF CHARACTER SAYS CONGRESSMAN AL GREEN

U.S. Congressman Al Green,who representsthe9thCongressional DistrictofTexashadthistosayabout hisfriend Ben Hall sometime ago: “A friend will tell you Ben Hall is a person of great character and integrity. Rev. William “Bill” Lawson reminds me that reputation is what people think of you and character is who you are. Ben Hall has a great reputation and is known large and wide for his largess and for what he has done for those we consider the least in our community,” said Congressman Al Green. “That largess means a lot to the people I represent. He has represented the least, the last and the lost and he has earned a great reputation for it. Hall has demonstrated to me his character. Character is who you really are. I have been there in quiet moments when we have had to make some crucial decisions that affect the lives of others and I can tell you that in every moment when Benjamin had an opportunity to be of service to someone in need he always displayed the character necessary to stand up for the people who can’t stand up for themselves. He’s a person of character.”

CONGRESSMAN AL GREEN IS ENDORSING BEN HALL AGAIN IN 2015 CongressmanAlGreen doesn’tappeartobe shakenbytheunder-achievingperformanceof Ben Hall backinthe2013CityofHoustonMayoralElection.Anditappearsthathe’sgoingtostickbyhis

friend(BenHall)asheseekstobecomethenext mayorforthecityofHoustonin2015,accordingto informationI’vereceived.

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REV. WILLIAM “BILL” LAWSON IS BACK ON BOARD TO SUPPORT BEN HALL IN 2015

LET’S WAIT AND SEE Itstillremainstobeseen,astowhether Sean Roberts willofficiallyenterthefieldofmayoralcandidatesin2015;andwhetherornothehasthecapacitytoraisethefinancesandassemblethekind ofteamneededtobecompetitiveinamayoralrace alsoremainstobeseen. We will have to just take the wait-and-see-approach as the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election unfolds.

HERE’S A LOOK AT HOW SEAN ROBERTS PERFORMED IN HIS RUN FOR U.S. CONGRESS BACK IN THE 2010 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ELECTION William A. Lawson isthefoundingpastorof WheelerAvenueBaptistChurchinHouston,Texas. Heisnowretiredfromthatposition.Butstillveryactive,andoneofthebest-knowncommunityandcivil rightsleaderstheAfricanAmericancommunityhas tooffer.He’salsothetreasurerforthe Ben Hall for Mayor ofHoustoncampaigninthe 2015Cityof HoustonMayoralElection.

In the Tuesday, March 2, 2010 Democratic Primary, Attorney Sean Roberts,andformerthreetermHoustonCityCouncilmanforDistrictB, Jarvis Johnson,triedwhatsomeconsideredtobeanUNTHINKABLEendeavor.Thesetwoyounggunsin theDemocraticPartytriedtodethrone Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee,theU.S.Representativeforthe18thCongressionalDistrictofTexas.At firstglance,theraceappearedthatitwouldturnout tobesomewhatcompetitive.Especially,sincethe well-knowncongresswomanwasvirtuallyignoring herwouldbechallengers.

HOW IT TURNED OUT NOW LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SEAN ROBERTS, A HOUSTON AREA BOARD CERTIFIED ATTORNEY WHO MAY BE RUNNING FOR MAYOR IN 2015

Aselectionnightunfolded,itbecameclearlyevident thatRobertsandJohnsonwerenotreadyforCongresswomanSheilaJacksonLee.Inpublicshe playednicewithheropponents.Shewaseven quotedinonearticlepriortoelectiondayassaying, “Ihopemyopponentswillhavelongservicesas councilmembersandlawyers.”Ifyoudidn’tgetit, shewasbasicallysayingthatthepairdidstanda chanceagainsther.Andshewasright.

Here’s What Happened on Election Day:

Attorney Sean Roberts isthenew-kid-on-theblock. He’sthefounderandleadattorneyfor The Roberts Law Firm whichspecializesinrepresentingindividualsandtheirfamiliescatastrophicallyinjuredor killedbythenegligence,grossnegligenceorincompetenceofothersaccordingtopublishedinformationonhisfirm.Asprincipalofthefirm, Sean Roberts hasbeenboardcertifiedbytheTexas BoardofLegalSpecializationinPersonalInjuryTrial Lawsince2005. The Roberts Law Firm represents

Sean Robert came up short in his bid to become a U.S. Congressman, ashecouldonlyfinishthird intheTuesday,March2,2010DemocraticPrimary. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee made quickworkofboth Johnson and Roberts asshe flexedhermusclebygarneringmorethan21,570

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votesthatnight. Jarvis Johnson finishedsecond with9,133votes,and Sean Roberts endedthe nightwith1,508votes. At first glance this could appear as a major victory by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; but the voter turnout in this election was unacceptable. According to information we obtained from the Harris County Clerk’s website the 18th Congressional District has more than 339,955 registered voters. Anyway,Attorney Sean Roberts willneedalot morethan1,508votesifhisgoalistobecome mayorofHouston.Atbest,hewouldbealongshotifheremainsinthecrowded2015fieldof mayoralcontenders.So,Iwouldbeverysurprisedifhestaysinthe2015raceformayor. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he (Sean Roberts) opts out of the 2015 mayoral race, and then re-emerges to run for something in the Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Democratic Primary taking place next year.

NOW LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SYLVESTER TURNER, THE MAN “SOME” POLITICAL OPERATIVES FEEL IS THE FRONT-RUNNER IN THE 2015 RACE FOR MAYOR OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON

Forsomereason,therearemany political operatives and pundits whofeellikethethirdtime couldbethecharmfor State Representative Sylvester Turner. Asamatteroffact,some havealreadyanointedhimthefront-runnerinthe raceforMayorofHoustonin2015. However, I think its a little premature for all of that. ButI digress.Anyway,it’snotmyjobtodealwithhypotheticalsituations.NordoIrelyontheinformationbeingfedtomebythe political machines alreadyhardatworktryingtoputtheir ownspinonthe2015CityofHoustonmayor’s race.ButIampleasedtoinformyouthatIhave takenonthejoboftryingtodomyverybestto inspire,encourage,andinformthereaders of HoustonBusinessConnectionsMagazine as the2015campaignseasonunfolds.

THE CHALLENGE FOR STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER State Representative Sylvester Turner hasa hugechallengeaheadofhim.Andthatchallengeis tonotallowthefront-runnerstatushe’sbeen anointedwithtolullhimtosleep.Sometimes,being anointedthefront-runnercangiveagoodcandidate afalsesenseofsecurity.AndStateRep.Turner mustavoidhavingthishappentohimduringthis electioncycle. To win, I believe State Rep. Sylvester Turner must run his race and formulate his strategy as though he’s trailing by double-digits in the polls. Atleastthat’smybitof

advicetohimatthistime. STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER MUST PROVE HE CAN CLOSE THE DEAL IN A RACE WHERE HE HAS AN OPPONENT

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 2014 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

TobecomemayorofHouston, State Rep. Sylvester Turner mustdosomethinghe’snever donebefore;andthat’stoclosethedealinamayoralrace;oranyotherracewherehehasaformidableopponentrunningagainsthim.

PAY CLOSE ATTENTION Acarefullookattheinformationbelowwillgive youabetterfeelandunderstandingforwhyI’m sayingthathe(StateRep.Turner)mustprove hecanclosethedeal. The information pies included in this report will clearly show why I’m saying, State Rep. Turner has never really won a political contest where he’s had a formidable opponent. Butpleasedon’t takethisthewrongway.All,I’mtryingtopointout here,isthat State Rep. Sylvester Turner hashis workcutoutforhim. So, please don’t go around town saying that I’m against State Rep. Turner, because that would be a flat out lie.

In this 2014 Democratic Primary race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed. Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasintherace but State Representative Sylvester Turner.Atthe endoftheday,3,847voteswerestillrecordedforhim intheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict 139inTexas.

VOTER TURNOUT WILL BE KEY Myhopeistoseeaveryhighvoterturnoutfrom AfricanAmericans,andothervotinggroupsonTuesday,November3,2015.Andattheendoftheday, I’mprayingforgoodcleancampaignracesfullofenergyandfreshideas. So please don’t let other media outlets spin the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election in a way that sways your vote to their candidate of choice by making this a partisan election. Party affiliation has no place in this election. Soimploreyoutodoyourownhomework oneachandeverycandidategoingforward.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 2012 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

In this 2012 Presidential Election race for House District 139, StateRep.SylvesterTurnerwasable tobeatRepublican,SamBrocatobyreceiving 39,022votes.Attheendoftheday,SamBrocato received11,604intheraceforStateRepresentative forHouseDistrict139inTexas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 2014 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW THE 2014 MIDTERM ELECTION STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 2012 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 2012 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

In this 2014 Midterm Election race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasin theracebut State Representative Sylvester Turner.Attheendoftheday,21,802voteswere stillrecordedforhimintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 2014 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS

In this 2012 Democratic Primary race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed. Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasintherace but State Representative Sylvester Turner.Atthe endoftheday,5,231voteswerestillrecordedforhim intheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict 139inTexas.

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ceived 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasin theracebut State Representative Sylvester Turner.Attheendoftheday,35,220voteswere stillrecordedforhimintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 2010 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 2010 MIDTERM ELECTION

In this 2010 Midterm Election for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed.That means,noothercandidatewasintherace but State Representative Sylvester Turner.Atthe endoftheday,20,842voteswerestillrecordedfor himintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouse District139inTexas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 2010 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 2010 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

In this 2010 Democratic Primary race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasin theracebut State Representative Sylvester Turner.Attheendoftheday,6,213voteswerestill recordedforhimintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 2008 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

In this 2008 Presidential Election race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, re-

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 2008 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 2008 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

In this 2008 Democratic Primary race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasin theracebut State Representative Sylvester Turner.Attheendoftheday,17,785voteswere stillrecordedforhimintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 2006 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 2006 MIDTERM ELECTION

In this 2006 Democratic Primary race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasin theracebut State Representative Sylvester Turner.Attheendoftheday,1,221voteswerestill recordedforhimintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 2004 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 2004 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

In this 2004 Presidential Election race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasin theracebut State Representative Sylvester Turner.Attheendoftheday,30,151voteswere stillrecordedforhimintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 2004 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 2004 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

In this 2006 Midterm Election race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasin theracebut State Representative Sylvester Turner.Attheendoftheday,13,969voteswere stillrecordedforhimintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 2006 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 2006 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

In this 2004 Democratic Primary race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasin theracebut State Representative Sylvester Turner.Attheendoftheday,3,006voteswerestill recordedforhimintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

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PERFORMED IN HIS 2002 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 2002 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 2003 BID FOR MAYOR OF HOUSTON

In this Democratic Primary race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed. Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasintherace but State Representative Sylvester Turner.Atthe endoftheday,4,504voteswerestillrecordedfor himintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouse District139inTexas. In the Tuesday, November 4, 2003 City of Houston Mayoral Election, ninecandidatesfacedoffin theracefortheopenmayoralseat. Orlando Sanchez and Bill White madetherunoffbyfinishingwith(98,600votesforSanchez)and(112,916 votesforWhite)respectively. Anthony M. Dutrow received(405)votes, Jack Josey Terence (323), John Worldpeace (368), Douglas Robb (193), Sylvester Turner (87,267), Luis Ralph Ullrich Jr. (311),and Veronica Michelle Gregory finishedwith385votesattheendofthe night.BillWhitewentontodefeat Orlando Sanchez intheSaturday,December6,2003runoff electionbyavotecountof(136,618votesforBill White)to(81,830votesforOrlandoSanchez)respectively.BydefeatingSanchez,BillWhiteearned therighttoservehisfirsttermasHouston’smayor.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 2002 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 2002 MIDTERM ELECTION

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 2000 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 2000 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

In this 2000 Presidential Election race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasinthe racebut State Representative Sylvester Turner. Attheendoftheday,22,642voteswerestill recordedforhimintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

In this 2000 Democratic Primary race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasinthe racebut State Representative Sylvester Turner. Attheendoftheday,1,824voteswerestill recordedforhimintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 1998 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 1998 MIDTERM ELECTION

In this 1998 Midterm Election race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasinthe racebut State Representative Sylvester Turner. Attheendoftheday,12,068voteswerestill recordedforhimintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 1998 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 1998 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 2000 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 2000 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY In this 2002 Midterm Election race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasinthe racebut State Representative Sylvester Turner. Attheendoftheday,18,559voteswerestill recordedforhimintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER

In this 1998 Democratic Primary race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidate wasintheracebut State Representative Sylvester Turner.Attheendofthe day,870voteswerestillrecordedfor himintheraceforStateRepresentative forHouseDistrict139inTexas.

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opposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasin theracebut State Representative Sylvester Turner.Attheendoftheday,11,944voteswerestill recordedforhimintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 1996 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 1996 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

In this 1996 Presidential Election race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasin theracebut State Representative Sylvester Turner.Attheendoftheday,17,194voteswere stillrecordedforhimintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 1994 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 1994 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

In this 1994 Democratic Primary race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasin theracebut State Representative Sylvester Turner.Attheendoftheday,4,278voteswerestill recordedforhimintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 1996 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER THE 1996 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 1992 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 1992 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

raceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 1991 BID FOR MAYOR OF HOUSTON, TEXAS

In this 1996 Democratic Primary race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunopposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasin theracebut State Representative Sylvester Turner.Attheendoftheday,2,522voteswerestill recordedforhimintheraceforStateRepresentativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

In the Tuesday, November 5, 1991 City of Houston Mayoral Election, Mayor Kathryn J. “Kathy” Whitmire lostherseatbyfinishing In this 1992 Presidential Election race for House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, rethird,behind Bob Lanier, ceived 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunand Sylvester Turner inherbidto opposed.Thatmeans,noothercandidatewasin serveasixthtermasHouston’s theracebut State Representative Sylvester Turner.Attheendoftheday,19,542voteswere mayor.BobLaniermadetherunoff stillrecordedforhimintheraceforStateRepresen- electionbyreceiving(138,096) tativeforHouseDistrict139inTexas. votes,toSylvesterTurner’s (113,782)votes.MayorWhitmire HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER couldonlymuster(63,631)votesas HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW PERFORMED IN HIS 1992 BID FOR electionnightvotingclosed. Willie M. Reid received(787)votesto STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS PERFORMED IN HIS 1994 BID FOR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN roundoutthefieldthatnight. Bob RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS THE 1992 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY Lanier wentontodefeat Sylvester Turner intheSaturday,December7, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN In this 1992 Democratic Primary race for 1991runoffelection.Lanierreceived THE 1994 MIDTERM ELECTION House District 139, State Rep. Sylvester (152,792)votes,toSylvester Turner, received 100% of the vote; buthe wasrunningunopposed.Thatmeans,noother Turner’s(135,173)votestoearnthe In this 1994 Midterm Election race for House candidatewasintheracebut State Represen- righttoservehisfirsttermasHousDistrict 139, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, retative Sylvester Turner.Attheendoftheday, ceived 100% of the vote; buthewasrunningunton’smayor. 4,112voteswerestillrecordedforhiminthe

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HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVETER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 1990 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 1990 MIDTERM ELECTION State Rep. Sylvester Turner wasre-electedinthe 1990MidtermElectionforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT HOW STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER PERFORMED IN HIS 1990 BID FOR RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 1990 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY State Representative Sylvester Turner gainedthe Democraticnominationinthe1990DemocraticPrimary raceforHouseDistrict139inTexas.

HERE’S THE FIRST POLITICAL WIN RECORDED BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE SYLVESTER TURNER Sylvester Turner waselectedtotheTexasHouseof Representativesbackin1988toservethepeopleof HouseDistrict139inHarrisCounty,Texas.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK AT THE FIRST POLITICAL DEFEAT STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER EXPERIENCED In1984, Sylvester Turner launchedhiscareerinpoliticsbyfacingoffagainst Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 1 El Franco Lee intheDemocratic primary.TurnersufferedalosstoElFrancoLeeinhis firstbidforpublicoffice. _________________________________________ HAVE QUESTIONS? Call(832)212-8735andaskforme,AubreyR.Taylorif youhaveanyquestionsregardingthesecharts,or wouldliketodiscussyourinclusionontheblogorinside HoustonBusinessConnectionsMagazine.Icanbe reacheddirectlyat(832)894-1352ifyouwouldliketo makeusyourmediapartner.

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HARRISCOUNTY

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO VALUE US WHENEVER YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO

Favorable Jury Verdict Should Result in Victory for Voters and Religious Liberty! Great news...the jury returned a verdict that should allow the people to vote on Mayor Parker's Unequal Rights Ordinance. Over the past eight months, a coalition of pastors and community leaders have worked together to repeal Mayor Annise Parker's pro-LGBT so-called "Equal Rights Ordinance." A lawsuit was filed (Woodfill v Parker) after Parker and her legal team invalidated the petitions of approximately 55,000 Houstonians who sought a referendum vote on Parker's Unequal Rights Ordinance. "The Mayor's lawyers went to extraordinary lengths to discredit, demean, denigrate and disqualify as many petitions and signatures as possible. Thankfully, in spite of an incredible amount of detail presented and even oft repeated by the city's attack team, our God has again raised His standard of justice," statedDr.F.N.Williams, leadplaintiffforthepastorsofthe NoUNequalRightsCoalitionand SeniorPastorofAntiochMissionaryBaptistChurchaswellas PresidentofHoustonMinisters AgainstCrime. Duringthetwoweektrial,the Mayorandherlegalteamoffifteenlawyersattemptedtouse thepowerofgovernmenttointimidateandthreatenthosewhoopposedherLGBTagenda, includingattackingpastors,citizens,andevenmyfamily. "Wearethankfulthatthe

PEOPLE FIGHTING FOR RELIGOUS LIBERTY AND FREEDOM IN HOUSTO: JaredWoodfill(topleft) formerchairmanoftheHarrisCountyRepublicanParty.WoofillisalsoacandidateforChairmanoftheRepublicanPartyofTexas.Dr.F.N.Williams(topright)leadplaintiffforthepastorsoftheNoUNequalRights CoalitionandSeniorPastorofAntiochMissionaryBaptistChurchaswellasPresidentofHoustonMinisters AgainstCrime.PastorHenanCastano(bottomright)aninfluentialHispanicpastorandnetworkleaderaswell asoneofthe"HoustonFive"subpoenaedbyMayorAnnisParker. Godofjusticestoodwiththis DavidagainagainsttheGoliath ofthemachineryofcitygovernmentinthehandsofthoselike AnniseParkerintentonserving herpersonalagendaevenatthe costofvotingrightsofthepeople,"addedPastorHernanCastano,aninfluentialHispanic

pastorandnetworkleaderaswell asoneofthe"HoustonFive"subpoenaedbytheMayor. JudgeRobertSchafferwill nowapplytherulingtothealmost55,000individualswho signedthepetition.Iamconfidenthewillconcludewehad therequisite17,269signatures

necessaryforthepeopleto voteonthisissue. Iwanttothankallofyou whohavebeenprayingover thiscase.Ialsowanttothank theHoustonAreaPastorCouncilandthethousandsofgrassrootsactivistsacrossthe countrywhostoodwithusas

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wefoughtforreligiousliberty andvotingrights!

Jared JaredWoodfill


VICTORIA LANE FOR MAYOR OF HOUSTON IN 2015

ELECTION DAY IS: TUES. NOV., 3, 2015

“As your next mayor I will use my 40 years of business experience to reduce our debt; Make Houston the “Tourism Capital” of the South; Modernize and repair our streets; Improve our education system; Employ local contractors for city government projects; Make Houston more enviornmental friendly; Reduce Houston’s crime rate; Create a Civilian Review Board; Equip every HPD Officer with a body camera; Reform the grand jury system; And bring good moral leadership back to Houston’s City Hall.”

-- Victoria Lane

- VICTORIA LANE Candidate for Mayor of Houston, Texas

Are You in the right lane? “The culture of Houston is off track. If you read the book of Genesis in the 19th Chapter of the Bible you will see how God totally destroyed the city of Sodom and Gomorrah for some of the very same wickedness we’re allowing to shape the culture of Houston.” -- Victoria Lane

We need good Governance and Moral Leadership at City Hall!

PoliticalAdPaidforbyVictoriaLaneforMayorMicaelaGomez,Treasurer


MIKE NEEDHAM General Manager BenE.KeithCompany MikebeganhiscareerwithBenE.Keith in1991,aftergraduatingfromtheUniversityofTexasatAustinwithaBAinHistory.Hehasservedinmanycapacities duringhistenurewiththecompanyincludingWarehouseman,DistrictSales Representative,Produce Specialist,PurchasingManager,DistrictSalesManager,andOperations Manager.Since1997,he hasservedastheAssistant GeneralManagerandin 2008,wasnamedtheGeneralManageroftheSanAntonioDivision. InJuly2014,hewasnamedtheGeneral ManagerofthenewHoustonDivision.

SCOTT DAVISON Assistant General Manager BenE.KeithCompany Scott,aSamHouston StateUniversitygraduatewitha BSinAgricultureBusiness,hasbeenwithBen E.Keithsince1995.He hasheldpositionssuchas DistrictSalesRepresentative,DistrictSalesManager,andBranch ManagerfortheConroeSalesOffice.In 2008,ScottwasnamedanAssistant GeneralManager.

JERRY DUBOSE Assistant General Manager BenE.KeithCompany Jerryisagraduateof TexasA&Mwhobegan hiscareer withBenE. Keithin1996 asaDSRintheBryan/CollegeStationarea.In2001, hewaspromotedtoaDSM andthenin2009waspromotedagaintotheDirector ofSalesTrainingandmovedtotheGeneralOffice.InJuly2014,Jerrybecamethe newestAssistantGeneralManagerinthe HoustonDivision.

MARK HERZOG Director of Purchasing BenE.KeithCompany Markcame toBenE. Keithin2007,with20 yearsoffoodserviceexperience,includingOperationsaswellasextensive

Purchasingduties.Hehasalsoserved asaSeniorMerchandiserandasaDirectorofPurchasingbeforejoiningBen E.Keith.Markbeganhistenureasthe DirectorofPurchasinginournewHoustonDivisionin2008.

LOU CITRO Branch Controller BenE.KeithCompany Loubegan hiscareer asaCPAin PublicAccountingin1981aftergraduating withaBSinAccountancy fromNorthernIllinoisUniversity.Louhasover30yearsofaccountingexperience,mostofwhichhasbeen inthefoodindustrywiththefollowing companies;NabiscoBrands,RTM (Arby’s),HuntingtonRestaurantGroup (Chili’s/Denny’s),andShamrockFoods. BeforejoiningBenEKeithFoodsinJuly of2012,LouspenttenyearswithShamrockFoodsastheirController.

DREW SCUDDAY Marketing Manager BenE.KeithCompany DrewjoinedBenE.Keith Companyin2007.Hehasa BBAinFinancefromtheCox SchoolofBusinessatSouthernMethodist University.Beginninghiscareeratthe SanAntonioDivision,hehasheldpositionsasaDistrictSalesRepresentative, VPTAnalyst,andBusinessDevelopment /MarketingSpecialist.In2012,Drewwas namedtheMarketingManagerforthe HoustonDivision.

IRENE GALVAN Credit Manager BenE.KeithCompany Irenebegan herBenEKeithcareerin March2001.Sheheldthe positionofAssistantCredit ManagerintheSanAntonio Divisionforthepast11 years.In2012,Irenewas namedtheCreditManagerfortheHoustondivision.

SHAUN MCFAUL Operations Manager BenE.KeithCompany Shaun beganhisBen E.Keithcareerin1999.He hasanAAinBusiness Management.Shaun startedhiscareeratthe BenE.KeithFoodsdivision inAmarilloworkinginseveralwarehouse positions.In2005Shaunwaspromotedto OperationsManagerintheAlbuquerque Division,ShaunalsoservedastheSafety Manager,DOTComplianceManager, TransportationManagerandSanitation ManagerwhileattheAlbuquerqueDivision.In2012,ShaunmovedtoHoustonto betheOperationsManager.

CRAIG VAUGHN Information Systems Manager BenE.KeithCompany CraigjoinedBenE.Keith Companyin1998asanI.S. SupportSpecialistforthe OklahomaCityDivision.He transferredtoAmarilloto assumetheroleofI.S.SupportManagerin2003.Craig isagraduateofUCOwithaBBAinManagementInformationSystems.In2008, CraigwasnamedtheI.S.SupportManagerfortheHoustonDivision.

Grayle James JAMES WALLACE Transportation Manager BenE.KeithCompany Jamesbeganhiscareerin 1994asa localRoute ServiceAssociatefortheDallas/FortWorth division.Hedeliveredinthe HoustonandCollageStationmarkets.AsBenE. Keithgrewinthemarketso didhiscareer.HemovedfromRouteServiceAssociatetoleadRSAthenontobethe firstsupervisorintheHoustonmarket.In 2010,JameswasnamedtheTransportationManagerfortheHoustonDivision.

President Fort Bend ISD - Position 2 TermExpires-2015 GrayleJameswaselectedtoPosition2in May2012.ShereceivedherBachelorof SciencedegreeinChemicalEngineering fromtheUniversityofCalifornia,Berkeley, andherSecondaryEducationteaching

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credentialsinmathematicsandphysical sciencesfromCaliforniaStateUniversity, Bakersfield.Graylehasvolunteeredfor manyyearsatmultipleFBISDschools, andhasservedasthePTO/PTAPresident forLakeviewElementary,FirstColony MiddleSchoolandKempnerHighSchool. Inthepast,shehasserved asPTO/PTATreasurerand VIPSCoordinator,aswell asservingontheFBISD ParentAdvisory,HealthAdvisoryandDisciplineAdvisorycommittees.Grayle andherhusband,David,havethreechildren,whoallcurrentlyattendorhave graduatedfromFBISDschools.

Dave Rosenthal VicePresident Fort Bend ISD - Position 7 TermExpires-2016 DaveRosenthalwaselectedtoPosition7 inMay2013.Daveisageophysicistwitha privateoilandgasfirminHoustonand morethan25yearsofexperienceintheoil andgasindustry.HegraduatedwithaMasterofArts DegreeinGeologicalSciencesin1987fromtheUniversityofTexasatAustin andreceivedaBachelorof Sciencedegree(cumlaude) inGeologyfromtheUniversityof Delawarein1983.Daveandhiswife, Joan,havethreechildren,twoofwhichattendFortBendISDschools.

Jenny Bailey Secretary Fort Bend ISD - Position 6 TermExpires-2015 JennyBaileywaselectedtoPosition6in May2012.JennyworkedfortheVariable AnnuityLifeInsuranceCompany(VALIC), afinancialfirmspecializinginteacherretirementannuities,asamanager,project coordinatorandresearchanalyst.She alsoworkedforNovaPensionValuations(NPV)asretirementplanadministrator. Jennyreceivedherbachelor’sdegreeinBusinessAdministrationfromBowling GreenStateUniversityof Ohioin1984.Jenny’sschoolvolunteerexperienceincludesservingonthePTO, fundraisingcommittees,roomparent,and aJuniorAchievementteacher,providing hernumerousopportunitiestointeractwith


teachersandparents.Besidesbeingan activevolunteerinFBISD,herothervolunteerexperienceincludesFirstColony CommunityAssociation,FortBendBoys Choir,BoyScoutsofAmerica,andFirst UnitedMethodistChurchinMissouriCity. Jennyandherhusband,Bob,havetwo sonsenrolledinFBISDschools.They havebeenresidentsinMissouriCitysince 1998.

Jason Burdine Fort Bend ISD - Position 1 TermExpires-2017 JasonBurdinewaselectedtoPosition1in 2014.HisfamilyhascalledFortBendtheir homeforthepastsevenyears.Heisa graduateofTexasA&MUniversity,where hereceivedhisBachelorofScienceinEducationDegree.Asanindependentcontractorwith InvestmentProfessionals, Jasonhasearnednumerousaccoladesforhiscommitmenttoexemplary service.Hecurrentlypartnerswithamoneymanagementfirmthat specializesintheareaofEducational Trusts. IntheFortBendcommunity,Jason mentorsat-riskyouth,andservesasa memberoftheRidgemontElementaryand EarlyChildhoodCenter’sCampus-Based LeadershipTeam.Othercommunityinvolvementhasincludedvolunteeringat M.D.AndersonCancerCenter,whereover thepasttenyearshehasloggedatotalof 500volunteerhours.Additionally,hehas servedontheDistrictStrategicSteering Committeeworkingcollaborativelyonthe MasterFacilitiesPlanforFBISD.Jasonhas twoyoungchildrenthatwillbeattending FortBendISDschoolsinthenearfuture.

KP George Fort Bend ISD - Position 5 TermExpires-2017 KPGeorgewaselectedtoPosition5in 2014.HegrewupinatinyvillageinSouth India.Hebeganhiseducationlearningthe locallanguageashewalkedbarefootto gettoschool.Ashedidhis homeworkinhisstrawhut bythelightofakerosene lampandhelpedhisparents farmbeforeandafter school,KPdreamedof achievinghisgreatestgoal: comingtothelandofopportunityandlivingtheAmericanDream. Hishardworkpropelledhimoutofthe povertyofhishometown.Hearrivedinthe U.S.in1993toworkforafinancialfirm, andhassinceearnedmultiplefinancial certificationsandlicenses.KPiscurrently self-employedasaBoardCertifiedFinancialPlannerandownsandmanagesanindependentfinancialplanningpracticewith sixotheradvisors. Since1999,KPandhiswifeSheeba(an FBISDeducator)haveraisedtheirthree childreninSugarLand.Oneofhischildrenisarecentgraduate,andtwoarecurrentlyattendingFortBendISDschools. KPtooktheleadinestablishingthe HightowerHighSchoolAcademies’ BoosterClubin2013andservedasits firstpresident.Hehasalsoservedlocal Indo-Americangroups,theSugarLand RotaryClub,andtheFortBendChamber ofCommerce.Heisamemberofthe FBISDParentsAdvisoryTeamandState ElectionsPolicy&AffairsTeamforState RepresentativeRickMiller. KPGeorgeisverythankfulthatGod hasgivenhimtheopportunitytoliveThe Dream.Now,hewantstoensurethatour childrenhavethenecessarytoolsto achievetheirDREAMS,becausetheyare ourfuture.

Jim Rice Fort Bend ISD - Position 3 TermExpires-2016 JimRicewaselectedtoPosition3in2013 andhaspreviouslyservedasBoardPresidentandBoardSecretary.Hehasbeena residentofSugarLandsince1981andis thepresidentofRice&GardnerConsultants,anengineeringandconstruction managementfirm.JimisanactivememberoftheBoyScoutsofAmericaandis currentlyservingonthe SamHoustonAreaCouncil BoardofDirectors.Hehas extensiveexperienceworkingdirectlywithyouthinthe BoyScoutsandchurch,and allthreeofhissonsare EagleScouts.Inaddition,Jimhasserved ontheFortBendChamberofCommerce BoardofDirectorssince2005andiscurrentlyservingasecondtermasViceChair oftheChamber’sEducationDivision. Jimisalsoa2005graduateoftheFort BendChamber’sLeadershipForumClass. HeservesontheBoardofDirectorsforthe LiteracyCouncilofFortBendCounty;the FortBendRegionalP16Council,whichis dedicatedtosupportingstudentachievement;andisco-founderandcurrentChairmanoftheBoardofDirectorsofFortBend Cares-a501c(3)charitablefoundation. JimandhiswifeMaryhaveraisedthree sonswhograduatedfromFortBendISD schools.

Kristin K. Tassin Fort Bend ISD - Position 4 TermExpires-2017

Founder/Directorofthecharitableorganization,Father'sJoy.Kristinisamemberof theFortBendChamberofCommerce, HoustonYoungLawyersAssociationand theExchangeClubofSugarLand.In2011, shewasnamedaTexasRisingStarby TexasSuperLawyersmagazine. KristinwasfoundingPTOpresidentatHeritageRoseElementaryandhasservedin thatpositionforthreeconsecutiveyears. Shealsoservedasheadoffundraisingfor threeconsecutiveyears,aswellasonthe Campus-BasedLeadershipTeamandnumerousotherPTOleadershippositions. SheisamemberoftheFBISDParentAdvisoryCouncil,memberoftheFBISD SteeringCommitteeforFacilitiesPlanning andisaMentorProgramvolunteer. Kristinandherhusband,Shannon,have threechildren–allofwhomattendFBISD schools.

Attend a Fort Bend ISD Board Meetings FortBendISDBoardMeetingswillgenerallytakeplacethesecondMondayofthe monthtodiscussallitemsthatwillbeconsideredaspartoftheagendaataregular businessmeetingonthethirdMondayof themonth.Themeetingsareheldinthe BoardRoomoftheFBISDAdministration Building,16431LexingtonBlvd.,inSugar Land.Meetingsbeginat6p.m.withBoard RecognitionsandotherSpecialMeetings thatareopentothepublic.TheBoardregularbusinessmeetingsbeginat7p.m. CalledMeetingsarescheduledonanas-

neededbasis,althoughTexaslawdoes allowtheBoardtocallanemergency meetinginacrisissituation. InaccordancewiththeTexasOpenMeetingsAct,theBoardhastheprivilegeto meetprivatelyinclosedsessiontodiscuss mattersrelatedtopersonnel,studentdiscipline,security,landacquisitionortoconsultwithlegalcounsel.Noaction, however,maybetakenduringaclosed session.

Board of Trustee Elections Information YourBoardofTrustees,comprisedof sevenlocalcitizens,providesanimportant publicservicetotheFortBendcommunity andserveswithoutcompensation.InaccordancewiththeTexasElectionsCode, FortBendISDcallsBoardelectionsforthe secondSaturdayinMayofeachyear.Vacanciesoccurringaftertheelectionare filledbyappointmentuntilthenextelection isconducted. Trusteesareelectedtothree-year termsonarotatingbasis.Twoareelected eachyear,onefromeachsideofthedistrict(Position1,2and3ontheWest,and Positions5,6and7ontheEast).Also, everythirdyear,the“atlarge”Position4, iselected. ThesevenBoardofTrusteesmembersarevotedonbyallresidentsofthe district,andrepresentallresidentsofthe district.

KristinTassinwaselectedtoPosition4in 2014.ShehaslivedinMissouriCityfor17 years.SheisagraduateofLouisianaState University,wheresheobtainedherBachelorofScienceDegreein QuantitativeBusiness Analysis(ComputerScienceoption).Shealso earnedherJurisDoctor fromLouisianaStateUniversityLawSchool.Sheis currentlyemployedasan attorneyatDry&TassinandisCoKristin K. Tassin

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Higher Dimension Church www.higherd.net Pastor Terrance H. Johnson,frequently referredtoasPastorJ,isthefounderand seniorpastorofHigherDimensionChurch. HiseducationderivesfromAmerican BaptistCollegelocatedinNashville, TN,whereheobtainedaBachelor ofArtsinBibleand Sociology.PastorJ isknownthroughoutthecountryasa premierpreacher withextraordinary giftsinbiblicalexposition,interpretation,andproclamationaccordingtothe HigherDimensionChurchwebsite. HiswifeFirstLadyTorshaJohnson,is spirituallygiftedinleadingwomentothe heartofGodbydevelopingandnurturing dynamicwomen'sministries.Theyare bothnativeHoustoniansandhavethree sons,Terrance,Thailan,andTheophilus, andonedaughter,Tirzah.PastorJohnson andFirstLadyJohnsonupholdandexemplifystrongfamilyvalues;believingthe churchisonlyasstrongasitsfamilies. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

theworld’spoorestcitizens.Togetherthey co-pastortheSt.John’sUnitedMethodist ChurchlocatedinDowntownHoustonthat beganwith9existingmembersin1992. St.John’shasgrowntoover9,000members(30%wereformerlyhomeless)in21 yearsintooneofthemostculturallydiversecongregationsinthecountrywhere everyweekpeopleofeverysocialand economicbackgroundandethnicityshare thesamepew. TheRasmus’attributethesuccessof thechurchtoacompassionategroupof peoplewhohaveembracedthevisionof tearingdownthewallsofclassism,sexism,andracismandbuildingbridgesof unconditionallove,universalrecovery,and unprecedentedhope.Arecentin-house pollrevealedthenumberonereasonpeopleattendSt.John’sisbecausetheycan “feelthelove”fromtheparkinglottothe pew. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

Alife-longHoustonian,Victoriabegan hercareerinherfamily’sbusiness.Now asasupportivewife,motheroftwochildrenandaco-pastorofLakewoodChurch inHouston,TX,Victoriaisaninspiration andmentortowomeneverywhere.Sheis committedtohelpingwomen,childrenand familiesdiscovertheirpurposeandreach theirhighestpotentialinChrist. Victoriahasrecentlyreleasedanew bookfromSimonandSchuster,called Love Your Life:Living Happy, Healthy and Whole.Inthebook,Victoriaofferstoday’s busymodernwomanasimpleandpracticalplantohelpthemembracejoyandlive lifetothefullest.Shespeaksdirectlyto womenharriedbythepressures. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

St John’s Church www.stjohnsdowntown.org JuanitaRasmusisaSpiritualDirector withadesiretoseeamergerbetweenthe contemplativelifeandactivelifeinsociety. RudyRasmusisanauthor,andglobalhumanitarianwithapassionforoutreachto

Dr.H.EdwinYoungwasbornand raisedinLaurel,Mississippiandaccepted JesusChristashisSaviorattheageof 12.WhileincollegeattheUniversityof Alabama,hefeltledbyGodtobecomea pastor,andtransferredtoMississippiCollegetocontinuehiseducation.Dr.Young's preparationfortheministrycontinuedat SoutheasternBaptistTheologicalSeminaryinWakeForest,NorthCarolina. HisfirstpastoratewasinNorthCar-

www.kingdombuilders.com KirbyjonH.CaldwellisSeniorPastorof WindsorVillageUnitedMethodistChurch. UndertheleadershipofCaldwellsince 1982,WindsorVillageChurchmember-

olina,andhepastoredinNorthandSouth Carolinauntil1978whenhemovedto Houston,Texastobecomethepastorat SecondBaptistChurchwherehecontinuesasseniorpastortoday.Thecongregationhasgrownfrom2,000membersin 1978toover60,000memberson5church campuses.Dr.Youngservedtwoterms aspresidentoftheSouthernBaptistConventionandhasauthoredmanybooksincludingThe10Commandmentsof Marriage,The10CommandmentsofParenting,andHealingBrokenAmerica. Dr.Youngandhiswife,JoBeth,have threesons,allinministry:Ed(author, speakerandseniorpastorofFellowship ChurchinGrapevine,Texas),Ben(author, speakerandassociatepastoratSecond BaptistChurch,Houston),andCliff(CreativeMediaandCommunicationsdirector andassociatepastorforSecondBaptist Church,Houston,andfoundingleaderof thecontemporaryChristiangroupCaedmon’sCall.)Dr.YoungandJoBethhave elevengrandchildrenwholightuptheir lives. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

www.brentwoodbaptist.org

Lakewood Church www.lakewoodchurch.com/ JoelOsteenisanativeTexanandthe PastorofLakewoodChurch,whichaccordingtoChurchGrowthTodayisAmerica’slargestandfastestgrowingchurch. OnJuly16,2005aftercompleting$95milliondollarsinrenovations,Joelmoved LakewoodChurchintoitsnew16,000seathome—theformerCompaqCenter.

Itisthelargestregularly-usedworshipcenterintheUnitedStates.EachweekJoel deliversGod’smessageofhopeandencouragementtomorethan38,000attendees.AccordingtoNielsenMedia Research,JoelisthemostwatchedinspirationalfigureinAmerica.HisweeklysermonisbroadcastintoeveryU.S.television marketwhereitisviewedbysevenmillion Americanseachweekandmorethan20 millioneachmonth.Hisweeklybroadcast isalsoseeninalmost100nationsaround theworldaccordingtotheLakewood Churchwebsite.

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Windsor Village United Methodist Church

Brentwood Baptist Church TheReverendDr.JoeSamuelRatliff hasbeenmarriedtotheformerDoris ErnestineGardnersince1980.HeisanativeofLumberton,NorthCarolina;where in1962,hebeganhis ChristianjourneybyunitingwithTheMt.Sinai UnitedHolyChurchof Lumberton.Sevenyears later,heansweredhis CalltoMinistrywhileattendingMorehouseCollege.Heservedaspastor oftheCobbMemorialUnitedHolyChurch inAtlanta,Georgiaforeightyears. Dr.JoeSamuelRatliffwaselectedas pastorofBrentwoodBaptistChurchof Houston,TexasinFebruary1980andby theyear2000hadgrownitfroma500 membercongregationtoamega-churchof 12,000.Thecongregationhasreacheda plateauofmorethan7,000memberswith over5,000worshipersattendingitstwo Sundaymorningworshipservices. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

Second Baptist Church

shiphasincreasedfrom25membersto morethan16,000,makingitoneofthe largestProtestantChurchesinthecountry. AsaresultofCaldwell’seffectivesocial entrepreneurship,bothCaldwellandthe WindsorVillageChurchFamilyhavebeen featuredextensivelyinnationalandinternationalprintandbroadcastmedia,includingU.S.News&WorldReport,theBritish BroadcastingCorporation,TheWallStreet JournalandtheCBSEveningNews. CaldwellwasincludedinNewsweek’s “CenturyClub”,thepublication’slistof100 peopletowatchasAmericamovedinto the21stcentury..

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Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church www.wheeleravebc.org TheReverendDr.MarcusD.Cosby,the thirdchildborntothelateMr.Rogers CosbyandMrs.BobbieJ.Cosby,serves astheSeniorPastorofWheelerAvenue BaptistChurchinHouston,Texas.Aproud nativeofChicago,Illinoisandaproductof EmmanuelBaptistChurchwhereDr.L.K. Curryservedaspastor,Cosbyreceived


logicalCenter(ITC)inAtlanta,Georgia andtheDoctorofMinistryDegreein HomileticsfromNorthernBaptistTheologicalSeminaryinLombard,Illinois. Dr.Cosbyismarriedtohishigh schoolsweetheart,Mrs.AudreyMarie Cosby,andtheyhavebeenblessedwith threebeautifuldaughters,AdrienneMarie, AshleyMarieandAliyahMarieandtwo sons,MarcusD.,IIandMatthewD.Cosby. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

theBachelorofArtsDegreeinReligion andEnglishfromFiskUniversityin Nashville,Tennessee,theMasterofDivinityDegreeinHomileticsandChristianEducationfromtheMorehouseSchoolof ReligionattheInterdenominationalTheo-

Grace Church www.grace.tv PastorSteveRiggleisthefounding pastorofGracechurch,thepresidentof GraceInternational,andexecutivemember

oftheHoustonAreaPastorsCouncil. SteveholdsaMastersDegreefromOral RobertsUniversityandaDoctoratefrom TheKingsUniversity.Beckyhasled women’sministryinthelocalchurch, taughtbiblestudies,andspeaksatconferencesandwomen’seventsacrossthe UnitedStatesandinternationally.Herdesireistoencouragewomenofallagesto growinGod’swordandtoliveouttheir Godgivenpurpose.SteveandBeckytake everyopportunitytobewiththeirfamily andfriends. Amotionpictureisinproductionthat chroniclestheunmistakablehandof GodmovinginSteveandBecky’slife duringamissiontripinthePhilippines wheretheyweretakenhostageinan attemptedprisonbreakandwerethe onlysurvivors.Clickheretoview“BetweentheGates”movietrailer.

We’re Building Winning Lives...

The mission of Bishop K.J. Brown Ministries isthatthroughthe preachingandteachingofthegospelthatamultitudeofmen,women boysandgirlswillcometoknowtheLordJesusasSavior.Wealsoendeavortobeasourceofencouragement,inspiration,informationand forthosethatalreadyknowtheLordasSavioranddesiretostrengthen theirrelationshipwiththeLord. Our vision at Bishop K.J. Brown Ministries istoraiseupaChurch thatisalightintheworld.Notjustthelocalassembly,buttheBodyof Christ.Weendeavortobestrengthfortheweary,hopefortheworn, healingforthewounded,andencouragementforthewell.AswepatientlywaitforthereturnofJesusChristourLord.

“God Wants U 2 Win! God has a plan to prosper your life. Trust in God's Ways Listen to God's Voice. Follow God's Instructions. Move Forward in Faith and Win!” -- Bishop K J Brown

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Plano Residents Collect over 7,000 Signatures Dear Citizens of the Lone Star State: I am happy to report that Plano Citizens United, a coalition of local citizens, leaders and pastors, announced they have collected more than double the necessary signatures required to force the Plano City Council to repeal or place on the ballot the recently passed "Equal Rights Ordinance." Like the Houston ERO ordinance, the Plano ERO infringes on the religious liberties of Plano citizens and small businesses by criminalizing mainstream religious views about sexuality and gender. Jonathan Saenz of Texas Values stated, "These LGBT special rights ordinances are designed to be used as weapons against people of sincere faith, as we have seen in Houston. The people of Plano, just like in Houston, are ready to put an end to government hostility towards our First Freedom."

A spokesperson for Plano Citizens United released the following statement: "In spite of the challenges created by the suspect timing of the City Council's passage of this ordinance, we set a goal to collect twice the minimum number of signatures needed. We want to send a clear message to Mayor LaRosiliere, and Councilmen Miner, Davidson, Smith, and Downs who all voted for this ordinance. You can ignore the citizens at the City Council meeting, but we will make our voices heard with this petition and next May at the polls. We are certain that once Plano citizens realize the City Council has criminalized religious views about sex and gender, the ordinance will be rejected overwhelmingly at the polls. The citizens of Plano are good and decent and treat one another with respect, so criminalizing the beliefs of our diverse communities of faith does not advance the common good." -------------------It is now time to move to phase II and make sure the referendum passes at the ballot box. I will keep you posted on how you can help our friends in Plano. Information about the ordinance and repeal efforts is available on the web at www.PlanoEqualRights.com. Thank You,

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partmentofCriminalJustice (TDCJ)forfiveyearseventuallyrisingtotherankofLieutenant.Afterseeingthetrend ofhallwaysfilledwithyoung menofcolorcomingfrommarginalizedcommunitieslikehis, heresignedin2010determinedtobalancethescalesof justicethroughadvocacy, grassrootsorganizingand communityempowermentthat wouldleadmorefromhis communityonapathtosuccess.Hecurrentlyserveson theboardofdirectorsforthe historicLeagueofWomenVoters;wasaLWVRisingStar Class2013-2014,Chairofthe ResolutionsCommitteeofthe HarrisCountyDemocratic Partyandisamemberof WheelerAvenueBaptist Church.

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thegrowthofthefirmintoakey serviceprovidertoFortune1000 companiesinthegreaterHoustonareaandnationwide. Smahrt’sclientshaveincluded ServiceCorporationInternational(SCI),AnadarkoPetroleum,TurnerBroadcast Systems,U.S.StateDepartmentandmostrecentlythe StateofMarylandwhereshe andherteamsuccessfullylead planning,procurementandprogrammanagementeffortsfor theMarylandStatewidePersonnelSystem(SPS)Modernizationprojectwhichwasbudgeted at$67milliondollarsandincludedmorethat64agencies statewide.

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DouglasreceivedherM.S.in Chemistry,magnacumlaude, fromTexasSouthernUniversity, B.S.inBiology,cumlaude,from FloridaA&MUniversity,andcompletedcourseworkforaPh.D.in EpidemiologyatUTHSC.She’s servedasaninstructorandadministratoratTSUandHCC. She’smemberofnumerouslegal andcommunityorganizations, CounselforFriendsofEmancipationParkBoard,ChairofReady Women,Inc.,whichassistsunderprivileged,abused,and/orfinanciallychallengedwomen successfullyprepareforintegrationintowork/independence.She hasoneson,JamesMatthew DouglasII.

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wentfrom59%in1996toonly10% bythetimeheleftofficein2003,as documentedbyDr.Stephen Klineberg,RiceUniversity. Heholdsdegreesinlawfrom theUniversityofHoustonLawCenter,criminaljusticefromGrambling StateUniversity,andapublicadministrationdegreefromTexas SouthernUniversity.Also,heisa graduateoftheFBIAcademyand HarvardUniversity'sKennedy SchoolofGovernmentProgramfor StateandLocalExecutives. Bradfordhasservedasa PrecinctChairandElectionJudge inHarrisCounty,Texas.Also,he hasextensiveexperienceasa SeniorConsultantintheinternationalconsultingfirmofBrown GroupInternational(BGI).BGIisa full-serviceconsultingfirmthatprovidessolutionstoproblemsofgovernment,corporationsand individuals.BGIoffersservicesin theareasofPublicSafety,HomelandSecurity,CrisisManagement, GovernmentRelations,Community Government,PersonnelSelection, LitigationSupport,Technology ServicesandInternationalTrade.

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