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THE PUBLISHER I

AUBREY R. TAYLOR COMMUNICATIONS

HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER I 957 NASA PARKWAY #251 I HOUSTON, TEXAS 77058 I PHONE: (832)212-8735

ELECTION FOCUS 2015

Key Candidates Running for Mayor of Houston in 2015

-- ADRIAN GARCIA has never run for Mayor of the City of Houston before. However, he’s not seeking our vote at this time – we’ll keep you posted.Hopefully he will in the future.

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-- BEN HALL is a 2015 Candidate Running for Mayor of Houston who is asking for our prayers, vote, and support. Ben was the runner-up back in the 2013 Mayoral Election. Ben has run for mayor one time and he finished second in his only attempt to become Houston's mayor.

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-- BILL KING has never run for Mayor of the City of Houston before. However, he did serve as the Mayor of Kemah, Texas – a small city located in Galveston County with a population of just over 3,334 residents. Not sure if King will ask for our vote at this time.

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ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS BEFORE VOTING ON NOV. 3RD

By Aubrey R. Taylor Houston Business Connections Newspaper

OUR THOUGHTS MATTER! So, in my capacity as the publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper, I’ve taken on the daunting task of trying to encourage, empower, inform, and engage voters who plan on participating in the process of electing the next mayor of Houston on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. To this end, I’ve developed “10 QUESTIONS” every voter should ponder before the start of early voting – which is on Monday, October 19, 2015. Please keep in mind that these questions were developed with the 2015 City of Houston Mayor’s Race in mind; but they can also be used in the races for Houston City Council and City of Houston Controller as well. Also, these questions were developed for people of faith; but anyone seeking to make a more informed and empowered voting decision can use these questions as part of their decision making process.

CANDIDATES TO WATCH

As it stands right now: Chris Bell, Bill King, Adrian Garcia, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Sylvester Turner, Demetria Smith, Ben Hall, Victoria Lane, Marty McVey, and Stephen C. Costello are the key candidates running for Mayor of Houston in the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election. But keep in mind that any other candidate hoping to run for Mayor of Houston, City of Houston Controller, Houston City Council, HISD Board Trustee, or HCC Board Trustee must file to do so before the deadline. The deadline to file for a place on the ballot isn't until Monday, August 24, 2015 -- but the sooner the candidate files: the better off they're going to be in terms of being included in the debates and such. And please don’t forget that early voting will begin on Monday, October 19, 2015, and end on Friday, October 30, 2015 -- very important to remember.

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QUESTION #1: Is the mayoral candidate I’m thinking about supporting on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 a person of faith? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: Some candidates say one thing on the campaign trail (seemingly just to get elected) then does something altogether different once they’re elected. You may have people try to convince you to ignore your religious beliefs when selecting a mayoral candidate. Some people will even tell you that you are electing a mayor -- not a pastor. But you should ignore these people. Typically, only a "Non-Believer" is going to try to convince a Believer to not use their faith in an important decision making process. ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: If faith isn’t an issue: why do so many politicians make their rounds to churches during campaign season?

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QUESTION #2: Does this mayoral candidate I’m thinking about supporting on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 have the experience and educational background needed to best represent my interests at City Hall and elsewhere? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: In the city of Houston, the mayor wields a lot of power and influence. So typically, you don’t want to place too much power into the hands of a person who’s not adequately prepared to handle it. So as a rule of thumb, education is good. But you should look for candidates who also have the relevant experience that lends itself to enabling that particular candidate to function well under pressure. THE KIND OF CANDIDATE YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR: We should look for someone who can clearly

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-- CHRIS BELL has run for Mayor of Houston one time before. Back in 2001 he ran for Mayor of Houston and finished 3rd behind Lee P. Brown and Orlando Sanchez missing the Runoff Election by a wide margin. Not sure if Bell is going to ask for our vote at this time.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------- DEMETRIA SMITH has never run for Mayor of the City of Houston before. She is not seeking our vote at this time. However, she may do so in the very near future.

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-- MARTY MCVEY has never run for Mayor of the City of Houston before. He’s not seeking our vote at this time – nor do we expect for him to do so in the future.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------- NGUYEN THAI HOC has never run for Mayor of the City of Houston before. He’s not seeking our vote at this time – nor do we expect for him to do so in the future.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------- STEPHEN C. COSTELLO has never run for Mayor of the City of Houston before. He’s not seeking our vote at this time. However, we do expect for him to do so.

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-- SYLVESTER TURNER has run for Mayor of Houston twice already and has lost both times. He ran for Mayor back in 2003 and failed to make the runoff. In 2003 he finished 3rd behind Bill White and Orlando Sanchez in the General Election. Turner also ran for mayor of Houston back in 1991 when he lost to Bob Lanier in the Runoff Election. As of today, Sylvester Turner is not asking for our vote in this election. Not sure if Sylvester Turner will decide to do so in the future.

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-- VICTORIA LANE is a 2015 Candidate Running for Mayor of Houston who is asking for our prayers, vote, and support in the 2015 Mayoral Election. Victoria Lane was the 4th place finisher back in the 2013 City of Houston Mayoral Election. Lane has run for mayor once.

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