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Mayor Annise Parker Shares A Few Thoughts On How She Goes About Identifying the best Candidate In An Election

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “As a voter, how do you go about selecting the person who is the best candidate in any given election? And what are a few of the characteristics you look for in a leader?”

MAYOR ANNISE PARKER: “It is wrong to run for office just to be in politics; elected officeholders should want to work toward change that will improve the lives of those they represent. I have often said that my job is the best job available because I have the opportunity everyday to truly impact our great city and its residents for the better. When I am personally deciding which candidates to support in an election, obviously, I look for someone who shares my views and positions on the issues. I also look for someone who is passionate, exhibits leadership qualities and is motivated to serve.

Leadership is not simply taking the reigns and getting the job done. A leader also has to be willing to listen to different points of view, flexible enough to change course when the original path proves unworkable or will create an undesirable outcome. And a leader must be willing to compromise. They need to be genuinely concerned about their constituents, and about improving the area they will represent. Ultimately, however, a leader needs to be able to generate consensus through a cooperative approach and stand strong even when the final decision may not be politically popular.”

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Annise Parker The 61st Mayor of Houston, Texas


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Vice Mayor Pro-Tem Bradford Shares A Few Thoughts On How he Goes About Identifying the best Candidate In An Election

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “As a voter, how do you go about selecting the person who is the best candidate in any given election?”

VICE MAYOR PRO-TEM BRADFORD: “Who is the best candidate will surely, and properly so, vary from voter to voter. As a voter, I am concerned with someone who brings experience, training and education to the arena. Many of the issues facing our city, state and nation today are complex and multifaceted. The demand for services constantly increases and public resources seem to dwindle. Our population is more and more diverse with high, varied expectations. Therefore, it is my belief that managing the financial and human resources, along with capital assets entrusted to public officials today requires in-depth knowledge and skills.” AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “What are a few of the characteristics you look for in a leader?”

VICE MAYOR PRO-TEM BRADFORD: “Leaders need to be able to inspire! Transforming a vision into a plan and subsequent implementation is no easy task. Leaders understand that reward is attached to performance and that anything worth having isn’t easy to get. Leaders demonstrate that it is nice to be important, but more important to be nice. And, at the end of the day, when it is all said and done, it is not going to matter how many degrees we have, what titles or what positions we’ve held. The question is going to be, ‘what have you done to help others?’ Leaders have a love for humanity and a passion to make a difference for the greater good of all.”

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Vice Mayor Pro-Tem C.O. Brad Bradford is currently serving his second term as the At-Large Position #4 Council Member for the City of Houston. He will be running for re-election on the November 2013 ballot. Bradford is also openly endorsing former Houston City Attorney Ben Hall in the 2013 Mayoral Election taking place on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.


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At-Large City of Houston Council Member Andrew C. Burks, Jr. Shares A Few Thoughts On How he Goes About Identifying the best Candidate In An Election

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “As a voter, how do you go about selecting the person who is the best candidate in any given election? And what are a few of the characteristics you look for in a leader?”

COUNCIL MEMBER BURKS: “Our leaders should share our goals and values. When I am personally deciding who to vote for, I look for the candidate who best understands my needs and the aspirations of the community. Strong leaders listen to the people they represent, understand their concerns and aspirations and form a plan to deliver a solution. Successful candidates should be able to empathize with their voters and proactively work to solve the problems brought to their attention. Our neighbors who are hands-on and involved in the community make the best leaders.

Leadership is about more than just making decisions and giving speeches – it is about listening. Selecting a candidate who takes time out of their schedule to visit with you or an organization you are a part of goes a long way. I look for candidates who can roll up their sleeves and accomplish their goals. This takes hard work, perseverance and a willingness to find common ground. On Election Day, the candidate who understands the needs of the community with a plan to improve the lives of all he or she represents earns my vote.”

Andrew C. Burks

Andrew C. Burks Jr. Houston City Council At-Large Position 2

Houston City Council Member Ellen Cohen Shares A Few Thoughts On How she Identifies the best Candidate

Houston City Council Member Andrew C. Burks is currently serving his first term as the Houston City Council At-Large Position 2 representative and will be up for re-election on the November 2013 Election ballot.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “As a voter, how do you go about selecting the person who is the best candidate in any given election? And what are a few of the characteristics you look for in a leader?”

COUNCIL MEMBER COHEN: “As both an elected official and a long-time voter, I have become familiar with both sides of the coin when it comes to choosing between political candidates. The question of who will represent you at the local, state, and federal level of government could not be more critical, so it is important to be well-informed about the candidates and the issues.

I believe all politics is local, so when selecting a representative, my first step is to research the issues the elected official will actually be voting on, and find out what each candidate’s views are on those specific issues. I am drawn to leaders that are passionate about these local issues and pragmatic about problem-solving. Grandstanding about challenges is no substitute for a solid plan of action, so the ability to think critically is also imperative to me.

As a Council Member and a former State Representative, I have found that another trait essential to good governance is the ability to work with those whose opinions differ from your own. Without the ability to build a consensus, a lawmaker will come to a stalemate in office.

Ultimately, I vote for candidates who share my viewpoint, are passionate about local issues, and are able to implement effective solutions for bettering their community.”

Ellen Cohen Ellen Cohen Houston City Council District C

Houston City Council Member Ellen Cohen is currently serving her first term as the Houston City Council District C representative and will be running for re-election on the November 2013 ballot.


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Letter from Georgia D. Provost, Candidate for Houston City Council District D

Election Day for the 2013 Mayoral Election is Tuesday, Nov.,5th Dear Citizens-District D:

I am Georgia Provost, a candidate for City Council District D. I am a mother, a proud graduate of historic “TSU” Texas Southern University and a business owner in the City of Houston. I want to be your “SERVANT” at City Hall. I will prayerfully listen to your concerns and issues, and together, we will find solutions and move forward with a “YES WE CAN ATTITUDE”. I believe the citizens in District D are productive, resourceful and responsible. Therefore: We will tackle crime together. We will improve the growth of small business and create avenues for future business and employment.

We will improve the quality of life in our neighboroods by reducing blight and substandard living conditions. We will improve the relationship with law enforcement and Citizens of District D. We will make sure our Civic Clubs and neighborhood associations continue to have a voice at City Hall. I pledge to be accessible to constituents through an open-door policy and community outreach meetings throughout the district. I am making only one promise. “TO WORK FOR YOU AND WITH YOU!” I am Georgia D. Provost, a candidate and servant for City Council District D and I am ask-

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Georgia D. Provost 3821 N. MacGregor Way Houston, Texas 77004 (713)942-7374 I (281)704-6655 Email: gdprovost@hotmail.com

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Address: 319 S 3rd Street Beasly, TX 77417

(57) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

First Colony Conference Center

538

Address: 3232 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, TX 77479

(538) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

Fort Bend County Road & Bridge Needville

390

Address: 3743 School Street, Needville, TX 77461

(390) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

Fort Bend County Rosenberg Annex Building

1,129

Address: 4520 Reading Rd, Rosenberg, TX 77469

(1,129) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

Fort Bend ISD Administration Building

206

Address: 16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77479

(206) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

Hightower High School

184

Address: 3333 Hurricane Lane, Missouri City, TX 77459

(184) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

Holley Elementary School

053

Address: 16655 Bissonnet Street Houston, TX 77083

(53) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

Irene Stern Community Center

049

Address: 6920 Katy Fulshear Rd, Fulshear, TX 77441

(49) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

Lost Creek Park

125

Address: 3703 Lost Creek Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77478

(125) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

Meadows Place City Hall

320

Address: One Troyan Dr — Meadows Place, TX 77477

(320) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

Missouri City Old Municipal Court

742

Richmond Water Facility Building

156

Address: 110 N. 8th St, Richmond, TX 77469

(156) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

Stafford City Hall

217

Address: 2610 Main Street, Stafford, TX 77477

(217) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

Stafford MSD Administration Building

092

Address: 1625 Staffordshire, Stafford, TX 77477

(92) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

Sugar Land Branch Library

206

Address: 550 Eldridge, Sugar Land, TX 77478

(206) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

Sugar Land City Hall

148

Address: 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, TX 77489

Address: 2700 Town Center North, Sugar Land, TX 77479

(742) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

(148) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

Pecan Grove Baptist Church

353

Address: 1727 FM 359, Richmond, TX 77469

(353) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

Willowridge High School

048

Address: 16301 Chimney Rock Road, Houston, TX 77053

(48) Fort Bend County voters took advantage of voting early at this early voting location.

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Glover Elementary Parent Volunteer sees Beauty in All Girls

FORT BEND ISD - Glover Elementary School has embraced a unique, parent-driven program that builds self esteem in young girls. Through “The I C Beauty Project,” founded by Glover parent Abigail Dillon, first and second-grade girls are learning to find value in themselves and their fellow schoolmates while learning about art. Now in its second year of implementation at Glover, “The I C Beauty Project” helps young girls take a creative and proactive approach to social issues they face. The project challenges students’ perspectives of traditional beauty by involving them in art-based classes created to help them find beauty in themselves, their everyday lives and in each other.

Another positive aspect of the program is that it supports Glover’s existing anti-bullying initiatives. Dillon believes that encouraging students to find value in themselves and their schoolmates is a crucial step in combating harmful behaviors, such as bullying. Dillon begins each class by reminding girls of the Number One classroom rule – respect. They can be heard reciting, “Respect for ourselves and others” at the start of each class. The art component of the program exposes students to various genres of art, such as cubism and expressionism. Students are free to experiment and express themselves in a positive and judgment-free environment. “I remind the girls that whatever they create is art,” said Dillon. “There’s no right or wrong way to create art. Whatever they decide to do is perfect.” Glover teachers and parents are excited and optimistic about the growth their students have shown since beginning the program. “I realized the true impact of ‘The I C Beauty Project’ while sitting in a Girl Scouts meeting with my daughter,” said Tonoa Bond, CEO of McLaughlin-Bond International. “When asked what she saw in the morning when she looked in the mirror, my daughter replied, ‘The woman I will become.’ What parent doesn’t want to know that their child is receiving the tools to envision such a wonderful future?” “’The I C Beauty Project’ was founded out of my sincere desire to empower young girls to grow into confident young women,” said Dillon. “Helping to reassure young girls of their worth and helping them build their self-esteem with this program is my contribution to their future.”

PICTURED ABOVE: Abigail Dillon (back, center) is shown with second-grade girls at Glover Elementary School.

Dear Fort Bend County Voters,

I am Cynthia Lenton-Gary, a long-time Resident of FBISD and former Councilmember. I would like to ask for your support on Saturday, May 11, 2013. I’m running to regain a seat on the Fort Bend Independent School District school board. I was appointed by the FBISD school board in 2010 and I’m seeking the Position 7 seat so that I can bring a listening ear, experienced leadership, and innovative policies and programs that will assist FBISD in becoming the best school district in the nation. I believe that the key to moving the county, state, and nation to the next level depends on the strength of our educational system. I am a strong advocate for parental involvement, student academic rigor, professional development for teachers, administrator accountability and smart zoning polices. I understand the importance of the academies because my sons benefited from them. I also understand the importance of proper zoning and keeping our children in schools in their community. I realize that all children have different educational needs; therefore; we must work to fulfill them by incorporating vocational and technical programs. We must, provide options for educating our children. I also know that it is time to stop telling our teachers and Para professional what they need and start asking what is needed to help them be successful. Moral is a major issue and I will work to re-establish trust and the love for the profession in our educators because having the support of their administrators, the administration and the school board is so significant to their success in the classroom. I have learned in both my personal and professional life the importance of fiscal responsibility. There are times when we have to make tough choices but they have to be based on priorities. Priorities help us decide between our needs and our wants. Therefore, we have to be sure there is value in what we spend tax payer’s money on. The children that our teachers are educating are going to grow up to be the doctors and nurses that take care of us, the politicians that govern us, the inventors of new technologies and medicines, the police and firemen that keep us safe, and the people that entertain us. We owe it not only to them, but ourselves to invest wisely in their future. Before pursuing a public service profession, I worked as an environmental chemist, a research chemist and a forensic scientist. I was also a professor of Sociology at Prairie View A&M University. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics and Biology, a Masters of Arts degree in Sociology and have completed core/foundation courses for my Ph.D. I have been married for 31 years and have three sons who are graduates of FBISD. My husband is an ordained Deacon and I am an ordained Deaconess at the Fountain of Praise Church. I am also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. With my passion for education and compassion for schools, I will fight hard to be a voice and a sounding board for residents, parents, administrators, teachers, and, most importantly, all students from all areas of the district. As a fiscal conservative, I believe in austerity and will work hard to ensure your tax dollars are used to keep our schools safe, close academic achievement gaps and enhance the teaching and learning experience.

Cynthia

Sincerely,

Cynthia Lenton-Gary 2013 Candidate for FBISD Trustee – Position #7


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Fort Bend ISD names its 2013-2014 Teachers of the Year – Johnny DeJesus (Elementary) and Walter Benavides (Secondary)!

FORT BEND ISD - Congratulations to Fort Bend ISD’s 2013-2014 Teachers of the Year – Johnny DeJesus of Heritage Rose Elementary School was named FBISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year; and Walter Benavides of McAuliffe Middle School, was named FBISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. Both were honored, along with FBISD’s Rookies of the Year and all Campus Teachers of the Year, at an awards dinner on May 2. Johnny DeJesus is a physical education teacher at Heritage Rose Elementary School. He has been teaching for 10 years, three at Heritage Rose. Johnny agrees that students need to be life-long learners, but he also wants them to be life-long “movers.” He is dedicated to instilling the value of health and fitness in his students’ lives.

Walter Benavides teaches Spanish classes to seventh and eighth-grade students at McAuliffe Middle School. He has taught for five years and has been at McAuliffe for three years. Walter uses many of the latest technology tools in his classroom to reach all of his learners. He believes when teachers use resources familiar to students, the students truly know that teachers connect with them and care about how they learn. As FBISD’s Teachers of the Year, both DeJesus and Benavides received a special Teacher of the Year ring from the Balfour Company, and iPads from the Fort Bend Education Foundation. Steven Leonard also provided complimentary photographs for each of the Teacher of the Year honorees. Also honored at - SEE PAGE - 21 the awards din-

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• Quality Education for ALL Students • Support our Teachers • Reach out to the Community • Balance the Budget Meet Jim

For Jim Rice, serving on the Board of Trustees for Fort Bend ISD is both an honor and a privilege. He stands by his commitment to the success of Fort Bend ISD. Jim is passionate about improving his community, which is evident by his active involvement in the following organizations: • Fort Bend Cares, Co-Founder and Board Member • Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Board, Education Division Vice Chair • Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council, Member • Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, Board of Directors • Boy Scouts of America, 18 years • Texas Association of School Boards, Region 4 Director • Christ United Methodist Church, Member

Prepared to Lead • Business Owner, President and Co-Founder of Rice & Gardner Consultants, Inc. • Understands making payroll, paying taxes, obtaining group health and dental insurance, 401k, and personnel issues • Understands the role education plays in providing a competitive advantage in Fort Bend County, Texas, and the United States

Committed to Fort Bend ISD • Resident of Fort Bend County since 1981 • Married for 32 years to wife, Mary with three sons David, Daniel and Douglas • All sons raised in Fort Bend ISD and graduated from high school and are now college graduates and Eagle Scouts

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Bobby Marshall Seeking To Continue Service As Our Missouri City Council District A Councilman

Bobby Marshall, Missouri City Councilmember representing District A is running for re-election to the Missouri City Council. “I want to thank the residents of District A for the opportunity to serve them and the citizens of Missouri City. It has been an extreme pleasure and rewarding experience representing the District on the Missouri City Council for the past 4 years. I have enjoyed working hard, serving the citizens, fighting for our neighborhoods and the fundamental principles of fiscal responsibility and open governance.” “Missouri City is consistently being ranked as one of the Safest Cities and Best Places to Live. I want my constituents to continue to have that high quality of life, with good neighborhoods, excellent Police and Fire Protection, exceptional Parks and dependable Water systems. Our completion of the new Recreation and Tennis Center and our new City Centre at Quail Valley greatly increases our City’s amenities to serve our citizens. Our recently completed Regional Surface Water Treatment Plant will ensure the highest level of drinking water for our citizens for decades to come, while our newly expanded Wastewater Treatment Plant at Steep Bank continues to keep capacity ahead of demand. Our Police and Fire Departments are sec-

ond to none, and based on their quality of service, continue to keep our citizen’s insurance rates low.” Marshall states “Missouri City is

“Missouri City has been my home for 21 years and is a wonderful city to live and work in. There are great opportunities ahead for this city

I Promise to continue:

• To support an expanded tax base by encouraging smart development within Missouri City • To be fiscally responsible • To maintain the highest level of City Services • To prioritize Public Safety for all citizens • To ALWAYS listen and respond to you

Service to our Community

• Councilmember (Incumbent) - Missouri City Council, 4 years • Commissioner - MC Planning & Zoning Commission, 4 years • Chair - MC Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee • Vice Chair - Community Development Block Grant Committee • Treasurer - Missouri City Police / Fire Auxiliary • Boardmember - Houston / Galveston Area Council (HGAC) • President & Treasurer - Colony Crossing HOA - 20 years • Little League volunteer umpire - 38 years not unlike the rest of the country and is faced with many challenges, especially economic challenges. Fortunately the city has been fiscally conservative with its tax dollars and has maintained a high bond rating. This accountability of all tax dollars is a continued goal of mine.”

to thrive and prosper. I want to continue to contribute to that future when I am re-elected to City Council. I believe my experience and record of service to this community will be invaluable to my continued service to the citizens of Missouri City.”

Mr. Marshall served on the Missouri City (MC) Planning and Zoning for 4 years. While on Council, Marshall has served on numerous Boards and Committees and is the MC Representative on the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) Board of Directors. Marshall also regularly attends the monthly and Annual meetings of the HOA’s in his District, as well as the Fort Bend Mayors and Council Asso., and TML Region and State meetings and education seminars as a Regional Vice President. “My primary goal is to continue to learn and listen to my constituents and try my best to remedy their concerns. Some of my continued overall goals mirror those of the city: Maintain existing property values and do as much as we can to increase commercial development. This will not only spread the citizen’s tax burden to more entities, but it will give our citizens more opportunity to do business here and keep our tax dollars within the City. I want to improve the development process to make the move to Missouri City a pleasant one for prospective businesses. Excellent companies are moving in to the Industrial areas of my District at a rapid rate. This will not only increase the area’s attraction to other companies as a place to locate, but it will bring in much needed jobs to the area for our

citizens to fill.” Mr. Marshall has served in many voluntary, appointed and elected public service positions. He was Chair of the MC Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee. Treasurer of the MC Police and Fire Auxiliary; Member of the MC Quail Valley Acquisition Feasibility Committee; Harris County Precinct Alt. Election Judge and Member of 2008 and 2010 Harris County Grand Jury and Harris County MUD 122 Board. Mr. Marshall is Treasurer of the Colony Crossing Homeowners Association. He has been President or Treasurer of that organization for the past 20 years. Mr. Marshall is an Asst. District Administrator for Little League Baseball. He has been a dedicated volunteer with LL for 38 years. He was honored in being selected to Umpire in the 2005 Little League World Series, and travels at his expense to umpire the European Championships each July in Kutno, Poland. Bobby and his wife Vanessa have been married for 30 years and have a daughter, a Sophomore at Tarleton State University and a son, a Senior at the University of Houston. For more information, contact BobbyMarshall@comcast.net.


BOBBY MARSHALL for City Council District A Re-Elect

MISSOURI CITY

Dear Neighbor, Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the citizens of District A on the Missouri City Council. Since I began serving in 2009, I have thoroughly enjoyed working hard as your Council Member, fighting for our neighborhoods and fundamental principals of fiscal responsibility and open governance. Over the last four years I have worked hard to increase staffing and improve Public Safety, encourage HOA interaction, increase mobility, and improve the quality of life in Missouri City. I have supported expanding our tax base by encouraging smart development within Missouri City. I have passed budgets to maintain the highest level of City Services, and look forward to bringing continued fiscal discipline to the budget as we weather the challenges of the current economy. I have tried to be available for any resident’s concerns and am proud to have brought the residents of District A the kind of responsive, proactive service they deserve. To some of you, who are reading this message, this is the first election, following redistricting, that I have had the privilege of serving as your District Councilman on City Council. It is an honor to represent you. With your support, I hope to continue to work for you. The work has been exhilarating, and it is hard to believe we are again in an election year. Election Day is Saturday, May 11th. Early voting is April 29 - May 7. I need your help to win again this year and continue to serve you on the Missouri City Council.

Sincerely,

Bobby Marshall Bobby Marshall, Missouri City Council District A Member

Bobby Marshall is Endorsed and Supported by: United States Congressman Pete Olson Texas State Senator Glenn Hegar Missouri City, Mayor Allen Owen Councilman Floyd Emery Fmr. Councilmember Eunice Reiter Fmr. Councilmember Buddy Jimerson Fmr. Councilmember Brett Kolaja Fmr. Councilmember Barbara Gibson Fmr. Councilmember Carl Bowles Fort Bend Co. Sheriff Troy Nehls Harris County Judge Ed Emmett Harris Co. Constable Phil Camus Parks Board Chair Llarence Turner P&Z Chair Ron Lee

Missouri City Police Officers Association Missouri City Firefighters Association Missouri City Police / Fire Auxiliary Yvonne Allen, Pres.- Quail Green West HOA JoAnn Miller, Pres.-Fonmeadow HOA Janet Alvarez, Pres.-Glen Park HOA Gene Rasbury, Hunters Glen Crime Watch Jeff Gaspar, Pres.- Colony Crossing HOA Llarence Turner, Pres.-Hunters Park HOA Roger Morris, Pres.-Fondren Park HOA Arnold Richards, Pres.-Hunters Green HOA Monica Rasmus, Pres.-Hunters Point Est. HOA Jennifer Williams, Pct 2081 Chair Vote for Bobby Marshall During Early Voting

The Early Voting Period is: Monday, April 29th - Tuesday, May 7th

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A message from your Missouri City Councilmember DANNY NGUYEN, CCIM CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE POSITION II

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR

CELL: 713.478.2972

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Dear fellow Missouri City Residents/Constituents:

I appreciate you for having given me the opportunity to serve your for the past three years. Let’s continue working together to make our beloved city: A safe place to live A desireable place to play, shop, and enjoy life A place where there are opportunities for employment and business prosperity A place you can be proud to call HOME

PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW WE CAN SERVE YOU BETTER!

Danny Nguyen

Economic development effort with County Judge Hebert

Appreciation of our Safety with Constable Ruben Davis

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Fort Bend ISD names its 2013-2014 Teachers of the Year – Johnny DeJesus (Elementary) and Walter Benavides (Secondary)! - FROM PAGE - 16 Year finalists: Elementary

ner were the Teacher of the

Schools – Amanda Castro (Schiff), Terri Court (Meadows), Amanda Levermann (Settlers Way), Amber Mann (Jones) and Rosa Martinez (Parks); and Secondary Schools – Caroline

Bartlett (Kempner High), Shakira Guillory (Progressive High), John Glenn Ramon (Hightower High) andChelsea Waite (Bowie Middle). Congratulations also to FBISD’s six Rookies of the Year: Margaret Bennett, Austin Parkway Elementary School; Jennifer Culberson, Highlands Elementary

School; Ashley Forde, Lakeview Elementary School; Kristin McNeely, Baines Middle School; Alonzo Ford, Bowie Middle School; and Lynsey Wallman, McAuliffe Middle School.

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PICTURED: Pat Houck, president of the Fort Bend Education Foundation (left), presented iPads to FBISD’s Teachers of the Year, Walter Benavides and Johnny DeJesus, on behalf of the Foundation.

PICTURED: (seated, from right) are Patsy Taylor, FBISD Board Vice President; Walter Benavides, FBISD Secondary Teacher of the Year; Johnny DeJesus, FBISD Elementary Teacher of the Year; Jenny Bailey, FBISD Board Member; and (standing, from left) Jim Rice, FBISD Board President; Susan Hohnbaum, FBISD Board Member; Charles Dupre, Superintendent of Schools; and Bruce Albright, FBISD Board Secretary.

PICTURED: Todd Dillingham of the Balfour Company (center) is pictured with FBISD’s Teachers of the Year.

PICTURED: Elementary Finalists – Pictured (seated, from left) are: Rosa Martinez, Amber Mann,

Amanda Castro, Johnny DeJesus, Terri Court and Amanda Levermann; and (back row) Patsy Taylor, FBISD Board Vice President; Jim Rice, FBISD Board President; Susan Hohnbaum, FBISD Board Member; Charles Dupre, Superintendent of Schools; Bruce Albright, FBISD Board Secretary; and Jenny Bailey, FBISD Board Member.

PICTURED: Secondary Finalists – Shown (seated, from left) are: Caroline Bartlett, Chelsea Waite, Walter Benavides, John Glenn Ramon and Shakira Guillory; and (back row) Patsy Taylor, FBISD Board Vice President; Jim Rice, FBISD Board President; Susan Hohnbaum, FBISD Board Member; Charles Dupre, Superintendent of Schools; Bruce Albright, FBISD Board Secretary; and Jenny Bailey, FBISD Board Member.


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FBISD salutes its Outstanding Teaching Staff during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10

PICTURED: Austin High School math teacher, Jill Pfeiffer (left) helped led her students to a win in the District’s annual Algebra I Quiz Bowl.

FORT BEND ISD - Merriam-Webster’s definition of a teacher is “one that teaches,” but we all know that the role of a teacher extends far beyond instruction. Teachers take on numerous roles to ensure that our children obtain the skills and resources they need to become successful in their future endeavors. Fort Bend ISD is proud to join in the celebration of our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10, and we encourage everyone to take a moment to recognize the talents and contributions that our outstanding teaching staff has made to our students, our school district, our community and our world.

PICTURED: Shown with their principal Kari Bruhn (seated) are Mission Glen Elementary School third-grade teachers (from left) Alan Hynel, Paula Adams, Belen Tamez, Michael Weng and Natalie Hade.

PICTURED: Dulles Elementary School kindergarten teacher, Chris Hetherington, is shown conducting a classroom activity.

PICTURED: Quail Valley Middle School GT Academy teacher, Jeanette Morales, directed her students in a rocket launch activity.

PICTURED: Glenda Perry, elementary level teacher at the M.R. Wood Center for Learning, helped students complete voter registration cards during a mock election.


VOTE FOR RODNEY GRIFFIN ON SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013: Griffin served our community as the Presiding Election Judge for many terms. Presently he serves Precinct 2059 as the Democratic Chair and on the State Democratic Executive Committee in Austin.

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WHAT RODNEY GRIFFIN PLANS TO DO FOR OUR DISTRICT - I want to repeal the CNN dubbed “Crash Tax” in Missouri City - I want to deal with the Uneven Code Enforcement in Missouri City - I want to see the revitalization of Texas Parkway in Missouri City - I want to see the equalization of our “Tax Revenues” - I want to increase “Diversity” on all Missouri City Commissions, Boards and Committees - I want to increase “Diversity” in rewarding “City Contracts”

“I’m Asking for Your Vote On Saturday, May 11th!”

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“When my father was in the chair and we were shining his shoes, I had him all to myself. When my father passed away, this box was the thing that I wanted most of all his personal possessions. It is for me a reminder that fatherhood is not just about the things we provide, it is also about the time we spend.” — Ben Hall

Ben Hall and the Shoebox THOUGHT: A Shared Thought submitted by Derrick Wilson on Ben Hall A Candidate for Mayor of Houston in the 2013 Mayoral Election to be held on Nov. 5th Whether spiritual or material, the things that matter to us most are the things that we keep closest. I’ve heard it said that you can tell a lot about a person from the items that they hold most dear. I found this saying to be true over the hour that I spent with Houston mayoral candidate Ben Hall. Let me share with you what I learned… I arrived at the offices of The Hall Law Firm to find it located in a beautifully decorated historic building in Houston’s Montrose area. The building, a former school, has been carefully restored and offers all the modern amenities and I was greeted by the staff with all the hospitality that anyone could expect. I was a few

minutes early, but was led to Ben Hall’s private office for our meeting. Hall was wrapping up a teleconference when I arrived but took a moment to see that I was comfortable before returning to close the call. I was gathering my notes to begin the interview when I began to take notice of the office furnishings. There were pictures of Hall with everyone from his wife of 32 years (Saundra) to former President Bill Clinton. Beautiful oil paintings and sculptures shared wall space with photographs of whipped backs and bills of sale for Negro slaves. Ben Hall’s eclectic collection was something to see. The most interesting object of all was an old wooden shoebox mounted in a fine wooden frame. The care with which the shoebox was displayed showed that it was clearly a prized possession. It seemed so out of place in the office of this powerful attorney that I asked Mr. Hall why it was there.

The story that he told me revealed much about this devoted husband and father. Ben Hall was raised a poor boy in Columbia, South Carolina by parents who were educators in segregated schools that didn’t pay very much. Ben was the only boy in a house with five sisters, so there was always sibling rivalry for their parents’ attention. Ben’s father was intent that his son would learn the things that a young man should, so there was one time that was reserved for only the “men” of the house… the time to shine their shoes. His face lit up as he told of the quality time that he and his father shared over the shoebox. Hall says, “When my father was in the chair and we were shining his shoes, I had him all to myself. When my father passed away, this box was the thing that I wanted most of all his personal possessions. It is for me a reminder that fatherhood is not just about the things we provide, it is also

about the time we spend.” I had seen this fact noted on campaign materials that Hall was voted “Father of the Year” a few years ago by Houston non-profit Change Happens. While I thought that this was nice, it didn’t immediately resonate with me as a key point. My time with Ben Hall changed that. I had expected to learn about the ragsto-riches story of a Texas Super Lawyer, or the ambitious tale of a former city attorney now seeking the office of mayor, but what I learned was far more interesting. I was prepared to hear information on his time at Harvard Law, or his studies abroad in Germany and Africa. However, these were not the highlighted accomplishments. Rather, it was this simple shoebox that shed the most light on who Ben Hall is.

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THE EARLY YEARS OF BEN’S LIFE: Ben Hall was raised a poor boy in Columbia, South Carolina by parents who were educators in segregated schools that didn’t pay very much. Ben was the only boy in a house with five sisters, so there was always sibling rivalry for their parents’ attention. Ben’s father was intent that his son would learn the things that a young man should, so there was one time that was reserved for only the “men” of the house... the time to shine their shoes.


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Job Searches Just Got Easier in Houston!

“Houston may be the biggest economic success story in America, but that’s not enough if you don’t have a job or you are looking for a better job. That’s why I’m announcing a new City of Houston initiative called TweetMyJobs Houston! It’s available today – free of charge – to everyone in the city.

It combines social networking with job searching, providing job matches where you want them, when you want them. It’s easy to use and free to join at www.Houston.TweetMyJobs.com or at the app store for your mobile device. Go to the site and it will tell you where to

find a job by category and even by what part of town you’re in. TweetMyJobs Houston! is another example of real progress that will make life better for thousands of Houston workers, families and small businesses. This innovative public-private partnership — between the city and Tweet-

MyJobs — is a solution for many small to mid-size businesses with limited recruitment budgets as well as thousands of Houstonians looking for work. Houston has the best economy in the nation – and this new initiative will help the best get even better. Let’s go!” — Annise Parker, Mayor


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opportunities for all Houstonians a principal dear to my own heart. Such commitment is a desired quality in a public servant.”

'tighten up' and he has my vote and support to be mayor of Houston." Bell's endorsement of Hall was announced on the same day he received recognition at City Hall for 45 years of music inspiration to the world. Hall commented, "Mr. Bell richly deserves this recognition and I am pleased to have the endorsement of my candidacy for mayor. Archie is a true legend!"

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Ben Hall has received the endorsement of the CWA Local 622

Former Houston City Attorney Ben Hall recently announced that he’s received the support of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 6222 and CWA District 6 vice president, Claude Cummings. The CWA, the largest telecommunications union in the world, represents over 700,000 men and women in both private and public sectors, including over half a million workers who are building the Information Highway. CWA members work in telecommunications, broadcasting, cable TV, journalism, publishing, manufacturing, airlines, customer service, government service, health care, education and other fields.

Music Legend Archie Bell has endorsed Ben Hall for Mayor in the 2013 Mayoral Election

Music legend Archie Bell, of the world famous R&B group Archie Bell & the Drells, has announced his endorsement of Benn Hall for mayor of Houston. Bell stated, "Ben Hall is a smart and energetic leader. He will bring fresh ideas and leadership to the City to move us forward. Ben has demonstrated and uncompromising commitment to fair play. He will help Houston

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Bell's endorsement is one in a continuing series of high-profile endorsements Hall has received. Others include worldfamous gospel singer Yolanda Adams; entrepreneur and businessman Farouk Shami; basketball hall-of-famer Clyde Drexler as well as basketball all-star and humanitarian Dikembe Mutumbo..

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Former Houston Mayor Robert “Bob” Lanier has endorsed Ben Hall in the 2013 Mayoral Election

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“[Ben Hall] was one of the fine public servants in my team...In addition to his superior academic accomplishments, Ben possessed a sensitivity and humanity about the application of law that well-served this City and its citizens...Ben was committed to affirmative competition and business

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Former Houston Mayor Lee P. Brown has also endorsed Ben Hall “Ben Hall is a strong leader who will confidently guide the City of Houston and increase its economic and fiscal success for many decades to come. He possesses the temperament and demeanor not to prejudge any idea and is patient enough to work with others to move the City forward. He is exactly what Houston needs at this time.”

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MISSOURI CITY

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

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DO YOU LIVE IN, OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO LIVES IN MISSOURI CITY?

Mayor Allen Owen Is Urging Missouri City Voters To Vote For All Fifteen Propositions on the 2013 General Election Ballot

“The City had the Charter Review Commission look at changes that needed to be made and updated to the Charter which we are required to do periodically. In their review some minor changes need to be made and it takes voter approval to change the Charter. City Council unanimously approved the changes and are offering them to the voters on the ballot on Saturday, May 11, 2013. We would ask that the voters approve all of the changes.” — Allen Owen, Mayor of Missouri City, Texas About The Mayor of Missouri City

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

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Additional Service

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

Election Day is Sat., May 11, 2013

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mand for choices in housing continues to grow, Houston is helping to lead the nation in new apartment construction and related jobs. This growth may not have been possible without a positive regulatory environment, a prudent fiscal approach to governance and leadership from Mayor Parker. “Communities across the country are starting to realize what Houston has known for years – that people want to live in the home that is right for them,” Hunt continued. “For the more than one million Houstonians who rent their housing, that home is often an apartment. Mayor Parker ensures that renters, and the more than 38,000 apartment industry professionals who serve them, have a voice at City Hall. The Mayor’s commitment to safe, affordable housing options for Houstonians has provided the necessary climate for growth as our community attracts industry and jobs.” “I thank the Houston Apartment Association and the Better Government Fund for this endorsement,” said Mayor Parker. “As Houston continues to be the job creation capital of the country, the need for housing will continue to grow and I know the members of the Apartment Association will continue to be our good partners in providing safe, affordable housing options.” The Houston Apartment Association is a professional trade association that serves individuals and businesses involved in the ownership, construction, management, maintenance and operation of apartments and other rental dwellings in the Houston area. The HAA Better Government Fund is the political action committee of HAA. See www.haaonline.org for more information.

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Mayor Annise Parker Receives Endorsement From Houston Apartment Association PAC Houston Mayor Annise Parker has received the endorsement of the Houston Apartment Association’s Better Government Fund Political Action Committee.

“The Houston apartment industry is proud to support Annise Parker for another term as mayor of Houston,” said Stacy Hunt, Executive Director for Greystar and Treasurer of the Houston Apartment Association Better Government Fund. “Mayor Parker recognizes the need for a balanced housing policy that helps our industry meet the demands of our growing work force. As de-

Annie’s List Endorses Houston Mayor Annise Parker

Annie’s List is proud to announce its endorsement of Mayor Annise Parker as she seeks re-election to her third term as the Mayor of the fourth largest city in the nation.

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demonstrated a commitment to upholding our progressive values, and her successful re-election is a top priority for Annie’s List in 2013. “Annise Parker has a stellar record of fighting for the things that matter most to Annie’s List supporters, and we feel confident that she can continue to make Houston a better place for women and their families,” said Executive Director Grace Garcia. “Strong women leaders like Mayor Parker working to make a difference in Texas are truly our mission in action.” Annie’s List first endorsed Mayor Parker in her race for Houston City Controller in 2004. When she was ready to run for Mayor in 2009, Annie’s List was honored to be there from the moment she announced through her victorious re-election in 2011. “I’ve been proud to be both a strong supporter and an endorsed candidate of Annie’s List since its inception,” said Mayor Parker. “Every day, Texas comes closer to living up to its promise because of your work. I am grateful we can continue to work together to keep Houston the best place in America to live, work and raise a family.” -----------------------------------------------------

EMILY’s List Endorses Mayor Annise Parker

“With Annise Parker at the helm, Houston has roared back from the recession and is leading the nation in job creation.”

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, announced its endorsement of Mayor Annise Parker for a third term as Houston’s mayor. “Mayor Annise Parker has a vision for Houston as the best place in America to live, work and raise a family – and, more importantly, she has the leadership skills and experience to make it happen,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “With Annise Parker at the helm, Houston has roared back from the recession

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ABOUT MAYOR PARKER: A businesswoman, community leader and mother, Annise Parker is completing her second term as Mayor of Houston – with a strong focus on growing our local economy, keeping Houston safe and improving the quality of life for every Houstonian. Annise has also served for six years as a city councilmember and six years as controller. She worked for 20 years in Houston’s oil and gas industry after graduating from Rice University and served in a variety of community leadership roles before her election to public office. Mayor Annise Parker and her life partner Kathy Hubbard have been together for more than 20 years and are advocates for adoption, with two adopted daughters and a son. and is leading the nation in job creation. It’s no wonder that Forbes recently named Houston ‘America’s Coolest City.’ We’re proud to endorse Annise Parker for mayor.” “What an honor to be in the company of qualified women leaders who have earned the support of EMILY’s List! We are leading our country forward in communities across America,” said Mayor Parker. “And with the help of EMILY’s List and its two million members, I’ve been able to win my elections and keep working to bring jobs and a higher quality of life to my city.” With a laser focus on jobs and the economy, Mayor Annise Parker pioneered the Hire Houston First program to encourage the use of local companies and workers on taxpayer-funded projects. In the first year of the program, more than $139 million of city business had been awarded to certified Hire Houston First firms, sustaining more than 6,000 jobs. At Annise’s direction, Houston’s city government is doing more projects on a pay-as-you-go basis rather than incurring debt. Annise helped to create a dedicated fund for street repairs and flood prevention, secure funding for new libraries and lay the foundation for a parks and trails system about which most cities can only dream. Crime is down and the city is demolishing dangerous abandoned buildings and modernizing police and fire stations. A businesswoman, community leader and mother, Annise Parker is completing her second term as Mayor of Houston. She has also served for six

years as a city councilmember and six years as controller. Annise worked for 20 years in Houston’s oil and gas industry after graduating from Rice University and served in a variety of community leadership roles before her election to public office. Learn more at www.AnniseParker.com. ---------------------------------------------------

PPGC Action Fund Endorses Mayor Annise Parker

Recently the Board of Directors of the Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast ACTION FUND Inc, (PPGCAF) voted to endorse Mayor Annise Parker for Mayor in the November City Election. Mayor Parker has demonstrated a strong commitment to the health and well being of Texas women and families. “Mayor Parker is a lifelong supporter of Planned Parenthood’s mission

of ensuring women and men have access to preventive, reproductive health care and accurate sexual health information,” said Melaney A. Linton, President of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast ACTION FUND. “She is also a tireless advocate for the women, men and families of Houston and we are proud to once again endorse her to lead our city as Mayor. We know that her continued leadership will make Houston a healthier place.” PPGCAF encourages all Houston registered voters to cast their ballot for candidates who support women’s health education, information and services. The PPGC ACTION FUND is a 501c4 organization and is the political and advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc. The ACTION FUND and PPGCAF PAC, its associated political action committee, were established in 1992 to engage in educational and electoral activity in sup-

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port of candidates that support medically-accurate, age-appropriate comprehensive sex education, access to affordable reproductive health care, and safe, confidential abortion services. The mission of PPGC ACTION FUND is to foster and preserve a social and political climate favorable to helping women and men manage their sexual and reproductive health. The ACTION FUND conducts public education, voter mobilization, legislative activity and other political activities that are permissible for a tax exempt social welfare organization. ****The PPGC ACTION FUND, Inc is a separately incorporated non-partisan, non-profit organization engaged in a variety of activities that inform and mobilize pro-choice advocates and voters. ------------------------------------------------------------

desirable cities for Americans to live in, and she has done all of this with a commitment to fairness and equality for everyone.” “I am proud to have been elected mayor by Houstonians who believe the strongest qualification for public office is what you do, not who you are,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “And I am honored to stand side-by-side with the members of the Human Rights Campaign as we strive to make that most essential American value—equality—a reality for everyone.” Annise Parker has the public- and private-sector experience necessary to serve the 2.1 million people who call Houston home. Before being elected mayor, Parker spent 20 years in Houston’s oil and gas industry before serving six years as a city councilmember and six years as city controller. Parker heads the largest city in America ever to be governed by an openly gay person. The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. ---------------------------------------------------

HRC Endorses Mayor Annise Parker for Re-Election as Houston Mayor HRC Points to Longtime Equality Champion’s Record of Leading Houston into a fiscal boom Recently the Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – announced its endorsement of Annise Parker for re-election as Mayor of Houston. As Mayor of the country’s fourth-largest city, Parker has worked tirelessly and effectively to improve Houston’s economy and provide stellar living conditions for all Houstonians. HRC pointed to Forbes Magazine naming Houston number one on its list of America’s Coolest Cities to live in and number two on its list of Fastest Growing American Cities. “As mayor, Annise Parker has presided over an economic boom that has improved the lives of millions and put Houston on the cutting edge of urban renewal,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Under her leadership, Houston has become one of the most

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Mayor Annise Parker Receives Endorsement of Houston Contractors Association

“The city remains safe and well protected while other major cities struggle to deal with a soaring crime rate,” continued Nielsen, “and the mayor has done all this without putting the city financially in the red or raising the property tax rate. We think that Mayor Parker has earned herself another term.” “My sincere thanks to the Houston Contractors Association for their endorsement and their continuing support of our city,” said Mayor Parker. “In my administration, I have focused on the need to upgrade our infrastructure to support the continued growth of our city and the new businesses that are moving here, making Houston the job-creation capitol of the country. “The HCA was the original partner in the city’s Demolition Day,” added Parker. “Each year their members donate their services to demolish dangerous and abandoned buildings that provide havens for criminals and lower property values.” Formed in 1956 by a small group of local contractors, the Houston Contractors Association (HCA) has grown into the preeminent organization representing civil construction companies in the greater Houston area. Its members represent the finest that this industry has to offer, not only in the quality of their service, but also the character of their person. HCA has over 400 members that perform over $2 billion worth of work and services annually and form the backbone of the civil construction industry in this region. HCA works closely with the State of Texas, Harris County, the City of Houston, METRO, the Port of Houston Authority, Harris County Toll Road Authority, Flood Control and every other County and municipality in the greater eight county region. Its members have done the majority of private work in the area as well. Working closely with private developers and Municipal Utility Districts (MUD’s), its work has allowed the new home industry in Houston to flourish over the last several decades. --------------------------------------------------

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has received the endorsement of the Houston Contractors Association for her re-election to a third term. “The Houston Contractors Association is proud to endorse and support Mayor Parker in her race for a third term in office,” said Executive Vice President Jeffrey Nielsen. “The Mayor has successfully led the City of Houston through the most challenging financial times this city has faced in the last 30 years. She has been a strong advocate for improving this city’s basic infrastructure, such as water and sewer service, drainage and street repair.

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker has received the endorsement of the Houston Police Officers’ Union (HPOU) Political Action Committee. HPOU officials praised Parker’s commitment to public safety. “Mayor Parker inherited a budget with a significant shortfall and she also inherited a bad economy,” said Ray Hunt, HPOU President. “Yet she promised the Houston Police Department would not lose officers and she has kept her word. Hiring has kept up with attrition and the Mayor exceeded her promise.” In addition, Hunt praised Mayor Parker for choosing a capable chief, Charles McClelland, from within the department. “Our Chief’s door and the Mayor’s door have always been open for HPOU to talk about issues,” said Hunt. The Mayor commended Houston police officers for their hard work making the city safe. “Houston is moving in the right direction — and our men and women in blue are a big part of the reason why,” said Parker. “That’s why I am so honored to have the support of the Houston Police Officers Union.” “Public safety is the foundation of our strong economy and our high quality of life,” the Mayor continued. “We’ve made great strides working hand-inhand with our police officers and civilian safety employees to keep our city safe.” Among the accomplishments cited by Parker that have resulted from their work together are:

• A decrease in Houston’s crime rate • Maintaining police force levels during the recession to keep Houston safe • A plan to send current and backlogged sexual assault kits to outside labs to bring testing up to date, which will allow the Crime Lab to focus on DNA tests in other crimes • Working with other city departments to help identify and demolish dangerous abandoned buildings that serve as havens for criminals and participating in the new Make Safe Saturdays program, which is targeting blighted properties in neighborhoods • Reaching a contract with Police officers until 2015 and with the police pension system until 2023 ---------------------------------------------------

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Mayor Annise Parker Receives Houston Police Officers’ Union Endorsement

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ELECTION NOTES

bers are limited to serving three terms of two years each, with each term beginning on January 2 of the even-numbered year. Below you will find the current listing for Houston’s elected governing body; and the term of office they’re currently serving.

MAYOR ANNISE D. PARKER

Mayor Annise Parker is currently serving her second term as the mayor of Houston. She will be running for re-election on the November 2013 ballot.

FORMER CITY ATTORNEY BEN HALL IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOV. 5TH

Attorney Benjamin L. Hall, III, a Harvardtrained lawyer, and former Houston (City Attorney) who founded The Hall Law Firm in 2000 has declared his candidacy for Mayor. The Hall Law Firm concentrates on litigation matters, including complex construction litigation, complex commercial and contract cases, as well as consumer/personal injury claims.

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CONTROLLER RONALD C. GREEN

Houston City Controller Ronald C. Green is currently serving his second term as Houston’s Controller. He will be running for re-election on the Nov. 2013 ballot.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT A

Houston Council Member Helena Brown is currently serving her first term as the Houston City Council District A representative and will be running for re-election on the November 2013 ballot.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT B

Houston City Council Member Jerry Davis is currently serving his first term as the Houston City Council District B representative and will be running for re-election on the November 2013 ballot

Houston’s Current Elected Leadership and where they currently stand as it relates to term-limits

GENERAL ELECTION:

2013 is a very important election year for people in the city of Houston. In November of 2013 Houston voters will be voting for Mayor, Controller, and Eleven Council Members who are elected from districts and five atlarge Council Members. The sixteen Council Members are elected every two years, in oddnumbered years. Council Mem-

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HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT C

Houston City Council Member Ellen Cohen is currently serving her first term as the Houston City Council District C representative and will be running for re-election on the November 2013 ballot

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT D

Houston City Council Member Wanda Adams is currently serving her third and final term as the Houston City Council District D representative. The District D Houston City Council seat will be one of the open seats on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in November. This race will have several candidates. See opinion from Carroll Robinson on page (9) of this issue.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT E

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT J

Houston City Council Member Dave Martin is currently serving out the remainder of the term vacated by former Houston City Council Member Mike Sullivan who is now serving as the Harris County Tax Assessor/Voter Registrar. District E pretty much covers the areas of Kingwood and Clear Lake. Council Member Martin will be seeking to win the opportunity to serve his first complete term as the Houston City Council District E representative on the November 2013 ballot. A proven business and government leader, Dave has a strong desire to ensure conservative principles are applied in City government and will bring sound business and proven decision making skills in dealing with the issues facing Houston today. Public safety, fiscal responsibility and economic development will be the cornerstone of Dave’s campaign. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana and a graduate of Louisiana State University, Dave serves as a Managing Director of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. and previously worked for two large “Big Four” Accounting Firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and Ernst & Young, LLP.

Houston City Council Member Mike Laster is currently serving his first-term as the Houston City Council District J representative and will be up for re-election in on the November 2013 Mayoral Election ballot.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT F

Houston City Council Member Al Hoang will be seeking to serve his third and final term as the Houston City Council District F representative on the Nov. 2013 ballot.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT G

Houston City Council Member Oliver Pennington is currently serving his second term. He will be seeking to serve his third and final term as the Houston City Council District G representative on the Nov. 2013 ballot.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT H

Houston City Council Member Ed Gonzalez is currently serving his second term. He will be seeking to serve his third and final term as the Houston City Council District H representative on the Nov., 2013 ballot.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT I

Houston City Council Member James G. Rodriguez is currently serving his third and final term as the Houston City Council District I representative. The District I Houston City Council seat will be one of the open seats on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot. We will be bringing you more information on this particular seat in the next edition of Your Thought Matters Newspaper.

HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT K

Houston City Council Member Larry Green is currently serving his firstterm as the Houston City Council District K representative and will be up for re-election on November 2013 Mayor Election ballot.

CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 1

Council Member Stephen Costello is currently serving his second term as the Houston City Council At-Large Position 1 representative and will be up for re-election on the November 2013 Mayoral Election ballot.

CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 2

Houston City Council Member Andrew C. Burks is currently serving his first term as the Houston City Council At-Large Position 2 representative and will be up for re-election on the Nov. 2013 Election.

CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 3

Houston City Council Member Melisa Noriega is currently serving her third and final term as the Houston City Council At-Large Position 3 representative. The At-Large Position 3 City Council seat will be one of the open seats on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot.

CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 4

Houston City Council Member C.O. Bradford is currently serving his second term as the Houston City Council AtLarge Position 4 representative and will be up for re-election on the Nov. 2013 ballot.

CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 5

Houston City Council Member Jack Christie is currently serving his first term as the Houston City Council At-Large Position 5 representative and will be up for re-election on the Nov. 2013 ballot.

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