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VOTERS GUIDE

NONPARTISAN ELECTION MATERIAL

YOUR HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT MAY HAVE CHANGED

NOVEMBER 8, 2011 - ELECTION - POLLS OPEN 7AM TO 7 PM

STATEWIDE BALLOT ISSUES

Explanation and Pro/Con arguments for the 10 Constitutional Amendments offered for Statewide Voter consideration .

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INSIDE

CANDIDATE INFORMATION

Learn about candidates for all City of Houston elected offices and Boards of Trustees for Houston Community College and Houston Independent School District .

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Things VoTers should Know

VOTER INFORMATION

Get voting rules and requirements, helpful contact numbers and websites, and early voting information .

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Based on the 2010 Federal Census results, two new Council Districts J and K have been added and all Council Districts have been redrawn. You can confirm your new City Council District by going to www.hcvoter.net. Select Voter Search. Enter your Name, Address, or Certificate number. Your certificate will appear and you can confirm your assigned City Council District and all other jurisdictional designations. Call 713.755.6965 for additional assistance.

COLLABORATION MAKES SPANISH GUIDE POSSIBLE

The League of Women Voters of Houston Education Fund is pleased to offer the Voters Guide in both English and Spanish. Mi Familia Vota Education Fund provided the translations of all of the local information contained in the Voters Guide and collaborated with us to print and distribute the Spanish language version. Our organizations are also proud to provide English and Spanish versions of the Voters Guide online at www.lwvhouston.org.

EARLY VOTING AND BALLOTS-BY-MAIL

The dates for early voting are Oct 24-Nov 4. Early voting polling locations and early voting hours can be found on page 19 of this Voters Guide. Any registered Harris County voter may cast an early ballot at any location in Harris County. (On Election Day, you must vote at the polling location designated for your assigned precinct.) Some voters qualify to vote by mail. The request for a ballot-by-mail must be received by the County Clerk's office by November 1. For complete details and to see if you qualify, see "When can I vote?" on page 2 of this Voters Guide.

(Note: Several additional political entities and school districts in Harris County are also holding elections on Nov 8. These elections are NOT covered in this Voters Guide.)

STATE OF TEXAS

INDEX

YOU CAN SEE YOUR SPECIFIC BALLOT BEFORE VOTING

Want to see how your ballot will look before you head to the polls? Here's how: 1. Go to www.harrisvotes.com. 2. Select English, Spanish or Vietnamese. 3. Click on Find your Election Day Poll and View Voter Specific Ballot. 4. Enter your name, your address, or your Voter Registration Certificate Number. 5. Click on Search. Your precinct number, name and address and polling location and the words "Sample Ballot" will appear. Make sure your voter information is correct and click on Sample Ballot to view your ballot just as it will look when you go to vote.

Constitutional Amendments . . . . . . . . . 3

CITY OF HOUSTON

Mayor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 City Council Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 District A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 District B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 District C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 District D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 District E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 District F . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 District G . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 District H . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 District I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 District J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 District K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 At-Large 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 At-Large 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 At-Large 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 At-Large 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 At-Large 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 City Controller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

LEAGUE OFFERS INTERACTIVE VOTER INFORMATION RESOURCES ONLINE

An interactive version of this Voters Guide is available online at Vote411.org. Enter your address and zip code and view all of the candidates who will appear on your ballot. You will be able to compare candidates side-by-side and create a print-out that you can take to the polls. For more information online, visit us on Facebook.com/ LWVHouston, Twitter.com/LWV, or www.lwvhouston.org.

LWV/TEXAS EDUCATION FUND PROVIDES INFORMATION ON PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Our thanks to our state organization, the League of Women Voters of Texas, for providing English and Spanish versions of information about the proposed constitutional amendments. All Texas voters are asked to vote to accept or reject the ten Constitutional Amendments. In this Voters Guide you will find the exact wording for each amendment, an explanation, and pro and con arguments.

VOTER ID REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS ELECTION HAVE NOT CHANGED

Texas' new photo ID requirements for voters will not become effective until January 1, 2012. There are no new voter ID requirements in effect for the November 8, 2011 election. A listing of acceptable forms of identification can be found in "What do I take to the Poll?" on page 2 of this Voters Guide. Should you encounter any problems at the polls, remember that you may always cast a provisional ballot. You may also contact the County Clerk's office 713.755.6411, the Texas Secretary of State Election Division 1.800.252.8683, or the United States Department of Justice at 1.800.253.3931 or V[email protected]

HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

District IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 District V . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 District IX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

AbouT The leAgue of women VoTers And This Voters Guide

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization. It does not support or oppose any political party or candidate. Our mission is to support active and informed citizen participation in government. The League of Women Voters of Houston Education Fund publishes the information in this Voters Guide to help each voter cast an informed vote. Inside you will find information about the voting process, ballot issues, and candidates. The responses provided by candidates to our questionnaire are reproduced without editing or verification. Candidates' responses are word limited. Races and candidates are listed in ballot order. Information about early voting and the voting process was provided by the offices of the Harris County Voter Registrar and the County Clerk. No portion of this Voters Guide may be reproduced for use in political campaigns or advertising. Other proposed reproduction uses must have the express permission of the League of Women Voters of Houston Education Fund.

HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

District II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 District III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 District IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 District VIII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

VOTER INFORMATION

Voter Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Telephone Numbers/Web Sites . . . . . . . 9 Early Voting Locations/Schedule . . . . 19

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VOTER INFORMATION

Can I Vote?

You are eligible to vote in Texas if: · You are a United States citizen; · You are legally registered to vote in the county in which you reside; · You are at least 18 years old on Election Day; · You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole or been pardoned); and · You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote .

What can I vote on in this election?

How do I register to vote?

Each county has a Voter Registrar . In Harris County the Voter Registrar is the County Tax AssessorCollector . You may register in person at 1001 Preston Avenue ­ 2nd Floor, Room 200, in downtown Houston; any of 16 Tax Office substations throughout the County; any Texas Department of Public Safety Office (DPS); every Public Library, including any branch or service outlet; or several other state agency offices . Or you can mail your application to Don Sumners, Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, P .O . Box 3527, Houston, 77253-3527 . Applications are available at all of these locations, online at http://www.hctax.net/voter/voterintro.aspx or by calling 713 .368 .8683 to request one via mail . During voter registration drives you can register with a deputized volunteer voter registrar . After you register, you should receive your Voters Registration Certificate (VRC) within 30 days . Every 2 years you will be mailed a replacement VRC . To maintain your registered status you must notify the Voter Registrar of any address or name change .

If you are a resident of the City of Houston, you may vote for candidates running for Mayor, Controller, and City Council . If you live in an area zoned to the Houston Independent School District Board or Houston Community College, you may vote for members of their Boards of Trustees; since not all Board Positions will be voted on in this election, you will have to check your specific ballot . There are also 10 state constitutional amendments that will be voted on by voters in all jurisdictions . Several Independent School, Municipal Utility and Improvement District elections are on the ballot in their jurisdictions, however, they are not included in this Voters Guide . To find out which City Council, HISD or HCC District you are in, go to http://www.hcvoter.net, click on Voter Search, scroll down, and enter your information . You will see an image of your VRC with additional precinct and district information . Scroll down to "Other Districts You Reside in ." Or call the Voter Registrar, 713 .368 .8683, or the County Clerk's Voter Information Line, 713 .755 .6965 . The County Clerk's Elections Office has Your Specific Ballot on line at http://www.harrisvotes.com . You may view which races and candidates will be on your specific ballot . See instructions on page 1 . To obtain this information via telephone, call 713 .755 .6965, the County Clerk's Voter Information Line, during regular hours .

When can I vote?

Where do I vote?

During the Early Voting Period, October 24 ­ November 4, 2011, you may vote at any of the designated Early Voting Locations . Go to page 19 for a list of these locations . They are posted online at http://www.harrisvotes.com or you can call 713 .755 .6965 . On Election Day, you must vote in the polling location designated for your precinct of residence . Polling locations for each precinct may be listed in the newspaper the week of the election . Also, they are online at http://www.harrisvotes.com or you can call 713 .755 .6965 .

You may vote: · On Election Day at your assigned precinct's polling place · Early at designated times and locations from Oct . 24 - November 4, 2011 ­ see page 19 · By ballot-by-mail if you are at least age 65, disabled, confined in jail but eligible to vote, or if absence from the county will prevent you from voting early or on Election Day . For this election your application to get a ballot-by-mail must be received between September 9 ­ November 1, 2011 (received, not postmarked), and you must follow the requirements for voting by mail . Contact the County Clerk's Office, 713 .755 .6965 or visit http://www.harrisvotes.com to print an application for a ballot-by-mail .

How does a student who is a registered voter and attends school outside the county vote?

Where do I find my Precinct Number?

Your Precinct Number (Pct . No .) is in the middle of the left side of your Voter Registration Certificate (VRC) . Check the precinct number on your VRC before going to the polling location . Or, you can contact the Voter Registrar at 713 .368 .8683 or http://www.hctax.net/voter/voterintro.aspx .

· A student can return home to vote on Election Day or during the Early Voting Period . · A student can vote by using a ballot-by-mail . For ballot-by-mail instructions, see the answer to the previous question .

What do I do if I change my address and still live in Harris County?

What do I take to the Poll?

Take your Voter Registration Certificate (VRC) . This is all that is needed unless this is your first time to vote in this county for a federal office and your original application was sent to the Voter Registrar without proper identification . Other documents accepted for voter identification purposes: 1 . Texas driver's license or personal identification card issued to you by the Department of Public Safety or a similar document issued to you by an agency of another state, regardless of whether the license or card has expired; 2 . A form of identification containing your photograph that establishes your identity; 3 . Birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes your identity; 4 . United States citizenship papers issued to you; 5 . United States passport issued to you; 6 . Official mail addressed to you, by name, from a governmental entity; 7 . Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address . You can take this Voters Guide or other written material into the Voting Booth . However, voters are not allowed to display or share any campaign material in the polling place .

Promptly notify the Harris County Voter Registrar of your address change. You can change your address online at https://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/sos/SOSACManager or in writing by completing a voter registration application form or by correcting the information on your current Voter Registration Certificate and returning it to the Voter Registrar . Voter registration application forms also are used for changes and are available from the Harris County Voter Registrar, 713 .368 .8683, or the Texas Secretary of State's office, 1 .800 .252 .8683, and online at http://www.sos.state.tx.us./elections/voter/reqvr.shtml . You will be able to vote in your new precinct 30 days after your notice has been received by the Voter Registrar . Meanwhile, you may vote a full ballot in your former precinct if your registration has not become effective in your new precinct . You will need to complete a Statement of Residence form .

What do I do if I change my address and move to another county?

What if my name is not on the list of registered voters and the Voter Registrar has no record of my registration but I think I have registered?

You must reregister . Complete an application and mail it or take it in person to the voter registrar of your new county . You will be registered 30 days after your application is submitted . You may be eligible to vote a limited ballot, i .e . on measures in common between your former and new county, in your new county of residence after moving if you were qualified to vote in your former county at the time you moved, and if your registration in the new county is not yet effective . You must apply for a limited ballot and vote by personal appearance with the early voting clerk conducting the election in your new county during the Early Voting Period ­ not on Election Day .

What does the term "suspense" mean on a voter's record?

If your name is not on the list and you think you have registered, the Precinct Judge will contact the Voter Registrar . If the Voter Registrar cannot verify your registration, you may vote a "provisional ballot ." First, you must complete an affidavit stating that you are a registered voter in the precinct in which you are attempting to vote and that you are eligible to vote in this election and you must present valid identification . Your ballot will be counted only if state or local officials determine you are eligible under State law . You will receive a letter after the election notifying you whether your provisional ballot was accepted or rejected .

The term "suspense" is used to designate those voters for whom the Harris County Voter Registrar does not have a current address . A voter in "suspense" status on the rolls will be allowed to vote after completing a Statement of Residence form . Once the address is corrected, the "suspense" designation will be removed from the voter's record . On November 30 of even-numbered years, the Voter Registrar cancels registrations of suspense list voters if two general elections have occurred since the voter was first listed as a suspense voter and the voter has not submitted an address correction .

What is "provisional voting"?

See answer to previous question . For more information on the provisional ballot process visit http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/laws/provpaper.shtml .

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TEXAS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ELECTION

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROCESS

Texas voters have approved 467 amendments to the Texas Constitution since its adoption in 1876 . An amendment is proposed in a joint resolution that can originate in either house of the state legislature, during a regular or special session . A joint resolution specifies the election date and may contain more than one amendment . The joint resolution must receive a vote of two-thirds of each house before it is presented to the voters . The governor cannot veto a joint resolution . The governor can, however, veto the enabling legislation, the bill to enact the amendment if it is passed by voters . Not all amendments require enabling legislation . If the voters reject an amendment, the enabling legislation does not take effect . If the amendment fails, the legislature may resubmit it in a future legislative session . Amendments take effect when the official vote canvass confirms statewide voter approval, unless a later date is specified in the joint resolution .

PROPOSITION 1

EXPLANATION

THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AUTHORIZING THE LEGISLATURE TO PROVIDE FOR AN EXEMPTION FROM AD VALOREM TAXATION OF ALL OR PART OF THE MARKET VALUE OF THE RESIDENCE HOMESTEAD OF THE SURVIVING SPOUSE OF A 100 PERCENT OR TOTALLY DISABLED VETERAN.

Currently the Tax Code fully exempts residential homesteads of totally disabled veterans from property taxes . Proposition 1 would let the legislature give a property tax exemption to the surviving spouse of a totally disabled veteran if the property had been exempted from property taxes under the disabled veteran's exemption, if it was the residence of the surviving spouse when the veteran died and remained the surviving spouse's residence homestead thereafter, and if the surviving spouse had not remarried . This exemption would follow the surviving spouse if a new homestead were purchased and the surviving spouse had not remarried . The exemption would be limited to the dollar amount of the exemption of the previous qualifying homestead . If passed, this exemption would apply to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2012 .

ARGUMENTS FOR

y Surviving spouses of disabled veterans deserve support for the sacrifices they have made . Texas already gives some surviving spouses the right to inherit other property tax breaks, such as the school tax freeze available to homeowners at age 65, which is transferable to the surviving spouse who is at least 55 years old at the time of the transfer . Allowing the exemption to follow the surviving spouse to a new homestead property helps contain the cost . If the surviving spouse moves to a less expensive home, the more valuable original homestead property is no longer exempt . If the surviving spouse moves to a more expensive home, the surviving spouse can exempt only the value of the original homestead .

ARGUMENTS AGAINST

y y Extending the tax exemptions would decrease property tax revenue to local governments . Tax exemptions should not be extended when basic services such as schools, health care, parks, and transportation are critically underfunded .

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PROPOSITION 2

EXPLANATION

THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF ADDITIONAL GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS BY THE TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $6 BILLION AT ANY TIME OUTSTANDING.

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) makes loans at very low interest rates to cities, towns, water supply corporations, and various other political sub-divisions across the state . These loans are used to finance a variety of local water projects, including infrastructure improvement or water treatment plants . The TWDB's current bonding capacity of $2 billion is not sufficient to meet the needs of local governments that are upgrading infrastructure to meet the growing demand . The proposed amendment would authorize the TWDB to issue additional bonds as long as the aggregate amount of bonds outstanding did not exceed $6 billion . This ongoing authority is known as "evergreen" authority . These bonds, if approved, would be self-supporting and not a detriment to the state budget, would not cost the state any money from the general revenue fund, and would not count toward the state's constitutional debt limit . The principal and interest payments on the loans would be paid by the political sub-divisions . The interest paid on the loans funds the agency .

ARGUMENTS FOR

y The TWDB has an excellent record of managing large bond portfolios without any defaults in the history of its Water/Wastewater Loan Program or State Revolving Fund programs . The Board's bonds consistently receive AAA ratings . The "evergreen" authority would enable the loan program to be continued without repeated and costly constitutional amendment elections . This type of ongoing authority was overwhelmingly approved by Texas voters in 2009 for state bonds issued by the Veteran's Land Board . Local water providers can get loans for major infrastructure projects at a much lower rate by borrowing the money from the TWDB .

ARGUMENTS AGAINST

y y y The jump from $2 billion to $6 billion is too large . The ceiling should be raised in smaller increments with periodic review by the legislature and voters . It is not clear how much new development and economic growth our water supply can sustain . We should determine first how much we should expand our water infrastructure . The "evergreen" authority would reauthorize the issuance of bonds previously approved and since paid off and retired . The legislature and the voters should maintain accountability for the administration of the funds by retaining their authority to approve the issuance of state bonds periodically .

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PROPOSITION 3

EXPLANATION

CONTINUED

THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS TO FINANCE EDUCATIONAL LOANS TO STUDENTS.

The Hinson-Hazlewood College Student Loan Program provides low-interest loans to Texas residents who attend public or private higher education institutions in Texas and who have insufficient resources to finance a college education . The loan program uses general obligation bonds to finance the loans, which generally must be authorized by constitutional amendment . Since 1965, Texas voters have approved seven constitutional amendments authorizing $1 .86 billion in bonds for the HH loan program . It is projected that the remaining bonds will be exhausted by 2013 . Proposition 3 would authorize additional bonds to be issued to support the HH loan program, but unlike the previous bond authorizations, the proposed amendment would not limit the total amount of bonds issued, as long as the aggregate amount did not exceed the total amount previously authorized by voters . This ongoing authority is known as "evergreen" authority .

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ARGUMENTS AGAINST

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The HH student loan program has a demonstrated record of success and is self-supporting, depending not on tax dollars, but on money from student loan repayments to pay the interest and principal on the bonds . Bonds for the program do not count against the state bond debt cap because they are financed through loan repayments, not general revenue . The "evergreen" authority would enable the student loan program to be continued without repeated and costly constitutional amendment elections . This type of ongoing authority was overwhelmingly approved by Texas voters in 2009 for state bonds issued by the Veteran's Land Board . Recent reductions in federal financial aid and possible reductions in state programs increase the need for additional sources of college funding for Texas students . The loan program supports the state's goal to improve student access to postsecondary education .

This is not a good time to increase state debt . Even though the program is self-supporting, the bonds are considered an obligation of the state and the state is ultimately responsible for repaying the money borrowed . The current poor economy could increase the rate of default on the loans, affecting the program's ability to be self-supporting . The "evergreen" authority would reauthorize the issuance of bonds originally approved as long as 40 years ago and since paid off and retired . The legislature and the voters should maintain accountability for the administration of the funds by retaining their authority to approve the issuance of state bonds periodically .

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PROPOSITION 4

THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AUTHORIZING THE LEGISLATURE TO PERMIT A COUNTY TO ISSUE BONDS OR NOTES TO FINANCE THE DEVELOPMENT OR REDEVELOPMENT OF AN UNPRODUCTIVE, UNDERDEVELOPED, OR BLIGHTED AREA AND TO PLEDGE FOR REPAYMENT OF THE BONDS OR NOTES INCREASES IN AD VALOREM TAXES IMPOSED BY THE COUNTY ON PROPERTY IN THE AREA. THE AMENDMENT DOES NOT PROVIDE AUTHORITY FOR INCREASING AD VALOREM TAX RATES.

EXPLANATION

Currently the Texas Constitution allows the legislature to authorize incorporated cities and towns to use a mechanism called "tax increment financing" to finance the development or redevelopment of an unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted area . Under this mechanism the bonds or notes to finance the development are repaid using increases in tax revenues on the property in the area .

The revenue increases come from increases in property values in the development area, not from an increased tax rate, which is not authorized . Proposition 4 would expand the authorization to include counties, so that tax increment financing could be used in unincorporated areas .

ARGUMENTS FOR

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ARGUMENTS AGAINST

y y Property taxes should not be used to fund transportation and other redevelopment projects . Tax increment financing could create an incentive to increase property appraisals in reinvestment zones to repay the bonds and notes and thus divert funds from other pressing needs . Because the criteria for such zones are not well defined, influential developers could get an area designated as a reinvestment zone, and existing businesses in the zone could end up paying higher taxes for development that does not benefit them, or may even benefit their competitors .

Proposition 4 would allow counties to work together with cities and towns to designate reinvestment zones for transportation and other redevelopment projects, allowing them to maximize resources . Property values in a reinvestment zone may increase as a result of economic development, but no property in the zone would be taxed at a higher rate .

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PROPOSITION 5

EXPLANATION

THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AUTHORIZING THE LEGISLATURE TO ALLOW CITIES OR COUNTIES TO ENTER INTO INTERLOCAL CONTRACTS WITH OTHER CITIES OR COUNTIES WITHOUT THE IMPOSITION OF A TAX OR THE PROVISION OF A SINKING FUND.

Currently under the Texas Constitution, cities with a population greater than 5,000 and all counties and cities bordering on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico may not create any debt without levying a tax sufficient to pay the interest and provide a sinking fund of at least two percent . A contract longer than one year between local governments has been interpreted as a debt under certain circumstances, requiring the tax assessment and the creation of a sinking fund . Proposition 5, along with its enabling legislation, would authorize those cities and counties to enter into interlocal contracts longer than one year with other cities or counties without meeting the tax and sinking fund requirements .

ARGUMENT FOR

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ARGUMENT AGAINST

y There may be some cases where multi-year interlocal agreements do constitute a debt and should require a tax and sinking fund; removing this constraint gives too much flexibility to local governments .

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This proposition would give local governments more flexibility to consolidate projects and services over a term longer than one year in order to improve efficiency and reduce costs to taxpayers .

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TEXAS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ELECTION

PROPOSITION 6

CONTINUED

THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT CLARIFYING REFERENCES TO THE PERMANENT SCHOOL FUND, ALLOWING THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE TO DISTRIBUTE REVENUE FROM PERMANENT SCHOOL FUND LAND OR OTHER PROPERTIES TO THE AVAILABLE SCHOOL FUND TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION, AND PROVIDING FOR AN INCREASE IN THE MARKET VALUE OF THE PERMANENT SCHOOL FUND FOR THE PURPOSE OF ALLOWING INCREASED DISTRIBUTIONS FROM THE AVAILABLE SCHOOL FUND.

EXPLANATION

The Permanent School Fund (PSF) was established in the Texas Constitution of 1876, which set aside half of Texas' remaining public lands to help finance public schools . Several different terms are used in the Constitution to refer to this fund, and Proposition 6 would replace other terms with the single term, "Permanent School Fund" in all references . The proposed amendment also provides for potential increases in distributions from the PSF to the Available School Fund (ASF), which provides funding to school districts on a per-student basis and supports classroom instructional materials and technology . Currently, the General Land Office (GLO) is responsible for managing the public school lands; proceeds from the land and mineral rights are held in the PSF . The State Board of Education (SBOE) manages the investment of the PSF and, if the fund's investment performance permits, makes distributions from the PSF to the ASF . Only interest or revenue income from the PSF can be spent; the principal amount remains intact and will continue to benefit the public schools of Texas .

The proposed amendment would permit the distribution of some revenue derived from the public school lands directly to the ASF . The GLO, or an entity other than the SBOE with the responsibility for the management of permanent school fund land or other properties, would be permitted to transfer up to $300 million per year of revenues derived from the public lands that year . This provision addresses problems found by the Attorney General in a previous statute allowing such distributions . The proposed amendment would also change the way the market value of the PSF is calculated by including additional assets that are currently not included (i .e ., discretionary real estate investments and cash in the state treasury derived from PSF property) . At the beginning of each legislative session, the SBOE determines the rate (up to a maximum rate specified in the Constitution) of the market value of the PSF that will go to the ASF . Given the current value of the PSF and the rate determined by the SBOE at the beginning of the last legislative session, this proposed amendment might provide approximately $75 million more to the ASF in both FY 2011-2012 and 2012-13 .

ARGUMENT FOR

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ARGUMENT AGAINST

y Instead of transferring additional revenue to schools now, the revenue should be used to grow the Permanent School Fund to provide support for public schools in future years .

Increased distributions to the Available School Fund would provide support for public schools at a time when additional state funding for schools is needed .

PROPOSITION 7

EXPLANATION

THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AUTHORIZING THE LEGISLATURE TO PERMIT CONSERVATION AND RECLAMATION DISTRICTS IN EL PASO COUNTY TO ISSUE BONDS SUPPORTED BY AD VALOREM TAXES TO FUND THE DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

Under the Texas Constitution, the legislature can authorize specified counties or water districts to create conservation and reclamation districts that would issue bonds and levy taxes to develop parks and recreational facilities that were not so authorized before September 13, 2003 . Currently 10 counties are specified; Proposition 7 would add El Paso County to that list . If the proposed amendment passes, voters in the district would have to approve or deny creation of a combined city/county tax district in El Paso County in order for the legislature to authorize a district to issue bonds or incur indebtedness .

ARGUMENTS FOR

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ARGUMENTS AGAINST

y If the proposition is approved, taxpayers in the county, which is not affluent, could be subject to yet another taxing entity . Establishing a regional parks district is a quality of life issue rather than an economic development issue . Sustaining the economy is a more important focus for community leaders at this time . City and county leaders need to have more information about the exact financing, leadership, functions and authority of the proposed parks district before this constitutional amendment is presented to voters .

The City of El Paso's parks system is bearing the brunt of tremendous growth in the county, not only from migration but also the relocation of military families to Fort Bliss . The proposed amendment would enable the city and county to work together to develop a comprehensive regional parks system, which would not only attract development but also could leverage resources of both the city and county and operate more efficiently than either entity could on its own . Passage of this proposed constitutional amendment would not automatically raise taxes . It is just the first step in the process of allowing the district voters to decide on the creation of an El Paso County parks district . If approved, city and county officials would begin working on enabling legislation for consideration by the 83rd Texas Legislature beginning January 2013 .

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THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROVIDING FOR THE APPRAISAL FOR AD VALOREM TAX PURPOSES OF OPEN-SPACE LAND DEVOTED TO WATERSTEWARDSHIP PURPOSES ON THE BASIS OF ITS PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY.

Property that is appraised for open land use (currently for agriculture, ranching and/or wildlife preservation) is taxed on the basis of its productive capacity, rather than at full market value . This proposed amendment would add a new water conservation option, called a "water stewardship valuation," to land already appraised for open land use . This would not decrease property taxes on the land, but would give open-space landowners another option to engage in activities on their property that benefit both water quality and quantity . Management plans for individual water stewardship would be created in association with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and could include brush control to increase stream flow and groundwater storage, land management that would enhance infiltration into soil around playas, water reuse projects in wetlands to clean water naturally, and erosion control to impede silting of reservoirs .

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y y Farmers and ranchers who qualify for an agricultural valuation are already practicing water conservation in order to keep their stocks and crops productive . This valuation is unnecessary because it would duplicate options that are already available under the wildlife management valuation .

Water conservation is a necessity to protect our fresh water resources . Our population is expected to double by 2060, and according to the state water plan, active conservation will account for 23 percent of the state's future water supply . This proposed amendment would create another tool for managing the state's limited water resources . This provision would be revenue neutral; landowners who choose this option will pay the same amount of taxes as they did before moving to this new valuation .

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THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AUTHORIZING THE GOVERNOR TO GRANT A PARDON TO A PERSON WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES A TERM OF DEFERRED ADJUDICATION COMMUNITY SUPERVISION.

In some criminal cases, if a defendant pleads guilty or no contest, a judge may defer adjudication of guilt and place the defendant on probation with community supervision . If the defendant successfully completes probation, the judge must dismiss the charges . Under current law, the governor can grant pardons after conviction, but not after deferred adjudication . The proposed amendment would add the authority to grant pardons after deferred adjudication as well . All other requirements for pardons would remain the same . When a pardon is granted, the criminal record may be expunged . A person who has completed deferred adjudication still has a criminal history record in the public domain .

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y y The record of deferred adjudication accurately states that the probation was completed and the charges were dismissed . Expunction of a record of deferred adjudication would restrict public access to criminal history record information .

Proposition 9 would result in a more equitable policy on pardons and expunction of criminal records by offering the same opportunity to persons who have completed deferred adjudication as to persons who have been convicted . The governor would still have discretion about whether to grant a pardon . Even though charges are dismissed after successful adjudication, the criminal history record remains and may be a barrier in obtaining employment, housing or admission to schools .

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PROPOSITION 10

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THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO CHANGE THE LENGTH OF THE UNEXPIRED TERM THAT CAUSES THE AUTOMATIC RESIGNATION OF CERTAIN ELECTED COUNTY OR DISTRICT OFFICEHOLDERS IF THEY BECOME CANDIDATES FOR ANOTHER OFFICE.

Under current law, if certain elected district or county office holders with more than one year left on their current terms announce for or become candidates for another office, they automatically resign from their current office . This "resign-to-run" provision was added to the Constitution in 1958 after the terms for certain officials were changed from two to four years . With a one-year unexpired term, it provided a window for elected officials to file for office by January 2 for an election within the same calendar year without resigning their offices . Because Senate Bill 100 changed the filing deadline for offices from January 2 of the primary election year to the second Monday in December of the preceding year, the one-year unexpired term no longer allowed the same opportunity for office holders to continue in their current office while running for a new office . Proposition 10 would change the length of the unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation from one year to one year and 30 days, thus preserving the original intent of the provision .

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y Candidates should not hold elected district or county positions while running for other offices .

Most candidates for elected office need to have paid employment . Proposition 10 would allow them to maintain their income while running for office and would allow the current office to be covered with an experienced person during that time, eliminating unnecessary vacancies and the need for temporary appointments to complete the term .

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HOUSTON MAYOR

AS EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR, AND OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE THE MAYOR IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HOUSTON'S GENERAL MANAGEMENT; SEES THAT ALL LAWS ARE ENFORCED; MAKES ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS; PRESIDES OVER CITY COUNCIL; ADVISES ON THE CITY'S FINANCES; AND PROPOSES THE ANNUAL BUDGET. LIMITED TO THREE 2-YEAR TERMS.

QUESTIONS TO If elected, what do you hope to accomplish in the next two years? CANDIDATES: How will you address the current issues surrounding Houston's ability to meet long-term pension obligations for city employees? How will you attract and retain jobs in Houston without sacrificing quality of life?

KEVIN SIMMS - NO RESPONSE RECEIVED. AMANDA ULMAN

Support workers fighting employer attacks; defend the right to choose abortion; win legalization of the undocumented and the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from around the world. Workers and farmers need to forge a revolutionary movement to take political power from the capitalists, like working people in Cuba did, and organize society based on human need not profit. All of the wealth that has found its way into the city budget has been produced only by the transformation of nature by social labor. Not one penny that goes to the social wage that working people have fought for and won should be cut. Workers' income should not be taxed. The city budget like other government budgets should be used to meet the needs of all working people. The Socialist Workers Party calls for an immediate massive government-funded jobs program building infrastructure, housing, schools and hospitals. This counters bosses' efforts to force competition for jobs and advances the building of a revolutionary movement to fight for workers power and end exploitation, oppression and wars spawned by the dictatorship of capital.

Community Involvement: Active in all struggles to defend working people ­ defending democratic rights of all; supporting fights by working farmers to continue producing; defending the 5 framed-up Cuban patriots now in U .S . prisons for "conspiracy" to commit espionage; extending the union of all working people . | E-mail Address: swp [email protected] .net | Website: www .themilitant .com

DAVE WILSON

I will stop the financial operating loss the City of Houston is experiencing annually. A financially sound city government will create growth to stabilize our financial condition.

The current pension system obligations are unsustainable. Firm measures will be needed and may require the assistance of the state legislature.

I will work to put the city back on solid financial footing by rolling back operating costs and curtail the city's overbearing regulatory environment. This regulatory environment makes the city of Houston competes against the Houston Metropolitan area, these strict regulations are puts us in losing position. We must change this environment if we are to sustain our city.

Education/Degrees: University of Houston Electrical Engineering | Professional Experience: Southwest Signs (Owner) 1986-Present Wilson Sign Supplies (Owner) 2008-Present | Community Involvement: Gulf Coast Chapter of Independent Electrical Contractor - President, N .F .P .A - National Electrical Code Panel #18 1997-1999, International Association of Electrical Inspectors - IAEI 1985- Present, National Fire Protection Association - NFPA Texas Electrical Safety Association - President, City of Houston | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: davewilsonformayor .com

FERNANDO HERRERA

CITY OF HOUSTON I will work to rescind the Drainage Tax (Rebuild Houston). I will also restore homeowner rights by addressing Forced Historical Preservation. Citizens will be better served by enjoying an administration that listens to the will of the people. I will also work to implement the HAMR--Houston All Media Response (Crime Fighting Tool)--detail is available upon request.

I will meet with the city Pension leaders & discuss win/ win opportunities that make the city's obligation more manageable; furthermore, all good managers know that if one really wants to save money, ask those actually doing the job. I'm not Mayor yet, but I'm already being approached by employees with ideas for mulit-million dollar savings.

First I'll work to create an environment that creates a path for business, not a road block. This is achieved by rescinding the Drainage Tax Debacle. I will also review the entire permitting process to improve efficiency, reevaluate the costs of permits and fees, and question the original intent of every permit. We will also promote Houston's existing positiive attributes.

Education/Degrees: Associate Degree - Fire Science; extensive industry specific training--Weapons of Mass Destruction, Emergency Preparedness, Response, Mitigation, Advanced Incident Management . I'm currently an Emergency Medical Technician and instruct Incident Management to Chief Officers . | Professional Experience: Administrative and Managerial experience,responsible for approximately 400 emergency responders, previously over 40 personnel in an office environtment, and a former small business owner for 14 years . I will utilize my combined experience in private industry and local government to manage proactively and return order . | Community Involvement: Volunteer mentor in the City of Houston Anti-gang office . Volunteer Citizen Park Inspector for City of Houston . Vice President of the Cottage Grove Civic Association . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: voteFernandoHerrera .com

ANNISE D. PARKER

I will continue my comprehensive job creation, job training and economic development program. We will provide help for small businesses. I will implement ReBuild Houston to improve our infrastructure. I want to restore personnel and service cuts and continue reforming our government. I will lead an effective workforce to provide the services Houstonians need.

We need comprehensive reform that protects our employees, retirees and taxpayers to make our pension system is fiscally sustainable. However, state rules limit local government's ability to manage its own pensions. That's why we convened a special committee to take an honest look at our finances, including pension funds; it will provide options to City Council.

Attracting new businesses by keeping taxes low and offering incentives to create jobs and job training programs; recruiting growth industries like clean energy and biomedical; by working with regional stakeholders to market the expertise of ex-NASA employees to bring aerospace and high-tech companies to Houston; and promoting local businesses through Hire Houston First.

Education/Degrees: Rice University class of 1978, BA Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology | Professional Experience: City-wide elected official since 1998, former small business owner, and former engineering technologist at Mosbacher Energy . | Community Involvement: I've served as president of the Neartown Association and the Houston GLBT Caucus and I currently serve on the board of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium, the Contemporary Art Museum and the Holocaust Museum, and as an advisory member of the Center for Houston's Future, and the Montrose Counseling Center . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: anniseparker .com

JOHN O'CONNOR

Reduce the structural deficit and begin an effort to restore a reasonable rainy day fund. City Gov. has not been candid about the seriousness of the budget issues. Restoring credibilty to the Mayor's office and the Council will be a prority and I will accept the criticism of what austerity measures are needed to balance budget. Jobs will be my personal advocacy.

The City is borrowing from a pension to balance the budget with interest. Stop borrowing! Savings would follow by staggering the requirement of each Enterprise fund and department to submit a zero based every three years. Additionaly it may required to consider increasing employee contributions and revising the plan for new employees if allowed by the Legislature.

Regulations&fees are on the increase in Houston. Giving certain owned business categories an advantage will challenge the econmic health of the City. Reverse this. Relative to its growth Houston has lost manufacturing and service jobs to outsourcing offshore. My plan includes encouraging large and medium size local companies to consider utilizing more local content.

Education/Degrees: Studied History, Economics, and Political Science at Santa Monica College, City University of New York, University of N Florida . Circumstance preventing from finishing with many credits . Much of my Corprate training as a young man came from Worthington and Dresser . Marketing, finance, operations, and Human resources . | Professional Experience: I have worked in the manufacturing Industry for 35 years in Marketing and operations in general and senior management positions with P&L responsibilty and employing over 400 employees . Regulations and dwindling suppliers forced us into outsourcing our material/labor Offshore . Began reversing trend more recently . | Community Involvement: Committee member in SN 17 . After little success by SN 17 with ExxonMobile and the city to demolish an abandoned Exxon Station where drug dealing a prostitution, took place I was able to get ExxonMobile to completely raze the structure and secure fences . The cr of Westheimer and 6 is now safe . Ran for State Rep 149 . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .JackForHouston .com

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HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL

CITY COUNCIL IS HOUSTON'S LEGISLATIVE BODY. MEMBERS ENACT AND ENFORCE ALL ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS; ADOPT THE ANNUAL BUDGET; CONFIRM THE MAYOR'S APPOINTMENTS; AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE APPROPRIATION AND ISSUANCE OF BONDS, AWARDING OF CONTRACTS AND APPROVAL OF EXPENDITURES OVER $50,000. LIMITED TO THREE 2-YEAR TERMS.

QUESTIONS TO If elected, what do you hope to accomplish in the next two years? CANDIDATES: What role will you play in attracting and preserving jobs in Houston? What criteria will you use to define essential city services and what will you do to ensure that essential city services are maintained?

BRENDA STARDIG

Continue to create change that positively impacts quality of life.Instrumental in the passage of amendments to Ch10 Buildings & Neighborhood Protection relating to processing violations through the municipal courts. Continue to raze blighted & dangerous multi-family complexes that attract crime. Three blighted multi-family complexes were demolished during my first term.

Continue to attract employers by ridding the district of blight and supporting positive growth with outstanding schools and new home inventory. Promote clean industry such as the reopening of Spring Branch Hospital. I will work with Houston Community College and local universities to insure that we have the employment pool to serve industries looking to locate in Houston

Essential city services include but are not limited to police,fire,solid waste & public works. I will continue to work to find efficiencies in departments & identify waste. As the Budget & Fiscal Affairs Vice-Chair, I coordinated budget meetings/workshops to facilitate passing of the FY12 budget.The city avoided layoffs of essential police and fire as a result of this work.

Education/Degrees: Real Estate Broker | Professional Experience: I was honored to be elected as Council Member in 2009 by the voters of District A . A strong advocate for our good neighbors serving as Vice Chair of Quality of Life and Neighborhood Protection committee & demonstrating fiscally conservative positions while serving as Vice Chair of the Budget & Fiscal Affairs committee . | Community Involvement: I worked my way through the ranks as a Civic Club President of 1,000 homes for 9 years,a Super Neighborhood President, & Chamber of Commerce Director . Keep Houston Beautiful Mayor's Award Certificate of Recognition, award for Leadership Excellence in Neighborhood Development, Spring Branch ISD Good Neighbor award | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .brendastardig .com

HELENA BROWN

DISTRICT A Incorporate the local priorities of District A into the decision making process by restoring a seat at the table for neighborhoods and businesses in the district. Decisions should be made in the neighborhood, not at City Hall. I plan to return every phone call.

Advocate that City Council end the contracting practices that have created conditions favorable for out-of-state contractors and unfavorable for local contractors and workers, and for lower fees and fewer permitting delays for businesses trying to expand in District A.

Essential city services are ones that protect health (waste management and water service), lives, and property (fire, police), and that maintain open commerce (roads, bridges, airports, drainage, Port of Houston). Those are the foundation for the social and economic well being of our city.

Education/Degrees: Magna cum laude graduate from the University of St Thomas `01 - Bachelors in History, Minor in Mathematics | Professional Experience: Business professional with 10 years of experience in administration, marketing, and technology; and while with the City of Bunker Hill, I gained experience in all aspects of city government . | Community Involvement: Life-long political and community volunteer; recently dedicated full-time to volunteering my professional services to political and community organizations; currently serving as president of my HOA; active on developmental projects and other activities in my church community . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .HelenaBrown .com

BOB SCHOELLKOPF

I hope to accomplish more emphasis on the average citizen. Small business owners and hard working citizens should not shoulder added expenses (drainage fees, sewer and water rates)to balance the budget. Let the big coroporations & developers pay for their own infrastructure when building new construction projects,as this would save multi-million dollars for the tax payers.

I will personally contact nationwide construction and manufacturing companies that would promote jobs in all categories. By showing corporations all the amenities and how Houston would be a great city for their markets in which this could grow their companies and our city in many differnet venues. From there, support companies will expand & grow thus creating new jobs.

We can work more effeciently if Houston has a full crew. Budget problems should be solved without diminishing quality work forces. Losing quality people will hurt city services. People services for example,libraries,city pools should not be closed. Sometimes it is all these families have. Water leaks are costly and devastate our precious resources. Manpower is needed!

Education/Degrees: Reagan High School in Houston Heights; University of Houston, various MCE Real Estate Courses and broker classes | Professional Experience: Commercial Real Estate sales forty years and Broker and owner of my own real estate brokerage firm, U .S . Dept . of Housing (HUD) Broker | Community Involvement: Past president of Woodland Trails Civic Association, Election Pct . Judge . Little League sponsor, community safety activist helping the Houston Fire Dept . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .bobSchoellkopfForDistrictA .com

KENNETH PERKINS

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Create more jobs especially for our youth. And clean up our neighborhood. Improve the streets and better education programs. And of course crime prevention.

I would be the middle man simple because i want the community to be part of the decision making process. Making sure the community is clean so that the business want to come into the community and making sure it stay that way. Be a leader by going out to the community by helping clean it up to answer your question.

First we as a partner must come together to see what is most important for the community as a whole. Then come up with a program to be the watch dog to ensure we are doing what we are suppose to. Accountability is something I will hold the city workers to and that's by having my staff to report to me weekly on the condition of the community.

Education/Degrees: Associate Degree in Arts/Science (Houston Community College) B .S . Degree in Organization Leadership (Mountain State University) | Professional Experience: Police Supervision/Management/ Crime Prevention | Community Involvement: Worked with the kids in the area since 14 years of age . Football/baseball little league teams in district b area . Sings in the community choir(Terry Butler Choir) Cut the elderly lawn in the neighbor . Many other things as well, walk the area for protection on my own time . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: votekennethperkins .com

JAMES JOSEPH

As the elected councilman, I shall accomplish several areas of growth within the district that shall boost our economic situation by bringing new business to our district. With new business brings jobs, property values rise and community development can florish. I shall also improve our communities constituent services to grow and prosper the people of this great district.

DISTRICT B

The role of councilman is very important to attract and preserve jobs in Houston. As councilman, the need for jobs in the city of Houston shall remain a top priority in my office. New business, job fairs, job training and orientation will be some focal points in the preservation of new and existing employment for my constituent where promotion is the goals of the emplyer.

The main criteria to define essential city services would be to listen to the voices of my great constituents in the selecting of those services and the contracting of services to reasonable, reliable and efficient companies through the Mayor's, Hire Houston First program.

Education/Degrees: Business Management at PVU | Professional Experience: Frontline Leadership,Supervisory/Management,Partnerships, Collaborating, Grant Writer, Communtiy Development | Community Involvement: I have provided mentoring services to over 500 at risk youth 8-18 in 2010-2011 . Job training, orientation and employment for 159 young adults in underpriveledged areas . Partnering with non-profit organization to better the quality of life for those in need of a way to become self reliable and great citizens . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: [email protected] .com

KATHERINE BLUEFORD-DANIELS

When elected, in the next two years, I hope to accomplish: A. Accountability to the community by bridging a gap of visibility for the people of District B. I plan on orchestrating and attending community meeting to reassure that I am accessible and will address their concerns. B. District B is compiled of various older communities. I plan on addressing and educating t

The role I will play in attracting and preserving jobs in Houston is to lobby for tax incentives for businesses to locate and hire in Houston and District B. District B has the largest availability of undeveloped land mass, than any other district and is also located within 10-15 minutes of Downtown Houston, 20 minutes of both Airports and 20 minutes to Medical Center.

The criteria I would use to define & maintain, essential city services would be the promotion of Recycle and expansion of Storefront Police along with neighborhood "Safe Captains". I would fight to expand the recycle program to more areas within District B. The maintenance of this service would be self accomplishing in that recycling would pay for itself & save landfills

Education/Degrees: Phillis Wheatley High School, Houston Community College, Massey Business College, William F . Bolger Managment Academy, Washington, D . C ., Postal Employee Development Center, Memphis, TN . and Houston, TX . | Professional Experience: I retired from the Postal Service after 27 years, 23 of which was in Management . Postal Management | Community Involvement: Founder, BLAC MoM (Black, Latino, Asian, Caucasian ~ Mourners of Murder), Organized "Young Soliders Marching for Christ" March and Rally, "Stop the Violence" Rally, | E-mail Address: [email protected] .net | Website: www .kathy4districtb .net

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QUESTIONS TO If elected, what do you hope to accomplish in the next two years? CANDIDATES:

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What role will you play in attracting and preserving jobs in Houston? What criteria will you use to define essential city services and what will you do to ensure that essential city services are maintained?

PHILLIP "PAUL" BRYANT

1. Create renewed relationship between police & community in the name of safety. 2. Fiscally responsible administration, 3. A regulatory environment that allows the creation on new businesses in the Houston Market, and small business to hire.

Making sure that we not only making Houston a magnet city by attracting new companies, but promoting an environment where we are encouraging the creation of new small businesses.

1. Simply put, residents believe government should be doing ONLY what citizens can't do themselves.Police/Fire/ Health

Education/Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Management | Professional Experience: Executive Producer- The Host Community Television Show President- Community 1st Senior V .P .- Tropical Lobb Corp Group LLC National Finance Specialist- DHL Express Director of Public Relations- Island of Hope C .O .G .I .C . | Community Involvement: V .P . of Public Relations ­ Education Foundation for North Forest ISD; Advisory Board President- Nehemiah House Re-entry Program; FEMA On-Site Distribution Center Supervisor [Hurricane Ike]; Red Cross Volunteer- Tropical Depression Allison | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .phillipbryantforhouston .com

ALVIN BYRD

A. I hope to complete all existing CIP projects and all other projects on the books for District B. while establishing partnerships with both the community and businesses to shore up our eroding tax base by attracting productive citizens back to District B!!

I am in support of Hire Houston First! On projects slated for District B, such as the Airport, I will insist that job opportunities be present to constituents of District B in turn, the City of Houston.

Regarding District B, essential city services have already been defined: core services such as Fire and Police for public safety, Solid Waste Management and Neighborhood Protection for improving the quality of life for each and every constituent of District B. I will lobby tirelessly to ensure the necessary funding is provided to maintain these city services.

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Education/Degrees: The son of a Shoemaker . Alvin attended Crawford Elementary, E .O . Smith Jr . High and graduated from Phyllis Wheatley High School in 1971 . Alvin attended Texas Southern University then served in the United States Navy where he became a shipbuilder by trade working on the USS Comfort and the USS Mercy . | Professional Experience: Alvin made a career change to social services stemming back to childhood days at HOPE Development where he learned life skills as a teenager and became one of the founding members of the Houston High Schools Alliance for Black Student Unions where he served as president . He became interested in giving back to society . | Community Involvement: Alvin was interested in becoming a public servant and became involved in his community by being elected the first president of the Greater Fifth Ward Super neighborhood Council, a member of the Northeast Branch of the American Red Cross serving Fifth Ward, Kashmere Gardens, Pleasantville and Acres Homes . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .AlvinByrd4DistrictB .com

JERRY DAVIS

I will try to bring together the families, schools & other entities that embody the community. Bringing city services that will enhance the family as well as outside resources. Educate & explain local issues to the community so we can make informed decisions so we may be able to improve our district. Work with rebuild Houston committee to make strides in our drainage.

Continue to work with the Greater Houston Partnership's Workforce & Quality of Life subcommittee. Gaining an understanding on the different jobs that they're bringing in through Opportunity Houston. Working with the local community colleges & their program of Early College & getting our community ready with the skill sets needed for the jobs that are coming our way.

The basic criteria of what the people need & want in the district. That's the first way I will define essential services. According to the people, the services that are essential are: poor drainage, public safety. Continue to have two way communication between my office & super neighborhoods & getting the DA to enforce the Deed Restrictions within these areas

Education/Degrees: Masters in Education @ Prarie View A & M University; BA History @ Washington College; Teachers Certification @ St .T homas University | Professional Experience: Manager Pappas Restuarants Teacher/Dean Of Students @ Westside High School Principle @ EIH Investments, LLC, Jerry Davis Lacrosse Co ., the breakfast klub | Community Involvement: Former Board Member of Change Happens, Board Member of Houston Housing Resource, Board of Houston Youth Lacrosse | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: jerryvdavis .com

CHARLES A. INGRAM

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I would like to see more jobs in each neighborhood/ community.Whenever there is a building project in the district's neighborhood,qualified residents should be given an opportunity to work on the projects,however large or small.This in itself revitalizes the neighborhood,promotes positive change and ownership.

I would advertise our city assets such as our convention centers, Port of Houston, medical center, and our educational opportunities. I would work closely with Houston Partnership and groups that have existing relationships with vendors, to convene a panel of business targets and begin actively contacting and engaging potential new companies.

My criteria is those essential city services are those that ensure the safety of its residents.At a minimum these servives will include police and fire protection,utilities and sanitation servives,hospitals,and infrastruture improvements.To maintain these services sometimes budgetary concessions will have to be made such as: attrition,pay/longevity freeze,furlough days.etc

Education/Degrees: Prairie View A & M University- B .S . | Professional Experience: Licensed CPR, AOE, and First Aid Instructor, Licensed instructor"Texas Commission On Law Enforcement" | Community Involvement: President-Old Acres Homes Citizen Council (16 Civic Clubs),President-Pinemont Plaza Civic Club, Precinct Judge,Super Neighborhood Council Member, Firefighter Local341,Black Firefighter Association,N .A .A .C .P ., Toastmaster, Associate Minister | E-mail Address: [email protected] gmail .com | Website: charlesingramfortexas .com

BRYAN M. SMART - NO RESPONSE RECEIVED.

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What role will you play in attracting and preserving jobs in Houston? What criteria will you use to define essential city services and what will you do to ensure that essential city services are maintained?

RANDY LOCKE

For Houston to thrive our city must return to fiscal solvency. Newly created departments such as the departments of neighborhoods have foolishly been implemented and should be abolished. Departments should be merged and some city employees should be reassigned to the private sector. The city's pensions need revision to reflect current economic challenges.

Preserving jobs is not possible without increasing employment positions, because the population continues to increase. We intend to recruit companies from around the country and around the globe, by creating a favorable environment to attract business and industry to locate to District C Houston. Tax abatements can create favorable environments to attract investment.

The criteria we will utilize to maintain city services will depend on the amount of revenue, if any, is available beyond the pension obligations that the city has incurred. Primary services might include police, fire, drainage, and public health. Randy will contribute mightily to ensure that the basic revenue requirements are met to meet these important city services.

Education/Degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance 2007, Cum Laude from the University of Houston; Associate of Arts degree from Houston Community College 2004 with honors; Senior accounting major UHD 2011 . | Professional Experience: Randy Locke has resigned his most recent positions from the last two years in June 2011, which involved apartment rehabilitation and rentals, and accounting work to campaign full-time for the residents of District C Houston . Randy has been employed a majority of his life with the residents in Houston's District C . | Community Involvement: Randy has worked side-by-side in the campaign with numerous civic groups including: Super Neighborhoods numbers 15 and 22, Braeswood Place Homeowners Association, Braes Bayou Association, Braes Management District, East Sunset Heights, Heights Chamber of Commerce, First Montrose Commons, and Timbergrove Manor | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: randylocke .com

JOSH VERDE

I plan to play a key role in actual infrastructure improvements. Every candidate likes to talk about infrastructure because it is an issue that is on the minds of Houstonians on a daily basis. If you walk, bike, or drive around town you've experienced what I believe to be embarrassing road conditions. We are the third-largest city in the United States. We can do better.

I will lead the charge to attract new business and industry to Houston. While working at the Houston Airport System I was consulted about the CO/UA merger. I was very concerned about losing Houston jobs to United in Chicago. Despite my warnings, very little was done to retain these positions in Houston. We must be proactive to preserve jobs and attract new business.

Essential city services are those that if limited, reduced, or eliminated, would result in a noticeable and adverse effect on quality of life and/or community safety (e.g., water treatment, trash, police, fire, etc.). In tough economic times we must prioritize funding to ensure these essential city services are not affected. We have a duty to provide these services.

Education/Degrees: B .S . Aeronautical Science (2002) - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ ., Juris Doctor Candidate (2012) - South Texas College of Law | Professional Experience: President - Aerovise, LLC, Intern - Harris County District Attorney's Office, Extern - Houston Airport System, Committee Chairman - Air Line Pilots Assn ., Airline Captain - ExpressJet Airlines, Inc . | Community Involvement: BARC Volunteer, Pride Houston Volunteer, Impact Houston Co-Founder, RUDH Volunteer (promoting responsible urban development), Harris County Democratic Lawyer's Association, Organized 2008 Prop . 8 protest rally in front of Houston City Hall | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .verdeforcitycouncil .com

ELLEN COHEN

DISTRICT C Public safety is a top priority for me. I will work diligently to ensure that a Regional Crime Lab is created & the backlog of approximately 7,000 untested rape kits is cleared. I will also work to increase cadet classes. HPD only graduates 140 new officers a year which does not keep up with the 150 police officers who retire each year or the city's growing population.

I will work with the City and the Greater Houston Partnership to promote Houston's livability and affordability as a 21st century city. State-of-the art infrastructure and transportation systems will be a priority as they attract top tier businesses which create jobs. I am encouraged by programs such as Hire Houston First which gives preference to local business.

Can the city function w/out it? I will monitor department reports & encourage constituent input through town halls, round tables & technology. I will also look for ways to increase efficiencies & streamline programs to avoid cuts in services. Almost $1 billion is owed to the City as the result of unpaid bills & fines & I will work aggressively to see this money collected.

Education/Degrees: Northwood University, BBA Management: Magna Cum Laude . Management of Non Profit Organizations ­ Certification from the University of Texas-Austin | Professional Experience: I served 10 years as the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, the country's oldest human rights organization, and 18 years as the CEO of the Houston Area Women's Center where I oversaw a $6 .2 million budget & a 120-person staff . I also served as State Representative of District 134 from 2007-2011 . | Community Involvement: My commitment to Houston is reflected by my service on over 30 boards that have a significant impact on our community . I have also won more than 30 awards from local organizations including the League of Women Voters President's Award for Legislative Excellence & the Strong, Smart & Bold Award from Girls Inc . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .org | Website: www .ellencohen .org

KAREN DERR

A return of HPD focus to neighborhood patrolling with clear goals & accountability to neighborhoods for hours and miles patrolled. Super Neighborhood Alliance (neighborhood representatives) used for citizen review board for oversight of Rebuild Houston. Increased tax base through better quality of life. Complete streets including sidewalks. Clear goals for cleaner air.

I will focus on attracting businesses by making Houston neighborhoods the best places to live & raise families. I will be a champion for small businesses and entrepreneurial start ups. I will work to streamline permitting and limit stiflingly high fees. I'll use my businesses experience to identify mutually beneficial growth opportunities in Dist.C neighborhoods.

I believe safety, security, sanitation and delivery of clean water are the City's core responsibilities. I believe that neighborhood patrolling by police officers who are proud to live & work in our neighborhoods & who are engaged with us and our youth is the most pressing issue facing Houston neighborhoods. I am committed to keeping Dist C homes safe from flooding.

Education/Degrees: Attended University of Houston, Economics Major | Professional Experience: In 1994 I founded Karen Derr and Associates Realty, a residential real estate company listed in the top 25 in Houston according to Houston Business Journal . Managed over 50 real estate professionals and achieved $150-million in annual sales . Company was sold in 2008 . Currently is a Realtor & writes for local magazines . | Community Involvement: Past Steering Committee for Heights First Saturday ­ a shop local campaign . Co-chair Heights Assoc . Education Committee . Board Member Opera in the Heights . I have organized with neighbors for neighborhood patrolling, MKT Bike Trail, against tax breaks and grandfathering of flood detention for unwanted development . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .KarenforHouston .com

BRIAN CWEREN

I will protect our basic city services. This means strengthening our police, fire and infrastructure. Working with Houston law enforcement, we will build a safer city. I will find practical solutions to Houston's budgetary crisis. I pledge to hold the line on taxes and fees and work with council to fight flooding in our neighborhoods and focus on

I will be innovative and hands on in creating jobs. To keep our city vibrant, we need to focus on jobs first. To do this, we expand our pro-business environment, keep taxes and fees low and make sure quality of life is a top focus. If we take care of basic city services, we will be a great position to attract new jobs to the city.

Essential city services are our police, fire, road and drainage infrastructure, water and sanitation. I will make sure these vital services are taken care first in our budget. Too often, we chip away at these services to fund other projects. Especially in these tough economic times, it is important to refocus City Hall on taking care of the basics.

Education/Degrees: BBA Business Administration, University of Texas-Austin, 1994; JD Law, University of Texas-Austin, 1997 | Professional Experience: I am a nationally recognized real estate attorney . I make sure apartment tenants who break the law or are greatly disrespectful to their neighbors are evicted from my clients' properties . | Community Involvement: Unanimously appointed to the City of Houston Ethics Committee; Past Chair of City of Houston Police Citizen Review Committee; Houston Police Department Advisory Committee; Graduate of the Houston Citizens' Police and Fire Academies . Board of Directors of SER Jobs for Progress; Galleria Area Drainage Task Force . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .brian2011 .com

LARRY L. McKINZIE - NO RESPONSE RECEIVED.

DISTRICT D

WANDA ADAMS

Create an ordinance to hold landlords accountable for renting homes that have been deemed dangerous and unlivable, make sure that the Rebuild Houston initiative follows the city ordinance and works with the communities that are most in need for street, draining and infrastructure improvement.

Encourage new development in our city, continue to work to attract new environmentally friendly job opportunities and support Hire Houston First initiative.

I define essential city services as the services that affect our quality of life and safety, the services that we cannot do without. I will continue to work with department directors to monitor their budget priorities, participate in the long range planning task force and continue to communicate with citizens to make sure that their essential needs are being met.

Education/Degrees: Bachelors of Science Degree from Texas Southern University, Candidate for Masters Degree in Public Administration December 2011 . | Professional Experience: Served on Houston City Council for 4 years, Worked for the City of Houston for 9 years and Public servant for District D for over 20 years . | Community Involvement: Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, National Social Action Commission, member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, serves on the Sam Houston Area Council Advisory Board, Red Cross Advisory Board and Sergeant-at-Arms and Co-Chair of the Social Action Committee, Bayou Oaks & Chadbury Place HOA . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www . wandaadamsforhouston .com

DISTRICT E

MIKE SULLIVAN, Running Unopposed

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CITY COUNCIL IS HOUSTON'S LEGISLATIVE BODY. MEMBERS ENACT AND ENFORCE ALL ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS; ADOPT THE ANNUAL BUDGET; CONFIRM THE MAYOR'S APPOINTMENTS; AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE APPROPRIATION AND ISSUANCE OF BONDS, AWARDING OF CONTRACTS AND APPROVAL OF EXPENDITURES OVER $50,000. LIMITED TO THREE 2-YEAR TERMS.

What role will you play in attracting and preserving jobs in Houston? What criteria will you use to define essential city services and what will you do to ensure that essential city services are maintained?

AL HOANG

My achievements in the last two years as Councilmember are: 1. Reduction of crime about 20% in District F; 2. Reconstruction of infrastructure in the area such as new street on Wilcrest; 3. Bringing new jobs to the district such as the relocation of Emerson's headquarter; 4. Coordination of back to school events. If re-elected, I will have those successes reach its climax.

I am the Vice-chair of International Initiative Committee and I have gone to many countries on behalf of Houston to persuade investments to our City and about 50 companies already came and opened their accounts. I have co-ordinate so that Emerson decided to move its headquarter to District F. I will continue the fine job that I have done in the past.

Essential City Services are core services to maintain the safety, health, welfare, and quality of life for our citizens. As councilmember, I proposed cuts on CM offices so we use it for other beneficial departments. I voted to make sure minimum cut for the Police and Fire Fighters. I will continue calling for budget cuts on ourselves and continue to support our HPD & HFD.

Education/Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and language at UH 1989 . Juris Doctor from TSU in 1996 . | Professional Experience: Attorney at Law since 1996 up until today . | Community Involvement: President of Vietnamese Community 20072009 . Presidents of many civic clubs . Member of Asian Crime Advisory . Member of International Advisory Board for the City of Houston since 2001 . Mediator for DRC since 2004 . Member of Texas College of Pro Bono . Family Law lecturer for Our Lady of Lourdes . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: Votealhoang .com

HOC THAI NGUYEN (NGUYEN THAI HOC)

An elected official's job is to represent the interests and needs of the district, to serve the public. Financial and ethical accountability must be returned to the citizens. I want to serve and hope to accomplish that. We all wish to be safe and comfortable. Public safety is top priority, therefore I hope to strengthen our Police, Fire and Ambulance service. DISTRICT F

Starting a business should not be a risk. Rather, it is an investment in growth, security and prosperity. The friendlier the atmosphere, the more attractive it is for companies to gravitate toward, and remain within, our home city. The role I will play is to encourage and push for less restrictions/regulations on businesses so that jobs can be created and maintained.

To ensure that essential city services are maintained the city must be financially responsible, and city employees healthy and dedicated. If elected, I will work with the City Controller and Council, to meet those criteria. Increase revenue and reduce debt. When funds are wisely managed, workers properly and accordingly compensated, the city is a well-oiled machine.

Education/Degrees: Attended Lamar University & University of Houston | Professional Experience: Founder & President Federation of Asian American Voters . Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors . | Community Involvement: Member of Notre Dame Catolic Church, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Christ Incarnate Word Catholic Church . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com

PETER "LYN" RENÉ

I will work to expand the Alief Library and work to build a multi-cultural center adjacent to the library. I will also Work closely with the Management Districts, Super Neighborhoods and other community organizations to maintain a safe, family oriented environment, Create a business friendly district to spur economic growth, street repairs and district beautification.

I will work closely with the Mayor and her staff to promote Houston First. I will also work closely with members of City Coucil to create tax incentives to attact new business to Houston and to maintain the current business enterprises located here in Houston.

I will Provide Strong Voice on City Council to guarantee that and Houston gets the infrastructure improvements that are desperately needed, including street repairs and district and city beautification. Though our city has not been spared from the struggling national economy, I will fight to make sure that basic city services are not compromised.

Education/Degrees: B .S . Political Science | Professional Experience: Peter "Lyn" René is an experienced Information Technology Project Manager with the ability to implement and deliver technical projects on time and on or below budget . René is a Mediator and is certified to mediate cases in the Justice of the Peace Courts, the County Courts and the State District Courts as well . | Community Involvement: Chairman & CEO of the Singing From The Soul Foudation which provides classic voice training to economically disadvantaged youth; Chairman of the Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Texas, founded to promote the Caribbean culture in Texas . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .renefordistrictf .com

CLYDE BRYAN

My primary focus will be working with HPD to get the 15,000 untested rape kits processed as soon as possible. I will work with Harris County leaders to help establish a Regional Crime Lab.I will also work to repeal the Rain Tax and establsh a more business freindly approach to drainage and street reconstruction. I will work to sreamline the Building Permit process. DISTRICT G

I will work toward establishing a more developer friendly enviroment by bringing back predictability to our taxing systems and streamlining the Buildind Permit process. I will work to eliminate special interests that are now embedded on City Council. I will work to repeal the Drainage Fee and force Metro to pay the money owed to the City from street and mobility funds.

Public safety should be our number one priority. Addressing the 15,000 untested rape kits would be my first directive. The City needs to provide Police and Fire protection first and foremost. Outsourcing of some City services should be closely examined to redcuce costs and eliminating future pension and medical payment liabilities.

Education/Degrees: State of Texas Master Electrician; State of Texas Electrical Contractor; Honor Graduate - IBEW Electriical Training Center | Professional Experience: Owned and operated Bryan Electrical for 15 years . Employed up to 50 employees . Merged with Highlights Electrical in 2001 and now serve as Vice President and Master Electrician . Currently employ 60 electricians and staff with sales in the 6 million dollar range . | Community Involvement: President of The Executive Council; Board Member and Past Chair of Governmental Affairs Committee, Houston West Chamber of Commerce; Chairman, Governmental Affairs and Past First Vice President, IEC Texas Gulf Coast; Finance Committee Member, Memorial Drive United Methodist Church; Delegate, Memorial Superneighborhood | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: ClydeBryan .com

OLIVER PENNINGTON

I will continue working with the neighborhoods in District G to make sure all constituent needs are addressed. I will improve crime prevention by improving communications between the HPD and contract security services and by improving relations with HPD in those communities where the HPD does not enjoy full confidence.

By improving infrastructure and neighborhood conditions and working on economic development for the City.

Two thirds of the general fund expenditures are for fire and police which are essential services. The City needs to work on the basics of improving productivity of its employees while hopefully improving services and reducing expenditures.

Education/Degrees: BA Rice University 1960 . JD University of Texas at Austin 1963 | Professional Experience: Prior to his election to City Council, Pennington was a partner at the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP . During his career at Fulbright he specialized in municipal finance, municipal law, environmental law and municipal utility district law . | Community Involvement: Oliver is the former Chairman of the Houston Civil Service Commission and a Former Chair of the City of Houston's Birthday Party . He was a member of Board of the Memorial Park Conservancy, Houston Bar Association, Board of Directors North Houston Association, Greater Houston Partnership, Member St . John the Divine . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .oliverpennington .com

PATRICIA RODRIGUEZ

Bring attention and scarce CIP investment to neglected neighborhoods such as Denver Harbor e.g. Kress Street, improvements to neglected parks e.g. Independence Heights and Moody Park. Push for corporate and foundation sponsorship of library and park community programs. Providing effective representation that actually listens to community, civic, and business organizations.

Promote effective outreach by the city's one-stop business center in authorizing the permits, inspections, and requirements for a small business person to open or expand new business in District H. Promote the many job-training programs that Houston's various community college systems can offer to in-state, out of state and international corporations and foreign consulates

Essential city services should be defined by the number of residents affected by their respective service(s). Pragmatically, fire fighter, police, health and library services should always be seen as essential. We need to solicit corporate sponsorship or solicit innovative public-private partnerships from the private sector for essential city services.

DISTRICT H

Education/Degrees: Attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic school, Incarnate Word Academy and Princeton University . | Professional Experience: Awarded Princeton Fellowship with Los Angeles County government, specializing in the Department of Health . | Community Involvement: Member of Blessed Sacrament Church Parish; early founder of the Second Ward Residents Organization . Volunteer with KIPP Explore Academy and Queen of Peace Catholic school . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .facebook .com/profile .php?id=100002917945362

EDWARD "ED" GONZALEZ

I will continue the work I have started in District H. My priorities will continue to be ensuring public safety, maintaining our infrastructure and balancing our City budget. I am focused on community building and on developing our neighborhoods.

As the City's Acting Mayor Pro-Tem I have the opportunity to come into contact with business and political leaders from throughout our nation and the world. My priority is always to bring jobs to District H and to the City of Houston. Ensuring that we welcome and encourage new business into our City is key to our growth as we become the global City of the 21st century.

While there is no easy criteria for determining essential services in a city as diverse as ours, I will continue to focus on ensuring that our citizens continue to receive those services they expect and deserve. Our neighborhoods need to remain safe, our trash should be picked up, our streets should be well-maintained and there should always be safe water in our homes.

Education/Degrees: University of Houston-Downtown, Bachelor's of Science - Criminal Justice . University of St . Thomas, Master's of Liberal Arts - Political Science . | Professional Experience: Ed is an eighteen year veteran of the Houston Police Department who rose to the rank of Sergeant . He served on the elite Hostage Negotiation Team and as a homicide investigator . | Community Involvement: Ed attends St . Patrick's Church and is a member of Lindale Park Civic Club . He currently serves on the board of CrimeStoppers and in the past has served on on the Gulf Coast Community Services Association Board . Ed is a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XXIII, ProjectBlueprint and the American Leadership Forum . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .edforh .com

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CITY COUNCIL IS HOUSTON'S LEGISLATIVE BODY. MEMBERS ENACT AND ENFORCE ALL ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS; ADOPT THE ANNUAL BUDGET; CONFIRM THE MAYOR'S APPOINTMENTS; AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE APPROPRIATION AND ISSUANCE OF BONDS, AWARDING OF CONTRACTS AND APPROVAL OF EXPENDITURES OVER $50,000. LIMITED TO THREE 2-YEAR TERMS.

What role will you play in attracting and preserving jobs in Houston? What criteria will you use to define essential city services and what will you do to ensure that essential city services are maintained?

LETICIA GUTIERREZ ABLAZA

I would like to expand the number of people who participate in government. The current priorities that City Hall has differ greatly from the constituency. Only through more participation will City Hall and the people be more in alignment. DISTRICT I

I will be an advocate for small businesses. Currently, we have an environment that erects barriers to the creation of businesses. Small business owners are finding it more advantageous to locate just outside the city limits. If we want to build the tax base and foster job growth, we have to make Houston a more competitive place to do business.

Essential city services are defined as those activities that we cannot do ourselves. Responding to crime, medical emergencies, or fires are prime examples of this. From an emergency response side I will work to make sure that Houston stands behind our first responders. Making sure that pensions are sustainable is probably the biggest way we can do that.

Education/Degrees: Degree: University of St Thomas - BBA Finance and Economics | Professional Experience: Securities Industry, Fraud Analyst | Community Involvement: Leading advocate for Justice and Homeowner Protection, Volunteer Governmental liaison to under served communities, Volunteer for non-profits (Ronald McDonald House of Charities, Children's Memorial Hosp ., St Jude) | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .VoteAblaza .com

JAMES G. RODRIGUEZ

I want to make sure public safety and infrastructure repairs are a priority and properly funded. I also want to work on economic development projects that create good paying jobs.

I am a champion of economic development and job creation. I played a major role in getting the East Downtown soccer stadium off the ground. It is under construction and is already creating economic development opportunities. I've been involved in other key development projects Downtown and in other parts of District I.

Quality of life issues helps determine the criteria for defining essential services. Public safety, good roads, garbage collection, minimize flooding, attractive parks, libraries, health and building inspectors, and community centers are among the key services that Houston needs to provide its residents in order to maintain a good quality of life.

Education/Degrees: University of Houston, BBA in Marketing, 1998 | Professional Experience: Political Consultant for Campos Communications, 1999 ­ 2001 Chief of Staff for City Council, District I Council Member Carol Alvarado, 2002 ­ 2006 Marketing Director, Entech Civil Engineers, 2006 - 2007 | Community Involvement: Member of: Houston East End chamber of Commerce, Harris County Tejano Democrats, Houston Alumni Organization, Garden Villas Civic Club, Our Lady of Mt . Carmel Church, Texas Municipal League Board | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .jamesforcouncil .com

MIKE LASTER

My priorities for District J are: 1. Public Safety ­ efficient funding & use of HPD and HFD in District "J"; 2. Infrastructure Investments ­ construction and maintenance of City infrastructure (roads, sewers, water lines, public facilities, etc.); 3. Business and Community Development; and, 4. Quality constiuency services

I believe that District J is at the center of Houston`s entrepreneurial activity. As City Council Member for District J I will use the "bully pulpit" and the marketing resources of City government and District J's connections to the world to continue that growth and to reach out to new markets in Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia.

In these tough budgetary times I will focus on the provision of these `essential" City services: fire & police - the maintenance of first responder capabilities; infrastructure maintenance and re-construction; the provision of utilities such as water, sewage & storm sewage capacity; and neighborhood protection. I will be a strong advocate for each of those services.

Education/Degrees: University of Houston Law Center, Juris Doctorate, 1988; University of Texas at Austin, Plan II Program, Bachelor of Arts, 1984 | Professional Experience: Private Sector Real Estate Attorney with Williams, Birnberg & Andersen, LLP; Former Senior Assistant City Attorney City of Houston Legal Department | Community Involvement: Board Member & Former Chairman, Sharpstown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone; Current Secretary/Founding Board Member, Greater Sharpstown Management District; Board Member & Former President of Sharpstown Civic Assocition; Active Member of Trinity Episcopal Church & Episcopal Diocese of Texas | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: WWW .LASTERFORHOUSTON .COM

RODRIGO CANEDO

DISTRICT J I hope to reduce crime and the perception of crime in our area, to assist our neighborhoods in addressing needs and problems, and to involve all the communities of our area in decision making and full civic engagement. I will constantly communicate with our stakeholders to provide understanding and transparency regarding city matters.

Creating a safer place to live and work will attract and preserve jobs in District J as well as our city. In addition to advocating our area's many benefits, I support creating and matching incentives for companies to create jobs in Houston. I will also work with our planning department to ensure permits are issued in a timely manner.

The most essential city services are emergency services, water and roads. Ensuring these have the required resources is the priority in budgeting. Other services should provide the greatest benefits to the greatest number of people or be measured through cost versus benefit.

Education/Degrees: Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Houston, 1996 | Professional Experience: 15 years as co-owner of a small business offering tool sales and procurement services | Community Involvement: Bo's Place volunteer (8 years) and board member (3 years), Rodeo volunteer (5 years), Sunday School teacher and volunteer (5 years), Lee High School Alumni Assoc . volunteer and board member (1 year), Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance volunteer (3 years), et al | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .CanedoforDistrictJ .com

CRISELDA ROMERO

I will foster strong and healthy communities. I will ensure that we maintain safe neighborhoods and prioritize funding for more academy classes given the upcoming retirement of the aging force. I will empower our communities and connect residents to city government. I am committed in breaking new grounds and act as a catalyst in the well being of the community.

The City is well positioned to create the carrots to lure businesses to the area. I will work together with stakeholders to attract the types of businesses that will make a long-term investment in our City to create jobs. I will coordinate efforts to improve both atheistic and aging infrastructure to ensure the retention as well as the attraction of new development.

We owe it to our residents to spend tax dollars efficiently and maintain high standards of service by operating an efficient and responsive government. This year, the City actually held core-service assessments workshop and broke down expenditures into more detailed line items. I think we need to reformat our budget book to provide for more transparency.

Education/Degrees: University of Houston-Downtown, Bachelor's Degree in Political Science | Professional Experience: As an aide to Vice Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez, Romero serves as a liaison to the Near Northside, East End, and Denver Harbor communities . Additionally, sits on the Near Northside Healthy Community Partnership and is a stakeholder on METRO's CAB for the North Light-Rail Corridor . | Community Involvement: Romero has worked diligently to organize and empower various communities throughout the City as a member of Council Member Gonzalez's staff . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .criseldaromero .com

PAT FRAZIER

In the next two years I will develop an open line of communication between the constituents of District K and city hall. For too long our representatives have been making community decisions without the imput of the people they were elected represent. DISTRICT K

I will lobby for tax incentives for businesses to locate and hire in Houston and District K. District K is a demographic area that has a substanial number of employed residents. It is an opportunity district for banking, food, and clothing establishments. I will communicate to prospective institutions this wonderful, underdevelped source of income.

Essential services our core services that provide the necessities for daily living. Our police, fire, water, and trash services are included in these essentials. In spite of operating in a deficit in 2011, I realize that we still must maintain the basic core operations of the city. To ensure the basic needs, I would advocate a balanced approach.

Education/Degrees: B .A . Louisiana Tech State University, Houston Community College, Hours for teacher certification | Professional Experience: Marketing, AT&T, Subsitute Teacher, Elementary Teacher | Community Involvement: Harris County Precinct Chair and Judge 542, Southeast Precinct Judges Council,NAACP, Community Liaison, State Representative Borris Miles, Campaign Coordinator May Walker, Committee to elect Carol Mims Galloway, HISD School Board, Secretary of Boy Scout Troop 686, WL Davis Boy Scout District, Finance Committee Chair | E-mail Address: [email protected] .net

LARRY GREEN

I hope to facilitate the creation of jobs and economic development in District K, to protect public safety in our neighborhoods, to improve infrastructure, especially the condition of our streets and roads, and to ensure District K receives its fair share of City resources.

I will work with management districts and other organizations in District K, who are already making great strides in attracting quality economic development to our community. Additionally, we need to look at targeted ways for the City to incentivize business development in District K, such as tax abatements and infrastructure improvements.

Essential services include public safety protection, water and wastewater treatment, garbage collection, street and road repair, flood control and public health protection. These core services must be prioritized as City Council makes its budgetary decisions.

Education/Degrees: B .A .- University of Houston, 1987; J .D . - Texas Southern University, 1992 | Professional Experience: CEO of a $24 million workforce development non-profit organization since 2008; former Vice President of Development & Government Affairs for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund; former District Director for Houston Member of Congress; 13 years practicing business and employment law in Houston . | Community Involvement: Member of the Greater Houston Partnership, Board member of the National Workforce Association, member and former Board Trustee of Brentwood Baptist Church, Board Member of the Texas Black Expo, serves on TSU College of Science and Technology Advisory Board, Board member of Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .greenfordistrictk .com

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What role will you play in attracting and preserving jobs in Houston? What criteria will you use to define essential city services and what will you do to ensure that essential city services are maintained?

STEPHEN C. COSTELLO

I will continue to support the Rebuild Houston program. Working closely with the Dept. of Public Works, Rebuild Houston Oversight Committee and the Administration, I will ensure development of a street and drainage program that is needs based. I will continue to work on the Food Deserts(absence of local grocery stores) problem affecting our underserved communities.

An integral component of Rebuild Houston is the creation of construction and industry related jobs. The Oversight Committee is charged with developing a pilot apprentice/ training program for those interested in the construction industry. Local high schools, junior colleges, and trade assoc./unions will participate. New grocery stores (food desert program) will create jobs.

As chairman of the Budget /Fiscal Affairs Comm.,created the core assessment work shops to address essential city services of thirteen city departments. Purpose of the work shops was to obtain detailed information on the services and related costs for each department. This activity aided council and depts. in formulating a budget that yielded significant savings.

Education/Degrees: BS in Civil Engineering, MBA | Professional Experience: Owner of 20 year successful engineering firm,Member and former two time chaiman of HCEC (Houston Council of Engineering Co) | Community Involvement: 16 years and past Chairman on Board of Memorial Park Conservancy, current City Councilmember At Large 1, member and past president of Houston Area Road Runners Assoc . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .stephencostelloforcouncil .com

JAMES PARTSCH-GALVAN

If elected to Houston City Council At-Large Position #1 on November 8, 2011, I hope to accomplish a Revolution here in Houston. I will galvanize for the office of the city secretary of Houston to become an elected office. I will also vote to rename Eleanor Tinsley Park to Elizabeth Spates Park. Galvanism galvanizing the globe. Galvanism/Galvanismo/ Galvanisme/Galvanismus. AT -LARGE 1

I will play the role of galvanizer in attracting and preserving jobs in Houston. We need more good paying jobs here in Houston especially for us Native-Houstonians and Tejanos who have suffered the most from this global recession and depression. Houston must become the rocket capital of the globe. All types of rockets must be manufactured here in Houston. Galvanism 2011.

The criteria that I will use to define essential city services is whether the city of Houston has an obligation to provide a particular service and under what authority does it have that obligation. I will vote to renegotiate all taxpayer-funded pensions and salaries to ensure essential city services are maintained. Non-Native-Houstonians are first on the list. Galvanism

Education/Degrees: I received my Associates of Arts in Economics from Houston Community College, and I attended the University of Saint Thomas from 1979-1986 . My education also consists of listening to CoasttoCoastAM nearly everyday and constantly creating Art for all of Houston to enjoy . I am also the father of New Age Galvanism . | Professional Experience: I was the campaign manager for Elizabeth Spates when she was running for Houston City Council and for Mayor of Houston . I have also volunteered for many political campaigns and am presently a galvanizer for the Ron Paul for President 2012 campaign . I am a Native-Houstonian working to abolish the FederaL Reserve . | Community Involvement: My commuity involvement consists of galvanizing for the Global Revolution (G Revolution) of the New Age 21st Century . I am a galvanizer for the relegalization of marijuana in the United States as well as a supporter of Equal Marriage Rights for All Americans . I am an Independent Voter who votes in every elections . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .mayorgalvan .com

SCOTT BOATES

My priorities: 1. Repeal the drainage fee; 2. Establish sunset review of the performance of City Departments and ordinances limiting economic growth; and 3. Implement ethics reform establishing a true wall between City officials and businesses seeking or receiving City contracts -financial conflicts of interests now plague council and diminish the public's trust.

I will work to repeal the drainage fee and all existing policies which discourage economic growth and chase businesses to communities outside of Houston. We'll solicit public participation by all local chambers of commerce in forming a jobs plan focused on attracting and preserving jobs in Houston. Jobs growth will be the top priority of my office.

Essential services provide for the safety and security of residents. Council will review the contribution and efficiency of every department, and seek public participation in reducing non-essential services. Council will seek partnership with Harris County wherever possible to avoid unnecessary duplication of services and costs, thereby preserving essential City services..

Education/Degrees: Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Houston Law Center, 1991; Bachelor of Science - Political Science, University of Houston, 1988; Bachelor of Science - Psychology, University of Houston, 1988 | Professional Experience: City of Houston Associate Municipal Court Judge, 2005-2011; Mediator since 1999; Attorney since 1992 | Community Involvement: Vice President, Harvard Street Townhome Owners Association; Life Member, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill; Life Member, University of Houston Alumni Association; Houston Bar Association, Elder Law committee | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: ScottBoatesforCityCouncil .com

DON COOK

No conflict of interest in At Large 1. End austerity measures of current council. Rehire thousands of city workers. Boost local economy with municipal bonds, lobby federal government for stimulus. Once economy recovers, raise property taxes and corporate fees. Tax breaks to small businesses. More community gardens, farmers markets for "food deserts." Citizen police review.

Create new jobs, not steal jobs from other regions. Reverse the city's austerity measures to harness municipal resources, improve our economy over the next two years. City jobs will return and be preserved, increasing local spending, attracting private-sector jobs to a healthy city with reliable social services. Defend these measures to citizens, civic groups, government.

The most essential services are those which keep Houstonians alive, safe, healthy, and free to pursue their prosperity. Police, fire, and public health are vital to a society, but so are libraries and parks. Priority one is to revive our economy so every Houstonian can rely on the essential municipal services we all need. Encourage realistic steps that improve economies.

Education/Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, mster of Science, Psychology | Professional Experience: Master's level Psychologist, 2 years State Parole Officer, 21 years Community/Political Activist, 12 years | Community Involvement: Organizing, petitioning, fundraising as volunteer with the Metropolitan Organization, the Black Justice Coalition, Harris County Green Party | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .doncookforcitycouncil .com

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What role will you play in attracting and preserving jobs in Houston? What criteria will you use to define essential city services and what will you do to ensure that essential city services are maintained?

KRISTI THIBAUT

To meet the City's financial and budgetary challenges without sacrificing core services. I hope to help foster job creation and economic development in Houston, as well as make progress improving the City's aging infrastructure. Finally, we must continue to protect public safety in all Houston neighborhoods, and raise the quality of life in our great city.

We need to encourage and incentivize economic development within the city limits; new businesses create new jobs. In certain circumstances tax and infrastructure incentives may be appropriate incentives. A fiscally healthy city that is well run will also continue to make Houston an attractive location for economic development activity.

Core city services must be our priority. Those include public safety, street and road repair, flood control, garbage service, public health and water and wastewater treatment. Some, such as water/wastewater and infrastructure, have dedicated revenue streams. The others must be made top general fund budgetary priorities.

Education/Degrees: Bachelor's degrees in Government and Kinesiology, University of Texas-Austin | Professional Experience: Former Member, Texas House of Representatives; fundraiser for the American Heart Association; Executive Director, TYHA program of the Texas Wildlife Association; worked for Continental Airlines . | Community Involvement: Volunteer for the American Heart Association, Houston Kiwanis Club; active in Briargrove Park Mothers Club; founding member, Houston Democratic Forum . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .votethibaut .com

ELIZABETH C. PÉREZ

I plan to clean up the budget using corporate accounting principles to make it more lean & effective. I propose to have non-police/non-fire employees to be rolled over to a market account to ease up city funds. This is often done in the corporate world in an effort to reduce cost & has proved to work. I would also propose ideas to streamline city services & reduce fees.

I would propose a freeze on current & proposed fees & taxes until the budget is balanced WITHOUT compromising the safety of the city. This would attract local investors to open new business or maintain current ones. I would talk to my colleagues at the International Chamber to bring their businesses from Latin America to Houston through the expansion of the Panama Canal.

The safety of the city is vital. We must have an adequate budget for our first responders. Infrastructure is also needed & 100% of the drainage fees collected need to go directly into a dedicated fund instead of the general fund with a percentage for drainage. Maintaining proper checks & balances along with transparency is essential for operational city funds.

Education/Degrees: MBA-International Business & Accounting; MLA-Political Science & Public Law; BA-Political Science | Professional Experience: Accountant for Oil & Gas Small Business Owner - Provide tax & accounting services to small businesses & families teaching people how to budget, save & invest | Community Involvement: Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Meadowcreek Village CC, Stevenson MS PTO, HWIL, Chamber of International Commerce | E-mail Address: [email protected] . com | Website: www .elizabethcperez .com

ANDREW C. BURKS, JR.

I will improve and expand the city's Small Business Incubator Program, encouraging citizens to go into business. Work to reducing juvenile crime caused by mental illness,reduce flooding, work with HCC and ISD Trustees to prepare citizens for new jobs coming to Houston. Work to reduce duplicate services performed by Harris County and the City, saving tax dollars.

I will play a lead role in attracting jobs to our city and perserving jobs that already exist. I will encourage new job creation through our Incubator program. Currently this program isn't working adequately. We also must have an economic balance of good paying jobs in all Council Districts.Our school system must be first class to attract new companies to relocate here.

Public Works and Solid Waste Pick are essential to our city. Some fees prohibit economic growth. Therefore these fees should be decreased to encourage more economic growth. Neighborhood Protection and HPD must have a greater latitude in securing our neighbiorhoods. Civic Clubs should be compensated for vacant lot maintance in neighborhoods. We all must commuicate better.

Education/Degrees: 1957-1963 Edward L . Blackshear Elementary Sch, Houston,Tx . 1963-1965 James D . Ryan Jr . High Sch ., Houston,Tx . 1965-1968 Jack Yates Senior High Sch ., Houston,Tx . 1968-1970 San Jacinto Junior College,Pasadena,Tx . 1975-1977 Houston Community College, Houston,Tx . 1980-1982 Texas Southern University,Houston,Tx . | Professional Experience: 29yrs . President and CEO of AM-PM Telephone Service, Inc . First African American Telephone Interconnect Company in Houston, Texas . Ordained Elder/Pastor in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Communication Installer at Western Electric Company, Small Business Installer at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company | Community Involvement: President of the 276 Community Club, Inc . Member of the Southeast PIP, Executive Director,of Wise Upâ, Member, Palm Center Association of Civic Clubs, Member of the Southeast Coalition of Civic Clubs,Corresponding Secretary of the Sunnyside, South Park Super Neighborhood, Member of the Mayor's Ministerial Alliance | E-mail Address: [email protected] .net | Website: AndrewCBurksJr .com

GORDON R. GOSS

I will increase our neighborhood's quality of life by increasing funding to the 311 Helpline and neighborhood protection and making HPD more efficient and responsive with the dollars they have. Began a dialogue at City Hall regarding the effects of illegal immigration in Houston on jobs, taxes and education. Create an Ordinance of Quiet enjoyment and Public nuisance. AT -LARGE 2

Work to keep our taxes low, promote growth in existing commercial centers, and support land use and transportation policies that help small, local businesses and large commercial enterprises alike. Work to better our neighborhoods to make Houston a desirable place to live work and raise a family. Make sure Houston's rail system, is built in the right places.

I believe that police and fire protection, utilities and sanitation services, public schools, hospitals, infrastructure improvements like roads, bridges, drainage and flood control, parks, libraries, animal control are essential city services and I will work to to increase efficiency to continually deliver essential city services at a high level of quality.

Education/Degrees: B .A . Public Management, 36 Hrs . Graduate studies in Public Mgt . | Professional Experience: 15 years employment with the City of Houston | Community Involvement: Past President of the East Lawndale Civic Association Past President of the Eastwood Lawndale Wayside Superneighborhood Past Board Member of the Hollyfield Foundation | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: gordongoss .com

BOLIVAR "BO" FRAGA

If elected, I hope to help lead Houston in building a stronger economy and setting the city on a sound fiscal platform. Economic development, neighborhood improvement, and quality of life are linked and interdependent. More specifically, over the next two years, I want to increase job creation, ensure public safety and security, and make sure Rebuild Houston is successful.

I would use the tools we have (380 Agreements, TIRZs, Management Districts) responsibly and effectively to attract and preserve jobs in Houston. I would also push that we aggressively market Houston for business relocation, and work to improve our quality of life and further develop an educated workforce to help bring and maintain businesses and jobs in our city.

I would start with the basics as criteria: public safety and security, solid waste and infrastructure, parks and libraries. I would also define essential based on the needs of Houstonians and the degree of service impact. For instance, we all need law enforcement. I would seek alternative sources of funding and aggressively collect money that is owed to the City.

Education/Degrees: Master of Social Work, Saint Louis University, 2004 - 2006 . Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, Aquinas Institute of Theology, 2004 - 2006 . Master of Arts in Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 1996 - 1997 . Bachelor of Science in History, United States Air Force Academy, 1992 - 1996 . | Professional Experience: United States Air Force Intelligence Officer, 1996 - 2002 . Congregation-Based Organizer, Metropolitan Congregations United, St . Louis, Missouri, 2006 - 2009 . Community Developer, Ripley House, Neighborhood Centers Inc ., 2009 - Present . | Community Involvement: I am on the Board of the following organizations: Greater East End Management District, Houston A+ Challenge, Mickey Leland Kibbutzim Internship Program, and Second Ward Super Neighborhood (Vice President) . I am also a member of the Harrisburg Rotary and a mentor in the Mayor's Anti-Gang Program . | E-mail Address: bolivar [email protected] .com | Website: ivotefraga .com

ERIC B. DICK

Houston needs to prioritize its spending. In this time of financial crisis we need to save the city by going back to the basic core services. Also, Houston needs to address its lack of middle income housing. The easiest way to deal with a financial crisis is to attract more people to live in the city.

The city cannot tax and fee small businesses out of existence. Though it would be helpful to find alternative ways to generate revenue (that will not tax or fee people), Houston has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. Instead of spending money regulating whether someone can feed the homeless, Houston needs to maintain its fire department and police department.

I would use common-sense. What do citizens absolutely need the city to provide? Public safety, infastructure, and basic services. The city must prioritize and question spending for anything else. I.e., why did Houston spend $6,000,000 to build a Wal-Mart (under lessened standards) when the community doesn't even want it? We should instead keep our police and fire officers.

Education/Degrees: JD, Thomas Cooley (graduated Cum Laude); LLM, University of Alabama | Professional Experience: Served with Michigan Attorney General in Tobacco Law; served with Harris County District Attorney in Welfare Fraud; lawyer and owner of small business; and represented a blogger who was controversially imprisoned in a case against Anna Nicole Smith's mother . | Community Involvement: Have been actively involved in every mayoral election since 1999 . Have been on the finance committee for numerous judges . Have represented clients pro-bono or partial pro-bono in cases involving family violence and physical abuse . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .ebdick .com

JENIFER RENE POOL

Improve the efficiencies of the permitting process for construction and development. See that fairness is one of the principles of deciding where the government spends its funds.

I will actively be a spokes person for Houston. I will help in any way possible to emprove existing businesses and promote the underdeveloped industries in Houston.

Public Safety and public works must be maintyained at the higest level for maintaining the quality of life of all Houstonians.

Education/Degrees: McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA Bachelor of Science Degree - Business Administration | Professional Experience: 30 years Construction & Project Management Film & Television Production Company 3 term president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus | Community Involvement: a) Board Member - Last Chance Recovery Center, b) Board Member - Houston Transgender Unity Committee, c) 3 term president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucusd), d) Member of Writers Guild of America (Union), e) Member of S .W .A .M .P . (Southwest Area Media Program) - Rice Univ, f) Volunteer- Bering Omega | E-mail Address: [email protected] .net | Website: jeniferrenepool .com

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What role will you play in attracting and preserving jobs in Houston? What criteria will you use to define essential city services and what will you do to ensure that essential city services are maintained?

M. "GRIFF" GRIFFIN

I will organize Houstons largest job fair. Six years ago we welcomed 1/4 million Katrina victims we found them all places to live and found 40% of them jobs. It is about time we took care of our own people. My theme will be "Houstonians Helping Houstonians." As a small business owner for over 45 years I have seen the pro business attitude change I will reverse that and m

In a recent Houston Publication I was called Houstons greatest cheerleader. I work well with Houston Area Businessmen. Houston has over 250,000 small business who have under 100 employees. If 10% of those businesses (25,000) would add one employee we can drop our unemployment from rate 8.9 and regain our reputation as the top entrepeneur city in the country.

As a Private Investigator for the last 15yrs I will be watching closely the operations of our essential City Services such as Police, Fire and in frastructure of our city. Recently I was honored by the concerend citizens of Houston for introducing and creating The "311" Self Help Line on its 10th Anniversary on Aug. 27, 2011. 311 has been calld The Bible of Houston homeone

Education/Degrees: University of St Thomas, BS Sociology & History; Attended UH Graduate School | Professional Experience: Assistant Dean of Men, University of St Thomas, Small Business Owner, 45+ years, President, Food & Beverage Association of Texas, Chairman, St Patrick's Day Parade Commission, Small Business Owner | Community Involvement: Created and introduced the 311 Houston City Helpline . Created the first Family Sports Sections in Houston professional sports . Made 1,000 tickets per game available at $20 or less . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .GriffForHouston .com

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DAVID W. ROBINSON

yStrengthen neighborhoods - by empowering super neighborhood councils and civic leaders, and by being their voice on City Council yFight crime and ensure police protection - by using technology to target crime trends yRebuild our infrastructure - by being a champion for drainage and transportation issues throughout the City

yMaintain Houston's business-friendly environment - by keeping taxes and regulations in check yCreate job opportunities in Houston - by hiring Houston first yHelp develop skilled labor in Houston - by creating apprenticeship programs for the trades, particularly around infrastructure projects

An essential city service is one that is needed to maintain the health, safety, and welfare of the City and its citizens. I am a proponent of maintaining strong police and fire protection, as well as robust drainage and transportation infrastructure. I am prepared to closely scrutinize the City's budget to reduce waste and inefficiency.

Education/Degrees: · Bachelors of Arts, Majoring in Architecture (Yale University) · Masters of Architecture (Rice University) | Professional Experience: · I have managed projects as large as $500 million, getting them done on time and under budget · Currently a business owner with my own architectural firm | Community Involvement: · Former City Planning Commissioner (4 years) · Super Neighborhood Alliance - Current President · Neartown Association - Current President (4 years) · Hermann Park Advisory Board - Current Member · AIA Urban Design Committee - Current Chair (10 years) · Palmer Memorial Church - member and active volunteer | E-mail Address: [email protected] .org | Website: www .davidwrobinson .org

ROSLYN "ROZZY" SHORTER

If elected, I plan to Ensure efficient use of funds by all departments. Ensure that we expand recycling efforts citywide and ensure that funds collected for Rebuild Houston are used to improve our infrastructure .It is also my desire to forge working relationships with other council members by utilizing a non-partisan approach.

With the implementation of Hire Houston First, combined with President Obama's job plan; this will help create jobs throughout our city. To ensure we preserve jobs it's imperative that Houston becomes a more tax friendly city for small businesses.

My criteria used to define essential city services are services that continuously improve the quality of life, safety and mobility of Houstonians. If elected, as a council member I will work diligently to find and cut out waste in other areas to ensure that essential city services are maintained.

Education/Degrees: Educated at Sam Houston State University; College of the Mainland,-Earned Chemical Process Certification; San Jacinto College- Earned private, instrument, and commercial written pilot licenses . | Professional Experience: Co-Chair Houston CARES Mentoring Movement International Flight Service Continental Airlines Chemical Process Specialist,Hoechst Celanese Chemical Group Correctional Officer, Texas Dept of Criminal Justice | Community Involvement: Volunteer, Children's Defense Fund Freedom School; TX Travel Coordinator, BET Foundation Summer Girls Camp; Volunteer,WINGS for Kids; Chair of Logistics and Operations,Senate District 13 Convention; Board Member, Henry Glee Foundation (HIV/AIDS); Board Member, Great Care Transitional Services for Veteran | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: roslynshorter .com

MELISSA NORIEGA

Resolve long-standing concerns with crime lab-should be competent, timely, just and independent. Ensure ReBuild Houston, the program to rebuild infrastructure created in a citywide referendum, is done correctly and fairly, data-driven and addressing concerns in every community equally. Oversee HPD and HFD to ensure Houstonians treated with respect while being kept safe.

Jobs follow rooftops. Making Houston a desirable, high quality of life city, building on our assets such as the universities,community colleges, Port, airports and transportation hubs, with an educated workforce, and a viable infrastructure, these are the goals that increase good jobs. This includes strengthening the schools and attracting international trade.

Working as part of the budget process, with Houstonians and each City department, we are collaboratively defining core services essential to what the City provides. Some city services are paid by grants or enterprise funds, but of the general funds, 2/3 are devoted to public safety (Police and Fire/EMT), then comes Public Works and others. Libraries are of special concern.

Education/Degrees: BS Psychology UH 1977, MEd Ed Psych, Counseling UH 1983 | Professional Experience: 27-year veteran of HISD-retired; served as State Rep, District 145 in 2005, while husband deployed to Afghanistan; served 2 terms as at-large CM, with 2 terms as Chair of Public Safety Committee (HPD, HFD, Homeland Security); H-GAC alternate rep; Fiscal, Flooding/Drainage, Ethics, Dev/Reg, Quality of Life committees | Community Involvement: Eastwood Civic Association,President; UH Life Member Alumni, member Christ Church Cathedral, LULAC 402, NALEO, American Leadership Forum (ALF), Parents for Public Schools (PPS), Carnegie VHS PTO, AJC award, volunteer Katrina effort GRB, American Legion Aux, Center for Christian Studies, East End Chamber award | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .melissanoriega .com

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CHRIS CARMONA

Restructure the current tax, fee, and permit requirements for small and local businesses to open and operate within the City of Houston. I will also fight to restore property rights to both individuals and businesses.

Advocate, draft, and push ordinances or other legislation that will allow for incentives to those businesses that show a trend of creating and maintaining jobs. Also redcuce the cost of operating business within the City as to being the sales tax base back to Houston instead of the periphery of the city.

Police, Fire, Infrastructure, and Waste would be considered core and necessary services. Other services should be pegged up against County services to see if there is any opportunity for consolidation or streamlining or matched up against competitive private sector services.

Education/Degrees: B .A . International Relations; J .D . South Texas College of Law; Licensed by the State Bar of Texas | Professional Experience: Owner/Attorney - Law Office of Chris Carmona; Attorney and Director of Dispute Resolution - Houston Organization of Public Employees; Corporate and Operations Management - Continental Airlines; Operations Management - Landry's Restaurant Group | Community Involvement: Event Committee - Joint Association to Stop Spina Bifida; Host Committee - HEART Program; Board of Counselors - Amobi Okoye Foundation; Volunteer - Brides Against Breast Cancer; Organizer - DRIVE for Our Community | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .chriscarmona .com

J. BRAD BATTEAU

As your new City Councilman I would hope to accomplish many wonderful things that are needed for our communities. With working 18 years as an entrepreneur and owned 7 different business. I have great ideas to generate more jobs for our city. I plan to implement better seniror citizen programs. Hole classes for people with inventions. Build homeless facilities with shower

The role I would play in attracting a preserving jobs in Houston are promoting advantages regarding medical and research facilities. Focus on tax incentives and credit for businesses to relocate to Houstons, as well as keeping businesses already in Houston. Encouraging our citizens to keep their credit good or have more programs to build or fix their credit for small bus

The main criteria I would use to define essential city services are transportations, communication systems, and waste management. But, I (as the new Councilman) wouldn't try to define the city services. I would let my constituents define the services they need. I would keep my people voice heard and involve them in my decision making process.

Education/Degrees: 3 years at Texas Southern University | Professional Experience: I've had 7 different business in the past 18 years . I've become successful . My professional experiences can help generate jobs in Houston! | Community Involvement: Good jobs of great Houston! Marathon for Breast Cancer | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com

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What role will you play in attracting and preserving jobs in Houston? What criteria will you use to define essential city services and what will you do to ensure that essential city services are maintained?

LOUIS MOLNAR

If elected, I will encourage job creation, economic development, and community focused projects. I will also prioritize infrastructure and drainage, develop innovative solutions so we can fund our police and fire departments, and invest in transportation projections to make Houston more accessible.

My role in my small business is to analyze a business and help them become more efficient so they can maximize output and profits. I plan on taking these skills and applying them to the city. With my experience I plan on giving Houston a blueprint for a prosperous future with job retention and job creation.

Essential city services are those that see to the security of citizens of Houston. Chief among this group is police and fire. The role of police is to ensure order, and as we have seen with the nearby wildfires, our firehouses must be fullystaffed; we never know when an emergency will occur and they will be needed.

Education/Degrees: Bachelor in International Relations from Trinity College; MBA in International Business Strategy from Trinity College | Professional Experience: He has 20 years management experience as a small business owner and is a partner at Kirby Molnar Jansen, a firm that has advised businesses and governments of all sizes in doing things the smart way . Louis also teaches law, ethics, and urban planning at the Spencer School of Real Estate . | Community Involvement: Precint Chair 139, Louis has been an active member of the Houston Association of Realtors, serving in a leadership role on the Political Affairs, Governmental Affairs, and TREPAC committees . He is a former Child Advocates volunteer and also a member of the Colon Cancer Alliance as a six-year colon cancer survivor . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .electlouismolnar .com

AMY PRICE

AT -LARGE 4 Move the HPD crime lab under the Harris County Medical Examiner, take it regional for thrift, and test Houston's 7000+ abandoned rape kits. Improve the Citizens' Review Board and implement community-based policing. Clean up our air and water by enforcing standing environmental regs. Require entities the City supports to follow just, environmentally responsible practices..

I will work to attract and incentivize green businesses, a growing and increasingly important sector of America's economy; to create a local growth-oriented Bank of Houston and an entrepreneurial micro-loan program; and to throw Houston's significant weight via Council resolution behind H.R. 676, which would lift the health care burden from business owners large and small.

Let's redirect debate away from austerity and towards development: since public services of all kinds are essential, how can we maintain them? Answer: keep our money and our hiring local. Enforce and strengthen regulations that promote environmental, social and economic justice to create a future we want to live in. Encourage folks to get active, innovate and serve Houston

Education/Degrees: BA in Art History, Williams College; MA in Clinical Psychology, University of Houston, Clear Lake | Professional Experience: 15 years playing music, teaching violin and operating my own studio and small ensembles . Prior to that, curatorial assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Community Involvement: Recording for the Blind, Houston Adult Literacy Project | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .amyprice .info

C.O. "BRAD" BRADFORD

I will continue to use my experience,education,training,and knowledge of local government operations to identify and implement measures to ensure the delivery of core services to Houston residents during these difficult econonmic times. I will continue to work and address critical issues such as public safety, infrastructure issues and budget restraints.

I will exhaust utmost efforts to ensure that citizens and businesses have broad and substantive input into proposed ordinances or changes. We must promote Houston as a business friendly environment by not imposing excessive fees, taxes, and permitting requirements. Businesses tend flourish and citizens do better when they have as much free reign to operate as possible.

Local government exists to provide core services to residents. Core services include water, garbage, infrastructure issues and safety services. I will continue working to re-focus the City's expenditures on the delivery of core services. The City does a number of wonderful activities, but the question is, what can we reduce or eliminate during these tough economic times.

Education/Degrees: Degrees in Law, Criminal Justice, Public Affairs and graduate of FBI Academy . Houston Police officer for 24 years, Chief of Police for 7 years . Attorney for 18 years, including as partner in law firm . Consultant in public safety and homeland security . Served as Precinct Chair and Election Judge . | Professional Experience: Current Houston City Council Member, Adjunct Professor School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University,Attorney at Law, Community and University speaker/lecturer regarding public safety, homeland security and government relations . | Community Involvement: Harris County Department of Education After-School Program, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo,TSU Law Shool Indigent Defendants Task Force,West MacGregor Civic Association,Houston Lawyers Association,American Education Technologies Youth Advisor, International Association of Chiefs of Police | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .cobradford .com

LAURIE ROBINSON

I would work to increase opportunities for local women and minority businesses by working with City Vendors ensuring women owned small business set-asides; Work to develop a plan to solve the City's Budget and Pension Problem by working with the local unions and government budget experts; Find additional revenues through budgeting for annual operational efficiency audits.

I will concentrate on promoting the City as a great place for large, medium and small companies to relocate. To accomplish this I will convene a group of City "Ambassadors" of civic, business, and local officials to develop a plan to recruit domestic and international companies to relocate to Houston. This endeavor would result in new jobs for many Houstonians.

I would define essential City services as services that provide health,education and safety to our residents. I would ensure these services continue to be provided and maintained by monitoring these services to ensure they are operating efficiently to protect taxpayer dollars. I would ensure services are properly funded through the annual budget process.

Education/Degrees: MBA - University of St . Thomas - Houston; BA - University of North Texas | Professional Experience: MFR Solutions, Inc . (formerly Mir Fox & Rodriguez, P .C .) - Partner Consulting & Advisory Services; Jefferson Wells - Director, Department of Health & Human Services - Office of Inspector General - Legislative Liaison; Ernst & Young, LLP - Senior Manager; Prudential Insurance Company of America | Community Involvement: NAACP - Houston Branch Executive Committee 2009-2010, Greater Houston Partnership Healthcare Advisory Committee and Subcommittee for State Relations, Memorial Heights Homeowners Association, and Friday Harbour Charity | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .laurie4houston .org

JOLANDA "JO" JONES

I'm a businesswoman, attorney, homeowner and mom. As a councilmember, I've saved millions by fighting waste and mismanagement in the Housing Department and other areas of the budget. I'll keep fighting for those who do not have a voice in the critical public policy decisions that impact the lives of all Houstonians. My priorities are jobs, safety and affordable housing.

I'll work with anyone and do anything legal to create jobs and economic development for Houston. I work hard as chair of City Council's International Business Initiatives Committee to bring business to our port and energy sectors. I'll keep working across party lines to save NASA jobs and bring new companies to Houston by marketing the expertise of laid off NASA employees.

Our core responsibility is to protect the health and safety of all Houstonians. Especially in these tough times, we must eliminate waste, fraud and duplication from our city budget and expand our tax base by creating good jobs for Houstonians. I will continue to be a watchdog over our city budget and prioritize job creation and economic development that benefits everyone.

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Education/Degrees: University of Houston Law Center: Juris Doctorate 1995; University of Houston: graduated Magna Cum Laude 1989, B .A ., Political Science, UH Female Athlete of the Century, 4-time national track champion | Professional Experience: I began my law practice as a business attorney and now work in the criminal justice area . I helped expose the abuses at the Houston Police Department Crime Lab that led to innocent people being convicted and criminals being allowed to go free . I also do pro bono legal work as a way to give back to the community . | Community Involvement: I serve on the board of the U'jana Conley Foundation for SIDS . I organize an annual Survivor Challenge, bringing in contestants from the TV show "Survivor" to raise money to fight SIDS and help preserve Buffalo Bayou . I was recently honored by Heroes Among Us for saving the life of a teenage driver from a fiery crash . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .JolandaJones .com

JACK CHRISTIE

A harmonious, non-partisan, positive, consensus building climate at City Hall to make this city the best of all large cities. Efficiency in use of tax-payer dollars. The best coordination of City of Houston and Harris County resources that has ever occurred.

You have to create an attractive environment. Businesses want a reasonable tax-rate, good schools, and a high quality of life. I would tap into the leadership and hard work of the Greater Houston Partnership to assist us.

Essential to me is a service that can only be provided by our local government and private industry cannot do it. I will be a hands-on, full-time on council and will be watching to make sure services are maintained.

Education/Degrees: Pre-med San Jacinto College; Doctor of Chiropractic, Texas Chiropractic College; Certificate in International Affairs, the Bush Graduate School; 7 graduate course University of St . Thomas (just shy of a Masters Degree); Extension courses Rice University, University of Texas, Cambridge University | Professional Experience: 35 years of practice, treated over 20,000 patients | Community Involvement: Big Brother for 8 years; Board of Directors Big Brothers and Big Sisters; Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees; State Board of Education, Member and Chairman; Sponsor and organizer for 32 years Fifth Ward Christmas Ice Skating for 250 kids; Eagle Scout | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .christieforhouston .com

BOB RYAN

Become one of 17 votes on council to assist in managing the budget of a $3 billion corporation. Provide input as a businessman to formulate productive programs that enhance the quality of life in our city. I operate several multi million dollar businesses and feel that business experience on council is sorely needed.

Supporting the Mayor's "Houston First" program on all city purchases and bids. Creating tax incentives to developers and companies to enhance the growth of business coming to Houston. Work with industry to position Houston to be in the forefront of affordability and attract new persons to Houston.

Essantial city services are first of all, Police, Fire & Ambulance. Then comes water/sewer and Public Works. I am a firm believer of we pay what is necessary to hire the best and brightest to run our city. I believe that there are still areas in our budget that could bear closer scrutiny.

Education/Degrees: St . Thomas High; University of Houston 1962-65; Airline Management 1966; Real Estate Courses 1975; Harris County Sheriff's Academy 1982 | Professional Experience: Worked for Eastern Airlines (65-70) and World Airways (7080) in various capacities - VP Far East/Tokyo; Acting VP Cargo; Acting VP Central Region & Mexico . Licensed Real Estate Broker; President RObert Ryan Realtors, Inc .; Managing G . P . WROXKIR R .E .L .P .; Owner Office buidings in Houston . | Community Involvement: Houston Crime Commission - 1963; Houston Volunteer Fire Department 1968-78; Harris County Sheriff's Reserve 1982-95; Harris County Grand Jury Foreman . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .net

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CITY CONTROLLER

THE CONTROLLER IS HOUSTON'S CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT THE ASSETS OF THE CITY ARE PROPERLY ACCOUNTED FOR AND EXPENDED IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH APPLICABLE LAWS, POLICIES, PLANS AND PROCEDURES. LIMITED TO THREE 2-YEAR TERMS.

RONALD C. GREEN, Running Unopposed

HCC BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEMBER

THE HCC BOARD OF TRUSTEES IS HCC'S GOVERNING BODY. DUTIES INCLUDE ESTABLISHING HCC POLICY AND APPOINTING THE CHANCELLOR. THE NINE BOARD MEMBERS ARE ELECTED FROM SINGLE, GEOGRAPHIC DISTRICTS FOR STAGGERED 6-YEAR TERMS WITH NO TERM LIMITS AND SERVE WITHOUT PAY.

QUESTIONS TO If elected, what do you hope to accomplish in the next two years? CANDIDATES: What are the biggest challenges facing HCC today and what would you do to address them? What role will you play in enabling HCC to work effectively with the Houston business community to ensure that HCC students continue to have the skills that local employers need?

JEW DON BONEY

My father Dr. J Don Boney, the 2nd President of HCC, realized that the key to Houston's national and global competitiveness is a highly educated and well-trained work force. HCC is the critical key. I want to expand affordable college education and work force training. My priorities are: Constituent Services, Fiscal Responsibility, Ethical Integrity and Transparency.

TRUSTEE - DISTRICT IV

HCC is confronted by diminishing resources requiring strict fiscal responsibility and ethical integrity. Administrative, management, and fiscal policy decisions of HCC must be beyond ethical reproach. I support accountability and transparency in HCC affairs and strengthening of ethical guidelines, procedures and training for all HCC Trustees, administrators and staff.

As an HCC trustee, I will work with administrators, staff and all stakeholders to convene the broadest cross section of private and public sector employers throughout the Houston region, to ensure HCCs' curriculum and expansion plans address present and future workforce needs.

Education/Degrees: Texas Southern University - Executive Master of Public Administration - December 2011; Texas Southern University - Master of Arts in Communication - 2009; Texas Southern University - Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication - 2007 ; Magna Cum Laude; UH-CL: Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Arbitration & Negotiation traini | Professional Experience: Texas Southern University ­ Mickey Leland Center - Associate Director - 2002 to Current City of Houston Nominated by Mayor Lee P . Brown, elected unanimously twice by colleagues to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem from 1998 to 2001 Councilmember District D -1996 to 2001 Principal Strategist - BSR Consulting ­ 1999 to Cu | Community Involvement: Initiated efforts that led to Houston Museum of Natural Science exhibit, "Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia . Chairman - Board of Directors - Houston's 37th Annual International Festival celebrating "Out of Africa: The Three Journeys ." Chairman - The Coalition to Free Clarence Brandley | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .jewdonboney .com

CARROLL G. ROBINSON

1. I hope to expand HCC's early college program to the high school campuses in my district. 2. Ensure that all students in the high in my district have access to dual credit courses and financial assistance to attend HCC if they choose. 3. Development of new partnerships with local businesses to provide internships and job placement for HCC gradautes.

The biggest challenge is ensuring the systems long term financial stability. 1. Subject entire system to a performance review and Lean Six Sigma audit. 2. Work with the local business community to secure more private funding for HCC. 3. I would work with the City to engage in activities to increase homeownership thus growing HCC's property tax base and revenue.

I am Chairman of a Chamber of Commerce and have already been working with businesses and educators to ensure that we eliminate the skills gap and ensure that we have a ready workforce for the jobs now available and coming in the years ahead. I will continue this effort as a HCC Trustee.

Education/Degrees: BA in Political Science with honors from Richard Stockton State College; Juris Doctorate from George Washington University | Professional Experience: attorney, educator, and Chief of Staff and General Counsel (former) to a Texas State Senator | Community Involvement: Past President of Houston Lawyers Association, Chairman of Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce, VP NAACP - Houston Branch, Board of Directors Children at Risk, Board of Directors Northeast YMCA (former); Board of Directors State Bar of Texas (former); Co-Chair of World Youth Foundation | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .carrollgrobinson .com

TRUSTEE - DISTRICT V TRUSTEE - DISTRICT IX

RICHARD SCHECTER, Running Unopposed

With the loss of Pell grants for some students, finding a means to help students pay for an education is certainly a concern for any community college. I will explore alternative means of assisting students to fund their education. I will also make sure that our tax dollars are not wasted on overbudgeted, passed-deadline construction projects. I am running on the pretense of "Paving the way for a brighter future." As an entrepreneur, I will be an advocate for partnering with other small businesses and ensure that students seeking trade and craft skills receive the best training possible. It will be the only way for them to be competitive in this market.

CHRIS OLIVER - UNABLE TO CONTACT. WENDELL A. ROBBINS

I hope to the lower tax rate that citizens pay. In these difficult times there needs to be some relief for our pockets. I will regulate out of control tuition increases. I will see to it that the residents of District 9 have more than one place in the district to be educated. I will ensure that the college's resources are not mismanaged.

Education/Degrees: Ph .D . in Business, University of Southern Mississippi, MS in Construction Technology, Texas Southern University, BS in Chemistry, Prairie View A &M University | Professional Experience: Business owner and general contractor with Robbins Construction for the past 14 years . | Community Involvement: Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc ., Coalition of 100 Black Men, Provided scholarships to students in the Sunnyside area, Donated school supplies to students in the Sunnyside and Hiram Clarke areas | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .robbinsforhccs9 .com

HISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEMBER

THE HISD BOARD OF EDUCATION IS HISD'S GOVERNING BODY. DUTIES INCLUDE ESTABLISHING HISD POLICY AND APPOINTING THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT. THE NINE BOARD MEMBERS ARE ELECTED FROM SINGLE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRICTS FOR STAGGERED 4-YEAR TERMS WITH NO TERM LIMITS AND SERVE WITHOUT PAY.

QUESTIONS TO If elected, what do you hope to accomplish in the next two years? CANDIDATES: What do you see as the role of magnet schools, charter schools and the Apollo Program in ensuring that HISD students are receiving the education and skills that they need to succeed? What role do you think a differentiated teacher pay structure linked to student achievement and/or critical background skills should play in attracting and keeping the best teachers in HISD?

TRUSTEE - DISTRICT II

RHONDA SKILLERN-JONES, Ran Unopposed, Declared Winner

Magnet schools should draw students from around the district for a spealized or themed core study program that is not available in other schools. Charters should have a role to identify and target students that are not succeeding in the Public Schools System, be they part of the District or a State Charter. Charter should be use as models to solve problems in public school Pay raises across the Board have shown not to increase student achievemnet, a differented pay rate is still new and probabally has more tweaking to be done before it becomes as realiable as we want; But it is a start in measuring and maintaining a record of how the students are learning. Not perfect, but a start to real change and measurement.

MANUEL RODRIGUEZ

To make substantical reforms in Middle Schools to better prepare students for high Schools and to increase the graduation rate with graduates that are college and workforce ready. Please visit my web-site to see what I havebeen able to do while on the HISD Board of education. hppt://votemanuelrodriguezjr4hisddist3.com

TRUSTEE - DISTRICT III

Education/Degrees: Associates of Arts - Salano Community California; Studied Business and Marketing - U/H Main Campus | Professional Experience: HISD Board of Education-2 terms,8 Years//Texas Association of School Boards-Houston Director 2008-11//Mexican American School Board Members Association of Texas 2005-11, President 2010//Parents for Public Schools- National Board Member 2000-2005//PARENTS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL-1997-99 HOUSTONIANS FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION-92 | Community Involvement: I have been involved with Public Schools for the last 30 years . Working as a Parent volunteer in the schools, as an area representative to the District and as a HISD District rep . on different committees . From Emenentry to College Education I have endevoured to make a positive difference . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: votemanuelrodriguezjr4hisddist3 .com

RAMIRO FONSECA

If elected I hope to put in place initiatives which have been proven effective, that will help bridge the achievement gap and help increase student graduation rates. In addition, I will also work my hardest to ensure that our students are better prepared for either college or to go into workforce.

Magnet schools give students the opportunity to excel in their academics. They focus on their interests by choosing the type of education they will receive. Charter schools can serve as an avenue for students who might not do as well in a traditional classroom setting. I question the Apollo Program methods - pilot program, large investment and insignificant results.

Studies indicate that performance based pay has little impact on student achievement. Aldine ISD performance based pay incentives were removed during budget cuts after seeing no impact on student performance. I support competitive salaries and benefits without using performance pay as an incentive and higher salaries for special education and bilingual education teachers

Education/Degrees: Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership/Sociology (In Progress); Our Lady of the Lake University ­ San Antonio, Texas; Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (May, 2002); Our Lady of the Lake University ­ San Antonio, Texas | Professional Experience: Financial Aid Associate, Student Service Initiatives January, 2010 to present Houston Community College ­ Houston, TX Senior Account Executive & Director of Outreach March, 2007 to October, 2009 Director of Sales and Marketing & Student Loan Center Manager for Chase Bank and Texas Commerce Bank - 4/1979 - 2/2003 | Community Involvement: ·Mayor Annise Parker's Hispanic Advisory Board·Houston Hispanic Forum Board of Directors President (2009-2011)·Houston Police Department Positive Interaction Program (President)·Keep Houston Beautiful Commissioner·Legacy Community Health Services, Inc Board of Directors | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: fonsecaforhisd .com

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QUESTIONS TO If elected, what do you hope to accomplish in the next two years? CANDIDATES:

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THE HISD BOARD OF EDUCATION IS HISD'S GOVERNING BODY. DUTIES INCLUDE ESTABLISHING HISD POLICY AND APPOINTING THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT. THE NINE BOARD MEMBERS ARE ELECTED FROM SINGLE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRICTS FOR STAGGERED 4-YEAR TERMS WITH NO TERM LIMITS AND SERVE WITHOUT PAY.

What do you see as the role of magnet schools, charter schools and the Apollo Program in ensuring that HISD students are receiving the education and skills that they need to succeed? What role do you think a differentiated teacher pay structure linked to student achievement and/or critical background skills should play in attracting and keeping the best teachers in HISD?

DAVETTA DANIELS

I will work to prevent school closures and lessen the testing calendar. I will work to centralize school budgets, whereas, all schools regardless of enrollment will staff counselors, nurses,music,P.E., Library/Technological Lab. I will work diligently to improve the low moral in the school I will work hard for equity in funding and add techical and dual language in all.

TRUSTEE - DISTRICT IV

Magnet schools have been successful in the past. We should decide if we want to be in the public school or charter school business. Public schools are suffering greatly due too much compliance. Charter schools enjoy more flexibility, selectivity of who can attend but held to the same standard. Not Fair. Also, Apollo Schools is a hugh waste of taxpayers dollars.

Teachers should be paid a base salary regardless of the discipline. Furthering education should be compensated monetarily. Teachers of students with high test scores shoul receive bonus pay. Teacher salaries need marked increase to attact good students into teacher educaton fields. Teachers principals, coaches, etc. should plan career to maintain stability in school staff.

Education/Degrees: Doctorate/Educational Leadership; Masters/Counseling and Guidance; Bachelors/Sociology/Psychology-Minor | Professional Experience: 31 Illustrious years served in public schools .Served at the Elementary, Middle and High School as: Social Worker, Teacher, Counselor and Principal | Community Involvement: League of Women Voters, NAACP, WALIPP School Board, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, National Organization of Business Women | E-mail Address: [email protected] .net

PAULA HARRIS

If reelected, I will work to continue to implement policies that help improve the quality of education and ensure growth of the children of Houston. I will continue to work hard for increased accountability, increased test scores, decreased achievement gap and decreased dropout rate. I will advocate for higher teacher salaries so we have the best, most dedicated educators

Magnet schools, charter schools and the Apollo Program are an integral part in ensuring that HISD students are receiving the education and skills they need to succeed. These programs improve academic achievement and improve diversity in student enrollment. I believe they increase parent and community involvement, produce higher attendance and increase graduation rates

I support a differentiated teacher pay structure linked to student achievement and/or critical background skills as a mechanism to attract and keep the best teachers in HISD. We have already put into place systems that evaluate data on teacher effectiveness and can be used to identify and reward effective teachers as well as to inform professional development.

Education/Degrees: BS Petroleum Engineering Texas A&M | Professional Experience: 24 years in oildfield service worked as field engineer on land and on rigs in the Gulf of Mexido . Sales, Project Manager Recruiting Manager, Training Manager in South America, Russia, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe | Community Involvement: board affiliation HISD Board, Space Center Houston Board, Ensemble Theater, Hester House, Project Row House, Teach Houston, Project Grad, Jack and Jill, Alpha Kappa Alpha | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: paulaharrisforhisd .com

DOROTHY OLMOS

I would support the HISD Strategic Plan to completion with vigilance, measurement, and assessment of the plan for success. TRUSTEE - DISTRICT VIII

I see the role of these programs as alternative choice for parents ensuring the education of their children to receive the education and skills needed to succeed.

I believe in high performance of teachers sensitive to their students needs. Therefore it is critical to have the best and great teachers should be compensated accordingly.

Education/Degrees: BA Theatre Arts and BS Occupational Industrial Technonology | Professional Experience: Entrepreneur, Fine Arts and Technology Teacher, and Artistic Director | Community Involvement: Red Rally School Supplies Coordinator; Republic Party Hispanic Voter Outreach Coordinator; Hispanic Women in Leadership Historian; Association for Hispanic Fine Arts Director of After-school and Summer Program; 2000-2005 Member of the Municpal Arts Council of Houston | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .votedorothyolmos .com

JULIET KATHY STIPECHE

1) Renew trust by enhancing HISD's ethics standards and revising policies when necessary, 2) increase community/ parental participation, 3) find means of returning additional funds to the campus level, 4) support and preserve successful programs, 5) strengthen academic curriculum to support college/career readiness, and 6) support the professional development of employees.

HISD must offer unique and creative learning environments to attract and retain students. Successful magnet and charter programs should be supported and replicated, while unsuccessful programs should be placed on growth plans with required benchmarks. The Apollo Program remains in its experimental phase, but a timely and objective evaluation of the first-year is necessary.

We should combine differentiated pay with student achievement and teacher skills by allowing highly effective teachers to take on greater responsibilities to improve teacher quality on campuses. Our best teachers should work directly with other teachers to share their skill sets and serve as seasoned mentors for additional pay. Collaboration is key for effectiveness.

Education/Degrees: High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Valedictorian, 1992; Rice University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Policy Studies, and Religious Studies, magna cum laude, 1996; The University of Texas School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1999 . | Professional Experience: I am a civil litigation attorney and have been practicing in Texas for approximately 12 years . I am presently a shareholder at Nagorny & Stipeche, P .C . | Community Involvement: I am a member of the Idylwood Civic Club and previously served as Secretary and was on the Board of Directors . I have volunteered for the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the Ya Es Hora Program, and the Barbara Jordan Ambassadors Program for Disabled Youth . I also serve as a mentor for students . | E-mail Address: [email protected] .com | Website: www .juliet4hisd8 .com

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WALLISVILLE: NORTH CHANNEL BRANCH LIBRARY, 15741 WALLISVILLE ROAD, 77049 BAYTOWN: PASADENA: CLEAR LAKE: ALIEF: WEST HOUSTON: FAR WEST HOUSTON: FAR WEST/ KATY: BEAR CREEK: JERSEY VILLAGE: TOMBALL: CYPRESS CREEK: FAR NORTH: BAYTOWN COMMUNITY CENTER, 2407 MARKET STREET, BAYTOWN, 77520 HARRIS COUNTY COURTHOUSE ANNEX #25, 7330 SPENCER HIGHWAY, PASADENA, 77505 FREEMAN BRANCH LIBRARY, 16616 DIANA LANE, CLEAR LAKE, 77062 HENINGTON-ALIEF REGIONAL LIBRARY, 7979 SOUTH KIRKWOOD, 77072 LAC HONG SQUARE, 6628 WILCREST DR., STE. A, 77072 NOTTINGHAM PARK, 926 COUNTRY PLACE DR., 77079 FRANZ ROAD STOREFRONT, 19818 FRANZ ROAD, KATY, 77449 BEAR CREEK PARK COMMUNITY CENTER, 3055 BEAR CREEK DR. AT PATTERSON RD., 77084 CITY OF JERSEY VILLAGE-CITY HALL, 16327 LAKEVIEW DR., JERSEY VILLAGE, 77040 TOMBALL PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING, 501 B JAMES ST., TOMBALL, 77375 CHAMPION FOREST BAPTIST CHURCH, MULTI-PURPOSE BLDG. 4840 STRACK ROAD, 77069 PONDEROSA FIRE STATION NO.1, 17061 ROLLING CREEK DRIVE, 77090

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NE HOUSTON: NORTHEAST MULTI-SERVICE CENTER, 9720 SPAULDING, BLDG 4, 77016 *GALENA PARK: GALENA PARK CITY HALL 2000 CLINTON, GALENA PARK, 77547 HOBBY AREA: SUNNYSIDE: I.B.E.W. HALL #66, 4345 ALLEN GENOA ROAD, PASADENA, 77504 SUNNYSIDE MULTI-SERVICE CENTER, 4605 WILMINGTON, 77051

ANY ELIGIBLE VOTER MAY VOTE AT ANY ONE OF THE EARLY VOTING POLLING LOCATIONS.

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CYPRESS: CYPRESS TOP PARK, 26026 HEMPSTEAD HIGHWAY, CYPRESS, 77429

*S. HOUSTON: GREATER SAINT MATTHEW BAPTIST CHURCH 14919 S. MAIN, 77035 SW HOUSTON: BAYLAND PARK COMMUNITY CENTER, 6400 BISSONNET (NEAR HILLCROFT), 77074 NEAR WEST SIDE: SPRING BRANCH: TRACY GEE COMMUNITY CENTER, 3599 WESTCENTER DRIVE, 77042 (ONE BLOCK EAST OF SAM HOUSTON TOLLWAY) TRINI MENDENHALL SOSA COM. CENTER, 1414 WIRT ROAD, 77055

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GEORGE BUSH GLEN CHEEK EDUCATION BLDG PARK: 16002 WESTHEIMER PARKWAY, 77082 LONE STAR COLLEGE: CROSBY: UNIVERSITY PARK, VISITORS CENTER, 20515 STATE HWY 249, 77070 CROSBY ISD ADMINISTRATION BLDG 706 RUNNEBURG RD, CROSBY, 77532

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ACRES HOME: ACRES HOME MULTI-SERVICE CENTER, 6719 W. MONTGOMERY ROAD, 77091 NORTH: HARDY SENIOR CENTER 11901 WEST HARDY ROAD, 77076

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