Amanda Edwards left the race for Mayor of Houston to run for Congress instead.
Michael Kubosh left the Controller's race citing health concerns. Surely the Channel 11 report on Kubosh's campaign finances has nothing to do with him quitting the race.
There have been all sorts of coming and goings in the race for Mayor and Controller. And people flipping and switching what Council seat they'll seek.
Business as usual.
But politics today are not business as usual. Especially in Houston, Harris County and the State of Texas.
Houston has lost its elected school board in what just 60 years ago was a Jim Crow city.
Harris County Republicans are in court trying to undo 21 election defeats from 2022.
The Texas Legislature has restricted the rights of cities and counties to pass ordinances to protect local residents and workers.
Elected officials and candidates will do what is best for themselves. The deal is supposed to be the mainstream political system will at the least protect whatever democracy it is we have left.
Amanda Edwards and Micheal Kubosh are not the center of any relevant story.
The work of protecting our remaining freedom, and realizing the full multi-racial democracy we've never had, is a task for each of us.
Please take the time to learn about the Houston Democracy Project and consider supporting the effort.
All of us merit a future for ourselves and for our families rooted in democracy.
Here in Houston, we can work towards that future by changing the culture of municipal politics to reflect reality, rather than the artificial environment consultants and politicians seek to construct to suit themselves.
I'm Neil Aquino