The Harris County Democratic Party held a press conference today to support the Democrats running against Republicans in Houston municipal runoffs. Above is a picture the party posted of the event.
Here are Houston Democracy Project runoff recommendations. Early voting runs through December 2 and Election Day is December 9.
The Democrats running citywide are Hollins, Miles, Hellyar, Cantu & Plummer. Those five and also Jackson Lee and Whitmire from Mayor. Sheila Jackson Lee is the better choice for Mayor.
It is good to see city elections being made partisan. It is not that all the Democratic candidates are great. It's that the Republican candidates running for city office are either far to the right or refuse to publicly distance themselves from election-deniers.
Bipartisanship is fine so long as all involved respect democracy.
Republicans don't see Houston elections as non-partisan.
In the first round of voting Houston city candidates are often reluctant to say what party they support. They tell you it is a non-partisan election. But when the choice is down to a Democrat and a Republican, then they tell you.
We must remember these candidates called themselves Democrats when they felt it served themselves to do so. It is by no means a given they will be brave or take risks for us in an authoritarian moment. But we can at the least hold them to the values they assert when they want our votes.
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I'm Neil Aquino