The Houston Climate Movement will hold a debate for Houston at-large council candidates on Saturday, August 19.
Here are the details:
What: At Large Environmental Candidate Forum
Where: First Congregational Church of Houston
10840 Beinhorn Rd.
Houston, TX 77024
When: August 19, 2023 - 2:30 - 90 minutes
M/C: Daniel Cohan - Rice University
It'll be interesting to see if At-Large 3 candidate Casey Curry joins the debate and, should she show up, mentions climate change. Ms. Curry, a Democrat, has rooted her campaign in her knowledge of flooding and resilience and her experience as a meteorologist at Channel 13. The Houston Democracy Project has seen Ms. Curry speak three times so far and she has never once mentioned climate change. Her website does not use the term either. She talks about flood mitigation. But not fully about causes of the floods.
This is one of the many problems with the illusion of non-partisanship in Houston municipal elections. Ms. Curry needs Republican votes to get into a runoff, and avoids one of the most important issues facing Houston so she can appeal to voters who support Donald Trump.
Democrats seeking Republican votes in this political environment risk slipping into reactionary politics and seeking greater partnership and coalition with the right rather than with pro-democracy Houstonians.
Republicans don't treat city elections as non-partisan. Neither should any advocate of democracy in Houston.
The Houston Democracy Project is working everyday to make the protection and expansion of democracy a top issue in 2023 Houston city elections. Please share word of the effort & please support the Houston Democracy Project.
I'm Neil Aquino