Casey Curry is running for Houston City Council At-Large Position 3
While Ms. Curry does not say what party she supports on her website, she was just endorsed by Democratic State Rep. Gene Wu.
I saw her campaigning once at a Houston LGBTQ Political Caucus monthly meeting.
So she is likely a Democrat.
Republicans don't view municipal elections as non-partisan and neither should we. Incumbent Houston City Council Republicans are out there fighting very partisan battles about our elections.
The reason Democrats should be upfront about party identification, is because Republicans are an authoritarian political party trying to overturn elections. We should oppose them at every level so we can be safe. There is no public safety without democracy.
There is no mention of issues of democracy on Ms. Curry's website. This even though the state has taken away our Houston elected school board in what just 60 years ago was a Jim Crow city. People marched, were arrested and died so everybody can vote.
Ms. Curry was a meteorologist on Channel 13.
A big topic on her website is "Flooding & Storm Resilience."
Ms. Curry has many points about what we should do about that & says she'll work for such projects to be fairly distributed across all city communities.
Ms. Curry does not use the words "climate change" on her website.
She could easily use those two words. Climate change is a huge problem that impacts Houston.
So often when the City of Houston gets out in front of what the State of Texas thinks cities should be doing, the state passes laws saying the city should stop whatever it is doing.
Ms. Curry--and all Democrats running for Houston city offices--could make a pledge to be an active part of supporting Harris County Democratic candidates in 2024.
Ms. Curry can't make progress on the things she values without a strong Democratic Party, without clear mention of climate change and without a focus on democracy. There is no future for any part of our agenda without a functioning democracy.
The Houston Democracy Project is here to put democracy on the agenda for 2023 Houston city elections & and to press candidates to be part of the fight.
Please be involved as a citizen & please follow and support the Houston Democracy Project.
I'm Neil Aquino