Nick Hellyar is a candidate for Houston At-Large City Council Place 2.
Mr. Hellyar's website does not have a section where he discusses his position on issues.
I read someplace that no stated positions on issues is a trend in campaigns. Maybe a consultant suggested Mr. Hellyar proceed that way.
Mr. Hellyar says in his brief biography that he worked for State Senator Carol Alvarado. So that would suggest he is a Democrat.
Though Mr. Hellyar doesn't say what political party he supports on his website.
Republicans don't treat municipal elections as non-partisan. Neither should we.
With Republicans attacking democracy and attacking so many different people, it's a matter of public safety to fight back. There is no public safety without democracy.
Mr. Hellyar has a page of endorsements.
He is endorsed by an ideologically diverse crew.
For example, Mr. Hellyar is endorsed by both incumbent Democratic Councilwoman Sallie Alcorn and the right-wing Republican former Houston Councilmember Greg Travis.
Seems contradictory. The visions of the two major parties are difficult to reconcile at the moment.
There is an old saying that there is no Republican or Democratic way to fill a pothole.
But we don't need our potholes filled by people who support authoritarians or by people silent about authoritarians. We could find people fully committed to democracy to fill the potholes.
Issues Mr. Hellyar could address are the loss of an elected school board in what 60 years ago was a Jim Crow city, the 21 Republican lawsuits moving to the Texas Supreme Court seeking to undo hard-won 2022 Democratic Harris County election victories, the many restrictions on municipal autonomy imposed on Houston by the far-right state legislature and endless hostility from Texas Republicans directed at gay people, trans people and many other people.
Each day offers Mr. Hellyar the opportunity to say these are important issues.
You can be certain the Houston Democracy Project will bring up these important issues & will press municipal candidates to do the same.
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I'm Neil Aquino