Like many thousands of active Houston rank & file Democrats, I'm voting for all five citywide Houston municipal candidates opposed only by a Republican regardless of whether I really like them or not & without any concern as to their racial or ethnic status.
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. Here are Houston Democracy Project runoff recommendations with some additional perspective.
This pragmatic approach should be matched by our Harris County elected Democrats. They all need to endorse all the candidates no matter what community the candidates represent & they should be out actively promoting these candidates. Instead, what we get are very selective endorsements by elected officials including Houston City Council Democrats who were elected outright on November 7. That's if they bother to get involved at all.
Our elected officials are almost all in safe districts and have similar views. There is nothing special or unique about most of them. A way they could distinguish themselves is to take part in elections every cycle and generate turnout. Just imagine if we'd had stronger turnout when we almost defeated anti-democratic Ted Cruz in 2018.
Democratic elected officials tell us our vote is our voice & look the other way at consistent over-policing of peaceful protest in Houston. So the least they could do is match the efforts of the voters who sustain the party and show up for every election.
If these political figures won't show up for each other, why should we believe they'll show up for us in an authoritarian crisis?
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I'm Neil Aquino