Last night the Houston Democracy Project attended a debate for Houston City Council At-Large #2 Democratic candidates. The event was held by the Spring Branch Democrats Club and moderated by Diana Martinez Alexander. Diana is an excellent and caring Houstonian.
Above is a picture I took of the debate.
Three of the five Democrats in the race attended the debate.
On the left above is Obes Nwabara. Mr. Nwabara is one the four Houston Council candidates who has added democracy to his campaign website after discussion with the Houston Democracy Project. Greatly appreciated!
(The other candidates who added democracy language after talking to the Project are Conchita Reyes in At-Large #1, Donnell Cooper for At-Large #3 and Ivan Sanchez in District J. Ethan Michelle Ganz for At-Large #3 also has strong pro-democracy language on their campaign website & so does Travis McGee in District D.)
In the middle above is Danielle Bess. Ms. Bess spoke strongly about her concerns over attacks on democracy and the anti-democratic HISD takeover. The Houston Democracy Project encourages Ms. Bess to add democracy to her campaign website and to make democracy part of her standard stump remarks.
On the right is Marina Angelica Coryat. Ms. Coryat was late and not present when Diana asked questions about democracy as a campaign issue in Houston. The subject is not addressed on her webpage and she has not mentioned it when I've seen her on the campaign trail.
Holly Flynn Vilaseca sent a representative. I've spoken to Ms. Vilaseca about the Houston Democracy Project. So far those discussions have been to no avail in getting her campaign to take up democracy in Houston as an issue.
Nick Hellyar was not present in any way. Nick has staked his campaign on relationships with Republicans and has accepted police union endorsements without any indication he's asked them when they will stop supporting election deniers. There is no public safety without democracy.
Thanks to Spring Branch Democrats for the forum and to the candidates who joined the debate.
The Houston Democracy Project is working everyday to make democracy a top issue in 2023 Houston city politics & to help inspire, build and strengthen pro-democracy coalitions in Houston and Harris County.
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I'm Neil Aquino