The Harris County Republican Party has endorsed a slate of Houston City Council candidates.
Here is the list. I'm linking to it to help you know who not to vote for and to make the point that Houston municipal elections are not non-partisan. There are also some school board endorsements on the site. They have a crew of people ready to go forth and ban books.
Republicans don't see any election as non-partisan. Democrats should not either.
I'm making this point because so often we hear Houston city elections are non-partisan. Often we hear this from Democratic candidates hoping to win Republican votes. There is nothing by definition wrong with bipartisanship. But what we are seeing in Houston city elections, is Democrats avoiding issues of democracy in order to appeal to Republicans lacking a strong commitment to democracy.
So next time you hear Houston elections are non-partisan, tell whoever saying that they are wrong. Every election has high stakes and every election is a possible platform and launching pad for Republican extremism.
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I'm Neil Aquino