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CD 29

As expected, Adrian Garcia is running in the 29th Congressional District Dem Primary.

The 29th was created in 1991 after a lengthy and heated redistricting battle that Commentary help lead.

I have said this before – from a Teddy tweet yesterday:

Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 14h14 hours ago

Context for @AdrianGarciaHTX bid in TX: Houston is the most Hispanic part of country without Hispanic in Congress. | http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Houston-most-Hispanic-part-of-country-without-5738987.php …

I don’t follow that many people but after Adrian filed yesterday, the positive response was from Latinos, the negative response was from Anglos, and I didn’t see anything about Gene.

The betting is that most Latino elected officials will stick with Gene but Latino voters won’t. That will cause some squirming for sure.

Adrian just spent the last two weeks campaigning for Sylvester. I didn’t see much of Gene, so I wonder how that plays in Adrian’s favor.

And from the snarky department or was that really necessary department:

Annise Parker ‏@AnniseParker 14h14 hours ago

Funny, I thought he wanted to be Mayor of Houston.-A

Why even comment?

Here is the most interesting part of the Rebecca Elliott piece on Adrian running:

“What I am doing is with all the intention to strengthen the party and help cultivate a Hispanic electorate that can help move the country forward,” Garcia told the Chronicle as he filed his paperwork, less than an hour before Monday’s 6 p.m. deadline. “I’m not challenging Gene Green. I’m challenging Donald Trump with all of his vitriol, rhetoric, dividing the community and insulting hardworking men and women.”

Stay tuned!

It looks like Ken Giles will be wearing the numero 53 for the ‘Stros. There is only one numero 53 retired jersey in MLB. Name the Hall of Fame great who wore it. Hint: He is no longer with us.

The Chron E-Board gave the next H-Town City Council some run today. Here it is:

Sylvester Turner may have won the runoff race for mayor, but he came in second on Saturday in the contest for top vote-getter. That award went to Amanda Edwards, the new council member in the At-Large 4 seat. While two established figures went head-to-head at the top of the ballot, the 33-year-old attorney was able to cut through the partisan rhetoric and garner more support than anyone else with her positive, forward-looking vision for Houston. After such a divisive election, perhaps it is a sign that Houstonians are ready to once again unite and work to make our city even better.

But City Hall won’t have the luxury of focusing on new and interesting ideas unless our elected officials tackle Houston’s core problems: infrastructure, the budget and, above all, pensions.

The new city controller, Chris Brown, has his work cut out for him. After six years of a quiet chief financial officer, we’re ready for a bold voice to take up the fiscal bullhorn.

Change also came to District F, which elected its third council member in as many election cycles. The diverse west Houston district, which covers much of the city’s Asian community, replaced first-term Councilman Richard Nguyen with Steve Le. This switch comes only two years after Nguyen replaced Al Hoang.

It will be sad to see that political neophyte leave City Hall so soon, but Nguyen made his mark with a heartfelt speech in support of the Houston equal rights ordinance during that rancorous debate.

Other newcomers include Mike Knox in At-Large 1 and Karla Cisneros in District H, an L-shaped district that covers Near Northside and Woodland Heights, and the townhouse rows of the East End.

Knox, a former police officer, proved himself particularly knowledgeable on the campaign trail and should have no trouble coming up to speed on the issues at City Hall.

Cisneros, who served on the HISD board of education from 2000 to 2006, ran an impressive door-to-door campaign. We look forward to hearing more of her ideas on addressing the opportunity gap between Houston’s wealthy and poor neighborhoods.

Two City Council workhorses were able to keep their seats against challengers, with David Robinson in At-Large 2 and Jack Christie in At-Large 5. Both are smart, soft-spoken men who contribute to the daily duties of City Hall. Councilman Mike Laster also kept his seat in District F for a third and final term. All of their experience will be needed as Houston confronts the challenges ahead.

I had never heard of this Nassif fella before he ran for H-Town City Council and now he wants to be our Harris County Dem Party Chair – seriously? What is up with that?

The great Don Drysdale of course wore the Dodger blue numero 53.

Our next closer was introduced yesterday at The Yard but the club refused to say he was our closer out of respect to last season’s closer – oh, brother! Let’s just play ball!

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