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The 29th Again

Our Skipper didn’t win AL Manager of the Year Award yesterday. He was third in the voting. When was the last time a ‘Stros skipper won the Manager of the Year Award?

Just so you know, State Rep. Carol Alvarado sent this out yesterday:

Dear Friends,

I would like to thank Congressman Gene Green, his wife Helen and their family for their service and commitment to the people of the 29th Congressional District for the past 24 years.  I had the privilege of working for him and more importantly took tremendous pride in having him as a friend and mentor.

Over the past 24 hours, I have been humbled by the encouragement I have received from countless friends and supporters to seek the Democratic Party nomination for the 29th Congressional District.  I am fully prepared to fight for all the people of the 29th Congressional District on issues like DACA, immigration reform and protecting our DREAMERS.  As well as championing women’s reproductive health, the Affordable Care Act and access to health care.  In addition, attainable higher education, and the creation of good paying jobs.

I will continue to visit with key stakeholders in our community and will be making an announcement on my candidacy in the coming days.  

Carol

Political Ad paid by Carol Alvarado Campaign, Yolanda Alvarado, Treasurer.

Rebecca Elliott of the Chron has this write-up today on the 29th.

Gene Green’s retirement opens the door for Harris County to send its first Latino representative to Congress, a milestone that has been a long time coming in a region that is more than 40 percent Hispanic.

In fact, Green’s 29th Congressional District was drawn in 1991 to reflect the area’s Hispanic population but never has elected a Latino representative.

Interest in succeeding the longtime Democrat already is fierce.

State Sen. Sylvia Garcia and state Rep. Armando Walle threw their hats in the ring Tuesday to represent the district that covers much of eastern Houston and part of Pasadena.

State Rep. Carol Alvarado is considering running, and former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia has asked the county party for filing paperwork.

“I hope that whoever is running realizes this is a very, very, very important opportunity for the Latino community to get not only descriptive representation, but also substantive representation,” University of Houston political scientist Jeronimo Cortina said. “What we don’t know yet is how the primary is going to be dealt with. It could be ugly, but it also could be very amicable.”

Cortina’s colleague Brandon Rottinghaus echoed that sentiment.

“The seat’s going to be won by a Latino one way or another,” he said, adding, “It is kind of a black eye for the city and the county that the number of elected Latinos is fairly low compared to other places to where there are a similar number of voting age Latinos.”

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Green-s-retirement-could-lead-to-Houston-s-first-12357701.php.

Everyone knows that Commentary was heavily involved in the drawing of the 29th when it was first created way, way back in 1991. This is what we have always wanted. So now it is going to happen one way or another. This will be a very lively campaign. This the way it is supposed to happen, right?

The race could also have implications on other Democratic Party primary races, especially the countywide races because of the expected and possibly dramatic increase in Latino voter turnout.

Amicable, ugly, pretty, gorgeous, dainty, hardly. Let’s see.

Then I got this forwarded to me yesterday from Kathryn:

Dear Kathryn,

I want you to be among the first to know that I am exploring a run for Harris County Judge. I filed the paperwork today that allows me to begin raising funds for the Democratic primary.

I will make a decision within 30 days. The primary election is March 6, 2018 and the general election is November 6, 2018.

This is a big step not only for me, but for my family. It would be my highest honor to have you join us on this journey.

Many, if not most of our friends, neighbors and colleagues know very little about county government – how it spends its billions of tax dollars or how it addresses a long list of problems such as flood prevention, traffic, transit, road conditions, crime, health care, mental health care and criminal justice reform.

It’s actually harder than you think to find out what’s going on in county government.

Certainly, Hurricane Harvey has raised a number of very serious questions, with more being asked every day. Has our county been proactive when it comes to flood prevention? If not, why wasn’t it at least reactive when it had the chance after the Tax Day Flood and Memorial Day Flood?

Even before Harvey, I got a closer look than most at county government through my work with the Houston Food Bank, the Houston Long Range Financial Management Task Force, Planned Parenthood and the Houston Parks Board. I was not impressed.

I watched the neighborhood in which I raised my four children fill with muddy water from the release from Addicks Dam. I watched the 20-minute bimonthly County Commission meetings move into private sessions. I watched the incumbent Harris County Judge – who boasts of his expertise in transportation policy – fail to develop a comprehensive transportation strategy, or a strategy to develop a countywide park system or to improve the quality of our air and water. 

As I watched all of this, I knew we needed a change. That’s why, over the next 30 days, I’m going to continue talking with leaders, policy experts, voters and donors. 

And I’m going to keep asking questions about why so much of our county government appears to be underwater.

I’ve learned many valuable lessons in my three decades of experience as a leader in large business and nonprofit organizations. Problems fester if you don’t address them. Saying, “It’s not my job” is not a reliable strategy. And there is no accountability without financial transparency and comprehensive ethics rules.

If I can help our county do a better job, and if I can put together a winning campaign, then I’m in. If not, I’ll continue to work from the outside to bring change. The status quo is not good enough.

I would be honored to have your support, answer your questions and receive your advice and wisdom. 

Thank you!

Warmest regards,

Mike Nichols

I don’t think I know the fella. He took a shot or two at Hunker Down. During the primary, he has to hit Hunker Down a whole lot harder.

Larry Dierker of course won NL Manager of the Year in 1998.

Commentary is thinking A.J. Hinch is A—Okay with a World Serious 2017 ring.

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