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The Latest Candidate

Among active MLBers, where does Jose Altuve rank in the career batting average category?

This is from today’s Chron:

AUSTIN – Democratic Party officials confirmed Wednesday that Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez – the state’s first Hispanic lesbian sheriff – plans to resign from her current post to run for Texas governor as a Democrat.

If she files as a candidate next week, as Democratic Party officials said she will, Valdez would likely be viewed as the front-runner in a crowded field.

Ok. That’s promising, but then this:

She has also widely been reported to be a personal choice of state Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa to be the 2018 standard-bearer for a party that has not won a statewide office since 1995.

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Dallas-sheriff-plans-to-run-for-Texas-governor-as-12393737.php.

Everyone knows that Commentary isn’t and has not been a fan of the folks who have been running the state Dem Party. The election results speak for themselves so don’t even bother trying to argue with me. The key reason I like the Cong. Beto O’Rourke campaign for U.S. Senate is because it was not created by Dem Party leaders and shoved down our throats. Beto’s was organic through and through.   When I read that the Dallas county sheriff is the “personal choice of state Democratic Party Chair”, I get worried and you should too. I just don’t have any confidence in the folks who run the state Dem Party.   Do you? That’s really not the way statewide candidacies ought to be created these days.  A listening tour of sorts would have been preferred.

Oh, well!

CNN is not going to the White House Christmas party for the media this Friday. Good for them. What is up with the media members who are going? Don’t they remember that they are the enemy of the people?  Don’t they remember that they are fake?

BakerRipley is going local and good for them and us. Here is their press release from yesterday.

Our very own, Claudia Aguirre-Vasquez will be our New President and Chief Executive Officer.

Claudia Aguirre-Vasquez has been named the new President and Chief Executive Officer of BakerRipley, one of Houston’s leading non-profit agencies. The decision was announced today by Mike Ballases, Chair of the agency’s Board of Directors.

“We conducted an extensive national search and narrowed our list to internal and external candidates from across the nation,” stated Mike Ballases. “In the end, Claudia emerged as the one person who matched all of our criteria. We are confident that she will build upon our history of response to underserved communities. Claudia embodies the agency’s core values and has demonstrated a deep commitment to our mission.” 

Aguirre-Vasquez, currently Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer, has been with the agency since 2010. As Chief Program Officer she worked with the Board on the integration of programs across divisions and sectors. Aguirre-Vasquez has led the program development of six community centers, overseen the expansion of the BakerRipley Promise Community School District, and enhanced programs in civic engagement, small business incubation and immigration services. She has also developed innovative responses to emerging communities, such as the BakerRipley New Neighbor School, a nationally recognized school for newly-arrived immigrant and refugee children. 

Aguirre-Vasquez successfully managed the agency’s expansion efforts into the Near Northside and East Aldine communities. During BakerRipley’s capital campaign she led the volunteer fundraising committee for East Aldine. Her metrics-driven approaches have greatly strengthened the agency’s fundraising efforts.   

Aguirre-Vasquez holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Saint Edward’s University. She also holds a Principal’s Middle Management and Superintendent Certification. 

“Claudia Aguirre-Vasquez has been a strong leader at BakerRipley. I believe in investing in the leaders already here, those with an understanding of regional challenges and resources. When we do that, the entire region grows stronger. I’m thrilled with the Board’s decision.” said Angela Blanchard, current CEO.

“We live in a fast-growing region of the country. As a leading community development organization we must be prepared to evolve and respond to emerging communities. I am excited and honored to extend my lifelong service to community in this new role.” said Aguirre-Vasquez.

Aguirre-Vasquez will formally assume her new role in January 2018.

I am not going to spend much time about Hunker Down and his state of the county speech the other day. He chastised the state GOP elected leadership. I wonder if he will get a GOP primary challenger? We will know in eleven days for sure.

With a .316 career batting average, Jose Altuve ranks second among MLB active players of course and Miguel Cabrera ranks number one with a .317 career batting average.

Baseball American named our own A.J. Hinch Skipper of the Year. Who else would it be? Congrats!

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