Early voting for the Houston city election runoffs begins Wednesday, Dec. 2 and continues until Tuesday, Dec. 8. Voters can cast their ballots at any early voting location within the county, but on Saturday, Dec. 12, they must cast their ballots only at their precinct polling place. To see the early voting schedule, click on each day of this website's calendar or visit harrisvotes.org, where you can also see early voting locations, Election Day voting locations and a sample ballot for your precinct.
At the November meeting, Bay Area New Democrats voted to endorse six Democrats who will be candidates in the Saturday, Dec. 12 runoff elections. The candidates and the offices they seek are:
Sylvester Turner - Houston mayor
Chris Brown - Houston city controller
Georgia Provost - Houston City Council at-large
David W. Robinson (incumbent) - Houston City Council at-large
Amanda Edwards - Houston City Council at-large
Sharon Moses - Houston City Council at-large 5
It's a change of venue for this year's BAND Holiday Dinner party. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the Monument Inn (near the San Jacinto Monument), 4406 Independence Parkway South in La Porte 77571. Dinner tickets are $30 per person. Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be recognized for her service to the City of Houston.
Daniel Williams, regional field organizer and legislative specialist for Equality Texas, will be at the November BAND meeting to give his perspective on the election results. Equality Texas works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans through political action education, community organizing and collaboration. Williams has worked with the legislature and local communities to achieve equality.
On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, you must go to your own precinct polling place to vote. To see your polling place and a sample of the ballot for your precinct, go to www.harrisvotes.com or the comparable website in your county. Besides the local candidates this year, voters in Harris County will see propositions for seven state constitutional amendments, four county bonds and the City of Houston's HERO and revised term limits proposals. Some voters will also see other bond proposals such as the one for San Jacinto College.
The Houston City Council candidates' Clear Lake area forum will be on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Bay Area Community Center in Clear Lake Park, 5002 NASA Pkwy., across the street from the lake. Bay Area Association of Democratic (BAAD) Women previously joined with the area Republican club to put on the mayoral forum. The same clubs will host the at-large candidates' forum. Make plans to come and cheer on the Democratic-supported candidates. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7.