In last weekís issue, I told readers Iíd
had enough of various politicians. Since this is the last
issue before the vote next Tuesday, I want to make sure I
cover most of the contested races in Fort Bend.
In the state representative race in
District 27 which includes parts of Fort Bend, Democratic
Dora Olivo has served her constituency well since 1997 and
has on several occasions carried bills that benefited Fort
Bend specifically, most particularly involving the
establishment of local judicial positions when other Fort
Bend representatives were no help.
Her Republican challenger is currently a
member of Fort Bend ISD board of trustees and was one of the
trustees who was not only unable to get along with the
popular superintendent, but several other board members as
well. His ability to govern has been seriously questioned.
Olivo is a hard-working member who has kept in touch with
her district and maintained excellent district services. I
encourage her District to reelect Olivo as their state
Precinct 2 County Commissioner
Iíve been mad at all the Fort Bend County
Commissioners and the County Judge since they voted
themselves a $17,000 raise this year. But Democrat Grady
Prestage, who has served as commissioner since 1990, has
proved himself a very adroit politician who, even though a
political and racial minority on the court, has been able to
effectively help many disadvantaged and heretofore under
served citizens of Fort Bend. His Republican opponent, who
has run against him before as a Democrat, has no credentials
for leadership except as a school teacher. I encourage Pct.
2 voters to reelect Grady Prestage as commissioner.
U.S. Representative, Dist. 22
I encouraged you last week to support
Democrat Nick Lampson for District 22 as our next
Congressman. Lampson served four terms as a U.S.
Congressman, representing the Beaumont, Port Arthur area.
When the Tom DeLay-led redistricting changed Lampsonís
district, he moved to Stafford to run against DeLay. He has
no Republican opponent on the ballot, but Shelley Sukula-Gibbs
is running as a write-in.
Since last week, my resolve to support
Lampson has increased. He has received the endorsement of
several conservative groups such as the NRA, VFW, Realtors,
and several law enforcement groups. His write-in opponent
lives in Clear Lake, is on the Houston City Council, and
distinguished herself this week by visiting inside two
voting sites. She said she only went in to use the bathroom
and while there, asked how the early voting was going. She
has run several city council races and should certainly know
that is illegal.
After our years of Tom DeLay skirting the
law and operating right on the edge, we donít need to elect
someone else who disregards the law as it applies to them.
County Court at Law Judge
I want to remind you that Democrat Rudy
Valesquez is running against Republican Bud Childers for
County-Court-At-Law Judge. Valesquez, a native of Fort Bend,
has a good reputation not only as an attorney, but as a good
individual and family man. Childers, the former County
Attorney, defeated Nina Schaefer in the Republican primary,
something several of us females have not forgiven him for. I
canít understand why Childers wanted to give up his job as
County Attorney. It was difficult to catch him in his
office, and as judge, he will have to work hard and keep his
docket going. Iím voting for Valesquez, whom I trust.
Iím also supporting Democrat Albert Holan
for District Judge against Republican Brady Elliott. Holan
ran before, and has excellent
judicial credentials. Elliott has done several quirky things
in the past, and many local attorneys have complained that
he is unpredictable.
I think itís time we had a little
political diversity in the local judicial branch and Elliott
has been there too long.
There have been some questions about
Republican Annie Elliot and her candidacy, particularly as
concerns her assistant DA husband and his involvement with
one of her campaign contributors. But I donít know her
Democratic opponent Vickie Torres so I will pass on that
Iím so mad at Democrat Neeta Sane who is
running for county treasurer against Republican Jeff
Council. Nina sent out a mailer with headlines culled from
news stories about the former treasurer who ended up
resigning from office because of fiduciary irresponsibility.
The mailer had an ďXĒ through Jeff Councilís name,
intimating that he was somehow involved. On the other hand,
I donít understand why men past retirement age run for
$100,000 jobs where they donít have to go to the office
unless they want to. I think Iíll pass on that position