Last year I announced that I would be throwing my hat in the ring to run for Houston City Council and this remains true. The general election will be held in 2019 which gives me less than a year to prepare for my run... Meanwhile, I noticed a fact that no one EVER BRINGS UP, the FACT that there is only ONE Black woman on Houston's City Council and FOUR women total. This is problematic because Houston has SIXTEEN council seats and women are the minority in this situation. The time has come that we ELECT more Black women to city government! Period!
Truth be told, I had been seriously considering a run in the upcoming special election to replace the late Council member Larry Green, BUT I became conflicted about that race. The conflict being: Why run now when we can put a Black woman in office and wait to run for one of the term limited seats?
With that said, We can't just elect the first Black woman who steps up without vetting them to make sure they won't block ordinances that protect Black people on the fringes like the Trans community and the black LGBT community at large. We need people who will have intergrity to govern with respect to separation of church and state, and the strength to be open and honest. We need people willing to do what many of the men on council have failed to do, we need someone who will represent the interests of ALL Houstonians and not their donors. It is clear that city government is going in the wrong direction and not taking the time to address racial and economic disparities in Houston's Black & Brown community. Instead, the focus is to criminalize the homeless, beautify the city, and pedal the "Houston is a welcoming city" lie.
We need to shift that focus to building institutions that will increase the ability for Black and Brown Houstonians to thrive in all areas of their lives. We need a clean slate in this city, Houston we have to do much better and elect more women.
ESPECIALLY BLACK WOMEN.