Three newcomers will vie to represent [Aiyer's] district, which stretches from southwest Houston to Missouri City. The November ballot includes businesswoman Neeta Sane, a former candidate for Fort Bend County treasurer; Manual Barrera Jr., a former senior Houston City Council aide who now hears complaints from people about parking and red-light tickets for the city; and Lois Davis.
Incumbent trustee Yolanda Navarro Flores will face two challengers: Daniel Barretto and Kevin Hoffman, who is president of his North Houston neighborhood council. He is not the same Kevin Hoffman who serves on the Houston Independent School District's board and oversees facilities for Harris County.
Trustees Bruce Austin and Mills Worsham are running unopposed.
As for Aiyer, I agree with Richard Murray's assessment:
The Harris County District Attorney's Office accused Aiyer of removing and destroying a portion of his campaign finance report and putting another document in its place in March 2005.
The charge stemmed from a complaint filed with the Texas Ethics Commission more than two years ago that accused Aiyer of trying to hide expenditures from his HCC campaign account, failing to report payments to political consultants and to itemize credit card payments.
Aiyer originally was charged with a felony, but he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor to avoid a trial.
"This misdemeanor isn't helpful, but it's not a political career-ender," said Richard Murray, a professor of political science at the University of Houston.
"To re-enter, you need to pick your spot carefully."