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Endorsement watch: Cohen and Adams

It’s a twofer, and it’s apparent confirmation that the Chron is going alphabetically by district. First, they tap Ellen Cohen for the reconfigured District C.

Among a strong field of candidates for Houston City Council District C – the district that includes Montrose, Meyerland, Braeswood, Oak Forest, Southampton and parts of the Heights – Ellen Cohen’s track record separates her from the rest. We endorse Cohen on the strength of that record.

Most important, given the city’s painful lack of money, is Cohen’s experience handling big, difficult budgets. As president and CEO of the Houston Area Women’s Center for 18 years, she managed a $6.2 million budget and a 120-person staff. And in the Texas Legislature, she served on the Appropriations Committee that, in 2009, crafted a budget bill that won unanimous passage in the House.


In a strong field, Cohen is an exceptionally strong candidate.

And they recommend a third term for CM Wanda Adams in D.

The significantly reconfigured Houston City Council District D, in the city’s south-central area, has been represented ably these past four years by Councilmember Wanda Adams.

We endorse Adams for a third and final term representing the diverse, rapidly changing district, which includes the Texas Medical Center and extends southward to Beltway 8. Adams, a District D native, has shown unstinting energy during her two terms.


We like Adams’ qualities as a team player in her work on City Council, as well as her commitment to the District D community, whether as a councilmember, a Sunday school teacher or a volunteer.

Wanda Adams well deserves two more years at City Hall.

The next question is whether they will bother to endorse in the uncontested races, of which the first example is District E. At the rate they’re going, they should easily finish by the start of Early Voting on October 24. Kudos to them for that.

UPDATE: Forgot to mention, my interview with CM Adams is here, and my interview with Cohen is here.

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  1. Joshua bullard says:

    I cant write nor say enough how perfect these two women are for this position,I have had the pleasure of spending a lot of time around both and know factuallly that they are both the best for each council seat,way to call it right

    respectfully submitted joshua ben bullard

  2. Nathan says:

    Agreed. Excellent picks.

  3. LENA says:

    There are some problems with many of the candidates listed.
    1. Cohen has taken large sums of money from large businesses like HEB which will in turn influence future plans to improve urban density problems and responsible development. The cycle will continue until someone can represent the residents, which she cannot due to her fund raising and commitments to large businesses. Montrose is part of district C and Big Business owns every city council member, as seen with the HEB development where city council members supported HEB against the local residents. As someone that gave money to the Cohen campaign back in June, I had to switch over to another candidate due to the financial backing of her campaign from developers in the area.
    2. If you don’t have a business interest in the district, you might want to choose someone else.