Endorsement watch: In my neighborhood

The Chron endorses Karla Cisneros in District H, proving that while one can guess who they’ll endorse, one has no hope of guessing in what order they’ll print their endorsements.

Karla Cisneros

Karla Cisneros

Karla Cisneros is the woman for the job.

Cisneros, who will be 61 on Election Day, works as a teacher but resigned to run for office. She also served on the HISD board of education from 2000 to 2006, including a term as board president. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Architecture from Rice University.

Cisneros told the editorial board that she thought the city’s pensions were unsustainable, but that City Hall needed to honor its promises to employees. She also said that she supported the Houston equal rights ordinance.

However, perhaps more than any other candidate we’ve met during this cycle, Cisneros targeted economic disparity as the key problem facing Houston. This is the sort of thinking that you often hear from policy experts like Rice University’s Dr. Stephen Klineberg, but not nearly enough from our elected officials. “We’re increasingly becoming a city of haves and have-nots,” Cisneros told the editorial board. “The city has a role, and I don’t think they’ve played it very well in supporting the success of children, our families and our neighborhoods.”


“We need to be smart about our development and preparing for the future.”

That smart vote would be for Cisneros.

Voters should avoid Abel Davila, a former Houston Community College board member. In the internal investigation known as the Veselka Report, Davila was specifically fingered for violating board policies and his fiduciary duties.

Here’s the interview I did with Karla Cisneros. I made Cisneros a slight favorite to win this endorsement, so I’m counting this as a success. I’m a little surprised that this is the first endorsement that I’m aware of that she’s received. She’s one of three good candidates (and one bad candidate, as the Chron rightly notes), and I’d have thought the group endorsements would have been a bit more evenly distributed. She got this one, which if nothing else is pretty visible. Now that the Chron has established its random walk behavior for an endorsement schedule, I can’t wait to see who’s next.

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2 Responses to Endorsement watch: In my neighborhood

  1. Ms. Marty Panz says:

    “The city has a role…?”
    Funny… she didn’t think that way when HISD was dismantling the magnet cluster centers.

  2. Julain Deleon says:

    I believe there are 3 good candidates in the District H race: Roland, Jason and Karla. Although Karla is soft spoken at times, she comes across as genuine, sincere and polished. That will serve her well in this race.

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