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Endorsement watch: HCC incumbents

The Chron endorses the two HCC incumbents, in the two contested elections.

Adriana Tamez

Adriana Tamez

District III: Adriana Tamez

Voters should vote to give Adriana Tamez another term to continue fostering change at the Houston Community College system. Tamez, a Denver Harbor native, brings experience as a bilingual education teacher, principal, top administrator and founding member of a charter school to this seat representing southeast Houston. Elected to the board in 2013, Tamez inherited much of HCC’s byzantine real estate dealings and has called for an audit of its properties. During her tenure, Tamez has been a vocal advocate for work force training and voiced strong objections when she learned that HCC was not keeping the promise that it made to build a new culinary arts building in her district as part of its $425 million bond program approved in 2012. According to Tamez, that project will be prioritized.

Eva Loredo

Eva Loredo

District VIII: Eva Loredo

First elected to the board in 2009, Eva Loredo deserves to serve one more term to represent this irregularly shaped district, which encompasses downtown and stretches from northeast to southwest Houston. Loredo’s career as an educator spanned 36 years; she started as a teaching assistant and retired as a principal of an elementary school. Although her heart seems to be in the right place, we would have liked to have heard more sharply defined ideas from this trustee in our meeting. Her opponent, Art Aguilar, did not attend the screening meeting and does not have a bio on his website. Voters need to find out who he is and what he stands for, but Aguilar doesn’t give us a chance.

Aguilar is of course the brother-in-law of former Trustee Abel Davila, who tried to gift the seat to him in 2009. Follow the links at my interview with Loredo for the full story. My interview with Tamez is here. Both are who I predicted the Chron would endorse, and both are well worth your support.

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6 Comments

  1. Julain Deleon says:

    Adriana Tamez and Eva Loredo are the right folks for the job.

    In my opinion, the Davilas are not getting the traction they hoped for. Their campaigns lack polish. A few examples:

    1) Abel said at a debate he ‘had’ a million dollar home in The Woodlands because they “could afford it”. I believe he is a Pharmacist and his wife was a Teacher. The math does not add up and the money had to come from somewhere. He also compared his family to the Kennedys running for office.
    2) Diana Davila sent out a crackly Robocall, but did not record it herself. She has put out false information. You go negative when you are behind and/or worried. I would have liked to see her re-present herself in a more polished way. Diana has grammatical errors on her literature; example: Tract Record (should be Track Record).
    3) Abel and Diana are not trending well at all on social media — at all.
    4) The Davilas aligned with Herlinda Garcia. While Herlinda is worrying about Bathrooms, her opponent appears to be working the District. If you ride through District I, Herlinda’s yard signs are on street corners or businesses, while her opponents yards signs are on the property of what appears to be a registered voter.

    The Davilas have been out of politics for 5 years. There is something about them returning at the 5 year mark…

  2. Manuel Barrera says:

    Julian you do know that neither Abel or Diana is running against Tamez or Loredo, don’t you?

    As to math not adding up, what are you suggesting? Careful how you respond as ignorance seems to be your greatest virtue. Did you know that Abel is the owner of two pharmacy companies? One of them that is in the valley (south Texas in case you can’t figure it out) is very successful?

    The fact that someone has hired you to trash people tells me a lot about about you and the people that hired you to trash them.

    Why don’t just come out and say that Robert Gallegos is a homosexual who has spent most of his adult life advocating to get openly homosexuals elected to office. That came out of his mouth, except that he used the word “Gay”. So is that they type of person you want representing you?

  3. Julain Deleon says:

    Manuel (or Manny), If you read the article, it mentions Abel in the last paragraph.

    It appears Gallegos has served his District well. Gallegos’ sexuality is none of my concern.

    I have found that men screaming ‘homosexual’ the loudest are fighting an internal battle. We live in a World to where a person can be there true authentic self.

  4. Manuel Barrera says:

    Julian how many men “screaming” have you personally known at an intimate level that you have ascertained that they are fighting at an internal level? Is that a nicer way to suggest that I have issues with my sexuality? If it is it would be surprise to me, as Popeye was fond of saying, “I am what I am, and that’s all that I am.”

    Yes, if people can know what ethnicity I am and all my open records why should an “OPEN GAY” be hidden? If someone was a member of the KKK would you want to know? Would it influence your decision? If someone had killed a person and served their time, should be made public if they are running for office (they had served their time)? What if they have two DWIs should that be made public?

  5. C.L. says:

    @Manuel, I’m confused. Why do YOU care [or do you] if Bob is sleeping with Ted and Carol is sleeping with Alice ? How did Julain’s opinion about the Davila’s campaign turn into a Gallegos indictment ?

  6. Eastender says:

    Gallegos being gay is no secret & not an issue for most folks in the east end. I did not support him last round, (supported Graci Garces), but he has served the district well & now that he has much of Graci’s old block behind him, he is pretty much bulletproof. Those in the east end that pay any attention do not hold Herlinda in high regards. Leticia Ablaza’s failed run(s) years ago show that any yahoo can get 30 – 35% of the vote just for showing up, but beyond that, she won’t get anywhere. Latest antic of Herlinda’s include claiming that the Eastwood Civic Association endorsed her, which is a flat out lie. ECA never endorsed ANY candidate and never did so. Just another example of Herlinda’s nutty antics.

  7. Eastender says:

    Gallegos being gay is no secret & not an issue for most folks in the east end. I did not support him last round, (supported Graci Garces), but he has served the district well & now that he has much of Graci’s old block behind him, he is pretty much bulletproof. Those in the east end that pay any attention do not hold Herlinda in high regards. Leticia Ablaza’s failed run(s) years ago show that any yahoo can get 30 – 35% of the vote just for showing up, but beyond that, she won’t get anywhere. Latest antic of Herlinda’s include claiming that the Eastwood Civic Association endorsed her, which is a flat out lie. ECA never endorsed ANY candidate and never did so. Just another example of Herlinda’s nutty antics.