I’ve added several updates to my recent endorsements list. It’s not comprehensive, as it doesn’t include earlier endorsements, but it’s what I know of the recent activities. Endorsement lists added today were the Spring Branch Democrats and the Greater Houston Restaurant Association. I’ll keep adding to this post as I get more.
The filing deadline is this coming Wednesday, September 2, at 5 PM, and it will be followed by Council Member Melissa Noriega’s Let The Games Begin event. Martha continues to keep track of who has filed and who hasn’t done so yet. Council Member Ronald Green announced his filing for City Controller today (see press release beneath the fold), and I ran into Lane Lewis at City Hall Annex as he was on his way to file. Annise Parker did hers yesterday for Mayor – see Martha’s liveblog coverage for more. Gene Locke filed early, Peter Brown and Roy Morales haven’t done theirs yet. There’s always the potential for a surprise or two, so we’ll keep an eye on it right up till the last minute.
Ronald Green filed paperwork today, making official his candidacy for Houston City Controller. Green, a three-term At-Large City Council Member, is running to succeed current Controller Annise Parker, who is term-limited and running for Mayor.
“Today I officially filed my candidacy for City Controller,” Green said. “During these challenging times, Houstonians need a steady financial hand to weather the economic downturn. My experience and background in public service and the private sector have prepared me to get the job done for the citizens of Houston. I look forward to continuing to serve them in the Controller’s Office.”
Ronald Green has served as an At-Large Council Member since 2004. He chaired the City’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee, overseeing the city’s annual budget of nearly $4 billion. His public service experience and strong grounding in financial policy uniquely qualify him to protect the City’s financial integrity during the current economic downturn.
As Controller, Green will help control spending and act as a check-and-balance on the competing interests before the executive and legislative branches of city government. He will have the independent authority to conduct performance reviews of the city bureaucracy to make sure Houston has a modern, efficient city government worthy of the taxpayers who foot the bills and expect high-quality, low-cost customer service in return.
Green earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston, as well as a law degree from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, the District of Columbia, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Green is also a licensed real estate broker.
Green is a founding partner of his own law firm and a member of the UH Alumni Organization, UH Black Alumni Association, Thurgood Marshall School of Law Alumni Association, Government Finance Officers Association, National Association of Bond Lawyers, Houston Lawyers Association, and Leadership Houston Class XXIII. He is married to Judge Hilary Harmon Green, Justice of the Peace, Harris County Precinct Seven, Place 1. They have a son and are active in their community and Windsor Village United Methodist Church.
For more information, visit www.ronaldgreen.com.