October 2013 Newsletter
I hope you all had a great summer and you are ready to jump back into the battle with both feet! VRW started this fall off with a super successful fundraiser, Sept 7th at Lakeside Country Club. We took in over $65,000! It was a sellout crowd and Attorney General Abbott was a big hit! He was having so much fun he stayed till the end.
Thanks to the leadership and hard work of Nancy Scott on finances, reservations and registration; Joanie Bain and Dianna Gittleman on the auction; Rajada Fleming on the invitations and program; and the rest of the committee, Leslie Dickey, Pam Powers, Ginger Moore, Kathleen Slaydon, Patti Thompson, Del Dodd, Barbara Peck, Beverly Roberts and Mary Grace, everyone had a wonderful time and VRW has healthy campaign funds to contribute to our Republican candidates next year!
The city elections are coming up in just a few weeks. THESE ELECTIONS ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO HOUSTON, TEXAS AND THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. Turn-out is historically low. Contrary to what many believe, the Texas elections, and more specifically Houston elections have always been close races. Houston is the target of the Democrat Party. One vote counts big!
HOUSTON IS ON THE ROAD TRAVELED BY DETROIT! HOUSTON’S TOTAL DEBT IS 13.1 BILLION! And yet we have a Mayor and City Council that just keeps spending our money and building more debt. While laying off hundreds of city employees, Mayor Parker gave the following raises to her staff:
- Chief of Staff Waynette Chan salary went from $123,000 to $180,000
- Finance Director Kelly Davis salary went from $113,000 to $190,000
- City Attorney David Feldman salary went from $205, 000 to $244,000
- Communications Director salary went from $76,000 to $ $128,000
Mayor Parker has stated a projected 81 million dollar shortfall for the 2014 budget! There are 9 candidates running for mayor so it may very well be a runoff.
There are some city council races we have an excellent chance of putting some fiscally conservative candidates in office:
- City Controller Ron Green is being challenged by Bill Frazer. Frazer has a very impressive financial background and would be a true asset to solving this city’s budget crisis.
- District I incumbent James Rodriguez is being challenged by 4 Democrats and 1 Independent, Leticia Ablaza.
- At Large 3 Incumbent Melissa Noriega is term limited out and we have two Republicans, Michael Kubosh and Roy Morales. Kubosh has a strong backing of the African American Ministers.
WITH A LITTLE BIT OF WORK OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WE CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE…..ASK KATHALEEN WALL, VRW CAMPAIGN CHAIR… “HOW CAN I HELP?” GET INVOLVED… SAVE OUR CITY!