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Election results: Sylvia Garcia wins big; Bates defeats Coffey

Sylvia Garcia and Congressman Gene Green at the campaign’s East end headquarters, greet cheering supporters as the election results indicate she has won. (Photo by A. Jamail)


U.S. House of Representatives leader Nancy Pelosi fires up Harris County Democrats

By Allan Jamail

Election Day — March 6, 2018 — Senator Sylvia Garcia crushed 6 opposing candidates vying for the 29th Congressional District seat being vacated by retiring Congressman Gene Green.

Garica’s win came after a recent visit to Houston by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi of California. Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 114th Congress. From 2007 to 2011, Pelosi served as Speaker of the House, the first woman to do so in American history.

Pelosi spoke at the Harris County Democratic Party’s (HCDP) annual fundraiser to a record crowd. Chairwoman Lillie Schechter of the HCDP said this year’s event set a fund raising record and an attendance record with over 3,500 Democrat activists.

Vote results: Sylvia Garcia 63.22% (11,659 votes), Tahir Javed 20.70% (3,817 votes), Roel Garcia 6.60% (1,217 votes), Hector Morales 3.05% (562 votes), Augustine Reyes 2.84% (524 votes), Dominique Garcia 2.56% (472 votes) and Pedro Valencia 1.04% (192 votes).

Texas statewide Primary Election result changes since the 2014 mid-term election: Democrats had a 86% increase (+ 470,653 votes) compared to 16% increase (+207,095) for the Republicans.

Sylvia Garcia was born in Palito Blanco, Texas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and political science from Texas Woman’s University and a J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. Garcia’s career experience includes working as a social worker and a legal aid lawyer. She served as director and presiding judge of the Houston Municipal System. Garcia was elected city controller in Houston and the Harris County Commissioner’s Court. She was elected Texas State Senate in 2013.

Congressman Green, who ran against Garcia for the seat in 1992, threw his support behind the senator in the crowded Democratic race in Congressional District 29.

“The reason I supported Sylvia is she’s a legislator, and that’s what a member of Congress should be. On the legislative side, it’s give and take, I have to compromise with my Democrats and obviously my Republican colleagues. She knows how to do that to be successful to represent this district in Washington,” Green said.

“Tonight, women spoke,” Sylvia Garcia said, in her victory speech. “Tonight we voted and we voted loud and clear. And we said elections can’t be bought, and what matters is people. So what matters is fighting on and someone being there willing to fight, willing to stand up, and willing to serve the people, and that’s what I intend to do.”


Early voting started February 20th

Voters in East Harris County can now vote early for the Primary Election, at the following locations:

– Crosby Branch Library, 135 Hare Road

– North Channel Branch Library, 15741 Wallisvillle Road, North Channel

– Baytown Community Center, 2407 Market Street, Baytown

– Galena Park Library, 1500 Keene St.

– Downtown, Harris County Law Library, 1019 Congress Avenue

Early Voting Hours are:

– Feb. 20 – Feb. 23, 8 am – 4:30 pm

– Feb. 24, 7am – 7pm

– Feb. 25, 1pm – 6pm

– Feb. 26 – March 2, 7am – 7pm

The Primary Election Day is Tuesday, March 6. Polls will be open 7 am – 7pm. You may vote either Democratic or Republican ballot, but not both.


Sylvia Garcia for Congress opens Campaign office

Senator Sylvia Garcia in the center, holding her campaign for Congress yard with Congressman Gene Green and supporters.

By Allan Jamail

Senator Sylvia Garcia had a Campaign For Congress Open House reception at her first campaign office. Supporters of all ethnicity turned out in large numbers to fill the building to capacity.

Congressman Gene Green opened the event by stating why he’s enthusiastically supporting Garcia. He said, “It’s important we elect Sylvia because she the most qualified candidate and because she knows the communities and the leaders of our communities in the district. We don’t need to let someone who’s recently moved in and is wealthy, who’s spending lots of money to buy the position and yet hasn’t ever done anything for our communities and doesn’t know our leaders.” Green stated Sylvia’s has a long record of achievements and experience in service to citizens and experience matters.


Many Candidates competing for Green’s Congressional seat

The March 6th Primary election will see a large number of candidates competing for open Congressional seats. In Texas alone, eight seats are open, and the ones of most interest in this area area TX29, Gene Green’s seat, and TX2, Ted Poe’s seat.

Green is a Democrat, but seven Democrats and four Republicans will be on the ballot in March for this position.

Poe is a Republican, and nine Republicans and five Democrats will try to win a spot on the November general election for this position.

Also contested in the primary and general election will be Senator Ted Cruz, up for re-election after his first six year term. He is opposed by four Republicans, and three Democrats including front-runner Beto O’Rourke from El Paso.

These elections have national significance, as the House and Senate could lose their Republican majorities in November. Another interesting Texas race is the governor, where 10 Democrats are running in the primary to oppose Governor Greg Abbott, and two Republicans. Because of the large numbers of candidates running in each of these races, it is anticipated that there will be a run-off election in some, which is scheduled for May 22. Candidates for the TX29 seat given up by retiring Congressman Gene Green include Democratic frontrunner State Senator Sylvia Garcia, real estate agent Dominique Garcia, Houston Attorney Roel Garcia, school teacher Hector Morales, and Beaumont area businessman Tahir Javed. (more…)


Congressman Gene Green announces retirement

NORTHEAST – Several U. S. Congressmen have announced their retirement from Congress at the end of their terms, in December 2018, including local Representatives Gene Green and Ted Poe. As a result, others have hastened to announce to voters that they will run for these seats. For Texas District 29, held by Green, State Senator Sylvia Garcia, and State Representative Armando Walle have said they will campaign for this position. They will compete for votes in the Democratic primary election in March 2018.

Both Walle and Garcia have districts and constituents that overlay Green’s District 29, so voters will be very familiar with the candidates.

In announcing his retirement, Congressman Green released the following statement on his decision to not seek reelection:


Voters keep Galena Park dry

County-wide turnout low at 6.7%, but high in GP with 762 votes

GALENA PARK – Voters went to the polls in large numbers in this city, due to acute interest in only one issue, whether alcohol sales would be allowed in the city. Proponents of the measure said that it would bring new business to the city and generate income. Opponents said that the history of alcohol sales in Galena Park showed it attracted trouble from the wrong crowd, and would change the nature of the peaceful city.

Campaigning continued for weeks through the city, and citizens voiced their opinions at Council meetings and in social media. Signs against the issue could be seen throughout.

The final unofficial vote count, according to City Secretary Mayra Gonzalez, was 277 For votes, and 482 Against votes, defeating the Proposition. Early voting in person and by mail exceeded election day. 448 voted early, and 314 voted on election day, a total of 762 votes.

The other ballot was for state constitutional amendments. This year the legislature worked tirelessly to produce seven propositions. Some in detail seemed silly, others are a half step towards doing the right thing.


Alcohol Sales on Ballot in Galena Park

NEIGHBORHOODS IN GALENA PARK are displaying signs that read Vote Against Cantinas, Beer Joints & Liquor stores. Local election on this issue is November 7, but early voting started Oct. 23.

By Allan Jamail

The Galena Park Mayor and Commissioners, after receiving a citizen petition with 327 voter’s signatures, required them to conduct an election where voters will decide whether or not the city would issue license for the sale and consumption of alcohol in the city. The election dates are October 23rd through November 3rd for Early Voting, and Election Day Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 7 AM to 7 PM. After three days of voting (October 25th), according to City Secretary and Election Judge Mayra Gonzales, there have only been about 124 votes cast.

The two voting locations for both Early Voting and Election Day are at the Alvin Baggett Community Building located at 1302 Keene Street for voting precinct 081 or at City Hall located at 2000 Clinton Drive for voting precincts 208, 857 and 860.

North Channel Star writer Allan Jamail reached out to each of the elected officials and asked how they’d be voting. Commissioners Eric Broussard, Barry Ponder, and Oscar Silva, Jr. didn’t give their decision.

Mayor Esmeralda Moya said she didn’t want to influence voters either way and she’ll honor the voters’ decision regardless of the outcome. She said, “If the sale of alcohol is approved I’ll make sure all the laws and regulations are being obeyed and the citizens will be safe and their wellbeing will be maintained.”

Commissioner Rodney Chersky said, “I’m highly in favor of the legal sale of alcohol in the city. In the event it passes, we’ve already put laws and zoning regulations in effect to make sure no beer joints, cantinas, night clubs or sexually oriented businesses will be allowed in the city. I will personally vouch for this; rest assured it will not happen.”


Early voting for San Jacinto College Board of Trustees election underway

Polling locations throughout the College District

PASADENA, Texas – Early voting for the May 6, 2017, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees election begins Monday, April 24, 2017. Voters within the San Jacinto College District will vote on two trustee positions.

Residents that live within the Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte, Sheldon, Channelview, Galena Park, and a portion of the Clear Creek, Humble and Pearland independent school districts, can vote in person at the designated early voting branch location for their precinct during designated times. There are 15 early voting locations throughout the San Jacinto College district during the early voting period, which runs Monday, April 24, 2017, through Tuesday, May 2, 2017 (except Saturdays and Sundays).

Early voting hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 24 through Monday, May 1; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Tuesday, May 2. To find an early voting location for your precinct visit the San Jacinto College election website at and click on “Polling Locations” on the left side. Polling locations are subject to change.


Election upsets in nation, county

Precinct 3 Constable-Elect, Sherman Eagleton sends his heartfelt thanks to each and every voter that took the time to cast a ballot in the 2016 election. Sherman thanks his family, the Team Eagleton volunteers, the community, and especially the officers and staff of Precinct 3 that all came together to help make this possible. While we know there is a lot of work to do before taking office, January 1, Constable-Elect Eagleton is looking forward to working with the community and the officers to create the vision he’s shared with so many.

HARRIS COUNTY– Election results for this county are a stunning reminder of the power of the public and that the will of the people is beyond the predictability of pollsters.

Locally, the largest percentage lead of all went to Republican Brian Babin in the U.S. House of Representatives District 36 for 87% over H.J. Ridley Jr. 10%.

Hillary Clinton took 54.01% of Harris County votes over Donald Trump 41.97%. Libertarian Gary Johnson had 3.01% and Jill Stein with assistance of Ajamu Baraka in the Green Party mustered 0.89%. But national returns are another matter.

Hillary Clinton conceded with seven states too close to call and Donald Trump modestly accepted.


Local residents visit with Hillary Clinton

Linda Jamail, Nominee Hillary Clinton and Allan Jamail.
Linda Jamail, Nominee Hillary Clinton and Allan Jamail.

Recently Linda and Allan Jamail visited with Democratic Party Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton during her Houston visit.

The Jamails, both Texas Democratic Party Executive Committee members, were part of a small private gathering of Clinton supporters committed to the historical presidential candidacy of Hillary as the first female presidential candidate of a major political party in the United States.

Allan Jamail said, “I was happy to see at the event so many Republicans joining to help Hillary in her election contest with Donald Trump, the Republican’s nominee.”

Hillary pledged to raise wages for the lowest-paid jobs and strengthen equal pay protections for women. She knocked Trump who opposes the Paycheck Fairness Act over fears that it could make it easier to sue corporations over allegations of pay inequity.

“What century are they living in?” she said. “But thankfully, the American people know the truth, and the truth is when a woman is short-changed, the entire family is short-changed.”



Left to right: Commissioners Eric Broussard - Parks & Recreation, Barry Ponder -Streets & Bridges, Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Oscar Silva Jr. - Fire & Police , Rodney Chersky - Water & Sewer. (Photo by Allan Jamail)
Left to right: Commissioners Eric Broussard – Parks & Recreation, Barry Ponder -Streets & Bridges, Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Oscar Silva Jr. – Fire & Police , Rodney Chersky – Water & Sewer. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Mayor Moya, New Commissioners sworn in; City Administrator resigns

GALENA PARK, May 17, 2016 – Tuesday Galena Park’s government changed, with the incumbent Mayor and four new Commissioners sworn into office. They immediately took action to remove four city department heads. City Commissioner’s Meeting was a spectacle never seen before in the city of 11,000 plus. The city once a largely white (Anglo) population now had a new majority Hispanic government. However it appeared from those supporting the newly elected officials into office it was a broad mixture of the city’s demographic makeup.

There were so many well-wishers on hand to witness the Oath of Office ceremony City Fire Chief Paul Gregory had to stop the citizens from entering the Council Chamber because it would be over capacity and unsafe. This resulted in the decision to improvise and move the event out to the front of city hall.

On the front steps of City Hall two outgoing Commissioner’s Maricela Serna and Cruz Hinojosa along with the Mayor approved the Resolution Canvassing the May 7th election returns as presented by City Secretary Mayra Gonzales.

After the Oath ceremony of the Mayor and four new Commissioners’s the regular business of the city was relocated back indoors.