Houston Kids (Ages 6-9) Interview Houston Candidates for November 2015 City Election

Kidtropolus City Hall Voting Today
When it comes to politics, I generally have no interest in the politics.    However, when it comes to the political process and exercising the right to vote, I want my kids to understand the system, the people and their objectives.

So once again, we are going out to get involved in the process.

Our goal is to remind our busy community that there is an election and to help educate kids on the political process, by asking all City of Houston candidates some very non-partisan, non-political questions.

This is not for political purposes or endorsement.  This is however, for kids.  Aylen (9), Joe (8), Senia (7) and Brooke (6) created the questions and I edited for clarity.

1.    What does a mayor/controller/city council member do?
2.    What do you do to get elected?
3.    What do you like to do in Houston?
4.    What is your favorite thing about Houston?
5.    What is your favorite Houston annual event?

Over the next month, we will feature answers from candidates for all positions and districts.  And we have some great ones!  (If you are looking for a kid friendly overview of the City of Houston elections, go HERE!)

Click the links below to learn more about the candidates!

Mayor:
Chris Bell
Steve Costello
Joe Ferreira
Adrian Garcia
Ben Hall
Bill King
Victoria Lane
Marty McVey
Rafael Muñoz, Jr.
Nguyen Thai Hoc
Demetria Smith
Dale Steffes
Sylvester Turner

Controller:
Jew Don Boney
Chris B. Brown
Bill Frazer
Dwight Jefferson
M.J. Khan
Carroll Robinson

City Council District A:
Iesheia Ayers-Wilson
Brenda Stardig*

City Council District B:
Jerry Davis*
Vince Duncan
Isaac Mayhorn
Kenneth Perkins
Ben White, Jr.

City Council District C:
Ellen Cohen*
Carl Jarvis
Michael McDonald

City Council District D:
Dwight Boykins*

City Council District E:
Dave Martin*

City Council District F:
Kendall Baker
Steve Le
Richard Nguyen*

City Council District G:
Sandie Mullins Moger
Greg Travis

City Council District H:
Roland Chavez
Karla Cisneros
Jason Cisneroz
Abel Davila

City Council District I:
Robert Gallegos*
Herlinda Garcia

City Council District J:
Manny Barrera
Jim Bigham
Mike Laster*
Le, Dung

City Council District K:
Larry Green*

City Council At Large Position 1:
M. “Griff” Griffin
Mike Knox
Lane Lewis
Tom McCasland
Chris Oliver
James Partsch-Galván
Jenifer Rene Pool
Georgia Provost

City Council At Large Position 2:
Andrew Burks, Jr.
Willie R. Davis
Eric Dick
Moe Rivera
David W. Robinson*

City Council At Large Position 3:
Michael Kubosh*
John Christian Bullitt LaRue
Joseph McElligott
Doug Peterson

City Council At Large Position 4:
Larry Blackmon
Amanda Edwards
Jonathan Hansen
Roy Morales
Matt Murphy
Laurie Robinson
Evelyn Husband Thompson

City Council At Large Position 5:
J. Brad Batteau
Jack Christie*
Sharon Moses
Philippe Nassif

“*” indicates incumbent candidate

All candidates listed on the City of Houston website were contacted.  If you are running for office and did not turn in your questionnaire or set up an interview, just contact me at Jill @ BigKidSmallCity . com.

I hope you will follow along with this very non-partisan, non-political view of Houston politics and the people involved.   And if you are looking for the politics of politics, head over to Off the Kuff or Big Jolly.


Dwight Boykins, City Council Member District D, Tells Houston Kids what He Likes About Houston

Dwight Boykins for City Council District DHouston is a big city but the more we know about it, the smaller it feels. In an effort to better understand the local government, the BigKidSmallCity crew spent the election season meeting the people involved.

Now we want to congratulate Dwight Boykins on his election to Houston City Council District D!

The kids (ages 4-7) interviewed him to find out what he likes about Houston.  Read on to see what he thinks about our great city!

1.  What do you like to do in Houston?

I like to watch the Texans, Rockets and Astros and take my wife to dinner

2.  What is your favorite thing about Houston?

I like the culture and diversity of the city

3.  What is your favorite Houston annual event?

Freedom over Texas Fourth of July is my favorite event.


Robert Gallegos, City Council Member District I, Tells Houston Kids what He Likes About Houston

Robert Gallegos for City Council District IHouston is a big city but the more we know about it, the smaller it feels. In an effort to better understand the local government, the BigKidSmallCity crew spent the election season meeting the people involved.

Now we want to congratulate Robert Gallegos on his election to Houston City Council District I!

The kids (ages 4-7) interviewed him to find out what he likes about Houston.  Read on to see what he thinks about our great city!

1.  What do you like to do in Houston?

I love Houston.  I was born and raised in District I.  I like to work to improve my neighborhood.  I am very active in my Neighborhood Civic Association and the Super Neighborhood Alliance.   I like to play sports, go to the gym, attend hockey games, football games, and basketball games.  I enjoy the theater especially the events in Hermann Park when Theater Under the Stars does events or the Houston Symphony is doing one of their performance.  I attend my church and am active in several local clubs and organizations that work to improve the neighborhood.

2.  What is your favorite thing about Houston?

My favorite thing about Houston is its diversity.   Houston has residents from every county in the world that makes Houston their home.  Houston’s diversity is its strength because we learn from all of the different cultures that are here.

3.  What is your favorite Houston annual event?

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo


Ellen Cohen, Houston City Council Member District C, Tells Houston Kids what She Likes About Houston

Ellen Cohen for City Council District CHouston is a big city but the more we know about it, the smaller it feels. In an effort to better understand the local government, the BigKidSmallCity crew spent the election season meeting the people involved.

Now we want to congratulate Ellen Cohen on her re-election to Houston City Council District C!

The kids (ages 4-7) interviewed her to find out what she likes about Houston.  Read on to see what she thinks about our great city!

1.    What do you like to do in Houston?

I like to ride my bike around Memorial Park and along the bike trails throughout the District.

2.    What is your favorite thing about Houston?

I love our restaurants! Houston is the most diverse city in America, and the mix of cultures in our city really shows in our food. I especially like Vietnamese food.

3.    What is your favorite Houston annual event?

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is the best—the competitions and shows are exciting, and the food is delicious. My favorite part of the rodeo is riding a horse in the Rodeo Parade down Main Street!


Harvin Moore, HoustonISD Trustee District VII, Tells Houston Kids what He Likes About Houston

Harvin Moore for HISD TrusteeHouston is a big city, but the more we know about it, the smaller it feels. In an effort to better understand the local government, the BigKidSmallCity crew spent the election season meeting the people involved.

Now we want to congratulate Harvin Moore on his re-election to the HoustonISD Board!

The kids (ages 4-7) interviewed him to find out what he likes about Houston.  Read on to see what he thinks about our great city!

1.  What do you like to do in Houston?

I like to get outside and do sports.  I like to run, swim, and workout in the gym, and I also like to go to my son and daughter’s games – they play volleyball, soccer, baseball, swimming and track.

2.  What is your favorite thing about Houston? 

Houston is a friendly, positive, open-minded city, more than any other city I have lived in or visited.  That’s why we have been the fastest growing large city in America ever since 1960.  We are the future of America and the world, and that is exciting to me.  When I get stuck in traffic, I realize and remind myself that the traffic is increasing because so many people want to come here and live.  It’s a wonderful place.  For cooler weather and mountains I travel, but I can’t think of a better place to live.

3.  What is your favorite Houston annual event? 

My favorite annual event is high school graduation.  On that day I shake the hands and look into the eyes of hundreds and hundreds of happy seniors who are about to go off to college, where they will work hard and play hard and become adults.  That experience is sort of like my paycheck for my job as a trustee.


Mike Lunceford, HoustonISD Trustee District V, Tells Houston Kids what He Likes About Houston

Mike Lunceford for HISD Trustee District VHouston is a big city but the more we know about it, the smaller it feels. In an effort to better understand the local government, the BigKidSmallCity crew spent the election season meeting the people involved.

Now we want to congratulate Mike Luncford on his re-election to the HoustonISD Board!

The kids (ages 4-7) interviewed him to find out what he likes about Houston.  Read on to see what he thinks about our great city!

1.  What do you like to do in Houston?

I like to run around Rice U and Herman Park, watch the Texans and play golf.

2.  What is your favorite thing about Houston?

There are a lot of very good places to eat and the weather is normally nice in the winter time and you can still do things outside in January.

3. What is your favorite Houston annual event?

My family and I are runners, we like to run the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving together and I run the Houston Half Marathon every year in January.


Wanda Adams, HoustonISD Trustee District IX, Tells Houston Kids what She Likes About Houston

Wanda Adams, Joe, Aylen and SeniaHouston is a big city but the more we know about it, the smaller it feels. In an effort to better understand the local government, the BigKidSmallCity crew spent the election season meeting the people involved.

Now we want to congratulate Wanda Adams on winning the HISD Trustee District IX election!

The kids (ages 4-7) interviewed her to find out what she likes about Houston.  Read on to see what she thinks about our great city!

1.  What do you like to do in Houston?

I am a big kid at heart.  I love going to the Houston Zoo, Hermann Park and Miller Outdoor Theatre in District D.  I like to go to the nice restaurants and I like to ride horses.  I even get to ride the mounted patrol sometimes and that is a lot of fun.

I am also a Political Science Professor at Texas Southern University.

2.  What is your favorite thing about Houston?

I was born here!  I also love the good food!

3.  What is your favorite Houston annual event?

I like the back to school fair in District D where we help provide immunizations and supplies to get our kids ready for school.  I also like to ride in the Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Jack Christie, City Council Member At-Large Position 5, Tells Houston Kids what He Likes About Houston

Jack Christie for City Council At-large Position 5Houston is a big city but the more we know about it, the smaller it feels. In an effort to better understand the local government, the BigKidSmallCity crew spent the election season meeting the people involved.

Now we want to congratulate Jack Christie on his re-election to Houston City Council At-Large Position 5!

The kids (ages 4-7) interviewed him to find out what he likes about Houston.  Read on to see what he thinks about our great city!

1.  What do you like to do in Houston?

Enjoy our beautiful parks.

2.  What is your favorite thing about Houston?

The people of Houston and enjoying our many fantastic restaurants.

3.  What is your favorite Houston annual event? 

Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo!


C.O. “Brad” Bradford, City Council Member At-Large Position 4, Tells Houston Kids what He Likes About Houston

Bradford for City Council At Large Position 4Houston is a big city but the more we know about it, the smaller it feels. In an effort to better understand the local government, the BigKidSmallCity crew spent the election season meeting the people involved.

Now we want to congratulate C.O. “Brad” Bradford on his re-election to Houston City Council At-Large Position 4!

The kids (ages 4-7) interviewed him to find out what he likes about Houston.  Read on to see what he thinks about our great city!

1.  What do you like to do in Houston?

I like Houston’s parks, zoo, museums, restaurants, schools, colleges and universities. Houston is a beautiful City. I talk to students, just like you, and others about staying in school, studying hard, having fun and learning about Texas and the rest of the world. As a police officer and attorney, I like to talk with students and adults about safety measures they should take around their home, school and businesses.

2.  What is your favorite thing about Houston?

Houston is a very large City with a variety of events and opportunities for everyone.

3.  What is your favorite Houston annual event?

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is my favorite annual event in Houston. I have participated and held a Lifetime membership for over fifteen (15) years.


Ronald Green, Houston Controller, Tells Houston Kids what He Likes About Houston

Ronald Green for ControllerHouston is a big city but the more we know about it, the smaller it feels. In an effort to better understand the local government, the BigKidSmallCity crew spent the election season meeting the people involved.

Now we want to congratulate Ronald Green on his 3rd term as Houston Controller!

The kids (ages 4-7) interviewed him to find out what he likes about Houston.  Read on to see what he thinks about our great city!

1.  What do you like to do in Houston?

I like to attend cultural and sporting events, and explore parts of the city I’ve never seen.

2.  What is your favorite thing about Houston?

The people. Houstonians hail from all over the world, and there is a friendliness here that is unmatched.

3.  What is your favorite Houston annual event?

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a great Houston event.


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