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Posts published in “Day: March 11, 2008”

Walle upsets Bailey in Democratic Primary

NORTHEAST HOUSTON– After 9 terms in office, State Representative Kevin Bailey lost his bid for re-election in the Democratic Primary last Tuesday. The newly elected candidate, who will face no Republican challenger in the general election in November, is Armando Walle.
Although voter turnout throughout the county was heavy, it was the same 22.6 percent in this district as elsewhere. In total, 8,571 voters went to the polls in District 140, according to the Harris County clerk. Walle received 4,919 votes or 57.4%, and Bailey 3,652 or 42.6%. Although Bailey led in absentee voting and was tied in early voting, Walle and his volunteers worked the polling places on election day very heavily, and came away with 63% of the votes that day. His campaign was a grassroots type, with many street walkers as well as endorsements.
Walle had the support of several prominent local democrats, primarily because Bailey had crossed party lines in the last legislative session to support Republican Tom Craddick as house speaker. On the other hand, Bailey is credited with authoring important legislation creating the improvement districts in Greenspoint, Airline, and Aldine which have proven to be important agencies for delivering services that previously were not available. These include public safety, flood control, water and sewer, environmental quality, nuisance control, education, and healthcare.
Walle is a local Aldine native, who went to MacArthur high school, where he is remembered for playing football. After graduating, he went to the University of Houston. Later he worked for several politicians, including Rodney Ellis, Carol Mims Galloway, and for six years as a staff member for Congressman Gene Green.

His campaign stressed this hometown character, as well as issues such as better public education, improved Children’s Health Care for more children (CHIP), flood prevention, and improved public safety, with an emphasis on eliminating gangs.
Walle is endorsed by many local democrats, including Gene Green, Rodney Ellis, Adrian Garcia, and Carol Galloway. He recently received the endorsement of the Houston Chronicle.
In other races of interest to local voters, one race that will directly impact Northeast Harris County is Precinct 3 constable. Ken Jones, the incumbent, had no trouble dispatching challengers William Norwood and Randy Rush. Jones collected approximately 70% of the vote, avoiding an April runoff. Jones draws Republican Tony Lewis in the fall.
Local Congressmen Gene Green (D-29) and Ted Poe (R-2) had no primary opponents. Green will face Republican Eric Story in the fall while Poe has no Democratic opponent.
State Rep. Joe Crabb of Humble avoiding a runoff by beating fellow Republicans Martin Basaldua and David Davenport with 57% of the vote for the House District 127 seat. Joe Montemayor faces Crabb in the fall.
Diane Trautman,who failed to unseat Crabb in the 2006 race, will be the Democratic candidate for county tax collector/ assessor. She will face Paul Bettencourt in the fall.
In other offices, incumbent Tommy Thomas won a position for sheriff, and Ed Emmett for county judge. The District Attorney’s position will require a run-off.

Outstanding Women in Business honored by Chamber

GREENSPOINT– The monthly chamber luncheon was held at the Sam Houston Raceway Park, and this exotic setting was perfect for a special presentation of awards and recognition to a group of women that have been successful in the business world.
The Keynote speaker was Lina Lawson, national president of the American Business Womens Association, and with her twin sister Tina, the owner of a design firm in Bryan. Her talk emphasized that many of these women were ABWA members, an organization that can offer support, training, networking, and leadership training.
She also mentioned, as did many of the women in their acceptance speeches, that they had the support of a team, and spouses, to achieve their goals and success stories.
Receiving recognition at the annual luncheon were:
Sally Bradford, Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority; Ann Franklin, Elvin Franklin Insurance Agency; Christy Wussow Hawkins, ExxonMobil; Jocklynn Keville, Greenspoint District; Gigi Lee, Houston Airport System; Tera Lightsey, Houston Marriott North Greenspoint; and Marilyn Sander, ProAction Careers.

It’s been a good week…

It has been a good day as far as bird watching goes and I do like it.
Went out back this morning to see the Purple Martins and how many are here. So far, there are eight of them in and around the house.
The Purple Martins were waiting on me to put the house up last week. As I secured the pole to the base pole, two of them were circling wanting me to hurry up. I had just washed the house.
After counting the Martins, I noticed several Cedar Waxwings in the neighbor’s tree next to a Tallow tree. After getting the binocs, there were twenty of the Cedar Waxwings in the tree.
A very pretty bird the Cedar Waxwing, tan in color with a colored tail tip and a black mask. Somewhat like the shape of a good size, red Cardinal with the hair swooped back.
As I went out front to get in the truck, there were a male and female Cardinal out front playing chase in the tree and down and around to the ground.

It has been a good week as far as that goes. My day job is what one calls dialing for dollars and that gets me introduced to people for up to sixty months…sometimes much longer if the court gets involved.
Had one account with a repayment history of being 26 times over 30 days late. That means two payments due. Then to top that, they were 9 times over 60 days late meaning there were three payments due. Last but not least, how about 2 times 90 days late and you know what that means.
With dirt as collateral, one cannot hire a Repo man to go snatch it as you would a car.
Court has to be involved in the taking of real estate and a timely process it is.
The account paid off as in FULL last week. Made my day, it did!
It is like pulling a gray hair, get two more in its place.
With petrol going to four bucks a gallon, is it going to put a crimp in your cash flow?
Everything in your house is delivered by truck so standby. Groceries have already gone up as much as 40 percent.
One must learn to eat what is on sale at the supermarkets. I shop Food Town and find the prices fair compared to where the rich folks shop.
If you select what is on sale, you can save a few bucks to buy your petrol.
For instance salad dressing, I love blue cheese and a pint of my brand cost as much as a gallon of petrol.
I make our salad dressing now, same stuff my dad used back at Charlie’s Fish Camp.
Ketchup and mayo whipped up with a dash of lemon juice. The twins grew up on it and it is good on biscuits and baked potato.
Know the best way to get on your feet?
Miss two car payments.