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Northeast News Defensive Player of the Year. Bush lets action on field do his talking for him

By Mike Keeney

Contributing Writer

Larry Bush isn’t much of a talker on the field. He’d rather let his actions do his talking for him.

And that was certainly the case during the 2012 season when he completed his senior season for the Nimitz Cougars.

Bush, a three year starter at middle linebacker, accounted for 114 tackles (40 unassisted), one interception and one forced fumble. Those impressive numbers earned him the Northeast News’ Defensive Player of the Year honors.

The 6-0, 225-pounder was a dream to coach, said his head coach Robert Toomer.
“Larry is what we call a true middle linebacker,” Toomer said. “He plays tackle to tackle. He’s a smart young man and he made all the defensive calls for us the last two years.”

In addition to excelling on the football field, Bush is also solid in the classroom. He has a 3.1 GPA and scored 1,200 on his SAT. Toomer is hoping some school, be it Division I or Division II, takes a chance on him so he get the chance to play at the next level.

“He most definitely has what it takes (to play in college),” Toomer said. “I hope he gets the chance. He’s had some interest from Division II schools. All he needs is a shot. He has the grades, that’s for sure. He’s a good kid and he’s solid in the classroom. You wish you had more like him on your team.”

During his three years on the varsity, Bush accounted for 300 tackles, three interceptions and forced nine fumbles.

Toomer said Bush drew the interest from the coaching staff as a freshman. They moved him up to the varsity, but brought him along slowly.

“He caught our eye as a freshman, but we didn’t want to shellshock him, so we brought him along slowly,” Toomer said. “Once we put him in the starting lineup as a sophomore, he became a fixture and leader on our defense.”

In addition to his play-making ability, Bush also possesses leadership abilities as evidenced by the fact that he was a captain all three years that he played on the varsity.

“Larry is one of those guys you hate to lose,” Toomer said. “I hope all of his hard work is rewarded. He’s a true student of the game. He’s not a rah-rah guy. He lets his actions do his talking for him.”

Gallegos Senate District 6 seat. Candidate field expands to eight

NORTHEAST – The election of a new state senator for District 6 on January 26th got more complicated by the filing date, as new office seekers signed up to be on the ballot.

At first it seemed that the race would be between Gallegos’ choice, current state representative Carol Alvarado, and well known former county commissioner Sylvia Garcia. But now, with eight candidates having declared their interest, and paid the $1250 filing fee with the Texas Secretary of State, it seems anyone might win this race.

In fact, with that many candidates, it is doubtful that any will poll the required majority of 50% of the voters, meaning that there will have to be a run-off election between the top two. This raises the possibility that District 6 will not be represented in the current legislative session till much later in the year.

Here are the eight candidates who have filed, with some background on their qualifications:

CAROL ALVARADO, 45, currently a State Representative for District 145. She is serving her third term. Previously she served three terms as a Houston City Council person representing District I. She is a Democrat, as was Gallegos. She has resided in District 6 for 45 years.

R. W. BRAY, or Rasuali Wayne Bray, 37, is a Republican that was on the ticket in November, and won 29% of the vote at that time. His occupation is a paralegal, and previously he served as a Chief of Staff for Council woman Helena Brown for District A. He has resided in District 6 for almost 3 years.

SUSAN DELGADO, 48, now a Democrat but previously a Libertarian and a write-in candidate for this post in the election in 2004. She works as a real estate broker. After her personal relationship with Gallegos dissolved, she ran against him for this seat. She has resided in the district for 48 years.

SYLVIA GARCIA, 62, a Democrat and former County Commissioner for Pct. 2 for two terms, and the Houston City Controller for three terms. She now works as a lawyer and political consultant, and was president of the national NALEO, a Latino organization. She has resided in the district for 26 years.

JOAQUIN MARTINEZ, 32, a Democrat. He lists his occupation as a Program Coordinator. He once worked on the staff of former city councilman John Castillo. He says with pride that he is running his campaign with no outside financial help and very little expenditures. He has resided in the district for 32 years.

DOROTHY OLMOS, 54, a perrenial candidate for many offices. She is a Republican, and has lived in the district for 54 years. She is a semi-retired educator. She has run unsuccessful campaigns for state board of education, HISD board of trustees, and House District 143 in the past.

RODOLFO REYES, 59, no party affiliation. He has been a city councilman in League City for one term, and now works as a business consultant. He has lived in the district for over one year.

MARIA SELVA, 52, lists her party as the Green Party. She ran for congress in District 29 last year. She works as a community organizer, and has lived in the district for 6 years.

Early voting starts on January 9th and continues through January 22, with election day on Saturday, January 26th. Hours are irregular.

Voting locations near Northeast Houston are at Hardy Senior Center, 11901 W. Hardy Street, and the Harris County Administration Bldg., 1001 Preston Street, 1st Floor.