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Posts published in “Day: February 27, 2018

Congressional Candidates speak at East Aldine

CANDIDATES FOR CONGRESS FROM TEXAS DISTRICT 29 included Phillip Aronoff, Roel Garcia, Tahir Javed, Sylvia Garcia, Augustine Reyes, and Carmen Montiel.

ALDINE – With the retirement of Congressman Gene Green from the 29th District, many other candidates have started campaigning for the position.

Last Wednesday evening, civic clubs and the East Aldine District hosted a Candidates Forum at their offices, to meet some of the candidates and hear their positions on various issues.

Candidates attending were Democrats Roel Garcia, Sylvia Garcia, Tahir Javed, and Augustine Reyes, and Republicans Phillip Aronoff and Carmen Montiel. Not present were Democrats Dominique Garcia, Hector Morales, and Pedro Valencia, and Republicans Jaimy Blanco and Robert Schafranek.

Because the district is heavily Hispanic, it is expected that this seat will finally go to a representative of that community. It has been held the last 26 years by Gene Green, a non-Hispanic male quite popular with his constituents, partially due to his hard work to represent their needs and issues in Congress.

The Forum was moderated by Marina Suggs of the Green Forest subdivision civic club, and questions were taken from all the civic clubs and the audience.

Also, each candidate had two minutes at the beginning to state their position, and a minute at the end to summarize. In between they answered questions read by various civic club representatives.

An underlying theme most of the candidates mentioned was the need for a Hispanic delegate to represent their special interests.

Some of them emphasized that they were born and raised in District 29, but Javed was a Pakistani and Montiel was from Venezuela. Reyes said not only was he raised in District 29, but cited his service as a Marine, and later helping to clean up the drug trafficking.

Questions ranged from asking positions on healthcare, and Obama Care vs. Trump’s plans, flooding and drainage, and social security and medicare. One odd question was whether we should make English our national language.

Reyes Garcia wanted to know how the candidates would get more federal funds for sewer and water projects for Aldine.

Pct. 2 meets with public on improving drainage

Pct. 2 official Jeremy Phillips explains drainage route to East Aldine board members Reyes Garcia and Gilbert Hoffman.

ALDINE – Representatives from Harris County Precinct 2 met with the public last Thursday evening, to hear about the county’s plan to alleviate the severe flooding that has occurred in many neighborhoods around Aldine Mail Route and Lauder Road.

They specifically targeted the Western Homes and Magnolia Gardens subdivisioins north of Aldine Mail Route. Although the flooding can occur from normal rains, they said, it has become critical due to events such as the 500 year flood that accompanying Hurricane Harvey in September.

Precinct 2 Director of Infrastructure Jeremy Phillips, and engineering consultant Derek St. John, of the firm Lockwood Andrews & Newnam, showed drawings, maps, and slides of the proposed improved drainage for the area.

Also present at the meeting to hear from the public and receive comments, were representatives from the Harris County Flood Control District, and the Harris County Office of Housing & Community Services. These agencies had questionnaires and explained their services.

Phillips and St. John made a presentation, through slides and aerial maps, of solutions to the flooding problem that the county is planning for the area.

A federal CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) has been applied for, to improve an existing drainage channel, or ditch, that runs from Aldine Mail Route south to Halls Bayou.

See accompanying map, with a line showing the channel.

Early voting started Feb. 20th

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

• Northeast Multi-Service Center, 9720 Spaulding St., Building #4, 77016.

• Lone Star College-Victory Center, 4141 Victory Drive, 77088.

• Acres Home Multi-Service Center, 6719 W. Montgomery Road, 77091.

• Hardy Senior Center, 11901 West Hardy Road, 77076.

Early Voting Hours are:

• Feb. 20 – Feb. 23, 8am – 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 7am – 7pm. You may vote either Democratic or Republican ballot, but not both.

Voters will be choosing a US Senator, US Congressmen, Texas Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and various department commissioners. Additionally there are State Senators, Representatives, and Justice of the Peace on the ballot. The Democrats have 12 non-binding Propositions for your opinion.