Challenging SJL

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, who represents the 18th congressional district,  is already drawing opposition for her next election.

Local Attorney Sean Roberts has kicked off his campaign, with a website and facebook account, and I’ve heard s strong buzz in the community about this “promising young man who dares to challenge  Sheila.” 

Hey, we live in a free country, and everyone has the right to run for elected office (except for convicted felons), so why not Mr. Roberts?

Remember last year when there was talk that Breakfast Klub owner Marcus Davis was going to run against Congresswoman Jackson-Lee?  He decided to stay out of the race, but there’s always a chance that she could draw more opposition.

You can read the news release that was sent to 2 on the Beat announcing Roberts’ intentions:

 

HOUSTON ATTORNEY SEAN ROBERTS MAKES HIS FIRST MOVE FOR 18TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

HOUSTON, TX, June 2, 2009 – Houston attorney Sean Roberts today announced he filed the necessary paperwork to form an exploratory committee to study his potential candidacy as a lawmaker representing the 18th Congressional District of Texas. 

 

 

“The 2008 election demonstrated that the voters in the 18th Congressional District were ready for progress even though some of their leaders were not,” said Roberts.  A self-described “Obama-Generation” democrat, Roberts believes the constituents of the district are ready for fresh ideas and new-school leadership that prioritizes economic development and educational opportunities as opposed to seizing on controversies.  “Right now, from an appropriations standpoint, District 18 is a forgotten district.  I’d like to fix that,” added Roberts.

 

 

Roberts believes the District’s constituents are eager to maximize the opportunities being created for small businesses and educational equality under the Obama Administration.  “Our President needs effective Congressional support to accomplish his agenda.  In turn, the 18th Congressional District needs a representative that can show Congress why major investments are needed in the district and what the returns will be for those investments,” Roberts said.  “Houston is a major economic hub for key sectors like health care and energy – our primary focus should be keeping these industries strong so that Houston can capitalize on the current shift in federal spending priorities.”

 

 

Roberts also strongly supports programs that focus on our children, the foundations of economic growth.  “The children living in this district need access to information and resources – libraries and functioning school facilities – so they have opportunities to compete and contribute,” said Roberts. 

 

 

Roberts, 37, began his career at Vinson & Elkinsin Houston, one of the top ranked energy law firms in the world.  He now runs a successful law firm specializing in domestic and international business litigation.  A staunch supporter of neighborhood preservation and revitalization, Roberts is a dedicated proponent of building communities through partnerships with businesses and programs willing to invest in distressed neighborhoods.

 

 

Roberts has also provided valuable community service during his career, including serving on the board of Project Row Houses, a non-profit neighborhood preservation organization, as chairman of the board of the Tairon Gray Foundation, a mental health charity, and as an appointee of Mayor Bill White to chair the city’s Affirmative Action Contract Compliance Commission.

 

 

Roberts earned a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of Houston in 1993 and a Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in 1996.  Roberts is a board certified trial lawyer accredited by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He holds the distinction of being listed as one of Texas Monthly’s acclaimed “Texas Rising Stars” and “Texas Super Lawyers” consecutively from 2004 to 2009.

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