Council Member Jones Picks Up Endorsements
September 11, 2009

She’s been getting some heat for her outspoken style of raising questions about the Houston Fire Department, but Council Member Jolanda “Jo” Jones is still winning endorsements in her quest for reelection. 

As 2 ON THE BEAT reported earlier, one of  Jone’s opponents, Dr. Davetta Daniels,  was endorsed by the Houston Professional Firefighters Association, after it rescinded its endorsement of  Jones.

In a news release issued by council Member Jones  campaign,  she touts  three new endorsements from State Representative Kristi Thibaut, Houston 80-20 Asian American Political Action Committee, and Christians for Better Government.

“I am deeply grateful for the support from Rep. Thibaut and these organizations. It’s exciting to see more and more Houstonians coming together in support of our campaign to make sure that Houston city government works for everyone,” said Jones.

Firefighters Union Endorses Council Member’s Opponent
September 9, 2009

I spoke with  Jeff Caynon, the President of  The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA), IAFF . 

He confirmed that the group endorsed Dr. Davetta Daniels and made a $5,000 contribution to her campaign.

 (The  following is a news release)

Local 341 announced support for Dr. Davetta Daniels in the Houston City Council, At Large Position 5 race.

 “This is a great day for the advancement of my campaign. To gain support of men and women of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, will serve as a catalyst to advance to the next level of victory. Like firefighters, I too, will be first to respond to the needs of ALL Houston citizens.  I will use the strength, voice and power of the position to enhance a more effective and effiecient governance. I will not forget the firefighters, when elected to the Houston City Council, At-Large Position 5 seat. It is with great humility and honor to add them to our team of supporters”, said Daniels, a successful entrepreneur and retired educator and administrator.

 Jeff Caynon, president of the HPFFA, said the organization’s executive board recently met with

Daniels and recommended unanimous endorsement.  Caynon said, “The nearly 4,000 men and women of our organization recognize that Daniels is committed to public safety issues and are supportive of our city’s

first responders.  Davetta Daniels’ widespread community support reflects the confidence many people have in her judgment.”

 The HPFFA recently rescinded support for Jolanda Jones, the incumbent in the City Council At

Large Position 5 race, noting “the people of Houston deserve better, less divisive representation.”