Congresswoman Jackson-Lee Ready For Campaign
January 24, 2010

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee proved once again on Saturday that she is a tireless campaigner, one of  her greatest strengths going into a contested March primary.

She began the day with a breakfast for Houston area ministers, had lunch with precinct captains and finished with a combination birthday party/campaign kickoff Saturday afternoon. 

If  turnout  is any indication, the Congresswoman still has strong support in the district.

The crowd included families, community leaders, elected officials (and candidates trying to get elected) along with volunteers who are ready to hit the ground running to help the Congresswoman win re-election in the 18 Congressional District. 

Faces in the crowd included: former city council member Gordon Quan who is running for Harris County Judge. Former Police Chief and current city council member C.O. Bradford  and Houston Federation of  Teachers President Gayle Fallon.

As 2 on the Beat previously reported,  Houston city council member Jarvis Johnson and attorney Sean Roberts are running against Jackson-Lee in the March 2nd Democratic Party primary.

If she wins the primary, Jackson-Lee will face a Republican opponent in the November general election.   The 18th congressional district is solidly democrat, so the Congresswoman shouldn’t have to worry as much about losing the general election, IF  she can win the primary. 

However, some political observers believe Jackson-Lee is vulnerable and could face a tough time winning a ninth term in congress.  While there is anti-Washington/anti-incumbent sentiment sweeping across the country, Jackson-Lee has perceived weakness that hit closer to home.

Her opponents, both Republican and Democrat, accuse her of being out of touch with residents and not doing enough in recent years to help the district.

She angered many of her constituents when she backed Sen. Hillary Clinton over Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Primary.

She also raised eyebrows when she showed up at Michael Jackson’s funeral and pushed for the late pop star to receive a Congressional Medal of Honor.

When asked by the media if she is concerned  about losing or being forced into a runoff,  the congresswoman said, “the seat belongs to the people. I will continue to fight for the people in Washington and in the district.”

She did not directly address the claims made by candidates/opponents Johnson or Roberts.

Gordon Quan Makes It Official – He’s Running For County Judge
December 29, 2009

As 2 on The Beat reported last week, former Houston city council member Gordon Quan plans to run for Harris County Judge.

Quan made it official Tuesday with a campaign kickoff event attended by local political and community leaders.

Quan is a democrat, and so far he doesn’t have an opponent for the March 2010 primary.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett has already filed to run for re-election in the republican primary.

The general election is in November 2010. 
The following is a news release from Quan’s campaign:
                             

Gordon Quan Announces as Democratic Candidate for Harris County Judge

Houston, TX–At a Houston event surrounded by friends, family and supporters today, former Houston City Councilman Gordon Quan signed the paperwork to run as a Democrat for Harris County Judge.

“I want to bring new ideas to the County Government and look to address the root causes of the problems to develop solutions and not just put a bandage on the problem,” Quan stated during his remarks at the event.

Mr. Quan spoke on several issues he would like to address as Harris County’s next County Judge.  Specifically, he discussed the following priorities:

ü  Reforming our criminal justice system

ü  Addressing homelessness and mental health issues

ü  Economic development

ü  Making Seniors and healthcare a priority 

The former city councilman said he wanted to work hand-in-hand with the county commissioners,  Sherriff Adrian Garcia, District Attorney Pat Lykos, and legislators like State Senator Rodney Ellis, who introduced Quan at the event,  to set criteria for fines versus confinement for minor offenses, a centralized jail system for more rapid bonding, the development of a public defender system and a regional D.N.A. lab to avoid wrongful confinement.

He also said he wants to explore methods to remove from the criminal justice system people who are homeless and suffering from mental health issues.  Quan argued this would remove “frequent flyers” from our jails and emergency rooms where they run up hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost for tax payers.

Noting that the U.S. is facing difficult economic times, Mr. Quan said he would support the efforts of the Greater Houston Partnership in recruiting large companies and make helping small and medium sized businesses a priority.  He noted that small and medium-sized businesses provide more rapid job growth in Harris County and provide the majority of new jobs in America.

” For the past 30 years, I have been assisting businesses and entrepreneurs in making Harris County home,” Quan said.  “In the private sector, I am already working on Regional Investment Centers to attract foreign investment to this County – New York and Chicago have already done this and we need to follow suit.  As County Judge, I will designate areas for ‘targeted employment’ for brokers to use in marketing investment opportunities.

Mr. Quan ended his remarks by touching on seniors’ issues.

“One population I will continue to champion is our senior citizens,” he said.  “As life expectancy has been extended, I want Harris County to view this population as an asset, not a liability.  I would like to see us as a national leader on geriatric care.”

Gordon Quan grew up in Houston’s East End where his father ran a grocery store.  He earned a B.A. from the University of Texas, a M.Ed. from the University of Houston and his law degree from South Texas College of Law.  Quan met his wife, Sylvia, on the University of Houston Campus and they have been together ever since.  They raised three daughters here in Houston.

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Harris County Judge Candidacy Announcement

DRAFT OF QUAN ANNOUNCEMENT SPEECH

My sincere thank you to each of you for joining me today as I officially announce my candidacy for Harris County Judge.

Harris County Government has been a bastion for the “good ole boy network.”  As our community has become more diverse, it is time for our county to embrace our diversity.

The criteria to do business with the county should not be:

“Who you know but, what you know. 

Not how much you’ve donated

but what value and talents you have to give.”

I want to bring new ideas to the County Government and look to address the root causes of the problems to develop solutions and not just put a bandage on the problem.

Our jail is under court supervision and is overcrowded.  While voters had previously defeated a bond election for a new jail, I believe they spoke out against the manner criminal justice was administered in Harris County.

I want to work to hand-in-hand with the commissioners,  Sherriff Garcia, District Attorney Lykos, the local municipalities and the courts and elected officials like Senator Ellis to set criteria for fines versus confinement for minor offenses, a centralized jail system for more rapid bonding, the development of a public defender system and a regional D.N.A. lab to avoid wrongful confinement.

On top of these issues, I want to look at methods to remove from the criminal justice system people who are homeless and suffering from mental health issues.  A proactive approach of investing in affordable housing with supportive services would remove “frequent flyers” from our jails and emergency rooms where they run up hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost for tax payers.

We need to provide education, training and opportunities to our citizens instead of condemning young men and women to lives of poverty with minor criminal records.  Every day 200+ people are released on the streets with little hope of meaningful, legal employment.

We need to be attaching jobs to Harris County.  And while supporting the efforts of the Greater Houston Partnership in recruiting large companies, I also want to make helping small and medium size businesses a priority.  These provide more rapid job growth and provide the majority of new jobs in America.

For the past 30 years, I have been assisting businesses and entrepreneurs in making the Houston area home.  We have an international population.  There is nothing like friends and relatives encouraging other to locate in Harris County.  They provide a cultural infra-structure to attract more businesses and talent.  We do not need Ft. Bend advertising for business here!

I am working on Regional Investment Centers to attract foreign investment to this County – New York and Chicago have already done this.  I will designate areas for “targeted employment” for brokers to use in marketing investment opportunities.

One population I will continue to champion is our Senior Citizens.  As life expectancy has been extended, I want Harris County to view this population as an asset, not a liability.  I would like to see us as a national leader on geriatric care.

ü  Reforming our criminal justice system

ü  Addressing homelessness and mental health issues

ü  Economic development

ü  Re-integration for those released from jail

ü  Making Seniors and healthcare a priority

These are but a few of the issues I plan to address.

Hunkering down is no solution.

Maintaining to status quo will not get us to the future.

Please join with me in creating a new day in Harris County for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren.

 

Gordon Quan To Challenge Ed Emmett For County Judge
December 23, 2009

   

He served six years on Houston city council, and is a widely respected immigration attorney.   

Now Gordon Quan hopes to rely on his record and connections in the community to launch what he hopes is a successful bid for Harris County Judge.  

Assuming he makes it past the March 2, 2010 Democratic Party primary, Quan will challenge Republican incumbent Judge Ed Emmett, who plans to run for re-election.  

Quan is having an official campaign kickoff.   

The invitation is posted below:  

Save The Date!  

Gordon Quan  

Announces Campaign for  

Harris County Judge  

Please Join Former Council Member and Mayor Pro-Tem Gordon Quan as, following his official filing, he announces his campaign for Harris County Judge on Tuesday, December 29, 2009. Since leaving Council, Gordon has stayed involved in the Houston community, including:  

·        Co-chairing the NAACP 100 Year Anniversary Gala  

·        Board member of the Coalition for the Homeless  

·        Board Member of Neighborhood Centers Inc.  

  

Show your support by joining Gordon, Senator Rodney Ellis, and friends and family on this exciting occasion.  

  

What: Gordon Quan Announcement Speech  

When: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 12:00pm  

Where: Post Oak Grill, 3017 Milam  

  

  

  

Paid for by the Gordon Quan for County Judge Campaign