Jolanda Jones Gets Big Endorsement In Council Runoff Race
December 5, 2011

Houston city council incumbent Jolanda Jones has picked up an important endorsement in the runoff election.

Former opponent Bob Ryan, who finished in fourth place behind Laurie Robinson in the general election , is endorsing Jones.  Jones faces Jack Christie in the December 10 runoff election for the city council at-large position 5 seat.

In his written endorsement, Ryan states, “While I may not agree with all Council member Jones’ positions, she is one of  the few at City Hall that will stand up for the downtrodden, even when it’s one against fourteen.”

Click on this link and you can read the entire letter from Bob Ryan Endorsing Jones

Candidates Make Push on Eve of Early Voting
October 24, 2011

 With only hours to go before the start of early voting, political candidates spent Sunday crisscrossing the greater Houston area urging their constituents to vote in the election. 

One event drew several contenders vying for seats on  Houston city council, the Houston school board and Houston Community College.

Delta Sigma Theta sorority held a candidates forum at the organization’s headquarters in the third ward. Controller Ron Green, at-large position 5 incumbent Jolanda Jones and challenger Laurie Robinson, HISD trustee incumbent Paula Harris and challenger Davetta Daniels were some of the candidates who attended the forum, which included questions from moderator Cindy George and people in the audience.

Early voting runs through Friday, November 4. Election day is on Tuesday, November 8.

Turnout is expected to be low.

To find an early voting location click this link:

Celebrate With The Jack Yates Boys Basketball Champions
March 24, 2010

Houston City Council member Jolanda “Jo” Jones is planning a big celebration for the Jack Yates Boys Basketball Team.

The state champions will get their own party and ticker tape parade.  It should be a fun event and they definitely deserve the recognition.

Black Firefighters Endorse Jones
October 15, 2009

Houston Black Firefighters Association   Endorses Jolanda “Jo” Jones

 Houston, TX – The Houston Black Firefighters Association has endorsed City Council Member Jolanda “Jo” Jones in her campaign for re-election to Houston City Council, At-Large Position 5.

“Firefighters are my heroes,” said Jones. “I’ve ridden with them for 24-hour shifts, and understand more than most, that they have a grueling unrelenting job that goes way beyond the heroic task of rescuing us from fires. And that’s just one of the reasons why I am working so hard to implement solutions that will end discrimination and improve working conditions for all firefighters – because their jobs are hard enough.

“I am extremely grateful for this endorsement and the support I have received from firefighters throughout Houston. I hope Houston is always blessed to have these brave men and women keeping us safe.”

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.”











Still No Answers In Fire Dept. Investigation
September 1, 2009

Houston Firefighter Jane Draycott and her attorney Joe Ahmad made a brief  appearance at city hall on Tuesday afternoon.

They attended a news conference organized by the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice.  Members of  the group called on city leaders and  investigators to end what they described as  “harassment and intimidation” against Draycott.

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While Draycott did not speak to reporters, Ahmad said he was relieved that the Harris County District Attorney’s office has decided to withdraw an order  that would have allowed police to arrest and detain Draycott until she provided a handwriting sample. 

Draycott provided the handwriting sample four weeks ago, but according to Ahmad the order was still valid, which meant that law enforcement officials could arrest her at any time.

Ahmad filed a Writ of Mandamus with the 14th Court of Appeals arguing that the order was obtained in secret and without jurisdiction.

The DA’s Office isn’t commenting about the decision to withdraw the order.

On July 7, Draycott and fellow firefighter Paul Keyes  reported that they found racist and sexist graffiti on their lockers at fire station 54.

During the city council meeting that followed the news conference, Council member Jolanda Jones, who has  never wavered in her support of  Draycott,  said, “I just don’t understand how we can  continue to victimize victims and pick on women.”

The City’s Office of  Inspector General is conducting an investigation, and some have called on the U.S. Department of  Justice to launch an independent probe.