Houston votes: Mike Sullivan vs. Wayne Garrison
Voters living in the Houston portion of the Clear Lake area will face a lot of check boxes when they go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
On the city ballot alone are mayor, city controller, five at-large council positions and the District E race that pits incumbent Mike Sullivan against attorney Wayne Garrison.
Houston's District E includes Kingwood and Clear Lake, and both candidates live in Kingwood.
Read more about the city elections at Houston Chronicle.com and meet the District E candidates here at Ultimate Clear Lake:
Education: Oklahoma City University School of Law and University of Oklahoma
Residence: Kingwood in 2001 and then again since 2004
Ties to Clear Lake: Member of the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce, Clear Lake Republicans and Clear Lake Republican Women
On proposals for relieving Gulf Freeway congestion: Believes commuter rail will be costly and believes the most effective solution would be expanding parking spaces and bus service at the existing Park & Rides, perhaps adding another Park & Ride.
On community associations: "Overall, I do support them," he says. With no zoning in Houston, he says they're necessary even if they can be frustrating. He doesn't support zoning as an alternative to protect neighborhoods.
On red-light cameras: Calls them "a money grab." He says violations sometimes even go up, and it's hard to collect on the fines. He believes denying a car owner registration because of unpaid tickets raises constitutional issues.
Key issue: "Quality of life." Clear Lake doesn't have enough police officers, and its firefighters need more resources, too, he said. He says addressing flooding is a key to Clear Lake's quality of life because it's so susceptible to flooding.
Go to Wayne Garrison's campaign web site.
Occupation: Houston City Council member
Education: University of Houston and San
Jacinto Community College
Residence: Kingwood since 1991
Ties to Clear Lake: Former Clear Lake resident, member of UH-Clear Lake's Presidents Council, currently representing Clear Lake as councilman for District E and opened an office in Clear Lake earlier this year using donated office space.
On proposals for relieving Gulf Freeway congestion: Believes it's way too early to choose between commuter rail or one of the options involving bus service. More information will be necessary, he said.
On community associations: Describes himself as a strong supporter of deed restrictions and the boards selected by association members to enforce them. Says community associations have proven themselves, and he would definitely not support zoning as an alternative.
On red-light cameras: A vocal critic, he says they don't help reduce wrecks and the tickets are hard to collect on.
Key issue: "Economic development and job retention." He notes that the city of Houston has doubled its funding for the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership from $50,000 to $100,00 in an effort to retain jobs at Johnson Space Center and its contractors.
Go to Mike Sullivan's campaign web site.
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