Recently the City of Houston elections were held. Candidates for city offices are required to be residents of the City of Houston - not Harris County, the City of Houston. In the race for Houston City Council At Large District 3, a run-off election between Roy Morales and Michael Kubosh is in full swing. Though city elections are non-partisan, both men call themselves Republicans. I have heard both at various meetings and events speak of their Republican credentials. As a Republican Woman, I have noticed a decidedly unsavory turn in this particular race. Heeding my own clarion call to others - that voters stand up and speak out - I am wading into this race with hopes of fairness and ethics and decency being restored.
I have no dog in this hunt. I am not a member of either man's campaign. I have not voiced an endorsement for either candidate. None of that has changed. I am walking the walk as I talk the talk to voters.
I am bothered by some criticism of Roy Morales by those who wish to cast doubt on his Republican credentials. This is not his first run for office and he has never run as anything but a Republican. The same cannot be said of Mr. Kubosh. That is truth.
I am disturbed that Lt Col Morales is taking guff from Kubosh supporters - especially the paid surrogates - for using his military designation in his campaign materials. This seems to be a level of pettiness that is unfortunate, especially from one Republican candidate's camp against another Republican candidate. Morales is entitled to use his rank, as a retired member of the military. It's his personal choice and I respect that. That is truth.
This week brought a new level of drama to the race. Mr. Kubosh's residency was in question and that topic played out in the local court system. The judge ruled in favor of Mr. Kubosh. Today Roy Morales responded to local reporting on the subject: