Wagner is the Mayor

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After an election and a runoff Councilman Jeff Wagner is Pasadena’s new mayor. Candidates JR Moon and Daniel Vela who worked together and endorsed by outgoing Councilman Ornaldo Ybarra both lost, Ybarra termed out leaves council with one of the worst attendance records in recent history.

DISTRICT B RUNOFF ELECTION RESULTS

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PASADENA CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT B

BARBARA LEGLER  | 180

BRUCE LEAMON  | 242

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ELECTION DAY VOTING LOCATIONS IN PASADENA

WHATS ON THE BALLOT FOR 2013

Crime Control District

Mayor

  • Johnny Isbell
  • Gilbert Pena

District A

  • Ornaldo Ybarra
  • Bruce Walters

District B

  • Barbara Legler
  • Richard Serna
  • Bruce Leamon

District C

  • Don Harrison
  • Rick Guerrero

District D

  • Pat Van Houte
  • Ronald Whitley
District E
  • Leroy Stanley
  • Cody Ray Wheeler
District F
  • Phil Cayten
District G
  • Steve Cote
District H
  • Darrell Morison
DISTRICT LOCATION ADDRESS
District “A” DeZavala Fifth Grade Center 101 Jackson
Pasadena, TX   77506
District “B” Queens Intermediate School 1112 Queens Road
Pasadena, TX   77502
District “C” Pal Gym 2910 Southmore
Pasadena, TX   77503
Disctrict “D” Deepwater Elementary School 309 Glenmore
Pasadena, TX   77503
District “E” Mae Smythe Elementary School 2202 Pasadena Blvd.
Pasadena, TX   77502
DISTRICT LOCATION ADDRESS
District “F” Bondy Intermediate School 5101 Keith Avenue
Pasadena, TX   77505
District “G” Miller Intermediate School 1002 Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, TX   77504
District “H”
(South)
Fire Station No. 6 1200 Kirby Road
Pasadena, TX
(Mailing: Seabrook, TX  77586)
District “H”
(North)
Fire Station No. 8 4100 Space Center Blvd.
Pasadena, TX   77505
District “H”
(Bay Area)
Fire Station No. 10 17200 Middlebrook Drive
Pasadena, TX
(Mailing: Houston, TX  77059)

Mrs. Legler Announces Candidacy for House District 144

 PASADENA, TEXAS – Barbara Legler, wife of the late State Representative Ken Legler, announced today that she will run in the recently called special election for State House District 144 to fill the remainder of her husband’s term. The election will be held simultaneously with the general election on November 6, 2012.

“It is with deep humility, sincerity, and dedication that I officially announce my intention to run for the remaining two months of my husband’s, Ken’s, term,” stated Mrs. Legler. “Ken had always stressed loyalty to his family, community, and state.  It would be an honor and privilege to be able to serve the people of District 144 for the remaining few weeks of my husband’s term.”

After Mrs. Barbara Legler announced she would be seeking election to finish her husband’s term in the 82nd legislature, she immediately received endorsements from Rick Perry, Governor; Mike Jackson, Texas State Senator, District 11; Larry Taylor, Texas House of Representatives, District 24; Randy Weber, Texas House of Representatives, District 29; Jack Morman, Commissioner, Harris County Pct.2; Johnny Isbell, Mayor, City of Pasadena; Lilian Keeney, Mayor Pro-Tem, Taylor Lake Village; Jackie Welch, City Councilwoman, City of Pasadena; Mike Sullivan, City Councilman, City of Houston; Marie Flickinger, Chairman of the Board, South Belt Ellington Chamber of Commerce; Jared Woodfill, Harris County Republican Party Chairman; Barry Beasley; John Moon Sr.; and Ken Phelps.

The Truth Behind the Numbers

For Immediate Release, February 29, 2012

(AUSTIN) As many of you may have been hearing, there is a lot of talk and uncertainty regarding redistricting. Every 10 years, the Constitution mandates that states have to re-apportion all of their districts in accordance with the new Census data. After doing so, Section 5 of the Voting Rights Acts of 1965 (VRA) requires many states and governmental entities to submit their redistricting plans for “preclearance” to ensure that minority representation has not been purposely diminished. Shortly after completing the redistricting process in 2011, the State of Texas chose to seek preclearance through federal court in Washington, D.C., anticipating an expedited approval process. During this process, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and various minority groups chose to oppose the maps claiming that Texas had violated Section 5 of the VRA. As a result, preclearance has been delayed so we still lack any maps and the primaries have been delayed indefinitely. I specifically want to voice my strong opposition to how the DOJ’s efforts would adversely affect the people of my district, including Pasadena, the main city in my current district and in the map passed by the Legislature.

First, I strongly oppose activist judges interfering with the maps drawn by the democratically elected members of the Texas Legislature. Originally, a federal court in San Antonio drew interim maps, but the US Supreme Court overturned them, saying that the court should have given more deference to the Legislature’s maps. Instead of continuing to fight for the maps drawn by the Legislature, some state officials are caving in to certain groups and negotiating new maps that do not reflect the will of the people. Recently, the Texas Attorney General (AG) attempted, but failed, to settle with the activist groups, but in doing so, the AG’s office demonstrated its willingness to sacrifice Pasadena and the communities in HD 144. One point that needs to be very clear is the state maps have NOT been ruled to violate the VRA, and yet, the court system is actively engaged in redrawing our maps.

The main argument made against the Legislature’s maps is that the state diminished “minority opportunity districts,” which is a violation of the VRA. The argument is over the definition of “minority opportunity district.” The Legislature’s maps were drawn on the basis that “minority opportunity” was based on the percentage of the voting age population (VAP), but the DOJ argues that “minority opportunity” is based on the outcome of the elections, not on the ability to vote. For example, my district (144) drawn by the legislature would have a combined minority VAP of 53.3%. In other words, my district would be a majority-minority district. Although recently I have submitted a compromise map for HD 144 to state officials that gives district 144 a minority VAP of 70.3%, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit say it is still not enough. Despite a majority-minority VAP, the district is not considered a “minority opportunity district” due to the outcome of Republican representation. Given this information, it appears that the DOJ is more interested in creating Democrat districts than ensuring that minorities are properly represented.

I have always been a strong believer in keeping communities together. This gives smaller cities, like Pasadena, stronger representation in Austin. Although the Legislature’s map keeps most of Pasadena in one district, the interim court maps and the proposed settlement by the Texas Attorney General’s office split Pasadena many different ways. This could diminish the impact that the residents of Pasadena will have on Legislative elections. It will also make it more difficult for our issues to be addressed because they will have representatives that will not depend on citizens to get elected or to remain in office. As a result, their representatives may be less responsive to the needs of Pasadena citizens as well as the Pasadena Independent School District.

If the United States is truly comprised of a government “of the people, by the people, [and] for the people,” as stated by Abraham Lincoln, then it is imperative that its representatives originate from the population in which they reside. By residing within the population, they serve, advocate and, consequently, give a louder voice to constituents in the state funding and legislative processes. With similar concerns and motivation, as well as proximity to the needs of the people, advocates may have a stronger impact in resolving matters specific to their district. As a resident of Pasadena, I witness firsthand the benefits of unity in a diverse community and residence within the district to further the objectives of the people.

Contact Information: Brad Tegeler | 512-463-0460

Governor Perry and Mitt Romney Reception

Shooter at the Capital

(Vida Burtis/ LaVida Studios)

Scenes from the Capitol after shots were fired, January 21, 2010