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Amy Price Running As A Green For Houston City Council in 2011

I met this morning with Amy Price.

Amy is going to run a Green for an at-large seat on Houston City Council in 2011.

She is still working out the details, but what I am certain of is that she is going to conduct a solid and hard hitting campaign effort.

Folks in Houston merit more options than so-called Democrats running for city office who are afraid to even say that they are Democrats.

As a Democrat or progressive following Houston politics, if you can’t afford the endless fundraisers, if candidates don’t call themselves Democrats and they take Republican money, if Democrats do nothing to address the dismal turnout we see year after year in city elections—-Then why not get involved on your own and work and fight for your liberal and progressive values no matter what?

The work of freedom is up to each of us.

There is an Amy Price For Houston City Council page that you can like on Facebook and there will be more to come in the weeks ahead.

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July 22, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

4 Comments »

  1. In Thibaut’s defense, it is a nonpartisan race, and most of the candidates I’ve seen (of any stripe) don’t mention party affiliation, at least not front and center.

    There might be a minor mention on the endorsements page (ABC Democrats Club or Republican Women of Someplace), but you just don’t see “Joe Blow – Republican/Democrat for Council.”

    Here’s a link to Price’s Facebook page.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | July 23, 2011

  2. The race is nonpartisan on the ballot. But all are free to mention what party they support in campaign ads and web sites. My own view is that the stakes are so high for 2012, that Democrats running in 2011 need to be out front about where they stand as we build the party for the fight ahead.

    This is most especially the case for Mayor Parker who has raised a lot of money. Her victory in 2011 with the standard 13% turnout will be cold comfort for her supporters should Republicans prevail in our county and in the nation in 2012 as they did in 2010. We can complain–with validity–that the so-called Tea Party is corporate funded and not fully a grass roots effort. Yet it is also true that we were out-worked in 2010 by everyday citizens who volunteered and voted for Republican candidates. The work of freedom is up to each of us.

    As for Ms. Thibaut, I’m certain she will solicit the money, volunteer efforts and votes of Democrats in Houston. I think this must become more of a two-way street. She is as good an example as any of a process that mitigates legitimate partisan differences for the benefit of politicians and the donors who fund them, while ignoring the many people in Houston who would benefit from a city government responsive to more than just the few who bother to vote.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 24, 2011

  3. I’m glad to get a mention here! And I’d like to comment on the value of partisan politics.

    Identification with a party is supposed to give voters a shorthand means of understanding what the candidate’s values and priorities are. This works only so-so in America today, where for example you have “Democrats” who embrace corporate expansion at the expense of liveable communities and “Republicans” who support reproductive freedom. You could argue that party identification discourages a truly knowledgeable voting public, who often relies almost entirely on party affiliation to make decisions at the polls. Or you can say, and this is my view, that it allows for at least somewhat informed voting choices for the largest number of people, and that this is part of a real democracy.

    It’s true that candidates don’t generally tout their party affiliation during the city races, and it’s true that I will. Part of this is because the most informed voters–who are pretty much the only ones that vote in city elections–know the candidates’ purported affiliations regardless. Part of it is that I believe in the value of diversity–of opinions, in society, in politics–and two parties does not diversity make. So I’m an unabashed Green to make a stab at promoting real diversity in our local elections. Part of it is to identify myself as a progressive, especially since that’s not an assumption that we can necessarily make anymore of a candidate who calls himself a Democrat.

    Hope to continue this discussion with some of you on my Facebook page!

    Comment by amypriceforhoustoncitycouncil | July 24, 2011

  4. Fantastic!
    I’m thrilled that Amy is willing to go out on a limb and really show she’s not perpetuating the politics-as-usual thing in Houston. Too often, we go for the lesser of two evils when it comes to political parties, and what it leaves us with is still evil.

    A true local progressive!

    Comment by Katydidknot | July 26, 2011


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