City Elections Endorsements - August 24, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Log Cabin Republicans of Houston Full Endorsement List
The Log Cabin Republicans of Houston is proud to announce that it has finalized its endorsements for the 2015 Houston municipal cycle. The Log Cabin Republican organization has weighed a lot of issues and many candidates who have sought our endorsements. The process involved the full membership of the organization and carefully considered the looming issues before our city. Issues we considered included the fiscal deficit that our city faces, pension reform, TIRZ, economic development, social inclusivity, HERO, infrastructure, and issues of liberty. No one issue served as a litmus test and we pulled from the broad spectrum of views within our group to find consensus on the best candidates to lead our city for the next term. We are grateful to all candidates who sought our endorsement and look forward to working with whoever ultimately wins to help solve our cities looming issues.
Mayor- Stephen Costello
Controller- Bill Frazer
At Large 1- Jenifer Pool
At Large 2- David Robinson
At Large 3- Michael Kubosh
At Large 5- Jack Christie
District A- Brenda Stardig
District F- Steve Duc Le
District G- Greg Travis
Steve Costello for Mayor - July 28, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Log Cabin Republicans of Houston Endorses Steve Costello for Mayor
Houston, TX July 28th, 2015 – The Log Cabin Republicans of Houston endorses candidate Steve Costello for Houston City Mayor. Houston City Council Member Costello represents the values of fiscal responsibility, social inclusion, and sound qualifications that the Log Cabin Republicans seeks in a candidate. As the next Mayor of Houston Stephen Costello will work to solve the city’s looming financial crisis, rebuild our city’s infrastructure, and stand up for the rights of all Houstonians to be treated equally and fairly before the law. “After interviewing several candidates, Steve Costello offered the most fiscally sound policies to fix our roads and traffic, prioritize public safety, and protect taxpayer money,” said Houston Log Cabin Republican President Antoine Taylor. “In particular, his efforts to lower street and drainage debt by nearly $350 million over the last 4 years, combined with tripling the amount of annual funds dedicated to fixing our street and drainage problems made him the overwhelming choice of these Republicans.”
An engineer by education and trade, Steve was trained to look at problems and work to find a logical solution. His successful engineering firm, Costello, Inc. has not only helped grow hundreds of new jobs in and around Houston, it has also been named as one of the “best places to work” by the Houston Business Journal.
Steve continually works to serve his neighbors and his community. He has helped protect and expand our parks and public green space through public advocacy efforts, and has also worked to cut wasteful spending, develop solutions to our many infrastructure needs, and even fought to protect our most vulnerable against dangerous “pay-day” lending as a member of Houston City Council.
Those interested in joining our movement to elect sound fiscally responsible and socially inclusive candidates like Steve Costello should visit www.logcabinhouston.org and sign up to become a member.
Bill Frazer for Controller - July 1, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Log Cabin Republicans of Houston Endorses Bill Frazer for Controller
Houston, TX July 1st, 2015 – The Log Cabin Republicans of Houston endorses candidate Bill Frazer for Houston City Controller. Mr. Frazer represents the values of fiscal responsibility, social inclusion, and sound qualifications that the Log Cabin Republicans seeks in a candidate. As the next City Controller Bill Frazer will work to solve the city’s looming financial crisis, seek long term solutions on the pension burden, and represent all Houstonians regardless of race, class, creed, religion, ethnicity, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity.
Bill Frazer served as Chief Financial Officer of CB Richard Ellis Capital Markets, one of the world’s leading commercial real estate financial services firms. As a board member of GEMSA Loan Services, he helped form one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate loan management and advisory service companies. Bill has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant since 1975. He is a past President of the Houston CPA Society and has served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Society of CPAs for the past 20 years
Those interested in joining our movement to elect sound fiscally responsible candidates like Bill Frazer should visit our website at www.logcabinhouston.org and sign up to become a member.
Who Will Be the Next Mayor? - June 13, 2015
WHO WILL BE HOUSTON’s NEXT MAYOR and CITY CONTROLLER? Recently the Log Cabin Republicans of Houston organized and hosted endorsement sessions with leading mayoral and city controller candidates with the aim to help all fiscally conservative fellow Houstonians make that decision. How will our future leaders handle the serious financial challenges facing our city, and defend taxpayers’ pockets from wasteful spending? How will they protect the city’s international image as a place of open commerce and social tolerance? What will they do to safeguard the security and civil rights of all its citizens? The answers to these and other questions will lead LCR Houston members to issue endorsements in the coming LCR meetings (stay tuned).
Talking about LCR meetings, at the June meeting last Wednesday, Daniel Williams with Equality Texas delivered a riveting account of the victories that the coalitions between equality-minded groups, conservatives, business groups, progressives, and people of faith, played in killing bad legislation. It was a true guided tour through the Byzantine political halls of Texas’ law-making process.
Half way thru, 2015 has been a busy and exciting year for LCR Houston, and it promises to only ramp up. We started the year as part of a broad, forceful effort at the Texas State Capitol with messaging on issues of concern to LCR members and supporters, GLBT and not. Then LCR Houston’s annual fundraising dinner was keynoted by the top GOP officeholder in Harris County, raised a record amount, and was attended by many GOP officeholders and candidates for Houston’s highest political offices. And now LCR Houston is deep into the candidate review process that is critically important for anyone concerned with the future of our great metropolis.
Do you want to have a say in the future of your city? You can.
New Era of Inclusion Dawning: Join the Party - March 11, 2015
The last 30 days have been full of exciting and pivotal developments for Republicans in general, and Log Cabin Republicans in particular.
First, a swat team of members of the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas visited over 50 offices of state representatives and senators, blanketing the Texas State Capitol for a day with messaging aimed at raising awareness of issues of concern to LCR members and supporters, GLBT and not. A recent poll revealed that two-thirds of self-identified Republicans and Republican-leaning voters under 30 support same-sex marriage rights. This could explain why all the young staffers that support our state Republican legislators welcomed the LCR members warmly and with expressed interest in their concerns.
Then, On February 23 we received the announcement that the national organization of Log Cabin Republicans was given an invitation to speak at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) as part of the panel “Putin’s Russia: A New Cold War?” This was a highly visible step forward by the GOP leadership towards a more public acceptance of those advocating GLBT issues and concerns.This was followed on February 27, with LCR Houston’s own fundraising dinner keynoted by the top GOP officeholder in Harris County, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, who delivered an energetic, yet intellectually nuanced speech that charmed and energized all those present. The event was attended by many GOP officeholders and candidates, including several running for city-wide offices, from mayor, to comptroller, to city council; and brought in several thousand dollars into the LCR coffers, easily breaking last year’s record haul while raising LCR Houston’s profile in local policy circles.
These developments were capped by last week’s announcement that, in an historic vote, the California Republican Party voted to charter Log Cabin Republicans of California. The landslide 861-293 vote in favor of the gay-led Republican group recognized Log Cabin Republicans of California as an official affiliate of the state GOP.
A new era of inclusion is dawning at the GOP, with all kinds of possibilities for new ideas and initiatives to address the challenges and concerns of Americans of all walks of life, including those in the GLBT communities. If you have been waiting for the right time to make your voice heard; to become part of the governing process of the governing party of Texas; to influence the party that is poised to set the course of the country in 2016, what better time can you imagine?
It’s time. Come and join the party.
May General Meeting
Date: Wednesday, May 10th
Time: 7:00 pm (show up as early as 6:30 to socialize)
Location: Spaghetti Western (Shepherd)
LCR HOUSTON'S MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of Log Cabin Republicans of Houston is to advocate for our local membership to build a stronger Republican Party. We promote the core values of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free markets, a strong national defense, freedom, and equality of all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or minority status.