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Endorsement watch: Can we get a list, please?

There’s been a lot of endorsement activity lately for the 2009 Houston elections, and since I don’t really want to reproduce every press release I get, I thought I’d try to link to endorsement lists from some of the groups that have put out statements in support of various candidates lately. All I can say is that’s easier said than done. Here’s what I have been able to find:

Houston Police Officers Union: Endorsed Gene Locke for Mayor, and (via his press release) C.O. Bradford for At Large #4.

HOPE/SEIU: Endorsed Annise Parker for Mayor, and (via his press release) C.O. Bradford for At Large #4. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has endorsed C.O. Bradford, according to a press release from his campaign.

Houston Association of Realtors: Via their press releasethey endorsed the following candidates:

Mayor – Gene Locke
Controller – Ronald Green
At Large #1 – Stephen Costello
At Large #2 – Sue Lovell
At Large #3 – Melissa Noriega
At Large #4 – Noel Freeman
At Large #5 – no endorsement
District A – Brenda Stardig
District B – Jarvis Johnson
District C – Anne Clutterbuck
District D – Wanda Adams
District E – Mike Sullivan
District F – Mike Laster
District G – Oliver Pennington
District H – Ed Gonzalez
District I – James Rodriguez

Harris County Democrats: Via their press release, they endorsed the following candidates:

Mayor – Annise Parker
Controller – Ronald Green
At Large #1 – Herman Litt
At Large #2 – Sue Lovell
At Large #3 – Melissa Noriega
At Large #4 – Noel Freeman
At Large #5 – Jolanda Jones
District A – Lane Lewis
District F – Mike Laster
District G – Dexter Handy

Oak Forest Democrats: Via their press release, they endorsed the following candidates:

Mayor – Annise Parker
City Controller- Ron Green
District A- Lane Lewis
At-large 1- Karen Derr
At-large 2- Sue Lovell
At-large 3- Melissa Noriega
At-large 4- postponed until next month
At-large 5- Jolanda Jones
HISD Board of Education District 1- Alma Lara

Asian American Democrats of Texas: Via their press release, they endorsed the following candidates:

At-Large, Pos. 1 Herman Litt

At Large, Pos. 2 Sue Lovell

At-Large, Pos. 3 Melissa Noriega

At-Large, Pos. 4 C. O. Bradford

At-Large, Pos. 5 Jolanda Jones

District A Lane Lewis

District F Mike Laster

District H Ed Gonzalez

District I James Rodriguez

See also this Google document for the list of all their endorsements.

I’m sure there are plenty of others, but these are the ones I’ve seen recently. I’ll say again, I do not understand why any endorsing organization would not quickly and prominently display a list of all their recommended candidates on their webpage. True, some of these organizations have websites maintained by volunteers, but not all of them do, and besides, some of these endorsements are more than a week old at this point.

UPDATE: One more to add, the C Club, which actually does have a page on its site for endorsements. All they have listed so far is Locke for Mayor, Pam Holm for Controller, and Mike Sullivan for City Council District E. Noel Freeman sent out a press release last night saying he’d won their endorsement as well, so I presume they will update this page.

UPDATE: Clarified the HOPE/SEIU endorsement status.

UPDATE: The Oliver Pennington campaign emails to inform me that Pennington received the C Club endorsement as well. They also sent me the following list of endorsements from the Houston Contractors Association:

Mayor No endorsement at this time
Controller No endorsement at this time

City Council At Large Position 1 Steve Costello
City Council At Large Position 2 Sue Lovell
City Council At Large Position 3 Melissa Noriega
City Council At Large Position 4 Clarence Bradford
City Council At Large Position 5 Jolanda Jones

City Council District A No endorsement at this time
City Council District B Jarvis Johnson
City Council District C Anne Clutterbuck
City Council District D Wanda Adams
City Council District E Michael Sullivan
City Council District F Mike Laster
City Council District G Oliver Pennington
City Council District H Ed Gonzalez
City Council District I James Rodriguez

I’ll add more as I get them.

UPDATE: I have been informed that the SEIU has not completed its screening process, and that any announcements of endorsements beyond the Mayoral one are premature.

UPDATE: Here’s HAR’s endorsement list (PDF) online.

UPDATE: The Spring Branch Democats sent out their endorsement list yesterday:

Mayor – Annise Parker
Controller – Ronald Green
At Large #1 – Karen Derr
At Large #2 – Sue Lovell
At Large #3 – Melissa Noriega
At Large #4 – Noel Freeman
At Large #5 – Jolanda Jones
District A – Lane Lewis

And here’s the Greater Houston Restaurant Association:

At-Large Position 1 – Steve Costello

At-Large Position 2 – Sue Lovell (I)

At-Large Position 3 – Melissa Noriega (I)

District E – Mike Sullivan (I)

District G – Oliver Pennington

District H – Ed Gonzales (I)

District I – James Rodriguez (I)

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6 Comments

  1. Vergüenza says:

    You should confirm that SEIU/HOPE endorsement for Mr. Bradford.
    I know we haven’t endorsed in any race other than the mayor.
    Looks like Mr. Bradford is back up to his old tricks.

  2. Verguenza – I’ve got a press release from the Bradford campaign dated 8/17 that lists Service Employees International Union (SEIU) as an endorser. I think perhaps I misinterpreted that, and will clarify the post. Thanks for the feedback.

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