I’ve now seen four of these signs near where I live, one on I-10 westbound just before the Taylor exit, two on 20th Street between Studewood and Heights, and this one on Durham just south of Washington.
I have three questions:
1. Which Michael Williams are we talking about? The Railroad Commissioner? The HCCS Trustee, who had considered running for Council in 2007? The guy who ran for HISD Trustee last year? Some other Michael Williams? The name is not exactly a unique identifier.
2. What office is he running for? Given the odd-numbered year, a City Council seat seems most likely, and since I’m pretty sure the two locations where I’ve seen his signs are in different districts, I’d say we’re talking an At Large seat. But trustees for HISD and HCCS are on the ballot, too, and maybe there’s something else I’m not thinking of. HCCS Trustee Michael Williams appears to be up for re-election next year, but none of these signs are in his district. That strikes me as a bit of a flaw.
Maybe this isn’t about a political campaign. Maybe it’s more of a personal branding thing. Maybe we’ll see more signs with further information soon. Who knows?
3. Assuming it is in fact about a political campaign, why in the world would you be campaigning for a 2011 race when the 2010 election is still five months out? If the answer is “To generate some early buzz”, then I guess mission accomplished. If only I knew who was getting the buzz.