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2009 interviews

Interview with Robert Kane

Robert KaneMoving to a new part of town, today’s interview subject is Robert Kane, who is running for City Council in District F. Kane is a relative newcomer to Houston, living here for four years after living in various parts of the country and traveling around the world. He works in hotel management and he is a resident of Sharpstown.

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Karen Derr, At Large #1
Brad Bradford, At Large #4
Stephen Costello, At Large #1
Lane Lewis, District A
Lonnie Allsbrooks, At Large #1
Noel Freeman, At Large #4
Brenda Stardig, District A
Oliver Pennington, District G
Amy Peck, District A
Herman Litt, At Large #1
Natasha Kamrani, HISD Trustee in District I, not running for re-election
Alex Wathen, District A

Interview with Alex Wathen

Alex WathenMoving back to candidates for office, today I bring you a conversation with Alex Wathen, who is running in District A. Wathen is an attorney who has his own firm, where he specializes in bankruptcy law. He was the Republican candidate for Justice of the Peace in Harris County Precinct One, Place 2, in 2002 against incumbent Judge David Patronella, for which a local GOP activist kicked up a fuss. Wathen is a resident of Inwood Forest.

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Karen Derr, At Large #1
Brad Bradford, At Large #4
Stephen Costello, At Large #1
Lane Lewis, District A
Lonnie Allsbrooks, At Large #1
Noel Freeman, At Large #4
Brenda Stardig, District A
Oliver Pennington, District G
Amy Peck, District A
Herman Litt, At Large #1
Natasha Kamrani, HISD Trustee in District I, not running for re-election

Interview with Natasha Kamrani

Natasha KamraniI’ve been busy interviewing candidates for various offices, but today I’m going to step away from that and interview a current officeholder who will not be on the ballot this November. I’m talking about Natasha Kamrani, who last week announced that she will not seek a second term as HISD trustee in District I. That doesn’t mean she’s done working in education, however. We explored that subject as well as others relating to HISD and her time in office in one of the more interesting interviews I’ve done. Take a listen and see for yourself.

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Karen Derr, At Large #1
Brad Bradford, At Large #4
Stephen Costello, At Large #1
Lane Lewis, District A
Lonnie Allsbrooks, At Large #1
Noel Freeman, At Large #4
Brenda Stardig, District A
Oliver Pennington, District G
Amy Peck, District A
Herman Litt, At Large #1

Interview with Herman Litt

Herman LittMy next interview subject is Herman Litt, who is running for At Large #1. Litt is a rehabilitation counselor and hospital administrator who was elected to the HCC Board of Trustees in 1999 and served for awhile as its Chair. He ran for the District C seat in 2005 and finished fourth in the field of seven, but less than four points behind eventual winner and first-place finisher Anne Clutterbuck. Litt is a resident of Meyerland.

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Karen Derr, At Large #1
Brad Bradford, At Large #4
Stephen Costello, At Large #1
Lane Lewis, District A
Lonnie Allsbrooks, At Large #1
Noel Freeman, At Large #4
Brenda Stardig, District A
Oliver Pennington, District G
Amy Peck, District A

Interview with Amy Peck

Amy PeckNext on the interview list is Amy Peck, who is running in District A. She is a UT graduate who got a ME.d in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston at the age of 22. She works as constituent services liaison for State Sen. Dan Patrick, having previously worked for State Sen. Jon Lindsay. Peck is a resident of West Houston.

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Karen Derr, At Large #1
Brad Bradford, At Large #4
Stephen Costello, At Large #1
Lane Lewis, District A
Lonnie Allsbrooks, At Large #1
Noel Freeman, At Large #4
Brenda Stardig, District A
Oliver Pennington, District G

Interview with Oliver Pennington

Oliver PenningtonMoving over to District G, my next interview is with Oliver Pennnington. Pennington is a retired attorney, a partner at Fulbright and Jaworski, whose practice focused on municipal law, and a Rice alumnus. Pennington has lived in District G for 40 years and now resides in River Oaks.

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Karen Derr, At Large #1
Brad Bradford, At Large #4
Stephen Costello, At Large #1
Lane Lewis, District A
Lonnie Allsbrooks, At Large #1
Noel Freeman, At Large #4
Brenda Stardig, District A

Interview with Brenda Stardig

Brenda StardigAnd we return to District A for a conversation with Brenda Stardig. Brenda is a businesswoman and real estate broker who has served on the City of Houston District A Apartment Task Force as well as a number of boards and committees. She recently received the endorsement of outgoing District A Council Member Toni Lawrence. Brenda is a resident of Shadow Oaks Subdivision.

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Karen Derr, At Large #1
Brad Bradford, At Large #4
Stephen Costello, At Large #1
Lane Lewis, District A
Lonnie Allsbrooks, At Large #1
Noel Freeman, At Large #4

Interview with Noel Freeman

Noel FreemanContinuing with the At Large candidate interviews, today we hear from Noel Freeman, who is running in At Large #4. Freeman was a candidate for the At Large #3 special election of 2007, finishing seventh in the field of 11. He is an employee of the city’s Public Works and Engineering department, and he is a resident of the Heights.

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Karen Derr, At Large #1
Brad Bradford, At Large #4
Stephen Costello, At Large #1
Lane Lewis, District A
Lonnie Allsbrooks, At Large #1

Interview with Lonnie Allsbrooks

Lonnie AllsbrooksReturning to the At Large races, the next candidate for this year’s interview series is Lonnie Allsbrooks, who is running for At Large #1. Allsbrooks is the owner of the Beer Island bar in the Heights and has been in the restaurant/entertainment business his whole career. His entry into this race was sparked by a dispute with the city over a beer-and-wine license for a second Heights establishment. Allsbrooks is a resident of the Heights.

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Karen Derr, At Large #1
Brad Bradford, At Large #4
Stephen Costello, At Large #1
Lane Lewis, District A

Interview with Lane Lewis

Lane LewisMoving on to the first district Council race of this interview cycle, today’s subject is Lane Lewis, who is running for the District A seat currently held by Toni Lawrence. Lewis has worked as a social worker and has been on advisory boards for the last three Mayors, and is currently a teacher. He is a resident of Oak Forest.

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Karen Derr, At Large #1
Brad Bradford, At Large #4
Stephen Costello, At Large #1

Interview with Stephen Costello

Stephen CostelloContinuing with the At Large candidates, today we hear from Stephen Costello, who is running for At Large #1. Stephen is a civil engineer, whose firm has been rated one of the best places to work in Houston, and is the Chair of the Memorial Park Conservancy board. He is a resident of Montrose.

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Karen Derr, At Large #1
Brad Bradford, At Large #4

Interview with CO Bradford

C.O. "Brad" BradfordNext up in the interview series is C.O. “Brad” Bradford, who is running for At Large #4, currently held by the term-limited Ronald Green. Bradford was the Democratic candidate for Harris County District Attorney last year, and though he lost in a very close race, a number of the ideas he campaigned on have been adopted by the victor, DA Pat Lykos. Bradford is a 30-year resident of Houston who served in HPD for 24 years, including a stint as Chief of Police under former Mayors Bob Lanier and Lee Brown.

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Karen Derr

Interview with Karen Derr

Karen DerrToday we start my series of interviews for the November 2009 elections. I hope interview as many candidates for City Council, City Controller, and Mayor as possible, as well as candidates for HISD Trustee. First up is Karen Derr, who is running for the open At Large #1 seat that is being vacated by Council Member Peter Brown. Derr is a realtor and resident of the Heights and was briefly a candidate for the District H seat in the May special election. You may notice that with my migration to WordPress I’ve now got a built-in player for these interviews, but you can still get a copy of the MP3 file as well for your iPod. If I’ve done this correctly, you can subscribe to a podcast feed here. As always, please let me know what you think.

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