Contact: Navid Zanjani
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dear Fellow Houstonians,
Prior to 2013, Texas State Law and Texas Democratic Party Rules stated that a political party chairman is not allowed to be a candidate or elected official for a state, county, or federal office. There is good reason for the law and party rules because the party chair has the responsibility to run the Democratic primaries and to oversee the operation/organization of a county party.
The 2016 primaries are almost a year away and the job of running a county party is a full-time position. The Harris County Chairman, Lane Lewis should be recruiting candidates, organizing people, getting the party’s message out, and most importantly raising money for the 2016 elections.
In 2014, we saw the effects of party failures and now should be a time to reflect, recoup, and recruit. My concern with the Chairman running for the Houston City Council is he will not be able to grow and maintain the Democratic Party, while running a city-wide campaign and making the party his top priority. The Chairman should be encouraging new and highly qualified candidates like myself to run for office. Perhaps Luis Lopez, the new party Finance Chair, should have an opportunity to be Chairman and lead the organization towards a brighter future for 2016.
The priorities of running a political party and representing the whole of Houston are two separate roles that demand different vision and focus.
My number one priority will be to focus on building a better Houston for all of us.