Kingwood Area Republican Women host Tommy Williams
- Written by Anne McIlhany
– Republican candidates featured – The Kingwood Area Republican Women presented a “double feature” luncheon meeting on Oct. 21, featuring state Senator Tommy Williams, as well as a large number of GOP candidates vying for positions in the Nov. 3 elections. As members and guests dined on salads, tomato basil soup, wild rice and chicken, Williams provided a recap of the 81st legislative session of the Texas Legislature, and analysis and details of state propositions 2, 3 and 5. All three involve tax appraisal reforms. These reforms passed during the legislative session, but must have final approval from voters on the Nov. 3 elections. Williams stressed the importance of voting for these propositions, stating that they would be the most important tax property amendments in over 30 years, and would benefit all property taxpayers. He explained that the amendments would protect against unfair residential appraisals, ensure appraisal equity and streamline the appeals process. Following Williams’ speech, several GOP candidates running in the Nov. 3 elections had a turn at the podium to introduce themselves and speak of their goals and platforms. Houston mayoral candidate Charles Daniel Cupp, City Controller candidates Pam Holm and M.J. Kahn, and Houston City Council District E candidates Wayne Garrison and incumbent Mike Sullivan all had time to tell guests about their qualifications and positions. Several candidates for Houston City Council At-Large positions were also present and had time to talk with the crowd as well. Candidates present for these positions included At-Large position 1, Stephen Costello, 2; M. Griff Griffin; 4, Curtis Garmon; and 5, Carlos Obando and Jack Christie. Club president Halene Crossman was pleased with the luncheon and with the opportunity to inform voters. “It was a great meeting and showed that people are concerned about where our nation is being led and those who are leading us toward changes we never anticipated nor wanted,” said Crossman. “Folks are more engaged than ever in the political scene and want to become informed voters, which is one of the objectives of Kingwood Area Republican Women. Around 130 people filled both dining rooms at Kingwood Country Club to hear Williams and the other candidates speak. The fact that there were so many candidates present says a lot about the influence Kingwood Area Republican Women and this community have in the electoral process.” Photo: Texas State Senator Tommy Williams presents a speech at the Oct. 21 luncheon meeting of the Kingwood Area Republican Women.