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One of the “advantages” to being an independent voter is that you get mail from both camps. Last week, I got mailouts from Jacquie Chaumette, Rick Miller, and a picture of Michelle Obama and the two girls. Oh, Barack was in there also but the note was from Michelle.
But I was struck by the differences in the two mailouts received in my mailbox on the same day from Jacquie Chaumette and Rick Miller.
Miller’s cover has a picture of a $100 bill made in a funnel and I guess it is trying to show that it is being sucked down. It announced his name and says he is the only candidate to fight wasteful spending in Austin.
I didn’t know that Austin indulged in too much wasteful spending. Seems to me they have cut budgets to the bone–school districts, fire districts, state parks, roads and bridges, Of course the governor didn’t mind spending $25 million on redoing the governor’s mansion after the fire. Nor did he mind spending $1.7 million for his security while chasing the tail of a presidential bid. (Sorry about getting on this rant). Is that the wasteful spending Rick Miller is going to fight? I think not.
Jacquie Chamette’s flyer has an attractive picture of her on the front cover and tells you what you are voting for and when. She touted her conservative track record and policy expertise.
Inside, Millers’s flyer has a current picture of him, and a decades old picture of him in a baseball uniform (don’t know why) and another picture of a dollar bill.
The other inside page says he is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former Naval aviator with a 30 year career in top leadership positions in the service and with the joint chief of staff and secretary of the navy. It says he is the founder and president of a company focused on developing leaders and has worked in the Republican Party at the local, county and state levels. He wants to stop wasteful government spending, protect our tax dollars, and cut our property taxes. (blah, blah, blah. Sorry I just couldn’t help myself.)
Jacquie Chaumette’s inside pages consist of a letter reminding voters of how she was a former mayor pro tem of Sugar Land and she hopes she left the city stronger than she found it and as state representative she will do the same in the Texas House.
There follows a group of carefully chosen pictures of Jacquie and a voter, Jacquie and a running team, Jackie and her family–both boys, one in his Boy Scout uniform and the other in his baseball uniform–along with husband David Chaumette, and the final picture of Jacquie emceeing some event.
The other inside page shows her background: Former senior member of the Sugar Land City Council, President and CEO of BalyProjects, LLC., Governor Rick Perry’s former appointee to the Brazos River Authority, former Vice President at the Greater Houston Partnership, and also worked as director of Planning and Community Development for cities of Seabrook and Sugar Land. lectures on public policy at University of Houston, has been featured on KUHF, KTRH, KTRK and several radio stations discussing policy matters. A native of St. Croix, U.S.Virgin Islands, Jacquie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and a master’s degree in city planning specializing in public policy. She is also a classically trained flutist.
Also on the inside pages, Chaumette lists her awards and recognition:
• ABC/13 Woman of Distinction • Outstanding Young American • University of Houston Alumnus of the Year • Dynamic Woman of Houston • Most Influential Woman in Houston • Top 25 Women of Houston • Fort Bend Entrepreneur of the Year • Outstanding Young Texan and Outstanding Young Houstonian • (Texas Executive Women’s)Woman on the Move and Outstanding (Fort Bend) Business Executive.
Then she lists her boards and civic service which include:Texas Lyceum, • City Hall Fellow, • Parks Youth Ranch Advisory Board, • Texas Dragon Boat Assoc.,• Alley Theatre Advisory Board, • Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce-Infrastructure division chair, • Texas CASA-Director, • Fort Bend Boys’ Choir-President, • Fort Bend YMCA-Past President, • The Chinquapin School’s Board of Trustees-PastVice President, • Fort Bend Education Foundation-Gala Chair and Board Member, • Sugar Land Economic Development 4-B Corporation-Director & Vice President, • Sugar Land’s Intergovernmental Relation subcommittee (legislative liaison), • Commonwealth Elementary PTA-Art Reflections Chair, • Fort Settlement PTO Publicity Co-Chair, • Member of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Transportation Infrastructure Advisory Committee, • Transportation Policy Council, • Fort Bend County Mobility Planning Committee, • The Center for Houston’s Future Business Leadership Forum, • Leadership Houston,Class XVIII, • Rotary International, • Sugar Land Exchange Club,
At this point in time I would say that Jacquie Chaumette has made far more of a commitment to her community than her opponent. If just the people who have benefited from her work in the past would return to the polls during the run-off (early voting starts Monday, July 23), she would win handily.
But let’s look at the last page of both flyers. Rick Miller’s has three pictures–Charlie Howard (who does live in Fort Bend when he’s not at his ranch upstate), Phyllis Schlafly (who probably doesn’t know which state Fort Bend is in), and Dan Patrick, who certainly doesn’t live in Fort Bend. Miller has some words from them although I’m surprised that Charlie Howard’s words are there since at the last forum, Miller said he wasn’t going to be like Charlie Howard. He was going to represent ALL the people of Fort Bend (wonder what he meant by that)?
Then Miller had endorsements from Chaumette’s former opponent in the race, Andy Meyers, Amy Mitchell, Daniel Wong, Thomas Abraham, and Danny Nguyen and a bunch of people I’ve never heard of. To make it seem more, husband and wife were listed separately.
On Chaumette’s last page, she includes a list of endorsements, admittedly not necessarily from Fort Bend County, but associations with a lot more gravitis than Schlafly and Patrick: Texas Association of Business (TAB), Texas Council of Engineering Companies, Texas Association of Realtors, Houston Association of Realtors, Houston Contractors Association, National Rifle Association-A-rating, Texas Right to Life-rated Strong Pro-Life candidate, Young Conservatives of Texas, Fort Bend County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Associates of General Contractors, Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), and the Texas Hospital Association.
Under that is a list of people endorsements from people I HAD heard of. And husbands and wives were listed together.
So simply comparing the two mailouts I got in my mailbox on the same day from the two candidates, it is obvious who is better prepared to lead Fort Bend in the next legislature–Jacquie Chaumette hands down.
Remember you can vote for her in the run-off if you voted for another Republican, if you didn’t vote at all, or if you voted for her in the first place. She needs you again now.