Seems like Missouri City was snubbed
By Elsa Maxey
“I am not feeling the love here from the Chamber,” reportedly said a Councilmember from Missouri City, when he noticed that the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce had announced a candidates’ forum that did not include Missouri City.
Monday morning, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce confirmed that two days were set aside this month for hosting candidate forums. On Thursday, March 24, it said the forum is for Fort Bend ISD school trustee candidates, and the following week on Thursday, March 31, only City of Sugar Land candidates were to be engaged in that political forum, but now Missouri City candidates are also being invited to participate. The two forums will be held at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, 445 Commerce Green Boulevard in Sugar Land from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the public is invited to attend.
Keri Schmidt, President and CEO of the Chamber had been asked by the “Star” about its intentions to include at least another city in their scheduled city candidates’ forum, namely Missouri City. Schmidt said the chamber was in the middle of a large Governmental Relations meeting and most definitely wanted to host a candidates’ forum to include Missouri City, noting that “there are so many candidates in the Sugar Land city election.” Initially intending on hosting a separate forum for Missouri City candidates on another day, “the decision was made to include everyone on the same day,” Schmidt reported to the “Star”.
Each of the candidates participating in the scheduled forums will be given an opportunity to state why they deserve the public’s vote. All FBISD candidates are invited to participate in that school trustee candidates’ forum, according to the chamber. They currently include Bruce Albright, Kevin P. Daniels, Patsy Taylor and trustee incumbents Daniel Menendez and Susan Hohnbaum.
The chamber also invites all the individuals from Sugar Land that will be running for city council to participate in that candidates’ forum. Currently those who have filed applications include Farha Ahmed, Jim Hoelker, Harish Jajoo, Amy Mitchell, council incumbent Don Smithers, Bridget Yeung and Frank Yonish.
Also on March 21, candidates running for office in Missouri City’s council election are invited to participate in that forum. Floyd Emery and Noel Pinnock recently filed applications for the District D seat, which will be vacated by long-term Councilmember Brett Kolaja, who last week announced he will not be running for reelection. Other candidates include council incumbents Robin Elackatt, Don Smith and Bobby Marshall.
Next Monday, March 14, is the last day to file an application to run for office. Election Day is Saturday, May 14.