Houston bail bondsman and political activist Michael Kubosh formally announced his intention to run for Houston City Council, At-Large 3 this morning in front of a large group of supporters at City Hall.
The eclectic mix of supporters included Pastor James Nash of the St Paul Missionary Baptist Church, State Rep. Allen Fletcher (R-130), Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel, Bernadette McLeroy of the Republican Hispanic Citizens in Action, Robin Y. Bennett of Robin’s Haven of Hope, former Harris County Dept. of Education Trustee Mike Wolfe, current council candidates Mike Knox and Trebor Gordon, and Houston community activist Quannell X.
Like I said, an eclectic mix of supporters that Kubosh has earned by working hand in hand with them on several major issues in the city, most notably leading the coalition to remove the obnoxious red light cameras. Of course, when one of the Kubosh brothers does something, they all do it – brothers Paul and Randy were there today, along with Momma Kubosh.
Several people have suggested to me that Kubosh is not really running for the council position and will use the next few months to build up an infrastructure and then switch to the mayor’s race in September. Sort of like Jack O’Connor did in 2011 but in an organized way. When I asked him about this, he didn’t exactly crush that thought, saying, well, if there isn’t a viable candidate running by September, then it certainly is a possibility. There is some logic in that because if he can get in a runoff with either Mayor Parker or announced challenger Ben Hall, anything could happen.
But for now, he’s happy to jump in to this race with fellow Republicans Roy Morales and Chris Carmona, with others sure to follow. I don’t think Roy has a chance of winning. Chris is a good candidate, and now a member of the Harris County Republican Leadership, but an At-Large race will require a lot of money, so we’ll have to wait and see if he can raise that kind of cash. I’m sure that the current occupant of that seat, Melissa Noriega, has someone in mind to replace her that doesn’t include these three Republicans.
I’m looking forward to Michael’s run. If nothing else, you’re going to find out that he isn’t afraid to answer any question head on and that he is going to have a good time no matter what the situation. He’s a solid conservative when it comes to fiscal policy and will focus on trying to keep the city from going bankrupt next year. And let’s face it – anyone that can get Quannell X and State Rep. Allen Fletcher on the same stage has something special going for him.
Watch the announcement:
Sorry I had to miss that party! This is going to be interesting.
Hon. Mike Wolfe says
Council Member Helena Brown was also in attendance.
Is Fletcher a City of Houston resident?
It seems every race there is, we always see Roy Morales on the ticket. Is there something he hasn’t run for yet?
Roy Morales says
David, I truly believe I am going to disappoint you and the other candidates in this race. I have the military, private sector, public service, public safety and public education experience to govern the City of Houston. I can win this election in November. My message is the right message for the future. As a military officer, I have excelled as a leader. And I plan on leading Houston into a bright and prosperous future. I know you and some of the individuals in the Kubosh photo do not live in the City (e.g., Representative Fletcher) and maybe don’t understand city politics. It is very difficult for a conservative to win in the city but not impossible. I filed my Treasurer in December to send a message that I am ready to take on the quest again to represent Houstonians. I have no hidden agenda to run for mayor in November. I have fought many battles while in the military and as a candidate. With tenacity and cunning I will surprise many voters again in November.
I do wish all of the candidates the best of luck this November and maybe a few will decide to support my campaign in the near future.
Lt Col, USAF (Ret)