would be an added benefit to many employees. But, before the city commits to this a
study would have to be made to see if enough employees would take advantage of it,
where it can be located, and the costs and funding of such a benefit. I would support
it. 10. ERA. YES. It will finally set the record straight that this country stands for
equal rights for all. 11. Women in your Campaign. Coordinator, volunteer coordinator,
office manager, fundraising coordinator. 12. Additional Comments. I feel that the city's
biggest responsibility to its women employees is adequate pay and benefits. The city
needs to take a hard look at its job descriptions and titles and upgrade positions where
women are doing more work than some of their male peers yet have a lesser title and
COUNCIL MEMBER-AT-LARGE-POSITION 1
Ginia Wright, a homemaker and immediate past president of the Houston City Council
NO RESPONSE RECEIVED.
Jeff Daiell, a secretary and Libertarian Party official.
1. City Problem. The problem affecting the average Houstonian the most is crime. I
support redirecting the priorities of the police force away from "victimless crimes"
and toward crimes of violence and theft (murder, rape, robbery, mugging, and the
like). Officers from the Vice and Narcotics squads could be reassigned to foot patrols
in high-crime areas without any increase in the budget. 2. Battered Women. Yes.
Facilities such as these should be funded privately. 3. Affirmative Action. All City
jobs should be filled on the basis of qualification only. Individual merit, not gender,
must be the deciding factor. I support efforts to make this strict policy enforceable
by dismissal. 4. Rape. I believe services such as this should be privately provided. I
do feel the City can do more to prevent rapes, and should, such as heavier patrolling
of high-incidence areas. 5. Sexual Harassment. All persons are entitled to dignity and
respect; abuse of authority by sexual harassment should be grounds for dismissal.
I do believe, however, that there are cases where flirtation may be non-abusive; it is
a distinction that must be made, but "crossing the line" into harassment is intolerable.
6. Women's Advocate. I don't believe it's fair to tax all Houstonians for a women's
advocate position. I would instead urge this as an additional duty for a mayoral
assistant. 7. City Jail. No. N. S. 8. Police/Fire. Assignments, like hiring and promotion,
should be based on ability only. If a woman is individually capable to handle a given
job, there is no reason to deny her the position on the basis of her gender. 9. Child
Care. No. This should be an individual responsibility, without placing another burden
on the taxpayers. 10. ERA. Yes. I do. There are still many city, county, state, and
federal ordinances, laws, rules and guidelines that discriminate against women (and
some against men). They will not be removed without an explicit Constitutional
amendment. 11. Women in your Campaign. My campaign staff is rather informal,
but two of my six closest helpers are women. 1 was also instrumental in encouraging
Janice Juckett (At-Large Position 5) to become a candidate. 12. Additional Comments. Women have traditionally been the victims of Government interfering in our
lives. For women to be free, more power and responsibility over our own lives must be
returned to us and removed from City Hall (and other levels of government). If we
remove the legal restrictions on, and discriminations against, women, they will be able
to overcome any other problems.
Jim Westmoreland, incumbent council member.
1. City Problem. Lack of a transit program. I've requested monthly reports from MTA
to try and see where the problem is. Certainly no additional tax dollars should be
needed. 2. Battered Women. Yes. Yes. 3. Affirmative Action. It is only inequitable if
there are women applying for the higher paid positions and not being accepted or promoted though qualified. 4. Rape. If the health department is not adequately handling
the rape cases, then they need more employees in that area. 5. Sexual Harassment.
The complaint should be taken seriously, just as a woman harassing a man should.
The end result is a good working atmosphere. Even if civil service allowed firing, the
harassment would have to be very strong to justify firing a man or woman—rather
than relocation. 6. Women's Advocate. No, not as such. An advocate shouldn't be
limited to women's problems. If the position was created, it should be a general
advocate who could respond to problems of the elderly, handicapped and others as
well. 7. City Jail. Yes. I haven't toured the cells. 8. Police/Fire. If a certain job requires a great deal of strength, then men should be designated, but the man should be
required to meet certain standards too. If they lack the strength, then they shouldn't
qualify just because they're male. 9. Child Care. No. I personally don't see this as a
function of city government. The salaries should be made sufficient to allow the
employee to provide child care. 10 ERA. I don't see it as an issue in city government, only national. 11. Women in your Campaign. My wife is my campaign treasurer.
COUNCIL MEMBER-AT-LARGE-POSITION 2
Eleanor Tinsley, civic leader and former President of the HISD school board.
1. City Problem. The delivery of basic services—from police protection to garbage
pickup—is the single most important problem in Houston. It can be dealt with by 1)
using the budget to set priorities; 2) planning for the future (before we annex, for instance, departments need to be prepared to deliver services); 3) getting Community
Development monies into those areas qualified to receive them; 4) working with the
private sector to solve Houston's problems. At this point I would not think new taxes
are necessary, although down the line they may be. Instead I would promote a rational
and responsive prioritizing of how city tax dollars should be spent, work for an equitable tax structure, make sure tax monies are not spent wastefully by working for better planning within and management of the city government and more coordination
between departments. 2. Battered Women. Yes, we need more shelters. I would need
more information than I currently have as to how many and the cost involved. In addi
tion I would have to study the budget and determine the priorities of the city with input from all segments of the Houston community. I am certainly willing to listen to
arguments that shelters should be a priority. 3. Affirmative Action. When you add in
police and fire department personnel, the figures become even more inequitable. The
lack of women—and of women in administrative, policy-making positions—in City Hall
is a black mark for Houston city government. The Affirmative Action Commission and
Division must be supported in its efforts to promote the hiring of women and minorities. Council should request reports for both the division, the commission and from
the department heads as to their progress in hiring and promoting women. The availability of non-traditional jobs should be made known to women currently in and out of
city employ. On the job training in non-traditional jobs for women should be provided
by the city. Tuition should be paid for women employees to attend educational programs such as the University of Houston's Continuing Education seminar on Women in
City and County Government. Volunteer experience should be taken into account on
resumes considered by the city. 4. Rape. A few years ago the city was doing nothing
for victims of rape. At least we have made a start. But it is only a start. We should expand, at the minimum, the number of persons dealing with this problem in the health
department. 5. Sexual Harassment. Certainly I would take such charges seriously and
would follow through to determine their validity. Where the charges prove true, appropriate action should be taken to redress the injury. 6. Women's Advocate. I would like
to think that a concerned member of city council combined with a strongly supported
affirmative action division and an enforced affirmative action plan would make a special woman's advocate position unnecessary. The election and appointment of more
women to city offices will also make such a position unnecessary. The last woman's
advocate says her position was really a powerless one. 7. City Jail. Yes. There is nothing
to crow about in the city's jail facilities for women or men. A few improvements,
thanks to citizen pressure, have been made recently in the women's facility (the toilets
now have doors); the men still live in very overcrowded conditions with no doors on
toilets and no outdoor recreational facilities. I support the current plan which calls for
the county to take over the function of the city jails within the next two years or so.
8. Police/Fire. In terms of broad, overall duties, I see all police officers and fire fighters
capable of performing the same duties. 9. Child Care. It would be wonderful if the city
could set an example to other businesses by providing child care for children of employees. However, this is again an instance where I would have to study the budget and
weigh all the priorities demanding attention before determining THE priorities to be
funded. I am willing to listen to arguments on behalf of this project. 10. ERA. Indeed.
While Texas is fortunate in having a state equal rights amendment, Louisiana, Georgia,
Arizona, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Virginia,
Illinois, Utah, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Nevada are without such protection. Women
and men should be constitutionally guaranteed "equality of rights under the law . . ."
11. Women in your Campaign. Women in my campaign are: campaign manager,
treasurer, finance chair, members of my steering committee, office manager, research
chair and in charge of most of the committees involved in the campaign. 12. Additional Comments. While I am running for office because I am a qualified person, I also
firmly believe we need women in political office to provide the networking and
support system which is necessary to put more women into government. Men tend to
bring in men. We need qualified women to bring in qualified women. We have a vast
untapped resource in Houston: qualified women who could bring their talents to bear
on solving Houston's current problems and avoiding future pitfalls. Houston is the
poorer for not, in the past, having made greater use of this resource.
Joyce Williams, a newspaper columnist, "Ask Joyce, "for the Forward Times.
1. City Problem. Crime-police substations-increase organize crime department, pass
ordinance prohibiting abandon buildings and weeded lots, property owners or city.
These are crime hatcheries. No. N.S. 2. Battered Women. I write about the problem.
I work with the problem. Federal funds should be provided through special funded
program. Yes. 3. Affirmative Action. N.S. 4. Rape. More services are needed. 5. Sexual
Harassment. Definitely! 6. Women's Advocate. N.S. 7. City Jail. No. N.S. 8. Police/
Fire. I view specific areas for men only. 9. Child Care. N.S. 10. ERA. N.S. 11. Women
in your Campaign. Chairperson, campaign coordinator. 12. Additional Comments.
Create a liaison position (female only) between the citizens and the system.
Frank E. Mann, lawyer, accountant and incumbent council member for 20 years.
NO RESPONSE RECEIVED.
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Randy McLeod, a carpenter.
NO RESPONSE RECEIVED.
Johnny Goyen, a real estate broker and incumbent council member for 22 years.
NO RESPONSE RECEIVED.
Olga Yvonne Soliz, a business consultant, vice chair of the Harris County Women's
Political Caucus and former National Chicana Chair for the National Women's Political Caucus.
1. City Problem. Improved delivery of basic city services; i.e. garbage pick up, street
repair, police and fire protection. It probably would require some additional tax
dollars, but I think a lot of it could be offset by better financial planning and budgeting. 2. Battered Women. Yes. Yes. Based on current statistics I believe this has become
a fundamental public welfare problem which cannot be ignored. 3. Affirmative Action.
This is an inequitable situation which council should address itself to by all possible
means, including pressure on the Mayor as to her/his appointments and review of the
entire city civil service procedure. 4. Rape. More services are needed. This is the fastest
growing and most underreported major crime. 5. Sexual Harassment. Yes. 6. Women's
Advocate. I would support a position of this type. Would prefer to see it be a much
stronger position than in the past, perhaps as part of the Civil Service Department.
This position should be a direct liaison to Mayor and City Council to not only monitor
the status of women in city government, but make recommendations. 7. City Jail. Yes.