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Transcript PALMER BOWSER KATHY WHITMIRE STEVE JONES JOHN CASTILLO BOB BREWER Second most powerful city office Run-off predicted in controller race By Susan MacManus The City controller race is the most hotly-contested one in the upcoming November 8 city elections. There is no incumbent and five persons have filed for the job, which has a salary of $14,800. The position is one of the most important in Houston, because the city controller is the only full time elected executive official in Houston other than the mayor. This official has significant checks and balance type power over the daily operations of the city government. The last elected city controller, Leonel Castillo, resigned in May to become the head of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Henry Kriegel, former city treasurer, has filled the position temporarily since Castillo's departure. Five of the six candidates in the race for city controller are considered to be serious contenders. They are: John Castillo, former community development director; Kathy Whitmire, a certified public accountant; Steve Jones, also a certified public accountant; Palmer Bowser, a food market owner and former director of CETA under Mayor Hofheinz; and Bob Brewer, formerly Hofheinz' administrative' assistant. Each of these five has a concentrated base of support. Castillo draws support from the Mexican-American community, which is said to be putting all of its financial and political efforts into the only citywide race Mexican-Americans have a chance of winning. He is a veteran political activist in the Chicano community and closely tied to the Political Association of Spanish- Speaking Organizations (PASO), whose members include key leaders in the Chicano community. Although this is Castillo's first political race, voters are likely to associate his name with that of his brother -in -law, Leonel. Political observers say John Castillo lacks the charisma and organizational abilities of Leonel, but his slogan, "Castillo, Leadership Again," is intended to portray a sense of continuity. Whitmire draws her support from several sources. Her name is fairly well known in Houston politics, particularly on the north side. Her late husband ran three Get More ForVburMoney. Get More ForVkur Vote I SUPPORT MERYLYN WHITED CITYCOUNCIL DISTRICT C Wl for hited Council 2007 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 521 -9065 Pa.d fc by the Merylyn \x/hited Ldmpd<gn _omnmttee. Merylyn xX/hited, Treasurer 4845 Hdzeiton Drive. Houston Texas 77035 "The city controller is the only one who has the authority to approve disbursement of funds. He is the watchdog of the taxpayers. To the degree that those who control the money, control-he does have power. But I would also use the office to raise the level of consciousness on the part of city council and the mayor-to provide them with financial data to help make better decisions than they do now. Then, they'll have to answer to the people. " - Palmer Bowser "The mayor is the chief executive officer and the city controller is the chief financial officer. All spending must be approved through the city controller. The controller can go into other departments and check on priorities. When it is found that the streets are only fixed in certain parts of town or there is favoritism, the controller can point this out to the people. This is the only department head who is independent of the mayor. "--Kathy Whitmire. "It's a very powerful office. It has the power of the purse. The controller has to sign for all issuance of checks and bonds. If funds aren 't available or properly available, he has the power of legal restraint. "-Steve Jones "The office has the power to provide check and balance in a strong mayoral form of government. The city controller can stop any expenditures that are not accountable and can provide leadership in adoption of policies, and can require city council to spell out costs and amounts.' -John Castillo. "He reigns supreme as far as certification of funds. I feel the city charter provides authority which so far has been little utilized. I would watch contract compliance and cost overruns more carefully. It is imperative for the city controller to remain independent. Too many votes are taken in city council without their full knowledge of the impact now or in the future. It may be necessary at times for the city controller to go public." - Bob Brewer times for city council. Her brother -in-law is a state representative from the north side. Whitmire also will pick up support from the accounting profession. She has been active in professional accounting societies in Houston and among her professional peers she is recognized for her competence. She draws additional support from women voters, who recognize her as a qualified and independent candidate who could perhaps become the first woman ever to be elected to city government. Jones is the only one of the candidates who has previously run for public office. He was defeated soundly by Leonel Castillo in his last race for controller. Jones identifies himself as a conservative Republican. He will draw his greatest support from west side voters, who traditionally turn out in heavier numbers than voters in other areas of the city. He was one of the first to announce his intention to run for city controller and had a fair amount of early success in raising campaign funds from the white business community. However, when Brewer threw his hat into the ring, a great deal of Jones' support shifted to Brewer. Brewer, who resigned as Hofheinz' chief administrative assistant to run for controller, was active in the mayor's election campaign and has worked for a number of years in the Houston Chamber of Commerce. Of all the candidates, Brewer probably has the least identifiable base of support. He will rely upon the white vote and try to draw on Hofheinz' minority support. However, that support has been eroded greatly because both a black and a Mexican-American are in the controller race. Bowser, a black businessman and former city official, will draw solid support from the city's black organizations. Bowser, a native Louisianan, is active in Houston black politics. He was rewarded for his support of Hofheinz' campaign with the CETA directorship vacated by John Castillo. Bowser is sure to draw nearly 100 percent cf the black vote. Dr. Susan MacManus is a member of the political science faculty at the University of Houston. It's always SAVINGS TIME at Heights. now with locations to serve you HOME OFFICE: 19th at Yale Spring, Texas 1122 Spring Cypress Road ijgSgf Stella Link Center 9201 Stella Link Where Saving Is Something Special— around the clock! HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH OCTOBER 1977 PAGE 3