Don’t forget to vote for our endorsed candidates in the Saturday Houston city runoff election

Joe Gamaldi, President

In case you haven’t heard, the HPOU PAC endorsed candidates did very well in the November election. In every race but two, our endorsed candidates finished as the top vote getter. Winning their races out right were our good friends Council Members Greg Travis, Martha Castex-Tatum, Dave Martin, Robert Gallegos and City Controller Chris Brown.

Our endorsed candidates heading to the runoff and all top vote getters include:

• Mayor Sylvester Turner

• District A candidate Amy Peck

• District C candidate Abbie Kamin

• District D Carolyn Evans-Shabazz

• District H Councilmember Karla Cisneros

• District J candidate Edward Pollard

• At-Large 1 Councilmember Mike Knox

• At-Large 2 Councilmember David Robinson

• At-Large 3 Councilmember Michael Kubosh

• At Large 4 dual endorsement candidates Anthony Dolcefino and Letitia Plummer

• At Large 5 candidate Sallie Alcorn

The HPOU PAC does not make endorsements on party affiliation or personal preference. All of these candidates have been thoroughly vetted to ensure they support the continued growth of the Houston Police Department, keeping us competitive with our market counterparts in pay/benefits and supporting the brave men and women who put a uniform on every day to protect our community.

If you live within the city limits, please take the above list with you to Early Voting or on Election Day and vote for the candidates that have the best interests of Houston police officers at heart.

While on the subject of elections, we have an extremely important election coming up in 11 months and it is the race for Harris County district attorney. We have not hidden our disdain for current District Attorney Kim Ogg. Her incompetence is well documented and she is running the DA’s office of the third largest county in the country into the ground. From their continued blunders at Intake, to setting out to declare Officer Charlie Clark’s killer actually innocent, to the sweetheart deals they continue to give out like candy to violent repeat offenders, it is clear that Harris County deserves better.

One candidate has already stepped up to take on this challenge and attempt to save Harris County from even deeper depths, and it is a face and name we know very well. Our HPOU attorney Mary Nan Huffman has filed to run for DA on the Republican side. Mary Nan has a stellar history as a prosecutor for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and she has continued that exemplary work with the Houston Police Officers Union. If you would like to learn more about Mary Nan Huffman please like her page on Facebook, follow her on Twitter and visit her website at MaryNanHuffman.com.

As we inch closer to November 2020, we are going to be requesting help from members and their families to assist with her campaign in a number of ways. Make no mistake, county wide races are not easy, and we will need all hands on deck if we want to effect real change in Harris County. If you want the nonsense at Intake to stop, if you want to be the voice of Charlie Clark, if you want to end sweetheart deals for violent repeat offenders, if you want a DA that actually respects the rule of law, then we are going to have to fight for it.

Brotherhood/Sisterhood Traditions Continue

The HPOU family picnic at the Oil Ranch was once again a huge success. HPOU Secretary Dan Levine, the Picnic Committee and the Cook Team all went above and beyond to make sure this was a memorable event for everyone that attended. This is just another way the HPOU gives back to all of you and your families while also promoting our brotherhood and sisterhood. The picnic is a time for all of us to have some family fun together outside of work, and we believe it is extremely important to give everyone that needed opportunity.

Another tradition that has become a mainstay at the HPOU thanks to Sgt Luis Menendez-Sierra and his family is the Christmas meal here at the hall. We will once again be serving a free meal at the HPOU on Christmas Day starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until about 5-6 p.m. or until the food runs out. We know that everything is closed on Christmas and this is our way to make sure you can get a hot meal while at work away from your families.

Even if you aren’t working and you don’t have anywhere to go for Christmas this year, you are more than welcome to attend and share it with us here at the HPOU. A number of our board members and their families (including my own) look forward to this event every Christmas and we hope to see you there too.

As always, be safe out there and if you need anything I am only a phone call or text away, or you can also reach me at the following: email (jgamaldi@hpou.org), messenger on Facebook, DM on twitter (@JoeGamaldi).