Houston Chronicle Endorses Dwight Boykins!

Boykins for D

Dwight Boykins is ready to serve District D.

“I’m ready to hit the ground running,” says Dwight Boykins, a run-off candidate for Houston City Council District D. For his district, which has great needs, we believe that readiness is especially important.

District D, formerly represented by Wanda Adams, is an increasingly diverse district in south Houston. It includes Sunnyside, South Park and the Third Ward – neighborhoods that often haven’t received their fair share of city attention.

Boykins grew up in the district and earned a degree in marketing from Texas Southern University. Now a business consultant and lobbyist, he’s served on the oversight committee of ReBuild Houston, the initiative to improve the city’s flooding and street infrastructure. He’s familiar with city council’s committee structure and programs. That experience, we think, would serve his district well.

We are also impressed by his grasp of the changing face of the district. “District D, when I was growing up, was 95 percent black,” he notes. “Now there are more young Anglos, more Hispanics. I want to bridge those communities.”

He proposes to attack both crime and unemployment in District D by helping people formerly incarcerated for low-level offenses to find work doing ReBuild Houston’s road repairs. He’s also taken steps to start a home-repair fund, funded by private contributions, so that minor repairs won’t spiral into major problems that force the district’s senior citizens out of their houses.

His opponent, Georgia Provost, is a longtime force for good in the district. She’d make a fine council member. But we believe that Boykins, with his firm understanding of the levers of power, would serve District D even better.

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