Houston Runoff Voter Guide 2019: City Council At-Large Position 3 candidates Michael Kubosh and Janaeya Carmouche

Janaeya Carmouche and Michael Kubosh
Janaeya Carmouche (left) faces incumbent Michael Kubosh in the race for Houston City Council At-Large Position 3.

Janaeya Carmouche (left) faces incumbent Michael Kubosh in the race for Houston City Council At-Large Position 3.

For Houston City Council At-Large Position 3, incumbent Michael Kubosh faces Janaeya Carmouche in the runoff. Community Impact Newspaper invited candidates to provide the responses below to help voters weigh their options. Responses may have been edited for length. Early voting takes place Nov. 27 and Dec. 2-10. Election day is Dec. 14.

Michael Kubosh (incumbent)

Occupation/experience: I have been in office for over 5 years. I have managed two child care facilities as a Child Care Administrator for 5 years. "All Our Dreams Youth Home" and "The Gulf Coast Youth Ranch". I have been a little league coach, a boy scout troop leader, a member of the Frontiersman camping Fraternity. I have worked with all of the communities in Houston and attend Civic Club, Super neighborhood and home owner association meetings.

Website: www.kuboshforcouncil.com

What issues do you want to be a lead advocate on?

Public Safety (reduce crime and all violence including 'gun' violence, Flood Mitigation (use the State's Rainy Day Fund to build the 3rd reservoir and to mitigate neighborhood flooding, Transportation (encouraging citizen engagement in solving this problem is paramount. We need the citizens involvement, not just those that drive cars.)

What role will you play in improving Houston's budgeting and fiscal planning?

Council has approved 'zero-based budgeting' for the second time in 2 years. The Mayor Promised to follow the 'zero based budget'. We know over the past 10 years the revenue of the city of Houston has increased 3.6%. Yet we continue to spend more than we are bringing in. We have not passed a STRUCTURALLY BALANCED BUDGET since I have served on City Council.

What is your take on improving mobility in the city?

Improving mobility is about all types of transportation. Buses, Rail, Cabs, Uber, Lyft, TNC's, and Automobiles. The mayor has talked about a PARADIGM SWITCH when it comes to Mobility. There has been not town hall meetings or committee meetings to address this PARADIGM SWITCH. We need the citizens involvement on the needs of all of the community and not just those that drive cars.

Janaeya Carmouche

Occupation/experience: I have worked to advance Houston communities since she was a child. My 15+ year professional career includes leadership in matters of public policy, issue advocacy, public/private partnerships, crisis response and large-scale program development. The hard-fought lessons learned from my experiences uniquely qualify me to serve the interests of all Houstonians, and to hit the ground running day-one.

Website: www.jcfor3.com

What issues do you want to be a lead advocate on?

Better Government. We need systems level change that is based on data and stakeholder input. Our workgroups have begun working on a livable municipal wage, early ed expansion and human trafficking. Empowered Communities. My office will establish the Community Leaders Forum to help Houstonians solve problems but also teach them the inside track through resources, events, and educational opportunities.
Strong Small Business. Government contracts should be accessible to every small business. Rain-Event Mitigation & Resiliency. I will work to ensure the equitable dispensation of flood bond dollars within the city of Houston. I will work with the Houston Housing Department to support smart community design with infrastructure.

What role will you play in improving Houston's budgeting and fiscal planning?

I intend to actively participate in budget assessment, design and restructuring processes to identify systems-level improvements and opportunities to operate, and deliver city services in a sound quality and cost-effective manner.

What is your take on improving mobility in the city?

The City's role in transportation is primarily infrastructure. I believe the City should further invest in creating pedestrian-safe on our roads in pursuit of Vision Zero, an international movement that acknowledges that all roadway deaths are preventable with improved street design, education, and enforcement. Additionally, bringing stakeholders (i.e. Harris Co., H-GAC, developer organizations, advocacy organizations) to partner in smart design throughout the city that will accommodate and support safe, efficient and environmentally friendly multi-modal transportation options as the City grows and certain areas become denser.
By Emma Whalen

Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered health care and public education in Austin.


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