We recommend Michael Moore for Precinct 3 commissioner in the Democratic primary [Editorial]
The Editorial Board
February 16, 2020
(Read the editorial at HoustonChronicle.com)
Michael Moore found himself on the front lines during Houston’s finest hour back in 2005 when the torrent of buses carrying storm-dazed New Orleanians began rolling up to the Astrodome.
As Mayor Bill White’s chief of staff, Moore was among those pulling 18-hour days coordinating and marshaling resources to help house, feed and clothe tens of thousands of evacuees in a makeshift shelter that became an enduring symbol of Houston’s hospitality and grindstone get-r-doneness.
The pace was unrelenting.
“I put one cot down and I look five minutes later and there’s an evacuee sitting on it,” he recalled in a 2007 interview.
At one point, when they ran out of cots and the Red Cross had to fly some in, Moore took extreme measures to expedite their transport.
“I think this is the first police escort of a truck full of cots in history,” he said.
That’s the kind of drive Harris County needs to clear up roadblocks delaying the $2.5 billion bond package voters approved in 2018.
Moore’s attention to detail and practical focus on flood mitigation, infrastructure, traffic, an underfunded hospital district and other challenges in a growing region are why we recommend him for Precinct 3 Commissioner in the Democratic primary.
Moore, 57, whose private sector work includes communications for BP and regional vice president for Texas Central Partners’ high-speed rail, is well-versed in the intricacies of issues and policies that face county government. Thanks to his communications background, he can also explain the stuff in plain English.
White, his former boss, vouches for Moore’s “servant’s heart and personal integrity.” And Moore is trying to prove that White’s brand of bipartisan pragmatism isn’t passé in this increasingly polarized political climate. His pledge to “work with anyone, anywhere to get results” may not charm partisans, but it’s a more productive mentality than sometimes prevails among Democrats on the court these days.
While Moore has insider cred, he pledges to govern with transparency and efficiency. Based on his six-year track record with White, we believe him.
Helping run city government and shepherd through successful programs such as Safe Clear, soon to expand countywide, Moore has proven he understands bureaucracy, how to cut through it and how to collaborate with other entities and agencies — a vital skill for any commissioner who wants to address issues in the unincorporated area, such as the need to consolidate the hodgepodge of municipal districts.
Among the other candidates, Kristi Thibaut, a former one-term state representative, failed to articulate what, other than established relationships in the public sector and badly needed diversity, she would bring. Morris Overstreet’s distinguished career on a different kind of court — Texas’ highest criminal court — lacks relevance here. Educator Diana Alexander’s grassroots focus is appealing but she also lacks relevant experience.