HOUSTON, TX – August 20, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — The Houston Association of Realtors® Board of Directors announced its decision to support Stephen Costello for Houston City Council, At-large, Position 1 and Noel Freeman for Houston City Council, At-large, Position 4.
“I believe Stephen Costello’s experience in building a successful civil engineering business and his leadership on the Memorial Park Conservancy will bring a fresh perspective in resolving flooding, drainage and green space issues. He recognizes the need to balance residential and commercial development with environmental and quality of life interests, said HAR Bay Area Political Affairs Advisory Leadership Chair Nancy Furst of The Furst Group. “I’m excited about his candidacy and wholeheartedly recommend him to serve on Houston City Council.”
“As an employee of Houston’s Public Works and Engineering Department, Noel Freeman is the candidate in this race who is most experienced and knowledgeable of the infrastructure and transportation issues facing the Houston region. Those of us in the real estate and developer community, who have had the opportunity to work with Noel one-on-one, believe his hands-on knowledge, attention to detail, education and problem-solving ability will be an asset to City Council and to the Houston region,” said HAR Political Affairs Advisory Group Chairman Ray Holtzapple of Holtzapple/Neal Properties, Inc. “The Houston Association of Realtors® is pleased to endorse Noel Freeman for At-Large Position 4 in the November 3 election.”
In addition, HAR is also proud to continue its support for Sue Lovell for Houston City Council, At-large, Position 2 and Melissa Noriega for Houston City Council, At-large, Position 3.
Houston Realtors® are involved in the political process at all levels, promoting policies and supporting candidates who advocate for private property rights and homeownership. Texas ranks 45th out of 50 states in homeownership while Houston ranks 71st in homeownership out of the 75 largest metropolitan areas, according to Census data. Electing lawmakers who understand private property owners’ concerns and act accordingly is the Association’s top priority.
October 5, 2009 is the last day to register to vote in order to be eligible to vote in the November 3 election. Early Voting is from October 19 through October 30, 2009. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2009.
Founded in 1918, the Houston Association of Realtors® (HAR) is a 23,000-member organization of real estate professionals engaged in every aspect of the industry, including residential and commercial sales and leasing, appraisal, property management and counseling. It is the largest individual membership trade association in the greater Houston area, as well as the second largest local association/board of Realtors® in the United States.