City Council District D Candidate Questionnaires

The Houston GLBT Political Caucus Political Action Committee has not endorsed in the District D runoff election, but both candidates in the runoff completed candidate questionnaires.  As an educational service to voters, we have presented the candidate questionnaires for both candidates in that race below and encourage voters to make their own educated decision when voting.  Some questions that were used by the Screening Committee to evaluate campaign structure, finance, etc. have been omitted.  The responses presented below are unedited and shown exactly as the candidates responded.

 Dwight Boykins Georgia Provost
 Dwight Boykins  Georgia Provost
 boykins2013.com  www.georgiaprovost.com

What is your principal occupation and place of employment?

Dwight Boykins: Entrepreneur. President and CEO of d Boykins Consulting Firm, LLC
Georgia Provost: Community Outreach Consultant, TSU

Please describe your educational background, including any degrees or professional certifications or credentials held and when they were conferred.

Dwight Boykins: BBA in Marketing from Texas Southern University
Georgia Provost: B.S in Science and Technology, Texas Southern University

Fully describe the extent of your community involvement and how that experience relates to your campaign or qualifications for public office. Describe any community support for your candidacy.

Dwight Boykins: I am an advocate for District D residents. I have volunteered with organizations such as SHAPE Community Center, the NAACP and The Houston Public Library Summer Reading Program. I understand the problems that affect District D and I will work as a liaison between District D residents and city council to improve the district. I have received strong support from elected officials, the business community, citizens of the district and community leaders, Former Houston Mayor Lee Brown, Representative Borris Miles and Representative Alma Allen, are two of many that have endorsed and supported my campaign.

Georgia Provost: I have been involved in the community for several years through various community initiatives; special events, town hall meetings, rallies, fundraisers, and gala events. These experiences have afforded me the opportunity to meet and work with different factions of society and cultivate many, many relationships.

Honestly describe your most notable strengths and weaknesses as a candidate.

Dwight Boykins: My notable strengths are my keen understanding of the legislative process- federal, state and local and clear understanding of the district’s past and future development.

Georgia Provost: My relationships with the community at large is my strength. A weakness would be the fact that I am a first-time candidate.

What do you believe are the top three issues facing the City of Houston as a whole, and how do you intend to address those issues?

Dwight Boykins: A. Public safety, develop relationships between law enforcement and the community
B. Economy, promote the creation of well paid sustainable jobs and provide incentives to businesses that create those jobs
C. Enhancing community & infrastructure, clean and well maintained streets, improve community parks, and improve drainage in the district

Georgia Provost: Budget issues, Fair Housing, and Affordable Health Care.  By being on the front lines of the fight, I will use my voice and vote for the betterment of the city's residents.

The City of Houston has a “strong mayor” form of government.  What does that mean to you, and how do you believe it will affect your ability to achieve your goals as an elected official?

Dwight Boykins: I understand the working of a strong mayor form of government, so I would respect the mayor’s rule in the process but as an independently elected official I am devoted to fight for my constituents, the people of District D and their needs.

Georgia Provost: I am looking forward to working with the mayor and helping bridge that gap to the communities we serve. With that said, I look forward to holding the mayor and colleagues accountable.

If you could offer one amendment to the City budget that was guaranteed to pass, what would it be, why would you propose it, and how would it affect the budget?

Dwight Boykins: Creation of a long-term permanent sustainable fund used for the development of job

Georgia Provost: Partner with inner city schools to provide resources on an ongoing bases. Working together will result in a more educated and service oriented next generation.

Why have you chosen to seek the endorsement of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus PAC?

Dwight Boykins: The Houston GLBT Political Caucus PAC is very important to me because the United States was founded on the principal of “all men are created equal.” I live my life by this principal and believe everyone deserves natural rights and human dignity.
Georgia Provost: I believe this could be the start of a great relationship that will meet the needs of our communities. The city mirrors the entire world and this partnerships connects Houston to the world.

What do you think are the top three issues facing the GLBT community that can be addressed by Houston City government?

Dwight Boykins: A. Non-discrimination ordinance for contractors and vendors hired by the city
B. Same-sex benefits for city employees
C. Workplace protection

Georgia Provost: Fair Housing
Affordable Health Care
Economic Development

Please describe the efforts you would take or have taken to work with GLBT advocacy organizations in changing laws that discriminate against individuals based upon sexual orientation, gender identification and gender expression.

Dwight Boykins: I have always embraced our countries diversity and equality and I would use my position as city councilmember to advocate for non-discrimination laws. It is morally and ethically wrong to discriminate, it is not only my duty as a city councilmember to eliminate discrimination but it is also my civic responsibility to spread the message of equality and human rights for all.
Georgia Provost: Host town hall meeting and round tables to bring about better understanding.

If elected, would you publicly advocate for and vote in favor of a non-discrimination ordinance, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing, and public accommodation, that provides reasonable exemptions for small businesses, religious organizations, and federally exempt residential property owners?

Dwight Boykins: YES
Georgia Provost: YES

Should you receive an endorsement from an organization or person who is recognized as being anti-GLBT, what will be your response?

Dwight Boykins: I do not tolerate discrimination of any form.
Georgia Provost: I would hope to take the opportunity to educate them.

Do you support maintaining public funding for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) and for HIV/AIDS education?

Dwight Boykins: YES
Georgia Provost: YES

The largest percentage of homeless youth between the ages of 12 and 18 are GLBT.  Are you willing to use your elected position to engage in efforts to reduce incidences of homelessness?

Dwight Boykins: YES
Georgia Provost: YES

If you answered 'YES,' how might you do that?

Dwight Boykins: I would work to develop and implement programs that function to improve family relationships and decrease homeless GLBT youth.
Georgia Provost: Perhaps create a safe shelter house or something similar within our communities.

Would you support the coverage of transgender healthcare such as counseling, therapy, hormonal treatment, and surgical procedures for city employees?

Dwight Boykins: YES - Not properly informed about the issue to answer this question at this time
Georgia Provost: YES
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