Jan. 5: New City Council members ready to make immediate impact

By Khambrel Marshall - Meteorologist, 'Newsmakers' Host

HOUSTON - There are six new Council Members starting two year terms and five of them stop by for this weeks Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall.

Council Member Brenda Stardig is back in District A after beating Helena Brown to win back the seat she lost two years ago. As expected she makes it clear she does not plan to be a "rubber stamp" for Mayor Parker's programs. "I think there's going to be some re-direction. I think we're going to have some hard conversations." she said. "There's a lot of issues that have come up recently that I don't agree with."

Like Stardig, Council Member Dwight Boykins was raised in the district that he now represents. The new District B Council Member says his very diverse district has many residents who need 2nd chances and he hopes to help provide it through a public/private partnership 2nd chance program, " It's a work program for people who are looking for work in the construction industry, and even those who've made mistakes in the past."he said.

Council Member Robert Gallegos was born and raised in District I and now says improving the infrastructure is a priority. "We have some of the oldest infrastructure and as a new council member, I want to take advantage of the re-build Houston to make sure we get our fair share back into the district."he said.

Council Member David Robinson lost on is first attempt to win the At-Large 2 but beat incumbent Andrew Burks to win the seat this time. "We have incredible opportunities we must make the most of and that's certainly in the categories of infrastructure and what we do with the physical part of our city."

Council Member Michael Kubosh is the other At-Large Council Member representing At-Large 3. He says he knows there has not been a lot of focus on solving the Houston pension shortfall but he hopes to change that.. "We have the brightest minds in this country right here at Rice University, University of Houston and we need to have bright minds get together and we need to figure out how to solve this pension plan." he said.

Great conversation and information on this week's Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall. Watch it Sunday at 10 a.m., right after Meet the Press with David Gregory.

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