In the Democratic primary to see who'll represent see-saw House District 146 — first Al Edwards held the seat, then Borris Miles defeated him, then Edwards won seat back, now Miles wants to relclaim it — the Houston Chronicle is backing Miles:
Based on their comparative records over the past two legislative sessions, we believe Miles would better deal with the enormous social service and infrastructure needs of the district.
Miles, who was born in the district, built one of the largest African-American-owned insurance agencies in the nation. As a businessman he has already played a key role in revitalizing two city blocks of retail property in his community and wants to bring similar upgrades to other areas as well.
“My district can't wait,” says Miles, who has criticized Edwards for not bringing significant change in his 15 terms in office.
The candidate's priorities for the next legislative session include measures to create jobs, aid business development, lower utility rates, improve health care for youngsters and seniors, and support quality public education.
A contributing factor to Edwards' victory in the last election were charges that Miles had displayed a firearm and created a disturbance at a 2007 holiday party. He was later tried and acquitted by a Harris County jury of deadly conduct charges.
Miles' proven business acumen and leadership abilities make him the better-qualified candidate of the two. We urge Democratic primary voters to return him to the Legislature.