Thank You, District 147 / March Primary Election Results / Unstoppable Leader Award / New Project Row Houses Exhibit, Event / Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day

Thank You, District 147

Thank you for electing me again as your Democrat nominee to serve District 147 with an overwhelming 81.2% of the vote. It has been an honor to serve our home for 26 years. I will continue to work hard during the interim preparing for the 86th Legislature if I’m re-elected in November.

Representative Coleman leading the Pledge of Allegiance in the Texas House of Representatives in Austin during the 2017 Legislative Session.

Representative Coleman Receives Unstoppable Leader Award

Thank you Houston Community College(HCC) Black History Committee for awarding me the “Unstoppable Leader Award” at the 12th annual Black History Scholarship Gala on February 24th. I am honored to receive such an award during Black History Month.

The HCC Black History Scholarship Gala raises funds to support educational opportunities for students at HCC. The gala is part of the HCC Foundation, an organization that provides college scholarships for HCC students.

Congratulations to the other community members who were also recognized as “Unstoppable Leaders”: Houston Independent School District Board Chair Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Senior Pastor Marcus D. Cosby, entertainment attorney Ricky Anderson and veteran sports journalist Ralph Cooper. HCC’s Black History Committee bestowed a posthumous lifetime achievement award on William Harmon, who was president of HCC’s Central Campus from 2005 to 2016.

Click here for coverage of the event from the Houston Chronicle.

Representative Coleman
at the HCC Black History Scholarship Gala, where he was awarded the “Unstoppable Leader Award” on February 24th in Houston.

March 2018 Texas Primary Election Results

The first contests of the 2018 election cycle took place on Tuesday. Texans across the state casted their votes. As reported here, “Democrats fielded a record number of candidates in all 36 congressional districts, and there’s the potential to flip maybe three or more seats come November…By the early hours of Wednesday, Democratic vote totals neared 1 million, nearly doubling totals from 2014 and reaching a level not seen in a midterm primary for the party since 2002.”

Congratulations to my colleagues in the Texas Legislature on winning their primary races. Congratulations to Senator Sylvia Garcia for winning the Democratic nomination for Congressional District 29. Senator Garcia and former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar are on their way to becoming the first ever Latina members of Congress from Texas.

Please see below for the Democratic primary election results, as well as information for the run-off election to be held in May.

Governor – Andrew White & Lupe Valdez are heading to May’s run-off election.

Lieutenant Governor – Mike Collier

Comptroller – Joi Chevalier

Commissioner of the General Land Office – Miguel Suoza

Railroad Commissioner – Roman McAllen

U.S. Senator – Beto O’Rourke

U.S. Representative
District 18: Sheila Jackson Lee
District 29: Sylvia Garcia

State Senator
District 15: John Whitmire

State Representatives
District 27: Ron Reynolds
District 137: Gene Wu
District 139: Jarvis Johnson
District 140: Armando Walle
District 141: Senfronia Thompson
District 142: Harold V. Dutton, Jr.
District 143: Ana Hernandez
District 144: Mary Ann Perez
District 145: Carol Alvarado
District 146: Shawn Thierry
District 148: Jessica Farrar
District 149: Hubert Vo

State Board of Education – District 4
Lawrence Allen Jr.

Justice – 14th Court of Appeals District
Place 3: Jerry Zimmerer

Place 8: Margaret “Meg” Poissant

District Judge
1113th Judicial District: Rabeea Collier
185th Judicial District: Jason Luong
189th Judicial District: Scot “dolli” Dollinger
234th Judicial District: Lauren Reeder
281st Judicial District: Christine Weems

Family District Judge
246th Judicial District: Angela Graves-Harrington
313th Judicial District: Natalia Oakes

District Clerk
Rozzy Shorter and Marilyn Burgess are heading to May’s run-off election.

County Clerk
Diane Trautman and Gayle Young Mitchell are heading to May’s run-off election.

County Treasurer
Dylan Osborne and Cosme Garcia are heading to May’s run-off election.

County School Trustee – Position 6 – Precinct 1
Danyahel (Danny) Norris and Prince E. Bryant II are heading to May’s run-off election.

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7, Place 2
Sharon Burney and Cheryl Elliot Thornton are heading to May’s run-off election.


The run-off election will take place on May 22nd. If you did not vote or were not registered to vote in the March primary, you can still register and vote in the run-off election. However, if you voted in one party’s primary, you cannot vote in the other party’s run-off.Early voting for the primary runoffs will take place from May 14 through May 18.

Click here for more information from the Texas Tribune about the May run-off election.

 Project Row Houses Welcomes New Exhibit

Project Row Houses is unveiling a new exhibit this weekend with a community event to celebrate. Project Row Houses is hosting an opening for Neighborhood Fantasies, which integrates the spirit of an emerging art photographer Evan Coleman with the work of PRH founding artist Jesse Lott. The opening is tomorrow, Saturday, March 10th and the exhibit will run through April 22nd. Please see below for details.

WHAT: Project Row Houses is hosting an opening for Neighborhood FantasiesWHEN:
Saturday, March 10 4-6pm

Community Gallery
2521 Holman Street
Houston, TX 77004


Below is an explanation of the exhibit  from Project Row Houses.

Curated by Kathleen Coleman in conjunction with Fotofest 2018.

“Neighborhood Fantasies integrates the spirit of an emerging art photographer Evan Coleman with the work of PRH founding artist Jesse Lott. Join us March 10 from 4-6pm as we open this exhibition, presented in conjunction with Fotofest 2018. This exhibition is curated by Kathleen Coleman.

The Houston urban landscape is an eclectic image of symbolic eras in time. The photographer Evan Coleman has captured the images of homes, office buildings, flora, fauna, roads, and houses; front yards where a person rides in a car or walks down a major street and a back road, familiar depictions portrayed in photo montages such as: a trailer, hamburger joints, resale businesses or party events are included. There are familiar images in the collages–a water hose, a variety of mangos, giant watermelons floating across the sky to create everyday dreams as we ride along. Let us not forget the porcelain cats resting in the window of a house, in a day dream; a central, focal image throughout the exhibition. The fantasy photo of a windowsill of cats is inviting Jesse Lott, who inserted a dog to peer at them through the window.

Jesse Lott has made blind cuts, and separated them by color, thus creating the opportunity to assemble a puzzle which has never been solved. This concept in brief can be thought of as documentation of the reality reconstructed as a fantasy supplemented with the original subject matter. Recontextualization places the images into a new perspective, meaning changes within the point of view of the artist applied, which inspires the public to visualize and imagine the symbols or the object commonly viewed in our daily lives. In the collages, a bounce house is cut up and fruit from a stand is placed to add color with common objects to form depth and structure such as concrete.

The countless forms of architecture from one neighborhood to another incorporate Houston’s diversity at its finest, in addition to revealing gentrification from one street to another. Repetitive objects are common features in the artwork in Neighborhood Fantasies therefore a perception is a sense of belonging in the heart of the city through art and collective experiences. The concept is evolving to produce involvement within the community to enlighten themselves within their own area. The artist team will continue to conceive fantasy from random reality.

Thank you to our sponsors Melanie Lawson, John Guess, A Rocket Moving and Storage, Womack Development, and Mayberry Homes.”

Please click here for more information.

Alzheimer’s Association Texas Advocacy Day 2018

Thank you to Richard Elbein (CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association), and Dr. Steven Starks for meeting with me on Thursday on your annual advocacy day. Thank you for everything you do to help fight for a cure and to help the families with loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s.

From left to right: Richard Elbein, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Representative Coleman, and Dr. Steven Starks in Houston on March 8, 2018.

Sandra Bland exhibit runs through 3/28 at Houston Museum of African-American Culture

The Houston Museum of African-American Culture is celebrating the life of Ms. Sandra Bland with an interactive exhibit.

The exhibit has been extended and now runs until March 28. See below for hours and details. Click here for more information.

Photo courtesy of African American News.

Houston Museum of African-American Culture
4807 Caroline Houston, Texas 77004

HOURSSunday, Monday, Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 11a-6pm

Thursday: 11am-8pm

Friday, Saturday: 11am-6pm

General Admission to the museum is free, however donations are accepted.

(713) 526-1015

Our song of the week is “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves”
by Aretha Franklin featuring Annie Lenox.

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