Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Jess Herbst Is Running For Reelection As New Hope Mayor
The first meeting for us happened during one of my trips to Austin to help kill SB 6, and at a barbecue hosted by our mutual friend Danielle Skidmore, we spent nearly two hours chatting with each other about a wide range of subjects, including politics.
We bumped into each other again during the House hearing for another anti-trans bill, and connected once again while I was in Dallas for the Black Trans Advocacy Conference.
As their mayor, it was on her and the elected leadership to tackle the issues of a Collin County town experiencing the residual effects of being near the fast growing larger communities in the county of Plano, McKinney and Allen and handling the issues that spring from that like increased traffic.
Her opponent is Angel Hamm, the widow of former mayor Johnny Hamm. He had served for 22 years before suffering a fatal heart attack on the filing deadline but still beat his opponent by 30 votes in May 2016. . As an elected New Hope alderman serving as the mayor pro tem she succeeded Hamm to become the first out transgender mayor in Texas.
I'm hoping they keep her.