Houston, TX, June 25, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Pledging to work for all of Houston, Doug Peterson, a long-term Houston Clear Lake resident, today launched his campaign for Houston City Council At Large Position 3.
After years in NASA External Affairs and community activism, Peterson is focused on working for Houston’s diverse communities such as the Northside and Kingwood, the East side and River Oaks, Chinatown and Alief, and Clear Lake and Acres Home, which all seek the city’s help for real needs.
“An at large city council member represents over 2 million Houston residents across some six hundred square miles,” according to Peterson. “Taxpayers beyond downtown and 610 deserve as much more attention from the City, just as taxpayers who live in deteriorating neighborhoods need more city services.”
“Houston is at a critical crossroads where long lingering issues need to be addressed to empower residents, improve our quality of life and regain Houston’s future-oriented reputation,” Peterson stated. “Rapidly expanding population, transportation and business, while generally good, are stretching Houston infrastructure and resources to a breaking point with critical symptoms from axle-busting streets to killer floods and ozone-loaded air.”
Focusing on an early “listening” campaign to hear from Houston voters, Peterson says major steps are needed in economic development, education, environment, equality and effective city management. Urging the need for action now, Peterson said, “This is too critical of a crossroads for a city council position to be wasted on a place keeper. Now is the time to take action for Houston’s future as a great city, it’s not time for endless talk and broken promises.”
This is Peterson’s first campaign for public office after several decades of NASA public service, and non-profit and political voluntarism. At Johnson Space Center he coordinated media and public relations for the astronaut corps, led outreach and communications and advanced strategic communications.
As a volunteer he’s co-chair of Clear Lake’s Exploration Green Conservancy and the Sierra Club of Bay Area, positions preceded by grassroots political campaigns. With a Masters degree in Public Affairs and Bachelors in Political Science, Peterson has worked in a variety of roles including strategic planning, mediation, policy, blue collar and academic positions.
“The first college graduate of our family, I grew up with common middle class values that were burnished by a personal knowledge of the challenges all working and middle class families face, said Peterson. “I pledge to work for all Houstonians, from the bottom and up, and from the edges of town to downtown.”
A family man and soccer dad, Peterson and his wife have raised three daughters, all graduates of Clear Lake High School, with two now teaching in Houston schools and a third in her last year of college.
For more information check the Doug Peterson for All of Houston website at https://dougpetersonforhouston.nationbuilder.com.
Contact: D. Peterson at 281.782.2721 for more information