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Bill White to visit San Jacinto County
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White will make a campaign stop in Coldspring Thursday, March 18 to speak with community leaders and county residents. The former mayor of Houston is scheduled to arrive at 5:30 p.m. and visit with the public during the monthly meeting of the San Jacinto County Democratic Party before leaving for his next stop. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the Coldspring Community Center on the courthouse square. White, who was re-elected as mayor of Houston with 86 percent of the vote in 2007 and 91 percent in 2005, was born in San Antonio and educated at Harvard University and the University of Texas School of Law. As Houston’s mayor, White said he tripled the number of community clinics, cut costs for low-income families by helping them save on utilities, and converted neighborhoods in decline into safe and affordable housing. During his time as mayor, the Houston area led the nation’s cities in job growth, adding more jobs than 34 states combined. He made public safety one of his highest priorities and saw Houston’s crime rates drop to the lowest levels in more than 25 years. For this leadership and dedication to fi ghting crime, he received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. White has been a nationally recognized energy expert for decades, pushing for practical measures to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil with higher fuel economy standards for cars, aggressive energy effi - ciency programs, more production of domestic natural gas and greater reliance on domestic renewable resources. Earlier in his career, he helped build and manage one of the nation’s most successful law fi rms. White attended Harvard University on an American Legion scholarship and law school at the University of Texas. Both his parents were public school teachers and his father is a disabled WWII veteran. His civic involvement started when he led voter registration drives I San Antonio’s West Side almost 40 years ago.