Local transgender activist and businesswoman Jenifer Rene Pool has announced her candidacy for Houston City Council, At-Large Position 2. Councilmember Sue Lovell, who is restricted from running for that office again by term limits, vacates the seat previously held by Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker.
“I run because I want to serve the citizens of Houston in helping to make my home, this great city, greater,” Poole said in a statement to the press. “I want to participate in the process of helping to find solutions to our challenges, create opportunities for all our citizens, make sure all constituents are represented, and become the most efficient and effective city government in the history of Houston.”
A longtime resident of Houston, Pool has worked in the construction industry since 1980, owning a consulting company that specializes in construction permitting, licensing, and project management. She currently serves as a city commissioner on the Building & Standards Commission, an appointment made by former Houston mayor Bill White. Pool also serves on the Police Advisory Commission, an appointment of Mayor Annise Parker. On October 6, Mayor Parker named Pool to a Blue Ribbon Task Force on Building & Standards.
A longtime community activist working with the LGBT community, Pool is past president of the GLBT Political Caucus, a board member of the Houston Transgender Unity Committee, and a steering committee member and past co-chair of the Diversity Committee of the Human Rights Campaign-Houston.
“There are issues in our city that require a clear and decisive voice to get things moving for the future well-being of all our citizens,” Poll concluded in her statement. “We are a great city and will be an even greater city in the future.” — Nancy Ford