Erica Lee Races Into Run for Miles’ State House Seat

Burt Levine | 7/22/2016, 9:54 a.m.
While State Rep. Borris Miles celebrated clinching the Democratic nod on the fall ballot for the State Senate seat left ...
Erica Lee Carter Harris Co. School Trustee/Child Advocate

While State Rep. Borris Miles celebrated clinching the Democratic nod on the fall ballot for the State Senate seat left vacant by Rodney Ellis, Harris County School Board Member Erica Lee Carter was already eagerly handing out glossy push cards to run for Miles’ House District 146 seat.

“With years of public policy experience, I've made my lifetime a life of commitment to public service,” said Lee Carter, daughter of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and University of Houston Vice President for Community Relations Dr. Elwyn Lee, while working the crowd of Harris County Democratic Pct. Chairs at Downtown’s Communications Workers of America Union Hall.

“Having grown up in Houston schools and served as a Houston public school teacher, I've witnessed and experienced the challenges high schools face when trying to provide children education opportunity. On the Harris Country Department of Education Board (HCDE), it's been my mission to help support schools in their quest to educate all,” Lee Carter said after the vote that secured Miles’ promotion from the house seat he has held since beating decades long incumbent Al Edwards in 1996 for the district that stretches from Sunnyside to Sharpstown.

Miles won 49 votes to the second longest legislator in Austin, Senfronia Thompson’s 30 votes, and former City Controller and former City Council Member Ronald Green’s three votes. When the tally became clear Thompson and Green walked across the wide assembly room from their precinct chair supporters’ areas to congratulate and pose for group hug pictures with Miles.

While congratulations for Miles were echoing across the room Lee Carter kept ensuring those there knew she “will fight for quality education for all children and is “committed to equal pay and smart economic development in our neighborhoods.”

Lee Carter graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and returned to Houston to teach first grade at HISD. After teaching, she earned a Masters from Duke and was elected in 2010 to the HCDE.

She is married to Shell executive Dr. Roy L. Carter, Jr., who together with her is most proud of their new boy-girl twins, Roy, III and Ellison. She believes her new role as a mother has made her work for the children of Houston “even more pressing and real.”

“As your state representative, I will use my unwavering dedication to our values to create change for our district and beyond,” Lee Carter continued.

Her likely opponents are two-time judicial candidate Shawn Thierry, Greater Houston Black Chamber board member James Donatto II, and speaker, businessman and entrepreneur Rashad Cave.

The same process that won Ellis and Miles their recent victories, the election by the 27 Pct. Chairs in HD 146 to pick a successor to Miles, is likely to be 10 am Saturday, August 12th.

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