Who to Watch in 2019

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 1/4/2019, 8:17 a.m.
Houstonians won’t soon forget 2018. It was the year of surprise upsets as a number Democrats unseated long term Republicans ...

Houstonians won’t soon forget 2018. It was the year of surprise upsets as a number Democrats unseated long term Republicans resulting in the first Latina and woman Harris County Judge, Lina Hidalgo; County Commissioner Adrian Garcia, first African American mayor of Missouri City, Yolanda Ford; Fort Bend County’s first African American district attorney, Brian Middleton, first Latina in Congress, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia; and the Black girl magic of 19 female judges. The year when HISD got ugly after some trustees tried to get rid of interim superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan to rehire past superintendent Abe Saavdra diving the Black and Hispanic communities. Houston amped up their fight against guns when Mayor Sylvester Turner formed Mayor’s Commission Against Gun Violence as school shootings came close to home. Commissioner Rodney Ellis led the way to improve business opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses. We laid to rest a President, Councilman, and the man who brought football back in the form of President George H. W. Bush, Councilman Larry Green, and Bob McNair. Simone Biles continue to dominate gymnastics just as James Harden does the same in basketball. And that is just slightly hitting the surface of all that happened.

That was 2018. It has gone in the wind. We press on and push forward to 2019. Every New Year brings its own set of expectations and opportunities to grow. With the unpredictability of any and everything from the White House, the political shake ups, the doing anything while black 2018 was a year that kept us on our toes. And this following year will continue to have us on alert. As alert, as we have become we need to pay close attention to those making decisions, making the headlines that keep our heads on a swivel. There is plenty to watch in 2019 and Houston Style Magazine wants you to focus on the below. Here's our Who to Watch list of 2019.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, photo by Vicky Pink

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, photo by Vicky Pink

The 27-year-old is the new Harris County Judge after beating incumbent Ed Emmit who had served more than 10 years. Lina Hidalgo has been criticized for age and lack of experience among other things. Despite all that, Hidalgo said she will willing and ready to serve. People will be watching her closely to see if she can truly deliver on those words.

Commissioner Adrian Garcia

Commissioner Adrian Garcia

Commissioner Adrian Garcia

Adrian Garcia is a welcome sight to the County Commissioner’s Court, especially to that of fellow Commissioner Rodney Ellis. He was the lone Democrat. It will be interesting to see how the addition of Garcia affects the issues once meetings are held.

Mayor Yolanda Ford

Missouri City Mayor-elect Yolanda Ford

Missouri City Mayor-elect Yolanda Ford

For years Allen Owen had been the head of Missouri City. But citizens wanted a change and Yolanda Ford is just the changed they needed. As the first African American mayor of Missouri City, Ford will be watched to see what type of leader she is.

Carol Guess

Carol Guess

Carol Guess

Carol Guess takes on a new role as the head of the Greater Houston Black Chamber. This organization is vital to the survival of minority businesses. Guess is one to what to see how she in her own will continue the efforts to aid minority businesses and takes the service of GHBC to a new level.