Chris Oliver Announces Candidacy For Houston City Council, At-Large Position 1
HCC Trustee Seeks To Bring Years Of Varied Experience To Houston City Hall
For Immediate Release
January 26, 2015 – (HOUSTON, TX) – Houston Community College Trustee Chris Oliver has announced his candidacy for the open Houston City Council, At-Large Position 1 seat to be filled this November. Chris brings years of experience as a businessman, legislative advocate, and Houston Community College Trustee for District IX to his campaign for Houston City Council.
“It’s exciting,” said Oliver. “I’ve spent a significant portion of my professional career working for the people of Houston helping to empower them through the catalyst of education. I look forward to serving them further as their At-Large City Council Member for Position 1.”
As Houston Community College Trustee for District IX Chris has sought to deliver every student a quality, affordable education. Chris’ long list of accomplishments as Trustee includes overseeing several HCC expansion initiatives, including the opening of Willie Lee Gay Hall on U.S. 288 and Airport. This milestone for the city represents the first time an academic institution of higher learning has reached this corner of the community.
“Education is crucial to the current and future success of all of Houston’s diverse communities,” explained Oliver. “I’ll look to add my perspective to Houston City Council by not just concentrating on community education, but also by focusing on the city’s fiscal future, its infrastructural issues, and the safety of all of our communities.”
Chris was elected to the Houston Community College Board of Trustees in 1995 and served as Board Chairman from 1999 and 2007. His diverse professional career spans serving in the United States Congress as legislative aid, the U.S. Department of Labor overseeing contractor compliance, and owning his own business – Tekoa Property Management Group, Inc., a construction final cleaning company. He will look to leverage these experiences in his role as City Council Member At-Large for Position 1.
“I am looking forward to talking with Houstonians about myself, my candidacy, and my vision for our city,” said Oliver. “I believe that my diverse background as a public servant, small business owner, and as a legislative professional has not only prepared me to lead – it has equipped me with the skills to do so on day one.
A product of the Houston community, Chris Oliver received his Bachelor’s degree – and is pursuing his Master’s degree – from Texas Southern University. He serves on the Advisory Board of Career and Recover, Inc. and is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. He currently resides in South-Central Houston with his wife Valerie and their son Geovanny and is a member of March of Faith Ministries.