Transgendered Woman Jenifer Rene Pool Announces Her City Council Candidacy

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Mandy Oaklander
Jenifer Rene Pool announced her city council candidacy.

​City council hopeful Jenifer Rene Pool, clad in a black blazer with a hint of a hot pink blouse peeking out from under it, conversed
with a supporter upstairs at One's A Meal in Montrose yesterday afternoon. The subject: how much they both love Glee, especially Pool. "I've always thought that life is a musical, so Glee is a prototype for life," she gushed.

Pool comes from a background of construction and public service; she owns a consulting company that advises on construction projects. She serves on the Building and Standards Commission and Police Advisory Commission, both mayoral appointment positions. Nothing surprising for a woman vying for city council, except for one thing. Pool is transgendered. If life's a musical, then no one has yet written one quite like Pool's.

Poised at the microphone, Pool exhorted her candidacy. "In my experience and in my knowledge, I have the ability to address infrastructure challenges. Houston's a great city. It can be greater...I want to see that every citizen, every constituent, is represented in our city," she said. Pool said she plans to prioritize neighborhood improvement by fixing blighted buildings in the areas that need it most. Neighborhood policing, she says, will help keep the areas safe.

The transgendered elephant in the room didn't come up until questions. "So what's bubbling in the bigot community?" someone asked about her candidacy. Pool said that she expected a backlash: "As a transgendered person, I've been subjected to prejudice since the day I told the first person who I really was," she said. "My first thought for those people is to pray for their souls. They must live in a dark world. I live in a world with
smiles in it, a world of light," she said.

But though being transgendered makes her candidacy uncommon, she refuses to let it define her campaign. "The clothes they wear, or the makeup they wear or don't wear: People need to look at the heart more, and that less," she said, "and this could be a beautiful city."

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Pmbong
Pmbong

Are you freaking kidding me ?

sleepdepraved1@yahoo.com
sleepdepraved1@yahoo.com

I have a hard time finding just what Pool is for or against, but I disagree with putting people in office simply because they are part of a group, such as transsexual or gay.  I think the best way to coexist is to not draw attention to the differences.  I think Pool trivializes the issue of transgenderism and how those of us who are not in approval of it as not seeing past the clothes and makeup. Well, I for one, have been on the other side and know.  I was left to raise three children by a man who decided at 40 years old it was his time to live as a woman.  I know there is a lot of darkness in that world, as for a world of smiles and light...that's not what my children got in return.  The advocating of the transgender life as equivalent is a fraud on many levels.  Such a shame even this successful former businessman takes it down to the level of clothes and makeup. 

OScAR
OScAR

I am gay and tried to see what she was about...she is so rude! She makes it all about her and how "busy" she is and how everything is an inconvenience to her because of "who she is"...ridiculous! I had never seen or heard of her before today...her being in Houston's City Council will be a shame.

Ashtontennant
Ashtontennant

She's got a good soul!! We need someone that thinks outside the box.

Naja
Naja

Where is the Houston Area Pastor's Council? I'm sure they'll step in with Hotze the Nazi and announce that Houston will have a series of disasters relating to electing a lesbian mayor and perhaps a future transgendered City Councilwoman. I'm narrowing it down to a dirty bomb done by Islamists who don't give two shits about Houston politics or a hurricane.

ginasf
ginasf

Mandy, just wondering, would you comment on what a male candidate is wearing? If it were a non-trans woman running for office would you attempt to trivialize her qualifications by mentioning her "pink blouse?" Well, that's what you've done to Ms. Pool and it's very biased journalism.

Richard Doll
Richard Doll

I know Jennifer, and she's an extremely accomplished and intelligent woman with a great deal of integrity. I will be moving downtown in the next month, and I'm pleased I'll have the opportunity to vote for her. She's a wonderful woman, and anyone who takes the time to listen to her speak, or is lucky enough to get to know her, will agree.

Craig, your post may be meant as a compliment, however as Jennifer's friend I can't help but wonder who's going to hit you?

HoustonLissa
HoustonLissa

Jenifer Pool is smart and capable. She's a great person with good character.

John
John

Sue Lovell is term limited. The seat is open and many will file for it.

Kyle
Kyle

Ah, so she'll be running against Sue Lovell, then? Good. I've been really angry with Sue Lovell since one of her staffers called an Indian opponent, Jay Aiyer, a "dot-headed terrorist" and Lovell didn't fire him. I'd like to see about supporting Pool. I can't find a campaign website or anything.

On a side note, thank you for your pronoun diligence, Mandy.

bob42
bob42

Best of luck, Jennifer!

Sexuality should be a non-issue in elections. But in reality, this is Texas, and it is the buckle of the bible belt.

That's right, were it not for Texas, the bible belt's pants would fall down!

mediabeing
mediabeing

@sleepdepraved1@yahoo.com
So...because of your resentment of a fellow human who needed a major change, you've decided all such changes are wrong.
That's lazy, selfish thinking. I realize you've had a hard time of it, and I'm sorry about that. Welcome to the club.
Be careful who you share your heart with. ;)

Sararose75
Sararose75

I AGREE!!!! That was the first thing I thought before even finishing the sentance!!!!

Kyle
Kyle

Ahh, thanks.

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