Heights - River Oaks - Montrose Edition | February 2020

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LOCAL CONTRIBUTIONS in the Lp

In the past three preprimary donation cycles, fundraising activity has increased sharply in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose area.

Number of donors

Amount donated

2011: $6.21M

2,956

4,138

2015: $10.14M

8,037

2019: $10.71M

$0

$4M

$8M

$12M

SOURCE: FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Ahead of the March 3 primaries in Texas, campaign fundraising from some of the Houston area’s top donor strongholds has far exceeded the past two election cycles that featured presidential contenders, data from the Federal Election Commission shows. In fact, in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose area, donors contributed over $10.7 million in 2019, a 72% increase compared to the same point in time in 2011, the year before the 2012 primary season. Larger sums of money are being donated, but an increasingly important factor, campaign experts said, is an increas- ing base of donors overall. There are almost three times as many donors from the area, FEC records show. National trends as well as competitive races locally, which have a record number of candidates on the pri- mary ballot, are driving the surge in donors, said Mark Jones, a Rice University professor and fellow with the Baker Institute for Public Policy. CONTINUED ON 12 Houston donors step up aheadofMarchprimary BY MATT DULIN

In FourthWard, faith perseveres Lue Ammon Williams stands at the site of a demolished church in Freedmen's Town. She is raising funds to reclaim the property. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

Patchwork of neighborhood preservation eorts keeps ght alive

BY EMMA WHALEN

skyline towering over. The story of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church follows a similar pattern of many historic structures in Freedmen’s Town, a community established by former slaves in the late 1800s. Also known as Fourth Ward, the neighborhood is located next to Bualo Bayou and downtown and referred to by some as the “Mother Ward” because of its historical signicance to Houston’s African Amer- ican community. A xture in the neighborhood, Mt. Carmel was built in 1914, remodeled in 1940 and eventually

Where dozens of parishioners once gathered at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Houston’s Freedmen’s Town, a handful still meets on Sundays at the vacant lot it stood on. “We will give God the glory when we bring our church back up and hopefully keep it a community, because when I was going to this church, it was one of the largest ones out here,” parishioner Lue AmmonWilliams said. Where those parishioners once followed concrete steps up to Sunday service, they now follow them to a view of townhomes and the downtown Houston

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