Primary Colors


Christmas came early at absolutely! focus media when Congressman Pete Olson stopped by to present a copy of the House of Representatives Congressional Record from December 11, 2019 where Olson officially congratulated Fort Bend Focus Magazine on their 15th anniversary covering the people, places and happenings in Fort Bend on the House floor. Thank you Pete for the amazing gift, and yes, it was National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!

As we move into 2020, parts of Fort Bend will have already participated in a Republican runoff for House District 28, the seat held by Republication Dr. John Zerwas since 2007. The winner of this runoff – Gary Gates or Schell Hammel – will face off with Democratic candidate Elizabeth Markowitz in the November general election. But, for many Fort Benders, March 3rd marks the first election in 2020: the primary. By its very definition, the word primary means “first or highest in rank of importance,” thus emphasizing the significance of this initial election to elect candidates from each party. Yet on average, voter turnout during primary elections is traditionally lower than during presidential and midterm elections.

The primary election is the most important race kicking off Election 2020 – the race where voters select the individuals representing them on the ballot in November barring any runoffs. In this first issue of the new year, Fort Bend CEO takes a look at some of the more notable primary races, along with a helpful Election 2020 Calendar to help make certain you don’t miss an election date.

The year 2020 also marks a major milestone in this month’s cover story. Five years ago, OakBend Medical Center began a capital campaign called Vision 2020 with a goal of renovating the 70 year-old institution. In our cover story, we talk with OakBend Medical Center CEO Joe Freudenberger about the progress of the Greater Houston Area’s only remaining independent hospital and he and his team’s focus on patient outcomes.

I hope focusing on outcomes – positive, successful, meaningful, mindful – is something we can all fill the new year with. Our best resources in business, in philanthropy, in family and even in going to the polls, are each other. Ronald Reagan said, “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

Your partner in the Bend,

Patti Parish-Kaminski