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Miles staff member observing from balcony above Roots Bootique at Rally Hosted by State  Representative Boris Miles at 5308-5312 Almeda Road, Houston on April 7 2014
Miles staff member observing from balcony above Roots Bootique at Rally Hosted by State Representative Boris Miles at 5308-5312 Almeda Road, Houston on April 7 2014
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Wendy Davis, candidate for Governor, mingles with the crowd on Almeda St in Houston Ap 7 2014
photo by Marc Pembroke

On Monday, April 7, democratic gubernatorial candidate State Senator Wendy Davis was introduced by Mayor Annise Parker at a rally in the small parking lot at Our Legends Cigar Bar at 5312 Almeda Road in Houston's Third Ward sponsored by State Representative Boris Miles (D-146).

Representative Miles introduced Mayor Parker, who spoke about 4 minutes emphasizing the importance of the election for the future direction of the state. “It's not just about this November election. It's not just about the future of our state for the next decade. It is about the entire state, its about the future of our kids.” We are here because we believe that everyone in this state deserves a job that can pay their bills.” This isn't about Wendy Davis. It is about our kids and our future. And we have chosen Wendy Davis as the standard bearer for our goals and our dreams for this great state.”

Davis also spoke for about 4 minutes, touching on priorities of her campaign, including equal pay for equal work, quality pre-school education for all 4-year-olds, and equitable salaries for all jobs.

For those unfamiliar with the area, logistics for a political rally can be challenging, but State Representative Miles made creative use of limited space. Borris L. Miles' Insurance Office is located at 5308 Almeda Road at Oakdale St, two doors down from Our Legends Cigar Bar. The adjacent stores share a small parking lot and a roof patio. So, Miles arranged for two food trucks to serve refreshments and provide a partial barrier, and parked his grandfather's pickup truck between them that served as a stage. Registration tables and a DJ were set up on the sidewalk, making safe temporary space for about 150 invited guests, including local activists, precinct chairs, civic association presidents, and legislative staff members.

Senator Davis arrived a little before 6 and held a brief meeting with the staffs of Representative Miles and Mayor Parker on the upstairs patio before greeting the press and mingling with the crowd.