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HOUSTON — (February 19, 2016) — The Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR) Board of Directors is pleased to announce its support of Wayne Smith for Texas House of Representatives District 128 in the Tuesday, March 1 Primary Election. John Nichols, 2016 HAR Political Affairs Advisory Chair, applauded the announcement. “Representative Smith has been a tremendous friend and supporter of REALTOR® issues since his election to the Texas House of Representatives. He has been a key player in helping defeat numerous efforts to place a tax on professional services, or in other words, an income tax on our hard earned real estate commissions.” 
Troy Cothran, 2016 Bay Area Political Affairs Advisory Leadership Chair, also supported the announcement. “Representative Smith has always had an open door to being available to our local REALTORS® and whenever I have invited him to come to our Bay Area REALTORS® monthly breakfast meetings he sees it as a great opportunity to show us his support for our REALTOR® community. Representative Smith keeps us updated and on the cutting edge of what is going on in our world.” 
Houston REALTORS® are involved in the political process at all levels, promoting policies and supporting candidates who advocate for property rights and homeownership.  The Association is about putting our commitment to the American dream of property ownership to work in real and tangible ways…from City Hall to the Texas State House to the U.S. Capitol. Houston REALTORS® support political candidates and public policies that uphold private property rights, real property ownership, build strong communities, and create a vibrant business environment. Electing public officials who understand property owners’ concerns and act accordingly is the Association’s top priority.
Early voting for the Tuesday, March 1 Primary Election runs Tuesday, February 16 through Friday, February 26. 
Founded in 1918, the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR) is a 32,000-member organization of real estate professionals engaged in every aspect of the industry, including residential and commercial sales and leasing, appraisal, property management and counseling. It is the largest individual dues-paying membership trade association in Houston as well as the second largest local association/board of REALTORS® in the United States.