Name: Robin Stone Collins
Occupation: President, Stone Studio Graphics / Adjunct Professor College of Mainland / Acrylic Artist
Campaign website or social media site: none at present
Elected offices held (with years of service): 2009 – 2012 Kemah City Council, Mayor Pro Tem and Kemah representative to HGAC (Houston Galveston Area Council)
Q: Are you a legal resident of the district you are seeking to represent?
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ADDRESS: 1441 Bayshore Drive, Kemah, Texas 77565
Q: Have you ever been charged or convicted of a felony crime? If you answer yes please explain.
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Q: Have you ever sued a public entity or been sued by one? If you answer yes, please explain.
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Q: Do you have any other debts (including unpaid taxes) to a public entity? If yes please explain.
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Q: Will you have your home phone number listed in the phone book or your mobile number listed for the public to contact you directly?
Q: Why should voters choose you?
A: I intend to implement a process for reducing, or potentially eliminating city taxes – if Clear Lake Shores can accomplish this - I am confident Kemah can as well.
I am opposed to the park and ride facility that the present administration wants to build in Kemah.
Q: What are your specific qualifications for the position?
A: I have owned and operated a business for over 20 years and been very active in Kemah and our local community. I feel I have a comprehensive, first-hand knowledge of how the community feels. I love my town and have served on Kemah City Council and as Mayor Pro Tem and held the position of Kemah representative to the Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC). I am committed to listening to All of our residents and voting for their representation.
Q: What are the issues in this campaign?
Promote Balance of Resident and Commercial Priorities
Eliminate City Property Taxes
Ensure Family and Community First
Stop Bureaucratic Waste and Subsidizing Big Business Interests
Q: What is your platform on those issues?
A: Balancing our hometown feel for residents and providing a quality experience for the millions of tourists who visit Kemah every year.
Clear Lake Shores has accomplished this and I think we can do the same here in Kemah. Eliminating city taxes for our residents would be my priority.
I would like to see some of the small town amenities our residents enjoyed in the past be reinstated – summer swim lessons, dance lessons, Harvest Fest, etc. in order to engage our residents and improve the quality of life environment.
I am not in favor of the $24 million Park and Ride facility. This should be a city-funded project.
Q: If elected what would you do to foster a more civil tone in city politics and government?
A: Listen ALL the time to everyone who has insight into ways we can improve our city. I do not believe in running as a slate of candidates. I believe each candidate should stand alone – on his or her own issues. The present administration created the running as a “slate” of candidates a couple of elections ago. And, unfortunately if forces those whom are NOT on their slate to automatically become the “other” slate. I encourage each voter to access all candidates, including me, as their own individual – not tethered to any other candidates with hidden agendas. I promise to vote my heart and mind based on the information I obtain.
Q: Do you support the proposal to facilitate construction of a park and ride garage or lot in Kemah? Why or why not?
A: No. I think this project will exceed the traditional 30% budget overrun and generate 30% lower income than projected. In the end it will be US – the citizens funding the shortfall in the form of increased taxes.
Q: What plans do you have or would support to address parking problems in the city, specifically in the Lighthouse District and busy weekends?
A: I intend to further explore some of the solutions under advisement at present – satellite parking and bussing visitors in, partnership opportunities with the Boardwalk to accommodate heavy traffic during Spring Break, July 4th and key festival weekend, etc.
Q: What area of city spending would you want to see reduced and why? What area of city spending would you support increasing and why?
A: Support redirecting city revenue back to residents and away from parking garage and shuttle busses. These should be paid for by the private sector.
Support a limited government approach, where City works with and relies more on community organizations and volunteers for organizing city events and utilize less staff time