Name: Pam Schwertner
Campaign website or social media site: Facebook/Pam Schwertner
Elected offices held (with years of service): Santa Fe City Council 1 term (2 years)
Q: Are you a legal resident of the district you are seeking to represent?
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ADDRESS: 4322 Jensen, Santa Fe, TX 77517
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: A successful business person for over 35 years, former city council member and community leader are ideal qualifications to represent you as a City Council member. I am ready to put my business management experience, value, and vision to work for the tax payers while maintaining the highest level of integrity and service to the residents of Santa Fe. I am the one who will bring effective leadership, accountability, transparency and strong ethics to the office. I truly believe honesty, integrity and hard work wins every time.
Q: What are your specific qualifications for the position?
A: Resident of Santa Fe for 38 years
Succfessful Business Owner for over 35 years
Community involvement in Santa Fe and Galveston County
Past City Council Member
Q: What are the issues in this campaign?
A: The most important issue in this race is a proposition for the issuance of public improvement bonds for the City of Santa Fe Justice Center.
Q: What is your platform on those issues?
A: I am in favor of the issuance of public improvement bonds for the City of Santa Fe Justice Center.
The Santa Fe community and the Police Department needs this new facility and I believe this can successfully be achieved with the reduced bond proposal. The citizens of Santa Fe have never denied that the need not exist but the price tag needed to be adjusted.
Q: Do you support the proposed police station bond issue? Why or why not?
A: Over the past year citizens have joined together with different ideas but a common goal of bringing a revised proposal back to the citizens of Santa Fe for a new Justice Center. It is my hope the new proposal will be received favorably and the bond will pass.
Q: If you support the bond referendum, what assurances can you offer the money will be spend the way it's intended? If you do not support it, what is your specific plan to address the needs of the police station and courts?
A: When people elect a government official, they are hiring that person to work for them and for the people's best interest. As a business owner, past city council member and Treasurer of the Santa Fe Education Foundation, I have gained knowledge and experience balancing budgets and reviewing expenditures. My voting record and stand on tough issues reflects my commitment to the citizens of my community.
Q: How would you rate the performance of the Santa Fe Police Department?
A: While serving on city council it was a pleasure to appoint Kenneth Campbell as the new Police Chief.
He has dealt with the issues of the Police Department facility and maintained a commitment to serving the citizens of Santa Fe. I would like to see the Police Department have a better interaction within the business community and citizens of Santa Fe.
Q: How would you rate the leadership of the city manager?
A: The city manager works well with the present city council.
Q: What is your opinion of the city's annexation process and plans for future annexation?
A: I see very little consideration for the opinions of the citizens of the areas of proposed annexation. I understand wanting to increase our boundaries for the growth of Santa Fe but I would prefer an attitude of Welcome to Santa Fe rather than you are going to be annexed whether you like it or not. What is so desirable about Santa Fe is being one of the last communities you have a choice of where and how you live.
If you prefer sidewalks and curb and gutter or you prefer pastures for outside recreation, you have a choice. Santa Fe needs to retain that balance.
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: The total budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year is $4,567,560 as compared to the 2011-2012 amended budget of $6,396,143; a decrease of $1,828,583. An amount of $295,645 has been appropriated from the fund balance. The budget has been reduced significantly to ensure the availability of necessary funds to support city services.