Name: Robert Cummins
Occupation: CEO Transportation Company
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Elected offices held (with years of service): 2
Q: Are you a legal resident of the district you are seeking to represent?
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ADDRESS: 501 Bay Ave, Kemah, TX
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: Because of what I have stated before my first election as a promise, and proven throughout my first term that I meant it. The promise that as Mayor I will always seek to ensure that everything in town is run in a manner that is fair, level and legal.
Q: What are your specific qualifications for the position?
A: I am a business owner that knows how to optimize, budget, set priorities and follow through, and most of all, listen. But I always keep an eye toward the future and have proven to be ready to meet all types of challenges. That has helped me to be successful in my time as Mayor.
Q: What are the issues in this campaign?
A: The main issue is who has the right vision and agenda for Kemah? I hope voters have watched our new dynamic, proactive staff execute the policies of this Mayor and Council over the last year. We believe we have much to be proud about, while realizing that there is still much to do. Kemah’s future will be decided over the next few years, based on the decisions being made right now about infrastructure, prioritization, and the direction we choose as a community. There is not much development room left in Kemah, so we also have to get right what we do have left to develop.
Q: What is your platform on those issues?
A: My campaign slogan contains the platform for all the issues, namely FAIR, LEVEL, and LEGAL. Of the issues mentioned above, we will solve not only the direction issue, but all issues based on what is best for our community as a whole. We will approach problems and accomplish solutions while ensuring in each and every case that we operate only in a manner that is FAIR, LEVEL, and LEGAL.
Q: If elected what would you do to foster a more civil tone in city politics and government?
A: I believe a town moving forward and progressing for all its citizens will naturally foster a better tone in city politics and government, and that is my goal. Ultimately to leave Kemah a better place than I found it, certainly on matters of tone and civility. I think a mayoral candidate leads on this topic by example, and I encourage all my supporters to follow my example.
Q: Do you support the proposal to facilitate construction of a park and ride garage or lot in Kemah? Why or why not?
A: Parking has been the most discussed and cussed item for the length of my time in office. I resolved to try and truly do something about it. With council’s help and direction, and an amazing amount of work by our traffic-knowledgeable City Administrator and new staff we have scored extraordinarily high on our grant application. If we win the grant, we will build and own a multi-level parking garage of great utility and value that will be built on land the city already owns, and where the parking is most needed. Less than 1% of the total project will be paid by the City of Kemah.
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: As parking is and has been a long term problem we need a full-bore “all of the above” type solution. Trolleys help out on crunch weekends and holidays, in combination with parking in the utility right of way. The newly completed rework of Texas Avenue is already attracting additional parking lot use for the current boat ferry. However, the true long term parking solution involves us winning the grant and allowing construction of the parking garage. Other than what has already been spent for a traffic study and minor engineering expenses this garage is no expense to the City of Kemah.
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: Replenish the funds that have been over spent for the past several years, and trying to reduce prolific spending and pilfering of our rainy day fund.