Name: Bruce Henderson
Occupation: Quality Engineer for BP wells Organization
Campaign website or social media site: Facebook @ Bruce Henderson for Dickinson City Council
Elected offices held (with years of service):
I have not held any political offices, but I am currently on the board of directors for the Journey to Damascus Christian organization and am the current Junior Vice Commander for the Dickinson VFW Post 6378
Q: Are you a legal resident of the district you are seeking to represent?
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ADDRESS: 5429 Thornwood Circle Dickinson
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: Voters should choose me because they can count on me to have the energy and the integrity to do whatever is necessary to make intelligent and well thought out decisions. I have spent my entire career making decisions that have affected many people and projects and I have always maintained a strong degree of respect and confidence from all of my colleagues.
Q: What are your specific qualifications for the position?
A: I have worked in the Oil and Gas Industry for the last 19 years in Quality roles. During this time I have also been assigned to management positions in a multitude of projects. I understand what it takes to make thoughts and ideas come to fruition. I have dealt very intimately with budgets, schedules, regulatory requirements, and a myriad of personality types. I am confident that I can take these skills and use them to work with the other members of the Dickinson City Council to meet the normal day to day requirements and to continue to develop plans for leading the city into the future.
Q: What are the issues in this campaign?
A: The main issue of this campaign is primarily for the voters to determine which of the candidates are the most capable, has the most energy, and has the wherewithal to work with fellow council members, citizens, and employees of the city to get the work done that needs to be done. I believe the city is at a crossroads of whether it will take advantage of the many opportunities available to it, by virtue of the positive growth in the Bay area, or not.
Q: What is your platform on those issues?
A: I solidly support and look forward to working with the Economic Development Corporation to bring additional business opportunities to the city. I also look forward to helping Dickinson become a better city, by improving the existing resources and creating others, so that families will look forward to raising their children in our city. I will also work with code enforcement, city services, and citizen involvement to clean up and improve the streets and neighborhoods of Dickinson to make the city the best that it can be.
Q: How would you rate the management of the city administrator?
A: In accordance with the city charter, the city administrators’ performance is managed by the city council. As of current date, I have no personal experience as to the quality of the performance of the city administrator. Throughout my career, I have had many co-workers and subordinates that I have had the responsibility of evaluating their performance. So I look forward to working with the city administrator and gaining a stronger personal opinion of her management abilities.
Q: How would you rate the city's work on infrastructure improvements: Poor, fair, about right or excellent? And why?
A: Dickinson’s infrastructure improvement plan is ongoing and effective, but has many opportunities available for improvement. I want to see the city improve its revenue base, through the efforts of the Economic Development Corporation, to allow additional and more aggressive work to be completed.
Q: What should Dickinson be doing to attract more business to the city?
A: Dickinson’s Economic Development Corporation includes a talented group of citizens working diligently to increase and improve the business community of Dickinson. These additional businesses will improve the revenue base and provide more opportunities for the citizens of our city.
Q: What should the city's economic development priorities be?
A: The Dickinson Economic Development Corporation priorities should be and are; to fund projects that support and encourage business growth and vitality, to develop specific projects that enhance economic growth, and increase the quality of life for Dickinson citizens, to help retain, expand, and nurture existing businesses, and to educate the public about the impact of shopping in Dickinson. I stand beside them fully in their efforts to achieve these goals.
Q: County officials are considering asking the Festival of Lights to move to another park? Do you support that move? Why or why not and what would you do to address the request?
A: I do not support the idea of moving Festival of Lights. FOL is an integral part of Dickinson. The FOL has over the past decade brought a renewed sense of pride to the residents of Dickinson. The leadership of the FOL has spent an inordinate amount of energy and money to create an amazing display of Christmas lights that represents the city of Dickinson in a very admirable way. I would not support any decisions that impede the progress of the Festival of Lights.
Q: Should the city consider a charter election to change its form of government to a council-manager system? Why or why not?
A: The council-manager form of municipal government was initially created to stop cronyism and corruption on city councils. Dickinson’s City Council historically has not shown to be guilty of those issues. The Dickinson Charter has multiple checks and balances written into it to ensure that there cannot be a point where any individual council member nor the Council body as a whole can violate the rules dictated by the Charter. The current council mayor form of government has been acceptable since the inception of Dickinson and I do not see the need to amend the city’s Charter.
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: I have not had an opportunity to review the city budget on a line by line basis. As is with every budget, including a home budget, there are always places where money can be trimmed and efficiencies can be improved. There are no items that I would be willing to increase spending on, until I was sure that all of the necessary line items have been addressed and financed properly. I look forward to dedicating the necessary time and energy to review the annual budgets closely, to ensure the citizens of Dickinson that their leaders are being the proper stewards of the revenue that they have been entrusted with.