The Daily News recommends these candidates for Galveston City Council in the May 10 election:
Mayor: Jim Yarbrough
This is a difficult job, requiring the leadership to build a consensus that includes at least a majority of Galveston’s many factions and the tact and diplomacy to avoid alienating even the sharpest critics. Jim Yarbrough has a long record in public life. Most people trust his judgment. He has the best chance of forming that coalition that will get Galveston moving in a better direction.
District 1: Cornelia Harris Banks
Cornelia Harris Banks has done a solid job representing her district. She deserves another term.
District 2: Craig Brown
What we hope Yarbrough can do for the city as a whole, Craig Brown has done at the Galveston Parks Board of Trustees. Under his quiet leadership, an agency that used to be a lightning rod for controversy has become an example of good, sensible efficient government. He’s effective and a peacemaker. The Galveston council could use both traits.
District 3: Kate Marx
Kate Marx, a newcomer, is a quick study with a strong background in accounting. Perhaps more than any other candidate, she conveys the message that she wants to do this job. The candidate has impressed us by focusing on bread-and-butter civic issues — roads, streets, general cleanliness — and by expressing a relatively broad vision in her proposed agenda. We think she also would be inclined toward coalition and consensus-building.
District 4: David Hoover
David Hoover has professional experience as a city planner — expertise the council could use as it sorts out its rules for permitting and development. He’s also avoided getting bogged down in the paralyzing discussion about rebuilding public housing, preferring to look ahead. Like others we have endorsed, we think Hoover would be inclined toward consensus and coalition and would focus on solving some of the those bread-and-butter civic issues facing the island.
District 5: Terrilyn Tarlton
Terrilyn Tarlton earns a second term on a couple of counts. First, she works to keep her constituents informed. No one works harder at that. She also was the first person in city government to raise the alarm about problems with the National Flood Insurance Program.
District 6: Carolyn Sunseri
Carolyn Sunseri has deep roots on the island and is a team player. Her campaign has focused on the needs of the West End, but not as a place that’s separate from the city as a whole. She also has stressed her willingness to work within the limits of the council-manager form of government. Like others endorsed here, we think Sunseri offers the best option for helping build a functional, effective council.