Ever since The Daily News declared its endorsements for Galveston City Council and mayor last week, we’ve been peppered with questions about the thinking behind our selections. Well, in the spirit of transparency, here we go.
While there are many personalities involved in politics, we made every effort to eliminate any preconceived notion or potential bias from outside influences by inviting each and every candidate to spend time here in the offices of The Daily News. And to their credit, nearly every candidate took time out of their day to join us for a personal 30-minute session.
During those meetings we asked questions about their visions for the city of Galveston and where they would like to see the community move. And, as expected, we received a few interesting answers. We believe each to be sincere and passionate about the offer to serve. This, for a community, is a good thing.
But there was something else we were looking for: civility.
Galveston city government has suffered through a protracted period of conflict, distractive behavior and all-around (to use a term from a council member) dysfunction. Too much time has been spent arguing, pointing fingers and keeping us from moving forward.
Like a pot of gumbo with a few of the wrong ingredients, this current recipe needed changing.
Our community cannot afford to lose another two years to a self-described dysfunctional body. To be honest, the timeline is even longer if you consider how long it takes projects to come to fruition when tied to government entities. We need everyone to play nice and understand this is not a place for personal accomplishment.
These are positions of servitude to the public. We’ve a reputation to rebuild — one where mudslinging and taking cheap shots at others will not be acceptable. We need to get down to business — and fast.
Don’t get us wrong — passionate people will argue and disagree. Galveston still faces many difficult decisions. But at the end of the day, an agreement will be made, and the body of government will need to move forward without negative inferences or personal attacks.
So, when the dust settles, we want what is best for our community. Come to the office ready to serve the people’s business with the respect it deserves or stay home.