The endorsement of Jim Yarbrough by The Galveston County Daily News was a foregone conclusion when Yarbrough first announced for mayor, before any other candidate had yet entered the field.
Patrick Graham, then-publisher of The Daily News, anointed Yarbrough in an editorial. The actual endorsement, which came later, surprisingly contradicted Heber Taylor’s previous editorial two years ago which premise was that Jim Yarbrough’s conflicts of interest should prevent him from being considered for the then-vacant city manager’s position. Today, Mr. Yarbrough has the same conflicts of interest but apparently these blatant conflicts were not considered by the newspaper in endorsing Yarbrough.
Also overlooked was Taylor’s editorial that the City Council should keep its promise to reduce the city’s tax rate to pre-Hurricane Ike levels. Mr. Yarbrough’s tax-and-spend policies do not bode well for lowering the city’s tax rate. It should come as no surprise that the current mayor, Lewis Rosen, who has failed to honor that promise, is supporting Yarbrough financially, socially and even by physically campaigning. All the while Mr. Yarbrough professes, “If you like the way it is at City Hall, don’t vote for me,” yet his allegiances tell a different story.
When endorsing a candidate for mayor, The Daily News surely took into consideration the track record of business success; if you have failed or declared bankruptcy, have you attained a higher standard to run our city? Surely, a candidate such as Mr. Yarbrough, who has not served on any city committees or boards, would not be more favorably looked upon by The Galveston County Daily News than candidates who have served for years as volunteers on city boards and committees?
Surely, The Daily News would not endorse a candidate who sits on the board of a large corporation and bank that does business with the city and has conflicts of interest, as opposed to candidates who are independent that will represent the citizens of Galveston rather than special interest groups?
I am running for mayor to change the status quo. My independent vision for Galveston mirrors yours, a better Galveston.
Don Mafrige is a candidate for mayor in Galveston.