Two candidates for Galveston mayor — Don Mafrige and Elizabeth Beeton — filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in the 1st Court of Appeals, asking the court to force the city secretary to rule that Jim Yarbrough is ineligible to run for mayor. Mafrige and Beeton contend Yarbrough does not meet the requirements for residency as set out in the city charter.
In the past two years, Galveston’s City Council had done a redundant job of dumb and dumber. Galveston was on the verge of receiving millions of dollars for our infrastructure from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Texas General Land Office. Despite warnings about losing this money, repeated delays have forced the Feds to reconsider future funding for Galveston if we endure another catastrophic storm.
Now we hear that Elizabeth Beeton and Don Mafrige are trying to eliminate Jim Yarbrough to keep from having a runoff in the mayoral election. Yarbrough has the most experience and would be best to lead as mayor, and their use of his homestead exemption to try and take him off the ballot is childish.
Yarbrough shows true leadership. As Yarbrough said, “You like the direction that Galveston is taking, then I’m not your man.”
Questioning his homestead is a cheap shot and only showing your real sides of competition. We need to elect Jim Yarbrough, who knows the laws and will be an excellent mayor. He will get agenda items done in manageable time, which our current administration did not do.
Joseph Conti lives in Galveston.