Jim Yarbrough has a solid background of community service, dedication and integrity. He also has a lot of common sense, which is in rather short supply among public servants these days.
Jim Yarbrough gets my vote for mayor.
Electing Elizabeth Beeton as mayor would be the worst of a series of misfortunes that have befallen this city. Shortly before Ike hit, some hotel owners were trying to build a new site at 61st Street and Broadway. The project was held up for months because Beeton and one of her taste police sidekicks insisted on seeing the “artist’s conception” of the hotel. A photograph of an identical unit just would not do. After months of delay and thousands of dollars of expense, the Candlewood Inn was finally opened in the nick of time to provide 300 or so much needed rooms after Ike.
If Galveston is concerned about its image, Don Mafrige would be a bigger misfortune than Beeton, if possible. Some years ago, Mafridge “distinguished” himself by uttering a childish, bigoted and homophobic slur against a respected community leader. Mafridge has the potential to be the most abrasive, abusive and ineffective mayor we’ve ever had — and that’s saying something.
Mark W. Stevens