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.
A couple of candidates for mayor are promising us blue skies ahead, but all we voters are seeing is a lot of fog. Instead of determining priorities, organizing city government and having well-defined goals and measures of success for them, we’re getting platitudes of “improving morale at city hall,” pursuing “economic development” and “making city government more accountable.” They don’t tell us how this will be accomplished.
Elizabeth Beeton has a different approach, one that offers a tangible path to success:
• Thoroughly research an issue and include the input of all stakeholders in an impartial fashion.
• Determine a solution that can realistically be achieved given current resources in government.
• Determine and measure accountability by effectiveness, timeliness and fiscal prudence during the process.
Tough community issues cannot be solved by campaign promises that throw platitudes at problems and hope they’ll work. Galveston and America need politicians who treat voters as adults. Citizens have a right to all the facts, true transparency and government business conducted in the open, not in backrooms.
Elizabeth Beeton is the one candidate who speaks frankly on the issues, actively looks for the best solutions and invites all citizens to actively participate without favoritism.
Wendy Clayton lives in Galveston.