I have the greatest respect for Tarris Woods. He has dedicated his life to instilling pride and hope to the downtrodden and motivating young people to seek higher goals in life. Woods has taken stands that were unpopular with the powers that be and steadfastly held his position, never compromising the principle involved.

As a member of the city’s park board he fought for a state of the art recreation center at Wright Cuney Park and he was instrumental in renaming Menard Park to the McGuire Dent Recreation Center.

In 2010 Woods personally finance a lawsuit against the county on behalf of several citizens claiming that their right to vote had been denied. As a member of Galveston City Council, Woods fought for the creation of a Civilian Police Review Board. He secured $150,000 to build a park in the name of the first black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson.

More importantly, he stood with us after Hurricane Ike hit the island. His principles and courage to continue speaking up for the voiceless are attributes that make for a top-notch representative.

Woods is the voice for District 1.

Lanell Phillips lives in Galveston.

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