The Galveston City Council on Thursday is set to vote on some changes to its board appointments, and at least one of the planned proposals might have implications in next year’s mayoral election.
Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough on Monday announced he was done serving as the council’s representative on the Galveston Wharves Board of Trustees, which governs the Port of Galveston.
Yarbrough expected District 2 City Councilman Craig Brown would be appointed in his place place at Thursday’s council meeting, he said.
Yarbrough could continue serving on the wharves board until his mayoral term is up next May. But Yarbrough said he was stepping down to help Brown, who already has announced he’s running for mayor, to bone up on port issues.
“Dr. Brown is running for mayor, we don’t know if he’ll win or not and we don’t know if he’ll serve on this board if he does win,” Yarbrough said. “But I think it’s important that the mayor does have a good feel for port operations and what the port means for the city. This will give him eight or nine months to do that.”
One of Brown’s announced opponents in the race, Roger “Bo” Quiroga, is intimately familiar with the port. Quiroga worked as an executive at the port from 2010 until 2018.
Yarbrough has served three terms as mayor and cannot run for reelection.
Brown is the council representative on the Galveston Park Board of Trustees. He’s served on that board for his five years as a city council member, and before that was the chairman of the park board.
Galveston’s mayoral and city council elections will be held May 2, 2020. The entire city council will be up for reelection.
The council will next meet at 1:15 p.m. Thursday.
WEBER BLASTS BORDER BILL
U.S. Rep. Randy Weber is not a fan of the supplemental budget bill the House of Representatives passed Tuesday evening, saying the bill did not go far enough to fund immigration initiatives favored by the White House.
The house Tuesday passed a $4.5 billion supplemental funding bill that provides money for food and supplies and that aimed to create better housing options for unaccompanied children at the border.
Most Republicans, including Weber, criticized the bill because it didn’t fulfill a White House request to beef up funding for U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
“What this bill does do is provide additional incentives to entice more illegal immigration,” Weber said.
Weber voted against the bill.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate, where Republicans have the majority, passed its own version of the spending bill that more closely aligns with the White House’s proposals.
A clock is ticking on whether the House and Senate can compromise on a bill that will be approved by President Donald Trump. The House of Representatives is set to recess for the July 4 holiday after Thursday, and won’t be back at work until July 9.
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