I’ve asked a lot of my neighbors to describe their ideal city council representative, and certain words kept popping up: words like judgment, knowledgeable, and thoughtful, but the one that came up the most is responsive. It’s people’s No. 1 concern precisely because they feel it’s what’s missing.
They want someone who listens to them, solicits their input, works for their benefit, and most importantly, reports back to them. They want someone who does that all year long, not just during election season. People want a representative who cares more about their opinion than their vote.
So, this week I filed the paperwork to become a candidate for Galveston City Council District 3. Our district needs someone who will represent its people and its businesses first and foremost; someone willing to do the hard work to understand the tough issues; an independent who’s not an automatic yes vote for the powers-that-be and every big-money Houston developer who comes across the causeway.
Over the last two years, I have attended every Galveston City Council meeting and workshop, along with every Landmark Commission and Planning Commission meeting, because I care how the city is being run, and where our tax dollars are going, and I wanted to be prepared for the job.
But being a good city councilman is more than just showing up for meetings. It takes understanding the city charter, the law, zoning, and finance, all areas to which I’ve paid particular attention. We need a council that’s not afraid to make some tough choices, to keep taxes in check, and keep the focus on the island and its residents, and I’m ready and willing to lead that effort.
District 3 is Galveston’s most diverse council district, stretching from East Beach to Pelican Island. It has more than 8,000 residents, and over the next few months I’m going to try to talk to every one of them. I want to hear your concerns and your vision for Galveston’s future, and I want to take that vision to city hall.
Representative democracy can only flourish in the light of day. There are too many decisions being made behind closed doors at city hall, and that guarantees that those decisions are not being made with the best interests of the city in mind. This needs to change. Every decision must answer the question “How does this serve Galvestonians?” and it is city council’s job to make that happen.
The system only works when everyone has a voice. I challenge every citizen in District 3 to become a part of the process. Join me. Register, then vote on May 5.