Question: What is your Political Affiliation?
I am a completely independent candidate. I have no party affiliation. The Missouri City Mayoral race is a non-partisan election and should be maintained that way.
Question: What skills or experience do you have that make you uniquely qualified for this job?
I believe experience matters. In order to be a great Mayor, one must understand the evolving needs of neighborhoods, City Departments, First responders and businesses. having served on Missouri City Council as District C Councilmember for 6 years, I have earned the respect of many residents, city staff and business owners. Through my experiences on City council, HOA boards, City's Parks board and City Charter Review Commission, I have been able to experience and enhance the different entities that make up our City.
Having lived in two different metropolitan areas, and now raising a young family in Missouri City, I am also the most diverse and relatable Mayoral candidate for the working class residents of our City. I intend to be a visionary Mayor focused on: Building a strong local economy. Supporting responsible and responsive City Government. Working to UNITE our city in order to address a multitude of challenges our city faces in the future. Listening to the voice of the people versus self-interest or influencers. And letting Citizens decide on term limits for Mayor & Councilmembers.
Question: What are the top 2-3 issues facing the city, and what specific actions would you take to address them?
I am deeply concerned for the future of our city with the current divisiveness within our communities and City Hall, and recent negative media attention due to decisions made by current leaders. I would focus on a collaborative effort to unite our neighborhoods, restore morale in our government and be the voice of all residents regardless of race, religion or party affiliation. Currently there is lack of leadership and vision, and not all of City Hall is representative of leaders who share the common interest of majority of our residents. We need someone like myself who is accessible to all citizens, visible, honest, trustworthy and transparent. I would promote events throughout the city that bring us "TOGETHER" with all socioeconomic backgrounds, all voices, all generations, all sides of MCTX so that we fulfill our full potential and reaffirm findings of being of the most diverse and best places to live in America.
Question: How do you see the city's role in contributing to the growth & development of Fort Bend County?
Missouri City and Fort Bend County have traditionally worked collaboratively to bring growth and prosperity to the region. This should not end, but expand. The city's role should be of partnership, collaboration and facilitation. We should market our proximity to Downtown Houston, the Medical Center Area & The Port of Houston. With US90, Beltway 8, Fort Bend Tollway, and our redevelopment areas we have so much to offer. We are a key distribution hub for the County that should not be dismissed. We should work with the County in marketing our major corridors, while also connecting our citizens to the best, newest and emerging industries for the future of our city.
Question: How can voters be insured that you won't "talk up a good game" during election time, then fall into the norm once elected?
I had the pleasure of serving district C for 6 years on City Council from 2009 to 2015. During that election, one of the pressing issues and an on-going issue with District C were the streets & sidewalk repairs. I promised District C that if elected, I was going to take care of this issue. Upon entering City Council in 2009, the money allocated for sidewalk and street repairs was only $150K. With the help of the Entire City Council, I was able to raise that to $750K.
I was able to keep my promise and did fix sidewalks in several neighborhoods throughout District C. I know the amount is much higher today. I did not draw any opponents in 2011 and 2013. I won both of those election unopposed. In 6 years, I kept my promise and did what I said I was going to do. I can guarantee that several of the neighborhoods in District C can vouch for my actions vs talking up a good game to get elected. In this election, if given an opportunity to be your next Mayor, I promise to unite the entire City and take care of issues at large.
Question: How will you be different than past Mayors?
Having served on City Council with former Mayor Allen Owen, AND current Mayor Yolanda Ford, I have seen the qualities in both. While they both lead differently, I respect their vision and commitment to serve our community. I believe where I will different can be summed up by the word Collaboration. I will start with collaborating with each District Council Member. District Council Members are the voice of their constituents, they understand the needs & challenges and so the more closely we work the better we serve our community. Furthermore, we must also collaborate with other local governments in our region. Especially with Fort Bend County. It is critical that I as the leader of your City work closely with other leaders. By collaborating together w can find ways to fund projects, streets, drainage, etc. Together we can support each other during natural disasters and increase public safety during a pandemic.
Question: What is your vision for the future of Missouri City?
My vision is simple: "Together we can move Missouri City Forward". MCTX has previously witnessed tremendous growth and we want our City to remain as safe place to live, work and play. Based on many great economic development decisions of the past, we will begin to benefit in future years from their visionary leadership. Our leaders today must step up and be leaders who are accessible to all citizens, visible, honest, trustworthy and transparent. MCTX must come "TOGETHER" with all socioeconomic backgrounds, all voices, all generations and all sides of Missouri City so that we fulfill our full potential and reaffirm recent findings of being one of the most diverse and best places to live in America.
Question: How should Missouri City think about Economic Development & Growth?
We must move forward with the implementation plan for Economic Development and Redevelopment for our city immediately. We have a responsibility to position MCTX for the future by diversifying and strengthening our economy. In August 2018, MCTX completed our first ever Economic Development and Redevelopment plan. We must focus on accomplishing City Councils top 5 goals: Resources for Economic Development. Sienna Commercial District. Office Development. Commercial Warehouse/Distribution and Manufacturing space on on US90/Beltway. And redevelopment of Texas Parkway & Cartwright Road. We must identify opportunities versus alienating partners who can help us develop for the future while setting clear expectations.
Question: What is the biggest challenge facing Missouri City and how would you address it?
A lack of leadership & Vision! I am deeply concerned for the future of our city with the current divisiveness within our communities and CIty Call. COntinued property tax increases and recent negative media attention due to decisions made by current leaders.
There is a scripture that says "Where there is no vision, the people perish" I would focus on a collaborative effort to unite our neighborhoods, restore morale in our government and be the voice for all residents regardless of race, religion or party affiliation. I believe the saying "united we stand, divided we fall"
If true leadership does not come on December 12th we will not be able to content with the challenges we will face in the future.