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4/18/2017: Meet the Candidates
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Final CAndidate STatement
My name is Jessie G. Campbell, and I am respectively asking for your consideration to serve as your City Councilmember for Ward B.
Throughout this campaign, I have said that people put their money in causes and issues they support and they give their time to causes and issues that are important to them. The same is true for businesses, non-profits, community organizations, and governments.
For me, my top three priorities for the City of Katy are:
1. Become More Transparency and Make Information More Available. Katy citizens have a right to know what is going on in their city. I will work towards making it easier for Katy citizens to find that information by updating the website, adding more information to it, and making it easier for the citizens to have a conversation with its leaders.
2. Support the Historic Heart of Katy, including its Small Businesses. The City should support its small businesses throughout its city limits, but particularly in historic downtown Katy while the construction is being completed with better temporary sidewalks and better access to parking. The City should honor its historical heritage, while preserving its historical buildings and making sure that new buildings keep a similar appearance. Finally, I will work on a plan to better support local tourism.
3. Make a Plan to Keep Katy Moving Forward as We Grow. The City is growing – with the residential developments, it will add about 2400 homes, growing the number of homes in the City by nearly 50%. The economic development is growing more immediately with Amazon and long-term with the Boardwalk Project, along with local tourism. We simply need a roadmap – a strategic plan – to know where we are going and to plan for it. With a plan in place, we will know when and where we will need to invest in public services, flood management, infrastructure, and traffic management.
As a citizen, these are the issues that mattered to me. Based on where the current City Council members have spent the City’s money and their time, it had become clear that they had different priorities:
1. The City is currently not transparent, and it has not taken any major steps to become more transparent. The website is outdated with incomplete information that is difficult to find. There was even a time when the City stopped posting the minutes on its website for several months.
2. When the downtown construction began, they broke ground on all the streets at once, rather than in street phases as originally planned. While the project is important and necessary with a lot of local business support, the new plan was implemented without taking into consideration the impact the change would have on the businesses – the temporary sidewalks are inadequate and unsafe, the remaining roads are difficult to drive, and parking is not clearly available. The City is not responsible to ensure a business’ success; but it certainly should not make it more difficult or near impossible to succeed.
3. The City simply does not have a plan for its needs as it grows. This is clear by how long it has taken for them to take steps for public safety. Even now, it does not prioritize a strategic plan.
I am not a person who pretends to be something I am not. I will always tell you when I don’t know the answer, and I will always answer your questions honestly. I think and question before I act, and then I hope I have done enough to make the right decision. I’d like to think that more often than not, I have made good decisions.
These decisions that affect our daily lives in the City are not easy ones. They require a lot of work to find the correct information, asking the right questions, and doing one’s best to look around corners. I do not give fault to anyone and the work they have done so far. For me, it is truly a matter of priorities and where one spends the money and their time.
If your priorities for the City are the same as mine, I humbly ask you for your support and your vote.
Paid for by the Jessie G. Campbell for Katy City Council, Ward B Campaign; James Wroblewski, Treasurer; 2634 Village Oak Dr., Katy, TX 77493
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