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Candidate Profile: Matthew D. Wiggins, Jr.

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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 11:37 pm, Sat Apr 27, 2013.

Name: Matthew D. Wiggins, Jr.

Age: 62

Occupation: Owner and Operator of Bubba’s Shrimp Palace in San Leon and four Bed and Breakfast houses in Kemah. I am also the landlord of a number of restaurants in our area.

Campaign website or social media site: N/A

Elected offices held (with years of service):

2004-2006, Galveston County W.C.I.D. #12, President

2007-2009, City of Kemah, Councilman

2009-2011, City of Kemah, Mayor

Q: Are you a legal resident of the district you are seeking to represent?

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ADDRESS: 635 Oak Briar, Kemah

Q: Have you ever been charged or convicted of a felony crime? If you answer yes please explain.

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Q: Have you ever sued a public entity or been sued by one? If you answer yes, please explain.

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EXPLAIN: I have been involved in a number of disputed property tax cases over the years.

Q: Do you have any other debts (including unpaid taxes) to a public entity? If yes please explain.

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Q: Will you have your home phone number listed in the phone book or your mobile number listed for the public to contact you directly?

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Q: Why should voters choose you?

A: Vote Matt Wiggins for committed, conservative leadership. I have a conservative spending approach to everything and have never voted for a tax increase. I also have a history of doing what I say I’m going to do.

I want to redirect the City’s focus back to the residents and the Kemah Strategic Plan, adopted in 2009, that prioritizes streets and roads, drainage, police and parks and recreation.

I’ve been involved in Kemah since I was 5 years old and I love my town.

Q: What are your specific qualifications for the position?

A: EXPERIENCE: I’ve done it before and I know Kemah

In 1990, I was founding President of the Kemah Economic Development Corporation, now known as the Kemah Community Development Corporation. Over the years, I’ve had 6 different appointments to this Board.

In 2004, I was elected to the Water Board and appointed President. I also served as the founding President of the Emergency Services Board.

In 2006, I was elected to City Kemah Council.

In 2009, I began serving as Mayor. During this time, I conducted multiple town hall meetings to develop Kemah’s 5 Year Plan, and then implemented that plan.

EDUCATION: Degrees in Law and Accounting

Q: What are the issues in this campaign?

A:

Public Safety

Streets and Roads

Parking

Lack of Children’s Events

Focus on Big Business and not on Residents

Q: What is your platform on those issues?

A:

24/7 Neighborhood Police Patrols, which we’re not getting right now.

Reinstate Street and Road Program adopted in 2009.

No to the Parking Garage- the private sector can pay for it.

Bring back Parks and Recreation Programs for the young and old.

Q: If elected what would you do to foster a more civil tone in city politics and government?

A: I’ve never circulated false information about my opponent, but he has about me.

Q: Do you support the proposal to facilitate construction of a park and ride garage or lot in Kemah? Why or why not?

A: Not just no, but hell no. I am the only resident in Kemah that personally benefits from the Parking Garage and I don’t support it. That’s how bad an idea I think it is.

Q: What plans do you have or would support to address parking problems in the city, specifically in the Lighthouse District and busy weekends?

A: For $ 250,000, you can move the School House to another location and reconfigure that block and Harris Street to hold between 390 to 438 spaces, at a cost of $ 641.03 to $ 570.78 per space, not $ 40,569.12 per space under (the) $27,246,439 parking garage plan.

Q: What area of city spending would you want to see reduced and why? What area of city spending would you support increasing and why?

A: Reduce Administrative Costs. Kemah is a town of 1700 people and covers 2 square miles and we are the smallest town in Texas with a full time code enforcement official. We don’t need that big of an administrative budget.

Increase Funding for Parks and Recreation, Police and Streets and Roads.

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