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July 31, 2014

Candidate Profile: Robin Stone Collins

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

Name: Robin Stone Collins

Age: 54

Occupation: President, Stone Studio Graphics / Adjunct Professor College of Mainland / Acrylic Artist

Campaign website or social media site: none at present

Elected offices held (with years of service): 2009 – 2012 Kemah City Council, Mayor Pro Tem and Kemah representative to HGAC (Houston Galveston Area Council)

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

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ADDRESS: 1441 Bayshore Drive, Kemah, Texas 77565

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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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: I intend to implement a process for reducing, or potentially eliminating city taxes – if Clear Lake Shores can accomplish this - I am confident Kemah can as well.

I am opposed to the park and ride facility that the present administration wants to build in Kemah.

Q: What are your specific qualifications for the position?

A: I have owned and operated a business for over 20 years and been very active in Kemah and our local community. I feel I have a comprehensive, first-hand knowledge of how the community feels. I love my town and have served on Kemah City Council and as Mayor Pro Tem and held the position of Kemah representative to the Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC). I am committed to listening to All of our residents and voting for their representation.

Q: What are the issues in this campaign?

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Promote Balance of Resident and Commercial Priorities

Eliminate City Property Taxes

Ensure Family and Community First

Stop Bureaucratic Waste and Subsidizing Big Business Interests

Q: What is your platform on those issues?

A: Balancing our hometown feel for residents and providing a quality experience for the millions of tourists who visit Kemah every year.

Clear Lake Shores has accomplished this and I think we can do the same here in Kemah. Eliminating city taxes for our residents would be my priority.

I would like to see some of the small town amenities our residents enjoyed in the past be reinstated – summer swim lessons, dance lessons, Harvest Fest, etc. in order to engage our residents and improve the quality of life environment.

I am not in favor of the $24 million Park and Ride facility. This should be a city-funded project.

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

A: Listen ALL the time to everyone who has insight into ways we can improve our city. I do not believe in running as a slate of candidates. I believe each candidate should stand alone – on his or her own issues. The present administration created the running as a “slate” of candidates a couple of elections ago. And, unfortunately if forces those whom are NOT on their slate to automatically become the “other” slate. I encourage each voter to access all candidates, including me, as their own individual – not tethered to any other candidates with hidden agendas. I promise to vote my heart and mind based on the information I obtain.

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

A: No. I think this project will exceed the traditional 30% budget overrun and generate 30% lower income than projected. In the end it will be US – the citizens funding the shortfall in the form of increased taxes.

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: I intend to further explore some of the solutions under advisement at present – satellite parking and bussing visitors in, partnership opportunities with the Boardwalk to accommodate heavy traffic during Spring Break, July 4th and key festival weekend, etc.

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: Support redirecting city revenue back to residents and away from parking garage and shuttle busses. These should be paid for by the private sector.

Support a limited government approach, where City works with and relies more on community organizations and volunteers for organizing city events and utilize less staff time

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