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September 1, 2014

Candidate Profile: Greg Bridges

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Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:23 pm, Sat May 4, 2013.

Name: Greg Bridges

Age: 44

Occupation: Chemical Operator - Celanese

Campaign website or social media site: gjb01@hotmail.com

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

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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 would like voters to choose me because I am someone they can count on, someone they can believe in to always be honest and tell them what really is going on within City Hall.

Q: What are your specific qualifications for the position?

A: Throughout my life I have strived to always do the right thing and serve others. With my service to the Volunteer Fire Dept. and leadership skills during my time with Celanese (16 years) I have developed a talent for management. I have been assigned to supervision positions for a multitude of projects. I know what it takes to make tough decisions. I have worked with large budgets, scheduling of 100+ employees, maintaining governing requirements, all while monitoring and working with many types of personalities. I have also served in the Dickinson Volunteer Fire Department for 12 years. (candidate’s answer exceeded word limit)

Q: What are the issues in this campaign?

A: The issues of this campaign are for voters to realize what is happening in our city. It is time to have people in offices who will not take advantage of the system and who are working for the residents of Dickinson. I also believe there are issues with roads, housing and the financial future of our city.

The city is growing and in need of change. It is time Dickinson take advantage of the many opportunities available to it and it stop being taken advantage of.

Q: What is your platform on those issues?

A: My priorities are to bring our diverse community together by listening to the citizens input and helping to put those ideas into action.

I will ensure that the unifying traditions of the past will continue while making room to grow for a strong future. I stand to make this city the best, safest and cleanest, by working closely with city services, citizen programs and law enforcement. If elected, I promise to listen and facilitate for the citizens of Dickinson by using my experiences. The key roles I had in organizing projects for work, as well as volunteering for Little League and the Dickinson Volunteer Fire Dept. all reinforce my qualifications.

Q: How would you rate the management of the city administrator?

A: I have a few questions for the city administrator. Through discussions with residents of Dickinson they too have questions about the decisions that have been made and her performance; specifically with the implementation of the Economic Development Corp. As I look forward to working with the city administrator to gain a stronger idea of their management abilities and her future plans she has for Dickinson. I also feel it is imperative for an audit of the city finances be done, which she seems to not see necessary.

Q: How would you rate the city’s work on infrastructure improvements: Poor, fair, about right or excellent? And why?

A: Through the hard work of the Economic Development Corporation (DEDC), Dickinson has improved its infrastructure fairly well. There still is work to be done on our streets. While the DEDC provides economic incentives for future business; replacing infrastructure needs to be one of its priority and funding city activities should be second. The DEDC receives funding through local sales tax, so it would make sense for those funds to be used for the city’s basic physical systems first and foremost.

Q: What should Dickinson be doing to attract more business to the city?

A: DEDC includes a capable group of citizens working conscientiously to increase the business community of Dickinson. New businesses need to know the citizens will shop and be patrons; they need to know they will be successful. One idea is to possibly take a poll from the residents and ask what type of businesses they feel is needed. We need to take advantage of the growth in Texas City, being so close to Tanger Outlet, and League City with possibly building off of what is happening at FM 646 and I45.

Q: What should the city’s economic development priorities be?

A: The DEDC priorities should be to encourage business growth and to insure the vitality of the business tax base.

Q: County officials are considering asking the Festival of Lights to move to another park? Do you support that move? Why or why not and what would you do to address the request?

A: I do not support moving Festival of Lights (FOL). The FOL has been an essential part of Dickinson. It has only brought in a renewed sense of pride to the residents of Dickinson it brings in visitors. The leadership of the FOL works hard to create a beautiful display of Christmas lights and brings good spirit to our city. This represents Dickinson and should be commended and not disrupted.

Q: Should the city consider a charter election to change its form of government to a council-manager system? Why or why not?

A: At this time I feel there is no need for a change. There is nothing wrong with our form of government.

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: Having not served on city council I would prefer to spend more time reviewing the budget before making any adjustments. I do know it will be important for the city to live within its means.

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