Two candidates for Galveston mayor — Don Mafrige and Elizabeth Beeton — filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in the 1st Court of Appeals, asking the court to force the city secretary to rule that Jim Yarbrough is ineligible to run for mayor. Mafrige and Beeton contend Yarbrough does not meet the requirements for residency as set out in the city charter.
There was a letter to the editor that discussed the qualities of Galveston’s ideal mayor (“The qualities needed for mayor,” Daily News, Feb. 24). Let’s look at the candidates:
Businessman and former Councilman Don Mafrige has consistently promoted economic development as a real estate developer and employer during the last four decades. In 1971, he founded the Galveston County Apartment Association.
Mafrige has served as the chairman of numerous Galveston committees and is the finance committee chairman. Mafrige retired as colonel after 30 years in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Former County Judge Jim Yarbrough coordinated county, state and federal agency efforts following Hurricane Ike. During his tenure, taxes and expenses were high but were cut by his successor leading to significant taxpayer savings.
Two additional issues warrant attention: his residency is in question and he lacks council experience. The former affects his candidacy, and the latter presents a problem when bringing cooperation to council.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Beeton served three terms on the City Council and is liked within her district. Beeton worked to preserve Galveston’s historic value and helped save Austin Middle School. She is a frequent contrarian and struggles to contribute toward building consensus within council. Would this approach work as mayor?
John Graham lives in Galveston.