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Island deserves an independent mayor to run city - The Galveston County Daily News : Elections

October 22, 2014

Island deserves an independent mayor to run city

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Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 12:00 am

The Moodys and Kempners are working very hard this election to get a majority on the Galveston City Council. What they envision I don’t have a clue, but I hope it’s something good for Galveston. 

The ordinary Galvestonian has a vision too — one that’s nearly unanimous for streets, sewers and drainage to be upgraded and a town where tourism and the second home industry grows without damaging our local character and natural beauty.

We find comfort in having the old moneyed families with us, but it’s a great risk to go up against their interests.

In this election we have a woman running for mayor that is unencumbered with allegiances to our town’s aristocracy. Because she has exposed favoritism at city hall, she has received the moniker of disharmonious. Before voting for her, one should ask, can anyone so independent of Galveston’s insider political environment be effective? 

Frankly I doubt it. We might as well vote for Yarbrough. We deserve better, but we never seem to get it.

What a shame, though. What an opportunity lost not to have such an intelligent, fair-minded, hardworking, true public servant leading our city.