I served on the council from May of 2011 to May of 2015. As a councilmember, I treated this positon as a full-time job. I studied every agenda item thoroughly, and I made decisions based on how it would affect all citizens of Killeen.
I have a clear understanding that Fort Hood is the economic engine that drives the Central Texas marketplace. I have a strong desire to continue to strengthen the economic power of Fort Hood. According to the *Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts; Fort Hood provides 44.5 billion dollars in economic impact to the State of Texas. Fort Hood also produces 3.6 billion dollars in payroll checks to Active Duty, Civilian, and Contract employees. I believe that it is of the utmost importance that the city council continue to build a strong relationship with the Department of Defense and persuade the leadership to continue to invest in the growth of Fort Hood. The facts stated above in bold clearly provides evidence that with out Fort Hood the size of Killeen shrinks.
One of the most important issues I hear as a speak to citizens is that they want to see more career opportunities that pay higher salaries in Killeen. I believe that the time as come for the City Council to get more directly involved with promoting the city of Killeen to outside investors and convince them to move their support and manufacturing facilities into our marketplace. We have a highly skilled workforce in Killeen that is ready to work. The Council’s direct involvement with economic development is critical; we need more specialized jobs introduced to our marketplace.
As your councilmember, I will fight hard and persuade the remaining council to follow my lead. The Council needs to form a unified front and demand that we get directly involved in economic development. I believe that it is the role of the City Council to be the voice of the city. I will strive to be our Killeen’s number one promoter.
I will continue to push for entertainment opportunities for our families by continuing to support investment in the parks and hike and bike trails. Once again, economic development comes into play. The council needs to sell our communities fiscal strength to organizations that cater to family entertainment.
Reduction of crime is a top priority for Killeen I believe this can be accomplished by communicating with our Police and Justice officials and search for a solution that includes a community policing policy and set the stage for a zero tolerance policy.
I am asking for your support and your vote on May 7, 2016. When you elect me to the city council, I will be your voice, and I will show no fear. Together we can slingshot our city into a positive direction that will lead everyone to greater economic freedom.
If you would like to speak with me, offer a suggestion that you believe will help the city grow or request a yard sign, please feel free to give me a call at (254) 289-2329 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.