I have been in leadership roles across a broad spectrum of life experiences and have had the blessing of success at every level.
I have led multimillion dollar companies, both public and private, and enjoy the pleasure that comes from working with others to achieve a common goal.
Since being elected in 2010, I have worked hard to represent the good people of district 5 and have invested substantial effort into learning more about how our city works. In addition, I have always considered myself as a representative of every citizen of Longview, not just a district or a group. I strive to serve everyone in our city, having served as liaison to Development Services, Parks and Rec, the Arts Council and recently to the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee.
So being Longview mayor, leading the council, would be a role that comes naturally to me.
I would like to see Longview take the Leadership role in our county, our region, even at the state level so that the dreams we have for our families, our businesses and organizations, and ourselves can be realized.
That takes a bold, visionary leadership and I am eager to take that role to lead our city.
It means galvanizing every asset the city has in order to enhance the rich vitality of our city and the surrounding communities that so depend upon us.
I envision a new day of collaboration among the leaders of our community including private business owners, large land owners, LEDCO, the Chamber of Commerce, our county leadership, the leadership of surrounding cities and counties, and anyone else who wants to get on board this train. As Ronald Reagan said “You can accomplish anything if you do not care who gets the credit”.
I am all about getting the job done without hungering for recognition. I want the best for our city, regardless of whose idea it is.
The next mayor and council have a unique opportunity to create the future we all envision. We have spent the last 18 months and a great deal of time and money developing our road map to the future. It is called the Longview Comprehensive Plan. I have been intimately involved in the development of this plan, working closely with many of your fellow citizens and city leadership. It is imperative that we start the plan immediately.
If we dream it and are willing to work together, we can realize that dream.
If we, as a community, lead regionally and grow our economy, then we will create the opportunities we desire.
First and foremost, opportunity means jobs. We need to remember that as we implement our plans for the future. We need to make Longview the most business-friendly community in Texas. We have made progress in recent years and, as your mayor, I would push even harder to have Longview be known for its attractive business environment.
In addition to growing jobs, we have the opportunity to keep those people here and even entice our children and other young people to choose Longview to raise their families. The number one reason someone stays in a community is quality of life. Our comprehensive plan targets our parks and trails systems as one of the ways we can realize this opportunity.
So, let’s complete the trails system’s master plan. Let’s finish Lear park, let’s create bike lanes on our streets and make Longview a truly “walkable” city. Let’s make Longview one of those cities we have all visited where people go back home saying to themselves, “I could live there!”.
Let’s do it for our kids. Let’s do it for ourselves!