WHY AM I HERE
In order to explain to you why I am here, I explained WHO I am for context. I am your City Councilman because I want to make a difference in Bedford and in H.E.B. I’m not interested in the personal accolades, accomplishments, or titles. I am only interested in challenging each one of us to think bigger and to focus on the needs of everyone in our City. Now is a great time for us to take on these challenges. I believe that Bedford is capable of big things. The foundation already exists for us to go forward. I believe in you. I believe in us.
This is a unique moment in time for the City of Bedford. As we look out on the horizon, it is clear that there are a number of challenges that must be addressed now. We must be distinctly aware of the fact if we are not moving forward, we are moving backward.
The landscape is changing all around us.
We live in an area that is booming right now. All of our neighboring cities are experiencing economic growth. Some of them are seeing dramatic growth. Our neighbors are also investing in their infrastructure and investing in repairing or replacing aged City facilities. They are addressing Quality of Life concerns.
We are falling behind and will lose the race to attract the right future residents and right future businesses to our City because of our aged facilities. When I say the “right” residents, I am talking about high earning individuals and families that will spend their disposable income at home and open businesses in our City. When people invest in their homes and in the businesses, the entire community benefits.
Expectations, Culture, Dynamics
Also, we are living in different times. Now more than ever, there has been a shift in expectations. We live in a world where people expect high quality goods at discount prices. The same can be said for City services. We should have an understanding of this shift and continue to enable our City employees to make Customer Service their priority.
We should also recognize that people’s needs have changed. The City has adjusted to some of these changes through its Emergency Services and Public Safety services. As our demographics continue to shift, this may result in unexpected consequences affecting how we service and how we assist residents in the future.
I am proud to have served as your City Councilman in Place 1 from 2012 to 2015. My peers on the Council selected me to be your Mayor Pro-Tem from 2014 to 2015. There were a number of accomplishments that our Council made during my term that still have a lasting impact today. It was an invaluable experience to be a voice in the room and to influence the direction of those decisions.
Fast forward to today. Recently, when there was a need to replace a vacant Council seat, the Mayor and City Council asked me to return and complete the remainder of the term in Place 4. The Council cited my experience and previous contributions to the City as the reason why I was the most qualified individual to fill this seat. It has been my honor to return.
Because of my experience as your Councilman, I have a unique understanding of the issues that face us both today and tomorrow. I know what it takes to maintain City services and know the people and the factors that will be a part of taking on these challenges. My experience has taught me to build consensus within the community and among the Council at large. There is also a need to understand what is and isn’t possible. This means what the City can and cannot do in order to conduct business.
As a businessman I know what it is like hiring and firing people. I have experienced the challenge of making a payroll and also understand the never-ending struggle to develop and grow revenue and keep expenses in check. I know the dangers of not focusing on the needs of the customer. And, I understand that it is necessary to invest in your business in order to assure sustainability for the long term.
Thanks to all these experiences above, I’ve had the opportunity to form a Vision for what Bedford is capable of accomplishing in the future. Without a vision, how do we know where we are heading?