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  • Joseph Koza Joseph Koza

    Campaign Website: N/A

    Campaign Facebook: @josephkoza4pearland

    Campaign Email: votekoza@gmail.com

    Campaign Telephone: 281-485-1462, ext. 234

                  

    1. What was the most important factor that influenced your decision to run for Pearland City Council?
      The City Council was taking us in the wrong direction on Water Billing, Drainage Utility Fee and the Protection of our Neighborhoods.

    1. What is your ideal vision for the future of economic development in Pearland?
      First, we must make the City of Pearland a customer centric entity that helps not hinders commercial development.Once we have a staff that works with businesses to develop property, then we can begin to have economic development.Currently, the roadblocks that are thrown up are unacceptable.I have heard to many times from too many businesses in and from outside Pearland that Pearland is a hard place to build and develop.The culture needs to change to facilitate development and growth.

    1. The City of Pearland is currently looking at a drainage and infrastructure bond. Based on the current information available, would you support a call for a bond vote and why/why not?
      I am not in favor of a Drainage Utility Fee.I am however in support of the city identifying the drainage issues in Pearland, assigning a cost to fix the problems, and putting a bond package to the voters of Pearland to decide.This gives the citizens a voice in the decision on how to handle the drainage issues.

    1. Over the coming years, TxDOT plans a major expansion of FM 518 Broadway from 288 to Walnut. This project will impact businesses in the corridor. How do you plan to work with TxDOT and City Staff to ensure that businesses do not have an unnecessary burden on their operations?
      I have already spoken with businesses along the 518 corridor about the impacts this will have.It is important that the city and TxDOT works with the businesses along this corridor to minimize the impacts through the design process and while under construction.It is never pleasant to have construction in or around you. While the process isn’t pleasant, we need to be respectful of the impacts to businesses along this corridor to help it be the best experience it can be.I was involved with the construction process when Pearland redid Linwood/Orange/Old Alvin drainage and roads.My suggestion to have a community liaison from the neighborhood was accepted to be able to have a 2 way communicate between the citizens, city, and construction company to make the process a success.It helped immensely and made the process easier for all involved.

    1. How do you define pro-active engagement with the business community and how do you plan to achieve this engagement?  
      As a council member it is important to have communications with the Chamber of Commerce and actual businesses in Pearland that the council serves.This communication will keep the business community and city on the same page and working together for a common goal.

    1. What opportunities do you see for Pearland to work with other cities and counties for regional solutions?
      The biggest opportunity would be in regional drainage and detention.I feel that Pearland does a good job right now but there is always room for improvement.

    1. Pearland City Council recently adopted six strategic priorities. How do these priorities align with your personal vision and which of the priorities is top for you?
      I align with the six strategic priorities.I feel that a safe community and strong economy go hand in hand to build on the other 4.

    1. What is the biggest infrastructure gap facing Pearland?
      Our biggest infrastructure gap will be in roads and drainage.As the city ages we will see parts of the city that will need attention.

    1. What is the biggest concern you have heard from businesses and how do you plan to address these concerns?
      The biggest concerns I hear from businesses is dealing with the city when it comes to building in Pearland.I have been told by many business owners that Pearland is unfriendly to the business community and that they would rather develop other cities than deal with Pearland.We need to have a customer centric model that has city staff and employees that care and help with this process.

    1. What do you think has been our City’s greatest accomplishment within the past 10 years?
      Getting a state-of-the-art Library built.

    1. What makes you the ideal candidate for the City Council position?
      An independent thinker that can work with others to find common ground for the betterment of the city.

    1. What do you believe is the biggest threat Pearland faces, and how would you address the issue if elected?
      Cutting the tax rate for a sound bite. Council should be more responsible and not cut the tax rate only to turn around and increase water rates by 5% and add a Drainage Utility Fee.

    1. Each candidate also gets 300 words to provide a bio.

      “A commonsense approach to government”

      FULLY INVESTED IN PEARLAND

      I am a lifelong resident of Pearland for 51 years.  I was educated through Pearland ISD until I graduated from Pearland High School.  After High School, I attended and graduated from the University of Houston Bauer School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing.  Shortly after graduating from the University of Houston, I bought my home where my wife and I have lived for 32 years and raised our 2 children.  Both children attended St. Helen’s Catholic School and transitioned into Pearland ISD eventually graduating from Pearland High School.  I am self-employed working at a family-owned business, Koza’s Inc., established in 1965 in Pearland. 


      I have shared this information with you to show that I am fully invested in our community that we call Pearland.  From a lifelong resident to homeowner and business owner in Pearland, I understand Pearland and deeply care about what goes on in Pearland. 

    Luke Orlando Luke Orlando

    Campaign Website: VoteForLuke.Com

    Campaign Facebook: www.facebook.com/LukeOrlando

    Campaign Email: lukecorlando@yahoo.com

    Campaign Telephone: 832-428-2229

                  

    1. What was the most important factor that influenced your decision to run for Pearland City Council?
      Growing up here shaped who I am today and instilled in me the importance of a close community. From the Little League World Series run by my family to pandemics and ice storms, this city rallies together in good times and in bad. Our tremendous growth has brought bigger opportunities but also bigger challenges than ever before. I have deep roots in Pearland, a vision for the future, and a proven track record while on council, but we have so much more left to do and I’m committed to finishing all the great work we’ve started.

    1. What is your ideal vision for the future of economic development in Pearland?
      I have a two-pronged approach to economic development in Pearland:

    a. Supporting Existing Businesses: We have to support the businesses and entrepreneurs that currently call Pearland home. Too often economic development is only about attracting new businesses and forgets about those that got us to where we are today. I worked to create the Pearland Entrepreneurship Hub, launch a one-stop “virtual front door” to streamline permitting, provide over $1 million in COVID business recovery grants, and made supporting small business a top strategic initiative – let’s build on this momentum to make Pearland a truly great place to do business.

    b. Promoting Value-Dense Development: Fundamentally, most city discussions come down to a simple formula.

    Asset Value * Tax Rate = Money for Services

    So if we need more resources, we only have three levers: raising taxes, cutting services, or increasing economic value in Pearland. I hate tax increases and don’t want to gut city services (which are mostly public safety) so I strongly prefer responsible ways to increase value. Other communities with more commercial and industrial development are able to fund additional services with a tax rate half that of Pearland. My vision is a city that focuses on maximizing its quality of life to be able to attract and retain high-value businesses. Continuing our efforts to recruit smart, value-dense development will allow us to reduce the tax rate on homeowners and existing businesses, provide high-paying job opportunities, and create more things to do in Pearland.

    1. The City of Pearland is currently looking at a drainage and infrastructure bond. Based on the current information available, would you support a call for a bond vote and why/why not?
      Drainage is a tremendous problem in our community - not just during hurricanes but even during hourlong downpours that still bring water close to some front doors. For the first time, almost everyone seems to be on the same page that major action is needed. What remains is how we pay for that action.

      I listened intently to many Chamber members and Chamber leadership about this and was proud to broker the deal to axe the stormwater fee and create a committee of residents and businesses to conduct a drainage bond study and identify the projects that should go out to voters for approval. That committee is already meeting and I absolutely believe that voters should be able to decide on the proposal that they put together.

    1. Over the coming years, TxDOT plans a major expansion of FM 518 Broadway from 288 to Walnut. This project will impact businesses in the corridor. How do you plan to work with TxDOT and City Staff to ensure that businesses do not have an unnecessary burden on their operations?
      We have to be committed to doing a lot of communication and advocating for as little disruption as possible. Over the course of the planning process, I will ensure that the business community is proactively engaged for potential impacts. There will be choices made that will affect how much land is required and how much businesses are impacted – and we should make sure those choices are made collaboratively with our local businesses.

    1. How do you define pro-active engagement with the business community and how do you plan to achieve this engagement?
      I believe engagement with our business community is critical, as shown by two recent examples:

      Drainage Funding – When Chamber members and leadership called with their concerns about a stormwater fee, I listened. Taking those concerns into account, I negotiated axing the fee and instead advancing a bond committee with significant Chamber representation to come up with a proposal for voters to decide.

      Housing Development on 35 – The Chamber knows that if Pearland is to be successful, Pearland must be open for business. That’s why they shared their concerns about turning 20% of all remaining Heavy Industrial land into a subdivision on Highway 35, which would permanently harm our ability to bring in more value to the city and reduce tax rates on existing homeowners and businesses. This was not an easy vote to take – but I stood with the Chamber and our business community to oppose this development, which unfortunately succeeded 4 to 3 with the mayor’s tiebreaking vote.

      I proactively seek out guidance from our business community and my door is always open to anyone in our Chamber who needs my assistance.

    1. What opportunities do you see for Pearland to work with other cities and counties for regional solutions?
      Pearland should continue to be proactive about seeking out collaborative solutions with our neighbors – particularly Alvin and Manvel, who are seeing the same tremendous growth that we experienced over the last two decades. Whether its on water infrastructure, animal services, or drainage, it is key for our councilmembers and city staff to build relationships with their counterparts in these cities to take advantage of economies of scale and partner wherever possible to save money or improve outcomes.


       
    2. Pearland City Council recently adopted six strategic priorities. How do these priorities align with your personal vision and which of the priorities is top for you?
      I’ve been a vocal advocate for greater strategic planning and was excited to participate in a recent workshop to refine our priorities and create actionable strategic initiatives that align with these priorities. I think most would agree that Trusted Government, Strong Economy, Safe Community, Sustainable Infrastructure, Resilient Finances, and Welcoming Community should all be top priorities for Pearland but might disagree on the initiatives for the future. For the long-term success of the city, I believe we must ensure Pearland remains an attractive community of choice by promoting a high quality of life, more regional amenities, and high-value economic development that will generate both tremendous opportunity for Pearland residents and the financial resources to fund all other priorities.

    1. What is the biggest infrastructure gap facing Pearland?
      When I came into office, I was alarmed that we did not have a plan in place to track and maintain our infrastructure and other city assets. Every year, we are underfunding street and sidewalk repairs alone by roughly $6 million – and the story is similar for our pipes, vehicles, buildings, and other assets.

      That’s why I’ve been proud to champion the development of a comprehensive capital asset financial plan to identify all the city’s maintenance obligations, determine the resources needed to support them, and then implement a disciplined program to proactively set aside the dollars needed. We have made great progress in laying the foundation for this system, but it’s critical that I am reelected to finish the job and secure the solvency of Pearland’s infrastructure for the next generation.

    1. What is the biggest concern you have heard from businesses and how do you plan to address these concerns?
      For years, Pearland has had the reputation that it is difficult to do business here. Fortunately, I have felt a shift in that mindset in recent years. But we must double down our commitment to prioritize small business support/simplifying the permitting process along with the other measures previously discussed to promote a strong business climate in Pearland.

    1. What do you think has been our City’s greatest accomplishment within the past 10 years?
      Pearland has many accomplishments to be proud of in recent years, but I think a valuable example is the success of the Lower Kirby District. With that development, Pearland took a nearly empty part of the city and turned it into an economic powerhouse worth over a billion dollars. That scale of development allows us to reduce the tax rate for other businesses and homeowners, brings dynamic companies and strong local career opportunities, and infuses incredible new talent, ideas, and vitality into our city. Those are the type of forward-looking investments we need to make for Pearland’s long-term prosperity.

       
    2. What makes you the ideal candidate for the City Council position?
      ​I am the ideal candidate because of three things:
    • A deep love for and connection to the city I grew up in;
    • A proven record of accomplishments at City Hall; and
    • A vision for making Pearland thrive for generations to come

      I’m not running because anyone asked me to or because of any particular issue. I’m running because I want to make sure Pearland’s best days are ahead of it and know that my experience and record of success on the council make me the best person in this race to achieve that.
    1. What do you believe is the biggest threat Pearland faces, and how would you address the issue if elected?
      After decades of massive growth, Pearland is maturing and must make a choice: stagnation and decline or adapting to make our city a community of choice for generations to come. To keep Pearland moving forward, we have to enhance quality of life and recreation opportunities; get our debt and maintenance obligations, such as streets, sidewalks, etc., under control; and promote smart economic development that shifts the tax burden off homeowners.

    1. Each candidate also gets 300 words to provide a bio.
      Luke Orlando grew up in Pearland and has a lifetime of service and connection to the community. His family’s involvement in St. Helen Catholic Church, Pearland Little League, the YMCA, and the Chamber goes back decades. In high school, Luke worked in Congressman Pete Olson’s District Office and in college, he studied Finance and Government at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was active in several business organizations and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. From 2013 to 2015, he served on Representative Ed Thompson’s staff at the Texas Capitol. After graduating, Luke has worked at a management consulting firm where he uses data-driven strategy to help companies across a wide range of industries solve complex business problems. In 2019, he was elected to Pearland City Council and has been a fierce advocate for promoting economic development, easing the burdens on small businesses and homeowners, and keeping Pearland safe. His parents, Mike and Sara, and siblings, Jake and Sadie, all reside in Pearland as well. His history of involvement includes:
    • Pearland City Councilman, Position 1
    • Board Member, Pearland Neighborhood Center
    • R.I.S.E. Mentor with Pearland ISD
    • Mentor with Big Brothers, Big Sisters
    • Member of the Knights of Columbus
    • Member of the Pearland Lion’s Club
    • Parishioner at St. Helen’s Catholic Church
    • Personal finance instructor for Brazoria County Junior Achievement at Turner High School
    • Member of Pearland Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association
    • Board Member of the Pearland Prosperity Steering Committee

     


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  • Zach Boyer Zach Boyer

    Campaign Website: Boyer4pearland.com

    Campaign Facebook: Zach Boyer for Pearland City Council

    Campaign Email: ZachBoyer@boyer4pearland.com

    Campaign Telephone: (832)377-9294

                  

    1. What was the most important factor that influenced your decision to run for Pearland City Council?
      After so many family friends were leaving Pearland, I inquired as to why they were leaving. Upon discussions with them, they said they were leaving due to our tax burden, finding affordable housing, and water billing issues.  These are the decisions our city council has to face, and those decisions affect our current and future neighbors. That is when I decided to run for and announced my candidacy for Pearland city council to be a proactive councilman, not a reactive councilman. Its time for a new face and vision.

    1. What is your ideal vision for the future of economic development in Pearland?
      Texas continues to see an increase in fortune 500 companies fleeing states with higher taxes, fees, and strong regulations. We will see an increase in industrial and large commercial companies moving in. The vision should be to continue the designing and planning of lower Kirby to boom into an industrial community created by the developers eventually.

    1. The City of Pearland is currently looking at a drainage and infrastructure bond. Based on the current information available, would you support a call for a bond vote and why/why not?
      We have heard about the bond and fee programs, and both bring their pros and cons. I would rather see a bond program set in place. The bond program establishes several things about what it will fund and time completion. The fee program will create an everlasting fund for infrastructure and drainage. The cons of the fee program are that businesses will have to pay an extremely high fee after they have already invested in the infrastructure and drainage. Residents who already live in a MUD (Municipal Utility District) have an additional burden through their MUD and Drainage tax through the county. Residents who do not live in a MUD will have the county drainage and the fee. The bond vote is the only plan that works best for all residents.

    1. Over the coming years, TxDOT plans a major expansion of FM 518 Broadway from 288 to Walnut. This project will impact businesses in the corridor. How do you plan to work with TxDOT and City Staff to ensure that businesses do not have an unnecessary burden on their operations?
      No doubt that the expansion of FM 518 is an excellent opportunity for us to improve traffic mobility. However, when I look at the opportunity cost of the increased width of the shared lanes, we would be doing more harm than good. FM 518 would be at the front door of several businesses, taking up their parking, removing future revenue from companies, and Texas not offering an above fair market value to these businesses after the grab of eminent domain.
      I don’t see the benefit of another expansion of 518 due to our recent improvements of McHard, Magnolia, and Bailey road. TXDOT should be working on more north and south opportunities.
      I look forward to working with TXDOT and our state legislators to bring our concerns to their attention and continue putting businesses and residents first.

    1. How do you define pro-active engagement with the business community and how do you plan to achieve this engagement?
      Pearland has made strides toward becoming a business-friendly community. From implementing an online permitting portal, reviewing and approving permits, and creating a place for future business owners to get the answers they need to start their business.
      The Pearland Economic Development Corporation (PEDC) performed a survey in 2021 and found that 92% of business owners felt that Pearland is a great place to live, work, and operate a business. That's because of being proactive in the business community. We have to continue bringing the Pearland Chamber, PEDC, Visitors Bureau, the Entrepreneurship Hub, and business owners to the table for discussions. And by bringing these entities to the table will continue building the path to a stronger relationship and the future for our businesses.

    1. What opportunities do you see for Pearland to work with other cities and counties for regional solutions?
      Pearland City council is often presented with 3 to 5 ideas for a solution or plan. However, in most cases, there are more ideas out there. A council member's job shouldn't stop at the city limit sign. We must elect people who can build relationships with other thriving communities and governments to see what's working and failing. Some of these opportunities lay with private and non-profit public transportation, budgeting, parks, and flood mitigation. If we want a good city council, we can continue to do what we are doing. However, if we desire to be great, we have to start the relationship progress. Not just city staff. Everyone.

    1. Pearland City Council recently adopted six strategic priorities. How do these priorities align with your personal vision and which of the priorities is top for you?
      Our strategic priorities are as follows: Trusted Government, a Strong Economy, Public safety, Sustainable infrastructure, Resilient finance, and a Welcoming community. These priorities will get us back on track to represent our community best and are held to the core of my beliefs. My top priorities are trusted government and public safety
      A trusted government promotes a quality of life where we provide community outreach, better services, and create solutions for our future.
      Public Safety is protecting the quality of life. Pearland's crime rate is 57% higher than Texas's cities of all sizes. Our neighboring city, Houston, is growing in human and drug trafficking. It's time to implement "No-Tolerance" solutions for all forms of trafficking and stop its flow into our community. We do this by adding more Patrol officers, Drug Recognition Experts, and Mental health officers, and creating a specialized victim-centered approach.

    1. What is the biggest infrastructure gap facing Pearland?
      Our drainage infrastructure is our most significant gap. During Hurricane Harvey, over 83% of Pearland's homes were affected, with 37% of homes flooded. Harvey was a .2% chance of any year, and now it is increasing. The city and other local governments must work together by completing water management projects along the creeks and drainage ponds to receive the immense amount of rain.

    1. What is the biggest concern you have heard from businesses and how do you plan to address these concerns?
      The number one concern I heard from my business communities was the "storm fees," which I like to say is a tax. Our businesses are afraid of big brother creating a plan that has no end and increasing the burden they are already facing. I have yet to see a company for the "Storm Fees."
      I would plan to end the discussion of such fees and move to another option, such as a bond. Again, to echo my points before, a bond structure gives everyone the same tax burden, completion time, and a detailed plan of engagement.

    1. What do you think has been our City’s greatest accomplishment within the past 10 years?
      Our greatest accomplishment is keeping the "small town" feel. Despite our population growing significantly during these past ten years, we managed to create a welcoming community for all. Organizations and our city work together to put on immaculate events all over the city. Leading Pearland to continue building on the companionship of everyone, and we embrace it. So, our city's most significant accomplishments are because of neighbors like you.

    1. What makes you the ideal candidate for the City Council position?
      My experience in proposing and overseeing the completion of million-dollar projects for developers, private residents, and all forms of government; gives me the unique trait of managing our budgets and project completions. These projects range from conservation of aquatic habitats to drainage and flood mitigation. My background in Economics from the University of Houston continues to be a great use to our financial situations of debt and taxes. My service to this community by being the youngest appointed to the Pearland Parks Board and then being elected by those peers to be vice-chair. However, my service doesn't stop there. Being community-driven means getting involved in organizations such as the Pearland Lions Club, the Secretary for Rotary 5890 in Action, Houston Livestock Rodeo, and being a youth mentor since high school.
      Being the son of a retired Pearland Police officer and current State of Texas Police officer has given me insight into what's going on in our community. We need to elect someone who dares to stand up for their principles and lead us into the future. That's me.

    1. What do you believe is the biggest threat Pearland faces, and how would you address the issue if elected?
      Pearland's biggest threat is losing its residents. Many of our friends are leaving from the high taxes, water billing, traffic mobility, and affordable housing. These are the issues that the city council is to address. However, many of our residents would think that we have a more reactive council rather than a proactive council. It's time we elect someone with the energy, desire, and dedication to represent us and prepare us for the future.

    1. Each candidate also gets 300 words to provide a bio.
      I've had the extreme fortune to be born and raised in this community. This community and I share many great memories, from welcoming my dad back from Iraq when I was in Kindergarten to playing in the UIL 5A Football State Championship. I bring the knowledge for the future while keeping Pearlands true pillars in mind by being Faith Led, Family Values, and Community Driven.
      I graduated from Pearland High School in 2016, completed my associate's degree in business administration from San Jac, and currently finishing my major in Economics at the University of Houston. I now work as a Field Biologist for a private company that works all over Texas. My family consists of my Dad and Mom. My dad, Wesley Boyer, Retired Pearland Police officer, Ret. Major in the US Army and currently employed as a State of Texas Police officer. My mom, Melanie Boyer, is a legal secretary for Sidley Austin. They are High School Sweethearts from a small town called Edna, Texas, in Jackson County.
      I currently serve on the Pearland Parks, Rec. Board as a vice-chair. I am also a member of the Pearland Lions Club, Houston Rodeo Alvin - Pearland Go Metro committee, Ducks Unlimited Member, Fort Bend Coastal Conservational Association member, RISE Mentor, Flatsworthy member, and Secretary for Rotary 5890 in Action.
      I hope to count on your support as we tackle: lowering our tax burden by increasing our homestead tax exemption and lower rates. Provide the training and education to our officers to better serve us. And lastly, addressing our dire needs for an infrastructure plan.

    Layni Cade Layni Cade

    Campaign Website: https://cadeforcouncilcom.wordpress.com/
    Campaign Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cadeforcouncil
    Campaign Email: cadeforcouncil@gmail.com
    Campaign Telephone: 713-489-1746


    1. What was the most important factor that influenced your decision to run for Pearland City Council?
    I love Pearland! This is where we’ve lived for 23 years, we’ve raised our family here & I want it to stay a wonderful place to live!


    2. What is your ideal vision for the future of economic development in Pearland?
    Ideally, I would like Old Town to be revitalized. I think that could be a destination, tax-revenue shopping area. On 288 we need another large-scale industrial/manufacturing facility. I would also like to see economic development be handled fairly at all levels. Pearland has a reputation of being difficult for new business and I think the guidelines in place should be followed the same way for all applicants.


    3. The City of Pearland is currently looking at a drainage and infrastructure bond. Based on the current information available, would you support a call for a bond vote and why/why not?
    Yes, I would call for a bond vote. Considering the debt we are in, bonds MUST go to the residents for approval.


    4. Over the coming years, TxDOT plans a major expansion of FM 518 Broadway from 288 to Walnut. This project will impact businesses in the corridor. How do you plan to work with TxDOT and City Staff to ensure that businesses do not have an unnecessary burden on their operations?
    I will work with businesses by opposing this expansion.


    5. How do you define pro-active engagement with the business community and how do you plan to achieve this engagement?
    Pro-active engagement would be to anticipate and even to solve needs before they occur. I plan on having open lines of communication with the business community—that doesn’t mean just on social media. I want to have an ongoing conversation so being pro-active is possible. Then, I will keep my promises.


    6. What opportunities do you see for Pearland to work with other cities and counties for regional solutions?
    Brazoria County is growing quickly, and as it grows there is a need for Pearland to be able to work with the other cities. I would need to know more specifically regional solutions to what, but just for say water quality: create a county board where an appointee from each city in Brazoria County would meet once a month to discuss water quality investigation, stormwater management, regulate activities that impact watershed, etc.


    7. Pearland City Council recently adopted six strategic priorities. How do these priorities align with your personal vision and which of the priorities is top for you?
    My campaign focus already contained these priorities in large part. The top priority for me is “Trusted Government” because without this none of the others are possible.


    8. What is the biggest infrastructure gap facing Pearland?
    Having the money needed for road and sidewalk repair and water quality corrections.


    9. What is the biggest concern you have heard from businesses and how do you plan to address these concerns?
    Hoteliers concerned that the HOT tax is not being applied to the STRs fairly.


    10. What do you think has been our city’s greatest accomplishment within the past 10 years?
    I think the All-Inclusive Playground is amazing.


    11. What makes you the ideal candidate for the City Council position?
    I am the most qualified, most experienced candidate. I spent two years on the Parks Board and then four years on the Planning and Zoning Commission preparing for this role so I can serve the residents and the city well--I have worked with city staff, I am ready to go from day one.


    12. What do you believe is the biggest threat Pearland faces, and how would you address the issue if elected?
    Pearland's Economy/Debt is the biggest threat we face. I will address the issue by pursuing missed opportunities for revenue and tackling overspending.


    13. Each candidate also gets 300 words to provide a bio.
    I have lived in Pearland since 1999. I have been a teacher for 23 years. I have been happily married to my husband for over 22 years. We have three wonderful children in our blended family and one amazing daughter of our own. All of our kids went to school in Pearland, we go to church in Pearland, our home is in Pearland, we want to grow old in Pearland. This is our city--my city, and I want it to stay great! Another reason I chose to run is because I believe it’s time to have a council that’s as diverse as Pearland. Our current council is not representative of Pearland’s population. My qualifications & perspectives as a long-time teacher, public servant, & even as a mother provide me with skills & insights that are not represented on council at this time and that I believe are sorely missed! The diverse outlook and strong communication background I would bring will be useful not only on the council dais, but also in executive season & in serving the public. I am not a politician using this for a steppingstone! This is my mountain top! I bring experience, diversity, & transparency to city council. I have been working towards this important position for a long time, gaining experience to be able to do a good job for the residents of Pearland as a councilwoman. I believe my years of
    experience with the city make me uniquely qualified to keep Pearland a place we can all be proud to live. I conduct myself with integrity, commitment & transparency and I promise to stay true to these values in all I do for Pearland.

    Tiffany Fairdosi Tiffany Fairdosi

    Campaign Website: tiffanyfairdosi.com

    Campaign Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fairdosiptxcc/

    Campaign Email: fairdosiptx@gmail.com

    Campaign Telephone: (346) 266-2640

                  

    1. What was the most important factor that influenced your decision to run for Pearland City Council?
      There needs to be a representative that people can relate to in more than just one way and who will speak for both sides regardless of party affiliations, connections, and provide transparency through their actions and not just their words.

    1. What is your ideal vision for the future of economic development in Pearland?
      I want for more small business owners and entrepreneurs with fresh organic ideas to be able to establish themselves here and thrive.

    1. The City of Pearland is currently looking at a drainage and infrastructure bond. Based on the current information available, would you support a call for a bond vote and why/why not?
      I would support the bond vote. When I hear drain or drainage knowing the issues we have had with water billing, the semantics are too similar to ignore. What must be drained? Water. People are unhappy already with their water billing so to tack on an additional fee is like a secondary shock. Also by imposing a fee on residents, especially those with limited or fixed monthly incomes, even a few extra dollars is too much.

    1. Over the coming years, TxDOT plans a major expansion of FM 518 Broadway from 288 to Walnut. This project will impact businesses in the corridor. How do you plan to work with TxDOT and City Staff to ensure that businesses do not have an unnecessary burden on their operations?
      The goal is to complete the task as quickly yet efficiently as possible. Establishing clear deadlines, short term goals and expectations for what is going to be the perceived outcomes. If deadlines are not met, I’d like to see action plans to keep people accountable from both TxDOT and City Staff.

    1. How do you define pro-active engagement with the business community and how do you plan to achieve this engagement?
      Proactive engagement to me is not necessarily attendance to social events but to be there also behind the scenes. In what ways can we boost not just awareness but active exchanges with consumers? Since I am not a business owner in any capacity, I don’t know the strategies behind the marketing or engagement of business owners. Each business owner has a different why, market, passion, and I commend their initiation in this. However, if that means presence at social events, sure.

    1. What opportunities do you see for Pearland to work with other cities and counties for regional solutions?
      I have many ideas especially for natural disaster relief plans. As a healthcare worker who has been Ride Out Team A and Team B as relief, providing relief for healthcare workers is crucial. My ideas range from provisions related to resource sharing and disaster preparations to community education and evacuation plans/kits. Also knowing how to navigate in cases of emergency where energy grid systems and their effects on surrounding neighborhoods due to proximity to hospitals, fire departments, etc would be. Other ideas are for further infrastructure plans to reduce major points of congestion.

    1. Pearland City Council recently adopted six strategic priorities. How do these priorities align with your personal vision and which of the priorities is top for you?
      The way they are listed now would not be how I would arrange the list myself. While all of these strategies are important, we have to remember that the people who live here, you and I and our families included, live here. Why did we move here in the first place or why did we stay if we’ve never known anywhere else? My guess would be because of your neighbors, the people you knew growing up, or because you thought it was a “good safe place” to raise a family. When a community is supported and engaged, it will attract a diverse variety of businesses. As a Vietnamese American, I love seeing the uptick of Vietnamese restaurants and offerings in our community. I personally grew up with the struggle of parents coming to America, learning a new language, starting from nothing and opening their businesses. It excites me to see interest in a Pearland Asia Town where we can support inclusion and difference of others’ cultural and ethnic backgrounds. When there are a variety of places that pique the interest of our residents, we no longer have to drive out of Pearland and into places like Houston, Sugar Land, or Kemah, and Galveston to find new things to try. It is a blessing to have the support of the community which drives the exchange of our business owners and consumers within our very own community to have resilient finances and a strong economy. As a consumer, I am absolutely okay spending a few extra dollars if the product is what I want and accessible to me due to location to my home. As a busy working mother of two little kids, my time is precious and I don’t want to be sitting in the car traveling to get to places when I could be spending that time with my family enjoying what my community has to offer.

    1. What is the biggest infrastructure gap facing Pearland?
      The biggest infrastructure issue here is that the city is entirely congested on 518 as this is the main hub for a majority of the city. Everything and anything that we need as residents branches off of 518. Residents will drive around and through neighborhoods to avoid the traffic of 518. So we have this is that means if we do nothing to 518, we are congested and if we DO do something, is the traffic going to be worse and for how long? Is this going to turn into a project like 290 which takes years and potentially making roads even more dangerous?

    1. What is the biggest concern you have heard from businesses and how do you plan to address these concerns?
      I don’t personally know too many business owners but I have shared conversations with peers and colleagues about the cost of starting a business. Overhead costs are outstanding with a wide range of cost per square foot within the city. We have this discrepancy between the east side which has these cute but older facilities for small businesses which cost less than the office spaces over on the west side. We have places in Shadow Creek ranging from $21-$35/sq foot to lease and prices on the east side as low as $4.20/sq feet with anything in between. What I would like to see is these costs to be even and accessible for those who are wanting to start a new business. But again, I don’t know too many business owners myself so if there are any concerns that y’all have heard, please bring them to my attention.

    1. What do you think has been our City’s greatest accomplishment within the past 10 years?
      I, personally, believe the greatest accomplishment is its position in population growth. We have seen numbers steadily rise and boom over the last 10 years.

    1. What makes you the ideal candidate for the City Council position?
      First of all, I appreciate anyone who chooses to run for public office. This has been more than I could have imagined. The outpouring of support from people I don’t even know has been incredible and especially from my loved ones. What makes me different from everyone else running though is specifically my background and my life experiences and how that would influence how I would serve the community. As a healthcare provider, I educate in the areas that I am an expert in and encourage informed decision making. Despite what I know and I feel is correct, I support the decisions of the people I work with. That would be an extension to what I would do here. I have no personal gains for making a name for myself in the city or beyond. I have a fantastic job and am very happy in my career. I am happy with the life that I have built for myself and my family now so my only goals are to listen to others and make recommendations based on their concerns as the representative that people deserve.

    1. What do you believe is the biggest threat Pearland faces, and how would you address the issue if elected?
      I wouldn’t necessarily call it a threat but Pearland gains its fame as Houston’s best friend. It is always in the shadows using its proximity to Houston as a point of interest. We are close to the medical center, we’re close to Houston’s downtown, and we’re close to professional sports, etc when we could easily become an attraction in itself. No one says I’m going to Pearland for the weekend for a night on the town. They go to Montrose or the Galleria. Pearland is pretty but choices are limited when it comes to city sponsored community events and activities for parents to do with young children and teenagers. We need to do more with these to keep our future generations engaged, out of trouble, and coming back to live here.

    1. Each candidate also gets 300 words to provide a bio.
      My name is Tiffany Fairdosi. I am a first generation Vietnamese-American and I am a practicing speech-language pathologist for the last 10 years. I have worked with babies through the geriatric populations with a variety of diagnoses but have primarily focused my career working in hospitals with adults post stroke or brain injury to help them regain their abilities with communication and swallowing.

      I graduated from Texas Tech University with my bachelors degree in chemistry and obtained my masters of science from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in speech-language pathology. I met my husband, Scott, who is now a percussion director at the middle school and high school levels, during our days in the Goin’ Band from Raiderland. We have two children, Daniel (5) and Madelyn (2), and a puppy named Homer Altuve. We are open to fostering in the future.

      I enjoy spending time with my family at home or with my siblings and mother in the Dallas and Austin areas or crafting. I have dreams of opening my own private practice one day but am not in a rush. My philanthropic endeavors have been volunteering for the Dachshund Rescue of Houston fostering dogs and arranging meet and greets for potential foster parents; donating over 3200oz of personal breastmilk to medically fragile babies in the NICU to the Milk Bank of Austin (which services the entire state of Texas) and additional milk to Human Milk 4 Human Babies and am a registered bone marrow donor through Be The Match. For years, I have worked to make sure that my patients feel that their voices are heard and that their opinion matters, because every voice matters no matter how big or small.

    Rishabh Jain Rishabh Jain

    Campaign Website: rjforpearland.com

    Campaign Facebook: facebook.com/RJForPearland

    Campaign Email: voteforrj@gmail.com

    Campaign Telephone: 832-457-0934

              

    1. What was the most important factor that influenced your decision to run for Pearland City Council?
    The ability I saw for someone like me to be on City Council. As someone with field knowledge in construction and development and experience with Pearland Politics in the past year, I found that I have the ideal background for being able to enact change for my family and for yours. The ability to be able to make Pearland a better community for everyone involved and to improve the city that raised me is something that I feel passionately about and now is the time for me to start creating the change and building a better Pearland.

    2. What is your ideal vision for the future of economic development in Pearland?
    I think a lot of this will be focused on bringing in more businesses to Pearland. By bringing in more businesses, we can boost our local economy and also have more revenue gathered from sales tax as a result of increased spending within city borders. This will allow us more funding to re-invest into city projects and make the city a safer, more desirable place to raise our families in. This is through promoting high quality development and infrastructure as well as supporting expanding businesses.

    3. The City of Pearland is currently looking at a drainage and infrastructure bond. Based on the current information available, would you support a call for a bond vote and why/why not?
    Yes I would support a call for a bond vote. Having a vote would benefit the future citizens of Pearland with improvement in infrastructure. Essentially, we would pay for it now so the future has it. I do support having a vote and support having a bond, though I do not support extra fees for current citizens.

    4. Over the coming years, TxDOT plans a major expansion of FM 518 Broadway from 288 to Walnut. This project will impact businesses in the corridor. How do you plan to work with TxDOT and City Staff to ensure that businesses do not have an unnecessary burden on their operations?
    I would make sure construction is done at night, especially concrete pours, so that we can keep roads open in the day for businesses, and work overnight to ensure projects don’t negatively impact businesses during their operations. I would additionally make sure the project is done in a timely manner and ensure it is not dragged out, increasing the burden on businesses. It will still be tough on businesses inherently as a result of traffic that construction brings, but I would try to minimize the headache and cost to businesses, such that the ultimate goal is to reap the benefits of the expanded roads and customers to their establishments. The key to making this less burdensome is efficiency in project delivery and holding the GC accountable to a specific timeline. My experience in the industry would guide my teamwork with the businesses, City Staff, and TxDOT to ensure timely project completion, with minimized disruptions to local businesses.

    5. How do you define pro-active engagement with the business community and how do you plan to achieve this engagement?
    It means working with business to understand their concerns throughout the building and operations processes. What struggles are they facing to keep themselves running, what challenges exist in setting up their businesses, etc. It means taking these concerns that are actively sought out and bringing it to other council members to hear while interfacing with the Chamber of Commerce and Pearland Businesses Supporting Pearland Businesses to figure out solutions that can be enacted to resolve some of these concerns. That is exactly what I plan to do and I believe I am also in a unique position to do so as a result of being a small business owner myself, and working in the construction/commercial real estate business. I am naturally able to speak with business owners starting out the process or operating their business. The role of being an active City Council member, hearing the voices of our business is something that fits naturally with my job.

    6. What opportunities do you see for Pearland to work with other cities and counties for regional solutions?
    Just because legal boundaries separate various jurisdictions doesn’t mean that we don’t face similar problems as our neighbors in Manvel, Friendswood, Houston, etc. Many things such as safety and infrastructure, are things that require not just city-wide improvement but concerted efforts from our neighbors to find a solution. I see this opportunity in those realms in addition to support law enforcement officials (police/SWAT) and working with Harris County to address the Clear Creek drainage issue. Regional solutions come from teamwork that spans our boundaries.

    7. Pearland City Council recently adopted six strategic priorities. How do these priorities align with your personal vision and which of the priorities is top for you?
    My platform has been Expand Opportunities. Lower Taxes. Safe Neighborhoods. Pearland’s priorities align greatly with my vision in terms of trying to support small business growth, increasing our sales tax revenue by bringing more businesses to Pearland, lowering taxes to help financial security of our residents and ensure responsible money management on city tasks, and improving the safety of our community through targeting improved infrastructure and supporting our police force. In a way, my vision encompasses all parts of the Pearland priorities, all while encouraging a more approachable and transparent City Council that hears the voices of Pearland and is accountable to each and every resident. I think the top priorities based on my vision are having a Strong Economy, Safe Community, Sustainable Infrastructure, and Trusted Government. I believe in using my position on City Council as a way to work on these priorities while listening to what it is that Pearland wants. I am not afraid to have my voice and your voice heard.

    8. What is the biggest infrastructure gap facing Pearland?
    I think the biggest gap that exists is safety infrastructure. We are missing adequate street lighting in neighborhoods and parks, we do not have designated bike lanes or paths, and we have roads that have not been maintained well. These are all items that pose safety hazards to our residents and I believe should be a priority for us to fix. These simple fixes can help us reduce crimes, accidents, and unnecessary headaches.

    9. What is the biggest concern you have heard from businesses and how do you plan to address these concerns?
    I think one of the biggest concerns I have heard is the lack of labor and employment. As a small business owner myself and working in the construction industry, I am able to speak with a lot of business owners about what challenges they face whether it relates to their current operations or the permitting/building process. Many in Pearland have noted issues keeping enough staff to keep their businesses afloat, and often end up going out of business as a result of the lack of labor. I plan to address this by making it more attractive for businesses to open in Pearland. Having more family-oriented businesses in Pearland will raise the living standards of Pearland and allow a surplus of economic spending within the city. For example,  if more restaurants are in Pearland, more people will go eat dessert or go bowling in Pearland. Working with economic development groups will make it more attractive for businesses to establish themselves in Pearland. It will also boost our local economy. A win-win situation.

    10.  What do you think has been our City’s greatest accomplishment within the past 10 years?
    Schools. I think Pearland has put a great amount of effort towards improving its quality of education. Especially opening a new high school with its first graduating class less than 10 years ago, it shows the value the city has put into investing in its youth and thought about how to invest in the future generations by improving the schooling system.

    11.  What makes you the ideal candidate for the City Council position?
    As a small-business owner, I understand the daily struggles of labor, supply chain and city regulations that impact our businesses. Being a resident in Pearland for over 10 years as well as a homeowner and active Pearland Construction Board member, I am well in-tune with the issues that Pearland faces. As a fiscally conservative and locally involved citizen, I believe my extensive business and resident experiences make me a natural fit for the role.

    12.  What do you believe is the biggest threat Pearland faces, and how would you address the issue if elected?
    I believe the biggest threat Pearland faces is declining safety in terms of both crime and lacking safety infrastructure. As the city grows and continues to improve itself, I think that a major focus in the coming years should be increasing the safety of the city and its neighborhoods. Sharing part of its border with Houston does increase Pearland’s risk of seeing some more urban crimes and incidents. I thus would propose increasing training for police and supporting our police force. Additionally, when I think of safety, I don’t just think about safety from crimes, but also safety from accidents. Pearland’s infrastructure needs to improve. Some ways in which I envision Pearland’s safety improving are improving street lighting in both residential areas and parks, adding bike lanes to roads, and improving the quality of our roads. Altogether, I believe these to be actionable changes we can make to create a safer Pearland for our families.

    13.  Each candidate also gets 300 words to provide a bio.
    Rishabh (RJ) Jain is a proud Pearland-raised town member and alumnus of Glenda Dawson High School. Over the past few years, with the support of the community, he has grown his own Pearland-based commercial construction firm, WeBuildTX. He has a unique background in Computer Engineering and Entrepreneurship from the Wolff Center at University of Houston. He is a hard worker, dedicated to hearing his client’s concerns and delivering on his word. His work ethic from running his own business has also been evident in his time on the Pearland Construction Board. Outside of his professional life, he enjoys running marathons, spending time with his friends and family, and partaking in adventure sports. He looks forward to giving back to the community that raised him and allowed him to be where he is today. If you are looking for a council member who will be unafraid to have your voice heard, then he is your guy. Vote for RJ this spring!

     


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  • Jeffrey Barry Jeffrey Barry

    Campaign Website: www.votejeffbarry.com        

    Campaign Facebook: facebook.com/votejeffbarry

    Campaign Email: jeff.barry@barryinsurancegroup.com

    Campaign Telephone: 281-352-3525

                  

    1. What was the most important factor that influenced your decision to run for Pearland City Council?
      I believe, to some respect, the drainage issue was the one issue that opened my eyes to the fact that I may need to run for City Council.  With two members not running for re-election there was a vacuum on Council that needed to be filled with someone that has experience working on a team of 8.

    1. What is your ideal vision for the future of economic development in Pearland?
      My vision for Pearland:
    • A place that corporate headquarters to want to be
    • A city with thriving parks and clean entryways
    • A city with a convention center hosting various corporate events
    • A city free from mobility issues
    • A city that is easy for residents and businesses to work with to allow for innovative ideas

    1. The City of Pearland is currently looking at a drainage and infrastructure bond. Based on the current information available, would you support a call for a bond vote and why/why not?
      Yes, I am for it.  I believe that a bond is a great alternative because a bond is time specific and not in perpetuity.  It has a beginning and an end. While I realize that drainage maintenance never goes away, we should designate funds annually to drainage either through our Maintenance/Operations budget with a cost share with EDC and/or bond funds.  Harvey was not that long ago and minimizing the affects of a storm of that magnitude should be our highest priority.

    1. Over the coming years, TxDOT plans a major expansion of FM 518 Broadway from 288 to Walnut. This project will impact businesses in the corridor. How do you plan to work with TxDOT and City Staff to ensure that businesses do not have an unnecessary burden on their operations?
      We would have to make certain that there are “wide” pathways for traffic to flow through while maintaining turning lanes. While TXDOT has ownership of the project I would hope that we could leverage our relationship with local TxDOT representatives to make sure that our traffic flows and turning lanes have minimal impact and they finish that part of the project expeditiously. 

      Finding alternative routes for McClean/Walnut beyond SH 35 are also critical as this project through Old Townsite would devastate homes and businesses through that area.I would support the widening of FM 518 Eastbound from McClean to go down Walnut back to FM 518 at Old Alvin and allow the westbound traffic to continue to go down FM 518 from Walnut to McClean.If we were to allow FM 518 widening all the way to

    1. How do you define pro-active engagement with the business community and how do you plan to achieve this engagement?
      I would continue engagement through the Chamber of Commerce to better the way the city interacts with businesses.  I would not be opposed to an open dialogue with businesses through the Chamber or directly with Council to find out what the perception of doing business with the City is like from a business owners perspective.  We used to have a seminar with the City through the Chamber Talk of the Town Business Expo describing how to do business with the City and the School District.  We need to continue to have the informational sessions through events like that and stand-alone events making doing business with the city a priority.  

    1. What opportunities do you see for Pearland to work with other cities and counties for regional solutions? 
      I think the Clear Creek water shed is a prime example of how we need to partner with other cities.  Partnering with Friendswood, League City and Harris County to increase the volume of water that Clear Creek can handle is critical. If we are going to invest in drainage projects in the City of Pearland, we need to make certain that our egress points are capable of handling that volume of water.

    1. Pearland City Council recently adopted six strategic priorities. How do these priorities align with your personal vision and which of the priorities is top for you?
      All of these priorities resonate with me equally.  The city needs to focus on infrastructure, doing business with the city, mobility, fiscal transparency, Safety and inviting public spaces..  All of these have been a part of my priorities from the beginning of my campaign..

    1. What is the biggest infrastructure gap facing Pearland? 
      Without question is drainage.  With only 6 employees in the drainage department, there is no way we can manage our entire city’s drainage projects.  We need to invest in staffing and smartly initiate projects – oldest to newest.

    1. What is the biggest concern you have heard from businesses and how do you plan to address these concerns? 
      Working with the City has been the biggest complaint.  I have heard of instances where the city approves projects during pre-development only to change the scope of work during the project causing the business owner to spend more money unnecessarily.  We must address city accountability and develop a system that all departments use with built in consistency.  If a project is approved, the city needs to own it and allow the projects to move forward in a timely manner.  For businesses, time is money and delays are costly.

    1. What do you think has been our City’s greatest accomplishment within the past 10 years?
      Over the last 10 years the city has improved mobility with Baily, Magnolia and the soon to be McHard connection.  The city entryways are also nicely done.  The expansion of the Lower Kirby area.  These are just a few accomplishments in the right direction.

    1. What makes you the ideal candidate for the City Council position? 
      My experience and relationships make me the ideal candidate.  I have served on many boards around the city over the last 14 years starting with the Chamber of Commerce Board, Appointed to the EDC Board, NBCEA Board, Board of Trustee for the last 6 years. I am also a business owner in Pearland and have done projects with the City and know how frustrating they can be.  I have worked with many city staff and Council members in various capacities and I hope to leverage those relationships to affect positive outcomes from day one.

    1. What do you believe is the biggest threat Pearland faces, and how would you address the issue if elected?
      By far our drainage in our older areas of Pearland.  We need to work with the bond committee to define projects that will affect the most good in a prioritized manner.  I would work with Council and Staff to find funding and to expeditiously get these projects on the books.

    1. Each candidate also gets 300 words to provide a bio.
      I grew up in a small town in south Louisiana where I graduated from Father Teurling's Catholic High School in 1987.Upon graduation I spent a couple of years working in construction and the oil patch. In 1988, I entered the US Navy and was honorably discharged in 1992.

      Upon completing my enlistment in the US Navy, I enrolled at The University of Louisiana-Lafayette where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.

      In 2005, after many years working in the engineering field for companies like Compaq Computer and LSI Logic, I started Barry Insurance Group where we work with our clients daily to make sure that their businesses and homes are protected from unforeseen tragedies.

      Since 2005, I have volunteered my time to Pearland in many ways. I have served on the Boards of The Chamber of Commerce, The Adult Reading Center, The Pearland Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Northern Brazoria Education Alliance (NBCEA, President in 2012 and 2021/22), The Founding Chair of the PISD Education Foundation and I have served the last 6 years with Pearland ISD Board of Trustees. I am also a member of the Pearland Lions Club.

      I am married to Charisse Barry and have lived in Pearland since 1999 with our puppy family Flash, the Labrador, and Coco, the rescue. My wife and I are also the owners of Barry Insurance Group on the corner of South Pearland Ave and FM 518.I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the City of Pearland if elected.

    Orlando Bruzual Orlando Bruzual

    Campaign Website: no

    Campaign Facebook: Orlando Bruzual

    Campaign Email: obruzualforcitycouncil@gmail.com /obruzual@hotmail.com

    Campaign Telephone: 713-454-3752

                  

    1. What was the most important factor that influenced your decision to run for Pearland City Council?
      I have lived in the city of Pearland for ten years. My family and I have enjoyed the security that this city has provided. There are two things that prompted me to run for city council.

      The first thing is that running for the city, I can be part of the council's decisions bringing fresh ideas for the city. The second is that I want to serve to the people of this country paying back what they have done for me, and my family has done for me and my family when I left the socialism from Venezuela. 

    1. What is your ideal vision for the future of economic development in Pearland?
      My vision is to see a unique and model city where the civil liberties of citizens and the rights of animals are respected. Where we can replace the plastic that pollutes our city, replacing it with biodegradable items. Where our families feel safe and protected.
      A city that maintains a smart growth, and security and where government, business and citizen work together.

    1. The City of Pearland is currently looking at a drainage and infrastructure bond. Based on the current information available, would you support a call for a bond vote and why/why not?
      I think it is necessary. The city should select major drainage projects that will relieve flooding in Pearland. The most important thing is to find the best price for this project and bring experts at a good price to give us the best information on how to reduce flooding.

    1. Over the coming years, TxDOT plans a major expansion of FM 518 Broadway from 288 to Walnut. This project will impact businesses in the corridor. How do you plan to work with TxDOT and City Staff to ensure that businesses do not have an unnecessary burden on their operations?
      N/A

    1. How do you define pro-active engagement with the business community and how do you plan to achieve this engagement?
      To be a proactive engagement, the community and the local business must work together. Local businesses and companies must comply with the requirements expected by citizens and local government. Companies should become more involved in community programs that promote sports and support low-income groups or institutions. I have just arrived from Spain, I visited the city of Santander and I was able to get an idea of ​​how companies, government and people work together. An example is the crime rate in Santander, Spain, which is 0.6%. If I became the next city council, I would create a sister city council with Santander so that both cities can enrich each other.

       
    2. What opportunities do you see for Pearland to work with other cities and counties for regional solutions?
      In my opinion, working with other cities seems very important to me. For example, one community may offer security and the other may offer water and treatment plants. It would also be beneficial for the community, especially those who live in more rural regions, to be able to attend our school as part of the agreement between the two cities.

    1. Pearland City Council recently adopted six strategic priorities. How do these priorities align with your personal vision and which of the priorities is top for you?
      Maintaining responsible financial management would be my first choice. Without it, the local government will continue to waste and indebt city funds. The second is to build a diverse and united community. This point is very important because various groups already own many businesses in Pearland and pay taxes. We are a community of new Americans who are doctors, engineers, lawyers, and entrepreneurs who pay taxes and send our children to Pearland School and need to be part of the decision-making. Today, with globalization, the structures of the social component of cities are changing. This change helps further enrich the local culture.


       
    2. What is the biggest infrastructure gap facing Pearland?
      Solve the problem of water bill and traffic jam.

       
    3. What is the biggest concern you have heard from businesses and how do you plan to address these concerns?
      I have spoken with several businessmen in the area and each one has a different opinion. One told me that the Chamber of Commerce, instead of doing politics and favoring the candidates, should act more before the local government and give more support to community commerce, especially in the coronavirus pandemic that caused commercial losses. They think that the sidewalks should be fixed, and lighting installed. Entrepreneurs, like the rest of the citizenry, also complain about the water problem.

       

    4. What do you think has been our City’s greatest accomplishment within the past 10 years?
      N/A

       

    5. What makes you the ideal candidate for the City Council position?
      I can bring to the table not only my degrees and my experience, but I can also bring my hard work. My experience as a teacher has given me the knowledge and ability to respectfully listen to different opinions, especially in this area where there is a lot of diversity and a multicultural population

       

    6. What do you believe is the biggest threat Pearland faces, and how would you address the issue if elected?
      When I moved with my family to Pearland ten years ago, the city had approximately 90,000 inhabitants, today there are approximately 130,000 living in the city. There are a few areas in which the Pearland leadership needs to face instead of focusing on the fiscal budget, they should redirect their attention on the issues that the city is currently facing and needs solutions. Figure out a reasonable resolution for the water bill issue, re-organize the budget to focus on current necessities, promote incentives for businesses, lower house taxes, incorporating a pay freeze, focus on finishing the current projects before planning or starting on future projects.

       

    7. Each candidate also gets 300 words to provide a bio.
      I’m a conservative American-Venezuelan citizen, who decided to run for City-Council position 6.
      This idea came to me after speaking to some Pearland residents who told me they felt the necessity to have representation for their voices to be heard. Pearland has a diverse population of American Citizens born from different countries, and for different reasons decided to immigrate to America. They love this country because it represents liberty and opportunity to succeed.
      Pearland is a wonderful city. It has experienced big changes, and we need new ideas to solve future problems as it grows. With arrivals of new families establishing in Pearland, maintaining the safety of our neighborhoods, preserving infrastructures, and supporting economic growth is important.
      I want to serve all who want their voices heard and I want pay back what this country has done for me and my family.


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