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October 20, 2011

Galveston candidates discuss issues

GALVESTON — Voters in Galveston will choose three council members next month.

Republican Douglas T. Kimball faces Democrat Michael W. Baldwin in Ward 1, Republican Patricia (Pat) Gunnell faces Democrat Kenneth D. Cripe in Ward 2 and Republican Jim Kinch faces Democrat Jim Buettner in Ward 4.

Ward 1

What do you see as the issues in this campaign?

Baldwin: Did not respond.

Kimball: As the Republican candidate for Galveston’s Ward 1 councilman, I believe the first issue in this campaign is to assure that the town council is accountable to the taxpaying citizens of Galveston. Council members should represent the people in their respective wards and not their own personal or business interests.

Citizens should have a voice in the governmental process and be allowed to have their concerns or questions properly and orderly addressed at all regularly scheduled town council meetings.

Second, since we have lost so many businesses during the last administration’s tenure, I desire to see more businesses/industries locate in the Galveston area, thereby creating more jobs for the people of Galveston and more reasons for families to move to Galveston, thereby stimulating our economy and bringing about population and financial growth. By using the skills and expertise of our local merchants group and its resources along with other citizens of Galveston, I believe we can locate these businesses/industries and start the process of our “road to recovery.”

And third, sidewalks throughout the town are buckling, crumbling or non-existent, and many streets have no curbs, creating unsafe conditions for our citizens and their children. Through aggressively seeking available grant opportunities and/or other possible options, I believe we can enhance the safety and welfare of Galveston’s citizens.

Why should voters chose you?

Baldwin: Did not respond.

Kimball: I believe that my leadership and problem-solving experience as a former military officer, Delphi supervisor, pastor, Galveston PTA President, and current owner/part owner of three Galveston-based businesses help to assure the voters of Galveston that they are getting a proven leader for this position.

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