Last week, The Belton Journal reported on five of the six candidates for the Belton City Council seats. This week, we bring you the sixth and final candidate.
Four seats are up for election on the Belton City Council during the May 9 election, including those of Mayor Pro Tem David K. Leigh and councilmembers Dan Kirkley, Craig Pearson and Jerri Gauntt. All four members have filed for re-election. Louie Minor, Jr. and Richard Vazquez have also filed for a seat on the council. The City Council consists of seven members, including the mayor. All positions are “at large” and have a two-year term. The Belton Journal recently provided each candidate with a questionnaire, which included questions concerning the future of Belton and the candidate’s goals while serving on the council. Voting for the 2015 election begins with early voting April 27 – May 5. The last day to register to vote is April 9. For more information about the elections, visit www.beltontexas.gov/index.aspx?NID=560 or call (254) 933-5817.
Below are Richard Vazquez’ responses to the questions posed.
I want to help the city grow. Belton is a great city and so are the people. And it would be an honor to help this community build a strong bond and grow.
Lowering the crime in the city is atop of my priorities, but also the development of the city. I would love to help bring new businesses to the community to increase employment.
I do not have a specific project I would like to propose during my term at the moment, but I would like to hear the ideas of the community. After all, this town is their home.
My overall message to voters: Vote for the candidate that they believe in, vote for that person they truly believe has the city’s interest above all other matters. Trust their instincts.