By LYNN SHIGEKAWA
Over 60 Manvel citizens came together to become informed about key issues regarding the future growth of the city and the important issues regarding drainage, infrastructure, residential and commercial growth.
The 2017 Manvel Candidate Forum was hosted by the Alvin Manvel Chamber of Commerce and the Church of Harvest provided the meeting place. Terry Ruiz served as moderator.
All candidates were given the opportunity to fill out a personal profile form and to submit answers to the following nine specific questions: Why are you running and what time commitment can you make to the position? How will city government improve or be strengthened as a result of the leadership, drive, energy and vision that you bring to the city council?
Have you sought elective office before? If so, please describe the office, the level and outcome. What has been your involvement with the city (including volunteer work)? What do you consider the most pressing issue facing the business owners today?
What actions are necessary to improve the business climate in Manvel? Realizing that you may be serving the City of Manvel in an elected capacity, identify one thing you want to see accomplished. Is there something that the City is not presently doing that you believe with significantly improve the quality of life and strengthen the local community? In your view, what has the City of Manvel done well over the last five years? What has the City done poorly that you would change?
Candidates were given time to present a vision and to answer specific questions that were submitted in advance in writing. The Voter Information Guide contained the details provided by all candidates and was available to all who attended along with a sample ballot that included the proposed city charter amendments.
Early voting starts April 24 for Manvel residents. Voting includes candidates for Mayor, for Council Member Place #3, for Council Member Place # 5 and the City of Manvel Charter Amendment election. Early voting times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 24-28, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 29 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 1-2. Manvel Branch Location is the Courthouse North Annex, 7313 Corporate Dr., Manvel. For more information on early voting please visit www.brazoria-county.com.