By Karolyn Gephart
Friendswood High School Senior Tyler Warford is following in his family’s footsteps in a way he didn’t foresee happening. Warford was Mayor for a Day in Friendswood on Wednesday October 30, 2019.
He was the second person in his family to hold such a position. His step-dad, Kevin Holland was Mayor of Friendswood when Warford was 11 years old. Now at 18, Warford sat in the same chair that Holland did when presiding over Council. This time he was sharing his position with current Mayor Mike Foreman.
Warford’s parents, Holland and wife MariAnne won the silent auction for the opportunity to be Mayor for a Day at the recent Friendswood Public Library Gala fundraiser. They gave it to Warford.
“I was surprised to find out this was to happen and shocked that I would be mayor,” Warford said. “It was fun to be shown the city through the eyes of the Mayor and meet people who work for the City.”
Foreman took Warford on a tour of city departments, including public safety and the Fire Marshall. The two also sat with City Manager Morad Kabiri to hear a briefing the mayor gets regularly on issues in the city as well as news updates. To end his special day with the mayor, Warford joined Foreman at Rotary where both spoke to the members.
Warford, a senior, selects math his favorite subject at FHS. After graduation, he plans to attend San Jac Community College before entering Texas A&M to major in Construction Science. He is currently working for Holland in his construction business. This job opportunity made him realize that he had chosen the right area as a major.
Viewing Friendswood from his seat as temporary mayor as well as a senior in high school, Warford described the city as close knit, well kept, and professional. He considered drainage one of the city’s top priorities. From a student viewpoint, he felt school safety was a major issue for schools and felt very safe at FHS.
Looking back on a time in his youth when his step dad Holland was mayor, Warford remembered fondly the traditions of the city and enjoying them as a family, especially the Fourth of July.
He watched Holland work for the city and its residents. Even though it was just for a few hours, Warford felt that family pride of helping any way he could when he too was Mayor even if only for a day.