McMullin's statement was incomplete
Due to a technical error, the statement by Port Aransas mayoral candidate Keith McMullin that appears in the Thursday, March 11, edition of the South Jetty is incomplete.
Below is McMullin’s statement in full.
“The last four years have been an exciting time for me. I have been privileged to serve our community since2006 as a city councilman. Some things have changed, but my goals and drive have remained the same. I want to help Port Aransas be the best community it can be and honor the values that we all share. I want Port A to remain the best place to call home on the Gulf Coast.
“Our city government is in a time of transition. Mayor Claude Brown has chosen not to seek re-election. I want to thank and tip my hat to him for his leadership. He has been the catalyst in achieving much needed street and drainage improvements that will benefit our city for years to come. As a team, we succeeded in battling potentially devastating windstorm insurance rates. We were awarded federal funds for two new high-capacity ferry boats, and secured annual funding through the Texas State Legislature to provide maintenance and attention to our beaches.
In addition to Mayor Claude Brown’s departure, former Cty Manager Michael Kovacs accepted a new position in Park City, Utah late last year. Michael was an asset to Port Aransas, and his legacy is a team of strong employees that work for all of us.
“The mayor's and city manager’s absence means that leadership is more important than ever. I am grateful for the experience that these four years have provided. Working successfully at the local, state and federal levels to promote our mutual interests has been a privilege.
“We continue to perform far better than most communities in this period of trying economic times. I have helped keep the city budget as lean as possible. Keeping taxes low while not ignoring our responsibilities is an ongoing priority. I pledge to continue helping citizens challenge the Nueces County Appraisal District with property tax valuations.
There are many tasks at hand. Numerous street and infrastructure projects are ahead. Undoubtedly, the most significant will be the reconstruction of South 11th Street with new drainage and the addition of turn lanes, curbs, gutters and sidewalks.
In the coming weeks we will be actively recruiting a new city manager. I’m confident that we will find an individual that will continue making strides in our local government and insure a prosperous future for our community.
As we celebrate our centennial, Port Aransas has a great story to tell. The future of our city remains bright. I would be honored to continue to serve and work for you. I promise to maintain an open door policy and welcome you to call or come by city hall.
During my campaign four years ago, I made a promise to work hard and smart and keep the community’s best interests at heart. I pledge to do more to make you proud to call Port Aransas your home.
I’m Keith McMullin. I am asking for your vote for Mayor of Port Aransas.”