WINDCREST — Voters have plenty to consider come Election Day, Nov. 6.
In addition to weighing congressional and state legislative races, residents will look at eight City Council candidates running for places 1, 2 and 3.
Incumbents Gerd Jacobi, James McFall and Jim Shelton aren’t seeking re-election.
The electorate also will decide two bond issues regarding street funding and new fire trucks.
Navy veteran George Alva manages public relations, sales and marketing for the Greater San Antonio Transportation Co., better known as Yellow Cab.
While living in San Antonio, Alva was appointed to several city panels.
He pledges to improve local infrastructure, public safety services, attract new businesses and “bring civility back to council proceedings.”
“I will never disrespect (residents),” Alva added. “I will listen to all sides of a debate and make the best decision for the majority of residents.”
Sherillyn Flick, who’s worked in real estate, has been a member of the Windcrest Lions and Women’s clubs. While living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, she served with several city commissions and committees.
If elected, Flick wants to form a task force to recommend potential city-charter revisions. She’s also campaigning on a platform of fiscal restraint, government transparency, infrastructure upgrades, business development and “restoring a sense of community.”
“(Windcrest) can and should be the best place to live, a special sought-after community where people want to buy homes, raise families or retire,” her campaign website states.
Possessing a master’s degree in public administration, military and law-enforcement veteran Wes Manning has worked with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Manning promises to review all major contracts and projects approved under the administration of former Mayor Alan Baxter and provide greater detail about those council actions.
He also wants the city manager regularly to share updated information about ongoing projects; examine the Fire Department’s status; see how city officials can better evaluate employees; and analyze the Economic Development Corp.’s functions.
“I also want to establish a bond with our citizens — no more adversity,” he said.
Army veteran and retired insurance agent Bill Zulaica advocates improving streets, parks and recreation; coordinating with local businesses to enhance schools; upgrading the fire service; and shoring up resources for senior citizens.
Insurance agent Lou Miller has served with numerous organizations, such as the EDC and Board of Adjustments, and VIA Metropolitan Transit board. He also ran for a Texas legislative seat, and was an adviser to former San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor.
Miller backs enhancing local education opportunities, accessing community health care services, decreasing crime and boosting economic development.
A registered nurse, Cindy Strzelecki has appeared as a committee member with groups such as Windcrest Proud.
Strzelecki supports strengthening the charter; a deeper examination of the city budget; the metropolis working again with the former Windcrest Volunteer Fire Association; and seeing how best to address infrastructure issues.
She’s among many residents campaigning against the two separate city bond proposals.
“There is money in the budget that we could certainly do as preventative, and to systematically work on the roads,” she said at a Sept. 7 candidate forum.
Pamela Dodson applied as a write-in candidate after one applicant, Jennifer Newman, withdrew following the Aug. 20 filing deadline.
The former council member of two stints promotes the city again working with the volunteer fire association. She also backs budgeting for humane care of lost pets and stray animals, and is active with TxWeACT, a nonprofit aiding animal control in town.
Dodson believes some local sales-tax revenue allocated to the EDC could be better spent improving roads and drainage.
“Our EDC has served our community well, but I don’t believe at this point they need $500,000 (yearly),” she said at the September forum.
Dodson also seeks more discussion now on a potential city-charter amendment election next May.
At the polls, those choosing the ex-councilwoman must type “Pamela Dodson” on an onscreen keyboard.
Management analyst and certified public manager Greg Turner has been active in the community in different ways.
He’s campaigning on low taxes and high property values, improving infrastructure and economic development, and enhancing public safety.
Neighbors will consider a 20-year general obligation bond to fund $7.4 million in street and drainage fixes. Eaglecrest, Midcrown and Crestway drives are likely high-priority roads.
Also on the ballot, a 15-year general obligation bond toward the purchase of a ladder truck and fire engine for the Fire Department.
In addition, Randolph Metrocom voters on Nov. 6 will determine council spots in Cibolo, Converse and Schertz; congressional contests in districts 21, 28 and 35; state Senate competitions in districts 25, 118 and 120; and state House runs in districts 44 and 73.
Also, write-in candidate Mike Zimmerman is challenging Comal County Precinct 2 Commissioner Scott Haag.
Early voting is Oct. 22-Nov. 2.