In an unprecedented move, Jay Dean, Mayor of Longview has endorsed Kimberly Fish for Commissioner Precinct 2.
The endorsement came on a biting, cold east Texas morning in front of the Gregg County Courthouse with several of Fish supporters watching.
Without mincing words, Dean said, “Kimberly is very passionate about the spirit of cooperation, looking for ways to save tax payer dollars and enhance quality of life for all the citizens of Longview.”
Volunteerism is fundamental to our American culture especially in Longview with real east Texas lifestyle. Dean buttressed the importance of volunteer work. “Kimberly has done her apprenticeship,” he said. “We expect people to make things happen when they have no experience, but that is not going to happen.” Fish has volunteered on several boards and committees. She is currently serving on the Longview and Planning Zoning Commission among others.
According to Dean, a candidate like Fish is needed as Commissioner because the City’s infrastructure is in Precinct 2. The cooperation between the Commissioner and the City is sorely needed. Fish as the mayor said fits the position because brings the spirit and synergy of cooperation to what she does and that will be true of the county.
Fish has put out some questions to help voters decide who is the best candidate for the job. They are as follows:
Is your community better off today than it was 20 years ago when the incumbent took office?
Why is it that west Longview hasn’t had any of the development seen in other parts of the city and county?
Why aren’t our county tax dollars being reinvested in our precinct?
Why does the incumbent fail to cooperate with City of Longview leaders on initiatives designed to improve our infrastructure?
Why doesn’t he sign court documents, like the budget and tax rate? Meeting minutes? And if he does sign for an agenda, why does he mark them with an “x?”
Why does he keep the Precinct 2 office isolated from the county’s phone network and email?
Since Precinct 2 is entirely within Longview and he doesn’t have a road and bridge crew to manage like the other 3 commissioners, what does the incumbent do to earn his salary?
Why is he spending so much time in Austin, and not advocating for the causes of west Longview?
According to Fish, If the voters want a better future in west Longview, the only way forward is to elect a hard-working advocate for Precinct 2 who will research the issues, ask the hard questions, and network with county and city leaders in order to bring about positive initiatives that will lead to a reinvestment in Precinct 2.
Early voting is February 18-28th at the Greggton Community Center or the Gregg County Courthouse. Four voting locations on March 4th are:
Pine Tree HS Theater
PTISD Community Center
Greggton Community Center and Pine Tree Elementary.
By Joycelyne Fadojutimi