Richmond voters to elect mayor & 2 city commissioners
By Betsy Dolan
In a city with as much history as Richmond, the May election will signal a new beginning for the small community on the cusp of significant growth.
On May 10, Richmond voters will go to the polls to elect a mayor and two city commissioners who will help navigate the city’s projected growth thanks to a voter approved charter change which allows for zoning and annexation.
Voter’s will choose between Evalyn Moore and Gary Gillen for mayor. A total of seven candidates have filed for two commissioner seats: Tres Davis, William Dostal, Carlos Garcia, Robert (Glen) Gilmore, Gerry D’Onofrio, Jesse Torres and Milton Wright.
Evalyn Moore, 70, was appointed in 2012 to serve the remaining 18 months of her late husband’s term. Hillmar Moore served more than 60 years as Richmond’s mayor and his wife says she is ready for her turn to lead the city of almost 12,000. Evalyn Moore says she wants to maintain the stability and continuity of Richmond’s history while promoting growth through strategic annexations. She is also excited about reducing taxes and creating new jobs from bringing new businesses into Richmond.
“I’m excited about the new charter,” Moore said. “All of Richmond’s future building blocks are in place.”
Gary Gillen, 56, has served two terms as a Richmond city commissioner and was a city councilman in Rosenberg for four years. He says his experience has given him an expert knowledge in how cities work and believes that cities like Richmond need to change with the times. Gillen says he will work to build streets and amenities citizens can be proud of, create a more efficient city web site and wants the city’s emphasis to be on lowering taxes.
“The citizens of Richmond want change,” Gillen said. “They proved it when they voted for the charter change and for zoning regulations.
Tres Davis, 46, is the director of a non-profit that focuses on revitalizing north Richmond. Prior to that, he was a special education teacher with Lamar Consolidated ISD for seven years. Davis, a product of a low-income neighborhood, says Richmond needs to develop economic opportunities to keep people living and working in Richmond.
William “Bill” Dostal, 70, is 3rd generation family business owner and has served as a Richmond city commissioner since 2002. He wants to focus his attention on advancing the new city charter and making sensible decisions that encourage growth and reduce taxes.
Carlos Garcia, 56, is in insurance sales and supports expanding Richmond’s city commissioners from three to five and implementing term limits. Garcia says he will work for lower property taxes, fixing Richmond’s streets and making sure the city stands behind smart annexation.
Robert “Glen” Gilmore, 76, is a rancher and a retired AT & T executive. He was Richmond’s city manager for 21 years and served on the charter commission. Gilmore says 25% of Richmond’s tax base is exempt and is concerned that the City is operating under a very limited budget. He says Richmond needs to maintain the good things they have while keeping an open mind for growth.
Gennaro “Gerry” D’Onofrio, 64, is an ambassador for Fort Bend transit and worked in law enforcement for many years. He has lived in Richmond for 11 years and has lived in Fort Bend County for 34 years.
Jesse Torres, 59, has been a department manager at Kroger for 16 years. He served as a Lamar Consolidated ISD school board member for 14 years and says working with a $700 million dollar budget taught him to spend money wisely. Torres promises that if he is elected, he will serve with honor and dignity.
Milton Wright, 75, was the Fort Bend County Sheriff for 16 years. He says the areas Richmond needs to focus on are infrastructure, surface water, taxes and economic development. Wright would like to see more retail centers and an increased sales tax to offset high property taxes. Wright also supports a city commission consisting of five members rather than three so that all of Richmond could be represented.
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