Former Missouri City council member Gary to run this spring



Missouri City resident Cynthia L. Gary, a former two-term Missouri City council member and one-term Fort Bend ISD trustee, announced her candidacy for City Council At-Large Position 2.

She will be challenging first term incumbent Chris Preston in May.

At Large candidates are elected by the entire Missouri City electorate.

“I want to work for the people of Missouri City and be part of moving Missouri City forward,” Gary said. “I like Chris. I really do. This isn’t about running against anyone else. It’s about service.”

Gary, however, said she chose to challenge Preston instead of At-Large Position 1 council member Jerry Wyatt, due to Wyatt’s experience, and she questioned whether Preston’s recent enrollment in law school would become an issue.

“He won’t be able to dedicate as much time to his constituents,” Gary said.

In 2010, Gary unsuccessfully challenged Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen, but it was the closest any candidate had come to unseating the 22-year-incumbent.

Last year, she was appointed to 19-member Missouri City’s Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) by first-term District C Council Member Anthony Maroulis.

The committee helps city council, and the Planning and Zoning Commission, city staff and a consultant team in reviewing the city’s policy and goals.

“CPAC will work with city entities to create a plan that will address Capital Improvements and I believe (City Manager) Anthony Snipes will work diligently to address Capital Improvement issues as well,” Gary said.

In recent months, there has been discussion about how Missouri City can improve facilities for its police and fire departments.

“Because the construction and/or expansion of Public Safety facilities are impacted by city growth, I’m sure it will be a topic of discussion at future meetings,” Gary said.

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