Longtime MC Council Member Wyatt to face newcomer Davis in At-Large election
By Michael Sudhalter
Missouri City At-Large Council Member Position 1 Jerry Wyatt doesn’t think his opponent, Pernell Davis, has what it takes to run for city council.
“He doesn’t own any property and (therefore) pays no taxes on it, and he wants to run the citizens’ money,” Wyatt said. “He has no skin in the game.”
Because it’s an At-Large position, the entire Missouri City electorate will have the opportunity to choose between Wyatt and Davis on May 7.
Wyatt, a 68-year-old retired health care administrator, has a total of 30 years experience on city council. He served from 1981-94 and since 1998 to the present.
Davis, a 30-year-old security company executive, makes his first foray into politics, and he wouldn’t confirm or deny whether he owns residential property in Missouri City.
“I live in Missouri City – whether we own property or not, we still have equal interest in making sure we have the best city possible,” Davis said.
Although the election is officially non-partisan, Wyatt identifies as a moderate Republican, and Davis is a Democrat who has received significant support from local Fort Bend Democratic Party leaders.
Wyatt said that he’s running for re-election to ensure that Missouri City continues to be the great city that it’s become over the past decades. He said the city of 67,000 has education levels and property values that exceed the state average.
“We have a responsibility to tell people what’s in Missouri City, and we haven’t done a good job of that,” Wyatt said.
He’s also proud of his financial stewardship during his time on council. His only hiatus from council came in the wake of losing a 1994 mayoral election to then fellow-council member Allen Owen, who has been mayor ever since that year.
“My biggest deal is that the city’s finances stay in order,” Wyatt said. “Missouri City’s not had a deficit since I’ve chaired the budget committee for over 20 years.”
Wyatt said he’ll continue to run for city council until a better or comparable candidate comes along.
“I’m going to run as long as there as no qualified people to run,” Wyatt said. “When there’s someone qualified to run, I may not run.”
Davis, who has lived in Missouri City for the past decade, worked as a Sheriff’s Deputy in his hometown of New Orleans.
He considers his experience in security/law enforcement and working on other candidates’ political campaigns assets as he begins working on his own campaign.
“I think it’s time for a fresh set of eyes and someone who can develop that relationship between small business and government,” Davis said. “I’d also want to create a youth summer job programs, so they can have the opportunity to have experience to understand what they decide now will help the economy and make us greater.
Davis specifically spoke about the importance of the economic development along Texas Parkway.
“I’m interested in seeing what Houston Community College is bringing to the table,” Davis said. “I will work with trustees and administrators to make sure we have the things that we need, and that the campus (which will open next year) can contribute to Texas Parkway Corridor.”