Sugar Land - Missouri City Edition | October 2020

CANDIDATE Q&A

Get to know the candidates running for Missouri City City Council

Incumbent

Mayor

At-Large Position 1

Occupation: Small business owner Experience: HOA board member; District C council member 2009- 2015; mayor pro-tem 2014-15; Parks Board member 2007-2009 www.robin4mayor.com ROBIN J. ELACKATT

Occupation: Mayor; Urban planner/ land development professional Experience: Three terms as city council member, one term as mayor www.yolandaford.com YOLANDA FORD

Candidate did not respond to questionnaire as of press time. FRED G. TAYLOR

VASHAUNDRA EDWARDS

Occupation: Program director for juvenile probation Experience: Chairwoman of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee www.vedwards.org

What is the biggest challenge facing Missouri City, and how would you address it?

A lack of leadership and vision. I am deeply concerned for the future of our city with current divisiveness within our communities and city hall, continued property tax increases, and recent negative media attention due to decisions made by current leaders. There is a scripture that says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

Currently, the challenge is correcting the previous misuse of city funds and redeveloping distressed corridors. Respectively, by putting in financial internal controls and having professionals who have the knowledge and the ability to facilitate economic development in culturally diverse economies.

Candidate did not respond to questionnaire as of press time.

The biggest challenge facing Missouri City is having residents be acceptable to beneficial change. Change is intended to be positive towards the community and purposeful to benefit all residents in the city.

How should Missouri City think about economic development and growth?

We must focus on accomplishing City Council’s top five goals: resources for economic development; Sienna Plantation commercial development; office development; commercial warehouse/distribution and manufacturing space on Hwy. 90 and Beltway 8; and redevelopment of Texas Parkway and Cartwright Road.

Economic development and growth should be sustainable and focused on the residents’ needs in the city.

Candidate did not respond to questionnaire as of press time.

My vision for the future of Missouri City is to see all areas of the community develop to its full potential. Also, I would love to see the Texas Parkway corridor and Cartwright corridor both fully redeveloped and give small businesses a chance to flourish. We must have a city manager in place that has experience in both areas. Our new city manager, Odis Jones, has a wealth of knowledge and experience in economic development. In addition, it’s important for us to have an economic development director that shares the same redevelopment and economic developments goals.

What is your vision for the future of Missouri City?

My vision is simple: “Together, we can move Missouri City forward.” MCTX has witnessed tremendous growth, and we want our city to remain a safe place to live, work and play. Our leaders today must step up and be leaders who are accessible to all citizens, visible, honest, trustworthy, and transparent.

To create a smart city that is fiscally sound which provides residents with a community that embodies the opportunity to live, work and play within the city.

Candidate did not respond to questionnaire as of press time.

Answers may have been edited for length. Read full Q&A’s at communityimpact.com/vote .

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