Sugar Land - Missouri City Edition | October 2020

2020 Voter Guide

COMPILED BY CLAIRE SHOOP

At-Large Position 2

REGINALD PEARSON

Occupation: Development director, Hope for Three Autism Advocates Experience: Class of 2020-21 Fort Bend Chamber/George Foundation Leadership www.lynnclouser.com LYNN CLOUSER

Occupation: Educator Experience: Longtime JAMES MABLE

CHRIS PRESTON

Occupation: Small business owner Experience: At-Large Position 2 council member; mayor pro- tem www.prestonforcitycouncil.com

Occupation: Procurement officer

Experience: District A council member for 18 months; procurement officer www.reginaldpearson.com

resident of Missouri City; educator for the past 10+ years; service in the U.S. Marines; service industry www.votejamesmable.poliengine.com

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

The biggest challenge is in ensuring financial transparency while keeping families safe and growing our tax base.

Taking the Missouri City economy to the next level is the biggest challenge. The current economy does not effectively incentivize residents to work or spend locally thus the city is losing both talented workers and sales tax revenue to neighboring cities. This can be addressed by engaging local and regional business owners.

Recent decisions have caused residents to distrust our current leadership and doubt their dedication to act in the best interest of our local government and fiduciary responsibility. Good government is actively listening to constituents, making yourself knowledgeable on the issue[s] at hand and making sound decisions.

Unity. It’s time we collectively come together and build a unified and thriving community that remains one of the safest places to live with flourishing local and neighborly corporate businesses. [I envision] a place that affords an exceptional quality of life with low property taxes. I want us to think about our economic development in terms that are tangible and measurable. It will require a mutually beneficial partnership with our business leaders to meet the demands of our diverse city. We need to bring jobs back to Missouri City. We need to support small businesses that are the backbone of our community. Missouri City must be prepared for any ramifications that may come as a result of COVID-19. We must be mindful and ready to assist our residents during these trying times. This effort will require a thorough assessment of our city financials as a whole to ensure we are well-positioned for an uncertain, yet bright future.

How should Missouri City think about economic development and growth?

We should think big while understanding our beginnings. The founders of our city formed Missouri City as a bedroom community where people resided but worked and shopped elsewhere. Development has challenged that beginning as we now seek new development with offerings to support families in our community.

Our city leaders should ensure that our business community is catering to residents by offering jobs, services and products that they need and want. I am a proponent of not reinventing the wheel by taking a comprehensive approach [and] identifying cities with mature economies as models for strategic planning/consulting. That it remains one of the safest cities in the United States. A low residential tax burden and diversified business economy are just a few strategies that will ensure lasting economic success. I see Missouri City making its presence known as a premiere destination with various local attractions.

Missouri City has experienced tremendous growth in the 40 years I have lived in this community. My desire is to see the city grow by remaining attractive to businesses and developers. Every part of Missouri City matters. Developing good relationships with developers, Realtors, small and large businesses is key, and I will do that.

What is your vision for the future of Missouri City?

I envision a city that is safe for families to reside, transparent in its’ financial dealings and attractive to developers who want to showcase their product and/or service.

My vision is to see us continue to be one of the most diverse and safest cities in America that attracts families to live, work and play. I want my children and my children’s children to want to be part of our community. I envision a community where residents have elected officials they feel are trustworthy.

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

DR. SHIRLEY ROSE-GILLIAM ELECT W W W. V O T E 4 S H I R L E Y R O S E . C O M FOR FORT BEND ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES - POSITION 4

EXPERIENCED AND PROVEN LEADER

Early Voting: OCTOBER 13 - 30 Election Day: NOVEMBER 3RD

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