NOTE: EARLY VOTING HAS ENDED. Your last chance to cast a ballot in this election is Saturday, May 5, 2018. Polls will open at the Jersey Village Civic Center, 16327 Lakeview Dr., at 7:00 a.m. So long as you are in line by 7:00 p.m. tomorrow, you will be able to cast a ballot.

I hope you are enjoying a restful Sunday. As we prepare to return to a busy work week tomorrow, I wanted to remind you that early voting for Place 4 on the Jersey Village City Council also begins tomorrow. Before you cast your ballot, I want to share with you my thoughts on this election.

A True Servant Leader

As I announced several weeks ago, I have enthusiastically endorsed James Singleton for this open seat on our city council. While both candidates have experience which make them well qualified to serve on city council, I believe that James Singleton is a true servant leader who is uniquely prepared to get to work immediately on behalf of the citizens of Jersey Village.

He has spent the past sixteen years in public service as a first responder. He began as a volunteer with the Jersey Village Fire Department, went on to join the Jersey Village Police Department, and today is a distinguished arson investigator for the Harris County Fire Marshall’s office. He is the only candidate in this race who truly understands the challenges faced by our police officers, firefighters and our EMT’s. Maintaining the readiness and effectiveness of our emergency services is our highest priority as a community.

James is no stranger to local government here in Jersey Village. He was appointed by city council in 2014 to the Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee that developed our current Comprehensive Plan. He is currently the Chairman of the Board for the Jersey Village Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, which has been tasked with stimulating economic development in the Jersey Village Crossing area on Jones Road, south of U.S. Highway 290.

James Singleton has been a vocal advocate for flood victims. He is the only candidate who has appeared before the Harris County Commissioners Court to advocate for funding for improvement of the White Oak Bayou channel in Jersey Village. He will continue to be an effective advocate for flood mitigation in Jersey Village.

James Singleton and his wife Lynne have also been recognized for their heroism, each receiving the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office Lifesaving Award for saving the life of a man who nearly drowned while kayaking.

On the issues, James strongly supports:

  • Making investments in the golf course to improve it and return it to financial self-sufficiency;
  • Pressing ahead with flood mitigation projects, including the golf course berm, Wall Street storm drainage improvements and seeking FEMA funding for home elevations and home buyouts;
  • Ensuring that the city reduces its reliance on property taxes from residents for revenues. James has endorsed my proposal to increase the residential homestead exemption to offset the increases to our tax bills we have witnessed over the last few years;
  • Continuing to invest in improving the aesthetics of our community and construction of amenities from the comprehensive plan he was instrumental in developing;
  • Focusing on economic development in order to draw businesses, restaurants and family-friendly entertainment to Jersey Village.

When I say that James Singleton is a servant leader, those are not empty words. He has dedicated his life to service of his fellow man. And this is why I believe that he is in the best position to represent a community that values service to one another above all else. We know that the key skills needed for any public servant is the ability to listen and the ability to understand and empathize with your neighbor. By that standard, James is the best qualified candidate to serve on our city council.

Don’t Wait for Election Day to Cast Your Ballot

Over the last five years, more and more voters in Jersey Village have chosen to go to the polls during early voting, and it’s easy to see why. It is rare to have to wait in line during early voting. It usually takes no more than 3-5 minutes to vote during early voting. Most importantly, casting an early ballot ensures that you will not find yourself scrambling to get to the Civic Center on a busy Saturday on election day. Last year 70% of voters took advantage of early voting opportunities.

NOTE: EARLY VOTING HAS ENDED. Your last chance to cast a ballot in this election is Saturday, May 5, 2018. Polls will open at the Jersey Village Civic Center, 16327 Lakeview Dr., at 7:00 a.m. So long as you are in line by 7:00 p.m. tomorrow, you will be able to cast a ballot.

Early voting will take place at the Jersey Village Municipal Government Center on the following dates and times:

Monday, April 23, 2018 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, April 27, 2018 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 8:00am to 1:00pm
No Sunday Voting
Monday, April 30, 2018 from 7:00am to 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 7:00am to 7:00pm

Take care to note the abbreviated voting hours on Saturday and the extended hours for the last two days of early voting.

I hope you will join me in supporting James Singleton for Jersey Village City Council. If you haven’t yet had a chance to speak with James, I encourage you to contact him by e-mail at James@JamesSingleton.org or by phone at 281-571-3299 to get to know him and to ask him any questions you may have before casting your ballot.