Midland Mayoral Candidates Face Off In A Debate 10/15/13
October 15, 2013
Midland - It’s proving to be a very tough race to become Midland’s next Mayor. Five candidates all running for Mayor sat down to tackle the tough issues looming in Midland before they’re granted the official title.
The questions ranged from addressing the litter problems all the way to questioning if the city was pushing too hard to build up downtown.
“If we aren’t growing, we are stagnating, and that’s not our community,” said Mayor Candidate Kathy White.
The first question regarding the large downtown energy project sparked a lot of passion amongst the candidates.
“A deteriorating downtown costs you more money than one that is thriving, vibrant and energetic,” said Mayor Candidate John James.
“We now have somebody that will drop that rock and it will be a ripple effect. I thing things are going to happen, and I think it’s going to be a wonderful opportunity for our community,” said Mayor Candidate Jerry Morales.
But not everyone was as positive. “It will develop itself, we don’t have to throw away money and give free land to make it happen,” said Mayor Candidate Keith McLelland.
Other big topics discussed had to do with law enforcement, do we need to make more laws regarding issues like litter? “There’s too many in our society, it interferes with the market and lowers our quality of life.” Said Mayor Candidate Dan Anderson.
Or do we simply just need to hire more law enforcement? “We should just get our officers paid and taken care of and enforce the laws that we have,” said McLelland.
Candidates for both city council district three and four also expressed their opinions at Tuesday’s debate. If you would like to see the full debate, CBS 7 will be airing it on our sister station, my TV 16 this Thursday at nine P-M.