|Posted on 11/3/2017 6:44:00 AM.|
(Seguin) -- While the community absorbs the sad news of former Councilman Phil Seidenberger's death on Thursday night, the election to find his replacement enters its last day of early voting. Four men are vying to fill Seidenberger's unexpired term. Seidenberger resigned his seat earlier this year due to health concerns. Those on the ballot include Jim Green, Jeremiah Arevalo, Dennis Estes, and Jim Lievens.
Each of the candidates recently explained to Seguin Radio KWED why they felt they were the best person for the job. Green, a known member of the Democratic party, says although the position is non-partisan, he believes that making a difference begins at the local level. He says despite his democratic ideals, a seat on the Seguin City Council will allow him to do what is best for everyone.
"I think it's highly improbable I'm going to be elected alright. So why not be very honest with you about it. I'm 83. I don't mean no bones about how old I am. If you like what I stand for -- I will work towards achieving those things and progress are helping to become a better city. I think that progress is the only way to get there. I really sincerely believe that you can do things on a local level that they can not do in a larger party of things. There's too much indecisive in us. They can't get together in terms of really trying to solve problems where on the local level a person might be able to get to solve some problems, particularly youth unemployment," said Green.
Next on the ballot is Jeremiah Arevalo. Arevalo is no stranger to campaigning on a city of Seguin ballot. Arevalo, originally ran for this same seat against Seidenberger and also put in a bid for mayor. Although both of those races were unsuccessful, he says they have done nothing to dismiss his desire to serve and better equip the city for its future.
"Like the age old saying, 'if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem' and I don't want to be part of the problem. I want to be part of the solution. That's why I want to run. That's why I'm running. That's why I continue to strive. This right here, it's hard work. It's a lot of hard work. I stay up sometimes late at night and I look at numbers, I look at documents, I look at the laws and I'm studying all of these moving parts that the city can be. They passed, it's a $77 million budget. It takes days of workshops and looking over things, painstakingly and that's where I want to be. I want to be in a workshop working hard. I want to be there. I want to initiate debate so that it's like a boxing match. You come out and you've got your hands up and you're fighting. They're saying negative things to each other, saying things, but if you always notice at the end of that match, they always embrace. They always come together. The consistently embrace and they thank each other and they say this, thank you for bringing the best out of me,'" said Arevalo.
Also appearing on the ballot is Dennis Estes. Estes says he plans to rely on his business experience and passion for the city during Tuesday's election.
"I think I have the experience, the educational background and for what I stand for -- I have the time to commit to the job. These just aren't council meetings every two weeks. You sit on committees, you go to government training sessions and things like that. I'm very ethical. I'm very dedicated and I am committed to supporting this job and all the people that live in District 3," said Estes.
The final name appearing on the ballot for City Council District 3 is Jim Lievens. Lievens says he’s ready to take on the challenge in support of each resident.
"I don't think there's -- you just can't count enough, the service that I've given to the community. I think that helps by knowing the community. I think it helps with those relationships that I talked about. The passion that I'm going to bring to this, I don't know how to say that strongly enough -- I think my work experience, both at Commercial Metals (CMC) and at the Alamo Colleges is a big asset. It's the same things. I keep repeating over and over again, I know, but I'm going to work diligently for this city. The ads I'm playing on your radio station (KWED), I talk about this is my town and this is your town. I truly believe that. So I'm going to bring some passion into this," said Lievens.
There are several state constitutional amendments that will also appear on the ballot. Early voting will be held today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Seguin Elections Office, Grace Memorial Church, the Central Texas Technology Center, the Schertz Elections Office Annex and the New Berlin City Hall. Polls on election day, Tuesday, will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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