You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.
Candidates’ Forum • May 12 General Election
Robert Gregory, Marie Gerlich, Linda Peña Oritz
City of La Vernia
My name is Robert Wilson Gregory. I am running for the office of mayor of La Vernia.
My wife and I have lived in the La Vernia community for the past 15 years. We have a son who graduated from La Vernia, and a daughter currently in eighth grade. I work for Sullair as the area manager.
I have served the La Vernia community as a member of the Planning and Zoning Committee. More recently, I have been appointed to the Wilson County Appraisal District board, representing the city of La Vernia and the LVISD. My wife and I were active in the LV Athletic Booster Club for several years.
As mayor, my goals would be to see the completion of the water well project that would benefit our city tremendously and continue with improvements to our infrastructure, which is needed as our city expands with new homes and businesses. Most important, not lose sight of what makes our city special and why we call it home, and I’ll do my part to ensure responsible growth.
I want La Vernia to have a choice when it comes to the mayor’s office and I’m asking for your vote on May 12!
My name is Marie Gerlich and I am seeking the office of mayor for the city of La Vernia.
I spent 39 years in the public school system. I worked as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent.
I am a lifelong resident of La Vernia, educated in the La Vernia school system, and a member of St. Ann Catholic Church.
I have served as city council member for the past two years and on the Wilson County Appraisal District board for three years.
The opportunity to serve as mayor of La Vernia will allow me to use my experiences to be a part of the continued growth of our city. This position requires a background in the budget and taxing process to ensure funds are used in the most efficient way possible. It also requires that a person be available to listen to citizens and explore ways to ensure continued progress.
La Vernia is currently in a period of growth, as we have witnessed with the location of new businesses. As mayor, I would direct my attention to infrastructure needs to continue supporting and promoting La Vernia.
Thank you for your vote May 12.
City of Elmendorf
Tom M. Green Jr.
My name is Tom M. Green Jr.; I have been a resident of Elmendorf for 21 years. I have served on the city council for six years, prior to May 2011.
Our city is being sued for $4 million. I can only wonder what will happen if we lose this civil action. Will the burden be placed on the citizens of Elmendorf?
If elected, I intend to find out what brought on this civil action and take immediate action to rectify the issue. Our city cannot afford to lose a lawsuit of this magnitude.
This past year, Mayor Manuel Decena and our city council increased our property taxes by almost 50 percent. If elected, I intend to review this heavy tax burden placed on our citizens. If I determine it is not justified, I will do all I can to rescind the tax increase.
I intend to review all city positions and job descriptions, and find out if salaries conform with other cities our size. I will temporarily request the assistance of a human resources specialist to bring us into conformance with the state of Texas standards and regulations.
I respectfully request your support and vote on May 12.
Linda Peña Ortiz
Alderman, Place 5
My name is Linda Peña Ortiz. I was born and raised in Elmendorf. My father was one of the original council members in 1963.
I attended ECISD until graduation. I was married to Hector Casanova Ortiz for 19 years and have been a widow for 18 years. I have lived in Elmendorf all my life, except when my late husband was in the Army.
I have been involved with the city since 1996; it has been an honor and a privilege to serve on the city council for 14 years.
I served on the board of directors with NHS of San Antonio for 12 years. I am active with St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and organizations, such as ACTS, Guadalupana Family Society, and the annual church festival.
I seek re-election because we are a growing community and I believe we need continued progress to make Elmendorf a better place for all citizens. I have the commitment, patience, and determination to take on this endeavor.
I believe it is important to continue with streets and drainage, animal control, and our new municipal building. With the coming of Dollar General and Weatherford, we hope to bring new jobs and additional improvements to Elmendorf.
All local candidates were invited to submit an article for the candidates’ forum. These four are the only candidates that responded. Early voting for the May 12 election is April 30 through May 8.
Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
Section A: General News Archives
A look at area’s reptilian past and present (June 22, 2016)
Council meets ‘the enforcer’ (June 22, 2016)
Court Update (June 22, 2016)
Crime Stoppers celebrates 35th year (June 22, 2016)
Donsbach resigns from school board (June 22, 2016)
Editorial: The challenges, rewards of fatherhood (June 22, 2016)
Editorial: Will the tragedy in Orlando, Fla., change anything? (June 22, 2016)
Editorial: ‘I have had enough! Will you take a stand with me?’ (June 22, 2016)
Former Ranger Whitman leads DFPS (June 22, 2016)
Free entry to historic sites for military (June 22, 2016)
Indianhead Division plans national reunion (June 22, 2016)
Jehovah’s Witnesses set for July convention (June 22, 2016)
Letter: Fond memories of Floresville’s ‘fast food’ hangouts (June 22, 2016)
Letter: Let the dead rest in peace (June 22, 2016)
Letter: Recusal proper (June 22, 2016)
Meeting Watch: Floresville Convention, Tourist & Visitors Advisory Board (June 22, 2016)
Meeting Watch: Wilson County Memorial Hospital District (June 22, 2016)
Peanut issues spur Kellogg snack recall (June 22, 2016)
Pipeline-security course in Beeville (June 22, 2016)
Police Blotter (June 22, 2016)
Relief from the heat (June 22, 2016)
SISD board pays off $123K balance (June 22, 2016)
Students make dollars make sense (June 22, 2016)
Tax watch (June 22, 2016)
Time Warner gets Floresville-area Internet back in action (June 22, 2016)
USDA Housing Seminar (June 22, 2016)
WC Republican Party plans social (June 22, 2016)
You are self-insured (June 22, 2016)
Antonio Coy’s grave gets Texas Ranger Cross, Marker (June 15, 2016)
Attend free Elder Fraud Summit (June 15, 2016)
Burning question for Stockdale officials (June 15, 2016)
Court Update (June 15, 2016)
Display a kind spirit (June 15, 2016)
Editorial: floresvilleparksfoundation.com is live (June 15, 2016)
Editorial: People did ‘say something’ in Orlando, but to no avail (June 15, 2016)
FEDC will sell bond for city parks when time is right (June 15, 2016)
Floresville closes in on parks plan implementation (June 15, 2016)
Former Texas Ranger receives long-awaited dedication (June 15, 2016)
Foundation seeks donations (June 15, 2016)
Get greenhouse-building tips from the Master Gardeners (June 15, 2016)
Giant gator causes alarm (June 15, 2016)
GVEC to meet June 24 (June 15, 2016)
Jubilee to honor Vicki Wehmeyer (June 15, 2016)
Judge Jackson queries DA’s budget (June 15, 2016)
Letter: Crazy J Rodeo, Crouch family express gratitude (June 15, 2016)
Letter: From the Pastor’s desk (June 15, 2016)
Letter: Property destruction … is not a civil matter (June 15, 2016)
Local EMS personnel assist flood victims in Brazoria (June 15, 2016)
Lone Star Greys plan June meeting (June 15, 2016)
Meet Dr. Fisher at the driving range (June 15, 2016)
Meeting Watch: ESD No. 3 (Stockdale-based) (June 15, 2016)
Meeting Watch: Falls City ISD (June 15, 2016)
Meeting Watch: La Vernia City Council (June 15, 2016)
Meeting Watch: Poth ISD (June 15, 2016)
Meeting Watch: Stockdale City Council (June 15, 2016)
Pastor travels to promote public prayer (June 15, 2016)
Police Blotter (June 15, 2016)
Poth trail gets $200K Parks and Wildlife grant (June 15, 2016)
Tickets, tables available for Casino Night (June 15, 2016)
Vehicle drives discussion (June 15, 2016)
WCRP cancels July meeting (June 15, 2016)
Win a lifetime license! (June 15, 2016)
A home of their own: Sandy Oaks preps for move (June 8, 2016)
Audit reveals conservative management (June 8, 2016)
Be smart during, after floods (June 8, 2016)
China Grove faces ‘dog bone’ of contention (June 8, 2016)
County jail passes inspection (June 8, 2016)
Crime Stoppers reaches out, educates community (June 8, 2016)
Editor: Bloggers have misconception of economic development (June 8, 2016)
Editorial: As Dems and Republicans continue internal struggles (June 8, 2016)
Editorial: The great promise of socialism is something for nothing (June 8, 2016)
Floodwaters strand man in tree (June 8, 2016)
Invest in Chandler (June 8, 2016)
Letter: Anti-gun hypocrites run amok on Capitol Hill (June 8, 2016)
Letter: Hurd sides with establishment politicians (June 8, 2016)
Meeting Update: Wilson County Commissioners Court (June 8, 2016)
Mission supporters seek votes for grant (June 8, 2016)
One student remains missing, second girl reported found (June 8, 2016)
Police Blotter (June 8, 2016)
Sauceda earns degree in criminal justice (June 8, 2016)
Sports Boosters seek new members (June 8, 2016)
Spring rains saturate area (June 8, 2016)
Texas Guard to conduct annual training across state (June 8, 2016)
Vehicle burglars plague Nixon (June 8, 2016)
Wilson County employees ‘Walk Across Texas’ (June 8, 2016)
Adkins man faces child porn charges (June 1, 2016)
Alamo receives digital makeover (June 1, 2016)
CDC names best mosquito repellents (June 1, 2016)
City replaces hydrant after firefighters find it unusable (June 1, 2016)
Court Update (June 1, 2016)
Dollar General gives grants to libraries (June 1, 2016)
Donate blood in June (June 1, 2016)
Editorial: Slick college commencement speeches, toxic rhetoric (June 1, 2016)
Editorial: Texas should join conversation about climate risk (June 1, 2016)
Editorial: Trump’s over the hump, Sanders persists, Hillary … is a Clinton (June 1, 2016)
Eight-liner parlors remain closed (June 1, 2016)
Flag-raising event (June 1, 2016)
Floresville council hints at replacing city appointees (June 1, 2016)
Floresville police ramp up ‘Click It or Ticket’ program (June 1, 2016)
Fowler wins constable runoff (June 1, 2016)
Free disaster training June 11 (June 1, 2016)
Free senior fitness classes (June 1, 2016)
Help locate missing Floresville High School girls (June 1, 2016)
Homeowners seek fire, EMS protection (June 1, 2016)
Hubbard to set high expectations for the EC football program (June 1, 2016)
Insurance for young couple (June 1, 2016)
Jobless numbers fall (June 1, 2016)
Legal aid clinics for vets (June 1, 2016)
Location change for Parkinson’s Support Group (June 1, 2016)
Meeting Watch: Floresville Electric Light & Power System (June 1, 2016)
Police Blotter (June 1, 2016)
Poth ISD welcomes new staff members (June 1, 2016)
Quintanilla found guilty of aggravated assault (June 1, 2016)
Second responders to meet (June 1, 2016)
Three Oaks Center meeting canceled (June 1, 2016)
Trammell to lead livestock show board (June 1, 2016)
UIW’s new Direct Admit Health Professions Program starts this fall (June 1, 2016)