SHSU’s Student Government Association hosted a candidate forum at the university last night. Four of the candidates running for city offices showed up–Mayor Mac Woodward, at-large Position #1 candidate Andy Brauninger, Ward #4 candidate Joe Rodriguez, and Ward #2 candidate Kendall Scudder. A good crowd of mostly students filled Room 140 of the College of Humanities and Social Science Building.
Not in attendance were Ward #3 councilmember Ron Allen, Ward #1 council candidate Paul Knox, Ward #1 councilmember Joe Emmett, and Ward #2 councilmember Tish Humphrey. SGA President Ramiro Jaime, Jr. read a statement from Humphrey which said, “Due to the continued disorganization of the candidate forum, I will be spending the evening on other campaign actions.”
During the forum, each candidate was given adquate time to pass along their biographies and focus on local political issues affecting students.
Joe Rodriguez talked about the need for more sidewalks for students for safety, how he wanted to be a voice for students on the council, and the need for more cooperation among governmental entities. Kendall Scudder was concerned with the lack of student representation on the council, the lack of sidewalks, and the need for a research site complex and other student-oriented economic development as opposed to retail development. Andy Brauninger thought the City should bring the council to students, promoted a complete revamping of the budget each year, and forecast that economic development will be coming to this area. Mayor Mac Woodward wanted to be part of the solution and agreed with many of the issues the other candidates discussed. He told those attending, “The problems that we have, and the needs that our citizens have are the same as yours because you are our citizens, too.” He expressed the hope that more graduates could find jobs here–to stay in the community.