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Baytown City Councilman
Those that endorsed the camera company's PAC were; Mayor Stephen DonCarlos, Terry Sain, Pete Alfaro, Calvin Mundinger, Ronnie Anderson, Dr. Don Murray, Sammy Mahan, Charles Schaffer, Aubrey Wayne Henscey and Byron Jones.
Sammy Mahan, Owner Sammy's towing
"Hopefully we will be busy and people will use the service," said Sammy Mahan, owner of Sammy's Towing.
Forty percent of alcohol related crashes resulted in a fatality between the years 2002 and 2006, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While last year in Texas alone, 1,292 people never made it home because they died in an alcohol related crash. While the number of lives lost to drunk driving is staggering, Mahan said he thinks the number of people drinking and driving has decreased since he started the "Tipsy Tows" program back in '91. It's easy to participate in the program. "People just call and let the drivers know where they are and where they need to be taken home," said Mahan. The only catch is that you have to party in Baytown to use the "Tipsy Tows" services. Mahan suggests people put the number in their cell phone or on a piece of paper before leaving home for a New Year's bash. "I have had mothers call me to make sure they have the right number," said Mahan. "Because they know their sons or daughters will be drinking." On average, Mahan says he gets three to seven calls a night. On occasion he gets a call of appreciation after the New Year. Even though he appreciates the gratitude from the community Mahan says he didn't start the program to get recognition. "Just seemed like a good thing to do," said Mahan.
Sammy Mahan, owner and Baytown City Councilman, said the service was once again successful."I'm glad we were able to do it, and I appreciate my guys doing it," he said.
The third, Sammy Mahan, owns a towing business and wants to bring a business management approach to what he calls a "spending problem" at City Hall. Mahan is the only candidate who has served on a city committee.In January, Godwin appointed him to the Charter Review Committee, which will recommend city charter amendments to Council.His business experience qualifies him for the job, he said, as does his past attendance at meetings and work sessions - even bringing new towing regulations before council."I've been preparing myself for this challenge for several years," Mahan said."I have support across the board with City Council now, and I can work with everybody there."Mahan is also treasurer of volunteer organization Baytown Cares.He feels like the city is in a catch-22 with its funds.It needs more development to accrue more money, he said, but has a budget deficit and lacks the funds to expand the sewer system.A need for more neighborhood patrol in District 6 is high on his list of priorities.Crime is worsening with more activity in city parks and on city streets, he said, and residents he talked with told him they wanted more police officers on the streets.He referred to what he called a "car show" in front of Roseland Park on a recent night that completely blocked Roseland Drive.Mahan believes it took too long for the police department to check into it and said he called Chief Byron Jones about the incident. "Luckily nothing happened, but you never know," he said.Mahan said he has better name recognition than his candidates and feels confident about the race but knows his opponents are working hard, too.
At least one representative - District 6's Sammy Mahan - said he opposes the device."I hate red-light cameras," Mahan said."It's an invasion of privacy.