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
has better name recognition than his
candidates and feels confident about the race but knows his
opponents are working hard, too.