Q&A: Find out who’s running for New Braunfels City Council Districts 1 and 2 ahead of the May 7 election

Three candidates are running for the District 1 office of the New Braunfels City Council in the upcoming May 7 election, and two candidates are running for the District 2 office.

The candidates for District 1 are Andres Campos-Delgado, Jimmy Vallejo Delgado and Suzanne Kasey Lynn.

No city council seat has an incumbent.

Candidate responses have been edited for length, style and clarity.

What would be your top priorities if elected?

City initiatives; ongoing maintenance and upgrades of our aging infrastructure; affordable housing; quality of life improvements such as parks, trails, sidewalks, etc.; neighborhood initiatives

How should New Braunfels manage growth within the city?

New Braunfels is an amazing place to live and is conveniently located on the I-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio. Growth is on. I believe the city needs to plan accordingly to manage this growth. If we ignore it or try to stop it, we recoil. New Braunfels must meet the infrastructure demands necessary for a growing population.

What would be your top priorities if elected?

My top priority if elected, and not just in my district, is the safety of the citizens of New Braunfels, especially with regard to your next inquiry, which is the substantial and rapid growth of the already experienced and projected town. We must provide the New Braunfels Police with all the tools they need to keep the growing number of people in New Braunfels safe and everyone who wants to make this great city their home!

How should New Braunfels manage growth within the city?

I think the size of the city and its projected growth also caused us to need a transit system. A cheap or free way for our citizens to get to work, medical appointments, shopping, or anywhere else without depending on private ride-sharing companies, which can be expensive. I think a smaller bus than used in big cities could go through town on a daily schedule that would benefit the city as a whole.

What would be your top priorities if elected?

My priorities are to find ways to grow and nurture community engagement in civic affairs through more innovative channels, including social media, that meet them where they are. After all, how can we expect the community we live in to thrive without their contribution? Also, I want to make sure that not only landlords receive rezoning notices, but also residents – renters shouldn’t be left out. I am very passionate about putting “serving” back into public service.

How should New Braunfels manage the growth of the city?

We may have reached a point where we need to slow down, assess current infrastructure, environment and community needs before adding new high density developments. Our schools are almost full; it’s not just the school board’s problem to keep up; council members are called upon to ensure the city is functioning well as a whole and to work with other city entities such as school boards, fire and police to proactively coordinate New Braunfels to prevent a crisis later.

What would be your top priorities if elected?

First, take a deep dive into all the hard work the bond committee has put into their respective projects to help our city grow. Each, and understand residents’ concerns and how they will affect them. The committee has a very exciting job to help our town grow.

How should New Braunfels manage the growth of the city?

The city is doing a great job, and I’m not against anyone moving here because we moved here 2 and a half years ago and fell in love with New Braunfels.

What would be your top priorities if elected?

The focus would be on improving public safety and quality of life, working with and through community organizations and municipal staff. Having worked in the local criminal justice community, I have experience with city and county first responders. Although I have seen with my own eyes the incredible work of our police department [has] finished protecting our city, the small town in which I founded a family is no longer so small.

How should New Braunfels manage growth within the city?

As mentioned earlier, the growth in New Braunfels is unprecedented. Growth is not always a good thing. Our early municipal leaders did a great job managing the growth of their time. Somewhere in the mid to late 1980s, our city really started to see the growth in numbers that we have today. New residents mean new customers for local businesses, which in turn increases tax revenue. With increased tax revenues, cities can invest more in roads, capital improvement projects and parks.

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