Tom Thompson:"I want to be a voice for North San Angelo"
SAN ANGELO, TEXAS -- Tom Thompson has lived in San Angelo for the past 32 years. Thompson chose to stay in San Angelo after receiving his bachelors in business administration from Angelo State University in 1989. He has been married for 17 years and has 2 children. Thompson currently works as the Marketing Director for the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. Live! caught up with him to ask him what he wanted San Angelo citizens in Single Member District 2 to know.
“I want to be a voice for North San Angelo," said Thompson. Furthermore, Thompson believes that it is important for district 2 to get its fair share of consideration through improvements and maintenance from the city and would like to be the person who "will listen and work well with other members of the city council.”
One of the biggest problems facing the citizens of San Angelo is the available water resources, so, where do you stand on the water situation and do you have a long term plan for the water reserve?
“Well I think if you look at what we try to keep in reserve, and across the many municipalities, the standard reserve is 90 days, which we do not have. I do think our water plan is the most primary thing San Angelo has to worry about as a community. We have to secure that. We have to make sure that the water coming in, and that we have something not just for the next 5 years, but for the next 10 years, but for the next 15-20 years.”
Lots of people are upset about the controversy and lack of transparency surrounding Republic Services and the contract with the city, where do you stand on the trash issue?
Thompson was hesitant to bash those who had agreed to the Republic contract in office before him, and he didn't believe he had enough facts to make a sound judgment.
“All of those decisions were made long before I decided to run for SMD2. I’ve gotten this question from other people, I haven’t seen all the information as it is available. So, I am not going to criticize those who are in office right now over something I may not have all the information that was present when the decision was made. So right now, I am going to stand back and not have an opinion on that because I have not seen all the information that is pertinent to that.”
Many candidates are focusing on issues surrounding both infrastructure and economics, and many see how the two connected. What is your vision for your district and for the future of the city of San Angelo?
Thompson sees the way forward being paved with economic growth and fiscal responsibility, “I think the future of San Angelo, lies in the growth of San Angelo. Our ability to do the things we want, to expand the things we want, is going to hinge on economic development. I think we have to look at the city, and how it operates on a revenue driven budget. We do anything we can afford to do. Sometimes you have to do some debt financing, like the Ford Ranch, but when we look at things we want to do locally, we have to stay within our means.”
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