San Angelo's City Council Welcomes a New Councilwoman
SAN ANGELO, TX — Two months after the May city council elections, and two weeks after a run-off election, San Angelo's Single Member District 6 has a new city council representative, Billie DeWitt.
Nervous and excited, DeWitt took her oath of office in front of the other members of city council, family, friends, and supporters this morning in the council's chambers in the McNease Convention Center.
In a short speech, DeWitt expressed her gratitude to her family, friends, supporters and voters who voted her into her new position.
"A lot of work went into this and a lot of support volunteers helped me," council woman DeWitt exclaimed, "[my volunteers] did block walks, door knocks, phone banks, and they gave up their personal time with their families to help me accomplish this great victory, and I just thank them so much and give God all the glory for this wonderful victory."
In an effort to prepare herself for today's meeting, DeWitt met with City Manager Daniel Valenzuela last week to discuss some of today's agenda items.
DeWitt offered praise to outgoing SMD 6 Councilwoman Charlotte Farmer. Farmer did not seek re-election, but ran unsuccessfully for mayor instead.
"Charlotte Farmer is a wonderful person. I met with her last week and she gave me some pointers because she has done a fantastic job for the last 12 years," DeWitt humbly exclaimed. "I won't even talk about being able to fill her shoes because I don't think I ever could, I'm just thankful to have her steps to follow in."
DeWitt plans on hitting the ground running and meeting with her constituents as soon as possible to get to know them on a more personal level and to discuss any issues and/or concerns they may have.
Today, though, DeWitt looked forward to her first city council meeting and discussing all the planned agenda items. As the newest member to the team, DeWitt says her first challenging item will be the TIRZ monetary funds that were a major topic during today's city council meeting. The council voted to cease giving TIRZ grants to fund public or non-profit projects. DeWitt was in the middle of the discussion leading up to the vote.
DeWitt will serve four years as SMD 6's council representative. "It has been an amazing journey, it's just getting started and I'm really excited about it!" she said.