Election Q&A's: 3 candidates to face off for Conroe City Council Place 1

Early voting for the November election, when voters will choose candidates for national, state and local positions, begins Oct. 13. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Early voting for the November election, when voters will choose candidates for national, state and local positions, begins Oct. 13. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Early voting for the November election, when voters will choose candidates for national, state and local positions, begins Oct. 13. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)



HOUSTON



Conroe City Council Place 1






*Indicates incumbent





Duane Ham*





Occupation: construction business owner and investor


Experience: Conroe City Council member from 2016-present






What are the biggest challenges the city of Conroe faces, and how do you plan to address them?



DH: Some of the biggest challenges we face are the rampant growth. Infrastructure is always a challenge, making sure that you're staying in front of the infrastructure for the new growth. We're talking about roads, water, sewer and [make sure we can] facilitate and deliver to our constituents.



What are your goals for the city's development in the next five to 10 years?



DH: To make sure we keep up with the demand on infrastructure. That we help promote the arts. We want to make sure the arts and music are all coming here. That individuals who are coming through here have mobility. We're starting to work on the arts now and making sure we have an arts center, we have a convention center coming and the first major hotel coming in.



Are you in favor of imposing stricter term limits for mayor and council members? Why or why not?



DH: No, I am not in favor. They vote every four years. If people don't like the job that I've done, vote me out. I can only serve two terms anyway, then I have to step out for four years. That's a cop out for people not to go vote. People need to go vote. Term limits at the city level doesn't make sense.








Todd Yancey




Occupation: Smyrna Ready Mix, general manager and sales


Experience: successfully built and operated concrete plant for 35 years






What are the biggest challenges facing the city of Conroe, and how do you plan to address them?



TY: One of the biggest challenges facing the city of Conroe is growth and preparing our infrastructure to handle the growth.

There is a constant challenge to the management of funds to repair the old or replace with new.



What are your goals for the city's development in the next five to 10 years?



TY: My goals for the city is to meet the needs of the citizens, operate within the budget and to not raise taxes. Preparing for future growth will always be in our planning.



Are you in favor of imposing stricter term limits for mayor and council members? Why or why not?



TY: I am not in favor of imposing stricter term limits for mayor and council members. I feel that the current term limits are sufficient because the citizens vote to make the decision.








Brandon Polk




Occupation: owner and head trainer of 40+ fitness and wellness studios


Experience: being a small business owner






What are the biggest challenges facing the city of Conroe, and how do you plan to address them?



BP: I feel that we have a major problem with allowing small businesses to start up, or they are being held back with either city regulations or from the county. Small business are the [backbone] of our community and need our support. Also, I would work other council members to set up a task force of small business owners.



What are your goals for the city's development in the next five to 10 years?



BP: I see new economic development coming to the great city of Conroe: new businesses opening and more economic prosperity for everyone. I see a community working together where we all move the city in the right direction for everyone. We work better together than apart.



Are you in favor of imposing stricter term limits for mayor and council members? Why or why not?



BP: I am in favor of stricter terms and by that two terms is enough. Let’s get new people involved that have new ideas and not let the same group make the decisions for everyone.




By Eva Vigh
Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.


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