Meet Tom Cronin, Byron Sanford running for Montgomery City Council Place 5

Meet the candidates running for Place 5.
Meet the candidates running for Place 5.

Meet the candidates running for Place 5.



HOUSTON



Montgomery City Council, Place 5










Tom Cronin*



Occupation: small-business owner


Experience: business owner, senior management experience, construction experience






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



TC: Planning for growth, including infrastructure, streets, sidewalks, water and sewer, and reliable electric service. We are elected to provide basic services such as the above, but our revenues are being spent on items that don't have the priority that basic services do.



Why are you running for City Council?



TC: I am running for re-election because we need strong leaders. We need more leaders that say no to ridiculous expenditures. As it stands, we have elected officials that say nothing at City Council meetings. They don't engage in the discussion. We have issues with spending. Spending on the wrong things. We have no citywide vision for the future. Growth is impacting our city, and we need to manage it effectively. ... We must have planned and managed growth. This city is not about one person. It is not about goats and goat parades. It is about doing what is right for the citizens/taxpayers of Montgomery.









Byron Sanford



Occupation: pastor of Dacus Baptist Church


Experience: 33 years in public education as teacher, coach, administrator; 15 years as minister






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



BS: Water and sewer provisions for our fast-growing community—I hope to encourage a short-, middle- and long-term approach to fiscal and technical ways to meet these ever-increasing demands. Secondly, we need to recruit developers willing to bring more affordable housing by negotiating some incentives for builders to build on smaller lots. Thirdly, we need to improve our marketing for the downtown growth and attention to the Historic District. A well-managed full-time marketing director is needed.



Why are you running for City Council?



BS: I want to foster a more collaborative and civil working environment. After interviewing many people and watching recent meetings, I feel like some professionalism and collegiality can be improved with a fresh new voice.



Responses may have been edited for length and clarity.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.