Voter guide: Willis mayor

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Cloresa Porter

Cloresa Porter
Hometown: Oakhurst, TX
Experience: Former Policy Council Committee member at daughter’s school, concerned citizen recognizing Willis needs change.
936-228-1823 • cloresaporter40@gmail.com
Top priorities: Expose corruption, ensure schools are safe, ensure parents know they are appreciated. Address drugs, violence, homelessness and rezoning.

How would you support local businesses and jobs in the Willis area?
Porter: I would meet with the local business owners and establish an ongoing relationship with them. Teamwork always makes the dream work when it comes to our city. I have wonderful plans for our local businesses.

What legislative priorities do you feel are most important locally for the Willis area?
Porter: I feel new small business, supporting mom-and-pop business, street repairs, tax reform and assisting our Council in helping to make great decisions are most important to the Willis area.

What do you envision for the future of Willis?
Porter: I envision an ever-growing, prosperous, blessed city, a city of united civil rest and a strong foundation with an even stronger belief in the creator and founder of Willis.

Leonard Reed

Leonard Reed
Hometown: Born in Huntsville, grew up in Willis
Experience: Mayor of Willis since 2003; formerly Willis City Council 1999-2003; certified municipal official; former Texas Municipal League president, chair; U.S. army veteran.
936-856-4611 • lreed@ci.willis.tx.us
Top priorities: Safety, security and protection of all citizens and visitors; continue to improve the financial condition of the city; continue to recruit and retain businesses and employers to Willis; continue to look for ways to ease the tax burden on Willis citizens.

How would you support local businesses and jobs in the Willis area?
Reed: We support our local businesses by assisting with advertisements in the local newspaper, buy and use local vendors, development agreements, façade grants, financially support the Willis Teen Center after school program, assist with job training and placement, recruit and retain new/old businesses.

What legislative priorities do you feel are most important locally for the Willis area?
Reed: This legislative session the top priorities are the Revenue Cap bill, the Right of Way Rental fee bill and any unfunded mandates on cities from the state.

What do you envision for the future of Willis?
Reed: My vision is to preserve our small-town charm while offering our citizens a safe place to live, work and play that is family and business friendly.

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