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 City Council Election Being Held November 3rd
City Council election will be on the same ballot as the presidential election. The first time in history this has ever happened. It was postponed in May due to COVID -19 and Texas Governor Gregg Abbott issued a Proclamation to allow postponed elections to take place on Nov 3. Read Q & A answers from the incumbents and from their challengers.
Alan Holmes, Helotes City Council, Place 1
and will face Helotes involves the need to manage growth. Not just the growth within our city but the impact of the growth outside our boundaries. While we must have a strong business presence to generate sales tax and keep property taxes low, I will keep the focus on protecting the citizens first and foremost - this is why we live here after all.
4. What have been your successes during
your tenure?
During my tenure on the Council, we have lowered the property tax rate while at the same time improved police and fire protection, improved city streets and added to city services and parks. Since my very first involvement, I have been consistent in voting to deter negative impacts to our residential neighborhoods.
1. Provide a short bio that includes when you were first elected.
I am a native Texan,
born and raised in
Bexar County. As a
businessman and
rancher, I know the benefits and challenges of living in Central Texas. Two years ago, I was appointed to the board of the Helotes Economic Development Corporation and then elected by City Council to fill a vacant seat.
2. Why are you seeking re-election and why should Helotes residents vote for you?
Helotes is financially healthy with one of the lowest property tax rates in Bexar County. The city continues to add amenities for our citizens such as the Fitness Park and the pedestrian bridge in Old Town and I want to be part of many more such projects to come.
3. What do you think are the most
important issues facing Helotes and how will you address them?
Keeping a well-funded police, fire and emergency response team is vital to the safety of our community. That will continue to be my focus. The growth of Helotes must be balanced with a respect for our historic roots and its small-town feel. I vow to seek and implement that balance.
4. What have been your successes during your tenure?
The hardest hit segment of our city due to the Covid-19 pandemic closures have been small and family-owned businesses. Together with my fellow councilmembers,
I voted to implement a grant program through the federally-funded CARES Act to assist those businesses stay in operation. For more information, please visit my webpage HolmesForHelotes.Com.
Linda Salazar, Challenger
     Craig Sanders, Challenger
1. Provide a short bio, including how long you have lived in Helotes and where you are from.
Though I was born
and raised in San
Antonio, I’ve always loved Helotes and was thrilled to build our family’s forever home here in June 2019. I graduated from UTSA with a B.A. in Political Science and worked in city government and as a corporate trainer for USAA and CHRISTUS Health. I enjoy serving my community by volunteering both at my church and as a deputy voter registrar for Bexar County.
2. Why are you seeking election and why should Helotes residents vote for you?
I am seeking election to ensure that the decisions of City Council are made with complete transparency and in the best interest of the citizens of Helotes.
3. What do you think are the most important issues facing Helotes and how will you address them?
Helotes is both a small town and a growing community. We need to honor our past, stick to our values, address the current needs, and prepare for our future.
4. What are the duties and responsibilities of a City Council member?
The most important jobs of a Helotes City Council member are to listen to the citizens of Helotes and to act on their behalf with integrity.
1. Provide a short bio, including how long you have lived in Helotes and where you are from.
I grew up in a small
farming community
in Pennsylvania. I retired from the USAF after a 30-year career in Information Technology. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and I am currently employed as a Technology Project Manager. I’ve lived in Helotes for 10 years.
2. Why are you seeking election and why should Helotes residents vote for you?
I want to be the voice of reason on Council that listens to the concerns of residents and who will have the courage to stand up for them.
3. What do you think are the most important issues facing Helotes and how will you address them?
Growth, traffic, and business support are important issues. Due to annexation, Helotes has a geographically separated neighborhood that is next to a Bexar County fire station. I would support a mutually beneficial cooperative agreement for servicing that community. Traffic volume is getting worse, so we must team with TxDOT to design/implement a better solution. I also support re-evaluating city fees/regulations that unnecessarily burden Helotes businesses.
4. What are the duties and responsibilities of a City Council member?
To support the needs of the entire community with integrity.
Cynthia Leal Massey, Helotes City Council, Place 4
    Alex Blue, Helotes City Council, Place 2
1. Provide a short bio that includes when you were first elected.
A resident for 26
years, I have served
on the Council for 12
years and as Mayor Pro
Tempore for two. An award-winning writer with more than 40 years of experience in my field, I am a conservative who values liberty, coupled with personal responsibility and hard work. Visit my website: www. reelectcynthiamassey.com.
2. Why are you seeking re-election and why should Helotes residents vote for you?
I have experience and knowledge of this town that my opponent lacks. I have always been responsive to my constituents, providing input from our residents’ perspective. As a long-time resident and author of two books and hundreds of articles on Helotes history, I am keenly aware of what that perspective is.
3. What do you think are the most
important issues facing Helotes and how will you address them?
Growth outside our city limits and the resulting traffic. Development all around Helotes has significantly affected our “small town” ambience. We cannot prevent developers from building outside our city but we are working with TX-DOT to move traffic through our town in as efficient a manner as possible.
4. What have been your successes during your tenure?
Helotes has received many accolades, including the designation as “One of the 10 Most Successful Cities in Texas.” Such recognition is the result of vision from leaders who understand that strong public safety, up-to-date infrastructure, a revitalized historic district, family-friendly amenities, and a supportive business attitude is what makes a City strong. I would like to continue providing such vision and ask for your vote.
1. Provide a short bio that includes when you were first elected.
My family and I
moved to Helotes in
2000. Within a few
months of moving here,
a neighbor brought
to my attention a planned change in the city’s zoning code. I became interested and involved right away and In 2001 was appointed to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission where I served for 10 years. In 2011, following a council member’s resignation, I was appointed to fill the vacant position and have been re-elected since.
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2. Why are you seeking re-election and why should Helotes residents vote for you? Helotes is a wonderful and unique community to live in and raise a family. Over and over I hear from my Helotes neighbors that they moved here to experience and be a part of the Helotes “way of life”. My 19+ years volunteering with the city has been dedicated to preserving and protecting that way of life. I am seeking re-election so I can continue to work to keep Helotes a city we
can be proud to call home.
3. What do you think are the most important issues facing Helotes and how will you address them?
The most important Issue that has
Brandi Morgan, Challenger
  www.heloteshighlights.com
1. Provide a short bio, including how long you have lived in Helotes and where you are from.
I have been in Helotes for 6 years. I grew
up in Castroville, spent 10 years in Bandera and came to Helotes in 2013.
2.
Why are you seeking election and
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