Raymond McDonald, was nice enough to meet with us last week and answer some questions we have about his city council runoff bid candidacy.
Ray thanks for meeting with us, it’s been an intense election season, can you tell us more about the reasons you wanted to be on city council? Why would you put your self into this arena, It’s a lot of work?
Yes, it is a lot of work, and I have been ask this question quiet often since I stepped into the arena. I have known for some time that I would be running for city council, I just wasn’t sure when that might be. Two years ago I was sitting at the Lone Star Convention Forum with my friend and it was then that I knew I would be running. I met with a “coach” for the year preceding the election in order to prepare my schedule, my life, and my family for the run. Since moving to Conroe in 2000 we have seen our city grow and we have seen our family grow, as we adopted 8 children to go with our 3 older. I also planted a church in the Uptown District (North of Downtown) and found myself becoming very involved with the city, participating in the parades and such, as well as becoming keenly interested and aware of in and of the issues our growing city is facing. I think my love for this city, my desire to see my 11 children and 5 grandchildren all live and grow up here, fueled my desire to engage in a more prominent way. I also felt my previous background in construction, engineering as well as dealing with people and their issues, gave me a good base to work from.
What do you see as the biggest obstacles for the city in the next 10 years?
We’re building and our little city and seeing unprecedented growth, do you have a plan regarding the aging infrastructure?
Any big legislative changes planned for your term?
What are the city’s untapped resources you plan on growing?
To learn more about Raymond McDonald visit his website at http://www.pickraymond.com