Story updated to include comments from mayoral candidate Hill Adams.
CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy)—Katy voters will have a chance to meet and hear from their candidates for mayor, and a Ward B city council seat, at the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum.
The forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Katy Independent School District Building, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Room 1200.
Mayoral candidates Hill Adams and Chuck Brawner are expected to attend, as are Ward B city council candidates Jessie Campbell, Kayse Johnson, and Jimmy Mendez.
Asked to assess his campaign, Brawner said he thought things were going pretty well.
“We’re getting an awful lot of support,” Brawner said. “People are calling, wanting campaign signs in their front yards and that’s keeping us busy.”
Adams, in a statement to Covering Katy, said his campaign is going great.
“People are responding to our message that it’s time for city hall to put the citizen first,” he said. “Reduce property taxes, finish projects on time, focus on drainage improvements and public safety. Respond better to the needs of the citizens and protect neighborhoods from zoning changes that could negatively affect their lifestyle and property values. They recognize that special interests have had more influence at city hall than they should. A number of people have offered to help and are walking their neighborhoods for me.”
In another development from the mayor’s race, the Brawner campaign announced Tuesday that former Mayor Johnny Nelson, who led Katy from 1983-1988, has endorsed Brawner.
“For generations, Katy has been one of the very best places to live and raise a family,” Nelson said in a statement. “My wife, Paulette, and I have lived here in Katy and the Katy area over 50 years. We raised our family here. It is a wonderful thing to see so many young families living here now and raising their families. When I was mayor, I worked to move Katy forward for our families while preserving where we came from. Chuck Brawner will do the same thing. Chuck Brawner is a good man who has the right idea for our Katy families—enhance families’ quality of life by protecting the Katy heritage we love. Paulette and I are proud to support Chuck Brawner for Katy mayor.”
Former Mayor Don Elder has already endorsed Brawner, as previously reported in Covering Katy.
“I’m so appreciative of mayors Elder and Nelson stepping forward to realize that the right person for mayor is Chuck Brawner,” Brawner said. “I value their experience and what they’ve done for the city over the years, and I’m grateful they’re on my side. They’ve been very good leaders of our city and have done a great job, and I want to carry on that tradition.”
Regarding those endorsements, Adams’s statement said, “This year there is a motivated network of good ol’ boys and special interests that are working hard to keep controlling Katy as they have for years. This kind of leadership excludes citizen participation. My platform is based on transparency and citizen engagement. It is unprecedented for a former mayor to endorse like this. I think this a clear effort to divert attention from the real issues that our citizens care about.”
The third mayoral candidate, Steve Jurovic, took his name out of contention and endorsed Adams.