In the May 13 Huntsville City Council election incumbent Mickey Evans will vie for Position 3, and he says it’s commitment, dedication and experience that will pull him ahead of opponent Ray Martin.

“I have learned a great deal about Huntsville governance and its public services over the past two years,” Evans said. “I have found the experience mostly fascinating but sometimes frustrating. This extremely important volunteer work requires a great deal of time and sound research to do it well.”

Evans has worked to accomplish a more communicative government and a more responsible one during his term. He has joined efforts to improve communications with the public and the quality of debate among the council. He has been part of an effort to improve services, as well as improving the annual budget process.

“Having served as a councilmember for the past two years, I am a better citizen for the experience, and I believe I have made a difference in improving how we govern Huntsville and provide public services,” he said. “There is more I want to learn and do over the next two years.”

Having started a comprehensive planning project with other council members, Evans said his primary goal in a second term is to complete and implement The Huntsville Comprehensive Plan.

“I am getting passionate about the comprehensive plan,” said Evans, who is chairman of the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee. “In my opinion, it is the most important undertaking since we acquired surface water from the Trinity River Authority.

“Once we implement it, it will drive everything, and it is an opportunity for this whole community to speak up and speak out. We will use it as a guide for all of us to figure out who we are, where we’re going and why we want to go there and ultimately, can we afford to go there. The question will really be, ‘How much do you want to grow (as a city), if at all?’”

Evans said he will also emphasize infrastructure needs and securing Huntsville’s future water supply resources out to the year 2050 and dealing with City governance issues such as updating the City Charter, Code of Ordinances, Development Codes and developing City Council policies and procedures in the areas of finance, personnel, communications and information technology.

In addition to his council post, Evans is a Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce member and former board member, a HEARTS Veterans Museum of Texas volunteer, sings in the Huntsville Community Men’s Choir, has served in the Huntsville High School Ex-Students Association as a past president and 1960’s decade coordinator, and he is a member of the East Texas Chapter of the Military Officers of America Association.

“I trust that I have performed my duties and responsibilities on council in a reasonable, responsible and responsive manner, and I ask my fellow citizens’ permission to continue to serve them well and faithfully for the next two years,” Evans said.

Evans has lived in Huntsville on and off since 1950 for 26 years. He is a retired U.S. Army colonel, and a community volunteer. He has been married to Linda (Ryan) Evans, also from Huntsville, for 36 years. They have two daughters: Leanne Keeble and Julie Burney and three grandchildren.

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