Victoria council candidate wants to continue son's work
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Name: Josephine Soliz
Victoria City Council candidate Josephine Soliz was inspired by her son, a current council member, to run for office.
"He said you've got to go in there and keep on working," Soliz said. "I want to continue the work he started."
Soliz hopes to win the district 2 seat her son, Gabriel, has held since 2009. She is running against Victoria pastor Gene Rice.
Soliz said she brings to the council the firsthand experience of balancing public and private sectors. She spent six years of working in the city's finance department and 25 years of owning her own bookkeeping business.
Soliz said she wants to "educate the people so they can ask questions, to empower themselves, to ask 'Why?'"
The major issues to her include budgeting for a long list of street and drainage repair projects on Houston Highway and Lone Tree Road, creating safe neighborhoods and keeping taxes fair.
She said she also wants the government to offer incentives for long-term housing before temporary housing or hotels receive help.
"Why aren't (developers) building apartments on the south side that are affordable?" she asked.
If it takes federal subsidies to get it, she said, she will do what it takes.
She said she is in favor of her son's current votes on the proposed wastewater treatment plant, but would not directly elaborate on her own opinions of the plant. Her son is a candidate for the Victoria County commission.
She said she will continue attending the state hearings to listen to her constituents.
She criticized the council for approving $175,000 for legal expenses.
"What is the city afraid of?" Soliz asked. "It's like taking out a cannon when they have a little pistol."
Soliz said she would advocate for council accountability and transparency.
"I am my son's mother," Soliz said. "We think alike ... I don't want to go back to a 7-0 vote."