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New leadership will lead Victoria to success

By BY WILL ARMSTRONG
May 13, 2013 at 12:13 a.m.


To paraphrase a wise sportsman, "Old ballplayers and mayors should know when to retire."

Paul Polasek and I ran clean, issues-based campaigns for mayor, and the voters have signaled that they're interested in a change. I've now had time to reflect on all the results from Saturday's election and to visit with family, friends and many supporters. I think Victoria will be in good hands with the City Council that's taking shape, and so I'm comfortable with handing off the mayor's gavel to Paul.

This is about what's best for Victoria, and I don't think spending a lot of time and money on another mayoral election is in the public's best interest. Therefore, I believe the right thing to do for Victoria is to formally withdraw from the runoff election and pass the torch to Paul.

I want to especially thank my family for all their support during this long campaign, and they've been champions all the way. I also want to profusely thank all those who supported me by giving their time, talent and treasure to our campaign. I won't even try to name all these folks: You know who you are, and I can't thank you enough.

I'm proud to have helped lead a team that dreamed big for Victoria. We worked successfully to revitalize our downtown, grow our economy and create jobs. We've also rebuilt streets, improved parks and neighborhoods, secured water for Victoria's future and expanded our city's arts and culture. We've built up our visitors bureau to increase tourism, assisted Victoria College with its jobs training center, and brought in new businesses, hotels and restaurants. We've accomplished all this and more while cutting city tax rates and improving our bond rating.

As an elected official, I'm keenly aware that few of these things could have happened without the hard work and dedication of our professional city staff and employees. They're a wonderful group of people, and I know they'll continue to do great things.

I've always believed that if we invest in ourselves, then others will invest in us as well. Investment by the city in areas like economic development, strategic planning and fiscal management is beginning to pay off for our community. As long as we keep looking to the future, Victoria will continue to prosper.

While we've accomplished a lot, there is still much work to be done. I consider this time in Victoria's history as the beginning of a new beginning, and the best is yet to come. I will remain active and engaged in our community and continue working to make Victoria a place where our children and grandchildren can lead meaningful lives.

Will Armstrong is the current mayor of Victoria and the co-owner of Armstrong Warehouse and Transfer Co. Contact Armstrong with questions or comments at 361-550-4245 or via email at warmstrong@victoriatx.org.

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