Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Good time to reward years of leadership

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Dec. 8, 2012 at 6:08 a.m.

In today's culture, government officials, from the White House to small-town constables, are often viewed with suspicion. But every now and then, government leaders should be honored for the hard work they do to keep our communities functioning and prosperous.

On Wednesday, Victoria's Mayor Will Armstrong was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Victoria Rotary Club. We are glad to see the mayor receive this honor and recognition of all he has done for our community.

Armstrong's family moved to Victoria when he was seven years old. He was a student in Victoria's public school system. Today, he is not just the mayor; he is the co-owner of his family's small business, which was started in 1947. He is rooted in the community and contributed to the prosperity of Victoria.

According to information provided by Armstrong's daughter, Susan Cain, his record of community service awards goes as far back as 1963, when he was named Jaycee of the month for October. Since then, his career as a community leader has steadily grown, as has his commitment to Victoria's success. He was elected president of the Victoria Jaycees in 1965 and received the Jaycee Distinguished Service Award in 1972 from his work to help build the community center. He ran for city council in 1973 and was first elected mayor in 2004. He still holds the office today.

"It was as if he was born here because he is so committed to the community," Cain said. Her father is always talking about his desire to "build a better place" for Victoria and for his grandchildren.

As a community newspaper, we have seen evidence of Armstrong's commitment through the years, and, while he may sometimes be guilty of wearing his passion on his sleeve, he is always firmly planted in what is best for the community. And while he often says he is only part of a team, a team needs strong leadership to be effective. We see a strong spirit of community leadership in Armstrong's work.

Art Calvo, president of the Victoria Rotary Club, said Armstrong was chosen for this award because of his long years of service and his involvement with city and civil organizations. Armstrong has led Victoria through some major times of growth and development. Calvo describes Armstrong as "honest and up front, always wanting the best for the community."

We agree, and we are proud to have such a community-minded leader as mayor of Victoria.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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