Fourth candidate joins Victoria mayoral race
By BY MELISSA CROWE - MCROWE@VICAD.COM
Feb. 15, 2013 at 5:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 15, 2013 at 8:16 p.m.
The race for Victoria mayor is proving competitive.
By Friday, Henry Perez became the fourth candidate to file for the job.
Filing is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 1, at the city secretary's office, 107 W. Juan Linn St.
The race includes two-term incumbent Mayor Will Armstrong, 72; a 22-year-old political newcomer, Richard Andrew Deases; and a three-term councilman, Paul Polasek, 47.
Perez, 76, ran unsuccessfully for city council against former councilwoman Denise Rangel in 2009. He retired from Alcoa in 1995.
In a prepared statement, Perez said his platform is simple.
He is running to represent the taxpayers who drive on pothole-filled roads, underpaid police officers and firefighters and the nine families and nuns facing the sewer plant project on Odem Street at Hand Road.
"For all the people who are fed up with the free-spending on things that we don't need," Perez said.