I am the candidate who has the experience to see Victoria where we are, the vision and listening skills to see where Victoria would like to be and the proven leadership and ability to build coalitions to take us there.
Twenty-five years as a university president at two universities and a PhD in mathematics gives me the experience, proven leadership and problem solving skills to lead Victoria into a promising and prosperous future. Working collaboratively with the city council, the city manager, Victoria County and various citizen and business groups and agencies is necessary to move the city forward.
My decision to run for mayor of Victoria is a way to give back to a community that has welcomed Mary Jane and me and made us feel like we belong. I want to be a mayor who represents and works for all of Victoria.
My philosophy of leadership is learning what people want and helping them achieve their goals. A leader needs the ideas and input of the whole community and then must work within the framework of available resources, both fiscal and human, to prioritize and maximize those resources to achieve the goals established by those being served.
The goals below are based on observations from participation in community activities and organizations as well as my participation in the Victoria Citizens Academy and attendance at city council meetings to learn where we are in existing plans and activities and where we want to go.
A primary goal is to help Victoria become a city where people want to visit and live, which will require vision and detailed planning. This means adding amenities, businesses and activities that citizens and visitors will support and use. We should make greater use of the opportunities available in our beautiful city parks. We must improve the beauty of our community by eliminating trash and other things that detract from first impressions and continuing to revitalize our downtown area and host more events there.
Another goal focuses on improving city services such as streets, sidewalks, bike lanes and other improvements to make Victoria more welcoming. The city has a long-range plan for improving streets and infrastructure under those streets and sidewalks. Bicycle lanes should be added when possible, safe and appropriate. A strategic plan to accompany the existing long-range plan will bring better focus to our growth and improvements.
Another important goal is the result of having witnessed and heard about the need to improve salaries and benefits for our outstanding city employees. Keeping our employees after we train them enables us to retain our best and brightest talent.
We also must work to retain our talented youth and young professionals by increasing employment opportunities for young people and focusing on becoming a city where people want to live and work. Attracting and keeping our young, talented and skilled professionals depends on economic development in Victoria and the surrounding area.
Another important goal is continued accessibility to city government by all citizens. We must continue to develop ideas for solutions in addition to listening to needs and concerns. We must strategically plan and prioritize projects based on our collective goals.
These goals require fiscal and human resources. It is unrealistic to believe they can all be accomplished in just a year or two. Planning is essential for prioritizing and maximizing our scarce resources as well as finding new funding sources.
I am excited about the arrival of our new city manager and believe he will provide positive energy and direction to city employees. His ideas will help the city council achieve their goals. His collaboration should be welcomed among all facets of city and county government to truly make a difference.
I shall appreciate your vote for Vic Morgan to help make Victoria all it can and wants to be.
Vic for Victoria.