Editorial note: This is the fourteenth in our series of electronic interviews with City Council, City Controller and Mayoral candidates. We have sent 10 questions based on seven different templates: (1) incumbent City Council, (2) challenger City Council, (3) open seat City Council, (4) challenger Controller, (5) incumbent Controller, (6) challenger Mayoral and (7) incumbent Mayoral. The following are verbatim copies of the questions sent out and the answers received.
Amy Peck, Candidate for the Houston City Council District A
Texpatriate: What is your name?
AP: Amy Peck
T: What is your current occupation?
AP: District Director for Senator Dan Patrick
T: Have you run for or held public office before?
AP: I ran for Houston City Council District A in 2009. I came in third place out of seven candidates.
T: What is your political affiliation? We understand that City Council elections are nonpartisan, but this is a point many voters find important. If you are not comfortable currently identifying with a political party, what was the last Political Party’s primary election you voted in (a matter of public record)?
T: Typically, this board will defer to incumbents unless we are convinced the incumbent has failed in some way. Do you believe the incumbent has failed at her or his job? If so, why?
AP: The current council member has failed. Anyone can vote “no” virtually every time. It takes a real leader to make tough decisions and vote based on the merits of each ordinance. Political grandstanding doesn’t stop our homes from flooding, it doesn’t stop the crime, and it doesn’t improve our community.
T: Why are you specifically running against this incumbent?
AP: District A needs a real leader – someone who understands how government works and knows how to work with groups, constituents, and other elected officials to get the job done. I have worked on the state level for almost eight years, and I know what it means to truly represent constituents. I am the leader District A needs and deserves.
T: What do you hope to get out of serving on the City Council?
AP: Besides improving our community, I want my office to be known throughout the city as the office that gets the job done – the office that responds to every question, concern, and grievance. My job for many years now has primarily been constituent services, and I look forward to bringing this knowledge and experience to the city level.
T: What is an ordinance you would introduce in your next term?
AP: Waste and duplication of services must be addressed. I will introduce an ordinance that will require more thorough audits of each and every program.
T: Obviously, an officeholder strives to maintain a diverse core constituency and political base, but all candidates have interest groups they have been traditionally strong with and traditionally weak with, respectively. For you, what would be one example of each type of group?
AP: The job of a city council member is to govern. While I am a strong, conservative republican I am running to govern. As such, I welcome any person or group to meet with me to share their ideas.
T: What has been the most important thing you have learned in your campaign?
AP: After months of block walking and talking to constituents from all over the district, I learned about all of the important concerns that we have in District A. I look forward to addressing these concerns once elected.