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Listener Candidate for the KPFT Local Station Board
Statement
Hello and thank you for your support of Pacifica and our local station. I have not run for the LSB before and am doing so now because Pacifica and its Mission Statement are things I believe in strongly.

I am a native Texan and have lived in the Houston area for most of the time after completing my post graduate education here. I am an estate planning attorney and a Registered Investment Advisor. I am a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin and the University of Houston Law Center. I have served on various Boards and Commissions for close to 25 years with the City of Bellaire where I have lived since 1980.

Our Board needs to stay faithful to its purpose and to provide guidance to those who run and operate KPFT as they navigate from the past national election and the financial struggles that have plagued most of the sister stations for years now. I see my role and duties as assisting the general manager and program director, and to let them make the decisions that they are charged with performing.

I think I can properly review KPFT’s budget, and am eager and willing to participate in town halls, fundraising, and in providing out reach to all of our communities.
Answers to Candidate Questionnaire
1. What experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the local station board to advance the station's mission?
  I believe that I can help with my skills as a practicing attorney
and a trained mediator. I also have extensive experience in serving on volunteer boards and commissions in the City of Bellaire, where I have lived for over 40 years. Some of those boards were the Charter Review Commission, Planning and Zoning and the Recycling Committee.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  The people I have worked with on fund drives are great to work with, and I have always looked forward to being on site to help in any way I can.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I am not sure I know all about KPFT’s current operations, especially in light of the pandemic and its effect on operations, but I believe with a strong LSB it can be improved and that it can be made to deal with all issues that occur.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  I think, and not in any particular order, that financial matters, community outreach, and seeking a stable environment will work wonders for KPFT.
5. Sustainability is an important part of any nonprofit operation. What are your thoughts on how the board can help to improve the station's financial footing?
  It seems clear that we must consider all alternatives to finding ways to increase revenue and to have a plan to stop bleeding red ink.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  In addition to practicing law, I am a Registered Investment Advisor for a private independent broker dealer. I have handling my clients’ investments and monies since 1988, and that has given me an idea on how to plan wisely.
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