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Listener Candidate for the KPFT Local Station Board
Statement
My candidacy is based on my life of commitment to public service and the common good. I would feel honored to have voter support in this board election. With my formal background in public education plus my years of past service on various boards, such as AFT-Lone Star College, HCMUD 33, McKamy Meadows CIA, Aldine Little League, and St. Edward Catholic School, I feel well qualified to address the current problems facing KPFT. Budgets, expenditures, and constituent services are not quick fix policy decisions, but the new board will have to come up with some immediate answers if KPFT is to be around for another 50 years. I hope to become a member of such a problem solving board.
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 think my life experiences would put me in position to be a positive force on the board. I have been a student who earned three college degrees, an Army officer, a husband and father, a university professor, a labor union leader, a member of multiple community boards in Harris and Montgomery Counties, a co-author of a Texas politics book.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I am in awe of the commitment and professionalism of the volunteers making up the KPFT family that make the station so great.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  The station needs a full time executive director in a salaried position.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  KPFT needs money, money, and more money to continue as a broadcasting organization.
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?
  The listener funding source alone will not put the station on firm financial ground. Other capital sources must be found for KPFT to continue to operate. Like it or not, government and nongovernment grants, big check writers, and nonpolitical and noncorporate underwriters have to be found.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  If elected, I will not run for a second term.
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