Two candidates, incumbent C. A. “Andy” Curry and Ross L. Adkins, will be on the May 6 ballot for Position 1 on the Humble City Council.
Running unopposed for two other positions are incumbents, Mayor Merle Aaron and Position 2 Council Member Allen Ray Calfee.
The single polling station for the city election and the Humble ISD board election will be at Humble City Hall at 114 W. Higgins.
The city council consists of five members and the mayor. Each of the positions serve two-year terms and are elected every other year.
Curry, 71, is a lifelong resident of Humble and has been a council member since 1999. Adkins, 59, has lived in the city for seven years.
Both candidates expressed similar reasons for running.
“I want to give back to the community and feel that my knowledge of the city and my financial background would be an asset to the city,” said Curry.
Adkins said, “I always felt compelled to help others and I feel that by joining the council, I will be able to help many people in a meaningful way.”
In looking at recent history for the city, Curry noted many infrastructure improvements, including flood alleviation, road improvements and city buildings. Adkins echoed similar sentiments and supported the creation of the Humble Performing Arts Center as a good thing, but said that “it’s underutilized now and sits idle 95 percent of the time.”
Curry, looking to the future, said that “the main issues I see facing the city is the continuing demand on our infrastructure for streets, water, sewer and drainage. Another concern is the increased traffic on U.S. 59 and FM 1960, which places more demand on our police, EMS and fire departments. I would like to see a substation built on the west side of U.S. 59.”
Adkins called for the creation of a 5-to-10-year plan.
“[A formal plan] is what drives any institution to move forward and enables them to evolve to meet future needs,” said Adkins. “A plan should be developed with input from citizens, business owners and even visitors.” He also said that “another issue is our crime rate. Online sources list our crime rate at three times the national average. The data needs to be vetted to determine if it's accurate.” Adkins also called for some work in city public relations. He feels that the city has beautiful facilities and proposed that a public relations employee could promote the venues existing in the city.
Curry is a retired employee from Humble ISD, where he worked for 28 years in the business administration department and served as the director of computer services. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA from Southwest Texas University.
Adkins also has management experience and is the administrator for the molecular physiology department at Baylor College of Medicine. He served 13 years in the U.S. Air Force and was a non-commissioned officer in charge of the base computer system at Commissar Air Base in Italy, and later of global weather computer system support.
Both candidates have been married for many years. Curry has four children and 10 grandchildren. Adkins has a son and daughter-in-law.