History was made tonight, Sept. 5, as the Humble City Council appointed the first African-American to serve on the council.
The Humble City Council announced the appointment of Charles Cunningham, a longtime Humble resident with a strong history of public service to the council. The vacancy opened after the death of Glen Redmon earlier this summer.
The council began with a public hearing regarding the adoption of the Fiscal Year 2020 budget. The budget is estimated to raise more revenue from property taxes than last year’s budget by the amount of $520,223, which is over an 11% increase year-over-year due to the new property additions in the area.
Arliss Bentley, retired Humble IDS teacher and a recent candidate for the mayor's as well as the open council position, stood before the board to announce the need to offer more social activities in the Humble area to attract the younger families and millennial crowd.
“The park on Main Street is just one of the many underutilized parks and resources. I believe it is our responsibility as citizens to offer places to have volleyball matches or basketball scrimmages,” Bentley said.
The board convened privately to discuss and decide on the candidate to be awarded the council seat. The council returned and Aaron made a motion, with unanimous approval from the council, to award Cunningham the Councilman Position #2. Cunningham is a current board member of the Humble ISD School board, a position from which he must resign. There have been no previous African Americans to serve on the council.
Although Cunningham was unable to attend, it is anticipated that he will be sworn in in early September.
“Every single candidate is more than qualified and would bring something unique to the city. We appreciate you and look forward to your continued involvement as we work together to improve the City of Humble, said Aaron.
In conclusion, Aaron said the City of Humble looks forward to a new outlook and a new perspective that Cunningham will bring. Cunningham has served on the Humble ISD Board of Trustees member since 2007, the Northshire HOA Board of Directors since 2008 and he has served as Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM) Director since 2017.
“I want to continue supporting the City of Humble in its’ mission to serve the citizens of the Humble community. I am committed to being a voice for our community,” Cunningham said later.