“My name is Jimmy Blaschke and I am announcing my candidacy for Woodsboro City Council, place 5.
“I am 43 years old and have been a life-long resident of the Woodsboro area, with the last 22 years residing within the city limits. I have been in the education field for the last 15 years and am currently employed by Woodsboro ISD as their technology director.
“I am married to Nelda Walzel Blaschke and we have three wonderful children: Nicholas, age 20 and a senior at Texas State College; Faith, age 16 and a sophomore at Woodsboro High School; and Claire, age 12 and a seventh grader at Woodsboro Jr. High School.
“So you can see that I have a great deal of interest in working to improve our community.
“Woodsboro is a great place to live and raise a family and instill the core values of hard work and responsibility into your children. However, there are challenges that must be addressed if we wish Woodsboro to become attractive not only to small businesses, but also to individuals and families seeking a great community with a great school system.
“We must address our crumbling infrastructure system. While progress has been made in replacing water and sewer pipes, we must follow through and complete that task so that we can address other issues such as our city streets. I don’t have to tell you our streets are very rough and are counter-productive to any business endeavor or potential residents looking to enhance their quality of life here in Woodsboro.
“These two issues are very large and will take both strategic planning and fiscal responsibility, but it can be done.
“We must address our drainage system. This must be done at the same time as our infrastructure. Flooding, if not addressed, will continue to erode our infrastructure system and thus make any streets or pipe improvements void.
“We must address the quality of our city water supply. The citizens of Woodsboro should have every confidence in the drinkability of their water system. That is currently lacking and is not acceptable.
“Work has been ongoing and the solution is within sight. Until this is resolved, it must remain a top priority of the city council.
“I believe I can help bring about the improvements needed and will work hard for all citizens of Woodsboro. I respectively ask for your support and vote on May 9. Thank you.”