Hello, my name is Orville Downs, and I am running for the Place 5 position on the Bayside City Council.
I was born and raised in Bayside and was away for a time, but five years ago, my wife of 56 years, Margaret, and I moved back after retiring. I like the idea of “unity in the community,” and that’s why I enjoyed having the snow-cone stand during the Fourth of July celebration in the city park.
My love of Bayside goes way back to my grandfather, John Downs, who as one of the first families to settle in the town, came in 1912. Naturally, I am interested in Bayside’s well being.
The biggest thing is fairness and honesty. I will be fair with people and be honest about it. Let’s work for peace and harmony.
I have extensive experience in managing. I worked for Brunswick Corporation for 29 years, and I managed up to 40 employees. This career followed employment at Reynolds Aluminum and being employed as an aviation metal smith at the U.S. Navy Base in Corpus Christi. Before that, I was honorably discharged from service with the U.S. Navy.
Also, I served as mayor of a small community called Lake City.
I’m no stranger to community service. I am past Master of the Masonic Lodge 1133, a Shriner member of the Scottish Rite, past president of the Alamo Area Bowling Proprietors Association in San Antonio and the First Baptist Church in Bayside, where I serve as treasurer.
Margaret and I have two children, Orville Jr. and Melinda Byrski. We have four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who we love and are proud of. Family is very important to me.
Some of the things I would like to see worked on are term limits, ordinance review (Let’s see if there’s some that may need to be modified. All we’ve done is add, add, add), streets, and ways to streamline all services and operations. I’m interested in saving the town money and lowering taxes.
I will always listen. I want to foster an open-door policy. That means I will listen to your concerns and work to satisfy all relevant criticisms of the city council and what it is doing or not doing.
I want to serve the town. I want the town to come together as it once was. We can do this together. We can all pitch in to help the community in some way, and I want to serve in the capacity of city councilman.
Vote for me. I’m Orville Downs, and I want to be your councilman in Place 5.