The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
Port Arthur will have a new face on its City Council.
By a vote of 656, or 54.86 percent of the ballots cast, retired merchant marine Robert Troy defeated Rosalina Linden-Queen to claim the District 4 Council seat.
Linden-Queen received 45.14 percent of the ballots cast with 539 votes.
Troy will replace Harold Doucet, who ran unsuccessfully for city mayor, and had to vacate the seat.
The 69-year-old retired merchant marine has said he can envision solutions to the city’s problems.
For years Port Arthur has suffered high unemployment, crumbling infrastructure and a deteriorating downtown.
In his own district streets are deplorable with ditches overgrown with grass and weeds.
He plans to institute an open door policy for constituents to call upon him and express their concerns. Troy made a campaign pledge to respond to those comments within 24 hours.
Putting people to work is high priority, not only for what a job can do for an individual, but what employment can do for the city.
If more people are working, the city would benefit from added tax revenue. Those funds will funnel into the revitalization of downtown and infrastructure improvements.
Troy has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and is a retired merchant marine. He served on the Port Arthur Charter Change Committee last year, which recommended 11 Propositions on the May 11 ballot — all of which were passed by voters Saturday.