PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

April 23, 2013

Mayoral candidates speak at forum

Erinn Callahan
The Port Arthur News

BEAUMONT — Members of the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce had the opportunity to meet the candidates in the upcoming mayoral and city council races at the chamber’s luncheon Tuesday, held at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Beaumont.

Mayoral candidate and District 4 Councilman Harold Doucet, Sr. spoke of Port Arthur’s need for change. He said the experience he gleaned from 30 years of service in the United States Army, as well as two years of experience on the City Council, make him the right person to facilitate that change.

“At this time, I feel the city of Port Arthur just needs a change,” Doucet said. “I have the experience, the training and the leadership abilities to move us to the next level.”

Candidate Lowra Reado-Harrison also highlighted her experiences in the U.S. Army. As a second lieutenant in the Gulf War, Reado-Harrison’s primary job was to help people — something which, she said, has translated well to civilian life, particularly in her job as an environmental specialist.

“That applicability to help people is based down in my soul,” Reado-Harrison said. “I know that I can do this job because I really care for the people.”

Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince enjoyed her stint on the city council so much that she retired from a 36-year career at DuPont to devote all her time to politics. Since being elected mayor in 2007, Prince has succeeded in securing the funds required to rebuild houses destroyed by Hurricane Ike.

“I love my city, and when you love something, you want to see it grow, protect it, help it, nourish it,” Prince said. “And that is what I do for the city of Port Arthur.”

City Council candidate Rosalind Linden-Queen may have retired from the U.S. Army, but her love for her country remains strong — and the same goes for her native city. She emphasized her desire to unify the people of Port Arthur.

“The city council needs to unify,” Linden-Queen said. “When we become one, we can then see all the other entities in this city become one, and this city can then grow.”

Linden-Queen’s opponent in the City Council race, Robert Troy, did not attend the luncheon.

Chamber president Bill McCoy joked about fielding questions regarding the event’s locale.

“For the  800th time, the reason we are here today is the areas in Port Arthur that we could get for a price that didn’t swallow us up were booked, and the Elegante is a longtime member of our chamber of commerce,” McCoy said. “We try our very best to do business with our members.”

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