Candidate: LeeRoy Kieschnick

Background

I was born in Bishop and have lived there all my life, except for seven years in the U.S. Air Force. I graduated from Bishop High School in June 1946. I went to work for the Celanese Corporation in Bishop in July 1946. I joined the U.S. Air Force in October 1946. I served 20 months at Clark Air Force Base in the Phillipine Islands. I was discharged in September 1953 with the rank of T-Sgt.

I went back to work at Celanese and worked there until I retired in August 1988 as Warehouse Supervisor. I married Isabel Morgenroth in July 1950. We have 8 children (twin boys and twin girls), 27 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. I've been a member of St. James Catholic Church since September 1953, and have served on various committees in the church. I'm a Charter Member of the American Legion Post 185 of Bishop and have served in various positions on the Board of Directors, including as Commander. I'm a member of the Board of Directors of the Celenese Chemcel Club. I've been a member of the Bishop City Council for quite a few years, during which time the City Park was built, all streets were re-paved and the sewer system was upgraded.

I represent the city council on the Coastal Bend Council Of Governments.

I have been a member of the CBCOG Executive Board for over seven years, serving in various positions including two years as chairman.

What is the most pressing issue facing the City of Bishop?

I think the most pressing issue for our city is getting a permanent ambulance service for our area. We also need to refurbish our water tower. The other area is the numerous potholes in our streets due to the recent rains.

How would you work to address this?

Hopefully, the ambulance service problem will be solved once the votes are counted on May 8. We have also applied for a grant to refurbish the water tower. Also, our people are daily repairing potholes.