Corpus Christi Mayor Joe Adame said the city has seen some rough times during his first term in office, but he stands by the decisions made by council members in order to move the city forward.
Adame, 65, is a lifelong resident of Corpus Christi. He and his wife, Kathy, will be celebrating 40 years of marriage later this year and have three adult sons together, along with five grandchildren. Adame is the founder and president of Adame Commercial Real Estate Business in Corpus Christi.
Adame said after winning the mayor's seat in 2009, his first run at public office, he had to adjust to life as an elected official. His first year in office was dominated by major issues, including the economic downturn, a search for a new police chief and the proposed demolition of the Memorial Coliseum.
"Once that first 12 or 13 months went by, it seemed like we started getting momentum," he said.
Adame said the city has worked to expand its recycling program, while at the same time addressing a looming budget shortfall. Part of the council's solutions included privatizing some city services, such as landscaping and maintenance, in order to cut costs. At the same time, the council is working to attract new business, Adame said.
"I've been really involved in watching a lot of this job growth and potential move to the finish line," he said. "There's some really exciting things out there."
One of the more controversial decisions made by Adame and the Corpus Christi City Council was the demolition of the Memorial Coliseum. Local residents and groups protested the facility's demise because it had been dedicated to World War II veterans shortly after its opening in 1954.
Adame said the decision allowed the city to move forward from an issue that had been spinning its wheels for nearly a decade.
"I stand behind all of the decisions we made," he said.
Adame said if re-elected, he would work to continue promoting economic development, as well as looking at ways to save money by making necessary cuts in the budget. However, Adame said he will not seek re-election in 2013 if voters give him a chance at a second term.