An incumbent for the Robstown City Council is asking voters to reelect him to his fourth term in office.
Abel Tamez, a lifelong resident of Robstown and a 1990 graduate from Robstown High School, is an employee with Southwest Airlines. He and his wife have been married for 18 years and have three children.
"The reason I've decided to seek reelection is…you see good things happening for the City of Robstown," Tamez said. "I think the people in this community have seen what we (city council) can do together as a team once we put our minds to things."
The incumbent said he would like to see the completion of many of the projects the city has in the works, including a citywide road improvement program currently taking place.
"I feel that we have shown our constituents that we are doing a good job," Tamez said.
One issue Tamez said he hopes to get addressed, if reelected, is improving the city's drainage issues. It is one problem, he added, that has remained unsolved for years with promises of action slow to take shape.
"It has been on the backburner," Tamez said. "For years, we talked about getting the streets done and now we are. If we don't fix our drainage, our streets are going to start tearing up again and that is something that I would like to see (addressed) here in the near future.
"It's been on the backburner for too long."
Tamez said he is proud to have been part of a city council that helped provide pay raises for the city's Public Works employees, who he said were not being paid enough.
"I really felt in my heart that these guys were underpaid," Tamez said. "We just wanted to let them know their work doesn't go unnoticed."
The incumbent also said he hopes voters will recognize the progress the city has made under the current council's leadership, pointing out that just two years ago, all of the council's incumbents ran unopposed.
"They've seen my track record," Tamez said. "They've seen what I can do and what our team can do. There's a light at the end of the tunnel and that's where we want to get to."