May 1, 2021
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“Government should live within its means, just like people do. We should balance the budget and fund priorities without raising our taxes.” – Claudette Smith
My main objective is to reduce waste by scrutinizing the budget and not spending money on items that are not the role of city government.
“Amarillo taxpayers are not a piggy bank for crony pet projects. They’re parents, grandparents, and business owners that can spend their money far better than politicians and bureaucrats.” – Claudette Smith
I am a strong proponent if the legislative proposed property tax roll-back rate.
“In February 2019 I made a trip to Austin to visit with our legislators regarding the proposed property tax reform (SB 2 & HB 2). I refused to sit idle while our leadership traveled to Austin, on our tax dollars, to present legislators with an opposing argument in stark contrast of the voices of Amarillo citizen’s. I remained the voice for the citizen’s of Amarillo – in support of the proposed property tax roll-back rate.” – Claudette Smith
I am a strong fiscal conservative who won’t raise taxes on Amarillo residents.
I will also ensure that our drainage and other collected fees are spent on fixing what they were collected & intended for.
“The primary job of the mayor of any city is to ensure that the core services are adequately taken care of; first on this list is public safety, which includes police, firefighters and other first responders.” – Claudette Smith
I will work hard to fully fund public safety first to ensure that every street in our city is a safe one.
I will ensure our police, firefighters and other first responders have the resources and equipment/gear necessary for them to effectively, efficiently and safely to their jobs.
I will work hard to create more community policing and add new positions to the police force.
I will work hard to ensure that our police and firefighters receive adequate pay and work to retain their positions.
“It is paramount that we restore the credibility, trust, transparency and accountability to the corrupt and incompetent city hall we have been dealing with for years.” – Claudette Smith
I will introduce new city campaign finance ordinances to end the pay-to-play at city hall.
I will work hard to repeal the new ordinances enacted by our current leadership to hide our city business, including the ordinance that charges more for open records requests.
“The taxpayers have a right to know how, why and where every penny of their tax dollars are spent. Therefore our city business MUST be accessible to them. Under my leadership, there will be nothing to hide.” – Claudette Smith
I will implement an open door, open communication policy, in an effort to strengthen the relationship between the citizens and their elected officials, as that line of communication is so vital.
I will revise city council meeting policies, procedures and rules of decorum entirely, so as to protect the constitutional rights of the people.
I will restore the council meeting internet broadcasts that were eliminated by the current council to promote engagement of ALL citizens in our city business.
I will restore Public comment forum and allot additional time per speaker.
I will change the council meeting time back to a more accessible time, to afford everyone the opportunity to engage in our city business.
I will restore the council meeting internet broadcasts that were eliminated by our current leadership.
“I want to create a position at city hall just to ensure no one is ever told “we don’t do that here. The focus of our city government and city employees needs to be YOU, the citizens of Amarillo, ALL of them. ” – Claudette Smith
I will foster an environment where our elected officials are committed to the people and not special interests and insider deals.
I will implement new software to make communication between city officials and residents more accessible, efficient and effective.
“It’s not always just about recruiting companies to move here or cultivating fortune 500 ideas, if you or anyone else wants to start a small business and employ a couple of people, then we ought to have your back. But we’ve got to stop handing out tax abatements and corporate welfare like it’s skittles.” – Claudette Smith
“When I was a kid, there was nothing going on downtown, and then I was working downtown when the revitalization really got going, and we’re all proud of it, but it can’t just be a focus on downtown and it can’t just be the big stuff. We need to reorganize and prioritize, and shift some of that focus to the underserved areas and neighborhoods of our city.” – Claudette Smith
As other cities have grown their big blind spot has been affordable housing, and it’s not too late here, we can do more to make sure that as we grow, nobody gets left behind.
I will work hard to lower our business and family taxes so that we are more likely to attract businesses to move to Amarillo.
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“I have a solid vision and plan to fix, reorganize and modernize our city government, to make it more cost effective and to more efficiently and effectively fix the issues in our city.” – Claudette Smith
I will work hard to cut all waste while still preserving city services, fine-tune departments and use new technologies so that waste is cut, not people.
I will fine tune city departments to make them more efficient and flow smoother.
I will work hard to coordinate law enforcement, healthcare services, parks, pools and libraries to better serve ALL Amarilloians, those with and without a car, so everyone has greater access to jobs, health care and all the amenities our wonderful city has to offer.
“Over the past year I have witnessed some horrific tragedies occur at Animal Welfare Management. Several family pets were “accidentally euthanized” and one dog by the name of “G7” was euthanized while giving birth to her puppies. This must end, now.” – Claudette Smith
I will work hard to implement a no kill animal shelter. To clarify; a no kill shelter is simply an animal shelter that maintains a %90 live release rate.
While some will inquire about the cost, the reality is, we do not need a “new shelter”, all we need is a new attitude and oversight. These are common sense solutions that have been overlooked for far too long.
I will ensure we have individuals on staff who will work with our animal rescue organizations to help save adoptable pets.
“Many small businesses in Amarillo have been regulated, taxed and fined to the point they have either gone out of business or were left on the verge of going out of business. I will ensure this pattern and behavior does not continue by making changes to the internal departments charged with such duties and by changing existing policy on regulations, fines, inspections etc.” – Claudette Smith
Small businesses are the foundation of Amarillo’s vibrancy and diversity. With a “Small Business First” initiative, it will allow us to take powerful strides forward in protecting and supporting those businesses for generations to come.
I will work hard to reduce fines and regulations on our small businesses.
I will work hard to bridge divisions in all departments including those pertaining to small businesses and permits, so that we are a resource and not a burden to them.
“We have tent encampments all over the city. This is not only an issue of urban blight, but is also a health and safety issue. This does not reflect well on us when those outside our city come to visit. But did you know, an estimated 20% of homeless are veterans? People are more than eyesores. We can be compassionate and efficient, but firm. We have to do much better.” – Claudette Smith
I will implement a comprehensive plan to dramatically reduce homelessness in Amarillo, which will address all of the issues that come with homelessness.
I will work with employers, entrepreneurs, employees and foundations to drastically reduce homelessness, hunger and poverty in Amarillo.
Within our diverse population, Amarillo has some of the most generous and kind people there are in all of the U.S. and I believe once divisions are bridged under my leadership, we will unite as a community to help reduce homelessness in Amarillo.
A WORD FROM CLAUDETTE SMITH
Claudette is 34 years old and a lifelong resident of Amarillo. She was born in Dallas Texas, but moved to Amarillo at age 5. She graduated from Randall High and went on to attend Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University where she studied Business Management, Marketing & Advertising, Business Administration and Political Science.
Claudette is a mother to two wonderful children. Claudette is a small business owner and passionate activist in our community. Prior to owning her business, she worked in the legal field for several years and practiced as a licensed insurance agent in 48 states.
Claudette is a member of the Republican Party of Texas, Texas Republican Leadership Initiative and Amarillo Area Young Republicans.
Claudette has an extensive history of volunteerism with many organizations throughout the panhandle, such as the Guyon Saunders Resource Center, Salvation Army, Downtown Women’s Center, United Way, Code Blue Warming Station, Habitat for Humanity, Eveline Rivers, American Council of the Blind, Amarillo Barrio Community Development, High Plains Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society and many more.
I wholeheartedly believe that elected officials work FOR the people, not the other way around and I really want to bring that type of selfless service back to the citizens of Amarillo.
As small business owner and an active member of many organizations, I have dedicated years to serving Amarillo and to causes that benefit our residents. My work with countless local charities and organizations demonstrates my commitment to our residents and to improving their quality of life. I am a proven and prudent leader. Importantly, I know how to bring people together and bridge divisions.
I initially became interested in local politics when I began attending council meetings to address issues which personally affected me.
From the side of the people I witnessed skyrocketing taxes, cronyism, wasteful spending, nepotism, pay to play, backroom deals conducted and corruption in our city government. I witnessed the Texas Open Meetings Act violated weekly, our current Mayor arrest a homeless advocate for clapping at a council meeting and much more.
Ever since, I have been fighting for transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility in our local government. I am a civic leader who is of the highest character and integrity and have proven to the citizens of Amarillo that I am extremely knowledgeable and professional in all my undertakings.
I have proven that I am always willing to ask the tough questions and to hold the city accountable for every dollar spent. I have now sat on the side lines for far too long and am ready to step in and correct the issues.