I wholeheartedly believe that elected officials

work FOR the people

Proponent of

SMALL BUSINESS

“Small businesses are the foundation of Amarillo’s vibrancy and diversity, and with the vision I have of “Small Business First”, it will allow us to take powerful strides forward in protecting and supporting those businesses for generations to come.
COMMUNICATION

BROUGHT TO THE PEOPLE

“I will restore the council meeting internet broadcasts that were eliminated by this current council. The taxpayers have a right to know how, why and where every penny of their tax dollars are spent.”
Strong Fiscal

CONSERVATIVE

“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. We should take as little taxes as necessary.  I am a STRONG fiscal conservative who won’t raise taxes on Amarillo residents!”

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May 1, 2021

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SMALL BUSINESS FIRST INITIATIVE

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.

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 of behavior does not continue by making changes to the internal departments charged with such duties and by changing existing policy on regulations, permits, fines, inspections etc.

The playing field must be level for all businesses across the board. I will work hard to put an end to the uneven, unequal and unfair treatment that has run rampant at City Hall for years.

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.

PUBLIC SAFETY & BACKING THE BLUE

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.

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 not only add new positions to the police force, but ensure those positions are actually filled and not just added to the budget for fluff.

I will work hard to ensure that our police and firefighters receive adequate pay and work to retain their positions.

TAXES & FEES

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.

While our current Mayor will claim that Amarillo’s tax rate one of the lowest in the state, the reality is Amarillo pays the 4th highest effective tax rate in Texas and Texans pay the 4th highest property tax rate in the nation. We can and we MUST do better.

The goal of tax policy should be to raise only the amount of money needed to fund legitimate functions of government while doing the least amount of damage to the economy and respecting the principle of treating taxpayers equally.

I am a strong fiscal conservative who will work hard to balance the budget and fund priorities without raising our taxes.

I will work hard to ensure that our drainage and other collected fees are spent on the purpose they were intended for.

I will work hard to implement policy to ensure that such collected fees are not rolled back into the general fund and used to cover budget shortfalls such as the ballpark, HOT tax or any other crony pet project that is not the role of city government.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

I am a strong fiscal conservative who will work hard to balance the budget and fund priorities without raising our taxes.

I wholeheartedly believe government should live within its means, just like people do.

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.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & JOBS

It’s not always 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!

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 that, but it can’t just be a focus on downtown and it can’t just be the big stuff. We need to reorganize, prioritize and shift some of that focus to the underserved areas in our city.

I will work hard to lower our business and family taxes so that we are more likely to attract businesses to move to Amarillo.

I will work hard to lower our crime rate in order to attract growth and incentivize businesses to move to our city.

I will work hard to create good paying jobs and to retain the primary businesses and jobs we already have.

I will work hard to explore external incentives so that the burden is not put on Amarillo taxpayers. We’ve got to stop handing out tax abatements and corporate welfare!

I’m not interested in handouts because at the end of the day, the only winners are on the receiving end.

TRANSPARENCY

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. I plan to introduce new city campaign finance ordinances to end the pay-to-play at city hall, as well as several other ordinances to make our city business transparent again.

IMPROVE ANIMAL WELFARE MANAGEMENT

Over the past few years I have witnessed several horrific incidents occur at Amarillo Animal Welfare Management. This MUST end NOW!

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 an entirely “new shelter”, what we need is a new attitude and strong oversight.

I will work hard to ensure we have individuals on staff who are vetted, experienced and competent that will work with our animal rescue organizations, ALL of them, not just a select chosen few, to help save adoptable pets.

I understand that space has been an issue for quite some time. I will work hard to remedy this to ensure adequate space is available.

These are common sense solutions that have been overlooked for far too long. The safety & welfare of our animals shouldn’t be a game of politics and numbers. We must ensure humane treatment and safety of all animals in our community. We MUST do better!

COMMUNICATION

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.

I will work hard to 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 work hard to revise city council meeting policies, procedures and rules of decorum entirely, so as to protect the constitutional rights of the people.

I will work hard 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 work hard to restore in person meetings as well as the public comment forum and allot additional time per speaker.

I will work hard to change the council meeting time back to a more accessible time, to afford everyone the opportunity to engage in our city business.

CUSTOMER SERVICE

I will foster an environment where our elected officials are committed to the people and not special interests and insider deals. I will explore software options to make communication between city officials and residents more accessible, efficient and effective.

REDUCE HOMELESSNESS

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.

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 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 successful business owner, paralegal and mother of two. She has dedicated years to serving Amarillo and to causes that benefit its residents. Over the last four years Claudette has attended more council meetings than our current Mayor. She has traveled to Austin on numerous occasions to fight for tax reform, enhanced election security, ethics reform, to stop taxpayer funded Lobbying and much more.

Claudette is a member of the Republican Party of Texas, Texas Republican Leadership Initiative, Conservatives of Texas 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. After weeks of attending meetings with zero resolve, I couldn’t help but observe numerous issues within our community that were far more important than mine.

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.