Below is the profile for the lone candidate vying to be Bellaire’s next Place 1 council member. This begins InstantnewsBellaire.com’s Q&A Series, which runs until the November election. Do you have a question for city council candidates? Please email any questions to agrant [at] instantnewsbellaire [dot] com.
City Councilman Will Hickman said he decided to run for his position again this year because he thinks there is so much unfinished business in Bellaire.
“With so many council members leaving, I wanted to stay on to have some experience at the council table to help with those issues coming up,” Hickman said.
Hickman works as a patent attorney for Shell Oil Company. He served on the city’s Board of Adjustments before being elected to the city council in 2005. He has worked as an election judge for Harris County, served on a committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity.
Some of the unfinished business that makes Hickman want to run again includes street and drainage improvements, and redevelopment projects in Bellaire. But most important, he said, is maintaining city services in the economic downturn without burdening taxpayers too much.
“I try to keep the tax burden about the same from year to year for the average homeowner,” Hickman said.
Hickman has not filed a campaign finance report because he decided to use a modified method that doesn’t require him to report contributions and expenditures.
“He said he would probably spend some money on his campaign and may accept some donations, but the expenditures and donations would be less than $500,” said City Clerk Tracy Dutton in an email.
For more information, visit http://www.willhickman.net/.