Two Tomball residents are squaring off in a bid to replace former Tomball City Councilman Rick Brown, who resigned recently, after moving out of the city.
Lori Ball and Chad Degges both signed up to replace Brown and the Tribune recently talked to the two candidates about the election, their views and their backgrounds.
Ball was raised in Oklahoma and moved to Tomball about eight years ago, she said. She is a member of the Tomball Charter Review Committee, the Tomball Volunteer Fire Department Retention Committee and has been an ambassador for the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce. She has also volunteered her time as a board member for the Tomball Redcat Football organization and as a chair for the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's.
She and her husband Eric area both members of the Tomball Volunteer Fire Department. They have two sons. She currently works in the medical field.
"I've always wanted to run," Ball said. "Over the last few years I have seen the progress here and I want to be a part of it."
Ball said that she wants to serve on council because she sees a need that she believes she can fill.
"A lot of people have come to me and said that the city could be just a bit easier to work with on various situations and I agree," she said. "I want to make Tomball a place to do business, as well as raise a family."
She also said that she would like to see a different approach in the city's trash collection process.
"I would like to see whoever we award the next trash services contract to use receptacles instead of having bags out at the curb," she said.
Ball said she would support initiatives that bring more youth activities to Tomball, including a Boys & Girls Club type of organization.
"I want Tomball to be a place where my kids want to come back and raise their kids," she said.
Degges is a mechanical engineer and owns Heat Transfer Specialties, Inc., working in the oil and gas industry. He has lived in Tomball since 2008 and was also a member of the
Tomball Charter Review Committee. He has been a member of the Tomball Board of Adjustments and is currently serving on the board for the Tomball Economic Development Corporation. Degges has also served on the Harris County Republican Committee as a precinct chair and has coached Tomball Little League for the last five years.
He has been married to his wife Jennifer for 17 years and they have three sons.
"We feel blessed to be a part of Tomball and I look forward to hopefully serving on city council," he said. "The growth we are going to experience will be significant and I want to do my part to help guide that."
Degges said that he believes that owning a business gives him a unique perspective that he can bring to city council.
"Owning a business gives you a certain appreciation for handling the taxpayers money," he said. "My experience with business, the Board of Adjustments and the Tomball Economic Development Corporation introduced me to the workings of the city and gave me a good front row seat to what is going on."
He went on to say that he believes local elections like this are important and the results can affect residents daily lives even more than what goes on in Washington D.C.
"If you ever wanted your vote to count, local elections are the place where they do," he said. "So many people don't bother to vote; so many times the difference is just 10 or 15 votes."
Early voting starts today, Jan. 6, while Election Day is Jan. 18. City hall is the polling station for both early voting and Election Day voting.
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