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Endorsement watch: Seeing the big picture

Looks like the Chron is going through the At Large races first, which means we’re up to At Large #2, and a repeat endorsement of David Robinson.

CM David Robinson

CM David Robinson

You might as well pull out the popcorn when City Hall gets to debating the annual Capital Improvement Plan, the five-year budget that doles out billions for road and infrastructure projects throughout the city. District council members will fight tooth and nail to get what their constituents want. Voices rise and tempers flare, and sometimes the big picture can get lost in the mix. That’s where Councilman David W. Robinson comes in. As At-Large position 2, Robinson attended every CIP meeting across the city last year – the only council member who has done that. We endorsed Robinson two years ago as the guy who can see the proverbial big picture, and he’s lived up to that charge during his first term in office. Voters should give Robinson a second term.

Robinson, a trained architect with degrees from Yale University and Rice University, had a long resume of city service before he was first elected. He was appointed to the city Planning Commission by former mayor Bill White and was reappointed by Mayor Annise Parker. Robinson, 48, also served as president of the Neartown Association and president of the citywide Super Neighborhood Alliance. Today he sits as vice-chair of Council’s Quality of Life Committee, where he oversees the Bicycle Master Plan and helps implement the Bayou Greenways Initiative.

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In this race, Robinson faces four challengers, including former council member Andrew Burks, whom Robinson defeated in the last election. Burks’ time in office was marked by his unnecessarily confrontational style with constituents. Burks also made headlines when he argued that the propane tanks on food trucks could be used as terrorist weapons.

Budgetary challenges, low oil prices and all the problems of a growing city are bearing down on City Hall, and we need serious leaders at the helm. Unlike any of his challengers, Robinson is up to the task.

That makes me two for two so far, though as I said this was one of the easier calls. It gets more challenging from here. Here’s my interview with Robinson, and since I forgot to include it in his endorsement post, here’s my interview with Tom McCasland as well.

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