Roy West has again announced his candidacy for mayor of Beaumont for 2023

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The Beaumont businessman and 2021 mayoral runner-up has announced he is running again for the job.

Roy West announced he was running for mayor of Beaumont in 2023 on Monday morning in a press release.

“I’m running because I want a better Beaumont where all of our citizens are proud of the town they live in,” West said in the press release. “We should be a united community. I believe the way to have unity is to show up for each other, be intentional and work hard to build trust. If we don’t hear the challenges of the community, we cannot meet them.”

West lost to Mayor Robin Mouton in the 2021 election.

“I will provide the leadership that will create excitement and excitement for the future and direction of our city,” West said in the statement. “It’s up to the mayor to see the vision – and we all need to have a vision of what our city can be, how our neighborhoods and our parks can improve, and what our downtown and our riverfront can look like. “, not just next year, but in the next 5 and 10 years. If we don’t have a vision of what our future looks like, then nothing gets better.”

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In his statement, West said leadership is important and that having a presence in the community is necessary to build trust and unity in the city.

“I think we should do a lot better to address our crime issues and the problem we have with crimes committed by our youth,” West said in the statement. “We need to offer youth programs that engage and encourage our young people. This provides our young people with alternatives.”

West said the City of Beaumont can work in partnership with the Beaumont Independent School District, Lamar University, churches and nonprofit organizations to develop after-school programs and activities for youth and in summer.

“Our youth is our future and we must invest in our future if we want different outcomes,” West said in the statement.

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Additionally, West said he believes the city should have an “aggressive plan to improve and protect” the neighborhood’s infrastructure, including roads, drainage, sewer and water.

“I think we need a progressive public safety program that provides the best paid, best trained, and best equipped first responders in all of Southeast Texas,” West said.

In the release, West also mentioned the need to have accessible Beaumont City Council meetings.

“I think our city should have city council meetings in the evenings and on weekends to allow access for everyone so they can engage in discussions about the future of their city without people having to absent from work,” West said in the statement. “We also need to allow you – the people of Beaumont to vote – to determine whether you want term limits for the city council. I think we should have term limits for our city council.”

West said economic development plans should include discussions about the revenue the proposed plans bring to the city, as it can help fund the city’s strategic plans for future growth and how it benefits the whole city.

“Beaumont is a big city, but it can and will be better,” West said. “With leadership and hard work, we will succeed. The best days may be ahead of us. Help us get there by electing me, Roy West, Mayor of the Town of Beaumont in May 2023.”

More information can be found at VoteRoyWest.com.

No other candidate has publicly announced their candidacy for mayor of Beaumont.

This report will be updated.

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