Candidate speaks to Kiwanis Club
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SEVEN POINTS–Members of the Kiwanis Club of Cedar Creek Lake honored former club secretary Allison Partridge and heard from a mayoral candidate Wednesday.
Vice president Jeanne Caillet presented Partridge with a pin marking her efforts last year.
“Last year, the club was named a ‘distinguished club,’ and you couldn’t do that without an outstanding secretary,” Caillet told the small gathering.
“We’re on-line to be a distinguished club again this year,” she added.
Joni Espinoza, who is seeking the Seven Points mayor’s position in the May 13 city council election, spoke to the club’s weekly luncheon gathering about her qualifications for the office.
Espinoza told the gathering she would seek funding to help bring jobs to the Seven Points community.
Gov. Rick Perry has announced the state has $500 million available to help generate new jobs.
The area’s long-noted drug problem is partly due to the lack of available jobs locally, and Espinoza said she would try to tap into that state funding to help encourage businesses to locate in Seven Points.
Espinoza related she worked for Braniff Airlines and then moved to the airfreight industry. During her 25-year career, she moved up through the ranks to eventually become general manager.
“As general manager, I was responsible for 35 employees, two aircraft and a $17 million budget,” she said.
During that time, she said, the company had to comply with federal, state and local regulations.
“I’m a numbers person, and I like to make those numbers grow,” she said. “I’m familiar with dealing with all kinds of government agencies.”
As a substitute teacher at Kemp High School, Espinoza said “I do what I can to get these kids ready for jobs.”
Espinoza said in the three years she’s been in Seven Points, she’s noticed local businesses were not flourishing, and said she would be strongly pro-business as mayor.
“We will take advice from anyone and everyone,” she added.
In club business, members were reminded about the club’s Krawfish Boil, set for noon Saturday, April 29, at Tom Finley Park in Gun Barrel City.