Five candidates will be running for two seats up for election on the Ballinger City Council. The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Three candidates have filed to run for Single Member Disttrict 2 currently held by Darlene Kelly who's term is up, including Amanda Collom, Rudy Galvan and Richard Morish. Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 23.

Five candidates will be running for two seats up for election on the Ballinger City Council. The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Three candidates have filed to run for Single Member Disttrict 2 currently held by Darlene Kelly who's term is up, including Amanda Collom, Rudy Galvan and Richard Morish. Early voting starts Oct. 23.

Name: Amanda Collom

Occupation: Owner and Operator of Brady Bunch Boutique.

Education: Texas Tech University – Major Psychology, Minor English Literature, Howard Junior College, Angelo State University – Major Business, Minor Marketing.

Clubs, organizations: I support many local youth and civic organizations through sponsorships and donations. Currently – Vice Chair of the Executive Board of the Ballinger Area Chamber of Commerce, selected to start and help organize the Ballinger Neighborhood Watch Program, active in the Ballinger Youth Sports Association through youth cheerleading and softball, Ballinger Area Chamber of Commerce business member. Last Year- Ballinger Junior High Parent Teacher Organization Secretary, on the Board for Ballinger Elementary School Site Based Committee, Ballinger Area Chamber of Commerce business member, member of the Downtown Merchants Association. In Recent Years- Runnels County representative for the Ballinger Area Chamber of Commerce three + years as a director, Ballinger Area Chamber of Commerce business member since 2012, represented Runnels County on the Vital Statistics Board for the State of Texas, member of Winters Area Business & Industrial Corporation, Executive Director of the Winters Area Chamber of Commerce and Texas Midwest Community Network delegate.

Family: I am married to Michael Hoten, ICT Ops Manager for Mueller Inc. I have two children Blake Collom, 8th grader, who participates in basketball, football, track and cross country and Bailey Collom, 5th grader, who participates in YMCA and Ballinger Youth Sports Association cheerleading. I have two stepchildren Blake Hoten, 2011 graduate of Midland Lee High School, Xpert Safety Operations Manager and Autumn Hoten, 2012 graduate of Ballinger High School, 2015 graduate of LSU.

What are the most important issues you want to address if elected as a member of the Ballinger City Council?

I believe the most important part of being a city councilman is to help Ballinger make money and help ensure that Ballinger’s money is budgeted properly. It is up to City Council to insure money is being spent on the greater good of the community. This should include welcome signs and an inviting downtown that makes people want to stop in our community to spend money. The more people that stop in Ballinger the more tax dollars we collect to make improvements. The improvements I want to keep pushing forward are continuing to improve the quality of our water, continuing to improve our roads by paving and patching, and continuing to clean up our town. If our City Council can increase the dollars spent in Ballinger, then we can continue these improvements, and stop raising taxes. Ballinger also has to sustain a salary for a city manager who will fight for Ballinger, work for grants, build strong relationships with our congressman and state representatives and remain creative-minded enough to keep Ballinger financially sound.

What do you think you can bring to the position if elected?

I am running for City Council for the greater good of Ballinger. I bring experience in budgets, experience in economic development, experience in leadership and experience in community involvement. I am a mother raising her children in Ballinger, a local business owner and have been involved in many youth and civic organizations. I work hard for what I believe in and I believe in Ballinger, TX.

What do you feel qualifies you for the city council position?

My education, my professional and diverse work experience including working with local government, budgets and economic development and my long history of community involvement and service qualify me for Ballinger City Council. I believe with my knowledge and experience I would be an asset the council.