Joe KrierDear Neighbors,

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. Since taking office in November 2013, I have seen firsthand the challenges and opportunities we have before us in our district and across the city and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with our neighbors throughout the district to tackle those issues.

My wife, Cyndi, and I have lived in District 9 for more than 30 years. I am a conservative leader who will work to find constructive solutions to our community’s challenges. We need to get back to the basics and back to working for District 9. My focus will continue to be on basic city services – good streets and drainage, good police and fire protection, good libraries and city policies that help to encourage job retention and creation. Most importantly, we must achieve a balanced and sustainable city budget without tax increases.

Since joining the Council, I’ve been an advocate for you on neighborhood issues such as drainage, traffic and speeding problems, street repairs, zoning issues and getting our proposed new library on Evans Road back on track. I supported changes to the City’s Animal Care ordinance, which will help get lost pets back to their owners sooner and I recruited a former Bexar County District Attorney to serve as our District 9 representative on the City’s Ethics Review Board and uphold high ethical standards.

I’m working on challenges related to the long-term sustainability of our city budget, something which impacts us all. We also should look for ways to make savings, rework dysfunctional systems and change outdated policies and procedures. By working with former District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules, we encouraged the Council to reconsider a proposed $1 million dollar consulting contract for a new Airport Car Rental Facility. As your Councilman, I will take a balanced approach to city government, always remembering that sometimes “no” is indeed the best answer for the good of our community.

As the President and CEO of The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce for more than 20 years, I learned what it takes to recruit and retain the good jobs that large and small businesses provide in our community. From experiences such as working on proposed base closing (BRAC) efforts and supporting school bond campaigns, I learned how to bring people together to tackle some of San Antonio’s biggest challenges. We were successful when we had a shared vision to help make our community a better place to live, work, play and worship.

As your City Councilman, I will continue to listen to you and I will help make sure our city is a good steward of your hard-earned taxpayer dollars. By working together, we can make needed improvements throughout District 9 and our city. I need and welcome your help by letting me know when you see a pothole, street sign damage and neighborhood drainage problems. You can also help by sharing your ideas on issues important to you and your family.

If you agree, I ask you to join me by volunteering to help our campaign. With your help, we can make District 9 and San Antonio a better place for all of us. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve you.

Joseph R. Krier