Humble city voters have two significant decisions to make May 1 that will shape their city for at least the next two years. Who will be the new mayor? Who will fill Place 1 and Place 2 on the Humble City Council?

Norman Funderburk and Arliss Ann Bentley have filed for mayor. Incumbent Charles “Andy” Curry and Eric Lacy filed for Place 1. Linda Greenan and incumbent Charles Cunningham filed for Place 2 on the Humble City Council.

The Humble city general election is set for May 1.

There are six places on the Humble City Council, each are two-year terms with no term limits. The current council includes Merle Aaron who is not seeking election, Curry and Cunningham who are both seeking reelection, and Paula Settle, David Ray Pierce and Bruce Davidson who are not up for reelection.

In the second of three articles about candidates for Humble offices, The Tribune is publishing responses from candidates for Council Place 2 - Linda Greenan and Charles Cunningham.

Linda Greenan

Linda Greenan is a 25-year resident of Humble. She is a dispatcher at a local logistics company. Previously, she held positions at various trucking companies and she was an aircraft dispatcher for almost 25 years, earning a Federal Aviation Administration aircraft dispatch license.

Greenan has volunteered at numerous Houston Food Bank food drives and for many animal rescue organizations in Lake Houston and in Mexico. Through the years, she also has worked with the homeless and those down on their luck.

Greenan is married with no children, unless her two dogs can be claimed as her children. When she is not working, attending City Council meetings or volunteering, Greenan loves to travel.

Do you/have you attended City Council meetings in the past?

Oh, yes, many, both past and present.

How/why did you become interested in this position?

After living here for several years, I see what Humble was and what it has become. I would like to see more progress, more community involvement, more pride.

Is there someone/role model you look up to?

I most admire my mother, Mary Greenan. She is a strong, independent woman who raised six kids. She taught us all we can do anything we want and be anything we want to be. She not only is my mother but my friend and mentor. I always say, I hope to grow up to be just like her.

Name one good thing about living in Humble.

We live in a small town with just about everything you need.

Name something you would like to change in Humble.

I would like more Humble residents to be local business owners. I talk to so many local business owners here in town and very few are residents. I would like to see that change.

Name your top priorities.

1. Revitalization of downtown Humble. We have such a rich history and I feel it is going to waste. We need more interest in it. We can create jobs and bring income into the community. I have lots of ideas.

2. Disaster preparedness. We have seen it all here - floods, hurricanes, freezes. Aside from watching the Houston news stations, we need a way to get information out to residents. I was at a local water giveaway after the freeze on a Saturday. I was shocked hardly anyone knew about it. I have been wracking my brain to come up with a better way.

3. More community involvement, whether it be food drives, beautification of the city or the public attending city council meetings. Anything to get people together and be proud, safe, happy and healthy living in this city.

What qualifications do you bring to this position?

I am a strong leader and able to look at the big picture to achieve goals. I have strong empathy for those medically challenged due to many personal family medical issues. All jobs I have held required top notch organizational skills.

What has prepared you for this position?

Personal experience in leadership roles that required compassion, fairness, empathy and the ability to see the big picture.

Charles Cunningham

Charles Cunningham has lived in Humble for 27 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in applied studies with a specialty in political science and theology from Our Lady of the Lake University. He is a U.S. Army veteran and, for 38 years, has worked for CenterPoint Energy, most recently as a distribution account consultant.

Cunningham has served on several community and professional organizations including chair of Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and is a member of the Houston Galveston Area Council, the Humble Museum Foundation Board and the Northshire 3 Homeowners Association.

Cunningham and wife, Stella, have four children and nine grandchildren. His favorite non-work and weekend activity is golf and reading.

Do you/have you attended City Council meetings in the past?

Yes.

How/why did you become interested in this position?

I want to bring my sound business and proven decision making skills to deal with the issues facing Humble today.

Is there someone/role model you look up to?

Three older gentlemen served as my role models. One encouraged me to focus on education because knowledge is power. One helped me grow in faith. The third inspired me to become involved in the community.

Name one good thing about living in Humble.

Humble is a place where there is no big “I” and little “You.” Everybody is somebody.

Name something you would like to change in Humble.

I would like to enhance more citizen engagement.

Name your top priorities.

Public safety, economic development and flooding drainage.

What qualifications do you bring to this position?

I have proven business and government leadership.

What has prepared you for this position?

My private sector management experience and my community involvement have prepared me.

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Early voting is Monday, April 19 through Tuesday April 27, and Election Day is Saturday, May 1, at the Humble Civic Center. Additional Early Voting Centers are open throughout Harris County. For a complete list, harrisvotes.com.

The last day to register to vote in the May 1 election was April 1. To find out if you are registered to vote, votetexas.gov.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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