As one of two candidates vying for the full-term commissioner position on the Driscoll City Council, Ernest Colin believes that citizens should not only be heard by their city government, but listened to as an integral part of the decision making process.
Born and raised in Kingsville and a 1981 graduate of H.M. King High School, Colin moved to Driscoll 28 years ago. A retiree, Colin worked for 27 years with Goodyear Automotive Service Center in Kingsville
Colin is married to his wife, Esther, and the couple has five children and three grandchildren, with one on the way. Colin said his primary concern was ensuring that the citizens have a voice when it comes to the decisions made by their elected officials.
"They have not had too much involvement with city hall. Personally, I've seen it. When I go in there, they act as if the citizen is a burden to them," Colin said. "They would rather I not be there. As soon as I pay my bills, they want me out the door. They don't want to hear…complaints."
When it comes to stating opinions at council meetings during the public comment portion, items brought up are never followed up on or addressed at subsequent council meetings, Colin said. He believes the public deserves answers.
Colin said if elected, he will actively seek input from the public as far as what they want and what direction they would like to see their city take. He said he would like to see the city treat people better.
Colin said much of the city's problems stem from a loss in population and in business growth.
"We've lost up to 10 percent of our population since the 2000 Census. That in itself, I feel is because of the lack of business opportunities and a lack of local revenue. No additional business have been added," Colin said. "If new stores were to come in, that may entice traffic to stop and see that growth is possible in Driscoll. At the moment, we don't have anything going here to attract people."