My name is Paula Jones, and I am seeking re-election to the office of Mayor for the City of Woodville. I have been the Mayor for four years. I have been an Alderman for the city of Woodville in the past and served seven years in that Position. I currently serve on the voting board of DETCOG (Deep East Texas Council Of Government) and a committee member of its Solid Waste Division as well as serving as Vice President of the TML (Texas Municipal League)Region 16. The city of Woodville, has seen a lot of changes in our city, County and State Government over the past two years due to COVID-19. We are still being presented with lingering affects of the pandemic with supply shortages, availability of workers and the time frame in which projects can be done due to these factors. This has presented challenges for not just the City of Woodville, but our State and America as a whole. We were Blessed that our City workers have done their utmost to serve our community through all that this Pandemic has thrown our way and will continue to do so to the best of our abilities.
A brief history of my past and present in Government. When I first joined the Council was in 2006 just after Hurricane Rita. In those seven years, that I served previously on our City Council we were hit once again by a hurricane, Hurricane Ike. I worked closely with Congressman Brady to get the much-needed generators to get our Walmart back up and running so that we could serve our community, due in part to Bentonville, Ar. receiving the wrong information as to our actual situation. Having served on the Tyler County Chamber of Commerce and serving on our City Council, gave me the working experience that allowed me to be able to coordinate with Congressman Brady and the heads of the Emergency Management Offices at Walmart Inc. to get the generators to Woodville. I served as the 2008 Tyler County Chamber of Commerce President and in my duties as both an Alderman and Chamber of Commerce President, I had the opportunity to see growth and along with fellow Aldermen, made tough decisions when it was necessary to keep our city going in the right direction. Once again in 2020 we were faced with Hurricane Laura, but God spared us the full brunt of this Hurricane. With my past experiences, I had the confidence in talking with our local and District Manager as to when it would be safe to open Walmart to serve our community.
It takes a while to get Government Grants that can help restore and improve our city infrastructure, as we look to the future. As your Mayor I want to continue on with these projects that have been allocated funds from different grants to better serve our community. As your Mayor, I want to continue working alongside our City, County, School and Hospital Officials to ensure that we do everything to the best of our God given ability to serve and protect our citizens.
Just a little about myself for those who do not know me. I was born and raised in Woodville, graduated from Woodville High School class of 1990. My father, the late Carl (Rooster) Jones, worked for the Woodville Inn and the Wood Fain movie theater. My mother, the late Gloria Jones, also worked at the Woodville Inn, taught piano lessons, and played for numerous churches in the area. They both instilled in me a determination to succeed in all that I do and to help my fellow man. In the past, I have worked for the late Connie Clark as a florist also at Brookshire Bro. in several capacities. I am currently employed with Walmart, with 17 years of service working in various roles throughout our store.
I TRULY LOVE MY TOWN and its Citizens, and as your Mayor, I want to continue helping in its continuous growth. I am asking for your vote on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Early voting starts October 24, 2022 through November 4, 2022.
If you are new to the area and have not registered to vote, the deadline is October 11, 2022 for the November 8, 2022 Election. You may contact our County Clerks Office at (409)283-2281. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:30pm for more information.