Support Colette for NB Housing Authority Board

Support Colette for NB Housing Authority Board

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Concerned Citizens started this petition to New Braunfels City Council and

Dear Mayor Brockman and City Council,

We the undersigned stand in full support of your appointment of Colette Nies to the New Braunfels Housing Authority Board of Commissioners and encourage you to disregard the disgruntled voices of a partisan political group as you make your final decision.

Colette Nies is highly qualified for this volunteer position and extremely capable of serving our community with integrity and decency as she brings new insight to our growing community. Affordable housing was part of her platform during her recent campaign against incumbent County Commissioner Kevin Webb. Colette Nies has worked in government relations in the Texas House and Senate on housing issues. Ms. Nies is currently in her fourth year of a Doctorate of Ministry program in land, food and faith formation. She earned a master of science degree in social work in community leadership from the University of Texas at Austin, developed a graduate portfolio of nonprofit management from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT, earned a master of divinity in ecological theology and care of the dying from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and conducts policy analysis of systemic causes of poverty and food insecurity.

Additionally, Colette Nies has passed an extensive background check with the Texas Department of Public Safety required to become a licensed foster parent with the State of Texas. Nies submitted to extensive background checks, fingerprinting through the state and FBI, provided three years of tax returns, gave proof of insurance, submitted to home studies, health inspections, and more. Over the last two years she has successfully served as a foster parent.

A loud but vocal minority disregard Colette Nies’ stellar credentials. Like any growing city, the citizens of New Braunfels shall not always agree, but these vicious and unreasonable displays are divisive and counterproductive to healthy civic engagement. The longstanding values of peace, cooperation and teamwork have always been a hallmark of our town. We have always come together as a community for the greater good. These relative newcomers to New Braunfels care more about a nearly twenty-year-old marijuana cigarette than they do about the ability of Ms. Nies to effectively serve today! This dissension and objection seems ironic considering the recent active participation of some of these protesters in the attempted coup on the United States Capitol just a few weeks ago, resulting in the loss of employment for some due to their actions. These are the same folks that have engaged in unsafe activities on our local roadways and promoted open displays of racism in our town. While their motivations are unclear, these objections against Colette Nies are clearly driven by anything other than genuine concern for our town.

To quote Colette Nies, “City boards are a place where citizens can use their areas of interest and expertise for the betterment of our community. They are nonpartisan positions where leaders work together regardless of political or religious affiliation.”  We agree wholeheartedly with this sentiment and stand in support of her.

 

 

 

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