There is a lot of excitement in the air. The Poteet Strawberry Festival is upon us. This is the 74th Strawberry Festival. Everyone is getting ready for the parade, the Strawberry judging and auction, the carnival, the rodeo, the music entertainment and the great food. The weather is forecasted to be dry and warm. There will probably be a lot of people in and around town these next few days. We all know COVID-19 is still around. However, if everyone practices their personal level of pandemic safety, all can enjoy a safe and great time at the festival. Remember to support the nonprofit organizations selling food and drinks inside the festival grounds. All these organizations largely depend on the proceeds raised during the festival to support their respective local charities and/or scholarships. All these organizations work hard to raise money to be able to give back to their communities. So when you buy something from them, tell them thank you for their contribution to the community.
Last week the Shalom Ministries, the Poteet Police Association along with the Poteet Grange hosted a “Meet the Candidate” forum for the candidates running for Poteet Mayor and Poteet City Council Place 4 and Place 5. All the candidates received an invitation to attend and were given an opportunity to express why they are seeking election for their respective position. Unfortunately, not all of the candidates attended the event. The forum was recorded and later posted on Facebook. This was the only time a group candidate forum will be held. Before casting your vote, I encourage all of Poteet to watch the video of the candidates who did attend. This a good opportunity to get to know the candidates who are willing to speak in a public forum.
The Pleasanton Express is printing a Voters’ Information Guide in the April 14 issue. This is a FREE, public service for all mayoral, city council and school board candidates running for office. The goal of the Voters’ Information Guide is to help voters learn about the qualifications, plans and positions of a candidate. This year’s guide is different compared to previous years as they are asking each candidate specific questions regarding their particular race for office. I recommend that everyone be on the lookout for next week’s issue of the newspaper to see who of the Poteet candidates responded and their replies to the questions.
Hope to see you Saturday on the parade route.
Remember to Keep Poteet Strong. Gig’em Aggies!
WILLIE LEAL is the Mayor of Poteet. You may email him at mayor@poteettexas. gov.