West Texas Tribune Presents the Candidate

West Texas Tribune Presents the Candidate

By Floyd MillerIt is indeed a pleasure for the West Texas Tribune to present a discussion from the candidate in their own words. We hope that their responses to the questions will help you make an informed decision.Please study the candidates and then vote. Make your voice heard and make your “Dollar Count.” The individual that wins this election will earn $1.00 a year.Joy Ellinger: Tell us a little about yourself example or anything that you consider being important. I am a wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend who has lived in Abilene for 34 years and been an integral part of the community for a long time. {{more}} My husband, Steve, and I have been married for 30 years; have two sons, a daughter in law and a precious granddaughter. I graduated from ACU and began my career at Abilene State School as a Social Worker. Now, I work for Johnson and Johnson. During my time in Abilene I have worked with several non-profit organizations by serving on their boards and furthering their missions. Some of the past boards include American Red Cross, Abilene Preservation League, March of Dimes and I am now working with Global Samaritan Resources. I also currently serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Abilene.I am also an active member of Beltway Park Baptist Church where we have attended for seven years. Prior to that, we were members of Southern Hills Church of Christ. My hobbies have varied over the years, but, couple that have been steady are working with political campaigns and shooting handguns and now Skeet. Why do you want to serve on the City Council? I enjoy all aspects of public service and want to serve our city by being the voice for all citizens. As a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, I have had experience listening to all citizens concerns and work with other commissioners to make the fairest decision possible. I will take the same problem solving principles with me to the City Council that I have used on Planning and Zoning. What do you see as the most pressing need for the City of Abilene and how would you solve it? Securing water for Abilene’s short term and long term needs. If we do not have an adequate water supply, nothing else matters.The City Council got a recommendation for a $87.4 million bond plan. Is there something in the plan that you wish was not? And is there something missing that you wish was in the plan?The Bond Committee worked spent many long hours on combing through requests and compiling their recommendations. It was presented to City Council last week and members have not had an opportunity to review the details. Therefore, I believe it is irresponsible to comment on recommendations that are not final.We pray that we will never have an incident like they had in Ferguson, Mo. If we did and you had an opportunity to speak to the citizens of Abilene what advice would you give? I would ask that calm and cool heads prevail until all facts are solidified. What makes you the best candidate for the Abilene City Council at this time? I have the time to commit to serve and years of experience in working with people to solve problems.If you could have dinner with anyone from the past or currently living, who would it be and why?I would like to have dinner with Jesus Christ. I am a Christ follower and try to model my life after His teachings.What African American from the past or currently living do you most admire and why? Condoleezza Rice is someone I have great respect and admiration for today. While Dr. Rice was in Abilene a couple of months ago I met her and heard her speak on behalf of Global Samaritan Resources. Her vast experience in brokering peace and reaching out to American allies and enemies to build successful communication is a rare gift; I admire her confidence and talents.