TYLER, TX (KLTV) - In less than two weeks, early voting kicks off and when it comes to the Tyler City Council, three candidates are vying for the District Three seat.
District Three encompasses the northwest area of Tyler.
"The city council person is a partner with the people that keeps their finger on the pulse of what's going on,” says Pamela J. Phoenix, a candidate.
Phoenix is a court field agent who moved Tyler after hurricane Katrina. She has since served on many boards and commissions including; The Smith County Appraisal Review Board, the Black Nurses Rock Advisory Board, and the City of Tyler's Planning and Zoning Commission.
When it comes to her goals if elected Phoenix says she would focus on infrastructure and park improvements as well as affordable housing.
"We need to grow affordable housing in our district in order to help individuals live a moderately decent life," says Phoenix.
Phoenix adds that her motivation for running is giving back to a city that’s given so much to her.
Fellow candidate Shirley McKellar previously ran for the District One Congressional seat four times. She's a Tyler native and retired United States army officer.
“I actually worked to lead the Intensive Care Unit in the 94th general hospital,” says McKellar. “Also, I am a member of the National Leadership Success Program at the University of Texas at Tyler which is my Alma Mater.”
If elected McKellar is also interested in park improvements in the district and plans to focus on bringing new businesses to the North Tyler area.
"I think it's really crucial that we have more businesses come into North Tyler,” says McKellar. “I should not have to drive across town to shop."
Third candidate Dalila Reynoso was born and raised in Tyler, she says she’s running in hopes of being a “voice and advocate for District Three.” Reynoso currently heads the non-profit organization Justice for Our Neighbors East Texas.
Reynoso plans to focus on reaching out to the youth in the community, as well as improving road conditions and public transportation if elected.
“I am a big advocate for public transportation because there are a lot of individuals that rely on it in this district,” says Reynoso.
Early voting begins on April 22.
To learn more about the candidates for Tyler City Council District 3, check out the links below.
Pamela J. Phoenix