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Bringing Our City Back into Solvency

During my time as Galveston Mayor, Kroger moved into its current location on the Seawall, adding convenience, beauty and infrastructure improvements to what was a trailer park. Academy Sports and Outdoors now occupies the former Kroger location.

This is another example of the pro-development city council support to bring our city back into solvency.
 

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City Raises Tax Rate Almost 2 Cents, Citing Costs

This was the headline in the Galveston County Daily News dated, Sept. 20, 2019 (page A3). Did you happen to read it?

When I began my term as Mayor of Galveston in the late ’90s, Galveston was nearly bankrupt, we could not afford police cars so we leased them, and our bond rating was so bad that Bern Ewert — the interim manager at the time — referred to our rating like that of a third-world country. Despite these obstacles, we provided pay increases at the following rates for our first responders and civilian employees:

  • Increased Police pay by 23 percent;
  • Increased Fire Department pay by 19 percent;
  • Increased Civilian employee pay by 11 percent

Even more wonderful — we accomplished this WITHOUT raising taxes.

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Revitalization of the Old Galvez Mall

While Roger “Bo” Quiroga was Galveston Mayor, he spearheaded the demolition and revitalization of the old Galvez Mall, which sat vacant for 13 years and not providing jobs or revenues. Now the Galvez Shopping Center (home of the Home Depot, Target, Pier 1 Imports, Game Stop, Texas Nails and Spa, GNC, Sally’s Beauty Supply) provides more than 500 jobs. Moreover, Galveston benefits from sales tax revenues provided by these businesses.

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The $2 Billion Economic Renaissance

The former Eckerd Drug at 2425 Broadway, which is now CVS, was the beginning of the $2 billion renaissance in economic development the City of Galveston experienced during my tenure as Galveston Mayor from 1998 to 2004. Feedback from CVS staff report that this location has been great! They employ 12-14 employees and have benefitted from the cruise ship business. They routinely service customers from all over the world through the cruise ship industry. This CVS also supports the needs of low to moderate-income residents in that area.

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Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

Recognizing and celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 – Oct. 15. This is a time when we celebrate histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

Please join me in celebrating Roger “Bo” Quiroga! Did you know that he was the first (and thus far, only) Hispanic to be elected Mayor of the City of Galveston in 1998?

In 1989, he was the first Hispanic to become President and CEO of University National Bank. Roger was among 11 people recognized by HEB Pantry for “Historic Hispanics Firsts”. This is quite an honor!

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‘WE CAN DO BETTER’

Former Galveston Mayor Roger “Bo” Quiroga Launches Mayoral Campaign

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Galveston, April 4, 2019 – With these words, “We can do better,” former Galveston Mayor Roger Quiroga officially filed papers and launched his campaign to become Galveston Mayor in 2020.

As a former three-term Galveston mayor, born and raised on Galveston Island, Quiroga said, “I believe it is important that I enter this race now, because I believe that Galveston needs a change.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to serve the citizens of Galveston once more, and to work with you to create a strong future for this great city and its people.”

In announcing his run, Quiroga cited his previous record as Mayor. “When I first became Mayor, the city was broke. With a small team, we hunkered down, made smart choices, achieved goals, and dug out of our fiscal hole, setting the stage for future progress.

“Now is a time of new challenges and opportunities. First and foremost, I want to make Galveston a safer place to live and raise a family – for all of our citizens – where people move their families to benefit from our schools, culture and way of life.

Roger logo alt“I want City government to understand that the citizens are the lifeblood of this community and that all citizens young and old should be treated with respect. I want Galveston to become a more affordable city, with only the level of government and bureaucracy necessary to function safely and smoothly. I want Galveston to be truly business friendly and a vibrant place to invest and grow, fully in keeping with our Island heritage and the many attributes that make Galveston unique. I will strongly support and emphasize public safety.

“Fiscal responsibility, along with honesty and integrity, will be foremost among the values of my campaign, and of my future time in office,” he said.

Citing a sense of mission for his campaign, Quiroga said, “we will engage with and involve all citizens and all walks of life in order to enhance public safety, improve public value, create transparency, preserve nature’s gifts and our environment, build community trust and mobilize Galveston forward. All of our citizens need to benefit from Galveston’s many assets, including the port and tourism. We need to put our citizens first.”

“I seek support from every corner of our Island,” he said. “It’s time to take Galveston to the next level.”
Quiroga filed his candidacy papers at Galveston City Hall at 10 a.m. April 4.

The Roger Quiroga for Mayor website is www.rogerquirogaformayor.com. The campaign Facebook page is under Roger “Bo” Quiroga. As Quiroga filed his papers, the campaign issued on Twitter: #BoforMayor: Let’s make Galveston all that it should be. #VOTEBO.

Roger’s first official campaign stop after filing was with an interested citizens coffee group at the El Jardin Restaurant at 413 24th Street in Galveston. Excited about his campaign, Quiroga repeated that he would campaign in every community of Galveston Island. “This is an important election. It’s time for a change,” he said.

Contact information: Roger Quiroga – 409-795-4695

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‘WE CAN DO BETTER’

Former Galveston Mayor Roger “Bo” Quiroga Launches Mayoral Campaign

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Galveston, April 4, 2019 – With these words, “We can do better,” former Galveston Mayor Roger Quiroga officially filed papers and launched his campaign to become Galveston Mayor in 2020.

As a former three-term Galveston mayor, born and raised on Galveston Island, Quiroga said, “I believe it is important that I enter this race now, because I believe that Galveston needs a change.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to serve the citizens of Galveston once more, and to work with you to create a strong future for this great city and its people.”

In announcing his run, Quiroga cited his previous record as Mayor. “When I first became Mayor, the city was broke. With a small team, we hunkered down, made smart choices, achieved goals, and dug out of our fiscal hole, setting the stage for future progress.

“Now is a time of new challenges and opportunities. First and foremost, I want to make Galveston a safer place to live and raise a family – for all of our citizens – where people move their families to benefit from our schools, culture and way of life.

Roger logo alt“I want City government to understand that the citizens are the lifeblood of this community and that all citizens young and old should be treated with respect. I want Galveston to become a more affordable city, with only the level of government and bureaucracy necessary to function safely and smoothly. I want Galveston to be truly business friendly and a vibrant place to invest and grow, fully in keeping with our Island heritage and the many attributes that make Galveston unique. I will strongly support and emphasize public safety.

“Fiscal responsibility, along with honesty and integrity, will be foremost among the values of my campaign, and of my future time in office,” he said.

Citing a sense of mission for his campaign, Quiroga said, “we will engage with and involve all citizens and all walks of life in order to enhance public safety, improve public value, create transparency, preserve nature’s gifts and our environment, build community trust and mobilize Galveston forward. All of our citizens need to benefit from Galveston’s many assets, including the port and tourism. We need to put our citizens first.”

“I seek support from every corner of our Island,” he said. “It’s time to take Galveston to the next level.”
Quiroga filed his candidacy papers at Galveston City Hall at 10 a.m. April 4.

The Roger Quiroga for Mayor website is www.rogerquirogaformayor.com. The campaign Facebook page is under Roger “Bo” Quiroga. As Quiroga filed his papers, the campaign issued on Twitter: #BoforMayor: Let’s make Galveston all that it should be. #VOTEBO.

Roger’s first official campaign stop after filing was with an interested citizens coffee group at the El Jardin Restaurant at 413 24th Street in Galveston. Excited about his campaign, Quiroga repeated that he would campaign in every community of Galveston Island. “This is an important election. It’s time for a change,” he said.

Contact information: Roger Quiroga – 409-795-4695

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