Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Student advocate

Distinguished professor John Crompton prevails in council election

By: Amanda Grosgebauer

Issue date: 5/28/08 Section: News
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Media Credit: John Dale - THE BATTALION (Media Credit: John Dale - THE BATTALION)    [zoom]
Texas A&M University professor John Crompton was voted in as College Station City Councilman in the elections on May 10.  Crompton received 65 percent of the votes.
Media Credit: John Dale - THE BATTALION
Texas A&M University professor John Crompton was voted in as College Station City Councilman in the elections on May 10. Crompton received 65 percent of the votes.
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College Station city council election results from the May 10 election pushed two incumbents out of office, and left one official still in his seat after an election process that resembled a game of musical chairs. The surviving incumbent from the election process is Texas A&M's distinguished professor, John Crompton.

Crompton, Dennis Maloney and Larry Stewart came out on top of their opponents, Derek Dictson, Ron Gay and Chris Scotti after hard fought battles on and off campus.

Crompton in Place 1 garnered the most votes with 65 percent, Maloney was close behind with 62 percent, and Stewart received 54 percent of total votes.

A record number of votes were cast in this city election - 5,550 - nearly 16 percent of those registered voters in College Station.

The council met Thursday to begin the council agenda, budget and overall vision for the city in the upcoming year.

Items discussed included the continuation of funding external agencies, such as the BCS Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Arts Council of Brazos Valley. The council began setting a budget calendar for the upcoming fiscal year.

With financial and other logistical items covered, the council moved on to establish a technical expert committee to advise on water conservation, a committee that falls in line with Crompton's platform issue of establishing a College Station green agenda.

There were three central issues which made up Crompton's platform as he sought re-election. He wanted to create an environmental long-term agenda for the city, uphold neighborhood integrity and ensure responsible city growth management.

Crompton said that all three issues were in congruence with the other council members, such as the establishment of the technical committee, and other agenda items, which passed with a vote of 7 to 0.

Crompton said he hopes to see progress on his second platform issue, neighborhood integrity, later this fall with the institution of a rental registration.

Rental registration was presented in the March 27 workshop. Rental Registration means that all College Station residents would hold renters to higher accountability in respect to code violations dealing with lawn maintenance, parking and noise.

Crompton foresees rental registration going into effect in January 2009, when the turnover of city properties is low, leaving plenty of lead time to work out the problems before the major property turnover during the summer.

At first, Crompton was a supporter of the housing ordinance that would limit the number of unrelated students who could live together in a dwelling. He later changed his position toward support of rental registration, which he hopes will make a housing ordinance unnecessary.

As a professor at A&M, Crompton said he hopes to represent the student voice on council issues and provide a different perspective, that of legitimacy and value.

During early voting at the Memorial Student Center, 800 votes were cast, a majority of which were in favor of Crompton, to which he sees as a confirmation of [his] long-term record as a student advocate. Crompton hopes that the involvement of the students will not fade, but rather that students will continue to be a part of the city council discussions.

While some students may find some council issues irrelevant, Crompton is supportive of students participating in city politics by way of committee involvement, or by utilizing the council's influence to advocate for other student issues.





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