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Crompton in the News

Student advocate Distinguished Professor John Crompton prevails in council election

May 28, 2008
By AMANDA GROSBEBAUER
The Battalion Writer

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

Election turns on growth

May 11, 2008
By APRIL AVISON
Eagle Staff Writer

"...Place 1 incumbent Crompton's race netted the biggest landslide, as the councilman earned about 3,539 votes, or 65 percent, to Dictson's 1,883 votes..."

A Sample of Derek Dictson's Advertisements

Spring 2008
By Derek Dictson Campaign

These advertisements illustrate the fabrications, grotesque distortions, and deceptions which were used against John Crompton in the campaign.

Hopefuls court student vote

May 7, 2008
By APRIL AVISON
Eagle Staff Writer

"...Several students say they think their peers have been duped into believing that a housing ordinance will be forced if John Crompton, Dennis Maloney and Larry Stewart are elected Saturday. All three of the men have said publicly they don't intend to pursue a rule that would lower from four to two the number of unrelated adults who can share a home..."

Opinions - May 7

Ethical leadership
By PAUL GREER

Letter to Editor

"...John Crompton...want[s] smart development that occurs with adequate planning and open discussion. They want development that makes sense for College Station in a location suitable for the nature and scope of the development proposed. They want to attract the types of businesses that provide a living wage and promote a standard of living consistent with the expectations of the citizens..."

Walks the walk
By DON SEAMAN

Letter to Editor

"...I have seen John remain steadfast in representing the best interests of neighborhoods, even though he knew that might not be a popular idea with certain special interests within the city. I know he is someone I can trust and that is important to me and should be for everyone else who is interested in maintaining the quality of life we now enjoy in College Station..."

Dedicated, works hard
By KEN DYKEMA

Letter to Editor

"...John Crompton will work to maintain property values for existing homeowners by preserving and improving the quality of life for residents of College Station, while fostering intelligent development in the interests of our growing community..."

Opinions - May 6

Citizens' paradigm
By DON HELLRIEGEL

Letter to Editor

"...The DGS [Dictson, Gay and Scotti] Developers Paradigm comprises these underlying strategic themes:

  • Maximize the short-term welfare and preferences of developers through increased infrastructure financial support of their projects and through relaxed development standards, but at the expense of taxpayers.
  • Minimize community taxpayer support for community quality-of-life initiatives to enable further subsidies and transfer payments in support of developers' projects..."

Great acclaim
By DAVID SCOTT

Letter to Editor

"...Crompton launched the "College Station Green" initiative, which obligates the city to develop state-of-the-art environmentally friendly action plans for our city, including water conservation, recycling, protection of open spaces and green areas, and reduction of pesticides and fertilizer use..."

A better future
By BOB BEDNARZ

Letter to Editor

"...I think College Station has handled growth extremely well..."

Opinions - May 5

A vast differenct
By ROBERT R. KLEIN

Letter to Editor

"..A vast difference exists between "anti-growth" and planned growth that maintains neighborhood integrity. The three candidates opposing Crompton, Maloney and Stewart have platforms that are based largely on retail development. While retail development is certainly vital for the city, do College Station citizens want uncontrolled growth as has occurred in Houston?

Dictson has publicly supported the establishment of a Super Wal-Mart at the corner of Texas 6 and Rock Prairie Road..."

Campaign's cost $67,500

May 4, 2008
By APRIL AVISON
Eagle Staff Writer

"..Crompton and Dictson have raised $11,419 and $17,085, respectively...Dictson, along with Gay and Scotti, received a $1,000 contribution from the Texas Association of Realtors Political Action Committee. Other contributors to Dictson's campaign included Texas World Speedway owner Bill Mather, developer Steve Arden and Planning and Zoning Commissioner Marsha Sanford..."

KBTX - Candidate background and issues

Crompton vs. Dictson
By STEVE FULHART

"...There are two key issues in this race -- neighborhood integrity and growth paying for itself," Crompton said. "My opponent, who's a developer, believes in unfettered growth, which means there will be massive subsidy to develop for the community to pay for their infrastructure, and it also means the developers determine the priorities in this community, many of whom are from out of town. I believe the existing neighborhoods and residents should determine the priorities and in abolishing those massive subsidies..."

Opinions - May 3

Missing the point
By DAVID G. WOODCOCK

Letter to Editor

"..The scare-mongering about driving investment away is just that. If we demand a great city, with great neighborhoods, good traffic patterns for cars, bicycles and pedestrians, resources and activities that support a healthy lifestyle for mind, body and spirit, then good growth will be assured. John Crompton, Dennis Maloney and Larry Stewart would help us achieve these goals..."

Pay the full cost
By LOUIS HODGES

Letter to Editor

"...As the owner of an engineering consultancy whose major clients are the developers, Veronica Morgan (Eagle, April 25) was disingenuous in her recent letter attacking John Crompton when she asserted, "New development does pay for itself." This is clearly false..."

Support residents
By SARAH WITHAM BEDNARZ

Letter to Editor

"...His [Hunter Goodwin's] neighborhood association is not registered with the city of College Station and he has not participated in the College Woodland Hills Association which represents the larger neighborhood in which the gated community is located. If you are interested in supporting residents, not developers, people who live in neighborhoods, not gated communities, may I suggest a vote for John Crompton, Dennis Maloney, and Larry Stewart..."

Remarkable progress
By MARK and MARY FRAN TROY

Letter to Editor

"...Crompton has turned out to be the hardest-working council member by far. He has placed twenty-one items on the council's agenda, while, in the same time period, no other council member has placed more than two..."

City council elections May 10, students encouraged to vote

May 2 , 2008
By AMANDA GROSGEBAUER
Battalion Reporter

".."There is no member of the present city council, or any candidate running for city council, who comes anywhere close to doing as much for Aggies as I have done," Crompton said. "My opponent and the other two so-called 'pro-Aggie' candidates literally have done nothing for Aggies. They have simply talked about what they might do for Aggies in the future, if elected."..."

Opinions - May 2

No consensus
By PATRICIA STARTZMAN

Letter to Editor

"...Larry Stewart, John Crompton and Dennis Maloney, three candidates with no ambitions beyond serving their community, and who value their own integrity as much as they value "neighborhood integrity," a key issue in this campaign..."

The choice is stark
By JUDY MATLOCK

Letter to Editor

"...Dictson presents himself as president of Cove of Nantucket Homeowners Association. He is president only because he developed the subdivision. He was not elected. He lives in Pebble Creek. For Dictson, a developer, and his development community supporters, his election to council is part of their business plan which requires massive subsidies be provided by taxpayers to developers and that as many regulations as possible relating to orderly development, neighborhood protection, growth control and ecological sustainability, be removed..."

Fear factor at work
By ANNE HAZEN

Letter to Editor

"...The fear factor is being played with statements such as "you will lose your job," "rents will go up," "new residents won't be able to buy a home," etc. Please ignore these lies..."

Expansion at center of election

April 30, 2008
By APRIL AVISON
Eagle Staff Writer

"..Former mayors Lorence Bravenec, Gary Halter, Larry Ringer and Ron Silvia are publicly supporting Crompton...."

Opinions - April 30

Home investment
By PETER J. HUGILL

Letter to Editor

"..The second advantage that accrues to developers comes from the fact that developers have a strong financial interest in retaining political input into the development process. They see getting their representatives elected and appointed to the appropriate bodies as a central part of their job, thus ensuring that city government policies favor new development over redevelopment..."

Excellent judgement
By GENE CHARLTON

Letter to Editor

"...I have lived with loud music in the middle of the night, vehicles parked haphazardly in the street and on lawns, beer cans on my own lawn - all courtesy of a house full of students down the street. I also have had student neighbors who were quiet, considerate and friendly -- a credit to any neighborhood. There is nothing anti-student about Crompton's proposals..."

Opinions - April 29

Value Diversity
By KATHERINE EDWARDS

Letter to Editor

"...John Crompton value the diversity, uniqueness and sense of history that those older neighborhoods contribute to the city..."

Candidates debate growth

April 29, 2008
By APRIL AVISON

Eagle Staff Writer

... "Crompton said that the city can't give away land, but can lease it at a nominal rate. "That's how we got Arctic [Wolf] Ice Rink here, and I was instrumental in that effort," he said. Crompton said that he's opposed to entering an agreement for a new city hall without support from residents."At the end of the day, if you sell the land and use it to build a city hall, you haven't accrued any assets for the city..."

Eagle Recommendations

Councilman John Crompton vs. Derek Dictson
By The EDITORIAL BOARD

"...A year ago, when Crompton first ran for the Place 1 seat, we questioned his commitment to the job in time and energy. He has proven to be a hard-working, dedicated council member who comes to meetings prepared to discuss the issues and actively works to promote his vision of a city with a high quality of life.

The Eagle recommends a vote for John Crompton for Place 1 on the College Station City Council..."

Opinions - April 26

C.S. at crossroads
By KATHRYN G. LINDSAY

Letter to Editor

"...The choice is relatively clear cut: unfettered commercial development, Houston-style, or controlled, flexible development in the face of rapid growth, to preserve and protect the character of our town.

Dennis Maloney, John Crompton, and Larry Stewart, appear to have ears for the residents and complementary skills in business and city planning for the city council...."

C.S. council hopefuls tangle at forum

April 25, 2008
By APRIL AVISON

Eagle Staff Writer

... "Crompton acknowledged that he changed his mind about the ordinance, explaining that a consultant made it clear to elected officials that "it would not address our problems." Crompton then pointed out that a subdivision Dictson developed, The Cove of Nantucket, has deed restrictions that limit to two the number of unrelated adults who can share a home..."

Opinions - April 24

Citizen concerns
By DICK STARTZMAN

Letter to Editor

"...I think Maness misunderstands the concerns of many citizens and, especially, the concerns of John Crompton, who is one of the best councilmen in our history.

The main problem that neighborhoods have is not commercial development, per se, but uncontrolled development that harms neighborhood integrity..."

Quality of life
By CHARLOTTE and DOUG SLACK

Letter to Editor

"...Several times over the course of the 35 years we have lived in College Station, developers bemoaned the fact that College Station was so difficult to work with that the city might as well "bolt the doors," "shutter the windows," "pull in the welcome mat," or, more recently, "pull up the gangplank."

Nevertheless, College Station continues to grow and prosper as a desirable community for developers and residents alike. It seems that developers are more than willing to do business here and to live here themselves..."

Opinions - April 23

Plan a unique city
By AIMEE ALLEN

Letter to Editor

"...For responsible leadership without an ulterior motive to serve beyond a passion for the integrity of a vital and unique community, please cast your vote for John Crompton..."

Effective leaders
By SHERRY ELLISON

Letter to Editor

"... I have seen John Crompton working hard to get ordinances passed and to get new policies and goals approved to aid the citizens of College Station..."

Opinions - April 22

No urban sprawl
By JERRY COOPER

Letter to Editor

"...Do the citizens of College Station want unfettered growth impacting traffic and neighborhoods with things such as Weingarten Realty's recent effort to push through rezoning for a super Wal-Mart? Do they want growth to saddle current residents with additional taxes for infrastructure (new thoroughfares and extended utilities) while letting developers get a free ride?..."

Terminal myopia
By JIM MANESS

Letter to Editor

"...It is time to look through the selfish, myopic, anti-development, anti-growth stances of politicians such as Crompton and look to our future. College Station is destined to continue to grow. Our most valuable resource, our young citizens, need jobs and opportunities if they are to stay in the area. Those jobs will not happen if we have anti-development, myopic politicians such as Crompton and his ilk in power..."

Opinions - April 19

By JERRY COOPER
Letter to Editor

"...Do the citizens of College Station want unfettered growth impacting traffic and neighborhoods with things such as Weingarten Realty's recent effort to push through rezoning for a super Wal-Mart? Do they want growth to saddle current residents with additional taxes for infrastructure (new thoroughfares and extended utilities) while letting developers get a free ride?..."

Councilman wants time for his projects

April 16, 2008
By APRIL AVISON

Eagle Staff Writer

... "I had this same platform when I ran last year," Crompton said. "We made more progress on it than I expected, but there's a need for a three-year term to bring this agenda to fruition. A lot of this has been agreed to in principle by the council in workshop, but the devil is in the details..."

Opinions - April 16

WHICH DIRECTION?
By DOUG PHILLIPS

"...Derek Dictson, as a developer, has a direct financial interest in maintaining the status quo. Every time a new development, either commercial or residential, is built, we the taxpayers get the bill. Crompton, Maloney and Stewart believe development should pay its own way... "

Transportation costs at issue in forum

April 15, 2008
By APRIL AVISON

Eagle Staff Writer

..."'Why are we $100 million behind [in transportation needs]?" he asked. "I think it's because we allowed development to go in without paying for infrastructure, so you are paying for the roads that are out there being used. The developer isn't paying for them.'"...

CS Council Candidates Clash on Non-Profit Funding

April 14, 2008
Byr STEVE FULHART

KBTX Reporter

"...That's also the stand Place 1 incumbent John Crompton took, saying hotel-motel tax generated by visitors should go to the arts....".

Bikers ride the CS trails

April 14, 2008
By APRIL AVISON

Eagle Staff Writer

"...College Station Mayor Ben White, along with Councilmen John Crompton and James Massey, accepted the challenge,..."

Council hopefuls disclose funding

April 13, 2008
By APRIL AVISON

Eagle Staff Writer

"...The issue here is really the motives of the people who are giving," he [Crompton] said. "Some of the development community have been uncomfortable with some of the things I have done this year because I eroded some of the subsidies they were receiving, or have tried to. My position is that growth should pay for itself. Those of us on the other side really have no financial incentive to be engaged in this..."

Forum showcases candidates

April 10, 2008
By APRIL AVISON

Eagle Staff Writer

"...he [Crompton] said. "We can't put cars out on the road if the roads are not able to handle them..."

7 file for council, school board posts

February 12, 2008
By APRIL AVISON

Eagle Staff Writer

"...Incumbents John Crompton, a Texas A&M University professor, and Chris Scotti, a business consultant, also are seeking re-election. Crompton was elected in June to complete the unexpired Place 1 term vacated by Ben White, who resigned to run for mayor..."

Crompton wins College Station seat

Candidate: Focus on neighborhoods was difference

June 24, 2007
By APRIL AVISON

Eagle Staff Writer

Texas A&M professor John Crompton ousted longtime College Station Councilman John Happ on Saturday in an election that the winner said came down to differing views on neighborhood protection.

Crompton garnered 1,787 votes, or about 61 percent of the ballots. Happ received 1,158 votes, or 39 percent.

Pol. Adv. Pd. for by John Crompton Campaign, Gary Halter, Treasurer