Terri Guathier Political statement
Last updated 3/2/2021 at 7:53pm
Committed Leadership to Our Community and Dedicated to Progress
My name is Terri Gauthier. Many of you may already know me as I have served our city on the City Council since 2015. I am running for re- election for my fourth two-year term as Bridge City Councilmember - Place 5 in the upcoming May 1st election.
For the citizens I may not have met yet, I am a lifetime resident here in Bridge City. My husband David and I have been married 42 years and have two children, Aaron & Victoria, who both graduated from BCHS. Aaron is an infantry combat veteran who served in the Afghanistan war and is now raising his family here. Victoria is currently working as a Certified Technician & Assistant Director at Total Impressions Beauty & Wellness Cryotherapy Center that we have developed here in Bridge City. In 1997 we made a decision to make a big investment into our community by developing Grace Plaza Retail Center. Total Impressions Salon has served our city for over 30 years.
I have always had an intense passion for community involvement and public service. Knowing the importance of using your gifts and talents to help meet the needs of others. Beginning in 2001, I organized and directed a very successful Community Christmas program, Project GLOW, ‘Go Light Our World’. Many organizations in our community were brought together to get involved to help make this program a great success. This has been an event for many years to begin our Holiday Season by giving to those in need. The event has always raised significant funds for our Bridge City/Orangefield Ministerial Alliance, which our city is so faithful to support. Our slogan being; “Performance with a cause, not just applause”.
As a Council member, I have had the honor of serving on several Boards & committees to represent the City of Bridge City. I Have served on our Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2014. I served as President in 2018. After Hurricane Harvey, I was so inspired by the strength and determination of our citizens to help one another and continue to move forward. I presented to the Chamber board a project of re-branding our city and hanging new banners throughout our community; “Growing Stronger Together”. The banners were a visual declaration of strength & unity and new imagery to encourage & remind our citizens of how strong we are as a City!
I also have the privilege of representing Bridge City on the Orange County Economic Development Executive Board. The Board’s mission is to develop and support policies and programs directed at improving the business climate through specific efforts directed at creating and retaining jobs that facilitate growth. While we do not specifically recruit residential development, our efforts to create jobs drives the need for residential, and residential saturation drives retail development. Bridge City has experienced tremendous residential and business growth.
I am committed to serving on the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission Executive Board. This past month I have been re-appointed as 2nd Vice President. This position allows me the opportunity to represent Bridge City. SETRPC is the organization by which the “Method of Distribution” is developed and decided upon for State and Federal money that is distributed to the counties and cities of our region. SETRPC releases funds and coordinates many other Government assisted programs to help meet the needs of the citizens of the region of Southeast Texas.
Having the opportunity to serve these organizations, I have come to know and understand the importance of our entire region working together to develop plans for mitigation and improvement of issues that are a great concern to our citizens.
I am very dedicated and loyal to serving our City. I believe it is extremely important for our Council and City Manager to work together to provide the best for our citizens. As I continue to research & study the dynamics of City growth and development, I am a firm believer in new ideas and possible changes that can be realized to encourage growth & enhance quality of life for our citizens.
As a leader, I know the importance of keeping our citizens well informed of City matters. I have been very pro-active in helping manage and share city news and information on social media. Great leadership encourages community members to connect with their City by discovering the most beneficial course of action to get involved.
I am asking for your support in voting for a candidate who is very committed and passionate about being a strong servant and making the best decisions for our citizens and our City!