Corey Kelly, a 5th generation Needville resident has decided to run for the City Council at-large position. Mr. Kelly is the Director of Information Technology for the Needville Independent School District and says that he truly loves “his little town.” He says that he has always had the urge to give back to his community, and that he draws inspiration from his family’s history in Needville, where his third-great grandfather is buried just a mile from his home. Despite the hometown feel, Needville, a subdivision of Fort Bend County, is expected to grow tremendously over the next decade, and Mr. Kelly says he wants to be a part of the leadership that manages that growth.
When asked about the position, and what he hopes to accomplish as a member of the Council, Kelly identifies two main points- technology and transparency.
“I want to bring a level of modernization to how the city government operates. I want the citizens to be well informed and bring transparency to the decisions made by the council. City hall is also in desperate need of a technology overhaul in customer service. Younger citizens are demanding payment for services be modernized so to accept debit cards and have an automatic payment option online. My technology background will help facilitate this request.”
Kelly has a unique background politically as well. He is running as an unaffiliated candidate, but considers himself to be a Federalist.
“To me Federalism is more of a system than a political ideology. Federalism is the balance of power amongst Washington, the States, and the local counties and municipalities. This doesn’t mean I think the states should have total control of all political decisions. We just need to re-balance the scale as intended by the constitution and the founding fathers. I think much of the tensions we see in politics could be resolved if we went back to a more balanced form of federalism.”
Kelly says that at the local level, citizens should get more involved with government, noting that within the city government, politicians are more approachable and hold greater influence to make changes. Furthermore, they have more accountability to their neighbors.
“Try and schedule an appointment with a Washington politician vs. a local official and see who you actually get on the phone first.”
Mr. Kelly doesn’t know any other individuals across the country running as independent federalists, but points out that federalism should appeal to both conservatives and liberals alike. He says that federalism protects local decision making and allows citizens to craft their own policies more freely.
True to his self-description, Mr. Kelly says that he became interested in politics after reading about the founding of the country. He says that he tries to put himself in the shoes of the brave men and women that took a revolutionary idea and turned it into a country. His favorite founding father is John Jay, co-author of the Federalist Papers.
“He was Washington’s go to intellectual and one of Washington’s first picks as a cabinet member. My favorite Texas Founding father is Mirabeau B Lamar, I fell for his written style reading local history books and came to appreciate his intellect as well. And there is one undisputed champ for Needville’s favorite founding father, August Schendel.”
Interested citizens can support Corey Kelly by donating to his paypal account at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The Federalist Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization seeking to encourage politicians of all political persuasions to support a return to decentralized governance. We support any efforts and will applaud any political figure willing to support and communicate the principles of American Federalism. This article is not an endorsement of Corey Kelly or his campaign for City Council.