West U resident Susan Sample filed this morning for city council, making her the sixth candidate in the race for the May 14 election.
Sample is a tax attorney for Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. and a Certified Public Accountant.
Sample serves on the SPARK Park Board of Directors, the Junior League of Houston and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo membership committee. She is currently serving her second term as a Friends of West U Parks Board member.
Sample said that the Friends organization is an essential part of the city and it spurred her into finding other ways to help the city.
One of the biggest issues facing the city is finding a solution to Poor Farm Ditch, she said.
The city also needs to have an adequate process in place to monitor and manage expenditures, Sample said.
“We need to maximize every dollar that comes in,” she said.
Sample said she would like to see a telephone hotline implemented on the city’s website for residents to call in and voice their opinions on how the city should be spending money.
“We have a wonderful quality of life [in West U],” she said, adding that things always need to be maintained and improved. “We need to keep the quality of life affordable.”
Sample has lived in West U with her husband, Michael Larsson, for the past five years, but has lived in the Houston area for most of her life.
“I am a concerned resident of West U,” she said. “I would bring a different perspective to the board.”
Sample said she has financial and managerial experience as an attorney and CPA, as well as a long history of community involvement.
Sample graduated from Rice University with a liberal arts degree. She received a master’s degree in accounting and a law degree from the University of Texas and a master of laws in taxations from the University of Houston.