Alonzo Tutson is the incumbent for the Anna City Council Place 2. He is an independent consultant and also works for Allen Independent School District.
He has years of experience as a board member and was president of the City of Anna Community Development Corporation Board, and vice president of the City of Anna Economic Development Corporation Board. Tutson said he is running to watch some long awaited projects come to fruition.
“I am running to complete the charge given to me by the Mayor and Council when I was appointed, unanimously, in May of 2018,” he said. “Since my appointment we (council) have retained and new city manager, selected a construction site manager for the municipal complex and closed on several major projects west of Hwy. 75 including an outpatient medical center. Neighbor participation and council meeting attendance has increased exponentially.”
Tutson also explained the council and Anna ISD are now meeting regularly.
“This was not the case in years past,” he said. “To get from no or limited communication to now planning and considering each other in future developments is a key component since the two entities provide more services to Anna neighbors more than all other entities combined.”
Tutson said he cannot take full credit for all the awesome progress that the city has made, but said it is promising to see so many people wanting to get involved.
Tutson said some of his strengths are collectively bringing people together to sit at the table, and “matching boards with appointees whose experience and passion are conducive to the overall vision of the city.”
The Strategic Plan for Anna is one of Tutson’s focuses; as well as parks and recreation.
“Our children need places to play,” he said. “Families currently have to pack up and head to other cities for recreational activities.”
One goal is to implement a Diversity Council. A group of neighbors that will work with the Anna Police Department and encourage community policing. A library and resource centers is also high on his list of priorities.
Tutson said the council needs to have a bigger presence on social media, maybe even live streaming the meetings.