City Council colleagues showered accolades on Joe Krier–after the District Nine Councilman officially informed them he will not be seeking re-election next Spring.
“Because I think frankly it’s time for someone else to work hard to represent the interests of our District Nine neighbors, and do what’s best for the City as a whole” an emotional Krier said, telling the Council they are the most talented group he has worked with.
“It’s a privilege to me to have been able to work with you… thank you” a choked up Krier said.
Many Council Members grew nostalgic when reflecting on Krier’s announcement and his service.
“Choco Meza, my beloved Chief of Staff came to me and she said I’ve known Joe for forty years… you should support Joe” Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales said, looking back at when she first learned Krier was a candidate to replace then outgoing Councilwoman Elisa Chan–who departed in the middle of a term.
Councilman Ron Nirenberg remembered his first meeting as a member of Council with Krier.
“I remember sending you a hand-written note to thank you for giving me some time–and you sent me an e-mail back and I thought to myself well, who’s the old-fashioned one?” Nirenberg said.
Even frequent Council opponent Rey Saldana showered praise on his colleague.
“You’ve taught me a whole lot… and, in fact it’s because you and I don’t agree on things… it’s because you and I actually sit and talk about those disagreements that I get to learn” Saldana told Krier.
For Councilman Ray Lopez–who will depart the Council as well next year due to term limits–it’s all pretty simple.
“In the short three years that you’ve been here, you’ve made a significant difference” Lopez told Krier.
In the meantime, Krier said he will complete his current term–and promises to work up until it comes to an end.
“I ain’t dead yet. We’ve got a lot of work to do with what I think is going to be probably the most difficult (Texas) Legislative Session big cities have seen” Krier said.