A Voice for San Angelo's Property Rights Rodney Fleming, City Council SMD 1
ELECTION 2014: Fleming wins re-election
Incumbent beats Aguirre for second time
By Jennifer Rios
Posted May 10, 2014 at 8:57 p.m., updated May 10, 2014 at 11:04 p.m.
SAN ANGELO, Texas — Before the polls closed Saturday, Rodney Fleming and Trinidad Aguirre stood on opposite corners and waved to voters at the Texas Department of Transportation office.
Results showed Fleming, incumbent in the race for City Council Single Member District 1, won the race with 51 percent of the vote. Elections administrators Vona McKerley said there was one box left to count by 9:40 p.m., but they had called the race in Fleming’s favor.
Fleming sought re-election against Trinidad Aguirre, a retired executive from Verizon, who followed with 46.41 percent of the vote. Bill Richardson, who withdrew from the race after the deadline to have his name stricken from the ballot, had 2.63 percent.
“I just thank God the right result happened and that mudslinging and being disrespectful didn’t win the game today,” Fleming said. “Hard work is what came through on this election.”
He was “very apprehensive” during the evening’s close race. Fleming spent the evening watching votes come in with about two dozen family members and friends at his home.
It was the second race for Fleming and Aguirre, who sought the same seat in the last city election.
Aguirre said: “I guess all that I can really say is the voters elected who they wanted in office and he’s the one who’s going to have to control the reins.”
He and his wife are disappointed, he said, but they plan to take some vacation time and relax.
“At this point it gives us more time to enjoy our retirement,” Aguirre said.
Aguirre spent about $13,000 in this campaign and received $1,800 in contributions during the most recent filing period. His report showed a $2,944.96 personal loan.
Fleming, seeking re-election after serving a partial council term, received $1,100 in contributions — including $1,000 from the Texas Association of Realtors — during the period, pushing his total contributions to $5,336. He spent about $5,633 on his campaign.
Single Member District 1
*21 of 21 precincts reporting; candidate Bill Richardson received 29 votes although he withdrew from the campaign.
Sign Bill Richardson complained about in San Angelo (credit: Joe Hyde)
For Immediate Release
REALTOR TO ANNOUNCE RE-ELECTION BID FOR CITY COUNCIL SMD1
Rodney Fleming Has Served as San Angelo’s Voice of Reason during First Term
Rodney Fleming, San Angelo Realtor, broker and owner of Angelo Home Team, officially will announce his candidacy for re-election for City Council Single-Member District 1 at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the lobby of San Angelo City Hall, 72 W. College Ave.
Fleming was elected to the San Angelo City Council, a two-year term, last June. Despite having been councilman less than a year, he said he feels he already has spearheaded and contributed to positive changes within the city. He cited his work on the Red Arroyo project, in which he is encouraging the city to implement a plan to capture and filter water from the river after heavy rains; his crafting and implementation of the golf cart ordinance, wherein Angelo State University and small businesses may drive golf carts on city streets only where the posted speed limit is less than 35 miles per hour, and provided the carts have been inspected by the police department; and his tough stance against a proposal for a trailer park addition in front of the Butler Farms subdivision.
In addition, Fleming is in the process of spearheading the construction of a police dock on Lake Nasworthy and has taken the lead in working with local builders in the writing of subdivision policies.
“I changed the rules on the length of portable signs that can be used in the city,” Fleming said, adding that numerous local business owners approached him for help in the matter. “The sign ordinance was for 90 days per location, and I extended it to 180 days.”
San Angelo Mayor Dwain Morrison extolled Fleming’s virtues of passion for his work as councilman and his obvious sense of responsibility to his citizens. “Rodney has already proven himself reliable in water and real-estate issues,” Morrison said. “He reads and understands and educates himself about everything that we deal with. He cares very deeply about his job, and he is just a tremendous council person. And I need him.”
Fleming is eager for the challenges that lie ahead in a second term. “I feel as though I have just begun the work that needs to be done,” he said. “I truly love being a city councilman and feel like I have made a difference in the short time that I have had the privilege of serving the community I have made my home the past 14 years.”
Fleming said he constantly experiences the rewards of his dogged work ethic. “I get people coming up to me every week saying that they love to watch the city council meetings and that they are glad there is someone like them taking care of business for the city.”
Fleming served in the U.S. Air Force for four years before returning to San Angelo, where he was once stationed, in 2000. He has sold real estate since 1994, been a broker since 2010 and started Angelo Home Team, a real-estate company, in 2008. He now employs nine agents.
Fleming and his wife, Leslee, also a Realtor and co-owner of Angelo Home Team, have three children: Zach, Matt and Megan. They are members of PaulAnn Baptist Church.
For more information about Fleming or his campaign for re-election, visit his website, www.FlemingforCouncil.com.