I have gotten a little better idea of what is driving a new political action group in Amarillo.
It’s called Amarillo Matters. Its website still doesn’t reveal too much about the organization, other than it cares greatly about the future of the city. As if that’s a novel concept, right?
Here’s the website. Take a look and see if you can glean more than I’ve been able to do.
Still, I’ve been able to determine that it comprises successful businessmen and women, civic leaders, folks who’ve demonstrated a commitment to improving the city.
I hear rumblings about Amarillo Matters backing certain candidates for the City Council; the city is conducting an election May 6, with all five council places up for grabs, per normal.
I don’t know what the future holds for Amarillo Matters, but my hope is that isn’t a flash in the pan, as the Amarillo Millennial Movement turned out to be.
AMM was formed to promote passage of the multipurpose event venue/downtown ballpark referendum that was on the November 2015 ballot. Voters approved the MPEV measure, which was non-binding; the City Council wasn’t obligated to abide by voters’ wishes, but it did.
AMM, though, has vanished. Not a word has been heard by the group. Oh, well.
Amarillo Matters, though, looks as though it might have more staying power.
We’ll all need to see demonstrated future activity as the new City Council takes office after the May election.
I remain the eternal optimist that the city will keep moving forward, even as it gets a push from Amarillo Matters.