Todd R. Klein, District 3
Todd R. Klein was first elected to the City Council in a runoff election in June 2007, and was re-elected to the seat in an uncontested race in May of 2010. Located in central to south Lubbock, District 3 has 32,519 residents (74.9 percent Anglo, 18.6 percent Hispanic, and 4.4 percent African-American).
A Lubbock native and fourth generation "Lubbockite," Todd is a graduate of Lubbock High and Texas Tech University where he received a BA in Political Science, a BA in Philosophy, and performed graduate work. Todd is married to Manda Klein and they are the proud parents of John Francis, who is 5 years old and a student in Lubbock ISD.
Todd is self employed. He works as a consultant on issues including: cost segregation, policy and grant writing.
Public Service and Political Philosophy
Todd is a grassroots oriented leader with a history of public service. Todd believes strongly in the principle that government and elected officials work for the people and as such should regularly report to and hear from the public. Todd routinely holds coffees and town halls to speak to and hear from the public. One of Todd's proudest accomplishments as a councilman is his pushing for and finally getting passed evening meetings. Having served the citizens of District 3 since 2007, Todd is committed to what is often referred to as good governance or open government with a pragmatic approach to ensuring accountability, transparency, accessibility, and responsiveness in the way government operates and interacts with the public. Todd's political philosophy is essentially that, particularly in local government, elected officials should seek results based on board principles and priorities and consultation with constituents rather than some rigid "ideology." Todd is a strong believer in investing in our local citizenry to fully develop the economic assets for a vibrant economy based on what he refers to as economic opportunity over the approach of so-called economic development, which relies much more heavily on importing talent into the local economy and picking economic winners and losers through government funding to this or that particular business. Under an economic opportunity approach the focus of government is on fostering an environment that is conducive to business creation through government investment in education, job training, and public infrastructure as well as maintaining streamlined and efficient regulation along with restrained, consistent, and predictable taxes and fees. Todd is a strong believer in local control and limited government. Todd believes that the role of the public sector is to fill in the "gaps" where the private and civic sectors are not able to do so.
Community Service and Vision for the Future
Todd has participated in numerous civic events including: the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, the March of Dimes, Meals on Wheels, the Rape Crisis Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Campaign, the CASA Run for Kids, Hombres Nobles and Lubbock ISD's Invitation Graduation . Todd is a former board member and past President of the Humane Society of West Texas, current board member of Lubbock Community Theatre and a local Rotarian. Todd also occasionally blogs at Lubbock Online.
As a proud Red Raider, Todd is a member of the Texas Tech Alumni Association and the Red Raider Club. Todd has been a strong advocate for the establishment of a local community college and Texas Tech University. Todd has long sought the expansion of student enrollment at Tech to at least 40,000 not only as a means of enhancing the Lubbock campus to state designated Tier 1 status, but also as a means of exponentially increasing the economic growth and opportunity in Lubbock. Todd envisions a Lubbock where Tech graduates can find good paying jobs and remain in Lubbock, and a city powered by a strong 21st Century economy that lures people from all across the state and beyond to locate in our fine city.
Areas of Interest
Todd has a personal commitment to addressing the issues of individual responsibility and respect for the rights of others; homelessness; food insecurity; birth defects; animal abuse and neglect, breast cancer; AIDS and HIV; equality of opportunity and treatment for persons with mental challenges; and preserving the rights enshrined in the US Constitution. Todd is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with his family. Todd supports the local arts. From time to time he takes great joy in acrylic painting.
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