Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonathon Randle.
Jonathon, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
In 2013, I was elected to the Prairie View City Council. As a 25-year-old, I would be among the youngest to be elected in that year. My desire to run for public office came from watching the surrounding communities grow, while my city remained stagnant. I saw running for City Council as an opportunity to spark a change in my community, gain a better understanding of the issues, and inspire the next generation of residents to get involved. I have always been passionate about my community and giving back, but I never would have imagined that my platform would be in an elected capacity. When I was first elected, I wasn’t sure how effective I would be because I did not come from a political background. I was just Prairie View Native that was just passionate about serving his community. Because I didn’t have that strong political background, I spent much of my first term learning and listening.
This time period was important because it taught me one the most important lessons of being an elected official if you listen and pay attention people will tell you exactly what they need in order for you to serve them adequately. However, over the last six years, I have become the longest consecutive seated council member, I am a former mayor pro-temp, and I was recently re-elected to my fourth term. I believe I’ve grown as a leader because of my preparation and communication skills. Prairie View is a rapidly growing community and we are working to ensure that continue to welcome an facilitate the progression.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This road has definitely not been an easy one. Learning how to effectively serve an entire community while understanding that no matter hard you may try, you will never be able to please everyone. This was something that I had a challenge grasping early on because I wanted everyone to be happy. Another struggle was learning how to balance my life as an elected official with my personal and professional life. Being that I was young when I was elected, I had to learn how to balance serving the people that elected me while still advancing my career professionally and still somehow making time for fun and spending time with loved ones.
Prairie View City Council – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from others?
As a City Council member, we are the governing body for the city meaning we are responsible for the creation of policy, tax rates, budgeting, development as well as staffing for the city. What I am most proud of is the progression that we have had in many facets over the last six years. We have addressed and are addressing many issues that have stifled our growth over the last 50 years. I think what sets me apart is my ability to think rationally and always keep the best interest of the community in its entirety as my primary focus. I think one of the biggest reasons why our local, state and federal governments have as much turmoil as they do is because those elected have prioritized other issues over those that directly affect the people they were elected to represent.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moments come when the citizens I represent come to me in the community and thank me for the job that I’m doing and tell me they appreciate me fighting for them. Also in 2018, I was awarded the PVAMU Humanitarian Award and the HBCU Digest Male Student of the Year Award.
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