A mayor, a mother, and a manager, Toni Randall is a League City woman who juggles three very time-consuming jobs. Randall is currently the mayor of League City, Texas, which has a population of about 78,000. She manages the longtime family business, Kemah Hardware, located off 146, and is also mother to fifteen-year-old Chandler Randall.
Having grown up in the Friendswood area, Randall is one of the few who has been able to watch both CCISD and the League City endure their exponential growth and develop.
“I remember when the Kemah bridge was a drawbridge, and when they used to have businesses all up and down 146 on the west side, and now those are all gone. And now CCISD takes in Clear Lake City, they take in Webster, they take in parts of League City, and Parts of Dickinson, it’s all over so it’s HUGE.” Randall said.
Randall, who attended a CCISD high school, has aided in the development of the district from her childhood, throughout her term as mayor.
“I grew up in actually Friendswood, and attended CCISD because that’s where they were at the time,” said Randall.
Because Randall has been a longtime Houston resident, she has had the ability to watch the city governments handle various civic duties. She ran and was successfully elected into office in 2009, after a largely subdued frustration with city management sparked her interest taking over and leading the city.
“I [looked] at some of the things that [went] on in the community and I didn’t agree with how they were progressing. I felt as though the residents were very upset and weren’t being heard.” Randall said.
Randall, who has lived in League City for 26 years, ran on the idea of the implementation of citizen’s voices into city affairs, and economic development.
“One of the first things that I did when I became mayor was enact a new program for Home Owner Associations, where I go out to all the HOA’s that want to hear me, and find out exactly what their needs are, because what happens on the west side of town is different from what happens on the east. We listen to what our residents want, it is their money that we’re spending,” said Randall.
During her two-year term, Randall has worked to tackle many difficult issues that the growing city faces.
“We have determined that for future growth, we are going to have to go out and procure a large amount of water,” said Randall, “we have to step back and prepare for the future because the growth WILL come.”
Randall also puts her motherly instincts to use within her work as mayor. Seeing safety being a top priority and necessity for citizens, Randall has advised the police department to spend more money watching over the town. Due to Randall’s observations tthat many people do not feel as safe in the commercial area as they do their homes, Randall has had the police department spend money on towers that can be moved around to areas having problems, so that the police can monitor these locations at all times.
Although her term as mayor will officially end on May 14, Randall is running for re-election with the hopes that she can continue to make a difference in League City, and continue work on current projects.
“I wish we were farther along on traffic issues,” said Randall.
Despite her busy schedule, Randall has managed to keep her business strong, continue mothering her son, and lead League City into what she hopes is a bright and prosperous future.