Retired HEB Manager to Run For City Council in Super District 6
After years of participation in Victoria City Council Sessions, committee meetings and city workshops retired HEB Manager Mark Loffgren announced he will seek election as a city councilman in super district 6.
According to a press release sent out by Loffgren’s campaign:
Growing up in a military family, Loffgren lived in many places including England and France before graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of California-Santa Cruz. He also taught in the University of California system while attending graduate school. Loffgren operated a small business before working over 12 years for a large pharmacy chain, and was recruited in 1986 by HEB. He began with HEB as a Department Director, and spent decades helping train HEB managers across our region. Loffgren was promoted to manage two different HEB stores, and oversaw the rollout of many new programs for area stores. These included customer service improvements, cash control programs, and productivity procedures. Before retiring in 2011, Loffgren served as Operation Leader for the HEB Plus! Store in Victoria, where he was responsible for managing store operations and expense budgets of over $90,000,000 while supervising some 400 employees.
“It’s time to get back to basics at City Hall. We need to fix streets, provide quality police and fire protection, and ensure we have good water and sewage systems before thinking about any new ‘feel good’ programs. The city is staggering under a massive load of debt, with a big chunk of every dollar you and I pay in taxes going just to pay the debt. This is clearly unsustainable for the future, and our city will never reach its true potential unless we set firm priorities and get spending and the debt under control. Living in a neighborhood with rough streets, I know first-hand how bad streets are a real problem, and we must find better ways to fix damaged streets and speed up repairs,” Loffgren said.
Loffgren has been married to his wife Doreen for nearly 40 years. Their daughter, a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, completed Pharmacy School at UT and works in the Veterans Hospital in Waco. Their son is a Software Engineer with Apple in California. Loffgren is active in our community, serving on the Victoria County United Way Board for over 10 years. A believer in life-long education, he has completed the Victoria Citizen’s Academy, the Victoria Fire Department’s Civilian Academy, and the Victoria Civilian Police Academy. In 2016, he was honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award by the City of Victoria.
“It would be an honor to serve on City Council, and I’ll work to find solutions to cut debt and get real results for taxpayers. People deserve to have an independent voice on City Council, and I’ll put the interests of local residents first. I’m committed to making a difference and improving our city, and I want to use my decades of business experience with HEB to help solve the problems we’re facing. I would appreciate your support in the May city council elections,” Loffgren concluded.
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