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Posted on November 22, 2016 at 9:47 AM by Katie Stamy
After 51 years in Chicago, Marty Graves relocated to Webster in 2010, and in 2014 he was elected as Council Member Position 6.
An Elmhurst College and DePaul University graduate, he worked for BP (Amoco) for 21 years in a variety of positions ranging from research technician and chemist to technical support and sales.
He moved to Webster as a “refugee from the great recession,” and took a job with a global chemical company, performing a mix of technical support, market development, project management and product development.
Since moving to Webster, he has been active and held several leadership positions with the Houston Section Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, which raises money each year for engineering scholarships.
Shortly after moving to Webster, he participated in the BayCERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training, for his church. After completing the training, he learned of the Webster Citizens Police Academy and served as Vice-President on the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.
When he sat on the Citizens Advisory Panel for the Webster Comprehensive Plan Update, he was introduced to city government. Although he had no aspirations of becoming a politician, when he was asked to run for City Council, he decided to give it a shot.
“The best way to become involved in your community and to meet other residents is to become active in these types of organizations,” he said.
Outside of work and council, Marty is an avid motorcyclist, has taught motorcycle safety classes, and has ridden through most of the United States, Canada, Malaysia, and Thailand on his BMW. He also helps out with a motorcycle rally in Mena, Arkansas that benefits the local CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) organization that works with children.
The council member, chemist, and motorcyclist is also an amateur musician, belonging to the Bay Area Bluegrass Association, and invites the community to attend the free concerts. He spends his spare time exercising at Fun City Sk8 Center in Webster and riding around on his unicycle.
After moving to Webster he met and married his wife, Mei Leng Lee, and the two plan to retire in Webster eventually.
According to the council member, he went into public office believing that government “of the people” means exactly that- and he continues to use his knowledge and experience to represent the citizens of Webster.