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Allen City Council, Place 2


Description:

Candidates (choose 1):

Jim Gauch

Biographical Info:

Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: - no response -
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: - no response -
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: - no response -
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: - no response -
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: - no response -
Q: Education
A: - no response -
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: - no response -
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: - no response -
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: - no response -
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: - no response -
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: - no response -
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: - no response -
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: - no response -
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: - no response -
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: - no response -
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: - no response -
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: - no response -
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: - no response -
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to

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taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?


A: - no response -
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: - no response -
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
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Ross Obermeyer

Biographical Info:
Name: Ross Obermeyer
Street Address: 927 Rush Creek
City/Town: Allen
State: TX
Date of Birth: 8-23-49
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 972-727-3453
E-mail Address: reo@sbcglobal.net
Campaign Web Site Address: www.rossobermeyer.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: My wife and I have lived in Allen for 35 yrs.
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: Same
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Retired executive - 33 years with Texas Instruments
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Now completing my 9th year of service on the Allen City Council; Allen Parks Foundation
– Board of Directors; Connemara Conservancy – Board of Directors; Community
Development Corporation (City of Allen) – Board of Directors; Member of the Advisory
Board for Friends of the Library Endowment Fund; Council liaison to the North Texas
Municipal Water District; Leadership Allen Alumni Association; Volunteer work with the
Allen Chamber of Commerce; Allen Heritage Guild – Member
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Graduate of Leadership Allen Class III - 1992; Served on the Parks and Recreation
Board 1992-1994; Appointed to the Planning & Zoning Commission in 1994 and served 8
years on P&Z, the last 4 years as Chairman; Elected to the Allen City Council in 2002,
re-elected in 2005 and 2008; Recipient of 2009 “21 Leaders for 21st Century” Collin County
Business Press Award
Q: Education
A: 1975 Graduate of Univ. of North Texas – BS Biology/Chemistry
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Allen City Council - Elected to the Allen City Council in 2002, re-elected in 2005 and
2008;
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: $500
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: - no response -
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: Why am I running for re-election to the Allen City Council? My history with Allen goes
back 35 years, moving here in 1976. My wife and I have raised our kids here and watched
Allen grow from 4000 to 85,000. I have served 9 years on the Allen City Council, since first

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being elected in 2002, and re-elected in 2005 and 2008. I believe there is no substitute for
experience. I am a 1992 graduate of the Chamber’s Leadership Allen Class 3. I served on
the City of Allen Parks Board (92-94), served on the Planning and Zoning Board from 1994
until 2002, the last 4 years as chairman, and then elected to the Allen City Council in
2002. Since being elected to Council in 2002, I have worked hard utilize my past
experience to provide leadership and direction to insure we stay committed to the course
we have set for Allen’s ultimate development. Allen is a great place to live but it didn’t
just happen by accident. There are untold numbers of volunteers that spend their time,
energy, and often times their money to insure Allen continues to be just that. The City is
fortunate to have such a resource to draw upon to serve on our city boards, commissions,
and various capital and bond committees. As a Council, we also work hard to create
relationships and opportunities to partner with various independent groups such as the
Allen Chamber, AISD, Allen Parks Foundations, Arts of Collin County, Friends of the Allen
Library, Allen Heritage Guild, and many others. Working together, we can continue to
make Allen a great place to live, work, raise a family, and enjoy life to the fullest.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: 1) Insure we maintain our current levels of quality for city services, delivery, and
overall quality of life in Allen (ex: parks, infrastructure, public safety, and sound fiscal
programs). We have an outstanding city staff that is aligned with the Council to make sure
we are ready to meet any challenge. 2) Expand our focus in specific areas that will affect
future citizens by insuring we address now what these needed services will someday be.
Regional transportation, quality water supply, public safety, development of the S.H. 121
corridor, managed build-out for our remaining open land, and continued economic
development efforts are all essential for Allen to retain the quality of life we enjoy today.
3) Work with the other cities in Collin County and various groups at both the county level
and the state level to enhance our influence as a decision maker within Collin County. We
need to maintain our role as a key player in this region. This will become more challenging
for 2011-12 and the years ahead as we face potential economic pressures in Texas and the
U.S. We must continue to closely monitor legislative activity and maintain strong ties with
our state and county representatives in an effort to insure frugal spending, less
government interference, no unfunded mandates, and work to keep local control for Allen.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I can sum up the difference in one word - experience. To be an effective leader for the
City of Allen, I believe it is crucial to have a background of service in as many areas of the
city as possible in order to have the solid foundation needed for being an effective member
of the City Council. This also includes having an understanding of our strategic and
comprehensive plans, our capital improvement programs, thoroughfare and park plans,
zoning and land development codes, public safety needs, finance and city services,
economic development goals and our sales and ad valorem tax structures and impact.
Being a knowledgeable and experienced leader for the citizens of Allen means having a
solid understanding of these items and working with these issues on a daily basis. I
believe it is also important to understand how the various service groups, boards and
commissions, and non-profit volunteer civic organizations all work together to make Allen
such a great place to live, work, and enjoy life. There are a number of excellent volunteer
opportunities in Allen if someone wants to get involved. Many people already are involved,
in organizations like Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Lions Club, the Allen Chamber of
Commerce, the Allen Heritage Guild, the Allen Parks Foundation, Friends of the Allen
Library, many of the AISD programs, ASA, Citizens Fire and Police Academies, and Allen
Community Outreach, just to name a few. The City of Allen also has 13 boards and
commissions with over 100 volunteers serving on these boards such as the Planning and
Zoning Commission, Parks and Recreation Board, Keep Allen Beautiful Board, the Library
Board, the Allen Economic Development Corporation and many others. All this didn’t
happen overnight. It has taken lots of dedicated volunteers donating their time and hard
work. These volunteers in service are one of the reasons why Allen is such a great place to
live. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity through my work on the City Council, to
provide support for many of these service groups and civic organizations’ activities through
our board and commission appointments, recognition programs, and our budget
allocations. I believe my involvement and support of these groups has made a positive
difference. During the last 19 years of serving in both appointed and elected positions for
the City of Allen, I have demonstrated that I have the knowledge and experience to best
serve our citizens.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you

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evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: Allen ranks at the top of the DFW communities for successfully attracting both
commercial and residential development. This remains a top priority for our council and we
have been extremely successful in the last 2-3 years. Allen is now a destination for the
metroplex with restaurants, hotels, retail, hockey and arena football that provide an
overall entertainment experience and equally important, a strong incentive for businesses
to relocate to Allen. During my last 3-year term, we have seen some very significant
developments take place in Allen, both from a commercial and municipal standpoint. We
have added several million square feet of retail and some significant municipal structures.
We have increased our tax base, brought to Allen new stores and restaurants, and
completed new city buildings and parks which allow for continuing the quality of service
and amenities the city provides. Developments like Watters Creek and The Villages of
Allen, the Allen Event Center, City of Allen Service Center, expansion of the Premium
Outlet Mall, Cisco, the Walmart Superstore, Cabela’s, Andrew’s, Top Golf, and many others
that will be critical to the landscape and economic vitality of Allen for the future. We must
also remain competitive with other cities in our region to attract quality businesses to Allen
to provide job growth and insure we maintain our solid tax base. We have lowered the tax
rate in Allen for 18 consecutive years while making Allen the safest city in Texas. Most
importantly, we must continue to provide affordable municipal services to our citizens,
while managing the expenditures of our tax and bonds dollars as cost-effectively as
possible. This requires diligence, attention to details, and building consensus within the
council to insure we make the right decisions for all the citizens in Allen.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: We have been successfully following our comprehensive plan for two decades and the
result is a great place to live, work, and play.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: I am very concerned that our federal government does not feel it necessary to enforce
our laws. Any person that is in the United States illegally is breaking the law, yet the
current administration does very little to address this problem. Allen has been ranked as
the safest city in Texas for the last two years. Diverting our resources to address the issue
of illegal immigration will add an unfair burden on our police department and even if we
successfully apprehended illegal aliens, there is inadequate support at the federal level. We
need strong leadership in Washington that believe in and pledge to support our laws and
our constitution.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: Allen continues to support regional transit efforts, working with NTCOG, TXDOT,
Regional Transportation Council, and with our elected state representitives to find a
solution that is affordable and sustainable. As a key player in Collin County, we must
continue to partner with other with cities in Collin County to work toward a common
solution.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: As an emerging destination spot for Collin County and the DFW metroplex, we are also
working with regional, state and national toursim groups to expand visitors to Allen. We
have recently created a Convention and Visitors Bureau to expand awareness of Allen's
retail, historical, and entertainment venues and help bring visitors to Allen to shop, and
enjoy the variety of entertainment and sporting events.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: The City of Allen has an outstanding record for customer service and reliable low-cost
service delivery. Our PRIDE program encourages city employees to work together to
insure our citizens receive quality services at the most cost-effective level possible.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: Our council has for a long time, maintained a very conservative fiscal position in our
budget process, regardless of the economic situation, in good times or bad times. We have
worked hard through our economic development efforts to keep Allen well positioned be
remain financially viable. As a result, we continue to see increased revenue month to
month despite other cities losing revenue. We have new retail and businesses opening in
Allen, housing starts continue, and our economic status remains strong. We also continue

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to budget millions of dollars toward infrastructure for future maintenance to allow cash
purchases rather than having to sell bonds and create debt. This strategy will help ensure
we continue to meet our infrastructure needs while we maintain our financial strength long
into the future.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: Nothing! Allen is a wonderful place to live. We have outstanding parks, robust retail and
business growth, and increased tax revenue from year to year. Our fund reserves are
stable at over 120 days and we have lowered tax rate for 18 consecutive years. We have
been selected as the safest city in Texas last two years and our school system is
exemplary. It is an honor for me to be able to serve the citizens of Allen.

Allen Mayor
Description:

Candidates (choose 1):

Blake Beidleman

Biographical Info:
Name: Blake Beidleman
Street Address: 1432 Autumnmist Drive
City/Town: Allen
State: Texas
Date of Birth: June 1967
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-535-4066
E-mail Address: blake@voteforblake.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.voteforblake.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: 10 years
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: N/A
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Sales Management. I recently was the National Sales Manager for the Law Enforcement
Division of large commercial firearms manufacturer. My background includes management
positions with AT&T, General Dynamics, and ATK Defense. I am currently doing private
consulting for law enforcement, military and specialized government operations units.
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Civic involvement has a broad definition. I define it as being actively interested in the
life of your community, city, state and country. It means getting informed about the issues
that affect you, and making a choice about who represents you. I vote, look at issues and I
am involved with our community. I have been a police officer and volunteer firefighter.
Allen Touchdown Club, Toys for Tots, ACO food drives, Morningside HOA.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: I have volunteered countless hours with our local youth. I was treasurer/ secretary for
my local fraternal order of police chapter. I have been on the Board of Directors for the
Plano Sports Authority football board as well as on the football and baseball Board of
Directors for the Allen Sports Association. Security Director Morningside HOA, Crime watch
Commander. Head Coach of the 6 time Super Bowl winning Allen Warriors. Allen Sports
Association Football Commissioner
Q: Education
A: I began general study at Richland College in Dallas, TX, and earned a degree in Law
Enforcement Technology with Rio Salado College.
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: N/A
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: Locally, I'm limiting contributions to a nominal amount and have raised less than $1000.

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Outside of Allen? Offers have been extended, but I refuse to accept campaign contributions
from those without an Allen zip code. Accepting campaign funds from people in Dallas, or
anyone that is not a resident of the City of Allen, in my opinion, screams special interests.
If you are not a registered voter, and you are not going to vote in the elections in Allen,
then I do not feel you should contribute funding to candidates, nor should they be
accepted. Candidates who are running for a local office should not accept funds from
anywhere outside of the City. I do not feel those that hold a current elected position or
appointed position should contribute campaign funds to local candidates that they would be
serving and voting with either. Instead of canvassing all of North Texas looking for a
campaign handout I am spending my time in Allen becoming informed about the local
issues, and talking to those that are impacted by local decisions.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: N/A
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: I have been involved in numerous criminal proceedings as a police officer, and have
testified on numerous occasions for the prosecution in cases where I was involved as a
police officer or as the arresting officer. I have never been arrested or involved with any
other criminal or civil proceedings outside my role as a police officer.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: Elected officials should be accessible and responsive to not only the people who elected
them, but to all citizens in their community. I meet or exceed all qualifications to hold the
position of Mayor. During these tough times, the City of Allen needs a new voice and a
fresh start with a strong, conservative mayor who will partner with city leadership and the
citizens of Allen to face the on-going challenges of our dynamic city. I intend to represent
our community with fortitude, compassion, and the dedication it takes to be a successful
Mayor. It is time for a new voice and a fresh start. I am not, nor ever intend to be, a
career politician. To the contrary, I am a hands-on, ordinary, everyday “Allenite” who
wants to bring a new voice to the Allen City Council. I want to represent people who feel
they have lost, or never even had a connection or voice to local government. In Allen
there is, in my opinion a handful of people involved with the local government, and I want
to change that. In my grassroots effort, I have met many Allen residents and have learned
a great deal about what the average person wants and needs in terms of city services. I'm
ready to bring that perspective to the city council. The experience of working with and for
many groups of people in our City will allow me to make a smooth transition into the
Mayor’s seat. I will adapt quickly and take on the many tasks of the Mayor’s office with
unbiased dedication. My years as a police officer gave me invaluable experience working
closely with all phases of city government. It also taught me that in order to truly serve
the citizens of a community; you have to do two things: listen to their voice and be
involved. I will do both. I am a native Texan and my wife and I have called Allen home
for over 10 years. I have two boys, a 4th grader and a 7th grader, who attend Allen ISD
schools and during my time in Allen, we have experienced incredible growth and changes.
While much of our growth has resulted in a thriving community, there is still much work to
be done. We need a Mayor from the people, for the people, and I am that candidate. My
background in management includes budgeting and being in a position to make tough
decisions. My background over the last 20 years, gives me the experience needed to excel
in the position of Mayor. My experience includes process management and
communications. I have a fresh and unique perspective on important issues affecting
people, neighborhoods, and businesses of Allen. In my experience I've helped existing
companies expand and worked with multi-million dollars projects. I have developed
processes and policy around the Country. I have also been instrumental in bringing in new
companies to my industry that has resulted in new jobs. I will bring that same successful
experience to the Mayor’s office for the people of Allen. I am not a politician and won’t
ever fit into that mold. I have never been affiliated with a good ole boy network nor, been
involved in a stagnant system full of political red tape and biased special interests. I have a
new, comprehensive, proactive approach that is not being used in Allen and that type of
approach has not been a priority in the past. Now is the time for a new voice and a fresh
start and I am exactly the one to bring that. A vote for me is a vote for Allen.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: If elected, I will continue to bring businesses and restaurants to Allen. We have a great
foundation to build from but we need to make sure we are doing all we can. My plan
includes being proactive in working with the Allen Economic Development Corporation and

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to use my training, experience and skill set to market the great assets of Allen. Bringing
new businesses and restaurants to Allen will lessen and stabilize property taxes. We have
to find ways to help all business thrive and when we can do that and increase sales tax
revenue that is a win for everyone. The City of Allen, basically on auto pilot, has
experienced significant growth over the years, attracting families and businesses. In order
to ensure our continued success, we must focus on providing reliable public safety, protect
our environment and our neighborhoods, and deliver efficient, affordable city services and
infrastructure. Our city government must also best represent the needs of the citizens of
Allen by actively engaging every segment of our community. My top three priorities
include the economy and its impact on our city, maintaining and supporting our public
safety efforts (Police and Fire), and an accessible city structure that provides world class
service to the citizens who call Allen home. In order to help our economy and grow, I
believe we need to focus on helping our local businesses succeed, and looking for ways all
of our businesses can generate more sales tax revenue. This type of approach can be
uncomfortable for some but with the challenges we face no one can afford to remain in
their comfort zone. There are many challenges to face and overcome. Creating a new,
citizen Commission on Local Business who works directly with the AEDC would be the first
step in a very positive direction. Our business community has a voice that needs to be
heard. We can not continue to move forward with only a very small part of our community
voices being heard. In order to strengthen our community’s safety net, we all need to
make commitments to oppose any funding cuts that would negatively impact the delivery
of vital services or public safety services. We have to maintain what we have and make
sure we are getting the maximum benefit out of every tax dollar spent. No one wants tax
increases - I don’t, and I pay taxes too - so what are the things we can do to make sure
that we are doing all we can in this challenging time? Finally, I believe we need to take
meaningful steps to make city government more transparent and accountable. This
includes citizen involvement. We have no voice from 90 plus percent of the people that live
here. No one has been doing anything to involve the people more. I will. Our resources
and solutions best come from the people that live here. Accordingly I will propose
extending the time between finalizing City Council meeting agendas and holding meetings,
so everyone has more lead time to see big issues coming; I will push this information out
to the community to make sure people are aware of the issues. I will propose holding
regular Council meetings in non- traditional locations and outside of City Hall. I have a plan
that includes the creation of a “Mayor’s Community Action Committee” – a new standing
advisory body of leaders from all parts of the community including business, community,
and recreational that can enhance the voice of the community to make sure we are doing
all we can to better the City and to make it a better place for those that live here. We
need to enhance our focus on our Keep Allen Beautiful program, we need to be more
involved with our most valuable asset – out youth; and we need to become more involved
with the Allen Community Outreach and other programs that offer vital services to our
citizens. We need representation from all community interests. The people of Allen are the
best resource and we need their involvement and voices in this critical time. This is an
ambitious agenda, and I’m certainly not going to pretend that we can accomplish miracles.
Most folks know that city government is highly dependent on sales tax revenue, and while
we are not in the worst case with tax revenue it comes as no surprise there are revenue
issues for everyone and we need to be cautious. If elected, I’ll approach the difficult
budget decisions ahead with a clear and unbiased set of priorities with no concern for any
special interests. We have a lot of great people in place to face this challenge and as a
team we will establish the common goal and do the best we can to work toward that goal.
Only then we will be successful. For me, City services will always come first – water,
trash, roads, public safety, health, parks, and libraries. Once we’ve done what we must to
ensure that our basic needs are met today, we should do everything we can to advance an
agenda that makes Allen even better tomorrow. By pursuing a clear, ambitious vision and
doing a better job of working more closely together as a community, I’m shamelessly
optimistic that we can make incredible progress over the years ahead. I promise to
continue to maintain and strengthen Allen. I will continue to demand increased efficiency in
city operations and feel each of these actions will grow the tax base and tax revenues of
the city, which can be used to pay for the initiatives and maintain city services.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: The biggest difference that makes me the best choice is that I am not a politician and
have no political ambitions whatsoever. I am a regular guy that wants to step up and serve
the City of Allen and my focus is on the people and the businesses of Allen, period. You will
find when politicians get worried or run out of answers they resort to mudslinging and
personal attacks and it is important that the election is not viewed by anyone as a Blake

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versus Steve event. I am not a socialite, nor do I have any ambition to partake in every
single gala event, photo-op or ceremony that comes along. There is work to be done and I
am eager to get work. I respect the fact that Mr. Terrell has stepped up and served in a
way that he feels is the best way to do it. He put in the time and effort and served his time
and for that he should be commended. When the rubber hits the road with this election you
will have only two choices for Mayor: me or him. I have no existing relationships with any
special interests and if elected, everyone, and the entire city of Allen, gets a fresh start. I
do feel that there is a difference of philosophies in that I do not feel that you can treat or
try to run the City of Allen simply as a business. I have no experience standing behind a
counter waiting for people to come in so I can be reactive to their needs. I do have over
20 years of experience in building rapport, listening to people’s needs and working with
them to overcome objections, and offering solutions to meet their needs. That takes a
proactive person and that I am. I do not know how to simply wait for people to come to
me and provide a service, take their money and then just wait for the next person to come
along. Transactional business is not a model that you can use to run a city because that
removes the most important part of the City - the people. Operating a city like a business
also removes the compassion you must have when dealing with people. Everyone has
heard the trumpet blowing of who all has accomplished what around here but I have yet to
hear anything from anyone in office about the city as a collective body of people. By
electing me, one advantage the people of Allen will have is finding me. Every Friday night I
can be found at Allen Eagle home games; on Saturdays I can be found on a football field
somewhere in Allen working with the kids. I am available and accessible. I am not talking
about finding me in a VIP area or when there is a photo-op or a ribbon cutting ceremony or
on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. I am talking about finding me at places like the
Jupiter Park mulch station - I picked up a shovel and loaded some buckets a couple of
weeks ago and helped load it in a car- I get my hands dirty and don’t ask anyone to do
anything that I am not willing to do myself. The office of Mayor comes with no
compensation to speak of and is something that requires a full time dedication and desire.
When you allow the office to become anything more than a representation of the people,
then it’s time for a new voice and a fresh start. That time is now. While I am not a career
politician I will stay fully committed to the position. If the state redraws some map or
other positions become available I won’t jump and run to chase after personal ambitions. I
can guarantee that I will finish the term. Now is the time to give the City of Allen a new
voice and a fresh start and I am clearly the best choice. I am dedicated to the office and I
will do everything I can to keep the city growing without raising taxes. My commitment is
solely to the people of Allen, and without any thought or desire of moving forward into
some type of full- time politician. The office of the Mayor will not be just a stepping stone
for me. I will apply myself and take on the challenge of improving each week. I will take
on all the challenges and be open to getting feedback and hearing the voice of the
community. I will work hard to learn what I need to. I have never claimed to be perfect
but my promise is to be perfectly committed to doing the best I can to quickly become part
of the team that is leading the City of Allen.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: Development ranks very high on my list of priorities. We have to market our area and
attract the business that best serve the people of Allen and the surrounding communities.
The Allen City Council, and City staff, have planned and started a foundation to grow from.
There are now mega shopping areas in places that were dirt fields when I was growing up
in the area. We are positioned well and have a very bright future and must continue
moving forward with development. We can not leave behind the existing businesses
including our small local mom and pop businesses. We have to anticipate how we can
benefit them as well and make their cash register ring. The goal of all our development
should focus on generating sales tax revenue for the benefit of the City and to keep taxes
low. We must not build just for the sake of building. We have to do it the right way with
proper infrastructure. Coordination and cooperation in all areas are key to reduce issues
and pave the road to success. We must have very high standards and demand excellence
from everyone involved. We must partner with developers and builders that have a
priority in not just putting up a building but in making Allen a better place. We must also
look at our restrictions on our local businesses. One area is if a business wants to hang a
special sign or banner, the process is cumbersome and the time frame allowed is so short
that by the time you pay for the banner, and the permit you might not have the time to
recoup the investment on just the banner. We have to make sure that we use common
sense and partner with all businesses to make sure we are helping them attract customers
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Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: With the growth, Allen is quickly becoming a culturally diverse city. We can maintain our
history and heritage but start a trend of citizens working together and getting move
involved for our greater good.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: This remains largely a federal issue. Allen PD does an outstanding job of fairly and
consistently enforcing existing laws. We must continue to treat everyone fairly and
consistently enforce the law to everyone the same so our taxpayers can avoid paying to
fight costly lawsuits.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I support regional mobility and transportation. DART’s light rail is important to regional
growth and our transportation corridor is critical. We want people coming here to shop, eat
and explore all our City has to offer. The best way to accomplish that still needs to be
discussed and has only been initially considered. I am in favor of the best way to create
new opportunity for businesses and transportation into and out of Allen. Allen has the
largest potential along the 75 corridor, however, the issue is going to come down to a
dedication of some sales tax revenue and right now we have other areas that need to
benefit from our sales tax base. There is a whole process and we would need a county
wide initiative. It will take some work and is something we should stay involved with but
the critical question here is what do the people of Allen want to do? I don’t think we have
enough data to even ask that question yet and it is their money.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: I am more than likely a little different here and will always put Allen first. Allen is an
important part of the area. It is important to not create regional partnerships to just create
regional partnerships. We have to look at what is best for Allen and not just what a
handful of people think is best for Allen. We face just that issue now with the Arts of Collin
County facility. What was supposed to be a regional partnership is now being reevaluated
by some. I think there is a need for such a facility and we have committed to it but when
others decide to reevaluate it throws a wrench in the deal. I would ask this: is facility like
that going to benefit the majority of the people in Allen? Will single working mom’s take
advantage of it? Will families take advantage of it and use it? Will it reach the majority or
just a specific demographic? We need to always be cautious and have the expectation
that if partners commit to a project that they are in it to win it and must stay the course. If
others are going to reevaluate it, is it time that we do? I know some City workers are
being asked to do more with less so what is the priority for the people in this challenging
time? You get one chance to leave a footprint so you have to do it wisely and in the best
interest of Allen and if you are going to commit to a project then you must keep that
commitment. If we have a chance to create something that makes sense and will help the
regional economy and benefit the majority of citizens then we should look at it, solicit
feedback from our community and move on it. The downside is if we are not cautious and
do not make sure that partnerships are true partnerships then we end up costing our
taxpayers money. If we don’t look for regional projects or become involved with regional
initiatives then we risk road projects won't get done, air quality wouldn't improve, and the
quality of life for everyone in the region would not be the best that it can be.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: The City of Allen has great employees and I will strive to keep them all in place doing
what they are doing because it works! We deliver excellent service to our citizens and
businesses. We need to spend less on studies because when studies don’t reach the
majority of the citizens or when citizens take the time to complete a study and the results
are ignored then they are not an effective use of taxpayer money.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: The Allen City Council, and city staff, have planned and anticipated our future and we
must continue to take steps in the budget, so that no city employees loses their jobs and
essential city services are maintained. It is critical that our basic infrastructure be
maintained, and enhanced. Expensive new projects need to be delayed until we are certain
that we can maintain our basic services and keep the right people in place who provide
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now we must look at our needs. We must do everything we can to continue new
development and enhance redevelopment opportunities and keep our local economy
growing and strong. Allen has in my opinion the absolute best Parks and Recreation
department in North Texas.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: We need a clear path to communicate and a clear path to get more people involved.
There are many low cost ways to do this. I do not see any uncomfortable truths about
Allen. Allen is a forward-thinking community, and everyone who calls Allen home is blessed
to have a safe, secure place to live. The City of Allen needs a breath of fresh air. I want to
give a new voice to the citizens of Allen, both young and old alike. I will never speak like a
politician because I'm not one. I will only speak and vote my convictions. There's nothing
wrong with Allen that can't be fixed by what's right with Allen. As a city, we are the sum of
our parts. I sincerely believe that I can help enrich Allen because when you put an
“outsider” working inside the city council you will get a new voice and a fresh start and that
leads to better results. It’s been stated that the mayoral office is not one of entry level.
For me, that begs the question: is it a seat of incumbency? A passion to better Allen is my
promise, and if elected I will deliver on that.

Steve Terrell

Biographical Info:
Name: Steve Terrell
Street Address: 611 Glen Rose
City/Town: Allen
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 9-10-1955
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 972-727-4074
Home Phone Number: 972-727-4074
Fax Number: 972-727-3840
E-mail Address: stevete@swbell.net
Campaign Web Site Address: steveterrell.org
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: I moved to Allen in February 1980.
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: - no response -
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Since 1986, I have owned and operated Terrell's Dry Cleaning, located in Allen.
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Mayor, City of Allen; Allen Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors; North Texas
Council of Governments, Board of Directors; Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition, Board of
Directors; Mayors Metroplex Association; Allen Noon Rotary Club, Member and Paul Harris
Fellow; Allen High Noon Lions Club, Member; Various youth sports sponsor
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Allen Philharmonic Symphony, Board of Directors; Allen Rotary Club, Past President;
Christ the Servant Lutherna Church, Finance Committee; Allen Community Development
Corporation, Board of Directors; Allen Industrial Alliance, Board of Directors; City of Allen,
Finance Committee; Regional Transportation Commission; Health South Advisory Board
Member; Presbyterian Allen Advisory Board Member
Q: Education
A: - no response -
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Mayor, City of Allen, 1997 to current Allen City Council, Place 5, 1991 through 1997
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: $3400.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Joe Farmer, Ken Fulk, Dr. David Bishop
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?

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Please explain:
A: No
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: I want Allen to continue with the successes that we are experiencing. Under my
leadership, our property tax rate has been reduced 18 consecutive years. But, the other
part of that story is that city services have increased. In addition, voters have consistently
approved bond projects that built fire stations, the library, the police station, parks, roads,
a senior center, and recreation centers. Conservative management, aggressive pursuit of
quality economic development, and strategic planning has made it possible to fund these
projects without raising taxes. While serving as Mayor, I have actively participated in
business development. Most recently, I met with leaders of Cabela’s and Andrews
Distributing to encourage them that Allen was the best choice for them. Their decision to
locate in Allen was not based solely on our location. I make sure that city hall has a
business friendly attitude, without compromising our quality standards. Since first being
elected, I have been focused on bringing economic development to Allen. Business is the
funding engine for all of our amenities, and it has greatly reduced the tax burden on the
homeowner. Our property tax rate has decreased .21 cents while I have served on the city
council.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: 1. Our budget will need to provide for Public Safety increases. We are opening our 5th
fire station this year, and it will need to be staffed. Secondly, we need to hire more police
officers. Our population growth naturally leads to a need for more officers on the police
force. I am very proud of both departments, and I appreciate their patience over the past
few years while we have phased in budgetary adjustments for their staffing needs. 2.
Water conservation and supply is a regional issue that affects Allen residents. Allen is a
member city of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), and our two citizen
representatives on that board are Joe Farmer and Jim Kerr. We must continue to work with
our water district to develop more sources of water. In the meantime, we will continue to
work on educating our citizens and businesses on better conservation methods. 3. The
Strategic Planning process is an annual work session that is conducted by the city council
with participation by the City Manager and department directors. Each year, we review our
goals, concerns, and their possible budget impact for the next 3 to 5 years. Budget
forecasting is an important component of the planning session. For example, we were able
to make budget adjustments several years ago when the national economy began a
downturn. In addition, council members are expected to bring any ideas, goals, and issues
to the table. We discuss them with our department heads, and together we find solutions.
This is a great process, and it has served our city well for many years.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I am the owner of a service oriented business that has been in Allen since 1986. I am
very assessable during the work day. I also have the flexibility to attend to mayoral duties
throughout the day. Many times, I am called on very short notice to meet with various
people regarding city business. The job of Mayor is very time consuming, and my typical
day includes consulting with city staff and business leaders, assisting with economic
development, representing the City at various functions and most important, seeking input
from citizens. My wife, Sally and I have lived in Allen since 1980…before our first child
was born. Our two children are adults now, and they are both graduates of Allen High
School. As native Texans, Sally and I have numerous relatives that live in Allen and Collin
County. So, I have a good understanding of our city’s history and roots. I know why Allen
is what it is! I have a great appreciation for the work and efforts of all who helped to
create Allen. Volunteers are the backbone of our city, and these hard-working people have
a great love and appreciation for Allen. There are over 100 city board members who
volunteer their time to advise the city council on development, library, animal shelter,
health, arts, beautification, senior citizen issues, parks, and downtown development. I
truly appreciate their time and efforts. I began volunteering and participating in Allen
through the Allen Sports Association. From there, I joined Rotary, and eventually became
President, and I am a Paul Harris Fellow. I am also a member of the Allen High Noon Lions
Club. I serve on the Allen Chamber of Commerce Board, and have been a long-time
member. I have served on the Allen Philharmonic Symphony Board, the Health South
Advisory Board, and the Allen Community Development Board. I am a member of Christ
the Servant Lutheran Church, and have served as a member of their finance committee.
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me and my opponent. I understand the details of our government, and each year, for the
last 18 years, I have voted to lower our property tax rate. Despite the economy, Allen has
been successful in attracting new businesses that have invested millions of dollars into our
local economy. This has been particularly important because it has relieved the tax burden
on the homeowner.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: Since first being elected, economic development has been my focus, because I knew
this was the answer to relieving the tax burden on homeowners. Allen citizens developed a
Comprehensive Plan that is our road map for quality development. I supported, and Allen
voters approved, the creation of the Allen Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) to
provide incentives for business development. So, by using the AEDC and the
Comprehensive Plan, Allen has been one of the most successful Metroplex cities in
attracting commercial development. Most recently, Andrews Distributing, Cisco Systems,
Cabela’s, Watters Creek, and the Villages at Allen have located to our city. Our residential
development is close to build-out, and we have a good variety of home values and sizes.
We have an excellent neighborhood integrity program that helps to maintain and improve
infrastructure in our neighborhoods.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: The major residential growth in Allen over the last 20 years was from families looking
for a good school system. Today, many of those families are now “empty nesters”, and
some of our high school graduates are returning to Allen to raise their own families. The
empty nesters have moved their parents to Allen to be closer to them. So, now we have a
greater population of senior citizens who live in Allen, and some families can boast of three
and four generations living in Allen! As people retire, their income usually becomes fixed.
To ease their property tax burden, I supported a $50,000 senior citizen Homestead
Exemption ordinance that was approved by the city council. I also supported and the
voters approved bonds for construction of a senior recreation center. We have an excellent
group of volunteers who assist with senior activities and needs, and I am particularly proud
of the Meals on Wheels program in Allen.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: Federal law prohibits police officers from profiling, and the Department of Justice
monitors policing agencies regarding profiling laws. Upon arrest, it may be determined
that the defendant is an illegal immigrant. And in that case, Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) is notified. ICE will then decide if they wish to take custody of the
defendant. The defendant is fingerprinted, and the arrest is registered in Austin. If ICE
does not take custody of the defendant, Allen has no jurisdiction to hold defendants solely
because of their illegal status. Currently, I regard illegal immigration as a federal issue,
and I believe that the federal government needs to do their job in securing our borders,
and in providing law abiding immigrants with sensible access to the United States.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: We have to take the politics out of DART before this issue can be resolved. One person
or one city is not going to solve the problem because this is a regional issue. The cost per
mile to build light rail is about $85 million dollars, and many people believe that it is more
sensible to add lanes to the roadways. Some member cities have been paying into DART
for years, and have yet to see light rail brought to their city. It is understandable that they
would want to be served before any possible new members cities. In a perfect world, I
would like to see all surrounding counties work together to create and implement a
regional light rail system that is affordable and usable! Allen has recently worked with
member cities to help move our workforce, by developing a reverse commute system that
will provide transportation from a DART rail station to our shopping and hotel businesses.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: I am a board member of the North Texas Council of Governments, a regional board that
oversees many grants, road funding, and helps to develop partnerships that create more
efficient government services. In the past, I have served on the Regional Transportation
Council which makes decisions on how road money will be spent and what projects are
most important. Allen is also a member of the North Texas Municipal Water District, which
provides us with our water supply. I believe Allen has done a great job in working with
other cities and the region to save time and tax payer money. Locally, Allen works closely

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with its neighboring cities and the county to provide public safety. We partner with Plano,
McKinney, Frisco, and Fairview in fire protection. And, we have a seamless 911 radio
system. Our police department exchanges training facilities with McKinney. They use our
driver course and we use their gun range.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: Yes! We constantly re-evaluate our costs, and look for ways to improve. Our strategic
planning and excellent budget process have been instrumental in making sure that we are
constantly working to keep costs as low as possible. I support a budget that ensures that
city services, other than water and sewer, are funded through property tax, not through
sales tax and fees. Property tax is a more stable source of income, and can be adjusted if
necessary. Sales tax collections and collected fees pay for amenities and improvements. A
great example is the antenna fund (money collected from cell phone antennas on our
public property) is used to fund public art. This system also helps us to avoid unnecessary
issues over budget changes. Our water and sewer system is self funded and has very little
debt. We have consistently kept our infrastructure in good shape, and have replaced worn
out lines as needed.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: I believe Allen has done an excellent job of adjusting to the economy. Because of our
strategic planning and our budget process, we were aware of potential problems with the
economy several years ago. We were able to make adjustments, lower taxes, and
continue providing excellent services to our citizens. Under my leadership, Allen has been
able to prosper and plan for future needs. The residents of Allen can be assured that I will
not ask for more tax money from them in the next budget. When residents must tighten
their belts, it is expected that the City will do the same. The next budget will require
experienced leadership to make certain that we provide the citizens with a sensible budget
without compromising our services.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: There is nothing uncomfortable about Allen. We are a great city with wonderful
volunteers and citizens. Our budget is sound and our local economy is doing well. It is, and
has always been, a great honor to serve as Allen’s Mayor.

Arlington City Council, Place 3


Description: Note: Only Arlington residents living in this district may vote in this race.
Click here for a district map.

Candidates (choose 1):

Zack Maxwell

Biographical Info:
Name: Zack Maxwell
Street Address: 316 Tabor Dr
City/Town: Arlington
State: Texas
Date of Birth: July 2, 1990
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 972-546-7301
Home Phone Number: 972-546-7301
Mobile Phone Number: no answer
E-mail Address: vote@zackmaxwell.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.zackmaxwell.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: Over 15 years.

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Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable


A: Over 10 years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: My income from a mixture of web and graphic design jobs, as well as a steady hourly
job as a packing clerk at a small, privately owned post office.
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: I have been attending several town hall meetings where I have made it a point to
express my points and opinions on bills moving through our cancel. My civic involvement
has just begun.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: - no response -
Q: Education
A: Graduated from Martin High School and took some classes at Tarrant County
Community College. Aside from that, I'm a self-taught entrepreneur.
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: None
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: I've raised over $1000 in campaign contributions.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Individual citizens in Arlington who simply share the same concerns I do.
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: I have never been arrested or involved in criminal proceedings.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: Our country, our state, and our city is in financial turmoil. Our local Arlington officials
are becoming either exceedingly power-hungry or naive to legislation moving through
council at the moment. The people of Arlington are looking for constitutionally restrained
officials who will properly examine each bill along with the participating organizations
involved, and provide a prompt response to where they stand on issues. I am running to
curb the complacency that exists in our council. Bills such as the Thoroughfare and
Development plan and the Hike and Bike Master Plan (400 pages) are only a few examples
of job-killing legislation moving with little public notice or input. As a council member, I
aim to increase awareness to the life changing bills and policies our local government is
forcing upon us. I have examined and read hundreds of pages of legislation, ideologies,
and documents wrote by numerous organizations involved in Arlingtons public policy
process. I cannot agree with the philosophies emitting from these groups. The people will
understand that I am the right choice for office because I have the most understanding of
policies moving through our city council right now. The job of public officials has skewed far
from their original purpose: to protect the fundamental rights of the people. I intend to do
just that.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: The first action I would take is voting down the adoption of the Arlington Thoroughfare
and Development plan as well as the Hike and Bike Master plan. These two bills are wrote
and based off of policies from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). The CNU has a
video online called "Built to Last" which informs us the greatest threat to the planet is
"Cul-De-sacs, single-family homes, and automobiles" among other things. I cannot agree
with this philosophy. The second issue I would take up is Arlington involvement in ICLEI,
an organization who "seeks to bring rapid and radical change" to local governments across
the world. A lot of ICLEI's beliefs are parallel to the of CNU. The third issue I would take
action on is the enormous amount of fees we burden small businesses in Arlington with.
Fees such as "roadside sign adjustment permits" and "fire marshal inspection fees" are
among over 300 fees we put on small businesses of all types. None of my actions would
require any kind of funding to implement. In fact, everything discussed above could be
achieved in comprehensive City Council meetings.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: The biggest difference is obviously my age. I do feel like I bring more energy to the
table and more attention to the details inside certain bills. I also read the bills that go
through council unlike a majority of our current members. My attentiveness and my
willingness to connect with the citizens of Arlington sets me apart from my opponents.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
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evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: Making Arlington and attractable city to start and grow a business in is in my list of top
3 priorities. I believe we should keep taxes low and reduce the amount of fees we impose
on small business owners. The residential growth will happen because Arlington has the
jobs available to support it. If we continue to burden our business climate with frivolous
fees, they will be unable to create new jobs and promote growth. The city has done a good
job at maintaining one of the lowest sales tax rates around. However, the city is becoming
increasingly complacent to refusing ordinances that would take away private land from
businesses and force them to pay more fees. There is a lot more the city could do to
restore the connection between the government and the business community.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: Arlington is experiencing an increase in the amount of youth that move to Arlington to
attend UTA. This is certainly not a problem that needs to be shared regionally. Right now
the city is working on a hike and bike master plan and a skatepark master plan to appease
the youth of Arlington. The hike and bike plan involves a lot of eminent domain measures
that I can't agree with. The plan also calls for forcing businesses to purchase bicycle
parking that would not get used. A lot of these issues need to be discussed extensively with
the long-time residents of Arlington.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: The city should examine its current immigration enforcement strategies and develop
innovative methods of identifying and dealing with illegal immigrants. This country does
have an immigration process for newcomers that needs to be respected and enforced.
Legal immigrants often feel undercut when they learn about illegals who are entering the
country without going through the same process they have. This is an issue that needs to
be addressed.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I oppose any mass transit system that is funded by taxpayer dollars. Dart and the
Trinity Railway Express are experiencing some of the lowest ridership numbers seen since
its inception. This is proof that the citizens of Arlington and DFW are not up for participating
in mass transit. I would gladly encourage any private company to move in and set up mass
transit that is not funded by taxpayer monies.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: I would not encourage regional partnerships on anything. Arlington currently holds a
strong regional partnership with the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The
problem I see with regional partnerships is the public oversight. I have yet to speak with a
single resident who know hows the Council of Governments is formed and elected, I view
that as a serious issue, especially when the NCTCOG consists of over 40 committees and
boards that reach into every aspect of living (law enforcement, transportation, water
conservation, etc.). The city has done well up to this point without regional partnerships,
there is no need to seek new ones.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: I believe that our city delivers plenty of services to the residents. Whether these
services are delivered effectively and efficiently is determined by the opinions of the
citizenry. I work at a privately owned postal center which delivers service to customers
much more efficiently than the post office. I advocate privatizing as much of our city
services as possible. My job is physical proof that private business does better at delivering
service than the government. Government understands that they don't have compete with
private business to stay in service, so efficiency and cost-effectiveness often suffer because
of this thinking.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: The city is just barely scraping by in the current recession in terms of maintaining high
employment and low foreclosure rates. Our city cannot fund their current level of
retirement liabilities, which means that we have too many government employees. We
need to start looking for ways for citizens to become entrepreneurs and business owners,
rather than relying on the government for employment. We can do this by going
line-by-line through the current budget and finding areas we can cut spending in. Giving
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on such programs needs to be reduced and allocated to fixing our streets and
infrastructure.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: The city's extensive involvement with the North Central Texas Council of Governments
is a huge issue. Why? Because citizens are not aware of how the council of governments is
formed or what they do. What bothers myself and other concerned voters is that the
NCTCOG develops "recommendations" on a daily basis and simply injects them into our
local bills and plans. Hence the hike and bike master plan.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: Any changes the city makes to gas drilling laws and ordinances needs to be discussed
with the residents of Arlington. I understand there is currently a lot of concern regarding
the drilling process and the chemicals involved in hydraulic fracturing. The city is obviously
not doing enough to address these concerns or it would not be hot button issue. I am not
familiar with each ordinance the city has on the gas wells; however, it will be a top priority
if elected for office.

Robert Rivera
Biographical Info:
Name: Robert Rivera
Street Address: 1921 Edgehill Dr.
City/Town: Arlington
State: Texas
Date of Birth: July 16, 1971
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 817-557-1542
Home Phone Number: 817-557-1542
E-mail Address: voterobertrivera@yahoo.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.voterobertrivera.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: 36 years
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: 36 years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Banker
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Arlington City Council
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Chairman Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau
Q: Education
A: University of Texas at Arlington B.A. Political Science
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Arlington City Council
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: $25,000
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Jim Maibach, Arlington Professional Firefighters PAC, Arlington Board of Realtors,
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: I love Arlington and have been part helping our commununity for over 20 years. As a
member of our city council I've been able to see first hand numerous issues and solutions
for a brighter city.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: Public Safety, economic developement, and supporting our public schools. Arlington is a
city blessed with significant opportunity; building on expanding our tax base will help pay
for our needs.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?

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A: Experience.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: The expansion of our tax base is paramount to our growth. The addition of new and
stronger commercial development will continue to be a focus as we keep Arlington moving
forward.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: Change is part of every community. Arlington is taking all the strenghts which exist in
our city and embracing the very best qualities to help advance our entire region.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: This is a federal issue.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I support mobility for Arlington and feel this requires a regional approach.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: The Super Bowl is a good example of the region working together. I'd like to see more
mega events coming to our area and all of North Texas having parts of the event and
tourism dollars.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: Yes.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: Arlington is doing well today because of our planning for the future. I'd like to see select
corporate naming rights to our parks and other city venues for needed new dollars. The
children who would be playing in our updated and new parks would not care if the park
was named Tonka Toys Park, they would only care about the experience of being at the
park.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: That just a few voters decide the future of Arlington.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: Arlington is always looking at best practices and ways to improve the safety for
everyone involved.

Marvin Sutton

Biographical Info:
Name: Marvin Sutton
Street Address: 5311 Manhassett Drive
City/Town: Arlington
State: Texas
Date of Birth: October 16, 1962
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 817 602-0644
Home Phone Number: 817 465-0677
Mobile Phone Number: 817 602-0644
Fax Number: 817 465-0677
E-mail Address: msutton4council@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site Address: wwww.electmarvinsutton.com
Questions:

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Q: Length of residency in the city


A: 20 years 2 months
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: 20 years 2 months
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Air Traffic Controller
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Manhassett Community Watch Group Crime Watch Coordinator, Election Judge,
Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar, Disaster Relief Volunteer, Community Organizer, Ruth E.
Roberts Community Service Award, Martin Luther King Celebration Committee Inc.
Community Service Nominee
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Manhassett Community Watch Group Crime Watch Coordinator, Election Judge,
Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar, and Volunteer, Community Organizer
Q: Education
A: Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Texas at Arlington 2005
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Arlington City Council, District 3
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: $2,754.76
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Barbara Shuler, Marvin Sutton, and Dwight McKissic
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: I’m running for the Office of Arlington City Council, District 3, because I believe I can
provide the focused leadership needed to improve the quality of life for our citizens,
creating a safer, smarter, and greener Arlington. I’m a visionary with the intellect and due
diligence to navigate through complex local issues and base my decisions on sound and
effective solutions. As an air traffic controller, community crime watch coordinator, UTA
honor graduate, and United States Air Force veteran, I possess the skills, commitment,
and confidence to move Arlington in a positive direction.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: I would attract quality jobs, create a privately funded rail system, and strengthen the
gas drilling ordinance. I would work to encourage the Chamber of Commerce to develop
an aggressive plan to attract companies that are a good fit for our city. I think the
Chambers influence and Regional Transportation Council logical support would be useful in
securing a company to developing an above ground rail system for the district. I would
solicit the help of local active group to assist in rewriting the gas drilling ordinance. Most of
these items require little or no funding.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I’m proactive, capable of making informed decision with undue influence. My approach
government is community-focused balanced with economic development. I am committed
to improving the quality of our infrastructure, economic environment, and public safety
services.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: Our number one priority for stimulating our local economy should be attracting quality
jobs in the area to stabilize our local economy, Arlington performance has been lacking in
this area
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: Over past several years, our city has experienced a surge in its Hispanic and African
American population as well as a moderate increase in our senior citizen population. Our
policies should embrace the great diversity that reflected in our population as well as
endorsing a flexible and efficient transportation system and quality medical facilities for our
aging population
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immigration?
A: Nothing. This is a federal issue. Local should be engaging in activities that protect and
serve the Arlington citizens.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I support a seamless regional transit system. I'd get private investors, Regional
Transportation Council, and local governments to develop a plan that allow for a above
ground rail system.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: Crime is a major issue for this region. Burglaries are trending upward. Regionally we
could develop better ways to share information on trends and best practices for prevention
between public safety departments and disseminate this information to the public.
Transportation is a complex issue for most cities. We can effectively address these
problems by minimizing the bottlenecks and congestions on streets,developing a regional
transit system,and encouraging car pooling.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: Generally yes, however, I believe the city must continue to find ways to deliver quality
services at an effective price that shows good stewardship of taxpayers dollars.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: The current leadership used some the Tomorrow Fund to balance our city's deficit. Our
leadership need to come up with innovative ways to generate additional revenue. I would
recommend advertising on city websites and vehicles.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: Arlington is the largest city in the US with no mass transportation system.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: I'd increase the distance from 600 feet to at least 1000 feet, ensure proper monitoring
and oversight by a third party.

Arlington City Council, Place 4


Description: Note: Only Arlington residents living in this district may vote in this race.
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Candidates (choose 1):

Kelly Canon

Biographical Info:
Name: Kelly Canon
Street Address: 901 Kristin Ct
City/Town: Arlington
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 06-06-1959
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 817-929-3299
Home Phone Number: n/a
Mobile Phone Number: 817-929-3299
Fax Number: n/a
E-mail Address: kjcanon_campaign@att.net
Campaign Web Site Address: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Kelly-Canon-
for-Arlington-City-Council-District-4/183754318328277?sk=info
Questions:
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A: 13 years (Since 1998).


Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: 7 Years (since 2003)
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: I work as an interior designer/space planner for the Facilities department of L-3
Communications, in Arlington, TX.
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Over the past few years, I have been involved with the Arlington Tea Party, where we
work at the grassroots level by getting out the vote, registering people to vote, and
campaigning for conservative candidates in various elections. The most recent effort was
for the November 2010 election, where I campaigned for Bill Zedler, State Representative
for State District 96. He won the election by 52% of the vote.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: As a graduate of Texas A&M University, I’ve been involved with my local chapter of the
Association of Former Students, where we’ve helped with the construction of several
homes for Habitat for Humanity, as well as numerous visits to assisted living locations in
Tarrant County, especially during the holidays. I am a Century Club level member, and
believe in giving back to my university for the support of a higher education, benefiting our
future generation of college students.
Q: Education
A: I attended and graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in
Environmental Design, from the School of Architecture, in 1982. I minored in Building
Construction.
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: None.
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: Approximately $250 so far.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Private donors, so far.
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: As a 13-year resident of Arlington, I’ve come to know this city as my home. I’ve lived
and worked in Arlington since 1998, and hopefully, I’ll retire here. As such, I feel I have an
investment in the well-being of the city, and decided to get more involved with the
city-level government, to insure that our way of life in Arlington will continue to foster
lower taxes, safer neighborhoods by way of a stronger police presence, strong fire
services, and improved/continual maintenance of our city streets. I plan to address these
issues by always voting against any issue that will raise our taxes, by voting for measures
that will make it very inconvenient for crime to exist in our neighborhoods with a very
strong police presence, and by supporting our fire services in every way possible. I
believe my architectural background and technical background in the building construction
industry gives me the added benefit of being able to understand and interpret city
development (vision) plans and project proposals. I believe my real-world professional
experience will be a valuable asset as a council member, when deciding on the fate of
various projects and proposals that are presented to the council for approval. I’ll be able to
weigh certain aspects of these proposals in terms of their value to the community, their
initial cost, their adherence to building codes and zoning ordinances, and their long-term
effects on the economic growth of the community.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: I would work to do the following: #1: Keep Taxes Low. #2: Ensure adequate police,
fire, and other city-provided services such as sanitation, water, and other utilities. I would
also look at ways to privatize certain city services (where practicable), to ease the city's
financial burden of benefit and pension plans. #3: Maintaining and improving our streets,
city-wide. By voting against frivolous plans (like the current "Through Fare Hike & Bike"
plan), and making better use of our financial resources, this can easily be addressed.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: One of the most significant differences between me and my opponent is my strong
education and building construction background. Another key difference is our view on the
issue of mass-transit for Arlington. Kathryn Wilemon is a strong advocate for mass-transit

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in Arlington, whereas I am opposed to it. She has proven to be out of touch with the needs
and concerns of the citizens, as the mass transit issue has been repeatedly voted down in
past elections, by increasing margins of opposition in each election.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: Bringing new quality development to Arlington is a high priority. Arlington still has prime
development tracts for commercial projects, and although limited some residential tracts.
The development of the Highlands has given Arlington a major boost in sales tax revenue
at a critical time. We need to be constantly looking for new opportunities that are a right fit
for our city. We also need to be looking at re-development opportunities for some of the
older areas of the city.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: Arlington is one of the most diverse cities in the DFW area.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: The Police department should be encouraging strict enforcement of the immigration and
illegal alien laws (federal, state, and local) that are already in place.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I am not in favor of a mass-transit system for Arlington. As for “regional” transit, we
already have the “TRE”, which is very under-utilized. Just recently, the TRE cancelled all
services on Sundays, due to under-utilization. Why should Arlington spend money it
doesn’t have on a system that would be equally under-utilized compared to the cost of its
implementation and maintenance?
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: One of the most productive areas we can work together in is bringing new major
businesses to the DFW Region. When major companies come in they also bring suppliers
and other ancillary businesses.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: Arlington does a good job of delivering services at a reasonable price, however there is
always room for improvement, as was shown a year ago when the city out-sourced it’s
health inspections. We were able to have more inspections done for a lower cost and with
no long term liability for pensions. We need to look at other departments to see if we can
make similar changes.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: The present council has done a better job than most of the city councils in the DFW
area, however we should be looking at better ways to use the Oil and Gas Revenue that
the city receives.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: Because of the explosive growth that Arlington experienced during the last 40 years, we
are now facing a major crisis in road maintenance and rebuild. Several years ago we voted
a ¼ cent sales tax to be used just to repair and rebuild streets, at a time when we were
told that we had a $100 million dollar back log. Today it is closer to $200 million.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: I would make sure that ordinances were uniformly implemented throughout the city,
with respect to distance, noise levels and air-quality of the wells.

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Biographical Info:
Name: Kathryn Wilemon
Street Address: 4100 Shady Valley Drive
City/Town: Arlington
State: Texas
Date of Birth: Feb 21, 1937
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 817-994-5129
Home Phone Number: 817-461-9615
Mobile Phone Number: 817-994-5129
Fax Number: 817-461-9615
E-mail Address: KAWilemon@aol.com
Campaign Web Site Address: none
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: 61 years
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: 40 years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Retired / Social security, pension and investment income
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau – Board member Partner’s Foundation for JPS
Hospital- Chairman Nurse Family Partnership- County & state advisory Board Arlington
Tomorrow Foundation-board member UTA School of social work advisory board Tarrant
Regional Transportation Coalition –chair Arlington Civic League- member United Way
Arlington advisory Board-member NTCOG Regional Transportation Council-member
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Tarrant County Hospital JPS Board member- 9 years, Tarrant County Commission on
Aging- Board member, Downtown Arlington Inc. - Board member Awards: John Peter
Smith – Harold D. Samuels Award 2006; Fort Worth Business Press Great Women of Texas-
Women of Influence Award 2008; Boy Scouts of America Silver Eagle Award 2007
Q: Education
A: Arlington High School- graduate; Arlington State College (UTA) – attended;
Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU – graduate
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Arlington City Council Dist. 4 elected 2003 until present
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: $14,600
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Gayle Crouch, Gary Martin, Kathy Petche
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: Civil Suit in official capacity
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: I am seeking re-election to continue to represent not only the citizens of district 4 but
all the citizens of Arlington. Experience is invaluable and I have the experience as a council
representative for the past eight years. Prior to being elected to the Arlington City Council
I had over twenty five years of community involvement, including serving on two city bond
committees and as a county appointee to JPS County Hospital Board of Trustees.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: Continue to enhance public safety. Continue to enhance and build safe clean
neighborhoods. Continue to include citizen input and transparency on all issues facing the
city. All of the above will be accomplished through conservative policy making and
budgeting.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I am not familiar with my opponent so I can only speak for myself. Experience,
knowledge and integrity are the cornerstones of my service on the Arlington City Council.
Experience is especially important when dealing with a multi- million dollar budget and
municipal policy affecting the entire city.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you

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evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: Due to the economy, residential development has not kept pace with commercial
development in Arlington. Arlington has been aggressive in attracting commercial
developments such as the very successful Highlands, the redevelopment of downtown,
including many new restaurants.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: Arlington has been a very diverse community for many years and we have worked to
be inclusive and to find positive solutions to any and all issues.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: Arlington has and will continue to enforce all applicable state and federal laws dealing
with immigration.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I favor a seamless regional transit system because it enables citizens to have a choice
for their mobility needs. It also is a factor in decreasing congestion, improving air quality
and an economic development tool to attract new businesses to the area. However, it will
be up to the citizens of Arlington to make that decision.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: Transportation, air quality, water resource management and public health are key
elements of providing core services in an efficient regional cooperative manner. Another
recent example of regional cooperation was Super Bowl XLV. It had a positive impact on
the North Texas region. My experience on the Regional Transportation Council and the
Tarrant County Hospital Board has provided invaluable experience of working and thinking
regionally.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: Yes, Arlington has one of the lowest employee to citizen ratio in the north Texas region.
Our staff is constantly looking for ways to save taxpayer dollars.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: Last year staff proposed the challenge grant program in which one-time money was
used to give time to departments to either make appropriate cuts or increase revenues to
cover their budget. It is part of many strategies the city has incorporated to reduce the
budget and to accelerate core service to a growing population.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: The continued growth of our city and the associated demand for core services will
always be a challenge for future generations.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: We will continually be reviewing the gas well ordinance as new concerns are brought
forward. Public safety is of utmost importance as is the protection of private property
rights.

Arlington City Council, Place 5


Description: Note: Only Arlington residents living in this district may vote in this race.
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Candidates (choose 1):

Chris Hightower

Biographical Info:

Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: - no response -
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: - no response -
Q: Occupation/main source of income

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A: - no response -
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: - no response -
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: - no response -
Q: Education
A: - no response -
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: - no response -
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: - no response -
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: - no response -
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: - no response -
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: - no response -
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: - no response -
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: - no response -
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: - no response -
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: - no response -
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: - no response -
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: - no response -
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: - no response -
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: - no response -
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: - no response -
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: - no response -
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: - no response -

Lana Wolff
Biographical Info:
Name: Lana Wolff
Street Address: 1709 Norwood Lane
City/Town: Arlington
State: TX
Date of Birth: 8-27-46

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Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: (w)817-459-6141


Home Phone Number: 817-274-5972
Mobile Phone Number: 817-946-5343
Fax Number: 817-274-2213
E-mail Address: wolff55@swbell.net
Campaign Web Site Address: N/A
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: 58 years
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: 22 years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Retired
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Councilmember District 5; Mayor-Pro Tem; National League of Cities Community &
Economic Development Steering Committee; TX Municipal League Eminent
Domain/Regulatory Policy Committee; City Council Committees: Building Equitable
Communities, Chair; Municipal Policy Committee; Regional Policy & Municipal
Infrastructure; Community & Neighborhood Development Committee; Downtown Arlington
Management Corp., Board; Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board; East Arlington
Kiwanis; Arlington Sculpture Garden Foundation; Arlington Childcare Council; 76010 Weed
& Seed REACH Project.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Leadership Arlington Graduate; Arlington Human Service Planners; River Legacy
Foundation, Founding Director; Jr. League of Arlington, Past President; Theatre Arlington;
Past President; Arlington Historical Society; and Richard Greene Scholar Mentor; 2002
American Business Women’s Association ‘Distinguished Circle of Success’ Award;
Leadership Arlington Outstanding Leadership Award 2006; Arlington Arts League “2007
Friend of the Arts Award”.
Q: Education
A: Arlington Public Schools 1953-1964; East Texas State University 1964-66.
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Arlington City Councilmember, District 5: 2003-11 Mayor Pro-Tem, 2008-11
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: No fundraisers or 2011 contributions to date.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: N/A
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: One frivolous civil suit filed and never followed up.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: To actively serve the community and make a positive difference in my hometown. As
the representative of the ‘Original Old Town’, I want to foster a vibrant university district
surrounded by strong neighborhoods with a focus on code enforcement, public safety and
street improvements. I am a longtime ‘eastside pride’ community volunteer and central
sector redevelopment advocate. I am accessible, open and responsive to citizens and
stakeholders. Having grown up in this district, attending Southside and Berry Elementary
schools, Carter Jr. High and Arlington High School, I have an excellent grassroots feel for
this district. An active community volunteer for over 30 years, with 16-year professional
career in community planning, economic development and neighborhood advocacy
combined with the last 8-years on council have prepared me to continue to serve in this
office. I am able to grasp the big picture of the city’s future needs in terms of economic
development, government operations, and current budget restraints.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: Top priorities: 1) public safety; 2) low taxes; 3) jobs. Align public policy to successfully
achieve quality redevelopment and new jobs; build strong neighborhoods with active and
engaged citizens; develop public-private collaborations to identify assets.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I am a proven community leader with ability to build consensus. Unlike my opponents, I
have a strong record of open and responsive communication with citizens and

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stakeholders. I am politically independent with no hidden agenda.


Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: Our City offers a mix of healthy land uses that encourages redevelopment reinvestment
that creates lasting value in existing areas. Expanding business translates into more tax
revenue and a healthier economy. Generating more business opportunities drives our
efforts to retain and grow jobs. Creating a more vibrant downtown is an economic
development strategy that contributes greatly to the success of UT Arlington and quality of
life in the city. With over 33,000 in student enrollment, This past year, College Town, USA
emerged with a vision to align a revitalized downtown with performing arts, historic
neighborhoods, libraries, parks, research, tourism, and mixed use retail/residential
development. A new $12 million medical clinic opened in 2010 creating 200 new jobs in the
three-story, 110,000-square-foot medical complex. The GM Assembly Plant remains a vital
part of the local economy. GM employees number 2,400 and produces nearly 1,140
vehicles a day.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: Arlington is and continues to be a growing and culturally diverse city as reflected in the
2010 Census results. Changing demographics should not negatively affect basic services to
our citizens. Every resident and stakeholder, regardless of race, religion or socio-economic
status, expects and is entitled to the best ambulance service, fire and police protection,
streets, water and sewer services; garbage collection; parks and libraries that we can
fiscally provide.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: This is a federal issue and should be addressed through amendments to the
Immigration and Nationality Act. We must insist the U.S. Congress take action in order to
relieve our local schools, hospitals and taxpayers from the financial burden of illegals.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: A seamless Regional Transit System is well underway in the Metroplex. Unfortunately,
Arlington is not a part of it. A system that offers safe, reliable, and efficient options, could
help to meet future demands for both passengers and promote economic vitality. Input
from citizens and stakeholders is necessary if our City is to move forward and partner with
the region. The will of the people will determine the outcome.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: It makes good sense to consider collaborative efforts to increase joint utilization and
shared services or opportunities to maximize taxpayer return on investment to address
common issues. Technology, telecommunication innovation, water supply and air quality
issues are examples for consideration.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: 2011 Citizen Survey shows ratings and perceptions of most city services receive high
overall ratings. We can always do better! Streets continue to be an area where there is
much room for improvement. City Services rated very high include municipal airport,
garbage collection, convention center, emergency management, and action center. Needed
improvements are within code enforcement, Handitran, and health inspection. I
recommend the City Manager consider reorganizing Community Services Department.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: Under the leadership of this Mayor and City Council, Arlington is preparing for a brighter
future. I believe that our work, the commitment of our community partners and the
involvement of our residents will result in excellence. Not by accident, nor did it come
easily, but by our decisions we were able to decrease General Fund expenditures by 3.2%
in one-time expenditures and a reduction of 70 non-public safety positions. First Quarter
2011 General Fund projections are approximately $1 million better than budget revenues.
Expenditure outlook for same period is $648,000 under budget. The FY2012 budget must
be balanced and we have already begun the work. We can do it by decreasing
expenditures and not raising property taxes.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
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build-out is beginning to limit our capacity for growth and development. Our tax base is
supported primarily through tourism, property taxes and retail sales. Identifying new ways
to expand and diversify the tax base is critical to economic success. Quality of life is
community, connectivity and identity. It is civic pride. We must continue to explore options
and create solutions to engage citizens and stakeholders in partnerships to revitalize
declining neighborhoods and commercial corridors that will provide new choices.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: The current Gas Drilling Ordinance is being revised. The ordinance should establish
clearly stated governance to enable financial benefits to the natural gas industry,
businesses, institutions and residents who reside in the Barnett Shale. Arlington is blessed.
Our ordinance must provide reasonable protection to both ensure safety compliance and
future land use issues.

Arlington City Council, Place 8


Description:

Candidates (choose 1):

Chris Dobson

Biographical Info:
Name: Chris Dobson
Street Address: 2708 Buffalo Dr.
City/Town: Arlington
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 10/28/78
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 8176026061
Mobile Phone Number: 8176026061
Campaign Web Site Address: New Arlington on fb
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: 1979 to 1999, 2006 - present
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: 2006-present
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: - no response -
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: - no response -
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: - no response -
Q: Education
A: B.S. in Political Science, minor in History from TCU in 2002;
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: I ran last year for another at-large district in Arlington.
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: None, one of the worst aspects of our political system is the reliance on money to
create 'viable' candidates. Candidates who take money to 'improve their visibility' end up
agreeing with the people paying the money. Money is best spent on real products, not on
convincing people that ones ideas are correct, instead my campaign predicates itself on the
conversations people have with each other and the ability to spread memes virally through
electronic media.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Doesn't this question just prove the point above, none.
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: Yes in 2000,in Kentucky, I was charged with possession of Marijuana under two
ounces,actually .02 grams, and possession of paraphernalia. I paid court cost and had
them expunged from the record, but looking back it was an important event in my life
which underscored the need to remain vigilante in defense of one's rights despite the
application of power by authorities. I wish I had handled the encounter differently.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
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to serve in this office?


A: Once again this year the city of Arlington with its nearly 180,000 thousand voters failed
to provide a challenger for city council district #8. Unopposed races are disgusting. Having
guessed this might happen, I used ballot petitions(it's free) for access to the ballot, and
had wonderful conversations with residents of Arlington. By the way I'm also above 18 and
been a resident in the district for longer then six months. As to the preparation for this job,
I care not just for winning or being right, but about the lack of involvement by voters and
residents generally. If the candidates and issues are not valuable or enticing enough for full
participation then I suggest providing sweat equity in the form of a raffle ticket to all
persons showing up at a polling place or voting.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: I would like to switch to Mai-in balloting for all city elections as part of a push to
modernize the breadth and scope of our voting. Secondly, Id like to see the Arlington City
Council reconstituted with all single member districts, with the Mayor voting to break ties,
and capped at 50,000 residents per district. Thirdly, I'd like to rescind the City Council's
and manager's use of the luxury boxes at Cowboys Stadium and The Ball Park in favor of a
raffle system open to the public that maximizes revenue for the city. However, since these
monies are not taxes or fees, but instead a voluntary contribution from the public, I'd like
to see a fund created to hold them to be dispersed yearly by vote of the residents.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I have five planks on my platform which I believe are the means to which Arlington can
change its nature into the crown jewel of the FWAD, both democratically and financially.
Switching to Mail-in balloting and reconstituting the city council reform the system, Raffling
off the luxury boxes provides the funding for the previous two actions. Furthermore a
moratorium on gass well drilling special use permits will require the drilling companies to
play by the rules. Finally, by requiring the Chief of Police to make marijuana prohibition its
lowest priority it will allow the police force to focus on crimes with victims and create the
vibrant nightlife needed to keep many of the dollars we loose to cities with a nightlife.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: Rather then attract new development to our city I find it far more reasonable to
encourage development of local business as those businesses continue to circulate that
money in the local economy.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: - no response -
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: - no response -
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I'm in favor of a seamless transit system because it would increase the convenience and
mobility for the majority of people. In order to make it happen I'm willing to encourage
people to vote.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: Our region needs to seriously address the issue of industrial and toxic pollutions, this is
not 'climate change.' I mean the spewing of 25 tons of Benzene and other volatile organic
compounds from each well drilled, with some drilling sights having over twenty wells
meaning a yearly output of 1 million pounds of pollution from such sites. Also I believe our
region would great benefit from a tier one university in the FWAD.(Fort Worth-Arlington-
Dallas)
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: - no response -
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: While Arlington remains able to fulfill its basic financial obligations, the long term debt
taken on by the city, as well as unexpected costs from the operation of the Entertainment
district, have generally left the city operating with a year to year deficit which will be made

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up from increased fees and taxes, reduced services, or dipping into the Arlington tomorrow
fund. Meanwhile a veritable goldmine exists in the luxury boxes which would allow us to
maintain services without further burdening the general population with coercive taxes or
fees.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: We don't vote and we need public transit. The solution is to get more people to vote.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: I think first the city needs to enforce its current drilling ordinance rather then the ad-hoc
system of Special Use Permits. I fsr as safety and interests of the citizen that needs to be
viewed in the long run as over the life of the wells a number of problems could arise which
will require remidiation.

Gene Patrick
Biographical Info:
Name: Gene Patrick
Street Address: 2305 Castlerock
City/Town: Arlington
State: Texas
Date of Birth: July 16,1940
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 817-640-1694
Home Phone Number: 817-640-1563
Mobile Phone Number: 817-475-1966
E-mail Address: gparlington@aol.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: My family moved to Arlington in 1951 and I have lived here from then thru 1966 and
again from 1986 to the present.
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: 1951-1966 and 1986-2011
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Creative Consultant and investor
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Member at-large Arlington City Council Chairman-Fiscal Policy Commitee Arlington
Chamber Board of Diectors Downtown Management Corp Board
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: American Heart Assn. Board Arlington Art Museum Board Theatre Arlington Board
President Downtown Arlington Inc.
Q: Education
A: Arlington High School Arlington State College
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: - no response -
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: About $5000 to date
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: ARBOR TXPAC Rick Merritt
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: no
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: Long time knowledge of Arlington and it's issues plus a very full business and
management career.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: 1-Redevelopment policies 2-More attention to basic City services 3-More effort and
action toward Infastructure improvments.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: Experience and motavation to serve.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you

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evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: It is a high pritory and I intend to put more attention on attracting new small business
as well.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: I think we are changing rapidly and we need to begin adjusting to the new conditions
now.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: Work closly with State and Federal agencies including pushing them to act!
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I do and I favor the local option method.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: - no response -
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: Yes,but there is always room to improve.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: We have supported several developments that have built our sales tax base...we should
continue that policy.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: - no response -
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: We are in the process of revising our existng laws and should complete that work as
soon as possible.

Arlington Mayor
Description:

Candidates (choose 1):

Robert Cluck

Biographical Info:
Name: Robert Cluck
Street Address: 5820 Bay Club Dr
City/Town: Arlington
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 3/20/1939
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 817 265 6777
Home Phone Number: 817 265 6777
Mobile Phone Number: 817 823 3788
Fax Number: 817 457 4766
E-mail Address: rcluck@sbcglobal.net
Campaign Web Site Address: None
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: 40 Great Years
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: 40 wonderful years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Physician and Medical Director
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: I serve as Vice President for Medical Affairs at Arlington Memorial Hospital. Previously, I
was a practicing physician (ob/gyn) in Arlington, where I delivered many babies (citizens)
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
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School, and then served in the U.S. Air Force as a medical officer. I was a co-founder with
my physician partners, of the Medical Clinic of North Texas. Previous to my election as
Mayor, I served two terms on the Arlington City Council.
Q: Education
A: SMU:BS Southwestern Medical School: MD Parkland Hospital : Rotating internship
followed by OB-GYN residency
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: I first ran for public office in 1999 when I was elected to Arlington City Council. After
four years service as a member of the Council, I successfully ran for Mayor in 2003 and
have been re-elected in three subsequent elections. I am honored the citizens of Arlington
allow me the opportunity to serve as their voice in the Mayor’s Office.
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: A little over $100,000 which will help me communicate with the citizens that my vision
for Arlington includes more good paying jobs, strong police and fire departments and
continued improvement of our roads, streets and highways.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Mike Patterson Chris Carroll Arnold Petsche
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: Working with my fellow City Council members, Arlington has created jobs and economic
opportunity, even in a very tough economy. I want to continue working with my colleagues
to see that more good jobs are created in Arlington. Our community has significant
opportunities to increase our standing as a destination for corporate headquarters. My
experience helps ensure we realize these opportunities. I also want to continue improving
our mobility. Now that I-30 has been expanded and improved, my focus is on needed
upgrades for State Highway 360 and continuing to improve our city streets. And I have the
experience in public safety to ensure our police and fire departments are strong and
staffed with the best trained professionals.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: I will continue pursuing good jobs for our community by recruiting responsible
development and corporate campuses. Our City must continue to strongly support UTA and
its state funding. And I will continue to look for innovative initiatives that can help ensure
our mobility is improved. We have the means to accomplish our goals without raising the
property tax rate. Also I am seeking new hotel opportunities.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: The citizens have honored me by electing me to represent them at City Hall. We have
worked with our citizens on hundreds of issues and together we have a record of
strengthening public safety, delivering high quality, dependable neighborhood services and
living within our financial means. I believe I am the best choice because I listen to our
citizens and then work with them to accomplish our goals.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: Arlington has always been a destination for out of town visitors. Cowboy Stadium has
joined Six Flags, Texas Rangers baseball, Levitt Pavilion and other destinations as a
premiere attraction. With more visitors and tourists come more opportunities. We must
seize these opportunities by expanding our hotel accommodations and strongly considering
an expansion of our convention center. Tourism has long been an economic strength of
Arlington. By accommodating the increased demand for hotels and convention and meeting
space, we further expand job opportunities and our city’s tax base.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: As I have previously stated, it is the responsibility of the U.S. Congress and the federal
government to determine the immigration laws of our country. I do not believe it is
appropriate for our city to undertake what is clearly the responsibility of another level of
government. When the federal government determines future immigration laws, we will
abide by and enforce the laws of the land. Regardless of an individual’s status, Arlington
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crimes against our citizens.


Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: Arlington continues to responsibly address the challenges of natural gas drilling. From
public safety to clear water and air, we continually work with our staff experts and outside
experts to ensure our citizens are able to reap the benefits of gas drilling in a safe and
non-obtrusive way. We will continue to ensure the drillers and producers respect our city
and its residents.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I support giving our citizens a choice, an opportunity to vote on supporting or not, a
regional transit system. Ultimately, as I have in the past, I will respect the choice our
citizens make. In the meantime, I am pleased our citizens and visitors have a much
improved I-30 corridor, which has greatly improved east-west mobility in North Arlington.
Now, we must focus on north-south mobility improvements. I am dedicated to working on
SH 360 improvements as well as continued street improvements through our voter
approved street maintenance tax.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: Super Bowl XLV was a shining example of regional cooperation. I expect the spirit of
cooperation to continue as the region vies to host other significant sports and political
events. The economic boost – long term and short term - is so significant for the entire
Metroplex that we must work together in our pursuit of these events. And of course, we
will continue to work in unity on regional transportation and air quality solutions.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: We deliver dependable and high quality services in a cost-effective manner. That in part
is why we have not increased the property tax rate in many years. We have well educated
and trained police officers and fire fighters. Our water service is dependable and safe. Our
garbage collection is completed on time and we have a comprehensive curb-side recycling
program. Our landfill efficiency is maximized through best practices implemented by our
operator. Code Compliance has been strengthened over the last few years and our Parks
Department is outstanding. I am very proud of the citizen services we provide every day.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: We have balanced the budget without an increase in the homeowner property tax rate
every year during the “storm”. Arlington tightened its financial belt, just like Arlington
families and we were able to maintain a better financial position than many cities because
of the sales tax revenue generated from visitors coming to our destinations. We will
continue to maintain our city services at appropriate levels without a tax rate increase.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: We are confronting the need to help some of our citizens who have suffered due to
regular flooding of their homes and neighborhoods. In concert with the federal
government, we are fixing this problem.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: Arlington continues to responsibly address the challenges of natural gas drilling. From
public safety to clear water and air, we continually work with our staff experts and outside
experts to ensure our citizens are able to reap the benefits of gas drilling in a safe and
non-obtrusive way. We will continue to ensure the drillers and producers respect our city
and its residents.

Carl Scrivner

Biographical Info:
Name: Carl Scrivner
Street Address: P. O. Box 2052

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City/Town: Arlington
State: TX
Date of Birth: 02-12-1942
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 817-548-1067
E-mail Address: CarlScrivner@att.net
Campaign Web Site Address: CelebrateAmericaVote.org
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: I have lived in Arlington Texas for 39 Years.
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: - no response -
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: I am a Business Owner providing Bookkeeping and Tax Services.
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Involvement in the community for me spans 39 Years. My children and my
grandchildren make Arlington their home. My current community involvement includes:
member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce; member of the Kiwanis; and Treasurer of
the Tarrant Alliance for Responsible Government PAC.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: In addition to my current involvment, I served as AARP Tax Volunteer and member of
the 2010 AISD Citizens Advisory Committee-Financial Futures Committee.
Q: Education
A: I have a Business Bacuralate (Bachlor's) Degree-Accounting, Business Major, University
of Texas at Arlington.
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Candidate for Arlington District 5 City Council in 2005
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: Contributions are still in progress for my campaign by concerned citizens.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: My top contributors are Arlington Citizens who want a "No Debt" with "No Tax Increase"
government.
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: My supporters consider me the “No Debt” with "No Tax Increase" candidate for Arlington
mayor. For those seeking a caring quality of life, this community does not want to be deep
in debt, densely populated and heavily taxes. Other cities have mistakenly been lured into
this path with tragic economic and social consequences. Strong financial and management
skills are needed to reduce our City’s debt while maintaining a high quality of essential city
services. These skills include: UTA accounting graduate; successful small business owner
providing tax and bookkeeping services; Internal Revenue Service Enrolled Agent; and a
proven leader as a financial manager with 30 years experience.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: Our long-term local government debt is $2.4 Billion. Arlington budgets approximately
$14 million for interest each year on debt that is not related to essential city services or
the stadium. This subject debt is for improvement projects which should be prioritized and
completed as cash becomes available. Second, available cash from debt reduction would
eliminate a Challenge Grant ($5 million loan) that was required to balance the budget this
year and is forecast for next year. Third, money is needed to close a $245,000 shortage in
Arlington's retirement fund.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: The key difference is that my opponent is moving debt down the "road" for future
generations to pay. My supporters and I want Arlington City to move toward "cash and
carry" which is possible with prioritization of capital projects. Currently about 35% of
property taxes are earmarked for debt.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
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and work and that is high on my priority list. A city that is out of debt is even more
attractive. I think that too much emphasis has been placed on Arlington being a "fun" city
for visitors and not enough on Arlington being a "family" city for its citizens.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: The 2010 initial census reports indicate the population for Arlington did grow but growth
was moderate. This indicates that Arlington is no longer a primary developing and
expanding city, but now needs to concentrate on maintaining high quality essential
services.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: People in this country illegally are breaking the law. The police department should
enforce all laws with evidence of probable cause that a crime has been committed. Citizens
can help by reporting crime to form an accurate profile of crime to expend and allocate
resources.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I favor a private transit system that will pay to Arlington a franchise fee for use of
Arlington's streets. Taxpayer money should not be spent for a system that nobody will
ride.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: Arlington is only 7 miles wide, East to West, and only 14 miles deep, North to South.
Arlington is a part of a multi-city network. Regional partnerships that benefit Arlington
citizens should be considered. The partnership and benefit needs to be identified and
evaluated for any further comment.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: I do think that Arlington employees are the best and the most cost-effective. I do think
that "consultants" are "over" used by the city council. Arlington has a wide variety of
citizens with expertise in many areas. I think that Arlington should look to its citizens for
solutions to problems before hiring consultants. An example is a recent consultant study for
"Hike and Bike" that cost approximately $250,000 and is based on data that is very, very
questionable. A citizens volunteer task force could have done a better job.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: Our long-term local government debt is $2.4 Billion. Arlington budgets approximately
$14 million for interest each year on debt that is not related to essential city services or
the stadium. This subject debt is for improvement projects which should be prioritized and
completed as cash becomes available. With proper Prioritization, debt can be eliminated.
Debt is bad and very bad for the future of our children. Our children deserve a debt-free
future. My supporters consider me the “No Debt” and "No Tax Increase" candidate for
Arlington mayor. For those seeking a caring quality of life, this community does not want to
be deep in debt, densely populated and heavily taxes. Other cities have mistakenly been
lured into this path with tragic economic and social consequences.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: The uncomfortable truth is that Arlington City is in debt. City debt issued in 1993 is still
outstanding. Debt is being refinanced and pushed into the future. This is bad for the future
of our children. This subject debt is for improvement projects which should be prioritized
and completed as cash becomes available.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: Gas drilling is dangerous but profitable. There has to be a balance between property
owners and gas producers. Current ordinances are design to protect citizens based on the
best safety industry knowledge currently available. These ordinances must be constantly
managed and monitored to ensure citizen safety as new knowledge for safe practices
becomes available. Citizen safety is the highest priority.

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Candidates (choose 1):

Bonnie Kaplan

Biographical Info:
Name: Bonnie Kaplan
Street Address: 2232 Meadow Dr.
City/Town: Carrollton
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 10/24/1945
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-315-9005
Mobile Phone Number: 214-315-9005
E-mail Address: bonniekaplan@mac.com
Campaign Web Site Address: pending
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: 14 years
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: 14 years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Attorney/Mediator
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: President, A.W. Perry Museum Society
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Vice-President - Metrocrest Social Services, Vice-President - Carrollton Womens' Club,
President - Denton County Child Protective Services Board, Court Appointed Special
Advocate (CASA) Denton County advocate, DCRP precinct chair - 203, President - Denton
County Pachyderm Club, Volunteer mediator - Denton County Mediation, Volunteer
mediator - Dallas County Mediation
Q: Education
A: B.A. Barat College - Political Science, Juris Doctorate - Illinois Institute of Technology -
Kent College of Law
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Carrollton City Council Place 1 - elected in 1999, ran for Carrollton Mayor - defeated in
2000
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: I have not sought funding for my campaign.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: n/a
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: I have never been arrested. I have never been personally involved in any criminal
proceedings. I am a former criminal prosecutor and judge and there have been several
background checks made on me for my profession and work. I have passed all of them.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: I am running for Carrollton City Council, Place 2 because these are difficult times that
require a council member to have experience working with a city council. I am the only
candidate in my race who has the proven experience of being a council member. Watching
city council meetings is no substitute for actually being the decision maker. Besides being a
council member, I have served as President or Vice-President on several local boards of
directors. I have always assumed a leadership position in the organizations I have served.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: 1. I would do everything in my power to balance the budget. There are items in the
budget that will need to be cut or reduced and I will advocate for such cuts or reductions.
There is no cost associated with this. 2. At the present time, there is a judicial committee
within the council that oversees the municipal judges. I will advocate returning this

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oversight power to the city manager. That would prevent political pressures being placed
on the judicial committee. This probably requires a change to the city charter. 3. Three
quadrants of our city have an ambulance at one of their fire stations. The northeast
quadrant does not have a city ambulance within its boundaries. This area includes Hebron
High School. I know that fire trucks have the ability to respond to emergency calls, but
only an ambulance can transport a patient to the hospital. It seems that fairness and
necessity require that we purchase another ambulance. I am already "pushing for them."
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: Both of my opponents are very nice men. The key difference between my opponents
and myself is legislative experience and proven leadership. One of my opponents has
never served the city in any capacity, for instance, as a board member. The other has
some board experience, but by his own admission, is trying to sort out how things are
done on council. I already know how the council works and how to accomplish goals.I
already have worked on a variety of boards to achieve desired goals. I am a proven
leader.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: Attracting commercial development to Carrollton is one of my top priorities. In the
past, the city has lost opportunities for attracting development due to previous city
councils. The current council is very aware of the need to attract development, perhaps by
using incentives. The last few years have demonstrated the city's ability to expand
development by attracting 3 new hotels to be built near the George Bush tollway. That was
accomplished by the Mayor speaking directly with private investors. This showed initiative
and creativity on the part of our leaders. This current council has done an excellent job.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: Carrollton is now a minority/majority city. There has been tremendous growth in the
Hispanic and Asian communities. The city has dealt effectively with the Asian community
as evidenced by the stores, restaurants, and spa located near Old Denton and the George
Bush tollway. Also, the area around Beltline and Josey has had some renovations. The city
is planning more changes to the storefronts in this area to make it more attractive to
customers. I have noticed more participation in community activities by the Asian
communities. We need to find some way to reach out more effectively to the Hispanic
community. In this year's election, we have candidates from these minority communities.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: This is a very touchy issue. Farmers Branch has incurred huge legal fees because of
their ordinances that refer to illegal immigration. My main concern with this issue is that
the Federal Government has preempted the issue of immigration, yet they do not enforce
their own laws. I would not favor passing ordinances to address illegals at this time until
we see the ultimate outcome of the Farmers Branch litigation. Our police department
should enforce all local laws and if this means arresting illegals for violations of the law,
then that should be done. Persons should not be arrested just because they are illegal.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I favor a seamless regional transit system. All of us in Carrollton who purchase things
have helped to make it happen because we pay 1% extra per dollar spent in sales tax to
fund DART. Make no mistake, our citizens have helped to make the transit system a
reality. We politicians now must cooperate with other entities, such as the Denton County
Regional Transportation authority to make sure the routes are seamless.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: Regional partnerships can be very effective, but not for all areas of city government. I
am concerned about regional partnerships affecting the delivery of services in the area of
public safety. I understand that no one wants to duplicate expensive services that could be
shared, I have concerns that in case of a large emergency or natural disaster, a city could
be under-protected.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: Carrollton's city manager, chief financial officer, and city council have worked diligently
to remove wasteful spending from the city budget. Carrollton uses the concept of managed
competition to lower the departmental costs. If a department cannot lower their costs, the

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city attempts to outsource the work at a lower cost than it can do in house. Other cities
consult with Carrollton to emulate our success with managed competition. As a new city
council member I would continue to carefully look for waste or duplication in services.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: The current leadership has been very successful in weathering the economic storm.
Unfortunately, this year the city expects to have a $2.3 million shortfall due to the
decreases in revenue from property, sales and franchise taxes. I expect that we will have
to reduce or eliminate programs or activities that are not essential. I consider maintaining
roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure to be essential.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: Although Carrollton's crime rate has declined, there is still too much gang activity in
various parts of the city and just outside our borders. This is of great concern to citizens
who live in the affected areas.
Q: What are the key development issues in Carrollton? How do you propose creating more
development at your three DART transit centers?
A: The key development issues are at the three DART transit centers. The plans for
development in downtown Carrollton are in place. It is important to develop the Frankford
and Trinity Mills transit centers as carefully as has been done for downtown Carrollton.
Incentives to developers can and should be used at these locations. Redevelopment is also
an important issue. The shopping center at Old Denton and George Bush Tollway is an
example of excellent redevelopment.
Q: Do you support the formation of a separate Farmers Branch Independent School
District? If so, how will you go about obtaining the necessary special legislation to change
current requirements that a new school district have 8,000 students?
A: Although I am not a resident of CFBISD, I am not in favor of forming a separate
Farmers Branch Independent School District. With the current trend being for regional
cooperation, it would be a waste of taxpayers' money to establish a new and separate
school district. I do not see any benefits from a separate Farmers Branch Independent
School District.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: Texas state law regulating oil and gas production is in a constant state of change. Rules
governing conservation of oil and gas are regulated by statute and the Railroad
Commission rules regarding drilling and production. Not being familiar with natural gas
drilling, I do not know if the city is doing enough to ensure the safety and interests of its
citizens. I will definitely look into this if elected to city council.

Anthony Wilder

Biographical Info:
Name: Anthony Wilder
Street Address: P.O. Box 117298
City/Town: Carrollton
State: TX
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: (214) 919-4958
E-mail Address: Anthony@WilderForCarrollton.com
Campaign Web Site Address: WilderForCarrollton.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: 3.5 years - I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. We moved to Carrollton in
September, 2007. North Texas has been my home for all but 3 years in Austin while
attending the University of Texas.
Q: Length of residency in the district
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Q: Occupation/main source of income


A: I am self-employed in software development. I’m currently directing the expansion of
online services for a client from a full, robust website to mobile platforms, including Apple
iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Window Phone 7. I also assist a client with the
implementation of their proprietary administrative software for their clients.
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Attended 45 of the last 54 Carrollton City Council meetings/work sessions DCRP Area
Leader for east Carrollton, Dallas and Plano DCRP Chair for Precinct 200
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Member of City of Carrollton's Property Standards Board 2009-2011, Vice-Chair
2010-2011 Election Judge for Precincts 200 and 221 in 2010 RPT State Convention
Delegate 2010 RPT Senatorial District 9 Convention Delegate 2010 Youth Mentor at
Sojourn Church 2006-2010 Vice-President of Lighthouse International Missions, Inc.
2003-2006 Eagle Scout – attained in 1988
Q: Education
A: University of Texas at Austin Major: Mathematics Concentrations: Actuarial Sciences,
Risk Management and Insurance
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: None
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: Monetary funds - $966, In-kind Contributions - estimated $201 value
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Individuals and families
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: In October of 2008, I was frustrated with the events going on nationally. I wanted to
make a difference, so I got more involved. I could not go to Austin or Washington, D.C., so
I went to city hall. Since then, I have attended 45 of the last 54 city council meetings/work
sessions and served for 17 months on the Property Standards Board. I’m now seeking your
support to bring transparency, efficiency and accountability to the city government. Within
our city government, ordinances, inter-local agreements, change orders and large
construction contracts can be added to an agenda on a Thursday, posted on a Friday, voted
for on Tuesday and executed later that week. There are some checks and balances in
place, but it really is that simple and that fast. This authority requires stewardship by
principled people of integrity, character and perseverance. I have proven to be an
individual of high integrity, whether it was in my efforts as the Vice-President for
Lighthouse International Missions, Inc. in which I handled the receipt and deposit of all
monetary funds for 3 years or in the time tracking approach I use to bill clients in which I
track every minute I’m working and not working on billable activity. In my activities with
several prior employers as well as in work-related assessments, it has been noted
repeatedly that I persevere to get problems resolved. The perseverance was initially noted
with my achievement of the Arrow of Light and attainment of Eagle Scout. My character is
clearly defined in my reliance and faith in the Bible.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: Balance the Budget - Balancing the budget with a tax rate increase is not an option. The
city faces a projected $2.1M shortfall in the next fiscal year. Cuts in the general fund
budget are inevitable, but necessary. In addition to cuts, I will push for more efficiency by
supporting and promoting the implementation of the managed competition program in
departments that have not done so already, including Accounts Payable, Streets &
Drainage (within Public Works), Engineering and Library Services. I’m committed to
keeping the council and City Manager on course to determine the most efficient and
effective ways to provide necessary city services, whether they are through co-sourcing,
insourcing or shared services. Public Safety - Fire station number 8 near the corner of
Huffines Blvd and Hebron Pkwy needs to be built to provide adequate fire protection for
the northwest portion of the city. The funds to build the station are available if 3 other CFR
projects are deferred and an additional $550,000 is made available. I will pursue the
additional funds from other projects in the Capital Improvement Plan for fiscal years
2012-2014. The recurring costs of the station is the more difficult problem to solve,
specifically the costs of the 11-14 personnel that is projected to average $1.1M over the
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from station 2 to station 8 to provide the initial staffing, thus removing the need for extra
recurring costs in the general fund budget. Economic Growth - I’m in favor of economic
development and retail redevelopment like almost all other citizens of the city. Carrollton
has 3 DART rail stations in the city that will have transit-oriented development. I intend to
push forward with the plans that were agreed to 2 years ago for development at the
downtown station and to actively seek opportunities for growth at the other 2 stations. We
also are beginning work on 2 new hotels and a conference center in the city. I will push the
developers for achievement of already agreed upon milestones and initiatives. Two other
keys to economic growth are the attraction/retention of the commercial industrial entities
and redevelopment of the many retail sites without anchor stores. Although we all want
more retail and restaurants, we cannot lose sight of these two key pieces of the tax base.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I have attended 45 of the last 54 Carrollton City Council meetings/work sessions and
have served on the city's Property Standards Board for the last 17 months. I have become
engaged in the affairs of the city council and staff. I have spent countless hours meeting
with staff, council members and citizens. I have been preparing for some time to be the
best public servant possible for the citizens of Carrollton. In contrast, my opponents
started showing up at the council meetings in March now that it is election time.
Additionally, I have the disposition and perseverance to work through the issues to provide
and implement solutions. I'm not a former council member from 1999 who did not fulfill a
full term, but an individual of integrity and character who will bring fresh, new ideas to the
council. I desire and enjoy engagement with the community about the municipal
government and the future of the city and encourage and welcome community
involvement, especially after the election when it is needed the most.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: Economic development is one of the top 3 priorities (see earlier question about three
important actions). We have excelled in the attraction of commercial industrial entities to
the city and there is no reason to doubt we will not be the regional and national leader in
this area going forward. In the last 3 years, I think the city has done a good job attracting
retail and residential development. We have a TOD catalyst that should break ground in
June, a mixed use/high density development near Hebron and Josey (including a Sprouts)
and a two hotel/conference center project kicking off in the near future. However, if you
look back 5-7 years, the city has not done well compared to our neighbors. As some
council members in the recent past have admitted, they deferred action too long on transit
oriented development while neighboring cities pushed forward and completed similar
mixed use/high density projects.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: The Asian and Hispanic populations are increasing, the median age is now below 35
years and over two-thirds of the city is below age 45. Carrollton is open to the growth and
diversity, regardless of ethnic background or age.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: Before addressing the city’s efforts, we cannot overlook the responsibility that the
Executive Branch of the US Government has with respect to this issue. For far too long, the
Executive Branch has neglected to address this growing problem. The Executive Branch
must secure the southern border of the United States in order to deal with the root cause
of the issue. Efforts by state or local law enforcement only address the symptoms of the
issue. The city participates in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Section 287(g) program. The city detention facility
searches an immigration database to determine if a detainee is wanted for immigration
related issues. Per a Memorandum of Agreement between the city and ICE, the Carrollton
Police Department (CPD) can perform interviews with those arrested for state offenses. If
there are county charges, those arrested are transported to county jails. ICE eventually
takes custody of those arrested for state offenses. The CPD is doing what it can to curb the
problems from illegal immigration in the city via the 287(g) program and their efforts are
in alignment with citizen feedback received by the council in early 2009.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I am currently opposed to a seamless transit system for the DFW region for a couple of
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map, which has been estimated at $18.5B (including $7.6B from DART alone)? Second, will
DART and other transit entities within the region maintain autonomy over their sections?
Third, it has been suggested that the projected Cotton Belt Line be funded through a public
private partnership. If so, what happens if the usage does not meet the expectations of the
private entity? Are tax rates increased to fund the lack of usage? I’m willing to discuss this
topic further, but am inclined not to support it at this time.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: Public safety accounts for 63.88% of the general fund budget in Carrollton. I support
and will encourage investigating approaches to more efficiently provide this necessary city
service. Limited regional shared services with the Addison, Carrollton, Coppell and
Farmers Branch police departments occurs currently. I would like to pursue expansion of
shared services for the police department, but do realize that adjacent cities do have
distinctly different forced compliance techniques and paperwork. For the fire department,
I’m interested in the costs and implications of implementing a regional dispatch with
adjacent cities, such as Farmers Branch and Addison. If it produces better service at a
cheaper long term cost without sacrificing the autonomy of the municipalities, I would be
supportive of the transition to regional dispatch.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: Since 2001, the city has pursued managed competition in many departments to reduce
waste and inefficiencies. This program has resulted in $25,000,000 in cost savings, but
there is still more efficiency that can be achieved. Four business units are currently under
evaluation for the managed competition program: Accounts Payable, Streets & Drainage
(within Public Works), Engineering and Library Services. I’m committed to keeping the
council and City Manager on course to determine the most efficient and effective ways to
provide necessary city services, whether they are through co-sourcing, insourcing or
shared services.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: As mentioned in the answer to the last question, the city began implementing the
managed competition program several years ago. When the recent economic downturn
occurred, Carrollton was better positioned than most municipalities to handle the
decreased revenues. I think the current leadership made the right choice to make cuts
instead of increasing the tax rate in 2009. Revenues from sales and ad valorem taxes are
still low to the point that we have a projected $2.1M shortfall in the fiscal year 2012
budget, so further reductions are necessary. I would like to pursue the movement of items
from the general fund to the enterprise fund for some city services that are not vital. As for
maintaining infrastructure, the city currently uses bond funds from a 2007 election to fund
the capital improvement projects.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: Debt servicing and continued reliance upon debt to fund capital improvements are
disturbing to me and many of the citizens of Carrollton. The outstanding debt principal is
currently above $193M. Over $8M in the fiscal year 2011 budget will go towards interest
alone. Over 34% of the ad valorem tax revenue will go straight to debt servicing in fiscal
year 2011. A few citizens have mentioned this will be paid off in 10 – 20 years, but more
borrowing in the amount of $60.79M is on the way in fiscal years 2011 – 2016. We cannot
keep borrowing from tomorrow to pay for today’s desires.
Q: What are the key development issues in Carrollton? How do you propose creating more
development at your three DART transit centers?
A: The current transit oriented development catalyst project at the downtown station is not
progressing as expected. The current council has begun work on backup plans in case the
June 1 ground breaking does not occur. We have to decide whether to continue with the
current vendor or move on and hire another vendor to get the job done. Until this project
moves past phase 1, I believe we are hamstrung in attempts to attract other private
investment to the 3 DART stations.
Q: Do you support the formation of a separate Farmers Branch Independent School
District? If so, how will you go about obtaining the necessary special legislation to change
current requirements that a new school district have 8,000 students?
A: No
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: I do not think this is an issue for Carrollton. The local natural gas drilling efforts have

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focused on the Barnett Shale. The formation’s eastern border is approximately 10 – 15


miles west of the city limits.

Carrollton City Council, Place 4


Description:

Candidates (choose 1):

Bob Garza

Biographical Info:
Name: Robert (Bob ) Garza
Street Address: 2102 Cannes Drive
City/Town: Carrollton
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 12/28/1944
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-533-8782
Home Phone Number: 972-820-6964
Mobile Phone Number: 214-533-8782
E-mail Address: bobgarzacampaign@hotmail.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.bobforcarrollton.wordpress.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: 22 years
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: 22 years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Recently retired Income sources are Social Security and Pension
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: City of Carrollton Transit Oriented Development Committee City Charter Review
Committee Senior Adult Services ---- Chairman Dallas Telco Credit Union Board Member
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Trinity Medical Center Board (now known as Baylor Medical Hospital - Carrollton) Bea's
Kids Board Member Metrocrest and Farmers Branch Chambers Board Member Oak Cliff
Chamber Board of Direectors Chairman Brookhaven Country Club Board of Directors
Chairman
Q: Education
A: Obtained BBA in Management Science from The University of North Texas
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Ran for Carrollton City Council Place 3 in 2006
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: $3200
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Bob Garza Herb Weidinger Jeff Andonian
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: I have always had a passion to serve and I feel I have a lot to offer the residents of
Carrollton. I just recently retired with 35 years of business experience and a diverse
background in Finance, Auditing, IT, International and Governmental Relations. I have
served on the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Committee for the last 3 years and
also served on the Charter Review Committee appointed by council. I have served on
chamber boards, hospital board and other non-profits in the city and familiar with city
needs. Prior to retiring, I worked with cities, counties and Texas agencies across the state

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for several years and know how these entities operate and what they are going through.
Armed with all this experience has prepared me for the council position.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: 1. Develop the TIRZ/TOD area with quality business and retail tenants; 2. Create
incentives to attract domestic and international companies; and 3. Look for new sources of
revenue and maximize existing revenue streams Developing the TOD is the cities biggest
challenge and biggest opportunity at the same time. The TOD area has been designated
for tax abatement but needs developer's commitment to begin the job of building. As a
member of the council I will work hard to create attractive incentives to encourage
interest. I personally will work with TxDOT and DART to make the TOD area a destination.
Financing to build the city's infrastructure is a task the council will need to focus on and I
plan to be a part of that using my business and transportation experience.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I have 35 years of business experience in Finance, Auditing, IT, international and
Governmetal Relations. I am retired and dedicated to focus my energy to do the best job
possible. I have experience in working with city, county goverments as well as TxDOT. I
understand how city governement works and know how to work within the city charter and
state law requirements. I have lived in Carrollton for 22 years and have invested many
years of volunteer work to help senior citizens and underprevildged kids in the community.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: This is tops in my list of priorities. Of the 3 main revenue streams for the city, the sales
tax revenue is a very important one. Sales tax revenues between businesses is my major
focus. It is also key to the city's sustainability. Carrollton has done well internationally in
Korea and other asian countries but we must also focus on residential/commercial
development as well.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: Carrollton is rich in culture and is blessed with a number of different ethnicities. The
names on the Carrollton ballot this election speak for themselves. This is perhaps the most
diverse list of candidates ever seen on a city council ballot. This,in my opinion is due to a
very positive and inclusive attitude among Carrollton residents. My pledge to the people of
Carrollton is to bring these cultures together and begin with gaining better knowledge and
understanding of our differences and celebrate those differences in a positive way. Creating
a multicultural group to begin that process is something I would work on.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: Carrollton previously elected to participate in the 287G program, and I would not
change that now or in the future. Our efforts should focus on public safety for Carrollton
citizens. We have a good trend in decreasing crime in our city and we should keep our
focus on that and leave immigration to the federal government.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: Transportation is certainly high on my list. Interstate 35E is in dire need of a complete
redo that would complement our TOD area from Old Downtown Carrollton to Frankford. I
would get invovled with the RTC, NCTCOG, DART, NTTA and TxDOT and make sure
Carrollton is represented when regional transportaion decisions are made. Carrollton must
be a player if we are to get the funding needed.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: There is more leverage in numbers and with the help of other cities in the region I think
we could negotiate better medical rates, better purchasing power for materials and fuel if
we collaborate with our neighboring cities.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: Carrollton does a good job in many areas but I beleive there is more that can be done.
Technology I believe is a big key to delivering services better, faster and cheaper. The cost
of technology is a challenge but certainly needs to be considered. Offering residents the
ability to do business with the city online and on demand is certainly an area I would
explore.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do

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you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: The city has taken some very effective measures which include introducing competition
at the department level and outsourcing when it makes sense. Several force reductions
and a hiring freeze has brought the employee number back to what they were in mid
1980s with no apparent negative impact on services to date. Addionally, some contracts
have been renegotiated and the introduction of managed shared services has brought
about new thinking. The cutting of nonessential services has been key cost cutters.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: Getting voters to vote. In a city of 120,000 it is good if 10 to 12 per cent of the voters
turn out to vote. I would really like to see more voters have a say in who runs our city and
state government. We must also embrace the many cultures by celebrating our diversity.
Q: What are the key development issues in Carrollton? How do you propose creating more
development at your three DART transit centers?
A: The development issues center around the transportation areas of DART, I-35E, Beltline
and the cottonbelt. The three DART stations are destinations areas that need to be
developed. The area has been designated as a tax abatement zone but I propose we must
take a deeper look and create some inviting incentives if we are to get this done. The
economy and lack of financing on specualtive projects has been tough to overcome. We
MUST figure out a way to work around this.
Q: Do you support the formation of a separate Farmers Branch Independent School
District? If so, how will you go about obtaining the necessary special legislation to change
current requirements that a new school district have 8,000 students?
A: I beleive it to be very risky and expensive to create a separate ISD for Farmers Branch.
With districts across the state laying off teachers and staff and cutting budgets, it does not
make sense to be adding to the stress here in the Carrollton/Farmers Branch area.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: At the moment there is no drilling activity and probably will not happen soon. However,
in the event there was signifcant interest, the city has the proper ordinances to deal with
that demand.

Cathy Henesey

Biographical Info:
Name: Cathy Henesey
Street Address: 3903 Cedar Ridge Lane
City/Town: Carrollton
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 5/13/64
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-725-0710
Home Phone Number: 214-725-0710
Mobile Phone Number: 214-725-0710
E-mail Address: cathysphr@verizon.net
Campaign Web Site Address: www.cathyforcarrollton.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: I grew up in Carrollton and graduated from Newman Smith High School in 1982. I
attended Texas Tech University receiving my MBA in Human Resources Management. I
have lived in multiple cities and traveled extensively for my career. When it was time to
settle down, I came back to Carrollton to purchase my first home. I have lived there for
the last 10 years.
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: I have lived in the Dallas and Carrollton area for a total of 18 years after high school.
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: I have been in recruiting for the last 20 years and currently work full time as a
Recruiting Manager for Children's Medical Center of Dallas.
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights

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A: Hunters Creek HOA President – 2006 - present • Major Budget Overhaul and Property
Dispute Resolution • Ensure City Ordinance Enforcement Keep Carrollton Beautiful –
Current Chair • Major Budget Overhaul and Reorganization • Plan and Organize Green
events that promote reuse and recycle Republican Precinct Chair 215 – 2008 - present •
Election Judge last two elections and consistent participation and financial support •
Precinct 215 voted all GOP candidates! Dallas Mayor’s Committee for the Employment of
People with Disabilities - Current Board Member
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Traffic Advisory Board –2 yrs • Perfect Attendance for all Meetings • Reviewed city
recommendations A.W. Perry Museum Society - Carrollton • Charter Member and First
Year President Career Counselor Volunteer • Hosted City’s first resume review and social
media training prior to City Job Fair – 100s participated and featured on Fox News;
continue to speak to Metroplex career focus groups and churches on job searching • DFW
Texas Recruiters Network – Started successful organization and President for 10 years;
resigned in Dec. 2010 to focus on city interests • Toastmaster – DTM(highest certification
awarded) • Past Wish Granter – Make-A-Wish Foundation
Q: Education
A: Texas Tech University – Bachelors and MBA in Human Resources Management
Certifications: SPHR – Senior Professional in Human Resources; Lean Six Sigma Green
Belt
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Previously sought Carrollton City Council
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: I am not focusing on campaign contributions right now. Citizens can do so much more
than for my campaign than donate money. I am focusing on introductions to neighbors and
networking activities from supporters
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: N/A
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: I have continuously wanted to serve the citizens as a way to give back to the
community. I have been very involved in city elections, issues, community events and
other groups for the past 10 years; I feel I have a good relationship with many of the
Carrollton city staff. My opponents don’t have this vast local experience and it would take
at least a year to understand how processes work. I feel as though I can hit the ground
running and make immediate contributions. I have over 20 years as a career human
resources professional working for both small and Fortune 100 companies. I have
managed budgets and staff in excess of $12M dollars; I have been responsible for teams
that have hired 1000s of people in a year. I know what it takes to work under pressure
with short staffs and reducing budgets. I continue to work in the professional field where I
study best practices, conduct competitive analysis, and make daily decisions that impact
business. I am an expert in networking with others to solve the most complex business
problems as well as engage many different parties to gain consensus. I grew up in a
entrepreneurial family who opened numerous restaurants in many cities; I gained
knowledge how city politics, city ordinances, and city officials can attract businesses into a
city. I feel my combination of both my personal and professional experience will bring a
unique aspect to the council and I will offer a fresh approach to some old problems.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: 1) Economic Development – I would immediately engross myself with all current
businesses operating in Carrollton and understand what it will take to make them stay in
Carrollton; then, I would like to solicit a group of citizens who would be willing to be part of
a economic development committee to help advise the council and city employees on what
residents want in the city. My hopes would be to take a well known retailer or restaurant a
very large list of citizens who would welcome them to the city. I would also like to start a
“buy local” campaign that would promote buying in Carrollton and educating citizens about
how spending local helps their home values rise, thus making our city tax base increase. I
would continue to look for incentives that would attract companies to our area. 2) Public
Safety – I would continue to support a concerted effort to reduce crime in Carrollton.
Mayor Ron Branson has moved the city in the right direction and our crime is down 14% in
the last year. I would like to continue to support the new Chief of Police and provide the

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police with the latest technology available to be successful. Maintaining our budgets will
constantly be a struggle for the next two years so we will have to manage to our needs. I
feel as though I can provide a fair balance to meet the goals of crime reduction and
increasing public safety. 3) Communications/Citizen Involvement – The more I am
involved with the city, the more I learn how much a very small group of citizens really get
involved with the issues. We have over 122,000 citizens, yet we expect about 5,000
citizens to vote in this May election. Less than 5% of our residents shape our city for the
future. Most citizens I encounter just really don’t how things get done in the city; they
don’t know the meetings are taped and available to watch online. They don’t know there
are boards and commissions to volunteer on; they don’t know about the citizens patrol
group or the community government class. I don’t feel our council members reach out
enough to the citizens in their own neighborhoods to tell them what the issues are and how
they intend to vote. I would like to have a continuous web presence like many of our state
and congressional seats to show how they vote on every single issue on the city meeting
agenda and more importantly, why. I would like to see more than 25 people come to a
meeting at every given time. I would like to see the council members share at the
meetings why they are voting a certain way before they vote. Most meetings are less than
15 minutes and there is no discussion other that what was in a work session. I would like
to see these discussions in front of a larger audience.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I don’t know my opponents’ very well because they have not been involved in the city
before deciding to run. I commend them for wanting to get involved, yet they are
representative of citizens that may not have known how to get involved, so they have
decided to run for city council. One opponent does own commercial land in Carrollton and
has experienced his own frustrations with zoning and approvals. While I empathize with his
frustrations, he admitted that he will have to recues himself if it relates to his land or
anything deemed as a conflict of interest. I also don’t plan on using this position as any
stepping stone to a higher political position. I have a career that I love very much and my
sole purpose is to be a public servant.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: As noted above, economic development is my first priority. The city has lived with many
decisions of past councils who respectively tried to maintain a bedroom community thus
discouraging businesses from coming to Carrollton. These businesses simply chose to
surround us in Addison, Lewisville and Coppell. We could have had Vista Ridge Mall, Super
Target and other major restaurant changes, but for reasons I cannot understand, these
were turned away. So, now we struggle with attracting places to Carrollton without fear of
competing with their own stores in these other surrounding suburbs. We need to find ways
to deal with grandfather clauses that impede us from upgrading dilapidated shopping
centers such as Beltline and Josey.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: Our city demographics are changing with vast mixtures of cultures, national origins, and
diversities. As a HR professional, I welcome all demographics and will make sure that I
represent all citizens in Carrollton. When I make selections for boards and commissions, I
will work to make sure we have a diverse group of participants that represent those of our
census.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: I would continue to support Mayor Ron Branson’s and council's commitment to 287(g),
which provides state and local law enforcement with the training and subsequent
authorization to identify, process, and when appropriate, detain immigration offenders
they encounter during their regular, daily law-enforcement activity.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I enthusiastically support a regional transit system because it is here in Carrollton and
just opened in December. I will continue to support the infrastructure and development
needed around our Green Line stations to encourage new residents to not only visit
Carrollton, but more importantly, want to buy and live in Carrollton. I would also work
with Denton to welcome their new line into Carrollton.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?

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A: I think there are tremendous purchasing and buying power with regional partnerships. I
would support current efforts to move towards a regional dispatch center that could
provide faster response for fire and police. Like a large company who looks to centralize
buying powers, there are endless opportunities for regional partnerships to change the way
cities think and operate. These initiatives are creative ways to reduce costs and in many
ways, increase customer service.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: I think our city manager has done an outstanding job and looking for cost reductions
and gaining efficiencies. He challenges our city employees to be competitive against the
market competition. His unique approach to challenge city departments to bid on their on
their own jobs keeps them thinking creatively which has kept the city from having to
conduct any layoffs of core essential jobs.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: Our current leadership has reduced the costs to align with our lowering tax base. The
city will still face a $2.5 deficit next year if we don’t see any changes. The newly elected
council members along with existing council will have to figure out where to make these
cuts as soon as this summer. This is where my increased communication plan will be
imperative in this budget development. We need citizens to tell us what services they could
do without for the next year or what would they like to change or see added. It would be
my mission to involve many leaders in Carrollton that can assist the council in making
these tough decisions.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: The uncomfortable truth is we have gangs in Carrollton and we need to assure that we
support our police to make sure these gangs are monitored and eliminated. We also have
some very old hotels in South Carrollton that harbor illicit activity; we need to look at our
zoning of these hotels and find ways to redevelopment them to upgraded type
establishments.
Q: What are the key development issues in Carrollton? How do you propose creating more
development at your three DART transit centers?
A: Of course, the three main stations should be our main focus for the next 10 years. I
think the city council has developed master plans that I support that have mixed use
housing and retail. The downturn in the economy has certainly stifled many constructions
projects in North Texas. We have to continue to attract businesses to tour the area and see
the potential as the economy starts to rise. We need to find funding for some initial
projects to show our commitment to these stations. Once we show our commitment, I
believe others will follow.
Q: Do you support the formation of a separate Farmers Branch Independent School
District? If so, how will you go about obtaining the necessary special legislation to change
current requirements that a new school district have 8,000 students?
A: I do not support the formation of a separate school district. Larger school districts have
opportunities to attract the best teachers, best athletic programs, and the best
opportunities to attract homebuyers who want a higher quality of education for their
children.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: Unfortunately, reports cited from various internet articles state that Carrollton isn’t one
of the lucky places to benefit from the Barnett shale, so our city ordinances are a mute
point. Should and if we ever find a natural untapped resource, I believe a city council
should provide ordinances that protect the homeowner’s property first.

Carrollton Mayor
Description:

Candidates (choose 1):

Ronald F. (Ron) Branson

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Biographical Info:
Name: Ronald F. Branson
Street Address: 1406 Charlotte Way
City/Town: Carrollton
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 06/26/1947
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 972 466-3319
Home Phone Number: 972 492-7688
Mobile Phone Number: 214 998-1962
E-mail Address: RunWithRon@verizon.net
Campaign Web Site Address: www.RunWithRon.net
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: 29 Years
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: 29 Years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Retirement Pension and Social Security, plus $375 per month as Mayor of Carrollton
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: •Long time member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church 1. Just resigned as Chair of
Staff Parrish Relations Committee due to campaign demands •LISD (Hebron High School,
et al) 1. Building Leadership Team 2. Numerous activities including JROTC events,
addressing teachers on 1st day, etc. 3. Veterans and Memorial Day Events as a Vietnam
Veteran •CFBISD 1. District Improvement Council 2. Speaker National Honor Society
Awards 3. Veterans and Memorial Day Events as a Vietnam Veteran •Hebron Business
Alliance •Metrocrest Social Services 1. Annual Santa’s Helper for Christmas Store •VFW
TX Post 8923 Carrollton 1. United States Air Force Veteran (1965-1969) 2. Vietnam Veteran
(1967-1968) •American Legion Post 597 1. United States Air Force Veteran (1965-1969) 2.
Vietnam Veteran (1967-1968) •Medical City Dallas 1. Heart Transplant Mentor 2.
Transplant Advocate Speaker
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: •Long time member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church 1. Former Treasurer,
member of Finance Committee 2. Former Chair Staff Parrish Relations, member of SPR 3.
Member of Capital Campaign Committees 4. Member of Community Garden Team •CFB
Girls Softball League 1. Coach 20 years 2. President 4 years 3. VP, too many to remember
4. Dallas Metro Junior Olympic Commissioner 5. Umpire, league, ASA, High School •LISD
(Hebron High School, et al) 1. Building Leadership Team 2. Numerous activities including
JROTC events, addressing teachers on 1st day, etc. 3. Veterans and Memorial Day Events
as a Vietnam Veteran •CFBISD 1. School Finance Committee (Robin Hood) 2. District
Improvement Council 3. Speaker National Honor Society Awards 4. Veterans and
Memorial Day Events as a Vietnam Veteran •Metrocrest Social Services 1. Former Liaison
from City Council 2. Annual Santa’s Helper for Christmas Store 3. Founding member of
annual Christmas softball tournament fund raiser •Denton County Veterans Memorial
Committee 1. Member of team that lead to building of the memorial at the Sandy Jacobs
Center •VFW TX Post 8923 Carrollton 1. United States Air Force Veteran (1965-1969) 2.
Vietnam Veteran (1967-1968) •American Legion Post 597 1. United States Air Force
Veteran (1965-1969) 2. Vietnam Veteran (1967-1968) •Medical City Dallas 1. Heart
Transplant Mentor 2. Transplant Advocate Speaker
Q: Education
A: Graduated from Southeast Guilford High School, Greensboro, North Carolina in 1965. I
majored in getting out of high school. After high school I worked for a short time and
then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in the field of communications. During my 4 year tour,
I took advantage of the opportunity to move into a new field called "computers". While
combining working multiple jobs, raising a family, and going to school nights and
weekends, I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.S.
Degree in Business Administration and Economics in 1981. Besides UNCG, I also attended
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"never go to night school again", I graduated from the University of Dallas in 1986 with an
M.B.A. Information Systems Management graduate degree. Life is a series of educational
opportunities. Sometimes we have to sit in a classroom, but there are also many lessons
to be learned via experience. It is that combination of formal education and life's lessons
that have positioned me to qualify to be mayor.
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: 2001 Ran for Carrollton City Council Place 5 2002 Elected to Carrollton City Council
Place 6 2005 Re-Elected to Carrollton City Council Place 6 2008 Elected Carrollton Mayor
2011 Re-Elected Mayor?
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: In 10 years of campaigning, I have completely funded my own campaigns. For the
current campaign, I have had to review that commitment because my opponent has
pledged "to spend whatever it takes to tarnish my record". Because of that, and even
though I have not asked for donations, I have accepted about $3,000 which I have not
spent, but am keeping it in reserve. Carrollton deserves the best mayor, not the best
funded mayor.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: I have decided to not answer this at this time. In 10 years of campaigning I have never
accepted so much as a dime, and it is only after a great deal of soul searching and
encouragement that I have decided to give in. My opponent has said that he is going to
"spend whatever it takes" and "do whatever he has to do" to soil my record and add
"Mayor" to his resume. The amount of campaign support that I will accept will be a small
percentage of the dollars donated to my opponent due to his political name, but let him
wait on my official campaign filings to find out like everyone else. Why should I make his
job easier?
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: I think there have been a couple of minor traffic related lawsuits between insurance
companies. Nothing criminal, ever.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: In 2008 the voters determined that I was the best candidate, even against an
incumbent, and now I am the best candidate with three years of successful mayoral
experience. Council's record, therefore my record, clearly highlights success after success,
with this past year experiencing a crime rate that significantly dropped in all categories,
including 14% in the critical Part I category, and economic development progress that had
a growth of over 6.8 million square feet of new business representing the best growth in
the past 7 years. My open door policy has only been denied three times, and this was to
lawyers threatening to sue the City. I felt it prudent to send them down the hall to our
highly qualified City Attorney. I am embedded, engaged, and a part of the community, and
do not view the position of Mayor as a stepping stone to any place other than here. In
2008 I was elected to change "business as usual", to "rock the boat" if you will. Televising
and web streaming of our work sessions was implemented on my watch despite some
complaints by Council members. I believe that half-truths are whole lies and I will not
sugar coat issues. Some on Council, and my opponent, want to go back to business as
usual. I will not backslide from what is working and what is transparent to the voters. B.S.
Degree in Business Administration and Economics University of N.C. at Greensboro M.B.A.
Degree in Information Systems Technology University of Dallas Veteran U.S. Air Force with
a year tour in Vietnam 35 years business experience, retiring as a Vice President with
MBNA Information Systems 2005 Elected two terms to Carrollton City Council Currently
serving as Carrollton Mayor with a highly successful safety and economic record
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: Public Safety - Carrollton has long needed the construction of fire station number 8, and
the addition of a 4th ambulance. Some have played politics with this and delayed
addressing it until the "time was politically right". Public Safety is too important to use as a
pawn and we need to do the right thing now. Bonds will build it, but revenue must staff it.
We can start the funding process by not approving projects such as the money we wasted
developing and implementing a new logo, and not attending some of the Washington D.C.
conventions that are really just liberal festivals. Economic Development cannot be short-
changed any more than product development can be down-sized bay a business just
because times are bad. Decreasing business recruitment efforts is just like borrowing from
your 401k; it feels good now but in 20 years you might have to get a part time job. We
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moving. We must make that happen to get those properties on the tax rolls, and to
stimulate other development around those areas and around our City. Protect Our
Reserves - We are one of only about a dozen towns and cities in Texas with a triple A bond
rating. A primary reason is that we steadfastly maintain a 60-day reserve of funds to
protect us from a major economic disaster. To dip into those funds rather than to make
hard decisions is unconscionable.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: It takes a different skill set and level of maturity to be a mayor than it does to be a
council member, even for a good council member. My priorities are my family, and then
my responsibilities as Mayor. Carrollton is too big, too important, and faces too many
challenges to settle for a part-time temporary leader with an eye already on Austin or
Washington. The Carrollton mayor position should never be a planned pit-stop on a
schedule to someplace else. My opponent is claiming credit for everything that "our"
council has accomplished. None of the successes would have been possible without a total
team effort, or without an experienced coach. I don't beat my own chest, but I sure love it
when "we" succeed.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: If you could have multiple number 1's, it would be a shared number 1. I gave this
responsibility more than lip service, and implemented plans of action that were successful.
I did not "delegate" this task to our Economic Development Department, but worked in
parallel to make personal contacts, hold the first of what I hope to be annual Mayors
Economic Development Forums, that attracted over 50 developers, investors, and
restaurant and hotel franchise personnel in its inaugural event. My contributions have
resulted in the ongoing construction of Spa Castle, the approval of a conference center and
three hotel complex project, and endorsement by the MetroTex Association of Realtors for
my 2011 Mayoral Campaign.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: We are a very diverse community that has changed in just a few short years. I don't
understand the "dealing" question. Carrollton is an outstanding place to live that is
attracting people with all ranges of backgrounds, religions, race, etc. I think it is great that
everyone recognizes what a terrific place we are to live, work and play.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: We are already on the leading edge of addressing this issue. We were the first city in
Texas to implement the jailer portion of the 287g Homeland Security program, and have
received recognition for our joint efforts with ICE in identifying and processing illegal
criminal elements in our city.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I am not sure that everyone has the same interpretation of what "seamless" means.
Carrollton, as one of the key members of the 13 DART Cities, has invested decades of
sales tax revenue dollars to see DART reach fruition. Some cities now want to "pay a little
extra" and join in. Cities should be able to develop their transportation systems and
connect, but the DART Cities should be monetarily protected for their contributions that got
transportation to the advanced stage it is today.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: Carrollton is a regional leader in forging jointly beneficial partnerships that allow cities
to capitalize on their strengths while at the same time benefiting from the strengths of
their neighbors. We formed an alliance with Grand Prairie to develop and maintain
computer financial and personnel systems, have joint support agreements with Farmers
Branch, Addison, etc. for public safety support, and are currently working on a plan to
create a central 911 dispatch center that will be tremendous savings for at least four cities.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: Carrollton, with a current population of approximately 120,000 has fewer city
employees now than we did in 1987 when the population was around 72,000. Our cost of
municipal services per household for 2011 ranks the 4th lowest of our neighboring 19 north
Texas cities. Given time for our recent successes in economic development, completion of
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#1 lowest position.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: The "Carrollton Model" is a process of introducing "Managed Competition & Shared
Services" into the structuring of departments and the providing of services within a city.
The process consists of individual departments evaluating their own operations for cost
savings and efficiencies, and implementing them. Additionally, city services are then
evaluated for outsourcing, and where applicable are submitted for bid with the
departments biding along with the outside providers. Since 2002 eleven services have
been outsourced for a savings of over $25 million dollars. Included in this process are Solid
Waste Operations (2002), Water/Wastewater Operations (2005), and Fleet Maintenance
(2010). Additionally, those services deemed to be less critical have had increased or
implemented user fees to offset portions of their overhead. Going forward these
procedures must be implemented more thoroughly, along with every effort to increase our
tax base via more creative economic development tactics.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: Homeowners want their property taxes decreased, yet who wants to do so via
decreases in their property values? Unfortunately that is the scenario we are facing for our
immediate future. Additionally, even though our neighboring cities are experiencing slight
increases in sales tax revenues, Carrollton has not followed suit as well. Our Public Safety
communications system is targeted to be obsolete in the next two years, meaning that
parts and service will be difficult at best. Current estimates place the replacement cost
between $10-13 million. This is a problem that it too important to pass on to a future
council, and needs to be addressed immediately. The obvious question is how to fund the
project.
Q: What are the key development issues in Carrollton? How do you propose creating more
development at your three DART transit centers?
A: Carrollton has plans in place for our primary DART station, being the Old Downtown
Carrollton Station (ODC) at Beltline and I35. We have a projection from primary developer
for groundbreaking to begin by June 1, 2011. Funding on that project continues to be a
problem, but there are signs of investor interest. The ODC project is correctly referred to
as the "stimulus project", and we are counting on that leading to further development both
around ODC and the other two DART stations. Current economic development successes,
such as the Conference Center and three hotel project are excellent signs that we are
headed in the right direction.
Q: Do you support the formation of a separate Farmers Branch Independent School
District? If so, how will you go about obtaining the necessary special legislation to change
current requirements that a new school district have 8,000 students?
A: That is Farmers Branch business, and any steps taken on that issue should be in the
best interest of the citizens of Farmers Branch.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: Drilling is not an issue that directly impacts Carrollton, but I have supported state level
legislation submitted by other cities that have experience and concerns. The safety of our
citizens should never be lower than our number one priority.

Matthew Marchant

Biographical Info:
Name: Matthew Marchant
Street Address: 1846 E. Rosemeade, #108
City/Town: Carrollton
State: Texas
Date of Birth: August 31, 1976
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 972-342-0332
Home Phone Number: 972-342-0332

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E-mail Address: mhmarchant@hotmail.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.matthewmarchant.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: Lifetime resident of the Carrollton area.
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: Lifetime resident of the Carrollton area.
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Real Estate Attorney at Strasburger & Price, LLP. Employed at the Firm since 2002 and
currently serving as a partner in the real estate and finance practice group.
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Mayor Pro Tem, City of Carrollton Member, Regional Transportation Council Advisory
Board, Children's Advocacy Center of Denton County Denton County Community Justice
Council Transit-Oriented Development Committee, City of Carrollton Redevelopment
Committee, Chairman, City of Carrollton
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Carrollton City Council and Mayor Pro Tem, 2002 - present Carrollton Development
Ordinance Advisory Council, 2001 Audit and Finance Committee, City of Carrollton Judicial
Committee, City of Carrollton Metrocrest Family Medical Clinic Board Member, 2003 -
2006 Keep Carrollton Beautiful, Board Member, 2005 Crime Watch Chairman, Savoy of
Josey Ranch Neighborhood Association, 2003 Graduate of Metrocrest Leadership, Class
XXI Asst. Coach, Carrollton-Farmers Branch Soccer Association, 2010 - present
Q: Education
A: Juris Doctorate, University of Texas School of Law, December 2000 Bachelor of Science
(with honors), Southern Nazarene University, May 1998 Attended CFB-ISD schools
(Central Elementary) and graduated from Trinity Christian Academy
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Mayor Pro Tem, City of Carrollton (current) Carrollton City Council, Place 4 (2006 -
present) Carrollton City Council, Place 3 (2002 - 2005)
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: I am spending my own money on the campaign, and have also raised around $5,000.00
as of April 4, 2011.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Doug Rudman Sharon Hill Trevor Ahlberg
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: I have never been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: I am running for Mayor because I love Carrollton and want to make sure it continues to
be the best city to live, work and raise your family. I was strongly urged to run for Mayor
by all of those that have served in the past 9 years because of my objectivity, fairness and
proactive agenda on behalf of the City of Carrollton. I am the most qualified candidate
because of my professional and educational background as well as my nearly 9 years of
experience on the City Council. In addition, I have an extensive background in
transportation, having served on the Regional Transportation Council since 2008. My
experience in real estate and finance will be crucial as Carrollton fosters transit oriented
development and continues the redevelopment program. I am a real estate and finance
partner at Strasburger & Price, LLP. I also believe my longstanding involvement in the
community and my perspective as a father and husband are important as I lead the City
and Council through important policy discussions. I will live with the decisions made by the
Council for the next several decades and I want to make my time in office count.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: 1. Crack down on crime-ridden apartments. This can be accomplished by immediately
adopting an ordinance affecting all apartments and will require security measures be taken
if a certain number of offenses occur at the property or by residents of the affected
complex. These measures include lighting, off-duty security, fencing and other stringent
crime controls. We have several areas across our City that are being held back by nearby
blighted and crime-ridden apartment complexes – the City needs to work to remove these
barriers to progress. 2. Attract high-quality restaurants and retail. Carrollton needs more
high-quality restaurants and retail development. Period. As Mayor, the retention and

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attraction of restaurants and retail development will be among my top priorities. As


Mayor I will have the platform to use my network of contacts in the real estate and retail
industry to the City’s benefit. The City should focus intensely on a goal of bringing in more
brand name and exciting restaurants to serve our citizens. I support using aggressive
economic development tools to achieve this goal and have the know-how and experience
to structure and negotiate these deals on behalf of the City. 3. Redevelopment of aging
shopping areas. Like any inner-ring suburb, Carrollton has its share of struggling retail
centers throughout our City. Our redevelopment of these centers must be continued and
increased in number and scope to give those areas and the surrounding homes a jolt of
energy. I have already provided substantial leadership in this area with the conception and
execution of the program, and I intend to lead us forward to redeveloping the remaining
detrimental sites in our city. The funding for this is already available through a previously
passed bond election.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: Every person that has served with me and my opponent is strongly endorsing me,
which includes every other Carrollton elected official since 2002. That is unprecedented in
the history of Carrollton politics and speaks volumes about the qualifications and
leadership ability of the two candidates for Mayor. My professional demeanor, proactive
agenda, objectivity and even temperament are critical to the leadership I plan to bring to
the City. A major policy difference between the candidates is on taxes. My opponent has
repeatedly pushed for tax rate increases, voting for an increase in 2005 and aggressively
pushing one even in 2009 during some of the worst economic times our citizens have
experienced. In contrast, I have voted on 8 budgets and have never voted for a tax rate
increase. Another key difference is the record of results of two candidates. I have an
extensive list of initiatives that have been implemented with the Council team. I believe
leading means initiating ideas and championing them through to completion. Please visit
http://www.matthewmarchant.com/vision-goals.php for more information.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: Economic development is a top priority. We must attract new businesses and residents
to increase our tax base and improve our standing in the Metroplex. Our City staff has
done a good job on economic development, but we need more dynamic leadership from
the elected officials to pursue brand name economic development. Staff was especially
critical in the attraction of our potential hotel project, having fostered relationships over
the last decade that will hopefully result in construction of a hotel. I believe we need to
focus more on the restaurant and retail aspect of economic development to bring in those
much needed amenities for our citizens.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: Our population is trending the same way as the region, and we are taking a number of
steps to address this. The Council recently approved an additional demand-medic in part to
make sure that the large contingent of baby-boomers in our City have adequate
ambulance coverage as they enter their retirement years. We need to continue to focus on
similar measures and also partner with local services like Senior Adult Services, Metrocrest
Family Medical Clinic, Metrocrest Social Services and Bea's Kids to help all of those in our
community.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: Carrollton is currently a member of the 287(g) program which allows our local police
the ability to search the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) database to see if
any arrested persons are illegally in the country and/or have other pending federal
charges. Carrollton should continue to monitor the options available to address this issue
and stay at the forefront of immigration enforcement. I led the adoption of the 287(g)
program in Carrollton and have also led the implementation of an ordinance requiring
uninsured motorists to be towed. Immigration is an important issue that must be closely
monitored by the Mayor and Council.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I am in favor of a seamless regional transit system to deal with the incredible growth
demographers are predicting for our region. The key to achieving this is to attract existing
non-transit cities into the system in a manner that does not increase the tax or fee burden
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the past 28 years, and that hard-fought equity position in the transit system must be
honored. I would like to work with the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition and the Regional
Transportation Council to seek out innovative ways of making the regional transit system a
reality.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: Carrollton is leading the way in regional partnerships through a shared dispatch
program, existing mutual aid agreements with our neighboring cities, and an innovative
health purchasing program. I believe further partnerships to eliminate redundant spending
and inefficiencies is part of the new paradigm for all governmental entities, and I will use
my relationships in the region to make that a reality.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: In the last decade, Carrollton has streamlined its operations through the use of
managed competition and other cost-saving measures. While I believe our municipal
government is the most efficient in North Texas, there is always room for additional
efficiencies and I intend to seek them out as Mayor. We need to offer several more
services, payments and permit submittals online than we currently do - this will save time
and money for our constituents. I would also like us to put our checkbook online on a
monthly or bi-weekly basis to ensure taxpayers have the best access to how their money
is being spent.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: Our Council and staff has been way ahead of the curve on trimming needless expenses
from the city budget and as a result the impacts of the recession have not been as difficult
as they have in other cities. The budget should be balanced through additional efficiencies
and tough choices, not an increase in the tax rate. That being said, I do not believe that
core services should be cut further because citizens deserve a quality municipal
government they can be proud of. The Council needs to take a look at any expenses that
are not critical to citizen service and revisit the current reserve fund policy to continue to
manage through the difficult financial times.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: Carrollton is an aging inner-ring suburb. If city leaders are not proactive in
redevelopment, code enforcement and attracting the next generation of residents, the
City's longstanding place at the top of the Cities in North Texas will be difficult to maintain.
Q: What are the key development issues in Carrollton? How do you propose creating more
development at your three DART transit centers?
A: Attracting high-quality restaurants and retail development is a key development issues.
Another key issue is the redevelopment of our aging retail centers. Our greatest
opportunities lie in the possibilities for transit oriented development surrounding our three
DART stations. I want to partner with a university to turn the Gravley Center in Downtown
Carrollton into a satellite campus. This will bring energy, walkability and revenue to one of
our key areas and move us toward the critical mass necessary to complete the emergence
of this area as a major visitor attraction. We have recently reviewed a promising project
for the Frankford Station, and I look forward to working with any other potential investors
in our City. I believe my background in real estate and finance is crucial to lead the City
team in these efforts the next three years.
Q: Do you support the formation of a separate Farmers Branch Independent School
District? If so, how will you go about obtaining the necessary special legislation to change
current requirements that a new school district have 8,000 students?
A: No. Carrollton and Farmers Branch have a longstanding relationship and that is
important to me as a native of this area. I would like to strengthen the relationship
Carrollton has with the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District and work
together with them to provide the best City and School District we can for our citizens.
Further, I want to promote the multiple exemplary schools throughout our City.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: Carrollton recently adopted a drilling ordinance that provides protection to our citizens.
Because the vast majority of our City and 98% of our residents live east of I-35 and the
Muenster Arch, there is not currently a lot of active drilling but I believe we need to keep a
close eye on this issue and make sure we have the most protective regulations in place.

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Description:

Candidates (choose 1):

Raj Akula

Biographical Info:
Name: Raj Akula
Street Address: P O BOX 1640
City/Town: Coppell
State: TX
Date of Birth: 3/12/1971
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-744-9011
Mobile Phone Number: 214-744-9011
E-mail Address: raj.akula@akulaforcoppell.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.akulaforcoppell.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: Since May 2007
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: - no response -
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Business
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: - no response -
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: *Case management volunteer during rescue efforts of Hurricane Katrina (2004)
*Provided counseling and support to people at thier homes and shelters affected by
Hurricane Katrina (2004 - 2005) *Volunteered at various events hosted by NJ Charity of
Homeless Housing, Bread for the world and American Red Cross (1994-2003) *Member of
the university Ad-hoc Advisory Board of Southern University, LA (2005 - 2006)
Q: Education
A: Masters in Computer Science, New York Institute of Technology, NYC - 1993
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: None
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: $3000
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Enternet Busainess Systems, Inc. Mike Patel Pavan Akula
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: 1)I am a co-defendent in the bankruptcy court 2) I am a plantiff in a breach of contract
suit in NJ
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: I believes that, together, we can make Coppell a better place to live. I am uniquely
qualified to help Coppell move forward. I have proven experience and leadership skills in
the business world and as an award winning Entrepreneur. My real passion is community
service. Working as a Long Term Case Management Volunteer during Hurricane Katrina, I
gained personal satisfaction and joy through my efforts in helping the people of southern
Louisiana revitalize their communities. I will use excellent leadership and communication
skills and broad background in the business community to tackle the difficult tasks facing
Coppell. I graduated from New York Institute of Technology, NYC earning a Master’s

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degree in Computer Science, and a Bachelors Degree from India where I served as the
General Secretary of the Student Body. I am President & CEO of an information
technology company based out of Irving, TX and also manage my wife’s law firm. I
contribute to the leadership of both organizations as a strategic partner to help drive their
growth. This experience will serve me well as your City Councilman. I am highly
motivated to bring new businesses into Coppell which will promote sustainable economic
growth. I will be creative in finding real solutions for problems which are faced by the
citizens of Coppell and will implement new approaches that will make Coppell better. I am
dedicated to serving the City of Coppell in an effort to keep neighborhoods safe and strong.
I am a leader who knows how to bring out the best in people and believes that we can all
work together to make Coppell a better place to live.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: The three most important actions I will take are: 1) Fiscal restraint on City Spending 2)
No to Propoerty Tax Increases 3) Encourage job growth in the city by bringing in more
businesses and planning wisely for future growth. I will evaluate City Government
services to keep what works and get rid of what doesn't. We must structure services
equitably and in a sustainable manner. To restrain city spending, I will take apart the
budget, study it line-by-line and eliminate waste and redundancy in an effort to find more
efficient ways to deliver services to our citizens.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I am dedicated to serving the City of Coppell in an effort to keep neighborhoods safe
and strong and improving and protecting the quality of life for our citizens. I will be
creative in finding real solutions for problems which are faced by the citizens of Coppell and
will implement new approaches that will make Coppell better. I know how to bring out the
best in people I work with and believe that we can all work together to make Coppell a
better place to live
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: One of my higestest priorities is sustainable economic growth in the city of coppell. I am
highly motivated to bring new businesses into Coppell which will promote sustainable
economic growth. Compared to neiboring cities we rank poorly in attracting such
development. I plan to have a directed marketing campaign where our councilmen sell our
city directly to decision makers to bring in the economic growth.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: City of Coppell is a very unique community. We have very good age and ethnic diversity
in the city. We have experinced a growth approx. 3600 people in last 10 years. Currently
our demographics show less percentage of empty nesters & seniors in the city. We all love
the city of coppell but due to high property taxes compared to other cities in north texas,
we were not able to retain empty nesters and seniors in coppell. My goal is to change that
by being creative in finding solutions to increased property taxes issue for our citizens. I
also proposed to freeze property taxes for seniors citizens.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: - no response -
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: - no response -
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: - no response -
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: - no response -
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: Although Coppell has weathered the economic storm nicely, nobody can predict if that
will hold up. It is far better to be proactive in this regard than reactive. I will cut city
spending by evaluating City Government services to keep what works and get rid of what
doesn't. I will take apart the budget, study it line-by-line and eliminate waste and

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redundancy in an effort to find more efficient ways to deliver services to our citizens.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: It is time for the citizens of coppell to confront an imperative issue- Property Taxes. In
the comming years, the choices our city governement makes regarding property taxes will
play an important role in our desire to attract homebuyers and businesses.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: - no response -

Tim Brancheau

Biographical Info:
Name: Tim Brancheau
Street Address: 106 Dobecka Drive
City/Town: Coppell
State: Texas
Date of Birth: June 10, 1957
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 972-978-0195
Home Phone Number: 972-462-7431
Mobile Phone Number: 972-978-0195
Fax Number: 972-393-3451
E-mail Address: tim@TimForCoppellCouncil.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.TimForCoppellCouncil.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: I have lived in Coppell since 1984 (27 years)
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: - no response -
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Owner of Brancheau Energy Solutions: Energy Consultant
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Current member of Coppell City Council, Council liaison for Coppell Senior Center,
Council liaison for ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (formerly called
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives), Reading Buddy for students
needing to improve their reading skills through church affiliation with Irving schools,
member of Coppell Texas Exes.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: President of Exchange Club of Coppell, Chairman of Coppell Chamber of Commerce,
Board of Directors on Coppell Chamber of Commerce, Member of Coppell Economic
Development Committee, Chairman of 1999 Coppell Bond Program Committee, 2000
Governor’s Volunteer Award Nominee by the City of Coppell, 20 year Charter member of
Hackberry Creek Church, coached numerous youth teams for CYSA (Coppell Youth Soccer
Association), CBA (Coppell Baseball Association) and Coppell YMCA.
Q: Education
A: Bachelor of Arts – University of Texas, Master of Business Administration – University of
North Texas
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Coppell City Council, Place 1 since 2002
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: None
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Not applicable
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: Not applicable
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qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: Coppell is about good people working together toward a common goal: Keeping our city
a safe, friendly place to live while managing growth that will add value and maintain our
small-town feel. The City Council should represent all of its citizens to achieve that primary
goal in maintaining a high level of service and amenities our city provides and our citizens
expect. I am running for re-election because of ongoing projects that are important to this
city and its future such as the development of Old Coppell, our Aquatic Center expansion,
and North Lake/Cypress Waters. I want to continue working with our City Council and City
staff to ensure these and other projects are completed in a fiscally sound manner. My
professional background within the energy industry has enabled me to contribute that
knowledge and expertise in Council affairs. At a personal level, I honestly care. I, along
with every other Coppell citizen, have a vested interest in the welfare of our city. This is
my home and where my wife and I have raised our family. For many years I have
volunteered and participated in community events, programs, and organizations. I know
Coppell, I network daily, and I have been an active part of our city’s growth and evolving
needs. If re-elected, it would be a privilege and honor to continue serving as a member of
the Coppell City Council.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: 1) Keep the tax rate flat and look for varied sources of revenue to avoid future tax
increases. 2) Continue working to soften the impact of North Lake by reducing its growth
impact and maximizing our value for that project. 3) Continue providing a high level of
public safety services and the amenities our citizens expect while keeping our tax rate
flat. It is important to note that the City Council has worked to achieve these goals
through the years and has found ways to pay for our services without raising property
taxes for our citizens. Were it not for the voter-mandated purchase of the North Lake
property, our tax rate now would be lower than in 1992.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I have lived in Coppell for many years and have been involved in the community on
many levels. I understand the needs of our community because I have been involved in
the community and know what the citizens want and what they expect for their tax dollars.
Being a member of the Coppell City Council is not an entry-level position. In order to
represent the community one must know the history and desires of the community.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: We are almost at build out for residential construction and have about 600 acres
remaining for commercial development. The goal of numerous City Councils has been to
attract quality commercial development to the west side of town so we can utilize their
taxable values to help shift the tax burden from the residential sector. Fifteen years ago we
had very little sales tax generating commercial developments in town but now we have
good, strong sales tax generating businesses on the west side of town and those
businesses add quality ad valorem tax value to our city. This added value to our city was
the work of many individuals on our City Council and Economic Development Committee.
This approach has helped us diversify our tax base and happened only because we had
forward thinking people working on a goal as a team.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: Our Asian community is growing because we have a strong school district and parents
want their children to have a quality education. The utilization of our library is exploding
and we need to address that need but that is an issue that will need to be taken to the
voters to approve funding.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: The police should enforce the laws they have authority to enforce on illegal
immigration. Our illegal immigration issue is not a huge one.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: While I personally favor a regional approach to a seamless transportation system, we
do not have the ability to fund anything under the current funding mechanisms available.
We utilize the 1-cent required for DART with a sales tax for CRDC (Aquatic Center, parks
and trails), a crime control district and a street maintenance fund. We would need to find

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another way to buy into DART and since the Cotton Belt line will eventually be developed it
is something we will need to work on to make it happen.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: Improving air quality is another area we could work on more as a region. The Council of
Governments has worked on this issue for a while by encouraging cities to purchase more
hybrid vehicles for fleets. Coppell started purchasing hybrids a few years ago and we have
increased the total number in our fleet so we have seen how much fuel they save and how
they operate for certain jobs. We have been pleased with the performance of these hybrids
and I anticipate we will continue increasing their numbers as we move forward.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: Yes, I believe our citizens get a great product for their tax dollars. We have a city
others admire and a city others want to move to. Our staff has been working on five year
plans for budgeting for the past 12 years and that has allowed us to anticipate the fiscal
demands for the needs and desires of the citizens. The city manager is great about finding
savings and requiring his staff to be as efficient as possible.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: While taxable property values didn’t grow as much as they have in the past, for the
most part we were able to maintain our values better than most cities. Our sales tax
collections slipped but once again it didn’t hurt us as much as other cities. My goal, and this
Council’s goal, is to attract high quality businesses to Coppell and we will continue to target
those able to add to our sales tax collection. These businesses do not put a big strain on
city infrastructure and this focus helps us with those costs associated with the maintenance
of the streets and other infrastructure.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: There will come a time when our citizens will need to make a decision on bond
programs for some projects. Our library is extremely busy and at times it is very crowded.
Our parks are aging and need some improvements. We have seen plans for a library
expansion and park improvements. These projects would require voter approval. Decisions
like this confront cities just like they confront us as individuals. We have to ask ourselves
about those amenities we value and which ones we value enough to pay more for in taxes.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: We looked at this about 18 months ago and I feel we have proper protections in place.
We are on the eastern fringe of the Barnett Shale so we won't have the activity other cities
have seen because we just don’t have the concentration of natural gas other cities have
within their city limits.

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Thomas Burrows

Biographical Info:
Name: Thomas Burrows
Street Address: 138 Wynnpage Drive
City/Town: Coppell
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 24 September 1957
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 469-693-2533
Home Phone Number: 469-549-0131

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Mobile Phone Number: 469-693-2533


E-mail Address: thomas.burrows.1957@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site Address: http://144.162.90.48/thomas/citycouncil/
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: Almost seven years
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: N/A
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Software Developer for Bank of America
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Captain in the United States Air Force Civilian Auxilary, Prec. Chair 4702 for the
Republican Party in Coppell, Election Judge for prec. 4702 last two election cycles. Active
blood donor for Carter Bloodcare. Close to three gallons. Coppell Republican Club.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Former squadron commander of Captain in the United States Air Force Civilian Auxilary
- worked Columbia Orbiter recovery effort in 2003, Graduate of Coppell Citzens Police
Academy, Collin County Republican Party prior to June 2004, election judge in Collin
County several election cycles prior to 2004.
Q: Education
A: B. S. in Computer Science from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX
84 hours of retooling per recent computer classes in the Dallas County Community College
District.
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: None as an adult. Was Junior and Senior Class President in Student Government in
College. External Affairs Chairman. On board of the then Texas Student Association.
Worked with now mayor of Denton - Mark Burroughs - to bring about real changes for the
students in representation of students on the Board of Regents since students paid most of
the budget for the university. That is other than state funding
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: $70 and whatever my wife will let me spend:-)
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Don David of El Paso - former HS football coach Dr. Terri Burrows - spouse
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: Civil suit older son in 1985 per a hospital injury. Very small suit - cover hospital bills -
from accident at an amusement park in 1995.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: It is time for a fresh set of eyes on our local city government. The current city council
person I am running against has done a good job. However, I am his 1st opponent in now
his 3rd election. I believe the voters should have a choice. Even if I lose now my opponent
is having to campaign. Listen to the voters. At a recent city budget meeting open to the
public the two city councilmen with opposition were there. Along with myself and the other
opponent. The two city council members without opposition were not there. How is council
going to know what the voters want if there is not a campaign. Too many brave Americans
have given their lives or come home with broken bodies buying us the right to choose out
leadership. It is not my opponent's fault no one has run against him. I comment the
gentleman for stepping up and serving. But it is time for new ideas and a fresh prespective
on the issues facing Coppell.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: Actually none of my issues will cost any money. 1. Run thru the city budget with a fine
tooth comb and look for savings. Like eliminating bottled water at city hall. The signs on
the edge of our city say we have a SUPERIOR water system. So let us drink the water at
city hall. Or bring in privtely purchased bottled water. 2. Increase recycling. The largest
component of the waste stream in the growin months is yard waste. Aready the city is
paying for a recycling truck to run up and down our alleyways to pick up yard recycling
bags. Yet most people and the lawn crews put the grass in plastic bags heading to the
landfill. I would propose the council would make it that the citizens of Coppell use recycling
bags for the yard waste. After all in the long run that will save the city allot of money. And
be good for the environment. Biggest bang for the buck 3. As an Information Technology
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that could help the city move forward with its IT needs. Coppell is a community with lots of
IT people. Or retired IT people. Many want to help. But how????
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: Again my opponent is a good man. I have heard nothing bad about the guy. This makes
the election hard in some ways. Would be easy to run against someone who was doing
minor corruption, etc. Or just plain lazy. That is not true of my opponent. However, my
background brings some skills to the job of city council member that could help accomplish
my above mentioned goals.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: Being right on top of the DFW airport Coppell has an opportunity to attract companies
that export and import via air services. For example Texas Instruments has recently - this
week - announced it will buy National Semiconductor. National Semiconductor has its corp
HQ in Santa Clara, CA if I am not mistaken. At the present no one knows what percentage
of that operation for the HQ will come to Texas. But anyone can see the Texas Instrument
Expressway site has been built out for years now. i.e. I worked at TI many years ago.
Would be a good time for Coppell to approach TI and see how a relationship with the
company could work for both parties. Overall I feel city staff of Coppell - Clay Phillips the
city manager, city council overall has done a good job of attracting jobs and business to our
city.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: There is four or five racial groups on my street. My son has had birthday parties where
boys of five races have attended. What does these kids all have in common? Their parents
are very educated and want their children to succeed. Whereas in parts of the metro area
no one shows up for PTO meetings. There is no parental involvement with the school, etc.
Here in Coppell the biggest elections can be for PTO president at the elementary schools.
Typical PTO for an elementary school has fifty or sixty very active parents working to
make life better for the students. And a couple of hundred extra parents in committees. I
am not sure there needs to be any changes. We have a great school system and the kids
learn. Are prepared for college.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: Coppell has a great police department. Being a graduate of the Police Citzens Academy
I have written a day with an officer. What Coppell does is watch the little things. The
reason people do not have inspection stickers or current registration on vehicles. The
reason most vehicles would not have this is there is issues. Outstanding warrants. Lack of
proper citzenship or residence paperwork. Thus the bad folks and most illegal immigration
issues tends to go around Coppell. They know our police watch for the little issues and
people get arrested.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I favor a seamless regional transit system. However, Coppell - right or wrong- decided
over 20 years ago not to be in DART. At the moment that is not an issue I plan to work on.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: Recycling of water after sewage treatment. At the moment our current council, mayor,
and city manager are doing a fine job in the existing regional partnerships.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: Overall Coppell has done a good job of delivering services to the residents. Again
review my suggestions per recycling, IT improvements to see where I would make
changes.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: Coppell is lucky - blessed - whatever word one wants to use that the economic storm
has not hit this city as hard as most areas around the DFW metro area. However, my next
door neighbors are moving as they can no longer afford to live here. Overall the City of
Coppell is doing a fine job of maintianing basic infrastructure and the roads.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: That most of our voters are taking their freedom for granted. Our extremely low voter

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turnouts for city elections in my opinion are a JOKE. To be honest it is a disgrace. Current
coucil, mayor, and city manager cannot be blamed for that. No one can force people to
vote. Come and vote. Make a difference. Your vote does count. The statement that my
vote does not count is the biggest lie ever. The use of English instead of German as the
national language was decided by one vote. The draft was kept going in 1941 by one vote.
Think of how that would effect our country's preparation for WWII without the draft. The
space shutle was approved by one vote. Folks get out to vote even if I am not elected.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: I would not make any changes to the current policy that Coppell has.

Billy Faught

Biographical Info:
Name: Billy Faught
Street Address: 117 Dobecka
City/Town: Coppell
State: Texas
Date of Birth: September 20, 1955
Home Phone Number: 972/393-7235
Mobile Phone Number: 214/325-8677
E-mail Address: billy.faught@verizon.net
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: Over 25 years
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: - no response -
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Construction Manager for Robertson Commercial Pools, Inc.
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Serving my eighth year as City Councilmember Place 5
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Coppell Park Board 1993-98, Coppell Park Board Chair 1996-98, Citizen Bond
Committee Parks Chair 1999, City Council Place 5 2003-11, Numerous Boards and
Committees First United Methodist Church Coppell, Coaching Youth Sports and Board
Member of Coppell Youth Baseball and Coppell High School Baseball and Football Booster
Clubs
Q: Education
A: Bachelor of Science Landscape Architecture Texas A&M University Class of '79
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Ran for City Council Place 3 1998
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: None to date
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: The campaign will be self-financed
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: I am running for re-election to continue my service to the citizens of Coppell. It is
important to me to give back to the community that has been my family’s hometown for
over 25 years. My long history of service in many different positions, my involvement in
programs such as youth sports and Community organizations, and my love for Coppell all
qualify me as the best candidate for City Council Place 5.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
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citizens, and insuring that the City is receptive to ideas concerning new commercial
development. I cannot accomplish anything on my own; I will remain open to working with
other members of Council while maintaining my independent perspective.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I have a long history of involvement in many different tiers our community. I have
prepared myself by serving with citizens of all ages. My eight years of service on the City
Council will provide a seamless transition in the continued growth of Coppell.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: As Coppell approaches residential build out, our focus must remain on seeking desirable
commercial development. This will reduce the tax burden on citizens while stabilizing and
even increasing our revenue stream. The fact that major corporations such as The
Container Store, Samsung, U-Line, and QT among many others have chosen Coppell
proves that we are receptive and “open for business”. This will remain one of my primary
objectives while serving on Council.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: The demographics of Coppell mirrors many other communities. One of my priorities has
always been to insure that we maintain our programs, services, and facilities for all
citizens. Our new Senior and Community Center is one such example. Another area of
importance is to keep Coppell attractive to those who grew up here and now are returning
“home” to raise their families.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: Illegal immigration enforcement is a Federal issue. I expect our Public Safety
departments to continue their diligence so that Coppell remains a safe place to work and to
live.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I strongly favor a regional approach to transportation issues and development.
Coppell’s proximity to major freeways and to DFW Airport makes us attractive to both
residents and businesses. We must remain involved in transportation decisions that affect
regional mobility.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: We are now studying a regional approach to Fire and Police dispatch. This could improve
the overall coverage of Public Safety in the region while continuing the excellent service
provided by Coppell fire and Police departments.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: Yes, without hesitation. Our Staff and Council are constantly monitoring the cost of
services and looking for ways to improve them without extra burden.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: We have done an excellent job. Our services, programs, and facilities have been
maintained without cuts and we have money in the bank. The Infrastructure Maintenance
Fund is only one of the ways we insure that we invest in what we have built without
excessive burden on the citizens.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: That State budget and program cuts will affect Coppell as well as all cities in Texas. We
diligently monitor the Legislature in order to plan for the future.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: None, we do a great job overseeing the few well sites we have in Coppell. The City has
hired an independent consultant to inspect and report on drilling sites and active wells.

Dallas City Council, Place 2


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Candidates (choose 1):

Billy MacLeod

Biographical Info:
Name: Billy MacLeod THIS QUESTIONNAIRE IS NOT FINALIZED YET
Street Address: 3100 Main Street # 68
City/Town: Dallas
State: Texas
Date of Birth: September 15, 1968
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-296-4000 x 200
Mobile Phone Number: 214-616-9445
E-mail Address: vote4billy@gmail
Campaign Web Site Address: http://www.billymacleod.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: I have lived in Dallas since 1981.
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: I have lived in District 2 for 9 years.
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: I am a National Sales Manager for a Accounts Receivable Management firm in
Downtown Dallas and I specialize selling Accounting Services to busisness all over the
United States. Each day I speak to Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officers, and
owners of businesses about the biggest problems that face their business, bad debt. Each
day I build my pipeline opportunities and I speak to top level executives and decision
makers who have a very limited amount of time available, and each day I convince these
powerful people to make decisions that, if not for my direct contact with them, they would
not have made. I make real business happen every single day of the week and when I am
elected to Dallas City Council I will take this talent and put it to work for District 2. The
Dallas City Council needs a leader who is willing and able to sit amongst the most powerful
decision makers in business and convince them to make the tough decisions. When I am
elected to Dallas City Council I will be the leader Dallas needs to fill that role at Dallas City
Hall.
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: I am an influences r in the Dallas Community and have publicly fought for Dallas
residents both in Dallas and in Austin. I have been elected Delegate for the my political
party in Precinct 3340 which sits in Senate District 23. I attended the my party's state
convention in and was actively involved in caucusing for Dallas issues. I am a volunteer at
Volunteer Center of North Texas and have worked with them during important times such
as the Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort at The Dallas Convention Center. I am an
active participant in the Deep Ellum Association and each year I work to help organize the
Deep Ellum Art Walk and The Deep Ellum Arts Festival activities. I have been an active
advocate of small business for the Lower Greenville Avenue Bar Owners Association and
have spoken dozens of time before the Dallas City Council as an unpaid adviser. I founded
the Street Solutions Job Training Program in the Deep Ellum and Cedars area to train
homeless men and women to fill out job applications, on how to interview for jobs, them
how to prepare themselves for a life of work. I have volunteered my time with The Cedars
Neighborhood Association Clean-up efforts and the Graffiti Wipe-out in Deep Ellum. And
finally I am a founding member of The South Side on Lamar Business Association.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: I have publicly fought for Dallas residents on a whole range of social issues including
Urban Renewal, Economic Development, and Public Safety; and has engaged the Dallas
City Council on issues such as the construction of the Homeless Center to funding for the
new Animal Shelter in Dallas. In 2007 I was elected as a delegate for my party's State
Convention in Precinct 1110 in Senate District 8. In 2008 I was asked to speak on his
behalf and did so at the Senate District 8 Convention. I 2009 I served as Community
Ambassador and Development Director Freedom Release Reentry Services, helping
formerly incarcerated men end the cycle of recidivism. I met with Bush Administration

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Officials in the Veterans Affairs, The Department if Education on behalf of Prisoner Reentry
Programming at the Dallas Conference on Faith Based Initiatives. I worked directly with
Mayor Tom Leppert in lobbying local leaders such as Jack Hammock, Tom Dunning, and
Gary Griffith for help with a new City Dallas Program ultimately named Dallas One-Stop
Optimized Reentry System (DOORS). I have worked as an neighborhood organizer for
Texas Campaign for the environment and lobbied successfully on their behalf in Austin at
the Texas Democratic Convention for the Electronic Recycling Bill HB 2714 when it was still
only a resolution. I have served on the United States Chinese Chamber of Commerce
Public Affairs Committee and I founded the group Operation Helping Hand while I was still
in the United States Navy helping to raise awareness and money for Military Families in
Gulfport, Mississippi.
Q: Education
A: 1986 WT White High School Graduate 1989 Navy Supply School Graduate 1996
Stephen F. Austin State University Graduate BBA Marketing
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: 2003 Dallas City Council Candidate District 2 2007 Dallas Mayoral Candidate (Did not
file for ballot) 2009 Dallas City Council Candidate District 2
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: I have raised over $3000 in cash donations and over $8,000 in-kind service donations.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Kelly Warren Barry Curtis Paul Deleshaw
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: Yes. I have been arrested in the past I have addressed it publicly. I am not running in
spite of my past I am running because I have overcome it. I am a better man today
because I survived and overcome my past. I have been able to help others from making
the same mistakes I have made. I have founded an organization to help homeless
ex-offender persons and I have helped to found another Prisoner Re-entry program inside
the a local jail to teach life skills to inmates before they exit. I have paid for my mistakes
of the past and I have used the lessons I learned to help me become a better candidate. If
someone is interested in knowing about my past they can Google: Billy MacLeod, Dallas
and it is all there for the world to see.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: It is time for a change at Dallas City Hall. I am a running for Dallas City Council in
District 2 because I want to serve my community. I am looking to give back to my
community who has given back so much to me. Voters should consider me the most
qualified candidate because I have worked tirelessly in District 2 to stand up for what is
right and just. I have stood up and been counted since 2001 to advocate for all residents,
neighborhoods, and business owners in District 2. I have not only done so on streets and in
the neighborhoods of District 2 but also by speaking in front of the City Council itself. I
have spoken over 50 times at Dallas City Hall and I understand how it works. I am a
graduate of W.T. White H.S. which is a DISD school. I received a BBA in Marketing from
Stephen F. Austin State University. I honorably served in the United States Navy for 8
years and I understand, I understand what hard and determination is all about. I have
been a small business owner, a small business consultant, and a vocal community activist.
I have been on the record on issues affecting District 2 and especially for people in need. I
have fought for residents and small business owners in my district on my own time for
over 10 years. I have aligned myself with foundational community groups such as the
Texas Campaign for the Environment and helped start Freedom Release Reentry Services,
an innovative Prisoner Re-entry program in Downtown Dallas. I found that working with
formerly incarcerated men and women and helping them learn the life skills necessary to
re-enter society successfully was some of the most rewarding work I had ever been
involved with. My platform is detailed and it is laid on my website. I believe that I have
been preparing for this job for my whole life and I believe I will be the lone representative
on regular men and women on the Dallas City Council, I am one of us and I will be
working hard for you at Dallas City Hall. My combination of military, business, and
non-profit experiences have prepared me to be a successful Dallas City Councilman. but
more that anything I want to serve my community. My main goal will be to help the
average man and woman have access to and fully understand Dallas City Hall.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: I work in the commercial collection industry and I understand the process of collecting
unpaid debt completely. Dallas currently has a half a billion dollars in uncollected fines and

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fees on the books. This pool of uncollected debt could be an immediate solution to our
budget difficulties at City Hall. On the very first day in office I would examine the collection
agency contract with the City of Dallas. I will immediately review the portfolio of
$500,000,000 in fines and fees that are on the books and have not been collected and
determine if those accounts can be worked a different way and determine if we could put a
bid out for a secondary agency who specializes in distressed receivables. If we were able
to improve the collection rate on this pool of receivables by only 10% we could raise $50
million dollars. This can be done at no cost to the City of Dallas. I would immediately
examine the buildings, land, and liquid assets Dallas currently owns. I would do this for
two reasons. I have openly advocated that the City of Dallas review its long standing deal
with TXU and bid out a power purchase agreement. I would immediately take steps to
install solar panels on every City Building and on certain city owned land, a deal like this
would not cost the city a penny, in fact it will save the City of Dallas money, it will create
immediate jobs, and it would make Dallas a leader in the green revolution sweeping the
nation. A PPA is a type of solar financing where someone else owns and installs the solar
system on city property but the City of Dallas would receive discounted power of anywhere
from 5 to 10 cents per kilowatt hour and such a plan has the ability to earn money. That
program would also create jobs for Dallas Residents immediately. The discount electricity
rates would save the city millions of dollars so this idea could be implemented at no cost to
the City of Dallas. I would immediately implement a program that would gather a
together a District 2 Residents Council made up of leaders from all across the District and
would immediately start planning creative ways to unite District 2. I would immediately
organize a District 2 picnic and event schedule to introduce the far reaching neighborhoods
to each other. The district is laid out in such a way that District 2 has no identity. I would
immediately take the necessary steps to build a feeling of community and I would do this
from day one after the election is over. There are 6 distinct population centers in District 2
and culturally they are very different.In the past there has been a lack of leadership in this
area of community building and these diverse neighborhoods have never interacted with
each other. The cost of this unifying program would be low and I feel comfortable that
much of the cost would be covered thought sponsoring organizations and associations in
and around the neighborhoods themselves.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I have a platform and a plan for District 2 but my opponent sitting high in her office at
Dallas City Hall has neither. I have a detailed and interactive website which people in
District 2 can use to contact me directly and and contribute to the conversation. My
opponent has posted no campaign platform or plan for District for constituents to view or
comment on and no way for them to interact with them on a daily basis. I have
consistently used platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to move messages of information
and inspiration to over 5000 local men, women, and business owners. I have used this
platform and to interact with people in District 2 and to seek their input and guidance on a
daily basis. I have a detailed Linkedin page that details my business background and
connects me with over 1100 solid influencers with whom I interact daily. I have the ability
to use my interactive platform to support my District, they can message me and get a
response back immediately sometimes in seconds. My opponent has no Facebook or
Twitter page by which she can interact with her district, she is badly detached and
disconnected from her constituents and this is refected in her decision making. My
opponent has no Linkedin page by which she can network with local business leaders and
share her background with the public. I am on firmly on the record on almost every issue
affecting Dallas City Government and the needs wants and desires of District 2 residents
and business owners. My opponent never reveals her opinions or reports her activities to
her constituents unless she needs something and in the rare cases she does interact it is
through the mail. My simply not accessible to her constituents. Most disturbing is that my
opponent has taken no position against the voter fraud allegations that have been swirling
around this town regarding the activities of her own family. I am on the record that voter
fraud is a plaque that affects every part of this city. Dallas Morning News reporters cannot
even get a comment on anything of interest from my opponent, in fact "no comment" is
my opponents favorite sentence to the media, and this is totally unacceptable for a public
servant in 2011. I interact with District 2 on a minute to minute basis and I move
information and ideas along at the speed of light using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter,
Myspace, and Linkedin. I reach out and ask for ideas and suggestions because I admittedly
do not know everything. My opponent is behind the times and I am a part the future. I
pledge to be the most accessible Dallas City Councilman in decades. Dallas City Hall and
District 2 specifically needs a leader like myself with the ability to quickly move a message
and who has the ability to build a coalition with the click of a mouse to get behind it. I

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pledge to change the game at Dallas City Hall by using my social working skills and my
access to the media I can get that done better than my opponent.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: These is no question that The City of Dallas is over taxing and under-serving not only
her residents but also local small business owners. The tax rate is one issue but continuing
to add to cumbersome and expensive regulation of area small business owners only makes
the problem worse. Dallas has not been able keep up with the needs, wants and desires of
both their residents and business owners and because of this both people and small
business owners are moving out of the City in droves. Loosing these people and business
owners reduces our base and kills our economy and our spirit. When you add to this
dilemma the poorly managed and operated school system we are in a bad situation at
Dallas City Hall. It is in these tough times Dallas needs a vocal and dynamic leader to be
an ambassador and to inspire people and business to stay.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: Dallas has hit at the 3 officer per thousand number but in difficult economic time the
Dallas Police Department must work smarter in allocating resources. I believe that DPD
must continue to hire to replace retiring, resigning and fired officers or the DPD will quickly
fall below the three-officer threshold (if we have not already). I have studied the subject
in detail. I have concluded that there are currently enough officers on the force now to
handle the work load we have. I believe that we can supplement our current force by
recruiting trained officers from other cities instead of starting from scratch, I also believe
that Dallas should allow overtime to cover needed shifts. I believe we need to maintain the
size of our force and since January 1st have lost over a 100 officers this year already, we
need to fill those gaps.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: No. We need to improve efficiencies and increase revenue. I have outlined ways to do
that. Dallas has $500 million owed to our City in fines and fees and we have a collection
agency who is not doing their job. I work in that industry and I would light a fire under
them to handle up their business or I would force them to re-bid the deal. If we could
increase our collection percentage of fines and fees by only 10% we could kick that
shortfall right in the face and this is not an ridiculous number, it can be achieved. A second
idea has been floated before but I believe is valid more today than ever. Dallas should
consider going paperless as much as possible, doing so could save the city millions of
dollars immediately. When Dallas Water is sending out bills for 25 cents for residential and
commercial properties that are vacant we loose money. I believe Dallas should look at
temporarily renegotiating some long term tax abatement's and water deals with our
commercial partners, I believe they too need to be good stewards of our City and pay
their portion of the bills for a temporary amount of time. This is a tough coarse to navigate
but it would be an immediate source of funds and we should consider it. I have openly
advocated that the City of Dallas should review its long standing deal with TXU and bid out
a power purchase agreement(PPA)to install solar panels on every City Building and on
certain city owned land. A PPA is a type of solar financing where someone else owns and
installs the solar system on city property but the City of Dallas would receive discounted
power of anywhere from 5 to 10 cents per kilowatt hour and even has the ability to earn
money. That program would also create jobs for Dallas Residents immediately. The
discount electricity rates would save the city millions more. I have gotten creative and
suggested we look at taking 2 cents from each dollar from NTTA tollbooths inside Dallas
City Limits. The NTTA roads pollute our air every day but contribute noting to our
economy. I would at the very least life to force the NTTA to open their books and take a
look at the real numbers. This may require legislation in Austin but I would be willing to
work hard to get NTTA to contribute their 2 cents to our economy. These are all just ideas
and I am not an economics expert, but I do believe there are ways to cut costs without
cutting services. There are also ways to increase revenue immediately to get to the
number we need to be at but we need to get creative. The Dallas City Council needs
someone like myself with a whole different set of skills to add some balance.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: 1)I would help Dallas a "nearly paperless program",this would save the city millions.
2)I would cut Dallas Parking Authority costs by install digital meters across the city. 3)I
would reduce the salaries of top Dallas City Administrator across the board by 5%

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Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: Based on Army Corps of Engineers reports, the weakest part of the levee is squarely in
District 2. My opponent has had no voice and shown no leadership on this issue. The sitting
Council person agreed with the power brokers and pushed a toll road. The sitting Council
person did not stand up for the safety of the people who live in District 2. I will change
that; I will immediately report back to the district the true state of the levee. I will do
what it takes to build the park. I will reverse the errors of the past and move forward with
bold leadership and bold strokes. Where is the Trinity River Park? As of today the Park is
dead, that project was laid to rest long ago. The Trinity Project is dead thanks to a lack of
leadership in District 2. The powers at City Hall sold the Trinity River Park Project down the
toll road and all we have to show for it is a broken levee system. The worst part is
consultants took most of the money. Now, there is no money to fix it. I will make it a
priority to revive the recreational aspects of the Trinity River Project as part of my
greening initiative. As Dallas City City Councilman in District 2, I will reach out to the
private sector and seek private funding for the project. I will reach out to Austin and
Washington and seek State and Federal dollars. The recreational elements of the Trinity
River project must be brought back to life, the big deception must be reversed. We were
promised a park and some ball fields. I will do everything in my power as a City
Councilman to see it play out like we were promised. I supported the Trinity River Project
as it was laid out to the voters. That included a park with a lake and athletic fields. When it
was originally sold to the voters, the Trinity River Project was going to be a hallmark
recreational project that would rejuvenate the spirit of District 2. When I am elected to
Dallas City Council, I will make sure increasing green spaces and rejuvenating both the
spirit and bank account of District 2 residents will be my number one priority. A large
portion the Trinity River Project is in my district and sadly it has become a national joke.
There are seven miles of the Trinity River in district 2including both designer bridges as
well as the Trinity River Park. The Dallas City Council “sold” a Trinity River Park to Dallas
voters and then replaced that vision with a reality of 10 miles of concrete toll road plans.
Dallas needs a road to relieve congestion in the Downtown Corridor for the future but
placing a toll road inside the levy is not a viable option anymore.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: Dallas needs to be more proactive and less reactive.We need to keep the people who
are already here happy and we need to have a friendly and affordable city which can
people can feel comfortable moving into. The Dallas City Council needs some salesmanship
and because we do have the steak we must sell the sizzle. Dallas needs to be business
friendly and we need better schools. When I talk to CEO’s and CFO’s about their
businesses, I am selling myself, my company, and the City of Dallas. As City Councilman
for District 2 I will build an opportunity pipeline of economic development and
relocation/expansion prospects which I will personally call on. District 2 needs a bold and
dynamic leader like me to get out there to sell the benefits of the City of Dallas. Anyone
can recite statistics, talk about landmarks, or give tours of the Arts District, but at the end
of the day that alone will not get it done. I am going to work on reaching out to corporate
leaders, leverage federal and state resources, as well as develop the talent and
entrepreneurship that already exists within the city and district to attract new tax
producing projects. District 2 represents so many crucial areas of commerce to Dallas
including Stemmons Corridor, The Hospital, District, The Fashion District, The Design
District, American Airlines Center, Victory, The Dallas Convention Center, The Cedars,
Deep Ellum, and the newly rejuvenated Henderson Ave. It also includes many diverse
neighborhoods such as the Oak Lawn neighborhood, Grauwyler Park, Little Mexico and Old
East Dallas. When I am elected I will immediately reach out to leaders at the Dallas
Economic Development team, The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, all local
Chambers of Commerce, and DowntownDallas.org to identify projects and prospects which
are either on the horizon, currently in the pipeline or those which should be completed and
have not. These people must have confidence in their leaders and see a passion, they must
be inspired and that is what I bring to the table. District 2 and the City of Dallas deserve a
City Councilman who can make the contacts, establish the relationships, and who can close
the deal. It takes bold action and dynamic leadership to ensure these changes will happen.
It is essential that I partner with other organizations who share this vision. My education
and experience make me the preferred candidate. I have my degree in business
administration, successfully served in the United States Navy, and have owned several
small businesses. We need someone who can be engaging but convincing, someone who
can get the appointment and the commitment, and I am that type of leader. I live in

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South Side on Lamar, and Mathews Southwest is a shining example of how an organization
can develop an entire community. Jack Mathews and Mathews Southwest has attracted and
invested in prime economic development, most recently they announced the NYLO Hotel
project. He has created new retail where there was none and with every new project his
hard work has increased sales tax revenue it here in the Cedars. I plan to follow his lead. I
believe it is the redevelopment of our existing neighborhoods which is the answer in tough
economic times. I will seek his advice and the advice of others in the Dallas business
community to find creative ways to increase sales tax revenue throughout the many
diverse areas of District 2. He was wise in using federal Community Development Block
Grant money to fund this project and I will look for similar opportunities when I am
elected.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: The City of Dallas is lacking in every area where customer service is a necessary. There
is no City Service that I can mention here at which Dallas is exceptional. Dallas Parks
should be beautiful places for family's to visit but the City of Dallas has put them on the
chopping block. Once a week trash pick up is a failure in areas of District 2 where multiple
family members live in the same home. When trash piles up in Old East Dallas and in the
Grauwyler Park neighborhoods it becomes a health hazard very quickly. Dallas residents
deserve better. Recent news reports state that Dallas Water Utilities has one of the most
concentrated levels of fluoride in the country. According to the handbook, Clinical
Toxicology of Commercial Products, fluoride is more poisonous than lead and just slightly
less poisonous than arsenic. It is a cumulative poison that accumulates in bone over the
years and Dallas has known this for years. This is unacceptable. Finally Dallas code
enforcement has become an enforcer and profit center not a change agent. There is
nothing good to report at Dallas City Hall and when I get to Dallas City Hall I will focus on
implementing a Customer Service focus withing all departments. One idea I do have is
that Dallas should offer recycling services to multi-family residential communities. Dallas
Could show a profit if this program is done right and we could also show our residents that
we believe in a Greener Dallas.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: We are loosing or tax base. Less rundown buildings and more green spaces create
environments where families and businesses want to grow will retail and attract more
young families. When government and business work together, great things can happen. I
would like to work with developers, REALTORS, business owners, and residents in planning
and executing more housing plans where federal funds are used to revitalize blighted areas
of the city and bring new life. This type of public/private collaboration will be the hallmark
of my time spent on the Dallas City Council.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: This is a tricky question. I found out online that giving a density number for an entire
county is WAY too broad. I found that you need to look at individual zip codes and
neighborhoods. The numbers I looked at from the U.S. Census Bureau are from 2000, so
areas like Uptown and Downtown have increased dramatically since the last census was
taken, but even in 2000, there were at least 4 zip codes in Dallas with 10,000 people per
square mile: 75206, 75231, 75219, 75246. That number is too high for residential
developments. A believe a good model for growth is the Uptown Dallas area and Midway
at Frankford area. These two areas had around 8,000 people per square mile in 2000. I
would defer to the experts but I am in favor of a density somewhere between these and
the Highland Park area which had 5,300.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: I have studied the Downtown 360 plan and I believe it is a good vision to transform
these streets to places where people want to be seen, where they want to eat, where they
want to shop, where they want to walk, where they feel safe, where they feel
comfortable.believe there needs to be more communication between the Dallas City
Council, downtown residents, and its business owners. Simply put, I plan to knock down
the brick wall that currently exists between real people and their local government. I have
the proven networking and leadership experience. I have plenty of energy in the tank and
I have the long term vision to make District 2 and downtown Dallas better place to live
work and play.

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Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: Immigration policy is a national issue and Federal and State responsibility. To bring this
issue into Dallas would only add another unfunded mandate on our balance sheet. That
being said it is a real issue in District 2 which by some estimates has as many as 100,000
undocumented aliens living amongst our residents. I believe a leader like myself at Dallas
City Hall can shine a light on the subject of illegal immigration and how it affects our city at
the street level.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: Southern Dallas is the size of Atlanta GA and needs vocal and dynamic leadership to
help bring investors into the area to develop it properly. Organization like The Southern
Dallas Development Corporation helps offer small business loans, they provide fixed-
interest rate, the allow term loans for permanent working capital, machinery, equipment,
and they advocate commercial real estate acquisition and development. District 2
specifically needs a Dallas City Councilman who can talk to promote organizations like The
Southern Dallas Development Corporation and communicate their services to potential
developers. Southern Dallas needs regular person who will listen and who will lead without
any ulterior motives. My experience in the private sector and my ability to communicate
with a business mind makes me a superior candidate. And when I am elected, I will bring
this leadership style to the Dallas City Council.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I am in favor of the concept of a public-private economic development corporation but it
will need strict oversight. DowntownDallas.Org is already functioning like a economic
development corporation but they do this with very little oversight and they like it that
way. They offer marketing, networking, safety patrols, and street cleaning services in
Downtown. I would advocate a board or commission be formed to oversee the operation
of such an entity and ask for complete transparency from day one..
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: Yes, I believe the plan to redevelop West Dallas can and should be duplicated. I believe
a good place to start would be in The Cedars just South of Downtown Dallas. The Cedars is
the largest undeveloped piece of land near Downtown Dallas and brings with it the most
spectacular view of Downtown Dallas available in the city. The land is still affordable and it
is also designated as a Federal HUB Zone which brings with it some distinct advantages.
HUB Zones are designated as by the Federal Government as underutilized business zones
which get front of the line privileges whereas it concerns loans and grants. Jack Mathews of
Mathews Southwest has already started the transition but District 2 needs a vocal and
dynamic leader to move such a plan forward and I have the perfect skill set and the
relationships to get the job done.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: I am a United States Navy Veteran who honorably served with the US Navy Seabees in
the first Gulf was in Desert Shield. I also aboard the Guided Missile Cruiser CG-61 USS
Monterrey and traveled throughout the Mediterranean and was the first US Navy Warship
to enter into the Black Sea since World War II. I was also a boxer and I played rugby
competitively for the United States Navy. I proudly served our Country in 14 countries and
I received a Coast Guard Commendation Medal for Hurricane relief work in Puerto Rico
after Hurricane Hugo devastated the island territory. I am very proud of my military
service and wish more people knew about it. The fact is that I was raised by a single
Mother and money was always tight. I attended Stephen F. Austin directly out of High
School but I simply did not have the money to cover my costs. I chose to join the Navy. My
Navy experience is extremely valuable in many ways but it allowed me to complete my
college education. My boxing training in the US Navy got me polished and I ended up being
a two-time Boxing Champion when I returned back to Stephen F. Austin after my active
duty service was completed.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: Dallas residents that blatant voter fraud determines many Dallas elections and this is
possible because of the lack of voter participation by or residents. There has been a small
number of people who have controlled Dallas elections and these people have run them
from a position of power acquired on the back of the elderly and the poor. This obvious
and systematic abuse of power and influence has contributed to the current perception of

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Dallas as a politically corrupt city. Currently there ongoing investigations and a grand jury
has already indicted one member of the Medrano family for felony vote fraud. This
indictment has shown that ground zero for the fraud resides squarely within District 2. This
has to end and I plan to fight vote fraud at every corner by shining a spotlight on it. I
advocate moving the local municipal election out of the dark closet it has been in and back
into the light of day. Dallas has always held it elections away from all others and I believe
it is time to get back with the November elections cycle. There currently is legislation in
Austin that will move towards this end and I will lobby for the passage of this bill. Dallas
voters must have confidence that elections are free and fair and I will be their champion on
the inside of Dallas City Hall.

Pauline Medrano

Biographical Info:
Name: Pauline Medrano
Street Address: 2346 Douglas Ave
City/Town: Dallas
State: Texas
Date of Birth: November 16, 1953
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: (214) 528-7808
Home Phone Number: (214) 528-7808
Mobile Phone Number: (214) 923 2781
Fax Number: (214) 526-1480
E-mail Address: paulinemedrano@sbcglobal.net
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: I am a Life long resident of Dallas.
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: I am a Life long resident of District 2.
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Dallas City Council
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: I currently serve as our city’s Deputy Mayor Pro Tem. I serve as Chair of the Quality of
Life Committee and serve on the Transportation & Environment, Housing, and Trinity River
Corridor Project Committees. I also serve on the Regional Transportation Council.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: I have served 6 years on the Dallas City Council as a full time council representative for
District 2.
Q: Education
A: Graduate of DISD, Skyline High School 1972 Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas @
Arlington 1976
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: none
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: Approximately $18,000
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Frank Ashmore, Sr Dr. Chad Park Metrotex Association of Realtors
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: I have over 26 years of experience serving our city and the district I love. I have a
knowledge of the district and a commitment to its residents that is unmatched by my
opponent. I am running for re-election to use my experience to provide the highest quality
of representation for the people of District 2 and to be a strong advocate for their interests

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and concerns. I have served for 6 years as full-time representative for District 2 on the
Dallas City Council. I have worked with the people in my district and with its community
and neighborhood leaders. This knowledge and understanding of the district and my
experience at City Hall best prepares me to serve our district and our city.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: I would use the relationships and partnerships I have worked to build in the private
sector to continue the revitalization of our intercity neighborhoods and to provide for more
opportunities and jobs in the district. As someone who has a life time commitment to
education, I would like to help lead our city to do more to support and promote our Dallas
Public Schools. The involvement of residents to help prevent and report crime has been
an important component to bringing the crime rate down in Dallas. I worked with our
police to implement the 10-70-20 program in District 2, walking door to door with the
police to help educate residents and enlist their help to prevent and report crime. I would
work with city leaders and the police to implement the program citywide and would like to
offer my experiences and leadership to expand this important program to other parts of
our city.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I have over 26 years of experience and dedication to District 2 and our city. My
opponent has no record of service to the district or the city.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: Dallas has a competitive tax rate with cities of its size in Texas and across the country.
Our city provides services and amenities not found in smaller cities. I do think the citizens
of Dallas are getting a good value for their tax dollars but we should always be looking for
ways to get more bang for our buck, and as a council representative, I will continue to
work to keep our tax rate low and work to provide the greatest value possible for our tax
dollars.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: I would look at resuming the effort if needed but currently we are exceeding our goals.
We have a goal of 3 officers per 1000 residents and we currently have 3.04 officers per
thousand residents. Our goal for emergency response is 8 minutes and we are currently
exceeding that goal with an average response time of 6 minutes. We have seen a drop in
crime by 10% citywide. I support our current policies but would consider changes if Chief
Brown recommended them.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: No. I will work with our mayor, council and the city staff to make sure we have a budget
that doesn’t raise taxes that responsible civic leaders can embrace.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: I would like to reduce spending on outside consultants and outside attorney fees, and
cut incentives to companies that do not offer their employees a living wage or benefits.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: Flood protection for our city has always been the priority for the project. We should add
other parts of the project as funds become available to do so.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: We should do more to promote our city and our schools.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: We have done an excellent job in reducing crime. We need to do more to promote our
city and our exemplary and blue ribbon schools.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: We need to do better. We need to do more to promote our city and our public school to
attract residents to our city.

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Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: We have a density goal of 10,000 residents for the Central Business District (CBD) and
we currently have 7500 residents. We need to continue to build density in the CBD until we
have reached our goals. We also need to work to bring higher density to our city’s
transportation corridors to encourage the use of public transportation.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: Reform our approach to parking downtown and modernize our parking meters to be
more user friendly and more accommodating to visitors.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: This is a federal issue and there are no funds available to address this issue locally.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: We need to work to create educational opportunities and jobs in the southern sector. We
also need mixed income housing and improved transportation. I will continue to work for
those goals.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I would be supportive.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: The City Design Studio is an effort between the public and the private sector that has
earned success by working with all of the stakeholders to create solutions for residents and
businesses. We should look at using this type of collaborative effort to revitalize other inner
city neighborhoods.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: I wish more non-Dallas residents knew about the gains we have made in public
education.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: Dallas currently has a shrinking tax base. I am committed to reversing this trend so we
can lower the tax burden on our Dallas residents.

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Candidates (choose 1):

Scott T. Griggs

Biographical Info:
Name: Scott Griggs
Street Address: 1803 Marydale Road
City/Town: Dallas
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 12/13/1974
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-695-7471
Home Phone Number: 214-695-7471
Mobile Phone Number: 214-695-7471
Fax Number: N/A
E-mail Address: scott@griggsfordallas.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.griggsfordallas.com

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Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: 34 years
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: 9 years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Attorney, Partner at Griggs Bergen LLP
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Board of Directors & Executive Committee, Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce; Past
President, Fort Worth Avenue Development Group; Board of Directors, North Texas
Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism; and Advisory Member, Board of Directors,
The Kessler School.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Board of Directors & Executive Committee, Oak Cliff Transit Authority; Vice President &
Two-term President, Fort Worth Avenue Development Group; City of Dallas Appointee,
Reinvestment Zone 15 – Fort Worth Avenue Tax Increment Finance District; City of Dallas
Appointee, Fort Worth Avenue Tax Increment Finance District Design Review Committee;
Member/Alternate Member, City of Dallas Board of Adjustment; Managing Member,
Citizens for Responsible Beverage Sales LLC; and President, Stevens Park Estates
Neighborhood Association. My accomplishments include: • Passage of Fort Worth Avenue
Tax Increment Finance District (2007) • Reducing crime by closing Passions Sports Bar
(2009) • Protecting our neighborhoods by preventing the widening of Sylvan and Beckley
to 8 lanes (2010) • Returning the streetcar to the Southern Sector and winning the TIGER
grant as part of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority (2010) • Fighting for the equitable
distribution of subsidized housing throughout the City of Dallas and related changes to City
Permanent Supportive Housing policy (2010)
Q: Education
A: J.D., University of Texas (Austin, Texas) B.A. Chemistry, Texas A&M University (College
Station, Texas)
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: None.
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: I have raised over $30,000 for my campaign.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: My top three contributors are the Dallas Police Association, Susan & Woody Gandy, and
Lena Liles.
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: Yes. During my freshman year of college, I was arrested by Texas A&M University
campus police for trespass and given probation.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: I am running for office to give all residents of District 3 – West Dallas, Mountain
Creek/The Woods, and Oak Cliff – a voice and representation on City Council. I have a
personal and professional background of being vested in District 3 as a homeowner,
property owner, small business owner in the Bishop Arts District, and attorney. I have a
record of community and civic service on non-profit boards and City boards and
commissions. I am going to use my experience as an accredited New Urbanist, president
of the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group, and former board member of the Board of
Adjustment and Forth Worth Avenue TIF Board to bring about economic development to
expand the tax base and increase sales tax revenue. I will implement infrastructure,
economic development, and housing policies that create a livable city and benefit those
that live, work, or attend school in Dallas.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: Once elected, I will (1) re-establish trust with the residents of District 3 through regular
town hall meetings and responsive communication; (2) push for a moratorium on
dangerous gas drilling; and (3) push for a more market-based economic development
policy.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: Trust is the difference that makes me the better choice. I am the trusted candidate and
leader who takes a position and communicates that position to the community and

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developers. I am the trusted candidate and leader who responds to telephone calls and
communications. I am the candidate and leader that is responsible and can be trusted to
manage taxpayer money.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: Dallas residents are not getting sufficient band for their buck. Dallas residents are
paying too much in taxes for too little services. In the last decade, the City of Dallas
population increased by less than percent while we saw a continued migration to the
Richardson Independent School District and Duncanville Independent School District areas.
In the next decade, we need to attract more residents by making our city more livable.
Quality of life issues – schools, streets, libraries, parks, rec centers, and the arts – need to
be priorities.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: Budget concerns must be prioritized and balanced. The goal for the City of Dallas is 3
officers per 1,000 residents and an emergency response time of less than 8 minutes/call.
We presently have 3.04 officers per 1,000 residents and are meeting our emergency
response time. Our goal is currently met and additional officers should be added as
recommended by the Dallas Police Department and Public Safety Committee.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: No. We must look for alternatives. One tool we haven’t used yet is zero-based
budgeting (as opposed to our traditional budgeting). Zero-based budgeting often leads to
an efficient allocation of resources, drives management to identify cost effective ways to
improve operations, and eliminates waste. We must consider implementing zero-based
budgeting.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: We need to lower spending by reducing reliance on outside consultants, reforming the
in-house counsel/outside counsel ratio, and reducing reliance on financial incentives to spur
economic development.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: With respect to priorities, flood control is the foremost priority of the Trinity River
Corridor Project. Our levees must be unquestionably safe to protect lives in West Dallas
and over $6 billion in tax base on the downtown side of the levees. Beyond upgrading the
levees, correcting S.M. Wrights’ “Dead man’s curve” must be the top priority. S.M. Wright
should be transformed into a multi-way boulevard to bring about economic development.
Funding should be obtained through TXDOT, bond packages, as well as private donations.
Other parts of the project should be prioritized based on ability to withstand a flood within
the levees, time to completion, and everyday use. Those amenities that can withstand a
flood within the levees, may be completed quickly, and used by people everyday should be
built first. Additionally, we need to ensure that the water in the Trinity River is suitable for
recreational contact by identifying any upstream polluters and aggressively ending
pollution. The toll road remains unfunded and currently is not economically feasible. The
cost is approaching $2 billion for the 10-mile toll road.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: To spur economic development and grow our tax base, we must expand our economic
development models for Dallas. Dallas has traditionally used two models: (1) development
along new roadways (e.g., highways, tollways, and large arterials); and (2) a cycle of
allowing existing uses to deteriorate, razing the building once obsolescence is reached,
rezoning, and adding financial incentives (tax abatements, TIFs, MMDs, etc.). As we
approach build-out as a city, we must have additional approaches to economic
development that allow more market paths and means for return on investment: (A) clean
the Dallas Development Code; (B) adaptive re-use through the development of
equivalencies; (C) temporary zoning; (D) infrastructure-driven latent market activation;
(E) neighborhood stabilization through proportional infrastructure spending; and (F) multi-
purpose infrastructure. (A) Clean the Code. The Dallas Development Code is bloated and
over regulates the market. Whole sections of the Dallas Development Code haven’t been
revisited since 1941, when the DDC was first compiled. I will advocate an overhaul of the
Dallas Development Code instead of only passing additional ordinances. (B)

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Equivalencies. The Dallas Development Code is overly restrictive and usually prescribes
only way to achieve an end. Choice needs to be introduced into the market through
equivalencies. By way of example, Jack’s Backyard on West Commerce was blocked from
opening because there was no parking. Parking was only defined in the Dallas
Development Code as impermeable (i.e., cement) spaces. The storm water management
system around Jack’s Backyard cannot support additional runoff as it has not been
upgraded since World War II. The City’s solution was for Jack’s Backyard to spend millions
on a new storm water management system. This was not economically feasible. As
president of the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group, we imported best practices from
other cities, and proposed an equivalency to an impermeable parking space: a permeable
parking space that would handle cars as well as not stress the storm water management
system. As a result, Jack’s Backyard was able to open. The practice of equivalencies is
common in other cities, such as Vancouver and in parts of revitalized New Jersey, and
should be brought here as a best practice. (C) Temporary Zoning. I support the creation of
temporary zoning ordinances that permit a developer or other user to have a use for 1 or
5 years, for example, without sacrificing the underlying zoning. This and the other
recommendations presented in these responses are focused on creating choice for
developers in the marketplace and providing more than one mechanism for monetization
of property and investment. (D) Infrastructure-driven Latent Market Activation. I will
encourage and include small infrastructure projects “between the buildings” that benefit
people that live and work in a community. Dallas presently has a limited approach to new
infrastructure, which is new and improved infrastructure must follow new development. I
support infrastructure-driven redevelopment as well that unlocks latent market potential.
One example is the Bishop Arts District. (E) Neighborhood Stabilization through
Proportional Infrastructure Spending. Successful economic development follows
stabilization of existing neighborhoods. Large infrastructure expenditures should be
stepped-down and connected to neighborhood level infrastructure projects, particularly in
the Southern Sector where a focus is stabilizing existing single family neighborhoods and
bringing econmic development. By way of example, the first Calatrava bridge ($120
million) is being built adjacent to the La Bajada neighborhood. As part of this project, a
deck park is also being built on the soon-to-be decommissioned Continental Bridge ($10
million). The residents of La Bajada say that they didn’t ask for a $120 million bridge or
$10 million deck park. The residents need a neighborhood park upgraded, an internal
street repaired, and a community-center roof rebuilt. Infrastructure spending should be
proportional such that when a $120 million bridge and $10 million deck park are built
adjacent to a neighborhood, a small amount of money (e.g., $500,000 - $1,000,000) is
reserved for neighborhood level improvements that stabilize the existing neighborhood
and encourage neighborhood buy-in by demonstrating city buy-in of the neighborhood.
(F) Multi-purpose Infrastructure. The most successful DISD-City of Dallas projects are the
multi-purpose libraries at Arcadia Park and Hampton/Illinois. I will bring about more multi-
purpose structures and projects, including advocating for multi-purpose parking lots that
can serve the school during the day and retail during the evenings/weekends. Such multi-
purpose structures reduce costs and increase use while improving the good will between
DISD and the City. Future multi-purpose possibilities include the new parking lot at
Adamson High School near Jefferson Blvd, a corridor in need of parking on the
evenings/weekends.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: Currently Dallas excelling in crime reduction. We need to improve building permitting
and inspection. Presently, a building permit takes 3-4 months to secure and a rezoning
case may take 9 months. Even with recent fee increases, the City of Dallas is not providing
an adequate, much less competitive, level of service. This is unacceptable. Our level of
service and staffing are completely within our control and as one of the largest cities in the
United States, we should be the best. Monies need to be immediately appropriated – and,
if need be, from the general fund or other funds – to return and maintain our city at a
competitive level of service.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: It is very bad that the City of Dallas population grew by less than 1% in the last decade.
The number one challenge for the City of Dallas in the next decade is to increase its
population while increasing the quality of life. Quality of life issues – schools, streets,
libraries, parks, rec centers, and the arts – need to be priorities. We must increase the
number of residents to grow our tax base.

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Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: Within the core and inside Loop 12, higher targeted density must be developed.
Mixed-use residential or commercial areas that maximize access to public transport and
incorporate features to encourage transit ridership are critical to alleviating transportation
congestion and providing mixed income neighborhoods with higher targeted density. We
must achieve higher levels of targeted density by recognizing the relationship between
land use and transportation and fully leveraging Transit Oriented Developments (TODs).
To date, Dallas has not fully leveraged TODs. By way of example, both the Hampton and
Corinth DART light rail stations (each $100 million or more in infrastructure) are
surrounded by parking lots without sufficient housing density or retail within walking
distance. Better land use and transportation planning is required to leverage most public
transport facilities into TODs.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: One action we can take to jumpstart the revitalization is to revise the Dallas
Development Code and remove self-imposed obstacles to livability and economic
development. Much of the Dallas Development Code hasn’t been reviewed since 1941 and
the ordinances are outdated.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: Immigration is a federal issue and financial burden. The city and police department
should continue the current policies that recognize immigration as a federal issue.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: The City of Dallas should make it a priority to advocate for new state and federal
housing policies which remove the bias of placing the lion’s share of subsidized housing in
the Southern Sector. A strong correlation exists between mixed-income neighborhoods and
successful schools, as well as economic development. I will advocate at the state and
federal level for legislation to remove large-acre, low income Land Use Restriction
Agreements (LURAs). The Southern Sector contains too many large-acre, low income
LURAs that do not permit the creation of mixed-income neighborhoods. By way of
example, in District 3, a 40-acre LURA blocks the redevelopment of the apartments around
Wynnewood shopping center, and by extension the Wynnewood shopping center. The City
has a difficult choice with the existing deteriorating apartments: (1) allow new low-income
units to be built and extend the LURA; or (2) continue to allow the existing low-income
apartments to deteriorate. Such large-acre, low income LURAs should be removed to allow
the development of mixed-income neighborhoods and activate the Southern Sector. I will
also advocate at the state and federal level for legislation to remove the requirement that
certain financing programs (e.g., LIHTCs) for low income tax credit housing be used only in
low income census tracts. Such programs often perpetuate a legacy of concentrated low
income housing.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I support the creation of a public-private economic development corporation. Many of
our neighboring suburbs have economic development corporations and have used this tool
to spur economic development. We need to advocate at the state level for local options
that could help fund an economic development corporation in Dallas.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: The City Design Studio effort can be replicated by enhancing the public-private
partnership that funds the City Design Studio and encouraging more private donations.
Good design has a public benefit and additional donations for the City Design Studio should
be solicited. We should start replicating the success of the City Design Studio to the west
and south in the Southern Sector.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: The best under-publicized thing is the success of organic development in Oak Cliff and
the small investment by the City of Dallas that helped catalyze this organic development.
Small investments that benefit people that live and work in a community can be very
successful. Ten years ago, $2.6 million was invested in the Bishop Arts District, which was
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million was spent in between the buildings on water improvements, parallel parking, street
trees, and wider sidewalks. Money was only spent on improvements that can be enjoyed
by people that live and work in the community. Today, the same area of land is worth $6.2
million, which represents a 13% growth per year. Additionally, for some establishments,
Dallas now collects more sales tax in one Saturday night than previously in an entire year.
The Bishop Arts District was not an accident, but rather a success story waiting to be
repeated.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: The uncomfortable truth is that our schools are not where they need to be despite large
gains and big successes. Good schools are the number one attraction to residents and we
must all continue to work to improve DISD. If our schools are not where they need to be in
the next decade, then there is a very real possibility that the City of Dallas will lose
population and begin a decline marked by an ever increasing tax burden on the residents.

Dave Neumann

Biographical Info:
Name: Dave Neumann
Street Address: 1031 North Winnetka Avenue
City/Town: Dallas
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 02/01/1960
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-670-0776
Fax Number: 214-670-1833
E-mail Address: dave@daveneumann.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.daveneumann.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: 29 Years
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: 9 Years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Dallas City Councilman General Partner of IJN/CJN Investments, Ltd., a small business
that owns and operates commercial property.
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Dallas City Council: • Chairman, Trinity River Corridor Project Committee • Member –
Budget, Finance, & Audit Committee • Member – Quality of Life Committee • Member –
Public Safety Committee • Member – Legislative Affairs Committee Other: • Board of
Trustees, Dallas Police and Fire Pension System • Board of Directors, Oak Cliff Chamber of
Commerce • Oak Cliff Lions Club • DBU-Oak Cliff Partnership • Methodist Health System
Community Council • Dallas Breakfast Group
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: • Vice Chairman, Dallas City Plan & Zoning Commission • Chairman, Dallas Zoning
Ordinance Advisory Committee • Chairman, Stemmons Corridor Business Association •
Chairman, North Oak Cliff Weed & Seed Initiative • Board of Directors, Trinity Commons
Foundation • Board of Directors, Dallas Friday Group • Board of Directors, Greater Dallas
Planning Council • Board of Trustees, First Baptist Academy • Treasurer, Kessler Neighbors
United • Board of Adjustment, City of Dallas • Vice President, Dallas Apparel Mart Board
of Governors • Treasurer, Dallas Apparel Manufacturer’s Association
Q: Education
A: B.S. 1982, Business-Finance, Indiana University
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: None.
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: $110,000 for this campaign cycle
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Metrotex Association of Realtors PAC Apartment Association of Greater Dallas PAC Rick
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Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: Never arrested. As former President & CEO of F.L. Malik, Inc., the company filed
criminal and civil charges against an employee. The employee pled guilty and is now
serving 12 years in prison.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: I am running for re-election as a Dallas City Councilman because I sincerely enjoy
working with people to bring them together to solve issues for our neighborhoods and our
City. I want to continue our positive impact on the Quality of Life for the citizens in my
District 3 and our City of Dallas. I am the most qualified candidate because of our proven
track record of achieving results over the last four years for my District and the City of
Dallas: Economic Development and Job Creation through public/private partnerships,
Reduced Crime (15% for District 3 vs. 10% for City), and successfully empowering
neighborhoods through their elected leaders to resolve unique and common issues. My
leadership for the City has been focused as the Chairman of the Trinity River Corridor
Project. We have successfully achieved tangible results of keeping the project moving
forward despite known and unknown challenges. While still ensuring our #1 goal of flood
protection, we have also been able to move forward on signature bridges, the Trinity River
Audubon Center, and the planning for trails and lakes between levees. Under my
leadership, the Trinity River Corridor Project has rallied local, state and national
stakeholders to address critical issues including flood control, transportation, and
recreation along the banks of the Trinity River. My 20+ years of owning and operating a
small business has prepared me to approach the role of a City Councilman with the right
balance of business sense yet care and compassion for our citizens.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: 1) Ensure the Financial Integrity of the City by adopting a balanced budget based on
reasonable revenue assumptions and strict cost controls. 2) Strengthen the beat police
patrol policy to ensure maximum visibility and accessibility of Dallas police Department
officers within residential neighborhoods. 3) Broaden the public/private partnership
program where economic development projects create catalysts for private investment
and new job growth.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: -I have a consistent track record of positive leadership and inclusion for all parts of my
District. -I am an advocate for key economic development catalyst projects for our City:
Convention Center Hotel and Trinity River Corridor Project. -I have demonstrated my
leadership through inclusion of citizen input prior to a final decision or recommendation has
been made instead of making a unilateral decision without feedback.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: As a Councilman, it is our responsibility to constantly question the allocation of
resources to meet the changing expectations of citizens and their tax dollars. Several
years ago, the emphasis was on spending additional funds in order to improve public
safety. Tax revenues that have been collected from citizens and spent on public safety have
indeed been well spent. The city has now enjoyed multiple year reductions in crime,
particularly homicide. In last years budget discussion, the City was successful in
reallocating health-related services to the County without a significant gap in coverage for
citizens. Full cost recovery in the form of fees for services utilized needs to be further
explored in order to ensure that the City's scarce general fund revenue is not
mis-allocated.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: The city has been successful in reducing crime over multiple years due to our
commitment to three officers per thousand and the reallocation of patrol officers into
neighborhood beat patrols. Given the budget shortfall, the city should carefully look at
hiring only for attrition to maintain the current staffing level.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: No.
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specific.
A: -Review all city departments to identify the feasibility of combining departments and
functions in order to save overhead and reduce layers of management and support.
-Review debt obligations to determine feasibility of refinancing medium and long-term
debt to achieve interest rate margin savings given the historically low interest rates.
-Consider outsourcing some departments or functions to achieve savings while maintaining
sufficient control, i.e. auto pound and equipment and building services.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: I am pleased that as Chairman of the Trinity River Corridor Project Committee that we
have successfully marshalled the Corps of Engineers to tentatively accept our levee
remediation plan and remove the threat of FEMA remapping of adjacent property owners.
Beyond upgrading the levees, our focus needs to be to expedite our bridges: Margaret
Hunt Hill Bridge, Margaret McDermott bridge and the Sylvan bridge. Funding for all of the
these bridges is being drawn from federal and state sources and from private donations.
The construction and utilization of these bridges will assuredly spark community interest,
access, and investment in the greater Trinity River Corridor Project. Secondly, the City
needs to move forward assertively with the interconnection of trails in and through the
Trinity to complete our Master Trail System. The Trinity Parkway needs to be evaluated
for its financial viability after we obtain the Environmental Impact Study.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: We need to prioritize the creation of public/private partnerships that create catalyst
projects in areas of the city where "but for" the taxpayers involvement the surrounding
property values would not increase. These projects have proven to provide a multiple tax
base impact.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: The city has done an excellent job in introducing and converting to One Day Dallas. We
have lowered the sanitation rate now two years in a row based on savings from the
recycling program. Neighborhood beat patrol as adopted by the City Council in 2007, has
generated successive years of reduction in crime. The city needs to always be looking to
bring in private sector expertise to review its municipal services so as to adopt efficiencies
and cost effectiveness from the private sector to a public environment.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: I am pleased that my District 3 showed the largest increase of residents in our City of
Dallas. Residents are voting with their feet and their pocket book because the quality of
life is improving. It is disconcerting to see the city's growth only by 1% when the State of
Texas grew by 20%. Dallas needs to sharpen its competitiveness to lure more companies
and jobs to invest here further strengthening neighborhoods.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: The change in density throughout our City needs to be carefully managed to not
de-stabilize single family neighborhoods. We need to properly inform homeowners as to
the long-term necessity of increased density as we literally run out of undeveloped land in
our center city. Successful increases in density allow for residents to live, work, and play
in closer proximity.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: The city needs to leverage development opportunities with the creation of the Woodall
Rogers Deck Park. An example would be to focus on catalyst projects similar to the
Mercantile, Main Street Gardens, and the conversion of Old City Hall to the UNT Law
school.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: Illegal immigration is a matter for the federal government.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
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of whether they feel safe, clean, and secure in their respective neighborhoods. The city
should redouble its efforts to make sure the residential and commercial corridors and
neighborhoods are safe, clean, and secure to retain property owners and lure new
property owners to the southern half of the City. Continued investments in public/private
partnerships that realize a multiple effect in private investments and jobs is critical.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I agree. Catalyst projects funded by private/public partnerships have proven to be
successful throughout our city.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: The success of the CityDesign Studio within West Dallas was based on a carefully
calculated balance of design creativity and community involvement and feedback. This
neighborhood "buy-in" while pressing the envelope needs to be replicated in other areas of
the city that are at-risk in a downward spiral of their quality of life.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: Dallas has proven to be a "can-do" city that is resilient to economic downturns and
challenges known and unknown. The success in turning around our Trinity levees, the
building of our Convention Center Hotel to attract and protect our Convention and Visitors
business, the creation of an International Airport at DFW, build an Arts District, and the
investment in DART all prove that Dallas has the resiliency to do business, have a family,
and be a city that you can be proud of. Dallas has and will continue to be an International
city and weather economic downturns.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: Still today, race relations are unsettled when dealing with a controversial issue. Too
often votes or issues are decided along racial lines. We collectively need to work together
as leaders to bridge this gap so that we can over time convince citizens that Dallas can be
one city....not quietly divided. We are making progress. Economic Development and Jobs
are the great equalizer.

Dallas City Council, Place 6


Description: Note: Only Dallas residents living in this district may vote in this race. Click
here for a district map.

Candidates (choose 1):

Monica Alonzo

Biographical Info:
Name: Monica R. Alonzo
Street Address: P.O. Box 4126
City/Town: Dallas
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 03-13-65
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-207-6762
Home Phone Number: 214-207-6762
Mobile Phone Number: 214-207-6762
Fax Number: n/a
E-mail Address: monica@monicaalonzo.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.MonicaAlonzo.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: 22 years
Q: Length of residency in the district

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A: 1 year
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Community Volunteer
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Former Member, Dallas Parks and Recreation Board • Chairperson, Planning and Design
Committee Former Board Member, Sundown Community Corp. 1st Vice President, Council
of CatholicWomen Advisory Council Member, St. Cecilia Catholic School Member, Oak Cliff
Coalition for the Arts Volunteer for: • Southwest Voter Registration & Education Project • “A
Senior Celebration” •Weatherization Assistance Program • Girl Scout Troop Leader • Carter
BloodCare • St. Joseph Guild • “Unlock Your Vote” • “Ya Es Hora”
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Former Member, Dallas Parks and Recreation Board • Chairperson, Planning and Design
Committee Former Board Member, Sundown Community Corp. 1st Vice President, Council
of CatholicWomen Advisory Council Member, St. Cecilia Catholic School Member, Oak Cliff
Coalition for the Arts Volunteer for: • Southwest Voter Registration & Education Project • “A
Senior Celebration” •Weatherization Assistance Program • Girl Scout Troop Leader • Carter
BloodCare • St. Joseph Guild • “Unlock Your Vote” • “Ya Es Hora”
Q: Education
A: UT Austin Del Mar College Mt. View College Crystal City H.S.
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Precinct Chair Election Judge State Democratic Executive Committeewoman - S.D. 23
Board Member - Dallas Park and Recreation Board of Directors
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: close to $40,000
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: 1. Although I have good financial support across the District and the city, the
contribution I received from my neighbor ($10 money order), tops my list of
contributors....people support! 2. Roberto R. Alonzo 3. Amanda Moreno Cross
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: I have worked on and helped to resolve many issues affecting our neighborhoods in
diverse communities in District 6 and throughout Dallas. Because of my varied experience,
I am ready to provide active, approachable and responsive leadership on the Dallas City
Council for both District 6 and all of Dallas….leadership that will assist in moving the city of
Dallas in a positive, progressive manner. My knowledge, experience and ability to create
good working relationships are what best prepare me to serve in this post.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: 1)Open Communication - I would continue to communicate with the residents of the
district as well as the business community to inform them of the services this beautiful city
provides, have monthly meetings to have continued communication, and have an open
door policy. 2)Infrastructure - work with the community to seek input for a 2012 bond
program and talk about needs in the district. 3)Economic Development - work with the
business community to bring development and jobs to the district. Accomplishing these 3
actions would be at no extra cost.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I bring Knowledge, Experience and the Ability to build positive, working relationships
with people.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: No, I do not believe the residents are getting sufficient bang for their tax dollars;
However, I believe in prioritizing services for Dallas residents and placing all funding
opportunities on the table.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: I would put this issue on the table as I don't want for Dallas to be the #1 crime city,
again. I would also work with the Police Chief to understand priorities, support maintaining
pensions for police and firefighters, and offer incentives for them to stay and not go

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anywhere else, nor to retire early.


Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: No, I would not support a tax rate increase.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: As a former Park & Recreation Board member, one of the most difficult and compelling
things that my colleagues and I had to do was to reduce spending. I would recommend not
filling positions that are currently vacant, re-evaluate the ratio of Manager to staff and
review fees structure.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: As a former Park & Recreation Board member, I believe that all of the voter-approved
projects for Park amentities need to be fully developed and implemented; paid for by bond
funds. Yes, I believe that the toll road is a viable option if the funding is available to do it.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: I believe District 6 has a great opportunity to contribute to the growth of the city
population and tax base. Planning should be implemented to move resources (whether
economic development or bond program) to support Transit Oriented developments in
District 6 as well as the other rail stations in Dallas.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: Code Enforcement has improved. I believe there is always room for improvement. I
also believe that the community should be involved, to provide suggestions and ways from
which we can all benefit.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: Indifferent. Although I didn't see it as bad, I believe District 6 has a great opportunity to
contribute to the growth of the city population and tax base.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: I believe we can achieve a good level of density in our neighborhoods by promoting
infrastructure development in key areas and attracting well paying jobs in the city as a
whole. We must also highly consider reviewing areas like the mockingbird rail station and
possibly implement it around the Royal, Walnut Hill and Bachman rail station areas.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: City Council should continue to be supportive of plans that address the revitalization and
development of downtown Dallas. Utilizing opportunities offered by HUD, Block Grants,
and promoting the UNT Law School, are all ideas to consider supporting.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: As a supporter of a Comprehensive Immigration Reform package, I believe this reform
would solve this issue and the city would be able to better concentrate and follow state and
federal laws ...."serve and protect".
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: The Council’s priorities should be to provide basic city services, accordingly, especially in
the southern half of the city. If the city would focus on just this basic priority, my objective
and goal would be accomplished.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I believe this idea is good and necessary, yet we must work closely to assure it
functions properly and adequately.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: Yes, certainly I understand, since this is the area in which I reside and will be
representing. This effort can and should be replicated, especially in other areas of the

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same District 6 as it is presently, especially the Northwest corridor - Asian Trade District.
Another area that has tremendous potential and needs strong support is the Fair Park
area.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: I would like everyone to know that the City of Dallas has the BEST employees in the
Metroplex - and we should do more to support our City of Dallas employees.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: As a longtime resident of this beautiful city of Dallas, I believe the ‘ism’s’….racism,
especially, are an uncomfortable truth that voters must confront. We must do more to
reach out to everyone in the community.

Norberto Ornelas
Biographical Info:

Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: - no response -
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: - no response -
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: - no response -
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: - no response -
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: - no response -
Q: Education
A: - no response -
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: - no response -
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: - no response -
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: - no response -
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: - no response -
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: - no response -
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: - no response -
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: - no response -
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: - no response -
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: - no response -
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: - no response -
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: - no response -
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: - no response -

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Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: - no response -
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: - no response -
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: - no response -
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: - no response -
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: - no response -
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: - no response -
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: - no response -
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: - no response -
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: - no response -
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: - no response -
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: - no response -

Luis Sepulveda

Biographical Info:
Name: Luis Daniel Sepulveda
Street Address: 5105 Goodman St
City/Town: Dallas
State: Texas
Date of Birth: June 29, 1952
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-628-3477
Home Phone Number: 214-330-7947
Mobile Phone Number: 214-769-9904
E-mail Address: campaign@judgesepulveda
Campaign Web Site Address: Luisdanielsepulveda.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: I have lived in the city of Dallas for 57 years; all of my life.
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: I have lived in my district 57 years; all of my life.
Q: Occupation/main source of income

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A: Retired Justice of the Peace Rental Properties Weddings


Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: President of Solitary Latinos President of West Dallas Coalition President of Lake West
Chamber of Commerce Vice Present of Arcadia Community Counsel Vice President of
Disabled People Vice President of Walk this Way Member of LULAC Member of East Dallas
Chamber of Commerce Founder S.M.I.L.E Scholarship Foundation Endorsed by MetroTex
Association of Realtors
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Past President of Thomas A. Edison PTA Past President of Health Magnet PTA Past
President of Arcadia Park PTA Founder and President of West Dallas Little League Founder
and Past President of Latino Baseball Founder of West Dallas Coalition for Environmental
Justice West Dallas Man of the Year LULAC Community Award Dallas Community Relations
Award State House of Representatives Award 30th Congressional District Award Alliance to
End Childhood Lead Poisoning Thomas A. Edison PTA Award National Environment Award
96, 97, 98, 99 Mayor's Environmental Honoree 10' Greater Dallas legal Community
Development Foundation Award Greater Dallas Community Relations Committee Award
The Zapata Award Testified before the U.S. Congress on Environmental Issues Honored as
High Profile's Man of Year Published in Environmental Action Magazine Published in West
Dallas Toxic Times
Q: Education
A: Graduated from Crozier Technical High School Attended San Marcos University from
2000 to 2010
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Justice of the Peace Precinct 5-1 State Representative Dallas City Council
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: $4,305
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Avo Marzwanian Jessica Lynn Sepulveda Roman M. Gonzales
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: Yes, I was arrested twice for Civil Disobedience for protesting. I was released the very
same day each time and without any convictions, criminal proceedings or legal activity.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: I have always been involved in my community and I find that I have the most
experience in this race, having lived here for 57 years. My district is more than residency,
it is my community for which I strive to give better opportunities and have continually
devoted years of my life. I have been appointed to countless committees, boards and
founded many organizations in order to be in touch with the community of District 6. As
Judge for ten years, I have experience in creating a budget, administering cuts and finding
alternative routes in creating better opportunities for staff. Having ten years of experience
as an elected official is extremely important to acknowledge, this experience exemplifies
to the voters of District 6 that if elected, I will be qualified to begin my position
immediately due to my seasoned involvement in an administrative, elected position. The
business community as well as the residents of District 6 pledged their support to me and I
will not let them down. I believe all of past community work illustrates my continued
commitment and understanding of the people, coupled with my ten year elected position of
running a court for the city, qualifies me to know my district personally and legally, to be
an excellent candidate to represent District 6.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: Economic Development Code Enforcement Environmental Services and Education Of
course no one wants more taxes. I would approach these areas by seeking help from the
Private Sector and/or grant monies which might be available. The beauty of being an
entrepreneur and environmental activist within the community is that I have met many
individuals and company owners within the private sector that are interested in being
involved financially within city government. I intend on utilizing any and all sources
available in this fashion. Most important would be my ability to analyze the budget. I have
spoken with some current council members, residents and small company sectors that
agree that my top three issues of concern are important key actions that must be
addressed. I believe that the action must be taken with the involvement of community,
fellow council members and local businesses.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
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A: My opponent lacks experience and knowledge of the community. Having been an active
figure either through community work or through my ten year elected position, I have
proven that I am deep rooted within District 6. Having lived in the district for my entire life
(57 years), I know most of the problems and concerns of the people and I acknowledge
that the community wants more than just an elected official, they need a voice of the
people, someone who genuinely knows the District and has proven being proactive on
solutions to community problems. Additionally, through my ten years of experience as an
elected Judge, I have experience with creating budgets, setting policies, hiring and firing
employees, dealing with bonds, and maintaining meetings on key issue with city
employees. Since my opponent moved into the district 9 months ago and does not have
any previous elected position experience, it is my opinion she does not have the ability to
hit the ground running as I can.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: I would favor employment with the City of Dallas, in the future require that a person at
least live in the City of Dallas. This would mean that tax revenue would stay within our
borders. We need industries to remain in the City of Dallas. We have not had any real
progress since the Ford Plant moved out of Dallas. Even the Boy Scouts moved to Irving,
the Cowboys moved to Arlington. Our tax base can only increase when we have a stable
tax base.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: We need to study what attrition is going to do and has done to our workforce. We have
to keep a certain level of police officers remaining. As a Judge, I absolutely realize the
importance of our police force within our community, I believe that cutting back even more
on our enforcement would not be beneficial for our residents. Of course we have to be
mindful of budgetary restraints, however, not at the risk of our community's safety and
police force employment.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: No, I would not be in favor of a tax increase on property. I believe that Dallas residents
have definitely felt the strain of the heavy taxes on their homes. During these economic
times, many struggle to maintain their present property, let alone adding another tax
increase. Equally important to note, is that with another tax increase we are pushing
potential residents away and forcing some residents out of Dallas County. As a property
owner, I am very mindful of the ramifications that a property tax increase can do to
homeowners and business owners.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: Consultants-The amount of consultants hired out of city City employee transportation
costs Purchasing policies for the bidding process
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: I am a strong supporter of the Private Sector. Things happen and things get done. I do
not believe building in a Flood Zone is a sound practice. There are too many things that can
happen environmentally. Funding should come from Private Sources not our tax dollars.
Toll roads require the user to pay. This may be a pipe dream if we think the revenue
source is forgotten. Like a sales tax they are here to stay. Mass transportation is the
answer and more cars are the problem not the solution.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: I believe we need to support the 10/8/2 system.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: Yes, we have excellent delivery of city services. I believe that our law enforcement, fire
departments, and sanitation services do a good job of utilizing their sources for the City of
Dallas. That being said, however, I believe that we can excel more to the community's
requests for improvement on community roads, sidewalks and public parks. Small projects
that are genuinely important to taxpayers of Dallas County need to be addressed.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
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people to live here?


A: I believe that the population decline within the city of Dallas has a lot to do with the
increases in taxes. I have spoken to many individuals and business owners that voiced
their concern over these increases and further acted on such increases by moving outside
Dallas County. It goes without saying that affecting people financially will force them to
move outside of Dallas. People moving outside of Dallas county then means loss of
businesses, loss of employment opportunities, loss of income and further loss of
consumers. Clearly, the hot issue will be reviewing budget concerns and taxes on property
in order to attract new Dallas County residents and/or giving old residents an incentive to
move back.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: I do not believe the right level of density can be decided without better quantitative
representation given. What is important for city government to maintain is code
enforcement and staying in line with Housing Discrimination policies. We must maintain
growth but not at the cost of illegally limiting families and individuals. As a Judge, I saw
many cases a week of the housing policies that were being executed It is important to me
that all laws be followed in response to the level of density control.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: I would support more mass transportation to downtown Dallas. It has long been a
benefit to smaller communities to have access to DART rail, that can essentially bring more
of the workforce and consumers to downtown Dallas. Mass transportation helps
environmentally and financially, therefore bringing a twofold benefit for revitalization.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: I do not believe that the city or police department have the authority to address the
issue of illegal immigration. Giving such authority to city officials, is a fine line to
overstepping immigration entities and procedures that Federal government oversees, as
well as Constitutional rights that may be violated.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: Economic development is what will help South Dallas. I believe that many people are
focusing on the aesthetics of South Dallas. Many believe that the area is not attractive to
small businesses, homeowners and consumers of Dallas. Additionally, many individuals cite
safety as another concern for its lack of development, while others blame the high use of
beer and wine sales. I believe that this area has much opportunity for growth. Small steps
toward this transition would be road development, environmental advancement-perhaps
getting Dallas sanitation involved and increasing involvement of the law enforcement. It is
important to note that South Dallas does visibly contain many bars within the area-thus
limiting the amount of business that may want to move into the area. We must not halt
South Dallas growth based on these reasons, I believe that change does not occur without
community involvement, addressing these facilities and pushing for smaller businesses to
take awareness of the ample opportunities that are waiting in South Dallas.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I would look forward to becoming a part of the plan. I do not believe this public-private
economic development corporation plan has been given enough publicity to gain
momentum. I am very interested in receiving public opinions and concerns on this matter.
Any plan that utilizes economic development within this sector should be given
considerable thought.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: I am a strong advocate of economic development in smaller, "ignored" communities
and I will work with other Council members to expand this development. I believe there
are many areas of Dallas that are believed to be "under developed" and do not generate
attraction from residents, however there is ample opportunity to create such a
development. One notable area would be South Dallas. I think what we should focus on
the possibilities that can arise from such an array of land. One issue that must be noted
about the West Dallas development, is that the area has always been available for
transition, the residents ready for advancement in growth. We must learn from this
propagation, that with every community comes the opportunity of expansion.

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Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: The diversity and entrepreneurship of Dallas residents with the ability of businesses to
flourish within the city of Dallas. There are many examples of how Dallas has pushed for
economic entrepreneurship in communities: Bishop Arts District, West Dallas, Trinity River
etc. The ability to transition communities into flourishing consumer areas is a great ability
that I believe non Dallas residents need to be aware of. This exemplifies why individuals
should want to live, shop and maintain businesses within Dallas County.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: I believe, unfortunately, that many do not want to address the many budget cuts that
have occurred and that many say need to be done.

Dallas City Council, Place 7


Description: Note: Only Dallas residents living in this district may vote in this race. Click
here for a district map.

Candidates (choose 1):

Carolyn Davis

Biographical Info:
Name: Carolyn R. Davis
Street Address: 2611 Burger Street
City/Town: Dallas
State: TX
Date of Birth: 12-01-1961
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-670-4689
E-mail Address: carolyndavis2292@yahoo.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: Life long resident of Dallas - 49 years
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: Resident of District 7 for the past twenty (20) years.
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Councilmember - City of Dallas
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Economic Development Committee member - National League of Cities Women in
Municipal Govt. Committee member - National League of Cities National Black Caucus
member - National League of Cities
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Former Board member - City of Dallas Community Development Commission, Urban
Rehabilitation Standards Board, North Texas Housing Coalition, African-American Museum
of Arts, Preservation Dallas, Former President - Queen City Neighbors in Action/Crime
Wath, Pearl C. Anderson PTA Advisory Committee - "forward dallas" Comprehensive Plan
Vision DISD Area 2 Representative for District 9 (elected by parents and teachers)
Recipient of Allstate Community Service Award Task Force Member, Single Family Housing
Standards
Q: Education
A: graduate of James Madison High School; attended Charles Rice Elementary and Pearl C.
Anderson Middle School.
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Dallas City Council, District 7: 2007 - present
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: Please refer to my campaign finance report scheduled to be filed with the City Secretary
on April 14, 2011.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: see answer above
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: none
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: I have accomplished a considerable amount since being elected to the City Council in

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2007, bringing much needed development to District 7. However, there are numerous
projects that I want to see through to completion. I have the necessary background
knowledge, experience and expertise to get the job done.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: Grand Robert B. Cullum TOD (transit-oriented development) and Hatcher/Scyene TOD -
both of these projects are in predevelopment with most of the funding already in place.
Cedar Crest Brdige Improvements and Pedestrian Amenities - funding for design and
construction already in place. Completion of Bexar Street Corridor and Frazier/Spring
Avenue Commercial revitalization projects.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I have considerable experience in the key areas of housing, budgets and zoning which
enables me to get things done at City Hall.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: I supported last year's property tax increase to avoid overly drastic budget cuts that
would have harmed many of my constituents. Dallas, as the largest city in North Texas,
provides a broader array of services than many of our suburban neighbors.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: Crime is down considerably in Dallas, having dropped for the past seven consecutive
years and is tracking better than the national average. In the current budget
environmeent, we can slow the growth of DPD while we address other critical city service
issues.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: no.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: no additional police officers hired next year eliminate red light cameras alternative less
expensive ways to meet emergency calls
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: The Margaret Hunt Bridge connecting downtown to West Dallas should be prioritized;
funds are already identified in the budget for this
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: We must continue to work with the City Manager to think outside of the box to attract
new businesses to Dallas; also, continued efforts to build affordable housing and partnering
with DISD to improve our schools will attract middle class families back to the city and
grow the tx base.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: Dallas offers a good quality of life, including cultural and recreational venues. We must
continue to improve our customer service, particularly in the area of code compliance
(illegal dumping, high weeds, etc).
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: In recent years, the surrounding cities have been very aggressive in marketing. Those
efforts, combined with the lack of affordable (i.e. < $150,000) new construction single
family homes, resulted in an exodus of middle class families from our city. We need to
invest in marketing and affordable housing to reverse the 2010 trend.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: Dallas neighborhoods are all unique. The appropriate density will vary, depending on
each neighborhood.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?

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A: Downtown needs more retail and it needs to be a priority for the new mayor to attract
new businesses to the downtown area.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: This has not been raised as an issue by my constituents or those with whom I work in
the DPD.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: Continue initiatives outlined by the Southern Dallas Mayor's Task Force.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I support this concept as long as there are adequate sources of funding.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: We have been working with the CityDesign Studio on the Cedar Crest Bridge
Improvements and the MLK Boulevard redesign.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: Dallas has lots of wonderful old-fashioned neighborhoods and great restaurants and
other retail.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: n/a

Helene McKinney

Biographical Info:
Name: Helene McKinney
Street Address: 8824 Bretshire Dr
City/Town: Dallas
State: Texas
Date of Birth:
Home Phone Number: 214 367 0293
Campaign Web Site Address: www.hmkckinneydallas.com or
www.hmckinneydallas.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: Homeowner in district 7 since 1975
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: See above
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Retired/self employed
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Active board member of the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks (FOCP) since 2009
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: As a board member of FOCP over the past 3 years I have volunteered many, many
hours to restore horticulture and our heritage at Kiest and Lake Cliff Parks. In 2010, from
February to December, I volunteered 65 hours for the restoration of the South Kiest Park
WPA trail (Loving My Community Grant). On March 25th. of this year, I volunteered for the
planting of some 150 trees donated by the Mavericks organization at Lake Cliff.
Q: Education
A: Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. University of North Texas, Denton
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Candidate for District 7 in 2007
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: Not accepting contributions. Self funded
Q: Who are your top three contributors?

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A: - no response -
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: District 7 has been poorly served for many years. I am the candidates with a better
understanding of business. I have worked for many years for large corporations and small
minority businesses. I see first hand the difficulties at hand. My goal is to serve all the
people of District 7, not a few.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: I would oppose any increase in property taxes. Property tax increases have devastated
areas of our district for years. Many of our aging neighborhoods are owned by retirees or
families on stagnant income. The costs of repairs are higher for older structures and
homeowners have little choice but to delay needed repairs....homes go into disrepair,
property values go down and crime moves in. That is the story of District 7. The City needs
to live within its means, like the rest of its residents. In these difficult economic times
Dallas has to concentrate on core activities and make better use of revenues.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I will oppose any program funded to improve the "quality of life" of a few by taxing the
quality of life of all homeowners. The incumbent voted to do just that.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: No. Not all neighborhoods are created equal. See above.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: Dallas has enough police officers. Additional officers should be funded by properties
owners who make excessive use of fire and police services.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: No
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: See economic development question below.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: Green spaces and trails. Why not a tunnel instead of a road? I would oppose a toll road.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: Dallas must stop funding activities that were once the domain of charities, churches and
businesses. Stop funding shelters, housing and hotels. Let private enterprises come to
Dallas, invest and create jobs. I will oppose any project not related to core City business.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: I see no problems with garbage, recycling, and water services. Improvements are
needed in code enforcement (it should be pro-active, not reactive), maintenance of
streets, infrastructures and our parks.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: Smaller is not always bad. Dallas must live with the reality of current economic
conditions. However, to attract growth Dallas must be perceived as an efficient City, run by
honest City officials. A bad reputation can destroy years of hard work.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: Houston has had no or little zoning and is still a vibrant city. Dallas must allow
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take risks. The many are a lot smarter than the few.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: See above.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: If laws are not enforced why have them?
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: Nothing will change until the gatekeepers depart.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I oppose it. It is not the job of Cities to fund private activities.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: As long as replication does not imply look alike neighborhoods.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: Our many beautiful and diverse neighborhoods. The museums and art district
downtown. Our parks, the Trinity river forest, Fair Park, the Arboretum, White Rock lake
and the wonderful people of Dallas who are so passionate and generous about improving,
preserving and restoring their City!
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: City Hall cannot be everything to everyone.

Casie Pierce
Biographical Info:
Name: Casie Pierce
Street Address: 6047 Parkdale Dr.
City/Town: Dallas
State: Texas
Date of Birth: August 8, 1975
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-613-5404
Home Phone Number: 214-727-4605
Mobile Phone Number: 214-727-4605
E-mail Address: casiepierce@yahoo.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.casiepierce.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: Sixteen years
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: Eleven years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Grant Writer
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Parkdale/Lawnview Association of Neighbors
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: - Treasurer Parkdale/Lawnview Association of Neighbors 2000 – 2002 - President
Parkdale/Lawnview Association of Neighbors 2002 – 2007 - Founder, Groundwork Dallas
2003 - Dallas City Council District 7 Appointee, Environmental Health Commission 2003 –
2007 - Vice Chair, Southeast Dallas Economic Development Task Force, 2002 - 2003 -
Co-Founder, White Rock Heritage District 2002 - 2005 - Dallas Independent School District
Area 9 Appointee, Citizen’s Advisory Board 2003 - 2009 - PR Chair, Larry Johnson
Recreation Center Advisory Committee 2005 – 2008 - Dallas Area Rapid Transit Southeast
Corridor Workgroup Committee 2000 – 2009 - Board Member, Save Open Spaces 2004 –
2006 - Board Member, Youth Conflict Resolution Center 2003 – 2006 - Board Member,
Parkdale/Lawnview Association of Neighbors 2009 – 2011
Q: Education
A: - Garland High School - Art Institute of Atlanta
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: None
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?

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A: $4800.00 as of April 8, 2011


Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Casie Pierce Joe Binford Cathy Dyer-Walker
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: I have never been arrested; however, I have been involved in criminal proceedings. As
the former executive director of Vickery Meadow PID, I thought it was my duty to stand up
for the people in the area. In doing so, I became the victim of attack by a few developers
who were more interested in moving poor people out than they were about improving the
neighborhood. They attacked me the only way they could by trying to ruin my reputation.
The case boiled down to a dispute over reimbursements totaling $2,000.00. After fighting
the issue for two years with no resolution, and consulting with my attorney, family and
friends, I decided to plea to a misdemeanor. I’m not rich and I simply did not have the
resources to continue the fight.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: -I am running because I have seen very little progress in my community over the past
decade. We have a huge opportunity for growth in District 7, but there is a lack of
ingenuity and ability to plan comprehensively. We are at a disadvantage because of
decades of injustice, but we have a great deal of potential and I think it’s time we stopped
settling for mediocrity. I believe that I can bring much needed change. -As a business
woman, founder of a non-profit, executive director of a PID and homeowner in the
Parkdale neighborhood, I believe that I represent a greater cross-section of the district.
While I know what it means to manage day-to-day operations, I also know that being a
city council person is more than attending committee meetings and ground breaking
ceremonies. I believe that due to decades of neglect and injustice the future council
members of the districts in the southern part of the city are going to have to work twice as
hard to attract development. My professional background and life experience makes me
the best candidate for this district. -There are three major things in my personal and
professional background that best prepare me for service. The first, is my long history of
community advocacy. As a past president of my homeowners association, I know what it
means to have your neighbors depend on you to get things done. I served in that position
for five years and I am still an active member. The next is my work at Vickery Meadow. I
was not pleased with the way things ended of course, but I learned a lot working with the
people in the community, the developers and the city government. It taught me a great
deal about how to plan comprehensively and actually achieve goals for the improvement
and protection of the community. Finally, founding a successful non-profit in Dallas. There
is no greater heartache and no greater reward than getting a non-profit off the ground and
making it successful. It takes countless hours of working to gain the trust of the people you
serve, finding the money to keep the lights on and the doors open, and maneuvering
through the bureaucracy of city government. When it’s all done and the people in the
community are happy with the results and become good stewards of resources, the work
speaks for itself. That’s what I hope to bring to the city council.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: Helping public schools - I know there is this mentality that the council has nothing to do
with the school board and we have to let DISD handle itself. Honestly that type of thinking
has gotten us to this point. If the primary reason people left the city was the belief that
DISD could not offer their children an adequate education, how is this not the top priority
of the city council? I believe that there is no need to create another bureaucratic
committee or department. We already have the tools we need to get this done. It takes
the city council making education a focus and reaching out to the school board,
communities, parents and teachers. Redistricting - While I am aware that the current
council members have already appointed the committee that will do much of the work, I
believe that the council members have the obligation of getting involved in the process.
Redistricting is a serious subject with repercussions that will be felt for at least the next
decade. My main concern is making sure the process is fair, balanced and transparent to
the people who will be affected. I believe that the people in the Southeast area of Dallas
have long been under-represented and we should do everything in our power to make sure
that wrong is corrected. Development - Development is the single biggest challenge and
the single greatest opportunity for District 7. Their are some bright spots to point to in
District 7. However, we cannot grow our community by only building one type of housing
for people. We have an abundance of usable land in District 7. We also have had years of
short-sighted development riddled by cronyism and poor zoning. Development that brings

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about real change is comprehensive. Dallas has already spent millions of dollars
performing studies and preparing revitalization plans. I would work to review the various
existing plans and studies to bring about a comprehensive development plan. I would seek
out private sector funds to get this accomplished.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: As previously stated, I believe that I represent a greater cross-section of the district,
but the key difference between me and my opponents is that I have the life and work
experience necessary to see the big picture. Current and past councils have suffered from
the inability to think about this city, and the planning thereof, in a comprehensive manner.
Everyone is more concerned about protecting the fiefdom created by their “silo” approach
to governing than they are about doing what’s right by the people they serve. While I am
not naive about the machinations of City Hall, I feel a great sense of duty to the people I
seek to represent. I will always do what needs to be done based on what my constituents
tell me they need. I have a track record of getting results and this will be no different.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: No. Dallas residents are not getting sufficient bang for their tax buck. The Census
numbers tell a stark tale and Dallas can no longer afford to deny the truth. Families fled to
the suburbs during the last decade for a reason. The city council lost sight of the very thing
that makes this city great, it’s diverse neighborhoods. Every city in the North Texas
Region has grown while Dallas has not. We have not attracted business development in the
ways that we should have, and the tax burden is being felt by the residents and the
existing businesses here. Dallas has had a very short-sighted plan and can no longer give
away the store the way we have over the past fifteen years. The businesses that have
come have done so because of hefty incentives such as tax abatement. This simply is not a
sustainable way for the city to do business. There comes a point when that “check” has to
be covered and we are feeling that pain right now. The change we need begins with
creating sustainable neighborhoods that attract young families and the middle class back to
Dallas. That will allow us to spread our tax burden across a wider group. I believe this
starts with education and job creation.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: We should not cut a high priority service like policing. However, I do think that we need
to change our style of policing. Some people may disagree, but many large metro areas
are going back to (or even starting for the first time) the community policing concept.
There are certain areas that have Neighborhood Police Officers and that is a good resource
if the community needs someone to come out to a crime watch meeting. We need true
community policing and try to move away from strictly response driven police force. I
believe that this will allow for more efficient use of the police force we currently have and
foster better relationships between law enforcement and the community. Having the
same officers cruising the same beats and getting to know the residents and each
community’s issues on a regular basis will not only reduce crime, but give the officers
information that is concise and up-to-date. This information can be shared among the
community police force and members of the community.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: Absolutely not and I would support rolling back the most recent tax increase. City
officials haven’t done their jobs in the last decade and now they want the rest of us to foot
the bill. This tax increase hit hardest those who can least afford it. Elderly people on fixed
incomes and homeowners have no reprieve. We can’t continue to run our government on
the backs of poor people.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: I cannot list three specific areas to reduce spending. I believe it over simplifies our
greater budget problems. While I realize this will be a very unpopular viewpoint to some,
I believe that we need to take a look at the entire budget. Every line item. We should look
at the budget line by line and find ways to increase efficiency and reduce waste. Every
month when I sit down to pay my bills, I have choices to make. I have to look at all the
money coming in and what is needed to pay the bills. City Hall should be no different.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?

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A: At this point in the planning and progression of this plan, we should do our best to
complete those projects that are underway. I also believe that the portions of the plan that
are focused on the recreational use of the Trinity should be the priority. I don’t believe
the tollroad-once it changed to the high-speed highway inside the levees- was ever a
viable option. The very nature of high-speed roads defeats the greater purpose fostering
some economic development around this venture.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: Create an economic development partnership, which also includes their school district
and the college district. The goal is to bring together city leaders (Mayor and council),
business leaders (chambers of commerce) and leaders in the education community to
boost economic development. I think when developers and outside businesses see cities
working together with private sector coupled with an active interest in economic
development from the school district, they have more faith in the overall viability of the
city, and will want to invest here. Attracting families and successful business is the key to
growing our tax base. The council must get away from the “silo” management style and
start reaching across, as much as possible, to provide comprehensive solutions to the
problems that we face.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: Other than police and fire, I believe our city water and sanitation departments do a
fantastic job. Their departments provide a service that none of us can do without, but are
never recognized for their hard work. The departments offer good customer service and
are efficient in delivering that service. I believe that the permits and inspections
department could use an overhaul. There is a great deal of bureaucracy still prevalent in
that department. We could also make the process more helpful for business people,
developers, contractors, and ordinary citizens on the front end. I believe this will help the
department become more efficient.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: I believe this shrinkage is bad for Dallas. Families are attracted to areas where they can
buy an affordable home in mature neighborhood with good schools. We need a school
system that parents have faith in district-wide, not just a few top schools in East Dallas.
Middle-class families will not come to live in Dallas because of the Arts District and a pretty
bridge. But they will come to a city with are good schools and safe neighborhoods. As
much as this pains some folks around City Hall, the hard reality is the suburbs are thriving
at our expense because we been focusing on all the wrong things. Dallas has the great
potential for growth. The vast majority of that potential lies in the southern districts. We
have good schools. Yes it’s true. All the elementary schools in South Dallas, save one, are
either exemplary or recognized. We also have Lincoln High School Communications
Magnet. This is something we should be proud of and it’s something we can build on.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: Dallas is a city of very distinct and established neighborhoods. Some of these folks don’t
like change and they see increased density as a threat. Getting some people to embrace
higher density will be a challenge, even inside the loop. They think density equals
apartments, higher crime rates and low property values. Developers will tell you that they
will go where there are roof-tops. I ask them to drive around my community. There are
roof tops, but no development. It obviously takes more than just roof-tops. What we
should be focused on is the quality of housing and development that comes into a
neighborhood and that will look different based on the neighborhood is question.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: Our new economy will not allow the purchase of high-priced condos and lofts, by the
regular working person. We must do more to attract middle income people by providing
housing that is affordable by the average person. We have priced out the very people who
can make the city center a more vibrant place. This is Dallas and I believe that there’s
room to have it all, but we must be consistent. When more people live in downtown, then
more businesses will follow.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
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officers are already doing more with less to serve the community. The priority of local law
enforcement should remain focused on resident and neighborhood safety.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: First, the people of the southern Dallas are just as proud our neighborhoods as they
people in the northern part sector of the city. We have good schools and great
neighborhoods. The council members and the various mayors have been telling us for the
past twenty years that southern Dallas is a priority. However, if you drive around and look
at the area it looks like it did twenty years ago. The City of Dallas has proven to us over
and over again that southern Dallas is not a priority, simply by the lack of oversight of
significant amounts of money that are supposed to be dedicated to business investment. If
they were at all serious, that type of mishandling of precious funds would not be tolerated.
That being said, there are challenges to development that must be addressed including
planning and zoning. The homeowners and business people are not looking for a hand out.
We simply want the same effort in investment that the northern and eastern parts of
Dallas have received. I believe that starts with the council members who represent the
districts. It is the responsibility of the council members to actively seek out business
investment that fits the needs of the people in the district. That sort of pro-active approach
has not been the norm in this area.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: That’s a great idea, but I think it can be expanded. As previously stated, in successful
urban areas that have managed to remain highly competitive, they have created an
economic development partnership, which also includes their school district and the college
district. The goal is to bring together city leaders (Mayor and council), business leaders
(chambers of commerce) and leaders in the education community to boost economic
development. I think when developers see cities working together with private sector and
an active interest in economic development from the school district, they have more faith
in the overall viability of the city, and will want to invest there.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: I believe this effort can be replicated in South Dallas. There already exists a
comprehensive plan that would benefit from investment by city, state and federal
government. The South Dallas Action Plan (http://www.slideshare.net/changarocc/south-
dallas-action-plan) is a comprehensive plan that takes into account issues of balancing
development, environmental justice and community needs.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: The Great Trinity Forest. The improvement of this gem has been my focus for the past
nine years. I’ve help to build trails, kiosks and pavilions in and around the forest. While
doing this work, I have seen and photographed owls, hawks, bald eagles, rabbits, deer,
fox, beaver and other wildlife. People are always amazed that we have this thing of beauty
right here, in our own backyard, all within the city limits and only eight minutes from
downtown.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: A city council, stifled by years of poor planning and a lack of ingenuity, the current high
tax burden on ordinary people, and the erosion of trust in our educational system will have
long lasting effects on the viability of this city.

Dallas City Council, Place 9


Description: Note: Only Dallas residents living in this district may vote in this race. Click
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Candidates (choose 1):

Robert L. Foster

Biographical Info:
Name: Robert L. Foster
Street Address: 2807 Crest Ridge Drive
City/Town: Dallas
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 03/30/1993

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Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: (972)951-7245


Home Phone Number: (972)613-8951
Mobile Phone Number: (972)951-7245
Fax Number: (972)613-8951
E-mail Address: foster2807@sbcglobal.net
Campaign Web Site Address: Campaign Web Site is under construction. Youtube is also
under construction.
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: 18 years
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: 18 years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: High School student
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: I am currently active in Community Emergency Responce Team (CERT), Crime Watch.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: I am (CERT) certified. I am certified in FEMA Active Shooter: What You Can Do.
Q: Education
A: High School Senior
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: None
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: Around four fiqures.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: My top three contributors do not wish for their name to be disclosed at this time.
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: I am unhappy with the current situation that plagues the City of Dallas and its time for a
change.Helping people is a passion of mine.I am very involved in my community.I would
encourage others to be involved as well. I hope to bring new life into our city
government,new ideas, a fresh approach and untainted views. I plan to maintain a
constant focus on the key issues that seem to plague our city.I am committed to being the
voice of the people.I stand for positive politics. I am an active board member of a non
profit organization known as DFSC Jr. Board Positions held are as follows; Treasurer
2009-2010, Vice President 2010 to currently. I personally believe that your
accomplishments should not be measured by you height attain but rather by the obstacles
that you overcome.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: I would make Dallas more accountable for it actions.I plan to stabilize taxes by working
with other council members.I would inprove public safety by increasing public awareness.
This is a serious issue that does not need to be overlooked community involvement would
help improve public saftey at no additional cost to the city.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I am dedicated to being the voice of the people. My opponent(s)current and prior view
points. I bring new life, new ideas, and a fresh approach to the city. I beleive in positive
politics.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: No,the residents of Dallas are not getting a sufficient bang for their tax buck. I would
try to reinvest in Dallas' Economic Growth. I plan to revitalize the city.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: No, due to the city's shortfall it can not hire as many officers as the city would like.
However,once the budget started showing stability hiring could resume,to do so without a
stablize ecomony would mean cut backs in other areas.

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Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: I oppose any tax increase unless all other avenues have proven unsuccessful.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: I plan to reduce spending in three areas; I would elimate earmarks, Example; Trinity
River Project. The city should try to go paperless. Wasteful Electricity Usage within city
owned buildings. Example; lights that are left on, after the buildings are closed.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: At this time I would not consider a toll road option.We have more pressing issues with
our current budget that needs to be address first. I do however think we need to get the
safety of our levees under control.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: The city could offer some form of tax incentive to all new business based on a new
evaluated net worth. I beleive long term business that have not filed for bankrupcy and,
are currently in good standing with the city should also qualify for some sort of a tax
incentive.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: I would like to first take a monent to say thank you to our Police Department,Fire
Department, Sanitation, Transportation Department and all our public servants for a job
well done.However, additional training and alleviating some of the red tape would allow
the department to do their jobs in which they were intended to do. Therefore, creating a
better quality of life for our city.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: This is indifferent for the people of Dallas and its surrounding areas. Because the North
Texas area saw a population increase. If the City of Dallas stabilize taxes and offered
bussiness better incentives it would spur economical growth within the local economy. That
means more business would be attracted to the Dallas area. Therefore, more people would
likely move to the Dallas and North Texas area.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: Further studies are need to help evaluate the density within this given area. I want to
reach out to the community.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: Try to spur economic development.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: This is not a city issue.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: At this time I would not consider a toll road option. We have more pressing issues with
our current budget that needs to be address first. I do however think we need to get the
safety of our levees under control.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I would like to know more about this public-private economic development corporation
and how it will effect the surrounding communities. I am always for helping the needy and
the elderly.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: This can only be replicated with public involement. We should start in the Fairpark and
surrounding neighborhoods.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?

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A: The Bishop Arts District and our Historical landmarks within the city.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: Dallas is losing revenue to its surrounding suburbs. Dallas is also landlock.

Sheffie Kadane

Biographical Info:
Name: Sheffie Kadane
Street Address: 6841 Lakeshore Drive
City/Town: Dallas
State: TX
Date of Birth: November 2, 1944
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-244-0147
Fax Number: 972-733-8013
E-mail Address: tgpeyton@swbell.net
Campaign Web Site Address: www.sheffiekadane.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: 66 years 4 months
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: 66 years 4 months
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: PICS Investment Company
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Current Council member representing District 9.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: District 9 Served as Park Board member, Board of Adjustments also the Northeast
Dallas Chamber of Commerce,and the Greater Dallas Rotary
Q: Education
A: Dallas Public School, Woodrow Wilson High School Arlington State College
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Dallas City Council, Place 9
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: Over $35K
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Many contributors have graciously given at the $1000 max as have a few of the PACS
who have made decisions to this point.
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: I have never been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings. I have been
involved in business litigation in the past, nothing current.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: My goal is to make Dallas a better place to live, work and raise a family. I have lived in
this district all of my life. My father served as Councilman for East Dallas many years ago.
My business background and city experience on boards and commissions best qualifies me
for this position. I am aware of the financial position and challenges the city faces. I have
been involved with this process over the past 4 years.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: 1. Building a coalition to address economic development and revitalization in the Casa
View area of my district. This is being addressed through a partnership with the Ferguson
Road Initiative which to date has not cost the taxpayers any money. Working with Code
Enforcement and our Community Prosecutor we have made great strides in this area. 2.
Erosion and flood control are also top priorities. We must find a way to help the
homeowners who choose to live along our creeks and rivers. I am hopeful to address these
concerns thru future bond programs. 3. The Garland Road Initiative, which was set up
through funds I lobbied for thru the NCTCOG and other private partnerships engages the
community to develop a long range plan for the Garland Road Corridor. The plan has now
been approved by Council and is an opportunity for us to entice developers to come in and
work with us to enhance and redevelop this historic area of our city. 4. The Trinity River
Corridor must get off the ground. It will be the largest development opportunity for the
city in the for-seeable future. There will be some incentives required to make this work in
the current economic environment, but those will be far outweighed by the opportunity it

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will create for the city's tax base. This will be accomplished by public and private
partnerships and future bond programs and possibly grants.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: Experience. While I applaud anyone who wants to put themselves up for public office
and all it entails, in this race, the experience I bring to the table is really needed to move
the city forward. As I stated I have lived in this district my entire life. I am vested in both
my city and district 9 and have compassion for all of my neighborhoods. I work tirelessly
to improve the quality of life for everyone in East Dallas and I feel I bring the experience
necessary to move our city and my district forward in these difficult times.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: While I did not support the tax increase this last year, I do believe that our citizens are
getting the most for their tax dollars. Our City Manager and the Council are consistently
looking for ways to cut expenses without harming the delivery of services.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: We have achieved our goal of 3 officers/1000 residents. We MUST maintain that level of
protection for our citizens. Attrition will guide our hiring, but we will be consistently
recruiting for new officers.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: As property values continue to drop, we have to look at alternate ways to raise revenue
and cut expenses. Some of my colleagues prefer raising taxes to looking at other options,
but I believe the worst thing we can do in these uncertain economic times is place a larger
tax burden on our constituents.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: Reduce Boards and Commissions Utilities Reduce supplies Get more life out of city
vehicles; reduce the number of fleet vehicles (except for Public Safety)
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: Citizens of Dallas have spoken on more than one occasion about the importance of this
project and the road that goes with it. I believe the park and recreation facilities in the
Trinity should be a priority with funding from public/private partnerships and possibly
grants.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: Recruit. Continue enticing business owners, thru our amenities, to come to our city.
Work with prospects to find their niche in our city. Bring prospective clients to our city and
make sure we have the right amenities they need to operate their business in Dallas,
Texas. Also we might be able to offer incentives such as TIF's, MMD's and some grants that
may be applicable.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: Our police and fire departments are second to none and all of our emergency services
are excellent. The Dallas Water and Sanitation Departments do an excellent job in
response to issues as well as planning for and rebuilding our infrastructure. Code
Enforcement is making much progress throughout our city. Our streets require much
work. DISD needs to continue to work on their graduation rate.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: The numbers were disappointing,but provide incentive for us to look at all of the issues
big metropolitan areas face. I also believe that until we can provide a quality education to
our citizens' children we will continue to loose population to the suburbs.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: While we would like to see the core of the city be a greater percentage of single family
houses, we know that with the growth of our region we will need to look at ways of

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providing the proper zoning for more housing in less space.


Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: The Central Business District members must find ways to bring retail to downtown.
Retail will provide the draw for people to come to town and stay. More public/private
partnerships. We need a grocery, specialty shops and day care. These are all quality of life
issues to be provided by the private sector. All will enhance the Woodall Rodgers Deck park
that will be completed in 2012.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: Immigration is a federal issue. ICE agents and our police officers are doing what they
can.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: The Council is dependent upon the representatives of those districts to come to the
table with ideas and recommendations for their districts. The council can then prioritize any
action that the council can pursue.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I have no issues and have greatly supported partnerships in the past. Each project must
stand on its own merit and scored to determine the cost benefits. You must have viable
projects and the proper oversight for this to be successful.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: What the CityDesign Studio has done is unique. We are fortunate to be the recipient of a
grant which allowed the West Dallas Development. I welcome the opportunity to focus on
the Casa View area of district 9 should another grant develop.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: Our fabulous Arts District and Arboretum do not get the publicity and notoriety they
deserve. They are true gems for the city.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: The most uncomfortable issue voters face is the realization that the City cannot afford
to do everything anymore.

Kirk D. Launius

Biographical Info:
Name: Kirk Launius
Street Address: 6719 Patrick Drive
City/Town: Dallas
State: Texas
Date of Birth: May 12, 1966
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-515-0740
Home Phone Number: 214-515-0740
Mobile Phone Number: 214-515-0740
E-mail Address: District9@planetkirk.com
Campaign Web Site Address: http://www.KirkForDallas.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: I grew up here, graduated from Dallas ISD’s Hillcrest High School (where I was elected
president of the Student Congress), started businesses and created jobs in Dallas.
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: East Dallas has been my home for almost 4 decades. I did leave for college and the
Navy and taught English in South Korea, but I always came back to my home near
Mockingbird Lane and Abrams Road.

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Q: Occupation/main source of income


A: I am a small-business entrepreneur who has worked for years to build strong
neighborhoods, provide good city services, and grow business in Dallas. I served as a
Dallas Police Officer from 2002 to 2006 -- years in which our city experienced significant
overall crime reduction, as well as a decrease in violent crime. I have leveraged years of
law enforcement and military experience into a successful business which assesses security
vulnerabilities and designs solutions to protect the lives and property of many happy
commercial and residential customers.
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Member of the Texas Burglar and Fire Alarm Association Member of the North Texas
Alarm Association Volunteer with Cornerstone Ministry providing meals, outreach, and
hope to the homeless in the same inner-city South Dallas neighborhood that I patrolled as
a Dallas Police Officer Volunteer crime watch speaker via Dallas Asian American chambers
of commerce
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Former member of the Dallas Police Crime Watch Executive Board (CWEB) representing
the Northeast Patrol Division First graduate of the Dallas Citizens Police Academy to
become a full-time Dallas Police Officer Former Reserve Dallas Police Officer with no
disciplinary action, and multiple commendations for service to Dallas PD’s homeland
security operations in coordination with the FBI and United States Secret Service United
States Navy Veteran – Chief Petty Officer, honorably discharged 2009 Reserve Sailor of
the Year at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth and Navy Region Southeast
Reserve Component Command
Q: Education
A: Bachelors Degree in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin Honors Graduate
of the Dallas Police Academy with highest academic and overall averages in Recruit Class
#274, continuing professional education as a licensed Texas Peace Officer
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Vice president of student government for the more than 50,000 students at The
University of Texas at Austin
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: $100.00 received, with more pledged
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Julian E. Strucely, Dr. Fred D. Minton & Mrs. Marlane S. Minton I am proudest of the
unsolicited check I received from my uncle -- also a U.S. Navy Veteran – who retired from
the City of Dallas after more than 30 years of service.
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: Some children excel in music, math, or athletics. As a young child, I would draw and
color pictures of make-believe “cities”. Upon earning the rank of Eagle Scout, I opted to
spend my “Eagle Scout Day” with then Dallas City Manager George Schrader who
encouraged me to give something back through service to my community. One example of
that ethic is the fact that I volunteered more time as a non-paid, volunteer Reserve Dallas
Police Officer than I worked as a paid, full-time Dallas Police Officer in Southeast Dallas.
Unfortunately, my e-mails and phone calls to members of the Dallas City Council have
usually gone unanswered. As I knock on doors, many friends and neighbors complain of
this same “non-responsiveness” from their municipal elected officials. I will respond to
every e-mail, phone call, and letter, just as I did while serving as vice president of student
government for the more than 50,000 students at The University of Texas at Austin. If
elected, I will be one of the few members of the Dallas City Council who actually
understands the inner workings of our city from the perspective gained through my years
of service in Dallas Fire-Rescue telecommunications (911/311) and as a Dallas Police
Officer. I can also read signs and advertisements in English, Spanish, and Hangeul
(Korean), and that makes me better prepared to represent the interests of a changing
Dallas.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: 1) Enforce our Code of Ethics and improve Dallas’ image. I will join and help our new
mayor shape a team that will elect the most qualified City Councilmembers to positions of
great responsibility -- especially mayor pro tem and committee chairmanships like Public
Safety -- considering candidates’ moral, ethical, and work histories to avoid

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non-productive, embarrassing, “high-profile” incidents, and insure that Dallas has the most
qualified leaders at the helm, regardless of race, ethnicity or other factors. I will adhere to
and utilize the City of Dallas Code of Ethics fairly and appropriately in a routine and
ongoing fashion. The cost? Time and effort. The benefit? Incalculable improvement to
Dallas’ image as a can-do City where businesses grow and move here, thus increasing our
tax base and lowering the burden to property tax paying homeowners. I will seek to
change Dallas’ motto, or “tagline” to something that reflects a new, cleaner image. 2) Get
rid of drug houses and secure Dallas. I was a proud military Veteran present at the
December, 2010 demolition of a known drug house in the area near the VA Hospital where
I used to patrol as a Dallas Police Officer. As children from Lisbon Elementary School
shouted “knock it down”, a Texas National Guard bulldozer did just that. "Operation
Crackdown" has saved the City of Dallas an estimated $70,000 while providing valuable
training for the National Guard. I will continue to support various partnerships to rid our
city of abandoned structures, drug houses, and illegal businesses, many of which are
located in the southern sectors of our City which are in most need of economic
development, and in dangerous proximity to our schools. We must clean up Dallas so that
our next generation can grow up and play in safe neighborhoods and parks, and maintain
unmolested access to quality education. I am a proud graduate of the Dallas ISD, and I
will meet regularly with my counterparts on the school board to improve communications
and ensure that we as a City are doing everything we can to provide a safe and high
quality education for our children. As a law enforcement professional, I will seek a top-to-
bottom review -- in coordination with state and federal authorities -- of our city’s security
posture, in light of recently foiled terrorist attacks. Safety is an essential service that our
city can and must provide without breaking our budget. 3) Roll back taxes, deliver
essential services well, and help grow business. As a business owner and former police
officer, I do a lot of listening. I’m good at it, and I’ve heard my neighbors’ concerns about
tax increases and the impacts they are having on our families. We were blessed to have a
fiscally conservative mayor, and I am voting for another such individual on May 14th. But,
Dallas does not have a “strong mayor” system, and he will need the support of at least 7
other city councilmembers who understand the need to create jobs and keep taxes low.
Otherwise, we may end up like other cities which are bogged down by high taxes, huge
debt, and a scarcity of jobs. As a former marketing manager of one of America’s fastest-
growing telecommunications companies, and an avid cyclist and outdoorsman, I will
immediately begin to recruit trade shows – such as Interbike, the world’s largest cycling
industry exhibition – to come to Dallas instead of Las Vegas. That’s just one example of a
low- (or no-) cost initiative that I will spearhead to allow an international industry to
leverage Dallas’ natural and man-made assets (in this case, miles of existing and
soon-to-be built hike and bike trails) and bring millions of dollars of business to the Dallas
Convention Center, Convention Center Hotel, restaurants, and hundreds of other local
venues. When the Starbucks chain wandered from their main mission of delivering good
coffee and the “Starbucks Experience” of interaction with the barista, etc., their business
suffered. When Dallas returns to a focus of providing good basic services, we taxpayers
will receive a good value. What should Dallas’ new tagline be? How about something like:
“Dallas, essentially yours”.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: As I walk the neighborhoods of District 9, many residents tell me that I am the first
candidate for city council that has ever made the effort to ask them their opinions and
listen to their concerns and ideas. As I noted previously, lack of response has been a major
problem with all of the city council members whom I have written, e-mailed or called. My
offers two years ago to serve on city boards or commissions went completely unanswered.
When I write my state or federal representatives, I always get letters or e-mails in return.
Why isn’t that the case at Dallas City Hall? If elected to the Dallas City Council, I will
answer all correspondence and phone calls. As a proud United States Navy Veteran, I
subscribe to the Navy’s core values of: Honor, Courage and Commitment. Prior to my
decision to run for Dallas City Council District 9, I called our incumbent city councilman and
expressed my disappointment that the city council had failed to enforce the City’s code of
ethics and failed to even discuss removal of the chairman of the Public Safety Committee
after he violated the City Charter in bypassing the city manager to directly intervene in
police enforcement. In a “high profile” incident involving the use of “special police”
(specifically prohibited by our City Charter), our current mayor lied about police officers’
reports of a domestic violence call at his home. I told our incumbent that “actions speak
louder than words”, but he was unaware that our mayor was suing our city to suppress
public records. How can a man that sues the city hold its gavel? Just as bad, how can a city
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check? As I walk the neighborhoods of District 9, these are the questions my neighbors
want answered. As your city councilman, I will not sit idly by as others violate the law and
put our police officers in jeopardy when they dial the police chief’s cell phone number to
play a “stay out of jail card” instead of calling 911. If you’re happy with the “Caraway
Council”, then vote for our incumbent. If not, then vote Kirk Launius for Dallas City Council
District 9.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: No. We are overtaxed, and receive fewer services than we deserve for what we pay.
Unfortunately, Dallas has had an infatuation with big ticket items that often do not result in
any tangible benefit for our residents. With your help, I will work tirelessly to shift our
city’s focus away from grand projects, and back to the provision of good, basic city
services. We must create a better business environment here in the City of Dallas. Sure,
there will be tough budget decisions to make, but we can make the right ones. An
example? My business depends upon city permits to complete jobs in large office buildings
where we serve as a sub-contractor to some of the largest construction companies in the
nation. Recently, a permit, which used to take a week or two to obtain from Dallas’ Office
of Building Inspection, took several times that long to get. The reason? We were told that
the plans examiner we had worked with for months had been laid off. If you are happy
with a city council that has failed to protect staffing positions which are essential to
business and growing our tax base, then don’t vote for me. But, if you would like to see us
enhance our business tax base, and unburden our residential taxpayers, then go to
www.KirkForDallas.com to donate or volunteer, and vote Kirk Launius for Dallas City
Council District 9.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: The tendency of governments, unchecked, is ALWAYS to grow bigger and bigger. Dallas
is a safer city in recent years due to the outstanding efforts of the men and women of our
police and fire departments. I am proud to have played a small role in that “boots on the
ground” success. As a patrol officer in some of the toughest neighborhoods of our city, my
fellow officers and I battled daily with squad cars in need of maintenance, along with the
crack cocaine, prostitution, and murder, and we kept each other alive. Our chief has stated
that he believes the department has “adequate resources” to do the job. Our city manager
says that she does not want to see the size of the force fall significantly. Having worked for
the City, I am better prepared than others to identify areas where we can eliminate waste
and cut costs. With these savings, Dallas will be able to resume its hiring of new police
officers to meet our decades-old goal (and City ordinance) of having three police officers
per thousand residents. I don’t think we’re going to need a tax increase to keep the public
safety force at the levels we desire. I believe that the force can be maintained without a
tax hike.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: No. Dallas will continue to face difficult budget years until the economy improves.
Raising property taxes during a recession was not a solution, but a shortsighted move
which prolongs our recovery. Government should also not attempt to compete with private
enterprise. It should get out of the way so businesses can thrive in a free market.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), small businesses make up
more than 99.7% of all employers, generated 65% of net new jobs over the past 17 years,
and are 52% home-based. Citizens who keep more of the money they earn can reinvest
those dollars in job-creating small businesses, like I do. If you are tired of our “tax and
spend” council who pile up debt for our children, then elect me as your Dallas City
Councilman, and together we will reduce government waste, provide good city services,
and roll back the tax increase.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: Reduced spending does not have to result in reductions to basic city services. I have a
track record of building partnerships with the private sector to provide taxpayers with the
amenities and services they desire. Replace reduced spending on parks and recreation
with private partnership money. I am a runner, a cyclist, and a big fan of Dallas Parks. I
would explore cutting costs within the Dallas Park and Recreation Department while
boosting services via innovative public-private partnerships – like the successful one
involving the Dallas Zoological Society -- that provide children and their parents safe and
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quality of life enhancing programs and facilities, as those businesses help create jobs, grow
our economy, and expand our tax base. Reduce vehicle and travel expenditures. In my
extensive experience as a member of various public and private boards and committees,
and as a city employee and a business owner, I have often found that significant savings
can be achieved through cutting unnecessary travel expenses and more careful and
systematic use of vehicles. This can take many forms, aided by fuel-saving computer
technology and tracking. Some meetings can be held via the Internet, instead of sending
people there via car or airplane. Technologies exist to help cities achieve better
fuel-efficiency from their fleets, and to better manage the time that employees and staff
waste stuck in traffic. Use of alternative fuels such as natural gas can help clean our air,
while reducing the cost of transportation. Establish what items really cost, and reduce
what the City pays to contractors. Recent news reports revealed what a terrible waste of
money our city’s “Weatherization Assistance Program” has been. Dallas paid $8.10 for light
bulbs one could purchase at The Home Depot for less than $1.50 a piece. According to
WFAA TV, "Invoices showed the city paid for a 40-gallon water heater at a cost of $1,500.
But News 8 discovered it's not a 40-gallon tank after all, but rather the smaller 29-gallon
one which sells online for as low as $381. The city overpaid by $1,100." Funds, from any
source, expended by the departments responsible should be scrutinized and reduced if
necessary. The Dallas tagline currently reads: “Dallas, The City That Works. Diverse,
Vibrant, and Progressive”. Really? Let’s truly be ‘progressive’, provide essential city
services well, remind our city managers and employees that they work for us the
taxpayers, and change the environment at City Hall to something like: “Dallas, essentially
yours”.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: The Trinity River is the “eye gate” of Dallas. Some people look at the areas south of
I-30 and the Trinity River and cringe. I see hope and natural beauty, such as the largest
urban bottomland hardwood forest in North America, and I have been building bridges
there for years. I have stood in that forest at 3:00 in the morning, and heard the peaceful
sounds of nature interrupted by the crackle of my portable police radio and the sounds of
gunfire or a police helicopter. I would prioritize the goals of the Trinity River Corridor
Project to bring nationally acclaimed parks, trails, lakes, nature education and recreational
opportunities to our center city within the Trinity River Basin. In 2006, Dallas allocated
money for a whitewater project in the city's bond program. The Audubon Center and Santa
Fe Trestle Trail are lovely additions to Dallas’ parks ‘inventory’, and the new Trinity Park
Standing Wave Kayak Course is already being greatly enjoyed by paddlers, and more
amenities will come with time. I have questions about the toll road, as there is a worrying
scarcity of transportation funding. As a fiscal conservative, I believe if we eliminate waste
in government at all levels, then we will have what we need, and can even cut taxes. As a
public safety professional, I believe our focus must be upon providing flood protection for
all our citizens, visitors, and businesses in West Dallas, Oak Cliff, and Downtown. We can’t
just sit back and say, “it will never happen here”. In May of 1995, I assisted in a swift
water rescue of a neighbor who lived directly across the street from me. She was almost
swept away in a swollen Rush Creek, and conditions were so bad that day that several
people drowned in Dallas, and fire trucks weren’t able to get into some neighborhoods. We
had to fend for ourselves. Dallas needs to re-focus on providing good basic city services
such as fixing roadways and maintaining public safety. Fortunately, we received some good
news recently that the Army Corps of Engineers anticipates approval of a levee repair plan
that will lead to Dallas' Trinity levees being recertified by Spring 2012, and I am hopeful
that we North Texans can manage our transportation needs without heaping more massive
debt upon our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: For the most part, government should get out of the way, and stay out of the way of
entrepreneurs. I am an advocate for limited government, but believe that our City can and
must continue to play a role in safeguarding our citizens. I hear many complaints from
residents in District 9 about downtown. They believe it’s not clean and it’s not safe. Many
tell me there is “nothing to do down there”. I think it is sad that many Dallasites spend less
time downtown than our tourists and out-of-town visitors. I believe we can and should
incentivize urban development in the downtown core. Dallas has tax incentives and
abatements, as well as programs to encourage overseas businesses to relocate here. On
April 9th, I met with a well-known international architect and engineer who was visiting
North Texas and we talked about the proper level of density for a city like Dallas. I read
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Institute and the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Having lived for 3 years in
the bustling port city of Busan and the giant capital city of Seoul, South Korea -- with a
population of over 10 million people -- I have the knowledge and experience to help bring
order and direction to our home on the North Texas prairie. This is the kind of stability that
business leaders look for when thinking about relocating to a city like Dallas. Our Tax
Increment Finance Districts (TIFs) and Public Improvement Districts (PIDs) are serving
well to increase the density of development and improve infrastructure. If you are happy
with the “tax and spend” city council of the past two years, then vote for the other guy. If
you want to help a change agent go to City Hall, then vote for me.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: Trash pickup, recycling, and water delivery are excellent. Road maintenance needs to
improve, especially in the area of preventative maintenance. For instance, in many
neighborhoods, water meters are sunken and sidewalks are in disrepair. Currently those
are addressed on a per-request basis. It would be much more efficient to make all repairs
in a single block at the same time, rather than piecemeal as is done now. Cut spending on
streets and infrastructure replacement through better maintenance schedules. As a 311
operator, I took thousands of calls from residents, and I was always cognizant of the fact
that each call usually resulted in rubber tires burning gasoline hitting concrete streets. Each
call equaled one trip or more. Other calls brought complaints that days or weeks or
months had passed with no response. We should replace broken sidewalks and water
meters on a street-by-street, scheduled basis instead of the ‘normal’ piecemeal,
fuel-slurping single trips when a resident calls to complain. Streets need to be properly
maintained in order to lower the frequency and cost of wholesale replacement of
thoroughfares. Every department within the city has the opportunity to be more efficient in
how it operates and provide the same or a better level of service.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: It’s a bad symptom. We need to do a better job of encouraging “organic” business
growth. As an employer in the security services industry, my company -- an installer of
burglar alarm, video surveillance and access control systems – creates jobs for sales
people, security consultants and installers. I know how to attract people to Dallas. Some of
my young Asian friends are just starting to move to what they call “the SMU area”. They
love the gardens of the Dallas Arboretum and the trails of White Rock Lake, and they are
pondering the notion of moving further east, deeper into District 9, which I wholeheartedly
encourage. Some friends recently opened a wonderful Korean restaurant on Greenville
Avenue at Lovers Lane. We have wonderful amenities in our downtown core, such as the
arts district. I believe the deck park is going to make downtown more livable, as it
becomes easier for downtown residents to access Uptown. The early stages of our urban
core re-do are the toughest, but as we stay in the game, so to speak, the economies of
scale will emerge so that the incentives will be self-evident, self-reinforcing, and require
fewer tax abatements. Ultimately, the answer is to cut waste in government, provide
excellent essential services such as police, fire, streets, sanitation, building permits and
inspections, etc., cut taxes, and allow our citizens to keep more of their hard-earned
dollars which they will re-invest in the marketplace as entrepreneurs and consumers. We
can, and will, expand our tax base, while cutting taxes for our urban resident business
owners and their employees, and the result will be fantastic, and in line with Dallas’ history
as a can-do business City.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: Let’s be realistic. There is no single correct answer to this question. Neighborhood
density can and does vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood, and will be greater
as you get closer to downtown. In recent years, residents near the southern shore of White
Rock Lake successfully fought back development of “mid-rise” housing in their
neighborhood. So, it’s a sensitive subject, but one that is being addressed through
educational outreach efforts by proponents of responsible, mixed-use development.
Property values in the suburbs may have peaked, and the younger crowd is calling for
“sustainable development”, where they can walk to restaurants and walk or cycle to work.
Dallas is changing demographically with more Hispanics and Asians arriving every day. I
have the historical perspective as a lifelong resident of District 9, as well as the
international travel experience and time living and working abroad in Europe and Asia to
help make the next few years the best for Dallas. Population density seems to be growing

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in areas that make sense – for example, around the DART stations at Mockingbird and
Park Lanes. As an inside-Loop 12 resident, I honor my neighbors’ desire to maintain the
tree-lined “roominess” of our District. I also believe that mixed-use developments can
bring new life to tired, old sections of our city, and I will work with neighbors and
developers to ensure that we achieve and maintain balance in our quality of life, while
welcoming new residents to our district who will broaden our tax base, start small
businesses, and help us reduce our tax burdens.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: Re-establish, enlarge or revitalize a commission of downtown business leaders to make
suggestions on the downtown area, and encourage them to participate financially in
making it happen. They would greatly benefit from a revitalized downtown, and should
participate in bringing that to fruition.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: Follow the laws that are on the books, and report all criminal illegal immigrants to the
federal government.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: The unemployment situation in Dallas County, and in particular South Dallas, has
reached a critical stage which affects everyone in one capacity or another. For the last 10
or 15 years, our situation has been generally ignored or overlooked by the federal and
state government to a point that we can no longer rely on the federal government,
especially during tough economic times like we are currently experiencing. Even when the
federal government does something in our area, it usually has strings attached or favors a
small group of established business favorites. More often than not, the entrepreneurs of
South Dallas are left out. Dependence upon state and federal government needs to cease
and each of us needs to take charge of our individual and community needs for the future.
Instead of looking for outside help, we need to focus on our own community businesses
and services so they can grow and create jobs for Dallas residents right here at home.
There are entrepreneurs within the South Dallas community who need a little
encouragement to undertake the business of their dreams. These businesses often become
the foundation for long-term jobs within our entire city and North Texas.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I believe it is an excellent idea, and we should go even further. As a recruit police officer
at the Dallas Police Academy on Red Bird Center Drive in 2002, I couldn’t help but notice
the aircraft coming in for a landing on the runway just on the other side of the chain link
fence. About that same time, and during the past 8 years, some of our Dallas City leaders
have had the foresight to prepare a “diamond in the rough” for southern Dallas. They have
worked with City management to systematically develop and modernize the old Red Bird
Airport – now named, appropriately, Dallas Executive Airport. The City has a long-term
master plan for the development of this facility and the 300+ undeveloped acres
associated with it. Dallas Executive Airport is the perfect location for companies who want
to do business in Dallas. Prime land in our community is ready for development – both
industrial and aeronautical – within only 10 minutes of Downtown Dallas. It is also
convenient to the entire D/FW Metroplex via I-35E, I-20, I-45, I-30, US-67, and Loop 12,
and is in close proximity to the International Inland Port of Dallas (IIPOD). In February,
2002, the City of Dallas gave our southern airport a new name and a new direction to
reflect its new future serving the corporate and business segment of general aviation. But,
the City’s actions did not stop with a new name. We invested $6 million in capital
improvements and adopted the 2001 updated master plan. These actions resulted in the
designation of industrial, commercial, and aeronautical land uses on the airport grounds,
supported by a 20-year Capital Improvement Plan. This will enable the airport to keep up
with the growth in aviation demand, which has already resulted in an additional $10 million
in private investment. This is a local community asset owned and operated by the City of
Dallas that is “here and now” and is not something “dreamed of” for the future. It is
available for the citizens and businesses of South Dallas – and all of Dallas -- to develop so
that we may create jobs, revenue, job training facilities, and other enriching community
benefits. It is up to us to identify businesses here, and in other states, to come to South
Dallas and develop this property. We all know people in various states like California, New
York, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and others that are suffering terribly from excessive
taxation and government red tape. A single person could make one phone call to a friend

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in one of these states and obtain the names of companies that might consider relocating to
Dallas. Besides the excellent facilities, the City of Dallas and the State of Texas have
provided numerous economic development incentives for companies to move here and
create jobs. Individuals and the community need to work closely with the Dallas Executive
Airport officials and the numerous chambers of commerce and and other business
organizations which are active in South Dallas to identify businesses for the chambers of
commerce to contact and invite to visit our area. A single phone call could mean hundreds
of new jobs for South Dallas. The jobs future of South Dallas is in our hands. Let us work
together with the local chambers of commerce to develop this tremendous asset available
to us now. Let us safeguard these assets from corrupt individuals seeking only their own,
dishonest enrichment. Let us encourage new business development within our community.
If we act with the best interests of South Dallas, and all of Dallas, in mind, then we will
succeed. I have the vision, drive, and experience working as a bridge builder in southern
Dallas to help make this a reality for all of us.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: There are several areas that would be good to start in, but I would suggest Pleasant
Grove. The name is pleasant enough, and so are the residents. I know from experience
working there as a police officer. Although many neighbors there don’t have as much in the
way of material things as residents in other parts of Dallas, I met neighbor after neighbor
who was just as committed – if not more – to preserving and improving what they do
have. There is a lot of pride and love in Pleasant Grove, and its residents deserve the
support of District 9 and other Dallas residents to help them rise above the crime and
scarcity of economic opportunity to make life better for themselves. Jubilee Park is a good
example of the type of revitalization that an urban neighborhood can undergo with the help
of donations from private businesses. It is a 62-block neighborhood in South Dallas that I
used to patrol as a Dallas Police Officer. I’d like to see that kind of hope and success spread
east into Pleasant Grove, and other parts of Dallas.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: You can go on a hike or ride horses in the nation’s largest urban bottomland hardwood
forest right here within our city limits.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: A lack of educational programs for poll workers and the public has created conditions
which make Dallas one of the prime spots for election fraud in the country. The vast
majority of those breaking the election laws do so unwittingly and unintentionally, just
“doing things the way they’ve always been done”. Some poll workers depend upon their
day as a county employee for “Christmas money”, and the focus is not on ensuring honest
elections. Foreign and outside interests could easily co-opt our free elections, and may
have already done so. Iraqis emerge from their polling places with smiles and purple
thumbs raised high, but do our elections meet international standards? Dallas residents
express their concerns to me about electronic voting machines and “institutionalized fraud”
involving Dallas elections. On April 9th, I attended an election integrity “boot camp” where
a grassroots organization from Harris County taught approximately 100 North Texans how
to combat election fraud. I did not see a single member of the Dallas City Council or the
Dallas County Commissioners Court present at this well-publicized event. Sadly, we can
expect more indictments for election fraud violations before this situation improves.
Safeguarding our elections is a non-partisan issue that we must all support and become
engaged in. If you are fed up with the way things are going at City Hall, then vote Kirk
Launius for Dallas City Council District 9. www.KirkForDallas.com

Dallas City Council, Place 10


Description: Note: Only Dallas residents living in this district may vote in this race. Click
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Candidates (choose 1):

Jerry R. Allen

Biographical Info:
Name: Jerry Allen
Street Address: 9426 Dartcrest
City/Town: Dallas
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 9/4/1949

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Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 9729225775


Home Phone Number: 2143497518
Mobile Phone Number: 9729225775
Fax Number: 2146701843
E-mail Address: allens9426@sbcglobal.net
Campaign Web Site Address: NA
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: 61 years
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: 46 years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: City of Dallas
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Trustee Dallas Police/Fire Pension Plan, ARC of Dallas Ambassador, Local School Council
Merriman Park Elementary, Local School Council Forest Lane Academy
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: DART Board, Treasurer RISD Tomorrow Foundation, President and Treasurer Exchange
Club of Lake Highlands, Founding Director Wild For Cats, Emergency Preparedness
Planning Council
Q: Education
A: North Texas University, BS, Banking and Finance, Bank Administration Institute of
Banking, University of Wisconsin
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Dallas City Council, District 10
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: $25,000
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Jim and Kathy Adams, Alan and Joan Walne, Urban Rural Community Conservation PAC
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: 1)Never arrested 2)As a Councilman I have been named in suits along with the city.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: I am running for office to improve the quality of life of the citizens in my district and the
citizens of Dallas. My 35 plus years in banking have given me a broad-based business
background and my years of community service have given me the passion to pursue the
very best for all citizens.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: 1)Continue support for public safety by making sure there is no net reduction in staff
and our officers have all needed resources to do their job. This will continue to be paid for
out of the normal operating budget. 2)Promote economic development by "selling" all of
the positive attributes of Dallas. Dallas has so much to offer and our positive story must be
told loudly and clearly across America and the rest of the world to attract new businesses
and families, particularity to our southern sector. While it does not cost a dime to clap, the
city must continue to partner with all like minded groups to promote Dallas. 3)Eliminate
predatory lending. There is groundswell in the court of public opinion that states we can no
longer turn our backs for fair lending practices for those that are asset poor. We will plus
for reform by working with the Bank on Dallas program and lobbying Austin for meaningful
reform for Consumer Service Organizations.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: Experience and proven track record.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: I voted against the tax hike. The wish list will always be greater than incoming
revenues. It is very important that the citizens make their voices heard about what should
or should not be on the wish list.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?

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A: Staffing levels appear adequate. Attrition must be offset by new officers.


Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: NO
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: 1)Right of Way maintenance ($6,411,629). The city took this over from TXDOT and
funded this maintenance by the tax increase. The city received nothing in return from
TXDOT. Make TXDOT accountable. 2)Park mowing ($2,020,000). Part of the tax increase
went to increase the number of mowing cycles of our parks. Until revenues come back up,
reduce the number of mowing cycles. 3)With the tax increase, the city opened 16 of the
21 city pools with no regard to attendance. Pools are very expensive to maintain.
Attendance levels continue to drop. We need to find better uses for the limited amount of
park funds.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: The Trinity Trust works hand in hand with the city manager. Now that we appear to have
received a breather on the levees the Trust is back out fund raising and will help prioritize
projects. The citizens of Dallas have spoken and said to go forward with the toll road. With
the current conditions in Washington, funding will be an issue.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: Economic development is about attitude. We must be smart about development while
having our best foot forward to attract developers.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: Our water department is nationally recognized as one of the best of any city in the U.S.
Our permit and licensing department needs improvement.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: While Dallas did not reflect sharp growth, the over all metropolitan area did. Dallas is
the heart beat of the metropolitan area. Growth in the over all metropolitan area is
expected to be robust as it will also be in Dallas, particularity in light of the vast amount of
vacant land in the southern sector.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: Density is expected in metropolitan areas. A solid transportation system built around
neighborhoods that will embrace the concept of live, work and play is the future. The city
must promote this concept and take the lead role to help create this environment.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: I believe the city is doing a good job in revitalizing downtown. To some degree these
efforts might not be completely visible right this moment but the seeds are taking hold.
Downtown Dallas Inc. is a great partner with the city.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: This is much bigger than a city issue. In the end this must be addressed by the federal
government.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: I beleive the most important aspect for success in the southern sector is a business
friendly attitude.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I agree
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: Where should we start? Answer: Forest Lane and Audelia.
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residents knew?
A: What a truly giving city we have. When there is a need the citizens will reach in their
pockets and in addition give of their time.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: We have a large number of our neighbors that are being charged 300% plus interest by
predatory lenders under the veil of Consumer Service Organizations. It is shameful to say
that it is OK for CSO's to charge our citizens 300% plus interest and it is even more
shameful to hide behind the fairy tale that there is not a better way to help these
neighbors. We are better than that. Dallas is better than that.

Cynthia J. Durbin
Biographical Info:
Name: Cynthia Durbin
Street Address: 8436 Birchcroft Drive
City/Town: Dallas
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 11/26/1940
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-348-8612
Home Phone Number: 214-348-8612
E-mail Address: durbinuscg@hotmail.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.CynthiaDurbin.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: 44 years
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: 44 years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Retired Teaching - retirement benefits
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Volunteer: 1) Stults Road Neighborhood Group;2) Hamilton Park Elementary
School,RISD;3) Girl Scouts of America;4) Sierra Club;5) Dallas International Film
Festival;6) DMA;7) MADI Museum;8) Modern Museum of Fort Worth;9) Kimble Art
Museum;10) Fort Worth Museum of Science & History;11) South Dallas Cultura Center;12)
Lone Star Film Society;13) YMCA;14) Emeritus Program, Richard College, RISD
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: 1) Stults Road PTA Board - Pre-School, Program and Legislative Chairs 2) Northaven
Methodist Church - Administrative Board and Mission Commission 3) City of Dallas -
Department of Planning and Urban Development - (Highlands Area Neighborhood Design
Citizen's Committee) - one of 8 members helping city departments to develop a plan for a
Dallas community (Lake Highlands) of 10,000 people 4) Stults Road Community
Organization Board - Zoning Chair 5) League of Women Voters - US Congress Committee,
Local Boards and Commissions Committee
Q: Education
A: BS Degree, UTHSCD, Medical Technology - Chemistry, Biology BA Degree, UTD -
Psychology, Biology Teaching Certifications - UTD - Biology, Composite Science, Psychology
- NTU - Vocational Education - Health Professions MA of Teaching in Science Education,
UTD -Geology, Biology MS in Geosciences, UTD - course work and field work completed
except for Thesis Oil Institute, University of Houston
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: None
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: $500
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: 1)Kay deWitt - Retired, Telecommunications 2)Frank P.Hernandez - Chairman of the
board, Vista Film Festival 3)John Wellik - Senior Vice President, Finance - United Surgical
Partners
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: Yes. The longest running Federal Class Action Case for Minorities and Women in the
State of Texas: we won the case.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: I'm running for the District 10 office: 1) To preserve established neighborhoods which

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are threatened from outside spot zoning 2) To protect the environment of District 10,
especially, the White Rock Water Shed into which all of the creeks of District 10 feed into
3) To maintain safe neighborhoods. I am most qualified due to my Education, my
experience with the City of Dallas, my 28 years of Law Enforcement experience, both local
and Federal, my civic involvement and activism and my passion for good government. My
experience with the City of Dallas - Department of Planning and Urban Development -
Highlands Area Neighborhood Design Citizen's Committee best prepares me to serve in
this post.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: I would: 1)investigate a similar Task Force to former Eric Johnson's Goals for Dallas,
emphasizing preservation of intact neighborhoods; 2)join Angela Hunt's proposed Task
Force to investigate gas drilling within the Dallas City limits; 3) review the investment
practices of the Dallas Pension Plans with the goal of retuning to conservative investment
practices to insure that all employees have adequate retirement benefits.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: 1)I have extended experience as an activist in getting tangible projects for my District
10: Forest Green Library, extension of Royal Lane, a park, and a bus line through Hamilton
Park and Stults Road neighborhoods.Jerry Allen showed his disregard for our neighborhood
in a recent zoning case #Z090-221(WE). 2)I've been a Dallas Police Officer and a USCG
Federal Law Enforcement Officer, giving me insight into local and corporate crime. Jerry
Allen does not have the experience. 3)I've been decorated in the Desert Shield/Desert
Storm War for balancing the budget of the logistics unit first in the nation. Jerry Allen is a
banker but I showed leadership under tight time restraints. During my tenure at UTD as
project supervisor for science tutoring, my program, The Academic Bridge Program, won
the Tech Titan Award, sponsored by the Metroplex Technology Business Council consisting
of over 50 tech companies. The award was for $10,000 in addition to funds for a computer
lab for the program.Most of our students come from the DISD. DISD is one of our greatest
assets in Dallas and my experience in academia and education is an asset to the
governance of Dallas. Jerry Allen has not had this experience.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: During these hard economic times at all levels of government I would concentrate the
budget of Dallas on needed City Services such as streets, police, fire and health rather
than on big ticket items such as tax supported sports arenas, World Class bridges, unsafe
levee toll roads and hotels. Then most of the residents would get sufficient bang for their
tax buck.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: Perhaps Dallas could start a program to recruit many, many more reserve police
officers and when economic conditions are better new police officers could be recruited
from this pool of highly trained reserve officers. The slowing of hires should continue with
increment increases as economic conditions improve.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: I would be for taxes targeted to basic services such as health, safety, and
transportation.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: I would reduce spending for tax supported toll roads, contracted out commercial
endeavors, overly priced public works and fancy bridges.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: Improvement of parks in the flood plains of the levee system should be prioritized and
access to those parks via small roadways, NOT toll roads. Funds should be raised with bond
issues.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: The Mayor and Council in order to spur economic development and grow the tax base
should consider renovating abandoned commericial properties to buffer in tact
neighborhoods. These neighborhooh commercial intities would raise the tax base and

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provide much needed retail needs, as well as, supporting art districts like Downtown,
Uptown, East Village, West End, Bishop Art District, and Fair Park presently do for their
neighborhood. The City Council could help these commercial and art districts to find
outside and private funding.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: Dallas excells in police,fire, and the arts; Dallas needs improvement in street
maintence, health and creek stablization.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: I see it as good for Dallas residents. Resident will be able to take a breath and nurture
the people now living in the city with the resources we have. The surrounding metroplex
brings lots of money into the city attracted by the arts, sports and the vitality of the city.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: Density is fine and good for those parts of the city where young professionals are
moving into Downtown and Uptown, settling into refurbished old commercial buildings,
new apartment buildings and condos. Older established and affordable neighborhoods
should not be torn down and invaded by commercial box interests. The city has too few
affordable housing units for young families which could generate a future tax base. We
don’t want to be left with a city full of abandoned commercial businesses and no people.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: Perhaps, City Council could find block grants to help finance small businesses which are
for every day life, such as , cleaners, drug stores, flower shops, small specialty
restaurants, newsstands, coffee shops. organic food markets, etc. These could be modeled
after the small shops on the streets and sidewalks of New York City where in Manhattan it
almost feels like a small town. People would enjoy walking and eating outside. The Dallas
Architecture Center recently had a program on this very thing. Small businesses should be
geared to neighborhood living and to walking the downtown streets - eating, movies,
music and not just shopping. The Architecture Center plan would have these businesses no
more than 2 blocks from living spaces. Main Street in Dallas has already started this
process but many of the businesses are hotels and night clubs more for out of town visiters
rather than for everyday living within a neighborhood.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: City and police should concentrate on enforcing the laws which punish corporate
businesses for illegally hiring illegal immigrants. People throughout history and through out
the world go where there is work, at any cost. Stop it where it begins. All of our ancestors
came to this country for that reason.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: Fair Park, Dart, and the South Dallas renewable housing are a good start for improving
the quality of life in the southern sector ,as well as, art districts and the Oak Cliff Cultural
Center. Efforts could be made with the adjoining cities, Duncanville, Desota, Landcaster,
etc., to have cross cultural ties. The southern Inland Port Plans should be stepped up to
provide jobs.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I think this is an excellent idea, as long as, the established neighborhoods get input and
transparent feedback to the economic development.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: I would design the effort around former mayor Eric Johnson's Goals for Dallas. We
should start with South Dallas, Pleasant Grove and East Dallas.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: The South Dallas Cultural Center and Latino Cultural Center are way under publicized.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: The lack of transparency of planned projects until they are already off the ground or

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funded is the uncomfortable truth voters must confront.

Dallas City Council, Place 12


Description: Note: Only Dallas residents living in this district may vote in this race. Click
here for a district map.

Candidates (choose 1):

Sandy Greyson

Biographical Info:
Name: Sandy Greyson
Street Address: 7238 Heathermore Drive
City/Town: Dallas
State: Texas
Date of Birth: January 28, 1946
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: n/a
Home Phone Number: n/a
Mobile Phone Number: n/a
Fax Number: n/a
E-mail Address: sandy@sandygreyson.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.sandygreyson.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: 31 years, 3 months
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: 31 years, 3 months
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Community Volunteer
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: President of the League of Women Voters of Dallas, 2009-2011 Vice chair of the board
of the (JFK) Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, 2009-2011 Vice president of the
Domestic Violence Legal Help Center, 2010-2011 Board member of Save Open Space,
2009-present Monthly columnist for the Far North Dallas Advocate Magazine, 2008-2011
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Dallas City Councilmember, District 12, 1997-2005 Chair, Transportation and
Telecommunications Committee, 2001-2005 Chair, Legislative Affairs Committee,
1999-2001 Vice Chair, Trinity River Committee, 2002-2005 Member, Public Safety
Committee, 1997-2005 Chair, City of Dallas Domestic Violence Task Force, 1998-2004
Dallas Representative, Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council
of Governments, 1996-2005, and Chair, Mobility Plan Implementation Committee Vice
Chair, Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition, 2002-2005 Treasurer, TEX-21 (Transportation
Excellence for the 21st Century), 2002-2005 Chair, Transportation Infrastructure and
Services Steering Committee, National League of Cities, 2003 Chair, National League of
Cities Task Force on TEA-21 (federal transportation funding bill) Reauthorization,
2001-2002 Board Member, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, 2002-2003
Board Member, North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, 1993-1996, 2002-2005 Member,
Leadership Dallas, Class of 1995 Board Member, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
1991-1996 Member, City of Dallas Civil Service Board Adjunct Panel, 1989-1991 Member,
City of Dallas Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee, 1988-1996 President, North Dallas
Neighborhood Alliance (umbrella organization of HOAs in Far North Dallas), 1991-1996
Co-Founder, Prestonwood East Homeowners Association, 1986; President, 1989-1990
Q: Education
A: University of Illinois, 1964-1966
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Dallas City Councilmember, District 12, 4 terms from 1997-2005
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: Around $20,000 in 2 weeks

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Q: Who are your top three contributors?


A: Max & Margaret Wells, Marvin & Joan Lane, Dallas Police & Fire PACs
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: Auto accident, 1993, settled.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: I served as the Dallas City Councilmember for District 12 from 1997-2005. I've received
many, many requests to run again from people who believe I know the district and the city
well and can significantly contribute to successful solutions to our serious issues.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: 1. Make sure the levees are repaired to the Corps satisfaction. Ensure repairs to pumps
and sumps along the river are done expeditiously. The large majority of the 2012 bond
program funds should be devoted to pump and sump repairs. 2. Hold the line on tax
increases. Provide services within our means. 3. Examine regional transportation funding
to see if funds for the eastern part of the region have instead gone to the western part of
the region and, if so, why. Work on transportation congestion relief and reliability so
businesses can move their goods and people can get to work.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I am the best choice because I've worked for 25 years for the betterment of District 12
and the City of Dallas. I know the district well and have worked with neighborhoods all
across Far North Dallas on their issues. I have been a leader on transportation issues. I
strongly believe that candidates for city council should show a commitment to their
community before they run for council. My opponents have not done any work on behalf of
the district. Experience counts--I have it and my opponents do not.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: Dallas residents are not getting sufficient bang for their tax bucks. This is especially
apparent to District 12 residents. We are surrounded by suburban cities on three sides and
see our suburban neighbors enjoy beautifully maintained parks and medians, good streets,
good code enforcement, and a focus on excellent quality of life. It's easy for our residents
to vote with their feet and move one mile to the north, east, or west, and get this good
quality of life. Dallas needs to make neighborhood improvement a priority.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: It's always best to have more police officers, but Dallas can use the officers it has in
more efficient ways. The new community policing efforts now underway are an example of
this and a good use of resources. The chief has said he can be successful with the officers
he now has.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: No, I would not. Our tax rate is already too high compared to our surrounding cities,
many of whom manage to provide superior services with a lower tax rate. We can
scrutinize our provision of services for cost efficiencies and prioritize services.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: 1. Around 1/3 of the city budget goes to debt service. Although the city's bond rating is
still excellent, we need to be careful about incurring a lot more debt. Debt service
payments reduce the amount of funds available for the operating budget. The 2012 bond
program needs to be devoted mainly to sump and pump repairs along the river. 2. Don't
build new facilities that the city doesn't have the money to operate and maintain. Don't
send courtesy reminders about parking or other tickets--in some instances, people receive
these notices even after they've already paid. 3. It is penny wise and pound foolish to
reduce civilian employees in the police and fire departments and then have highly trained
officers sit at desks doing paperwork.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: The Trinity Project was sold to voters first and foremost as a flood control project, so
repair of levees, sumps and pumps must be the first priority, funded by the 2012 bond

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program. After flood control components are addressed, the lakes and downtown park
elements can be looked at next as their costs are small relative to the overall cost of the
Project. However, nothing should be started unless and until funding is identified and
available for maintenance. The Park Department will be responsible for maintenance and
that department is chronically underfunded. Maintenance of community and neighborhood
parks should not be sacrificed to maintain Trinity elements. There is no funding available
for the Trinity toll road and there won't be any for many, many years. The Corps has never
committed to the road in writing and keeps changing the standards under which it could be
built.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: Make neighborhoods places where families want to live, with quality services and
amenities. Even when companies relocate here, their employees aren't choosing to live in
Dallas, as evidenced by census figures showing the city of Dallas grew by only 9500 people
during the last decade. A poorly regarded DISD plays a big role in decisions by families to
move to the suburbs. District 12's population grew in the last decade and that's partly
because of suburban type development here and partly because of our quality ISDs--
Richardson, Plano, and Carollton-Farmers Branch. Dallas is a distribution and
transportation hub. The city needs to refocus on the inland port as an excellent opportunity
to provide good-paying jobs and grow the city's tax base.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: Dallas excels in picking up the garbage and that's no small thing--people really care if
their garbage gets picked up on time. Bulk trash pickup is a different story--that needs
improvement. Trash sits out for 1 to 2 weeks, blocking sidewalks and making
neighborhoods look unsightly for half the month. Code enforcement needs improvement.
Over the years, code enforcement policy swings from proactive (inspectors authorized to
actively seek out violators) to reactive (inspectors responding only to complaints from
citizens) and back again. Suburban cities have much stronger code enforcement and their
cities look a lot better for it. That makes people want to live there. Pothold repairs should
be grouped together by area so that repair crews aren't fixing some and leaving others
while crisscrossing the city responding to complaints in different areas.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: I've referred to this in previous answers--if Dallas wants to attract more residents, they
need to beef up their quality of life services, have better schools, and provide a range of
attractive, affordable housing types. Families with young children generally don't want to
live in densely developed housing if they have a choice.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: Density works in some areas of the city such as downtown and Uptown. Transit oriented
developments (TODs) are a good idea along rail lines as their density makes them work in
those locations. However, those developments usually attract young singles and empty
nesters, not families. As noted above, young families want more room, and opportunities
need to be available to them for reasonably priced single-family housing that's close to
public transportation. Unfortunately, DART bus routes with their long wait times and
limited transfer opportunities are not user friendly.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: The one action that would immediately jumpstart downtown Dallas is to bring the stores
up out of the tunnels. That would get people walking up and down the streets. The
streetscapes need to be attractive. That can be done fairly inexpensively with colorful
awnings (which would also provide shade) and more greenery. There aren't enough
convenient places to eat downtown. The city also needs to encourage food cart vendors,
who would add life to our streets. The streetcar plan needs to be implemented so that
people can get around downtown easily.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: They should adopt Irving's and Carrollton's approach.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?

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A: The single greatest benefit to the southern sector would be for the city to make the
inland port a priority as the recession ebbs and the economy picks up again. As the city
council's transportation chair, I brought the port project to the council in 2004--the council
moved agressively on it and attracted a developer. The city and county then later slowed
that project down at a critical time in its development and the port suffered. Then the
recession began. If elected, I would make the inland port a priority again. Once activity
picks up there, more warehouse and distribution development would occur, attracting good
jobs and then housing. Housing attracts retail, the tax base grows and more money is
available to improve quality of life.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: Public/private development corporations usually want the power of eminent domain,
which frightens current property owners. If such a corporation could be structured without
that power, it would be more readily accepted.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: The City Design Studio is a public-private partnership focused on planning and
development along the Trinity. Unless private dollars step up to provide funding, the city
doesn't have the money right now to finance any expansion of this effort to other parts of
the city.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: One of the best things to see in Dallas is the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. To
change the question slightly, non-Dallas residents come to the Museum by the hundreds of
thousands every year (it's the second most visited site in Texas), but Dallas residents don't
come. They are missing a profound and moving experience.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: The uncomfortable truth is that hardly anyone votes in municipal elections. Turnout
averages around 7% and that means most people in the city allow a relative handful of
others to make the decisions about who governs their everyday lives.

Donna Starnes

Biographical Info:
Name: Donna J. Starnes
Street Address: 17106 Wester Way Place
City/Town: Dallas
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 10/05/1951
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-535-6201
Home Phone Number: 972-250-1119
Mobile Phone Number: 214-535-6201
Fax Number: 972-250-1123
E-mail Address: donna@donnastarnesforcitycouncil.com
Campaign Web Site Address: http://www.donnafordallas.com/
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: 20 years
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: 20 years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: CPA, Financial Planner (CFP)
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Treasurer Highland’s of McKamy Homeowner’s Association, Deputy voter registrar,
Military Order of the World Wars.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Election volunteer, organized candidate forums and seminars to educate voters about
the functions of local office holders and important issues. Volunteer: Highland’s of McKamy

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Homeowner’s Association, Dallas Public Library, Dallas Museum of Art, Participant and
mentor - Leukemia and Lymphoma Society marathons, Professional Society Associations
have included: President Institute of Internal Auditors - Dallas Chapter, Texas Society of
CPA’s – Dallas Chapter. Junior Achievement Instructor, American Institute of Individual
Investors – Dallas Chapter.
Q: Education
A: Rice University: BA in Economics, SMU: Executive MBA
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: None
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: Individuals interested in my campaign finance reports can view them on The City of
Dallas Campaign Finance Filing System which can be located in the City Secretary’s section
on the City of Dallas’ web site.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Individuals interested in my campaign finance reports can view them on The City of
Dallas Campaign Finance Filing System which can be located in the City Secretary’s section
on the City of Dallas’ web site.
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No arrests or involvement in criminal proceeds. I was an auxiliary party to a suit over
unpaid property taxes by the purchaser of land from a family trust (I was a party because
of my position as one of the trustees of the trust.)
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: I am running because I am concerned about the critical financial situation that Dallas is
facing with uncertain property tax revenues and rising debt. Also, the state and Federal
government are cutting back and that will have a cascading effect on the City of Dallas’
budget. This critical situation calls for someone with business and financial acumen. I am a
CPA and CFP (Certified Financial Planner) with 26 years of financial and executive
experience. I’d like to put my experience to work.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: I would read the 650-page budget document from top to bottom and discuss in depth
with council members and city staff ways to streamline and trim the budget. In order to
fund essential services, we can increase revenue to the City by growing the tax base. That
can be accomplished by keeping taxes low, keeping crime low and aggressively recruiting
new businesses to move to Dallas that create the jobs our citizens want.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I running because I love my community, I am proud to live in Dallas and am concerned
about the city’s current fiscal environment. Because I hold the unique professional
qualifications and credentials of CPA and financial planner (CFP), including 26 years of
executive financial experience, I have the know how to help meet the fiscal challenges we
will face. I have the ability, the determination and the independent perspective to make
the fiscally responsible decisions required to affect real change. As a successful CPA I
preached fiscal responsibility and practiced this philosophy in my own life which has
allowed me to retire. Therefore, I will be a full time Councilperson with the ability to
dedicate all of my time toward service to the City.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: I think the City does several things well. We have great public safety and we have
24-hour pothole repair. Also the Council has made strides in saving money, while providing
essential services. For instance, the change to once-a-week garbage and recycling pick-up
combined with new waste management GPS technology is saving the City millions. In
short, we can do more with less through ingenuity and applying basic business practices to
our city services. I will bring my 26 years in financial consulting and accounting to help
departments find new ways to become more efficient and give the taxpayers more bang
for their buck.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: Low crime is one of the most critical elements for attracting businesses, creating jobs
and attracting qualified employees. As a result this is a crucial expense in the budget. We

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need to make sure that the police and fire departments have the technology and
equipment they need. However, at this critical financial juncture, we need to make sure
that every department is thoroughly reviewed for efficiency and streamlining, including the
police department.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: Absolutely not. The key to future growth is to make Dallas an attractive home for
businesses, their employees and families. Low taxes are an essential part of that
attraction.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: Debt costs – Review for reduction in interest costs through refinancing, Review of
employee and retiree benefits in line with competitive private business alternatives, and
review all city administrative expenses through management span of control metrics.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: Beyond flood control, the main reason voters passed the original bond was to create the
recreational features. And progress has been made. The Trinity River Audubon Center is
open, the white water rapids features are near completion and I have reports that kayak
enthusiasts are already using this feature even before it is open. We need to continue with
the promise the City made to voters to continue to develop the recreation features. I
believe this is an investment that will draw people from all over the region and country to
Dallas and will help expand our tax base. The Trinity River Project has the potential to be a
catalyst for growth in the region for the next several decades. The most controversial
aspect is, of course, the Trinity tollroad. The City had an election in 2007 and the voters
voted to move forward with the tollroad. I am concerned with the ever-growing price tag
attached to this project and how it may impact the City’s overall budget and our ability to
provide quality essential services.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: As the Panama Canal is widened over the next several years, the Inland Port should
gain in activity from the distribution route through the Houston ship channel. We should
promote that activity in our city. Also we should continually work to create sensible
regulations and zoning for new businesses and encourage business-friendly policies by all
city employees.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: Crime has decreased dramatically over the last 10 years. We need to refine our
techniques and reevaluate what works best and what can be scrapped or needs to be
emphasized. There is room for improvement in street services, including paving roads and
upgrading neighborhood curbing in some cases. Also, I believe we need to take a look at
library and recreation center services and make sure we are providing the services needed
by the local community and possibly look for ways to re-align the services that go beyond
basic requirements or needs. Currently, libraries, for example, provide many valuable
services to the community, such as a learning and job resource, a recreation outlet and as
a safe place for children to go after school.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: Fiscal restraint is the best way to attract businesses, create jobs and grow the tax base.
Fiscal restraint facilitates lower taxes over time. Good schools and low crime also are key
determinants. Although schools are not in the purview of the city of Dallas, I think all
community and business leaders should get involved in helping to improve Dallas schools.
Margaret Spelling, former Secretary of Education spoke recently at SMU, encouraging
business leaders to get involved in Dallas schools, “get smart on the metrics from the No
Child Left Behind Program” and ask critical questions. I think we need to make some
radical changes, because what we are doing now isn’t working.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: As evident in the recent 2010 census, much of the growth in the metroplex has occurred
outside the City of Dallas. However, looking forward we know that there is only so far that
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levels of density. I don’t agree with the notion that there is a “right” level of density that
we can apply throughout the City. We have seen successful mixed-use developments such
as Mockingbird Station, the Knox-Henderson area, Turtle Creek and Uptown. Each is
unique in its own regard and offers different residential and commercial opportunities. As
we find areas of future opportunities to create mixed-use, high-density development we
must also be cognizant of the impact that such development may have on adjacent single-
family neighborhoods. Recently, the City of Dallas successfully approved the single largest
rezoning case in City history along the Bishop-Davis corridor in Oak Cliff. The purpose of
this rezoning was to remove barriers, such as parking requirements, height limitation and
slope requirements, in order to encourage dense, mixed-use development. Through a
series of neighborhood town halls, input was gathered from the home owners, developers,
City planners and other stakeholders as a means to develop a plan that would encourage
development and satisfy concerns of the adjacent homeowners. The product of this effort
created 8 subsections, all with varying degrees of zoning regulations. This process is a
good example of how “one shoe does not fit all” and can be a model for obtaining feedback
and compromise from all the stakeholders involved. Where it make sense, encouraging
density through lowering barriers will allow the City to grow its tax base and fund essential
City services while keeping taxes low.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: The convention center and the convention center hotel have had or are projected to
have great success and are near the Arts District and downtown entertainment. I would
encourage civic, business and academic leaders to take advantage of this convergence to
promote the downtown.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: I would encourage the city to investigate how we could promote the use of e-verify to
deter people that are not U.S. citizens from entering Dallas in the first place. Police should
be flexible with policies, so as not to impede the arrest of criminals, but should work with
Federal authorities in identifying the citizenship of apprehended criminal suspects.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: For Dallas to grow and be prosperous, all of Dallas needs to work towards maintaining
and/or improving the quality for life for our citizens. Before proposing initiatives for South
Dallas, I would consult with the Council Members who represent those areas to determine
the needs of their constituents and how we might all work together to achieve sensible
policies that benefit South Dallas.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I favor any effort to bring stakeholders together to help move our City forward. The
City can be a partner in listening to the needs of businesses when it comes to zoning,
permitting and regulations and how the City might remove barriers for growth and
development in South Dallas.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: I certainly hope the City Design Studio proves to be one of the catalysts that encourage
growth and development in West Dallas. Before we start replicating initiatives and
programs in other parts of the City, we should first evaluate the efficacy of this program.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: There is a strong arts district with a full range of cultural activity, all within a few blocks.
I hope the new pedestrian park that will link Uptown to the Arts District will encourage
more use of our arts venues and encourage private business to create more restaurant and
retail amenities surrounding the Art District.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: The city of Dallas is facing a large budget shortfall over the next several years, because
of declining revenues due to cutbacks at the state and Federal government and because of
a less robust economy. The city leaders will need to make uncomfortably sharp cuts in
expenses, because increasing tax rates would be counterproductive to the growth of our
city in terms of encouraging new business. We need to make tough business decisions,
combined with an eye to keeping the quality of life in our beautiful Dallas neighborhoods.
That’s where my executive experience as a CPA and Financial Planner, along with my
balanced outlook for current and future taxpayers will benefit our fine city.

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Dallas City Council, Place 13


Description: Note: Only Dallas residents living in this district may vote in this race. Click
here for a district map.

Candidates (choose 1):

Ann Margolin

Biographical Info:
Name: Ann Margolin
Street Address: 1500 Marilla St. 5FS
City/Town: Dallas
State: TX
Date of Birth: 8-27-52
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-696-4591
Home Phone Number: 214-696-4591
Mobile Phone Number: 214-212-1121
Fax Number: 214-696-4591
E-mail Address: annmargolin@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site Address: annmargolin.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: 33 years
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: 28 years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Spouse's income and investments that I actively manage.
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Dallas City Council Advisory Boards: Safer Dallas Better Dallas - supports the police;
DOORS Prison Reentry Program; The Chiapas Project (microfinance); Girls Inc. – after
school programs for low income girls; Dallas Women’s Foundation
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Park and Recreation Board; Planning and Zoning Commission; North Dallas Chamber of
Commerce board; YWCA board; Girls Inc. board president; The Chiapas Project board
chairman; Martin Luther King Center board; Parkland Hospital Board Chair Temple
EmanuEl sustaining campaign co-chair Member, Town North YMCA
Q: Education
A: MBA: Columbia University; BS and MA: Northwestern University, Communication
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: None
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: $149,000
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: I have received the maximum contribution of $1000 from 55 individuals
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: MBA: Columbia University BS and MA: Northwestern University, Communication
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: I want to continue to work on issues that are important to the future of District 13 and
Dallas: Strong, safe neighborhoods: - Continuing to bring down crime: I support the
police chief and commend him for innovative programs and use of technology to
substantially reduce crime. Crime was down 10.2% last year and is running at a 15%
further reduction so far this year. - I support District 13’s crime watch groups and
neighborhood associations and meet with the leaders of these groups on a quarterly basis.

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- I am working with neighborhoods to access city services such as code enforcement,


sanitation and streets. Fiscal Responsibility: I believe that the most important issue that
Dallas faces in the next few years is balancing our quality-of-life, public safety and
infrastructure needs with a budget that is increasing due to public safety commitments and
increasing debt service caused by the $1.3billion bond package. We absolutely must find
ways to reduce expenses, and look carefully at which services are necessary and which are
optional or can be scaled back. We must also examine how services are performed,
continuing to streamline for increased service and decreased cost. Given that we have
limited resources, it is important to make spending decisions based, in part, on usage of
amenities. I would like to work toward a park and recreation system that has fewer but
better facilities that are accessible to more people rather than the current system of many
facilities, some of which have low usage. Economic Development: I want the city to grow
its tax base. I believe that the city needs a more targeted economic development plan. It
is good that we respond to opportunities for business relocations or for development
projects and assist in seeing them through. But we do not have a true strategic economic
development plan in place that targets certain industries and offers tactics for
implementation. I will work toward a clearer, more defined and targeted economic
development plan. I would like to see emphasis on Southern Sector development and
believe we have an excellent opportunity to develop the Inland Port and the area
surrounding the University of North Texas Dallas Campus in southern Dallas.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: The actions I would take would not cost new money. I have detailed them in the
responses above.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I am focused on issues related to District 13 and the City of Dallas. I have relevant civic
and business experience. My opponent is focused on federal issues such as abolishing the
IRS and the Federal Reserve
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: Dallas is in a difficult position because, as the major city in the region, we pay for
amenities for the entire region. We are funding the Arts District and the Trinity levees
which are regional in nature. We fund Fair Park, the Dallas Zoo (through our commitment
of $15 million annually to the privatized zoo) and the convention center. We have an aging
infrastructure that must be maintained. The simple answer is “no,” residents do not get
sufficient bang for their tax buck. My solution is to carefully prioritize and monitor the
investments we make in the future of the city so that we are not squeezing out operating
dollars with debt service. We should not be paying for TxDOT’s maintenance of highway
right-of-way to the tune of $6.5 million per year. There are parcels of park property that
can be sold to help fund a better park and rec system (particularly a parcel in Rockwall
worth about $20 million). We are looking at privatizing the Farmer’s Market. There are
savings being realized (and more are coming) through reorganizing our auto fleet
management system. It is critical that we keep our tax rate as low as possible so that we
do not discourage businesses and individuals from moving to Dallas. While there will
always be those who want to live in the city, there are many for whom the tax rate is a
deciding factor.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: For the time being, I would agree that we can keep our force at the current size. The
city has added about 750 officers in the past 5 years. In addition, new ways of fighting
crime have evolved. For example, 50% of crime comes from 27 areas so additional
resources have gone into those areas. The Mandatory Crime Reduction initiative targets
high crime apartment complexes and requires that they improve such things as tenant
background checks, lighting, and code violations in order to bring down crime. This spring
the police are targeting 5 high crime areas. Police are using new predictive model called
GEOFORCE to identify neighborhoods with high levels of gang and drug activity. The Fusion
Center takes intelligence from all over the country to solve local crime. As a result, crime
has come down 36% in the last 7 years. Chief Brown is involving more citizens through his
iWatchDallas program that uses citizen tips to fight and solve crime. According to Chief
Brown we need time to season all of the new officers that have recently been hired. If he is
comfortable, I would agree that we can keep our force at the current size.
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additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?


A: After the 6.5% increase we had last year, I would not support another increase this
year. Assuming the state does not take city revenue, we should be able to manage within
our current projected revenues and will not need a tax increase.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: I would like to see us slow down on the sale of the 2006 bonds particularly for projects
that will incur additional operating expenses. Every time we sell bonds we increase debt
service and this competes for the same dollars that go to operate parks and libraries. I
would like to see us slow down these new projects until the economy turns around. We
are spending $6.5 million to care for TxDOT righ-of-way. I would eliminate this spending.
Recreation Centers and Swimming Pools: I believe that these should be open in accord
with usage. If they are not used by many people and there is another facility nearby they
should be closed. We cannot keep everything open if it is underutilized.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: I believe that the Trinity Project is a very long-term project that will come to fruition
over a long period of time. Our first priority is to get the levees fixed. After that the next
priority would be the park and the lakes. If these are possible with federal funds and
private donations we should move ahead assuming that we can pay for maintenance and
security. As we come to each new bond package we should weigh the Trinity Project
against other priorities to see what belongs in that bond program. We have many priorities
and many needs. This is important but will have to be weighed against everything else.
The possibility of building the road is becoming more doubtful due to lack of federal and
state funding. If the toll road can be funded using already allocated city funds along with
federal, state and toll funds, I would be open to it -- although it is not ideal. We need a
way to offload traffic from I35 and owning the land for the road makes it more feasible
than acquiring land elsewhere. I would prefer a regional approach that would build a loop
around Dallas instead of through Dallas. We will not know whether the Army Corps of
Engineers will approve this for another 3 years or so. Then funding must be found. Since
this is a regional traffic problem, I believe that the funding has to come from state and
federal funds which barely exist right now. I would say the odds of this road being built are
very low.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: I partly responded to this question above when asked “Why are you running for this
office” above. In addition: I would like to see more focus on smaller businesses. I continue
to hear that our permitting processes are onerous and expensive. We have always treated
these as “enterprise funds” meaning that the fees pay for the total cost of the services
provided. This does not make sense if it means that our fees have to be higher than
surrounding cities in order to pay the cost of the service. It does not make sense if it
means that we take longer than surrounding cities. We have to look at this as a
competitive market, reduce red tape and, if called for, reduce fees. Other ways to spur
small business can be found in reducing unnecessary regulations such as our ban on food
trucks in the Central Business District. The recently approved West Dallas Plan proponents
want to see West Dallas become an “Urban Innovation Zone” that would allow that area to
experiment with innovative land uses and expedited permitting. We need to look at the
ways in which we slow or harm business growth. I support the Greater Dallas Chamber’s
goal of increasing the flow of venture capital to Dallas. We have a great number of
tech-oriented startups that cannot get local funding. Venture capital is more plentiful in
other cities and I am supporting the chamber in making it more available in Dallas.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: Our water is cheap, plentiful and reliable. We have secured sufficient supplies for 30
years. Our bulk trash pickup is included in the monthly $20 sanitation fee which is a great
bargain. We could improve in the evenness with which our code is enforced.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: This is a problem. I believe that much of our problem stems from the quality of our
schools. Those moving to the region can enjoy our amenities while living in the suburbs
and sending their children to better suburban schools. Where possible, we need to work
with DISD to continue to improve education. In addition, we need to continue to make

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Dallas an attractive place to live by implementing desirable amenities that enhance quality
of life such as our trails, our bicycle plan, and encouraging a variety of living options –
single-family, mixed use, transit-oriented, urban.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: There is no single level of density that is right. We must have options. I believe that a
dense core is good and that density around transit stations is good to reduce reliance on
automobiles. The city receives funding from the federal government each year to
incentivize development, particularly low and moderate income housing. It is appropriate
to use that funding to encourage development in the areas where density is desirable. We
also have several land use plans – West Dallas, Downtown, the Stemmons Corridor – that
serve as guidelines for future zoning. The Forward Dallas Plan is also a guide. We must
continue to refer to these plans as we determine where to use our federal funds and other
economic incentives.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: The recent Downtown Dallas 360 study (http://dallascityhall.com/council_briefings
/briefings0211/Downtown360Plan_021611.pdf) shows graphically how creating “active
street frontages” in the form of kiosks, newsstands, food stands and other sidewalk activity
leads to a more vibrant street life. The zoning and permitting process should be changed to
allow these businesses to function on our downtown streets as they do so successfully in
other cities.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: It is first and foremost the responsibility of the federal government to protect our
borders and address the problem of illegal immigration. In the absence of that we must
address this at the local level with the assistance of the feds. Our current practice is that
once someone is arrested and brought to the jail, ICE (Immigration and Customs
Enforcement) provides personnel who determine the legal status of the person who was
arrested. If ICE determines that the individual is here illegally they have the authority and
responsibility to detain and deport that person. I understand that there are insufficient ICE
personnel available at all times. We must advocate for the appropriate number of ICE staff
and we must advocate with our federal officials that they be responsible and accountable
for securing our borders and developing an appropriate plan for the illegal immigrant
population.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: I would target economic development opportunities that will result in long-term growth
and gains. The two greatest opportunities are the Inland Port and the University of North
Texas area. The city should provide infrastructure such as roads, water and sewage to
these areas so that private development can move in. Where appropriate, economic
incentives may be warranted for these areas. In addition, the 5 Neighborhood Investment
Programs areas which are all in southern Dallas should be favored for a variety of federal
funds. It is appropriate to target certain areas with the goal of making them catalysts for
economic growth. The city continues to support nonprofit housing organizations by
providing vacant lots for development. It is important to target spending so that results
can be realized.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I am not clear what is meant by “public-private” in that I am not sure where the public
funding would come from. I would not support an entity that has a board of directors that
is separate from the city council. I would not be comfortable handing off my fiduciary
responsibility to an outside board. I think it could be open to political pressure and political
favors. Having a separate entity with its own board presents a host of potential problems.
We have seen this on a small scale with the South Dallas Fair Park Trust Fund. This does
not mean that I am opposed to investment in southern Dallas. We must particularly
nurture the UNT area, the Inland Port area which have huge growth potential. This part of
our city must continue to receive resources to encourage growth.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: The Studio can look at a variety of areas that are struggling to help create plans for
envisioning future development. Each area is unique. Their practice of involving residents,

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property owners, business owners and other stakeholders is very positive. I am currently
working with the design studio to look at an area in District 13.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: I wish people from out of the area knew that Dallas is a great place to come as a
tourist. A weekend in Dallas can be spent visiting our museums and galleries, seeing Fair
Park and the Zoo, going to performances in the evening and eating at a variety of
restaurants at every price. There is so much to see and do.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: Voting for bonds is like voting for a mortgage. It is not free money. It has to be paid
back in the form of debt service which can cause an increase in taxes or a decrease in
other services.

Richard P. Sheridan
Biographical Info:
Name: Richard P. Sheridan
Street Address: 3022 Forest Lane
City/Town: Dallas
State: Texas
Date of Birth: july 17, 1946
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 972-815-7570
Home Phone Number: 972-815-7570
Mobile Phone Number: 972-815-7570
Fax Number: none
E-mail Address: richardforcitycouncil13@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site Address: none
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: 14 years in Dallas, and 30 years in Texas
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: 14 years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Social Security
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Richard P. Sheridan, P.E. for (Photo Here) Dallas City Council, Dist 13 Age: 64 (I still
have most of my hair and teeth!) Lived in Dallas: 14 years Lived in Texas: 30 Years
Married 13 yrs, and Divorced 27 years; Sons, Michael 34, Nicholas 30 Ethnicity: 70% Irish,
20% Italian, 10% English, and 100% Patriotic American Born:The Bronx, New York
(Rooted for the Tigers 'n the Braves) Education: Manhattan College: Bachelor of Civil
Eng.,1969; Master of Environmental Eng., 1970; P.E., NY, 1974 Financial Condition:
Struggling like many other Americans Strengths: Communication, Personality, Sense of
Humor, and Persistence I have been active in City and County politics for 8 years, being
an advocate for representative and ethical government, social justice, and responsible
spending of taxpayer money. I was cited by the Dallas Morning News in 2007 as one of the
top 5 speakers before the Dallas City Council. Rev. Joseph Clifford, head of First
Presbyterian Church, has called me a prophetic presence, a modern day John the Baptist.
So why haven't you heard about me? Fox 4's Shaun Rabb said it best when he stated to
me recently, "Rich, the media doesn't cover you because you tell the truth." I ran for City
Council '05, and Mayor in '07 as a write-in. Some of my activities include(ed): 1.
Instrumental in the construction of the Homeless' The Bridge. 2. Assisted with the "Block-
the-Box" jobs program 3. Advocate for Major Changes to City's Ethics Code which is a
billboard. It has done little to stop City Hall corruption, 4. Advocate for breathlyzers in all
drinking establishments. 5. Advocate for Dallas adoption of Ft. Worth's C.O.P.s program. 6.
Creator of the Solomon Solution to the Trinity River Fiasco. 7. Advocate for a lowering of
taxes on District 13 homes thru the economic development of Dallas southern sector and
the Trinity. 8. Advocate for Major Revisions to our Criminal Justice System. 9. Advocate for
the Removal of Commissioner John Wiley Price. (For additional information Google:
"Richard P. Sheridan Dallas") Paid for by Richard P. Sheridan for City Council, Richard P.
Sheridan Treasurer. Campaign Headquarters: 3022 Forest Lane, No. 304, Dallas Tx. 75234
www.RichardforCityCouncil13@gmail.com 972-815-7570 4/4/11 Sheridan's "Radical"
Campaign Platform Today, our city's budget condition/crisis is more and more a reflection
of the failure of our Federal Government to promote the general welfare, fulfill their
Constitutional responsibilities, and serve the needs of We the People. I believe it is
circumstances as these, similar to what our Revolutionary Forefathers faced, that it is the

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responsibility of a City Council Member, of a City or State, of We the People to "Speak to


Power", to rally the constituency, and find unique ways to communicate to our Federal
Government that it has gone astray, acted against the people, and in violation of our
Constitution, and then to force change. The short term solution to Dallas', and our Nation's
recession, tax revenue shortfall, and the major budget cutbacks is: 1. Eliminate the
Federal Reserve System. 2. Eliminate the IRS. These two actions annually will put about
$1 Trillion into our Nations economy, and about $3 billion into Dallas economy. There are
very credible references, and people who will confirm the validity, and constitutionality of
both, or one of these actions. They include: Ronald Reagan, and his Grace Commission;
JFK's Executive Order 11110; U.S. Congressman Ron Paul; Five former IRS
Commissioners; Thomas Jefferson; Andrew Jackson; Former U.S. Congressman Louis T.
McFadden; Film Producer Aaron Russo's, America: From Freedom to Fascism. This
National Monetary/Tax Reform advocacy will be balanced by addressing District 13's, and
Dallas' specific needs, which include, 1. Morally and cost-effectively serving the least of us,
the poor and homeless, 2. Economic Development of the Southern Sector, and, 3. the
Resurrection of the Trinity River Plan with the Solomon Solution, both which will reduce
District 13s heavy tax burden, 4. An integrated approach to Crime Reduction, and, lastly,
5. Major Revisions to Dallas Ethics Code. My administration will be very open, with
monthly group meetings with my constituency. I will also push for an evening or Saturday
City Council meeting each month.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: 8 years as a activist in Dallas, and 13 years as a national activist.
Q: Education
A: Covered in campaign flier
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: As a write in, Citry Council in 2005, and Mayor in 2007
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: $100
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Denis Rd. Automotive
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: three times. Once for a bad $50 check, once for contempt of court, and once for
allegations of criminal harassmant
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: I know most of the major issues, and I am the boldest, most outspoken candidate of
ALL candidates in all districts.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: 1. Take care of ther poor and homeless. 2. Economic Development of the Southern
Sector, Dallas Cancer. G3.et the Solomon solution to the trinity River project implimented
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I am a licenced professional engineer, and much bolder and outspoken, which is very
much needed in Dallas politics today
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: Dallas is under served and over taxed...per David Kunkle. Our city needs to get back
into balance, and take care of the basics like libraries, parks, rec centers, and pot holes.
With a world class Trinity Park, our tax base will significantly increase.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: We should embrace Ft. Worth's COPs program throughout the city.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: No. Let all city employees earn proportionately less in pay.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: - no response -
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
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how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?


A: - no response -
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: - no response -
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: - no response -
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: - no response -
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: - no response -
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: Running out of time at the library..sorry. This should fill in some blanks. Bio of Richard
P. Sheridan, Dallas City Council Candidate, Dist 13 Age: 64 (I still have most of my hair
and teeth!) Lived in Dallas: 14 years. Lived in Texas: 30 Years Married 13 yrs. Divorced 28
yrs. It cured me! and her too. Two Sons, Michael 34, Nicholas 30 Ethnicity: 70% Irish, 20%
Italian, 10% English, and 100% Patriotic American Born: The Bronx, New York (Rooted for
the Tigers 'n the Braves) Education: Manhattan College: Bachelor of Civil Eng., 1969;
Master of Envy. Eng., 1970; P.E., NY, '74 Financial Condition: Broke like many other
Americans Strengths: Communication, Personality, Interpersonal Skills, Sense of Humor,
and Persistence Political affiliation: None. An independent, supporting the Tea Party at
present for election reform. I have a very diverse background, beginning with a
traditional engineering career, focusing on water pollution control, industrial and municipal
wastewater treatment, and hazardous site cleanups, moving up financially and
professionally, until I experienced a recession in the early 1980s. The recession and my
very strong New York "culture/accent" made it difficult to get a job in Dallas in my
profession, or at my previous salary, which in the early '80s was about $50,000/yr. This
caused me to open up to all employment opportunities because I wanted to live in Dallas
near my two sons. I gravitated to sales, as if you're good with people, almost anything can
be sold, as long as you believe in the product or service. In 1998 I became an independent
contractor courier and Notary Public offering my services to a number of firms like Special
Delivery, On time, Eagle, Countdown, Guaranteed, etc. It started as temporary work, but
wound up a 13 year journey. Being a courier is a real adventure. Many former business
owners work as couriers because of either failed businesses, or trouble with the IRS. In
2003 I became active in Dallas politics, both at the county and city level, perhaps giving
more speeches before the Dallas City Council, and County Court than any other Dallas
Resident. My campaign flier summarizes my activities/accomplishments over the past 8
years as a political activist. I have developed a hard head, a thick skin, and a good sense
of humor (to some people!). Employment/Work: Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade and
Douglas, New York, Late '60s College summer employment, Highway Engineering, and
flooding engineering. Hydroscience/DOW, New Jersey 1971-76 Water Pollution Control
Brown and Caldwell, California, 1976 - 1981 Water Pollution Control Celanese Chemical
Company/Badger, 1981- 83 Water Pollution Control Frito-Lay, Plano 1985-87 Water
Pollution Control Entertainment Publications, Dallas, 1988-90 A fundraising coupon book for
organizations, churches, and businesses. Water Point Systems/Water Event Water
Store/Clearwater Coolers, 1990-96 Home and business water filtration/cooler systems.
Retail water store. Courier Service, Independent Contractor, Dallas Metroplex 1998 -
2010. Delivery of business documents, securities, engineering docs, and Notary Service.
Political Activist, Dallas, 2003-today. Full time since early 2010 References: Rev. Joseph
Clifford, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Juanita Wallace, Head of the NAACP Dallas
Chapter, Willie Cothrum, Owner of MasterPlan, Betty Culbreath, Dallas Int'l Airport Board
Member, Dallas County Commissioners Dr. Elba Garcia and Maurine Dickey, Dallas Mayor
Dwaine Caraway, Shaun Rabb, Fox 4 News, BJ Austin, KERA News.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: Encourage the City to issues citizens IDs to protect the good "illegals". Our immigration
was caused by the Federal Government. A city must protece all its citizens
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measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: We must approach the southern sector holistically. This will involve a drug rehabilitaton,
education, jobs program. The mind set of many southern sector black man and women
need a major transformation, from hangin pants, and gutteral language, and a "Ho"
mentality, to one of ladies and gentlemen. This will involve elected officials at all levels of
Govt, ministers, and
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: We will obviously need such a partnership, BUT will this just be gentrification again, and
again? Why not encourage coops, where there is employee ownership in
businesses...supermarkets, clothing stores, etc...to give a good future, jobs, and economic
stablity to existing residents.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: I haven't signed off on their plan. As far as I can see, good, hard working businesses
are being driven out, and are not being compensated to start their businesses elsewhere.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: That you can find some really good, dow to earth people here.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: Its mostly abvout image, and not substance. Dallas is too much a billboard, pretencious
and materialistic

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Candidates (choose 1):

Vernon Franko

Biographical Info:
Name: Vernon Franko
Street Address: 5211 Cedar Springs Rd
City/Town: Dallas
State: TX
Date of Birth: 46 yrs old
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-351-4097
Mobile Phone Number: 214-213-5782
E-mail Address: vern@vernonfranko.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.vernonfranko.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: 30 plus years
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: 20 plus years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Insurance Agent
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: None at the moment, I’m busy campaigning for City Council.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: I provide free small business development, consulting and guidance service for
primarily minority low income Dallas residents with an entrepreneurial spirit in starting
their own business. It's not a foundation and I don't write it off on my taxes. There are no

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committees to decide who deserves help. I enjoy helping people with an entrepreneurial
spirit and a desire to succeed.
Q: Education
A: GED
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: None
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: Self Financed
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Self Financed
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: Unfortunately, Yes, twice when I was a teenager. Once when I set out some traffic
tickets that I could not afford to pay, and another time for a property offense that was
later dismissed. I am confident that these experiences have given me some positive
insight in dealing with some of the issues that may be faced by inner city youth of low
income families
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: District 14 needs experienced leadership with a proven track record that can provide
sound common sense civic policy that allows individuals and families the peaceful
enjoyment of our city and its many beautiful places, encourage and promote the personal
and economic industry of our citizens, provide for security and the future quality of life in
District 14 and all of Dallas for our residents. As a thirty year resident, I’ve seen Dallas go
through boom times and hard times. My district with the proper experience and leadership
can be instrumental in directing our civic policies on a productive path that serves the
needs and aspiration of our residents. As an Insurance Agent my experience primarily
focuses on providing fiscally responsible solutions for the security of our property, our
finances and our futures. Financial planning and fiscal responsibility need to be an
important component of our cities focus moving forward. I’m a small Business Owner. I
know how to create jobs. In Fact I have personally created dozens of jobs and assisted in
the creation of hundreds throughout my career. Before starting my own business, I
managed several others. After managing Retail, Manufacturing and Service related
businesses for a number of companies I decided it might be smarter to take that
experience into my own endeavor. Having grown up as the youngest child in a low
income family and moving to Dallas at an early age, I am familiar with the economic
challenges that can be faced by the least advantaged members of our society. The
opportunities I have found in our great City of Dallas and the doors that opened for me are
far more than I could ever have dreamed possible considering my origins. I am very
grateful to the City of Dallas. I am interested in paying it back by making a positive
difference in our city and helping us get back on the path to growth and prosperity.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: I believe I am in agreement with our incumbent Angela Hunt. I have no Pet Projects or
New Committees to promote that would add to the current budget deficit.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: Dallas is a city like no other in this country and it requires local leadership with the
experience to recognize the historical uniqueness of the city we live in. We need local
solutions that are germane to our community. I’ve lived in the City of Dallas and in
District 14 longer than any of my opponents. I am the only candidate in my district that
has ever managed a business and created jobs that provide employment. Over the
decades I’ve seen some successful city initiatives and a number of misguided ones. I
believe that I am the candidate with a familiarity to the needs and the sensibilities of my
district, my city and our region.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: I don't think we are getting what we should for the funds spent. If we want to grow our
tax base we have got to grow our local economy. We need to make changes in the
municipal bidding process. It’s important that we encourage local talent to participate in
the building of our city. Locally owned businesses will tend to spend more of their profits
back at the stores and shops of our own communities growing our business and sales tax
base and relieving the tax burden on our residents, resulting in jobs for our local

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population and tax revenues from those dollars spent here. Larger companies from
elsewhere may take their profits elsewhere to spend.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: Recent reports indicate that the City of Dallas has successfully reached our target goal
for the number of Uniformed Officers. Should the city begin to suffer safety issues or from
a lack of response ability I would support an effort to increase recruiting at that time.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: No, I’m for a tax roll back at the earliest opportunity. In economic times like this, when
families are having to economize and reduce household budgets even for the essentials of
life, when most every household has been touched in some way by unemployment, our
Dallas City Council must find the courage to reign in unnecessary wasteful spending. This is
not the time to further increase taxes on already financially strapped residents of Dallas.
We must learn to spend our tax dollars smarter.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: I intend to comb every area of our budget to root out wasteful and inefficient spending.
I want to concentrate on Contracted Services, Materials and Supplies first to make sure we
are getting the best value for our tax dollars. I better not find any three thousand dollar
hammers in there.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: Our future is here now! We need to be moving forward on the development of our
green park plan and water amenities. This is an important component of spurring the
downtown urban development plan as well as economic growth and will increase our city
tax base alleviating some of our budget woes. It will also enhance the quality of life for all
Dallas residents as well as provide local jobs. The Trinity River Project bond issue has
sufficient funds still in place to begin the necessary work. The park can be built in fiscally
responsible stages and within budget. The toll road though perhaps not in as ideal a
location as we would like, is viable in recognition that it will be paid for by the collected
tolls of those who use it. We have local design and engineering talent right here in Dallas
that can address any aesthetic concerns making it workable.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: We need leadership with the experience to root out inefficient or excessive regulations
and requirements that could discourage economic investment. We must revisit our local
codes and policies to ensure that we are not cutting off our nose to spite our face. We
need to be making every effort to send out the word that Dallas will welcome the business
community. We have some of the hardest working and most industrious people you’ll find
anywhere in the world. Our business community also pays taxes and provides jobs for our
residents. We can’t expect to grow our tax base or our population if we don’t have living
wage jobs available.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: Although there is always room for improvement in almost any system, I think we need
to resolve our budgetary concerns before we add additional expenses. Considering our
current fiscal condition I believe that our current leadership has done an excellent job in
maintaining the best city services that one could expect.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: It is obviously not good to have a zero growth rate. It indicates that our economy is in a
depression. In order to attract more people we must have living wage jobs available for
them. In order to do this we must encourage investment in the development of our
economy increasing the number of available jobs.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: Ideally we would have a population density that is in harmony with the available
housing, amenities and employment opportunities along with a reasonable taxation rate.
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answer to this question. Encouraging an increase in population density at this time without
a commensurate density of available jobs to employ that population would be folly due the
expectation of the need for increased city services. By the same token a decrease in the
population of the moment may lead to further degradation of the existing tax base.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: There are many things that need to be done. The single most important thing we could
do to revitalize downtown is to move the Trinity River Park Project forward. This is a
project that will enhance our quality of life and available recreational facilities for
downtown and all of Dallas. It will lead to economic development by attracting jobs back
downtown as well as provide the spark for our downtown urban goals. It will also revitalize
our downtown and all its surrounding areas.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: There is not much our police department can do under current regulation other than to
cooperate with federal authorities. Statistics indicate that most employers found employing
illegal immigrants never face a fine or criminal prosecution. I would support initiatives
designed at putting teeth into fines and strengthening penalties civil and criminal imposed
on those who attract illegal immigration by offering them employment.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: I would like to see more focus on economic development in all of Dallas including the
southern sectors. Focus should be on economic development as well as quality of life
amenities that attract investment in both residential and a living wage jobs base.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I think it's a Fine Idea.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: Perhaps we should entertain the idea of expanding their scope and putting them to work
on development in our southern sectors.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: Our people, Dallas has some of the Finest, most engaging, concerned and intelligent
citizens that can be found anywhere in the United States or the world. We need
experienced leadership on the council level and in the Mayors office that will facilitate the
blossoming of the native talent we have in all areas of personal and commercial
endeavors.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: Our economy and population growth has stagnated. We need Council leadership that
has demonstrated experience in resolving issues of importance to us all and who will
continue to have the courage of their convictions in spurring our economic growth.

Angela Hunt

Biographical Info:
Name: Angela Hunt
Street Address: 5306 Mercedes Ave.
City/Town: Dallas
State: TX
Date of Birth: 12/11/1971
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: (214) 907-4600
Fax Number: (214) 292-9685
E-mail Address: angela@angelahunt.com
Campaign Web Site Address: http://www.angelahunt.com

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Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: 12 1/2 years
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: 12 years
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Dallas City Councilmember (full-time)
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Dallas League of Women Voters Virginia Macdonald Leadership Award, Marshall
Memorial Fellow, Voted "Best City Council Member" Dallas Observer (2006-2010), Voted
"Best Dallas City Council Person" Dallas Voice Readers Voice Awards (2008-2010), Chair of
Dallas City Council Judiciary Committee, Co-Chair of City of Dallas Bike Plan 2011, led
Trinity Vote campaign, First Place - Keep America Beautiful "Graffiti Hurts" Award (group
award)
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Dallas Homeowners League - Board Member, led M Streets Conservation District effort,
Greenland Hills Neighborhood Association - Board Member, City of Dallas Permit & License
Appeals - Board Member representing District 14, City of Dallas Cultural Affairs
Commission - Commissioner representing District 14, Greater Dallas Planning Council
Dream Award, Thomas J. Watson Fellow, White House Intern
Q: Education
A: Rice University (B.A. 1994) University of Texas School of Law, (J.D. 1998)
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: None.
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: Since November, I have raised roughly $60,000 for my re-election effort.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Dallas Police Association John & Anne Mullen Bill Brosius & Ron Guillard
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: It has been an honor to represent one of the most diverse and exciting council districts
in our city over the past six years. During that time, we've been able to improve
neighborhoods throughout District 14, from enhancing our parks and trails to preserving
our historic neighborhoods. We've fostered economic growth and walkable communities
while protecting established neighborhoods from commercial encroachment and
inappropriate development. We've fulfilled the dream of a nationally-renowned Arts
District and revitalized downtown Dallas. And, most importantly, we've made our city safer
in the process – adding over 600 police officers to our streets and bringing crime down
30%. Although I gave up my law practice to serve my constituents full-time, my legal
background has helped me navigate and improve complex city ordinances and contracts
presented to the council. More important than my law degree, however, is my
background as a grassroots, neighborhood leader. Years before running for office, I worked
to improve my own neighborhood as well as other communities throughout the city. I led
my neighborhood's effort to become a conservation district, and as a board member of the
Dallas Homeowners League, I assisted community leaders throughout the city on issues
ranging from crime prevention to zoning education. As a councilmember, my focus has
remained on improving our neighborhoods and making our city a better place to live. On
issues large and small, I do my homework, I stand up for my constituents, and I'm not
afraid to be an independent voice on tough issues.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: Protecting our Residents and Environment - As cities across North Texas struggle with
the problems associated with urban gas drilling, I have led the effort to create a City of
Dallas taskforce to revise Dallas' gas drilling ordinance to ensure our residents and
environment are protected. Making the City More Business-Friendly - Owners of
businesses large and small tell me how challenging it is to work with the City's Building
Inspections Department. We lose business to suburban cities that have more efficient and
business-friendly processes in place and that must change. Dallas must work with partners
like The Real Estate Council and the Dallas Regional Chamber to re-evaluate the City's
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customer-service-oriented. Improve Basic City Services - Our city must focus on providing
taxpayers with city services they can be proud of -- safe neighborhoods, good streets,
clean parks, and a responsive city government. By creating a great place to live, we will
attract quality employees, which will in turn encourage business relocation -- all of which
improves our tax base.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I bring a strong record of community involvement and leadership in District 14 long
before I decided to run for office. That grassroots experience has served me well and kept
my focus on our residents, not special interests. I fight for my constituents, even when it's
not popular with the politically powerful or well-connected. There is no question that it is
easier to "go along to get along" at City Hall. But on the tough issues, whether it's gas
drilling, the Trinity Project, or protecting our neighborhoods from bad zoning, my priority
has always been doing what's right for our citizens.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: In recent years, Dallas has funded major capital improvements by borrowing too much
money, too quickly. As a result, our city is spending more and more on debt, leaving
significantly less for basic city services. For example, the city eliminated basic street
maintenance (among other things) in the last two budgets in order to pay for our growing
debt. (I voted against this and proposed other cuts instead.) We should reduce the
amount of money Dallas is borrowing every year so that we can make more funds
available for police and fire, streets, parks, libraries, code enforcement and other critical
city services. Debt should be focused on projects that improve our neighborhoods and are
a catalyst for economic development, which will help grow our tax base.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: Unlike other cities that have cut their police departments during this economic
downturn, our City Council has been steadfast in its commitment to hire officers. Thanks to
the City Council's investment in police resources, we have added more than 600 officers to
our police force over the last six years, reducing crime by more than 30%. Our efforts
have resulted in the lowest crime rate since the 1960s, so we must be very careful not to
lose ground by reducing our police force. We must work closely with our DPD leadership to
ensure our police department has the staff it needs to patrol our neighborhoods and
protect our businesses. I will be working closely with the leadership in our police
department during the coming budget season to address these issues.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: No. Thanks to tough choices we made last year, we are in a much better situation
financially than we would have been otherwise. It will be another tough budget year, but
we will be able to manage short-term cuts as our economy rebounds. Already there are
signs that the Dallas economy is on the upswing -- sales tax revenue is increasing and
Realtors as well as real estate developers tell me they are seeing positive signs of
improvement.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: It's unlikely that any city department will remain unscathed in the next budget. It will
be a matter of deciding which departments to cut the least. Public safety must continue to
be a priority, so we must be cautious in any cuts to either police or fire. Development
services holds the key to future economic growth, so additional cuts there would be
unwise. Otherwise, we will see cuts throughout most of our city departments.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: After ensuring our levees will protect surrounding homes and businesses, the Downtown
Trinity Park must be our focus. The park will be an incredible recreational amenity as well
as a catalyst for redevelopment projects along the levees. However, we need not wait for
the park to be fully realized before making it accessible to the public. This greenspace is a
wonderful asset just as it is, but it is under-appreciated and under-utilized due to lack of
easy public access. Not only will this allow the public to enjoy the park, accessibility will
help spur redevelopment as the economy improves. In relation to the levee upgrades, I
object to the city's current plan to pay for federally-mandated levee improvements by
transferring funds from other critical flood control projects. These projects, such as Mill

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Creek reconstruction and sump overhauls, are critical to protecting our residents and
businesses from flooding. We should use funds from such projects only AFTER we have
exhausted the remaining $30 million set aside for the defunct toll road. The toll road
remains unviable, and the city's insistence on its inclusion in the Trinity Project --
intertwining it with our park and levee improvements -- only serves to grind those other
critical projects to a halt. Just as troubling, we are delaying the inevitable need to find
other solutions to the transportation problems that the toll road was allegedly going to
solve. Over the next two years, we must engage transportation experts who have
experience with similar challenges to help us address our transportation needs using
creative 21st century solutions.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: The key to attracting economic development and corporate relocations to Dallas is an
improved quality of life for residents. Dallas must attract residents and families to our city
by making Dallas safe, clean, and livable. When desirable employees choose to live in
Dallas, economic development and corporate relocations follow. In addition, our city will
attract and maintain businesses by ensuring we are business-friendly on a very practical
level. This means making sure our Building Inspections Department is efficient and
customer-service-oriented. If developers cannot easily obtain permits, they will take their
business elsewhere, pushing retail, residential, and mixed-use developments to the
suburbs.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: Our police and fire departments regularly receive high marks from District 14 residents,
and the fact that we have the lowest crime rate since the 1960s underscores that fact. As I
mentioned above, basic city services are critical to strong, healthy neighborhoods. Over
the last decade we have cut spending on our streets and parks, and the effects of that
deferred maintenance is costly. We must also make code enforcement and animal control
more responsive to residents.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: Growth for the sake of growth isn't necessarily a good thing. However, if other nearby
cities and suburbs are experiencing growth while Dallas is not, we should look to the
surrounding communities to see what they have done to encourage growth. Do they have
better schools? More affordable housing? Better economic investment incentives for
corporate relocations? More job growth? Better city services? If there is something that
Dallas should be doing differently, we should take this opportunity to learn from our
neighbors and adopt their best practices, so the next census will perhaps reflect a different
outcome.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: Proper density in our city's core will vary by neighborhood. Density shouldn't be
shoehorned into established single-family neighborhoods and density isn't a goal in and of
itself. Rather, it should be part of a larger plan to reduce our dependence on cars, in which
case dense housing stock must be paired with public transportation options like DART light
rail or streetcar service, as well as nearby community service retail. Neighborhoods in and
around Downtown should be the most dense -- as the major job center, living in downtown
allows residents to walk, bus, or take the future streetcar to work rather than drive. Our
city center will continue to see denser development and the census bears this out -- while
Dallas' population remained almost flat over the last decade, the population of District 14
rose by nearly 15%. People want to live in walkable, vibrant, urban communities like
Uptown, Cedar Springs, and Downtown Dallas.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: The city has made great strides in revitalizing downtown Dallas. The Mercantile, Main
Street Garden, Main Street retail, the Arts District, the Farmers Market, and other areas of
downtown have benefited and flourished thanks to public-private partnerships. We can
build on these successes using the Downtown 360 Plan as our guide, particularly those
aspects that require little financial investment, such as ordinance changes that would
encourage street vendors and outdoor restaurant seating.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?

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A: When people are arrested, their citizenship status should be determined, and those who
are here illegally should be deported to the proper authorities in their home country.
However, District 14 residents I talk with want our police focused on things like preventing
car thefts and home burglaries, patrolling their neighborhoods, and addressing unruly
crowds in entertainment districts. If Dallas police are forced to take over the federal
responsibility of immigration enforcement, they will not have the resources or manpower
to respond to local law enforcement needs. Moreover, the city will not reduce crime if
crime victims or witnesses are afraid to contact the DPD for fear of deportation.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: There are, of course, no easy answers here, but I believe improving southern Dallas
starts by improving the neighborhoods. The broken-windows theory of crime would dictate
beefing up code enforcement, animal control, and graffiti abatement in problem areas. To
spur growth, economic incentives for redevelopment, like the Mockingbird-Lancaster TIF,
should be more widely implemented to encourage real change and growth in
disadvantaged area. The city should continue to champion the Inland Port project, which
has great potential to bring business and jobs to the Southern Sector.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: Public-private partnerships have worked well to bring development to other parts of our
city, particularly Downtown Dallas. The devil is in the details, of course, but a public-
private economic development corporation could serve as the catalyst for real change in
the Southern Sector.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: The Southern Sector could benefit from the type of redevelopment plans created by the
CityDesign Studio for West Dallas. We must ensure, however, that the goal is to uplift, not
merely gentrify, communities.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: Dallas has some amazing public schools. Yes, DISD has many challenges, but it also
boasts many top-rated schools like Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and
Performing Arts, Stonewall Jackson Elementary, and Woodrow Wilson High School (which is
now an International Baccalaureate World School that offer a diverse and rigorous
education), to name just a few.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: For too long, Dallas has desperately sought approval from those outside our city -- note
how we're constantly striving to portray ourselves as a "world-class city" and investing in
large, but arguably unnecessary, big ticket projects. Most residents I talk with are less
interested in being spoken of in the same breath as London and Paris than having a clean,
safe, livable city to call home. I would hope we would become less concerned with how
visitors and tourists perceive our city and focus instead on creating a safe city with good
schools and beautiful neighborhoods.

Chad Lasseter
Biographical Info:

Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: - no response -
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: - no response -
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: - no response -
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: - no response -
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: - no response -
Q: Education
A: - no response -
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
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Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?

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A: - no response -
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: - no response -
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: - no response -
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: - no response -
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: - no response -
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: - no response -
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: - no response -
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: - no response -
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: - no response -
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: - no response -
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: - no response -
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: - no response -
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: - no response -
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: - no response -
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: - no response -
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: - no response -
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: - no response -
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: - no response -
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: - no response -
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?

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Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: - no response -
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: - no response -

James Nowlin

Biographical Info:
Name: James Nowlin
Street Address: 6131 Palo Pinto Avenue
City/Town: Dallas
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 12/10/80
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: (214) 446-8580
Fax Number: (214) 446-8556
E-mail Address: info@jamesnowlin.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.jamesnowlin.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: Five years
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: One year
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Small business owner
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Preservation Dallas, Lakewood Heights Neighborhood Association
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Dallas Citizens Police Review Board, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, AIDS Services
of Dallas Board
Q: Education
A: B.A. - University of Virginia, J.D. - Duke University School of Law
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: N/A
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: $50,000
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: We have had a number of individuals who have contributed at the maximum level.
Among them are James Brewster, Karl Meyer, and Dr. Mark Parker.
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: I love Dallas and want to give back to the city that has been so good to me. In these
challenging economic times, we need leadership that understands that we must grow our
economy, not our taxes. I’ve started a small business and made a success of it. In that
business, I work to bring owners and executives of businesses, large and small, a fresh
perspective on increasing profitability and efficiencies. I am a consensus-builder who
knows how to work with neighborhood leaders as well as business. These skills will be
brought with me to the Council. Economic development coupled with working to ensure
that Dallasites get the most value out of every tax dollar is my first priority.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: 1. I will work to grow our economy, not our taxes. By collaborating with the new Mayor
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opportunities, we will increase revenues through growing our economy. Businesses in other
states are interested in relocating to Dallas because of the vast opportunities that are
here. However, we must have the right leaders on the Council to help seal the deal to get
them here. As a councilmember and business leader, I will clearly articulate to the
prospective companies the value of doing business in Dallas and will work with the new
Mayor to lead discussions and delegation opportunities to bring economic development to
our city. In addition, creating new public-private partnerships is a way in which we can
achieve economic development. Tremendous opportunities exist in West Dallas and South
Dallas and we must work to create a plan to harness the potential, build our tax base, and
grow our city. This plan must be visionary, strategic, and attainable; it must bring together
the best of all of Dallas—private and public. 2. To find more efficient ways of spending our
tax dollars as well as identifying appropriate spending priorities, I would work to establish
a Citizen’s Budget and Tax Review Commission. We have some of the best business and
civic minds in the country living in Dallas, and we need to engage them to find the best
solutions for the challenges we face. As a new voice on the City Council for District 14, I
would actively collaborate with my constituents, my colleagues, the new Mayor, and other
leaders. This Commission would move toward that kind of leadership and away from the
contentious politics that have plagued City Hall for the last several years. 3. The City of
Dallas must stop acting as if Dallas Independent School District is a separate entity that
doesn’t affect the quality of life, real estate values, and business opportunities in the city. I
would seek to establish a City/DISD/private coalition to specifically work on those issues
which are common to the City and DISD. The ability to attract new residents to Dallas is
encumbered by the reputation of DISD. We must work together to move Dallas forward.
As you can see, pushing these issues is about working with others to achieve solutions, not
pushing others around. And, we do not need to raise property taxes, increase fees, or cut
essential services to do any of this. We need to bring the right people together and work
out solutions, using the collective brainpower, experience, and perspective of the varied
members of our city. It comes down to increasing efficiency, not increasing taxes.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I seek solutions in a collaborative fashion. I believe that the best solutions result from
working with others to build consensus and support. Positive results are achieved through
working with all the stakeholders to find common ground. I do not believe that I have all
the answers. However, I do believe that by working well with others and harnessing their
vision and voice, our city will move forward. Consensus-building does not result from my
analyzing an issue to determine what I think is best and then leaving my office with the
goal of convincing everyone else that I’m right. The citizens have been left out of too
many discussions. In a recent forum, the incumbent talked about her approach to complex
issues. After acknowledging that she does not have a financial background, she talked
about deconstructing the city budget and putting it back together in a way that she could
understand it so that she could explain it to her constituents. My approach is to review,
analyze, discuss, and find a solution that works to move out city forward. I understand that
the answers do not always come from politicians. If elected, I will support the
establishment of a Citizens Budget and Tax Review Commission, charged with seeking new
efficiencies in providing services and in reviewing spending priorities in City government.
The incumbent also believes that economic development is not the priority and comes
second to neighborhoods. I say, “Without a job, most of us would not have a house to call
home or a neighborhood to live in. Economic development is the lifeblood of our city.
District 14 deserves a leader that understands jobs and economic growth.” Our leaders
need to understand that economic development is what keeps our city alive. Without it,
the city dies - Detroit is an example. Without that understanding, Councilmembers may
treat economic development as if it were a series of stand-alone zoning issues.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: No. Dallas residents are not getting enough bang for their buck when it comes to the
high taxes that they pay. We need to revamp our process to seriously engage the citizens
of Dallas in the budgeting process. It is simply insufficient for Council members to hold a
handful of town hall meetings to say they have voter buy-in to their budget priorities and
tax increases. When the budget process is in the hands exclusively of politicians, we should
not be surprised that the budget gets politicized. I support the establishment of a Citizens
Budget and Tax Review Commission, charged with seeking new efficiencies in providing
services and reviewing spending priorities.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
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budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?


A: Public safety is job one. As a former board member of the Dallas Citizens Police Review
Board, I understand firsthand how critical our men and women in uniform are to our city.
While resources are stretched, it is the responsibility of the City Council to work
collaboratively with the Dallas Police Department to balance hiring so that the crime rate
does not increase.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: No.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: 1. We need to have a hard conversation to protect essential city services and to ensure
that further staff cuts are not made. We need to consider a pay cut for top executives in
the city and a smaller cut for other city employees. If we all pull together in this way, no
one else loses their job or benefits, and we all weather this storm together. As I’ve said
previously, I will donate my salary in service to the city (with corporate and private
matches to give back to the city as well) to fill in some of the gaps in services that will
come. It’s not huge, but it’s a start in looking at how we can work together and make
sacrifices during this critical time for our city. In addition, I understand that I do not have
all the answers and that politicians often do not always have all the answers. The Council’s
focus should be on constructive and collaborative conversations to stop kicking the tax can
down the road – my work to begin a Citizen’s Budget and Tax Review Commission is an
example of how we can do better by working together. 2. Currently, many city
employees drive cars owned, leased, and maintained at the expense of the city of Dallas.
We should look at replacing these cars with either stipends or allowing employees to
expense some portion of their personal vehicle usage. It saves money - It works in
business and it can work in Dallas. In addition, I believe some city employees would
appreciate this opportunity. 3. What’s good for the environment is good for Dallas and for
our pocketbooks. We need to move toward xeriscaping with native plants rather than
landscaping with plants that require significant maintenance and watering. This would save
money on watering, upkeep, and staff expenses.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: The funding challenges that we face now in implementing the voter mandate are minor
speed bumps in comparison to the off-tracking that an unwilling councilmember can create
for this monumental project for our city. In this economy, obtaining funding for the
roadway is going to be increasingly difficult. Creating an amazing park might be a more
viable first step and would be a quality of life enhancement for the citizens of Dallas.
Working to identify opportunities for public-private partnerships will help to reduce some
funding constraints.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: More people relocating to and living in Dallas means a greater tax base. We must
create an environment that is more attractive to businesses looking to relocate. But, we
must also be attractive as a place for people to live as well as to work. We are competing
with the suburbs for residents, and we’re losing (according to Census 2010). That must
change. A big part of that is about public schools, and I discussed DISD earlier. We need to
study successful models of economic development in other cities and apply what we learn
right here at home. And, we have to successfully market the City of Dallas. The new Mayor
and every member of the Council must be an ambassador for the City, working together to
meet the challenges. The incumbent’s attitude that business and economic development
are evil rather than part of the solution is destructive to the conversation about how to
move our city forward.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: First of all, we owe a ceaseless debt of gratitude to our police officers and firefighters.
They risk their lives every day to make us safer. What these men and women do is miles
beyond excellent. The quality of drinking water in Dallas is good, right out of the tap, in
most parts of our city. We are behind the times on recycling services, however. It should
be a revenue-producing endeavor for the city. If we provided pick-up recycling at all or
most multi-family units, office buildings, and public facilities, we could enhance that
revenue stream.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
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and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: It is bad for both Dallas and North Texas. Dallas is the heart of the North Texas
economy. Again, we attract people to live here by increasing the number of jobs and
business opportunities that we have in Dallas. And, we have to partner with DISD to
address the problems in our public school system. People want more bang for their buck
and that includes public schools. Furthermore, the Council must work to re-create Dallas’
reputation as a low tax, high return city. We cannot keep hammering homeowners with
higher property taxes every few years and expect newcomers to want to move into our
city. Folks relocating to North Texas must see Dallas and its public servants at City Hall as
smart, focused on efficiency, and leaders of a world class destination.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: Density is not a one size fits all question for neighborhoods. Diversity in neighborhood
personality and density is one of the greatest strengths of District 14. This diversity, when
encouraged through strategic economic development, is what will attract new residents to
our city. Finally, appropriate density for Uptown is different than it is for Lakewood
Heights. As the representative for District 14 on the City Council, it will be my job to work
with my constituents in each of the district’s neighborhoods to make sure I have a finger
on the pulse of each one.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: We need to get serious about public-private partnerships. With the right vision, for
example, gems of opportunity downtown such as the Dallas Farmer’s Market can bring in
people and commerce from all across North Texas. Attractive public-private partnering is
one way to achieve this along with a commitment to improved signage, parking, and
resources for safety. Farmers grow some of the best tomatoes and onions in the nation
within an hour’s drive of Dallas, and yet people go to specialty grocery stores and pay
multiples of what the farmer’s charge for inferior produce. This makes no sense to me. In
addition, most of the time, downtown streets are virtually empty. I believe that the right
public-private partnerships will give people a reason to get out of the downtown tunnels
and onto the street. The arts and being outside bring people together - I envision a
downtown with sidewalks full of pedestrians of all different backgrounds, small business
and shopping galore, jazz being played on the sidewalk, alongside street vendors. Dallas is
a real city and we should start looking like one.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: Immigration and customs enforcement are a federal, state, and local issue. The City of
Dallas and the Dallas Police Department are often the first line of contact on local
immigration issues. With the limited resources of our city’s budget and the DPD, we should
continue working hand in hand with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations
and Customs Enforcement, and other governmental agencies, as appropriate, for fair and
swift action.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: South Dallas is Dallas — and I am tired of people acting like its future is separate from
Dallas’ future. One of the reasons that we had no population growth in the last 10 years is
because some leaders have never really gotten serious about economic development in
South Dallas. Improving the quality of life south of the Trinity is all about economic
development. This challenge is not going to be met with a couple of urban revitalization
projects. We have to have meaningful conversations with business and neighborhood
leaders and articulate a meaningful, achievable vision for southern Dallas - everyone’s
voice should be welcomed at the discussion table. In addition, we have to be willing to
have some hard conversations about how some plans in the past have not come to full
fruition. We have to work to connect the North with the South, to provide job opportunities
for all so that Dallas’ collective tax base is constantly growing. I will work with the Mayor
and the council to erase the divide between the North and the South. As South Dallas
progresses, all of Dallas progresses.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I completely agree. We must bring all the stakeholders together to define the vision,
map out the strategy, develop the plan, and move forward to make it happen. Adding

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more stakeholders with skin in the game on any project increases the probability for
success. Success will only be achieved with true collaborators leading the charge to reach a
common goal.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: In South Dallas, of course. However, there is no one size fits all solution to any issue. I
will work to encourage collaborative conversations between residents and businesses to
build upon the strengths of Dallas. Part of the process of the South Dallas should be
leveraging the best of the City Design Studio process and taking lessons learned moving
forward.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: Dallas is a city that works. It is a city of diversity. It is city that embraces the best
ideas. Even in these economic times, we are not faced with the monolithic challenges that
some cities are facing. There is a “can do” attitude in this city, and we will draw on it again
today to make us even greater tomorrow.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: We do have a divide in the city between north and south, and that divide is holding the
city back. It’s a historic divide and quite unfortunate. In looking for representation at City
Hall, voters should consider whether a candidate really grasps the relationship between
our current economic issues, the need for economic development throughout the city, and
the collective vision for the future. We have short, mid-, and long-tem challenges to
address. If we continue in the reactive mode of the last couple of years, we will soon
exhaust our ability to address any of these challenges. I do not fit into a box as a
business leader or as a candidate. I am ready to bridge communities together for a
greater Dallas and that’s why I am running for Dallas City Council. Dallas needs to thrust
forward to redeem transformational opportunities, and I humbly admit that my candidacy
is one.

Brian Oley

Biographical Info:
Name: Brian Oley
Street Address: PO Box 25232
City/Town: Dallas
State: TX
Date of Birth: 06/08/1976
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-377-8548
Home Phone Number: 214-377-8548
Mobile Phone Number: 214-377-8548
E-mail Address: brianoley@ymail.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.brianoley.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: 6 Years (as of May 2011)
Q: Length of residency in the district
A: 6 Years (as of May 2011)
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Technical Real Estate and Consulting: Co Founder and Co Lead of a global specialty
practice (based in Dallas) in a Fortune 500 real estate services firm.
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: I currently serve on the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Next Generation
Committee, which is a select group who travel to the hospital in Memphis, learn the
logistics and operations of the hospital, sit in on board meetings, and are being educated to
serve as the hospital’s next Board of Directors. As a dog enthusiast, I currently serve as a
member and foster for a local animal rescue for Dallas / Fort Worth. I have been a long
time member of the Friends of the Katy Trail and the Japan American Society of D/FW;
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neighborhood crime watch association.


Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: I was a member of a City Advisory Committee for the City of Dallas, representing
District 14 on the MLK Community Center Board. I was formerly an associate member of
the Asian American Bar Association, as well as a former member of the Japan American
Society of Houston.
Q: Education
A: I achieved my undergraduate degree in 1998 from Texas Christian University, where I
studied Marketing and Japanese. In 2004, I achieved my MBA from Arizona State
University. And finally, in 2008, I achieved a second masters’ degree (MA) in International
Economics and Policy from Southern Methodist University while working full time at my
current profession.
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: N/A
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: Before I launched my campaign, I sat down with my family and supporters to discuss
the logistics and planning. It was here I decided on an unconventional political strategy
which I have formally posed as my campaign mission statement that parallels my political
philosophy: to operate the most efficient campaign with budgetary limitations. When
supporters approach me asking how they can help, my only response is in awareness and
“sweat equity” (or, helping pass out my campaign brochures, bumper stickers, etc). Aside
from the expense of running a website and printing off a few yard signs and some bumper
stickers, this is how I have run my campaign and how I would run the city budget. To date,
I have successfully launched a district wide campaign, leveraging word of mouth, personal
involvement, and free social media while keeping expenditures at $790.99 (as of
4/8/2011).
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: As described above, my campaign is taking on a lean and mean strategic approach to
victory. In lieu of financial support, I have emphasized sweat equity and awareness
support. Under that direction, I have managed to gain significant, city wide support
through word of mouth, as well as through getting out there and knocking on doors, by
talking to the people as opposed to simply marketing to them in print form, as so many
candidates do. With that, I have managed to appeal to the entire district with personal
contributions from myself, and mandated (minimal) contributions from the two people in
this world that I look and have looked up to the most in this world: my father and my
mother.
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: I have framed my life around serving others, and have prepared a long time for the
right time and the right opportunity to serve the public - now is that time. The recurring
question seems to be, “What can you do for us in District 14?” As a former senior auditor
and compliance examiner with a securities regulation firm, I bring fiscal responsibility. I
have audited everything from major institutions such as Bank of America down to the
small local investment firms right here in and around Dallas. I am qualified to pull apart
and understand financial reports and statements, and am a very large proponent of
transparency. I have lived on the east side of the district, in the middle of the district, and
on the west side of the district; and from getting out there and knocking on the doors of
constituents, and bring a responsible business mind and community advocate to public
service.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: First and foremost is safety, and it’s very simple why - because we all deserve the right
to be safe. To address this issue, there are the obvious solutions such as adding more
police to the Dallas Police Department, as I believe in the strong correlation between
increasing the number of police and decreasing crime. There are, however, simple and cost
effective measures that can also be taken. First, in our district, we have first class
neighborhood associations and crime watch groups – the best in the City. As I knock on
doors talking to constituents in our neighborhoods, what I haven’t seen is a great deal of
communication between these individuals or groups. These communication silos have
prevented a lot of efficient discussion on maximizing efforts, or what has worked in one
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encouraging this Interpol style method of communication is a considerably cost effective


start to enhancing our quality of life. Second, there is responsible development. This
element has been largely ignored both in District 14 and in the City of Dallas. If handled
responsibly, this is a revenue generating investment that will both pay for itself (the tools,
resources, efforts, etc), and compliments the reality of supporting a rollback in taxes.
Finally, there is the element of fiscal responsibility. I advocate accountability through
transparency. Take, for example, the city’s check registry. I propose to bring this process
public so that the public can see who is getting cash from the city and how much they’re
getting. Again, there will be minimal cost associated with this simple offering to be located
on the city’s website, and if we do this we will have automatically employed anyone with
internet access and interest in the city’s budget to serve as a city auditor at virtually no
cost.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: There is no question that, throughout my life, I have been devoted to a strong balance
of work and community; but the key differentiator, without question, between me and my
opponents is that I bring a business mind to the world of politics.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: I don’t believe many people in the City of Dallas would disagree with the statement that
we are overtaxed and underserved. A lot of this can be traced to a couple of fundamental
considerations – that our city is not spending within our limits and that we are relying too
much on the residential side of the city’s revenue equation for the city’s budget. Budget
reform comes in many ways. I am currently redlining the 650 page document that is the
city budget. The review proves very challenging for any single person, and there is
uncertainty on a lot of interpretation from a line item review. I believe that transparency
in our budget’s expenditures would be the best place to start in that there are simple
measures we can consider that will encourage citizen education on and participation in our
city’s budget. For example, the scanning and display of the check registry is a simple and
cost effective approach to financial transparency. This process will literally employ
thousands of concerned people to serve as Independent auditors to check, double check,
and understand how and where our tax dollars are being spent.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: The nature of this question requires more than a simple political answer to justify. It
requires more as the men and women selflessly serving our cities deserve more than just
politics. I absolutely support our Dallas Police as well as our Dallas Fire and Rescue; I
believe the services these groups of men and women provide is absolutely critical,
providing selfless acts of valor and serving as valiant role models to our children. I accept
the strong correlation between increasing the number of police and decreasing crime, and
to adequately answer this without facts and figures supporting current need and demand
regressed with actual and unbiased attrition rates is unfair to the City of Dallas.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: Under no circumstances would I consider, support, or propose a tax increase to avoid
deep budget cuts.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: As a former Sr. Auditor at a securities regulation firm and with plenty of education, I
have the ability to audit and review financials. I am currently in the process of redlining a
hard copy of the 650 page budget, a process which will take slightly beyond the time
constraints associated with the response deadline on this questionnaire.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: It’s no secret the Trinity River Project has gone on too long, costing us way too much.
What has gone on for over a decade is now behind us, and what is most important and is
most beneficial to the City right now, especially in light of the recent news of the probable
approval of the recertification of the levees to the 100 year flood protection, is that we
keep the project moving with focus on flood protection. As for funding, a roll out strategy
needs to be finalized on sharing the expense finding an effective balance between the
public and private sector. The toll road appears to be more and more of a viable option
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Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: Let’s talk responsible development. I live in the world of economic development, and
work closely with various Chambers and Economic Developments across this great nation
and around the world. What I do professionally forces dialogue about doing business in
these respective areas. I know what flourishing communities do right and what
deteriorating communities do wrong. To summarize an effective economic development
process, the first charge would be to create goals by identifying sectors, if any, that would
best serve a given area or community. Too often, I see an under informed community
attempt to attract a project that appears to provide favorable attributes, but is ultimately
not a good or sustainable fit and fails in the end. From the city to the county to the state,
the economic impact of such a failure is devastating at all levels. After, and only after,
recognizable and realistic returns (both quantitative and qualitative) have been forecasted
and analyzed, certain proactive measures of attraction should be deployed.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: Dallas has adopted some favorable advances to going green and encouraging energy
sustainability. The Recycling program has provided an easy way for residents and
businesses to get involved, and substantially reduce our landfill issues. According to Dallas
Sanitation Services, last fiscal year the City of Dallas collected over 45,000 tons of
recyclables from their residents and diverted over 190,000 tons from the landfill. This is a
great start, but there is much to be captured above and beyond these green initiatives. It
starts in the least desirable place in Dallas – the landfill, and comes in the form of
Renewable Energy. Waste does not have to simply sit there and rot. Why haven’t we, as a
city, teamed up with both waste management companies and utilities to adopt procedures
that capture the energy from waste (which comes in the form of biomass energy) released
from landfills, preserve this renewable energy, and bring that renewable energy to the grid
as part of our generation mix? One major city in Texas has already adopted this process,
and Dallas is lagging behind.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: This lack of population growth in Dallas (estimated at 1% growth) will ultimately have a
negative impact on our city. And let’s bring into consideration a situation involving a
household (individual or family), and the relative unintended economic consequences
resulting from the 6.5% tax hike of2010. As a base line and very simple economic
example, let’s assume a household is looking to move. For most homeowners in the
market, there can be little argument that price is the primary driver of location. As a
potential buyer, would you stay in Dallas to pay more to government or move to the
suburbs, adding more favorable living conditions balanced with some extra drive time to
save the extra cash imposed by order of the largest tax increase in 20 years? The
underlying premise to all this and the unexpected impact of the tax hike serves as a
deterrent for home and businesses to consider Dallas.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: Further study is needed on appropriate neighborhood densities with respect to
circumstance and geography. For example, an area of single family residential with some
aspects of office, perhaps industrial, should be managed under different concentration
parameters compared to a multifamily residential segment with a heavy dose of retail.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: This is a question of sustainability and accessibility – one method is to address the
latter. How can we change the downtown environment from a place that people consider a
one-time visit, who are troubled by constrained parking availability, to a more sustainable
model. To achieve this, we really need to concentrate efforts to provide a more natural link
between the primary occupiers of downtown who include the multifamily residential sector,
the people who work downtown (how can we get them to stay downtown after work), and
to the thousands who live and work close by. In our city, if people can’t park, they are less
likely to visit. The city needs to review expanding parking in greater detail.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: The nature of the question and the way this is worded is a little general. But, to address
the question as I see it, police should do what they do best, and enforce the law. It is up to

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the legislators and policy makers to draft the laws and legislation that the police enforce.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: I’d promote a hybrid strategy of balancing responsible economic development,
incentivizing residential and commercial development when and where necessary to supply
a long term return on investment, while pushing for more of a public-private partnership
for the private sector to step up where the public sector falls short.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I have been a strong advocate for the public-private partnership relating to economic
development. From serving on a south City of Dallas Advisory Board, I spent some time at
the MLK Community Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. It is no secret that this
area is in need of strategic commercial and residential development. There’s value in how
the private sector can add to this area and a lot of areas in Dallas, and I support the active
pursuit of capturing this value and adding it to our local communities.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: As I’ve previously stated, if managed responsibly, the public-private partnership works.
The social, community, economic and environmental benefits move to provide a net
societal benefit that all of Dallas can endure. There are many areas in need in the city, and
such an effort should be thoroughly examined. The primary and initial question would be,
“What area needs the economic activity the most and where would we be able to provide
the greatest impact from our investment in time, resources, and efforts?” From north to
south to east to west, I have spent a great deal of time working, volunteering, and
enjoying leisurely activities on all sides of Dallas. I feel that from an economic perspective,
the area surrounding Fair Park in the southern sector may be a great place to move to
improve. Leveraging our existing infrastructure and city’s various attractions in the area
creates the greatest opportunity with respect to improving our city’s quality of life.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: We are a diverse city that takes pride in our culture, people, and history, and that our
city provides great opportunity to all people, regardless of age, race, or gender.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: The city faces challenges in many areas; in particular, we suffer from finding an
effective way to preserve the strength of our communities and neighborhoods while
encouraging the attraction and retention of responsible development.

Dallas Mayor
Description:

Candidates (choose 1):

David Kunkle

Biographical Info:
Name: David Kunkle
Street Address: 5538 Ridgedale
City/Town: Dallas
State: Texas
Date of Birth: November 13, 1950
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 469-563-7583
Home Phone Number: n/a
Mobile Phone Number: n/a
Fax Number: n/a
E-mail Address: contact@davidkunkle.com

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Campaign Web Site Address: www.DavidKunkle.com, video can be viewed on our


website or on youtube at www.youtube.com/davidkunkle. Also, follow us on our facebook
page, Kunkle for Dallas Mayor, or on twitter at twitter.com/davidkunkle. You may view
campaign photos on our Flickr page, www.flickr.com/photos/davidkunkle/sets/
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/v/lI2U3xrsnUw&hl=en
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: 15 years total
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Law Enforcement Consultant
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Current and previous listed under next questions. I just retired as Dallas Police Chief in
May of last year.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: Career Highlights • Started policing career at Dallas Police Department in February
1972 • Youngest Captain in the history of the Dallas Police Department • Chief of Police in
Grand Prairie for three years • While serving as Chief of Police in Arlington for 14 years,
the department was named one of the eight best police departments in the United States
and the only one in the Southwest US (out of 17,000 departments evaluated) by Good
Housekeeping Magazine • Deputy City Manager in Arlington for five years, with
responsibility for Police/Fire, Code Enforcement, Convention Center, Budget, Finance,
Parks, Libraries, Human Resources, Landfill and Housing • Chief of Police in Dallas for six
years (see notes below) • Over 30 officers who served under Kunkle have gone on to
become Police Chiefs in cities across the country • Jim Collins, author of the best selling
leadership book Good to Great (published 2007), produced a PBS documentary highlighting
Level 5 leaders across the country. Kunkle was recognized as the only example of a public
sector Level 5 leader. A large portion of the documentary focused on Kunkle's leadership
and the Dallas Police Department. • Top Secret FBI Clearance • Thirty-one years perfect
attendance (no sick time) • Adjunct professor at University of Texas at Arlington •
International policing experience in Israel, Northern Ireland and Great Britain • Masters of
Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington • Served as a Chief of Police
for 22 years of his public service Crime in Dallas while serving as Chief of Police • Six
consecutive years of total crime reduction • 32% decrease in violent crime during his
tenure (2004 - 2010) • The 2010 crime rate was the lowest in Dallas in 40 years • The
murder rate dropped 34% since Kunkle became Chief of Police in 2004 • The 2010 murder
rate was the lowest in 42 years • The per capita overall crime rate dropped 23.7% since
2004 Officer Safety and Improved Citizen Service in Dallas while serving as Chief of Police
• Increase in sworn strength of more than 700 officers • Dramatic reductions in police
response times • Response times for 911 emergency calls were 27.5% faster in 2008 than
before Kunkle arrived in 2004 • Reduction of high risk incidents involving Dallas officers •
Revision of a pursuit policy resulting in significant decreases in pursuit-related deaths and
injuries • Eliminated the use of controversial choke hold • Fewer deadly force incidents •
Fewer in-custody deaths • Improved response efforts for the mentally ill • Presented the
2008 Prism Award [Mental Health Advocate of the Year] from the Mental Health Association
of Greater Dallas • Honored by the National Alliance of Mental Illness with the 2010 Sam
Cochran Criminal Justice Award Community Confidence • A 2008 Dallas Community
Survey conducted for the RAND Corp. indicated: • Residents of Dallas have at least an
80% favorable opinion of Dallas police effectiveness • More than 75% of Dallas residents
were satisfied with the quality of police services • Citizen ratings of police services have
improved nearly 22% since 2005 • Upon retirement, dozens of community organizations
across the city presented Kunkle with certificates of appreciation Transparency and Open
Lines of Communications • Created an open environment where officers were allowed to
talk openly with the media • His approach to dealing with problems was direct: If you
mess up, you fess up, and then you clean up • Recognized as a strong disciplinarian who
dealt harshly with misconduct Innovations • Created the Dallas Police Department Fusion
Center, a state of the art operations center responsible for gathering, analyzing and
distributing criminal intelligence to field and investigative units at the local, regional and
national level. • Helped conceive the W.W. Caruth Jr. Police Institute at Dallas, a leadership
and research institute developed with a $15 million grant by the Communities Foundation
of Texas • Opened the South Central Patrol Division in 2007, creating a seventh patrol
division in the southern sector, reducing police response time and improving citizen service
opportunities
Q: Education
A: I received my Bachelor's Degree and a Master's of Public Administration from the

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University of Texas at Arlington


Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: I have never held elective office.
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: $125,000
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: We have more than 450 individual contributions and about 70% of our contributors gave
$100 or less. This is a true grass roots campaign and our strategy has intentionally focused
on making this a people's campaign. We have fewer than 10 folks who gave the maximum
$5,000 contribution. Phil Baker Charlie Corson Steve Wolens
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: I have never been arrested or personally involved in a criminal proceeding or civil suits.
As a police chief in three different cities, I have been named in scores of suits in my official
capacity.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: I still remember being a newly hired rookie cop in the early 1970’s- just arriving in the
city, driving through the mix-master and seeing the Dallas skyline. I knew then that Dallas
is where I belong. From the day I started my career as a beat cop, through my tenure as
Dallas Police Chief, I have served and loved this city. I have a passion for making things
right. That passion is what made me decide to run for Mayor. My entire career has been
dedicated to public service. Specifically, I have had a long history of success turning around
government organizations in turmoil and that’s exactly what Dallas City Hall needs right
now. The same leadership style that enabled me to restore public trust in the Dallas Police
Department, is the same skill set I will use to put our City back on course. In every post I
have held, I have been able to make dramatic improvements. As your Chief of Police,
Dallas saw six consecutive years of total crime reduction, as well as a 32 percent decrease
in violent crime. In 2010 the city of Dallas reached its lowest crime rate in 40 years and its
lowest murder rate in 42 years. I’m proud of that record and for the many innovations I
brought to the department. The Dallas Morning News said I “inherited a department in
disarray and left things in significantly better shape than he found them.” The paper also
described me as having an “even keel, common sense leadership style.” Before becoming
Dallas' Police Chief, I served as the Chief of Police in Grand Prairie and in Arlington for a
total of 17 years. I also worked as Arlington's Deputy City Manager for five year and was
responsible for managing Arlington's police and fire departments, code enforcement,
convention center, the city's budgetary and financial concerns, parks and libraries, as well
the housing department. I am proud that over 30 officers who served under me have gone
on to become Police Chiefs in cities across the country. I know I am the right candidate
for Dallas at this crucial time. I know the inner workings of our huge bureaucracy and I
have a vision of where we need to go. In the PBS documentary Good to Great, DMN Editor
Bob Mong praises my efforts turning around the DPD and said, “He’s sticking his neck out
and it takes a lot of courage.” I will use that same courage to make the tough decisions at
City Hall. My motto in this campaign has been: We are overtaxed and underserved. One of
my commitments to the citizens of Dallas is that I will not vote to raise taxes. Across the
board budget cuts are simply not working. Even in lean economic times we need to invest
in services that improve the livability of our neighborhoods. We must question not just how
well are we doing something but are we doing the right things. Too many budget decisions
have been based on history, tradition and sacred cows. We must completely re-think the
way we tackle the budget at Dallas City Hall. There are opportunities to help citizens and
improve services within the existing budget, especially by improving employee morale and
customer service The benefits of big-ticket projects are not flowing back to Dallas
residents. The city must shift its focus away from grand projects and back to restoring and
building our neighborhoods. Local government has the greatest impact on individual lives
and this comes across each time a citizen goes out of their home. The only big projects
that the city should examine in these times are those that impact the long term viability of
our city, such as water, sanitation and the quality of our streets, sewer, and water lines.
The latest census should be a huge wake-up call for all of us. North Texas is the fastest
growing region in the country, yet the City of Dallas only increased by 9,000 residents. I
call this the ‘donut-hole effect’. All around us good things are happening, but our city has
not maximized that prosperity. Yet the only answers I hear are the same we have heard
before; attract big business, offer big tax incentives, build big projects, etc. Interestingly,
despite these strategies Dallas is losing out on projects to highly competitive and
well-staffed suburban cities that show mastery of basic city services. The City of Dallas

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needs to work best for the residents who live here. We must concentrate on building and
improving our neighborhoods. When neighborhoods are clean, safe, livable, close to parks
and recreation, near stores and amenities, people will want to live here. Let’s rebuild from
the bottom up not the top down. Let’s encourage businesses that relocate here to live in
our neighborhoods too, and not take the first highway out of town at the end of the day.
The city of Dallas must make DART into a daily asset and not simply an occasional
convenience. The investment is tremendous and only by increasing density with quality will
DART become a jewel that empowers the central city. We must create an economic
environment that attracts small businesses as well as large employers because small
businesses create thousands of new jobs. 4 of 5 private sector jobs are created by small
business yet the city traditionally devotes its energies to only large relocations. We need to
attract business to the southern sector of the city where opportunities for growth and
employees are abundant. The people of Dallas have always been its greatest asset and
this will not change. The fact that the city is a beacon for people across the country to
settle here must be leveraged into a spirit of opportunity and change. I have experience
working with every neighborhood in Dallas. I know the issues first hand and have direct
relationships with Dallas residents throughout the city and in every community. I have a
proven record of bringing groups and people together. My nearly 40 years of hands-on
experience in municipal government will provide the critical foundation for success as your
mayor.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: 1. Public Safety. I think public safety is still the basis for improvement on other fronts.
We must insure people feel safe in their homes, when they are out shopping or taking their
kids to the park. Our businesses must feel it is safe to open their doors or expand their
business. You can’t have a great city if you don’t have a safe city. My tenure as Police Chief
proved I am the candidate to protect Dallas residents. 2. Revitalize neighborhoods and
get back to basics. My motto in this campaign has been: We are overtaxed and
underserved. The benefits of big-ticket projects are not flowing back to Dallas residents.
The city must shift its focus away from grand projects and back to restoring and building
our neighborhoods. The City of Dallas needs to work best for the residents who choose to
live here. If we improve the quality of life for our citizens and create a city that residents
are proud of, then business will come and prosperity will follow. 3. Economic growth. We
must create an economic environment that attracts small businesses as well as large
employers because small businesses create hundreds of new jobs. We need to attract
business to the southern sector of the city where opportunities for growth and employees
are abundant. I believe in organic growth. Bishop Arts and North Oak Cliff are examples
that I hope to see duplicated across the city. Small business owners partnered with
community involvement to create an exciting and unique place to be. Dallas must also
embrace quality development that allows for greater density and growth of the tax base.
This is not in just large projects, but can be a larger office development or revitalized
shopping centers. The city’s development code must be flexible enough to allow for this
transition. Rather than simply pockets of prosperity in Dallas, we must strive for nodes of
activity in all neighborhoods. To pay for our priorities I am committed to re-thinking and
re-inventing government here in Dallas. I have a practical, hard-headed commitment to
looking at everything we do to see how we can do it better, cheaper and faster without
reducing the quality of the service or the satisfaction of our customers, the people of
Dallas. I have a proven record of bringing groups and people together. I believe I can work
well with the council and staff to bring needed change to Dallas.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I’m not a politician. I don’t believe you must be a CEO to be mayor of our great city. I
believe we can reduce the size of government without cutting basic services and without
raising taxes. I believe for long-term growth to occur we must start at the neighborhood
level and focus on the basics. The city must work best for the people who live here. I am
the only candidate talking about how our city can not only survive, but thrive by building
strong neighborhoods. Building more roads to move people out of the city will not help our
city grow. Our budget problems are more systemic than just a bad economy and I am the
only candidate with a plan to re-invent government. I have a proven track record of
turning around organizations in turmoil, not just in Dallas, but in every organization I have
led. When I went to Grand Prairie as Police Chief at age 30, the department was known
as corrupt. In a short time I turned the department around and changed the culture. After
14 years of building the Arlington Police Department into a nationally respected
organization, I left behind sustainable leadership. My assistant chief was promoted to chief,
and he is still in that position today. In Dallas, I promoted David Brown as my second in

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command and now he is leading the DPD. My leadership has been praised internationally. I
am the proven candidate in this race. Being a major city police chief is perhaps one of the
hardest jobs in the country. You have seen first hand how I handle crisis, you have seen
my ability to take an organization plagued by scandal and turn it into an organization that
is trusted and you have seen my successful leadership style. I have led a 4,200 person
department with a $450 million dollar budget- but my business was about keeping citizens
safe, not about making a profit. That’s the key difference. Leading a city is not like leading
a company, the measures of success are different and so are the goals.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: No. We need to focus on the basics and prioritize what is most important. Safe, clean,
well-maintained neighborhoods are key to growth and stability. We must return the focus
on the citizens who live here.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: Dallas currently has enough police officers.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: No.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: What we need to do is far more than just identifying three areas to reduce spending.
We need to re-invent how we look at our budget. We must look at privatization of areas
where the public sector may be able to do a job better and cheaper than government.
Even in lean economic times we need to invest in services that improve the livability of our
neighborhoods. The recent census showed Dallas' growth rate since 2000 was practically
zero. While many other cities had double-digit growth, Dallas not only dropped to the third
largest city in Texas, but our growth rate was last among Texas' top twenty cities. With
fewer federal dollars coming from Washington, this translates directly to a greater burden
on our citizens. Across the board budget cuts are simply not working. With certainly 3-4
very difficult budget cycles still ahead of us I am committed to re-thinking and re-inventing
government here in Dallas. I have a practical, hard-headed commitment to looking at
everything we do to see how we can do it better, cheaper and faster without reducing the
quality of the service or the satisfaction of our customers, the people of Dallas.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: The Trinity lakes, athletic fields, parks, trails, wetlands, and other parts of the parks
portion of the plan should move forward as soon as possible. The Audubon Center is
already a great asset with its’ wetlands and trails. I believe the toll road is no longer a
viable option. Not only is funding not available for the foreseeable future, I fundamentally
don’t believe a road should be built in a flood way. The road has no exits into downtown
Dallas and does nothing for our city and it should not be built with taxpayer dollars.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: The key to growing the economy and growing the tax base is jobs. Jobs will be created
when we concentrate our efforts on building strong, safe neighborhoods, better our schools
and create spaces where people will want to live, work and play. Neighborhoods that
promote the establishment of small businesses and create places people want to go to will
then thrive. The Bishop Arts district is a perfect example of how a neighborhood came
together and created a model of urban vitality and for businesses to prosper. We need to
foster a strong belief in community, of neighbors working together towards of goal of
improving their neighborhoods. If we promote through proper incentives establishing
businesses big and small in our city that truly want to be part of our community, live in our
city and be part of its’ future, then we will grow our tax base and have a growing economy.
If we continue down the same path of just giving away tax breaks to lure a company to
come here, I think we are headed for a future of zero growth and higher taxes for our
citizens.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: Basic services at all levels need improvement. In particular, I think our streets and
roadways are in dire need of repair. I also think our city does a terrible job of code
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completely failing. We must also impress on our city employees to be great ambassadors
and stewards of the citizens. We must immediately move to change the culture at city hall,
just as I did with the every Police Department I have led. When I retired as Dallas Chief,
residents had at least an 80% favorable opinion of Dallas police effectiveness. All ratings
show that our library staff does a tremendous job at treating people like important
customers – we need their great attitude city-wide. The water department is also still quite
good.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: It is horrendous for Dallas. We are the ‘donut-hole’ in a region of huge growth. My
answer is the same as in previous questions, we must re-make our city by rebuilding our
neighborhoods and providing basic services to our citizens. People are voting with their
feet and their wallet and finding that Dallas is not a great value.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: We need more density, but done correctly with neighborhood involved urban planning
that is right for the neighborhood. What works for Bishop Arts District may not what is
needed to fill the empty shopping centers in North Dallas. We must bring together the
neighborhoods, developers and urban planners to develop the right plan for each
neighborhood. We must make all our processes, particularly zoning and permits faster and
easier so projects can move at a faster rate. Dallas is considered among the slowest and
most expensive in zoning and permits than anywhere in North Texas. This must change.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: We have the opportunity to redefine the American city. To create a vibrant city
neighborhood we must have a mix of homes, offices, restaurants, cafes, people friendly
spaces and entertainment venues. Certainly we have many of these elements in play
today. We should encourage more public-private partnerships and expand business
incentives for small businesses to move downtown. We must also attract businesses to
locate downtown, but I am not in favor of offering big incentives for corporate
headquarters to relocate downtown then not having a strong commitment to living in our
city.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: Our police are here to protect the citizens of Dallas and should not to be used as
immigration officers. When a person is arrested, they are taken to Lew Sterrett where the
intake procedure determines residency and there are immigration officials at the jail.
Immigration is a federal matter and we need to push our elected officials to solve this
problem.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: The Dallas Morning News has done an exemplary job in recent Pulitzer Prize winning
editorials detailing specific action that can be done today to improve the quality of life in
the southern sector. As mayor, I will make sure we use our assets; police, social services,
garbage pick-up, street maintenance, code enforcement and any other tools we have at
our disposal to accomplish these objectives. As police chief, I targeted the worst crime
areas and initiated crime sweeps. We instituted neighborhood policing. As mayor, my
emphasis that each neighborhood must be strong and safe will be my mantra for the
southern sector. In addition, the Inland Port project must be a top priority to get back on
track. The Inland Port has the potential to create 60,000 jobs, but turning the potential into
reality will take strong leadership at Dallas City Hall.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I support public-private partnerships.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: The concept of CityDesign is what needs to happen all over the city. Revitalized
neighborhoods will mean a revitalized city. Working with each neighborhood, quality
developers, and business entrepreneurs planning quality development that works. Bishop
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very cornerstone of my campaign. As mayor, I will lead the effort so that every
neighborhood can marshal its’ residents, small business and developers in planning a
brighter future.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: We are more than glitzy buildings, shopping and crowded super highways. Our citizens
are a rich diversity of many cultures living and working together for a better future. We
have an incredible world-class arts district but just as important, we have many
wonderfully talented and creative smaller arts and cultural groups throughout our city that
add much to our fabric of diversity. According to DISD, there are over 70 languages
spoken in the homes of our students. This already makes us a world-class city.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?
A: That we are the donut hole in a region of prosperity and if we don’t concentrate on
Dallas and not the region, if we don’t put our citizens first, we will continue to decline. The
city can no longer be dismissive of high quality suburbs. Instead, we must become more
competitive.
Q: The mayor of Dallas has only one vote and no more power than the bully pulpit affords.
How would you build consensus for your agenda?
A: I have experience working with every neighborhood in Dallas. I know the issues first
hand and have direct relationships with Dallas residents throughout the city and in every
community. I have a proven record of bringing groups and people together. I believe I can
work well with the council and staff to bring needed change to Dallas. As police chief you
deal with many different constituencies and you must bring them all together. A Dallas
Police Chief balances seven police unions, community groups, the mayor and council and
dozens of media outlets always scrutinizing your actions. The job of major City Police Chief
is perhaps one of the most difficult jobs in the country. I am a good listener, but also a
good persuader.
Q: Too often, the Dallas City Council divides along racial and geographic lines when
controversial issues emerge. As mayor, what would you do to break that cycle?
A: I believe the answer to this question is the same a previous question. I have worked
with every neighborhood and every community and as mayor I will work well with every
council member. As Dallas Police Chief, I had good relationships with council members for
six years. My entire 39 year career has depended on having successful relationships with
city council members in various cities.
Q: How would you assess former mayor Tom Leppert’s tenure at City Hall? What’s one
issue that you would have approached differently than Leppert?
A: I look to the future, not the past. I wish him well.

Mike Rawlings

Biographical Info:
Name: MIKE RAWLINGS
Street Address: 3232 MCKINNEY AVENUE STE 600
City/Town: DALLAS
State: TX
Date of Birth: AUGUST 25 1954
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-871-6802
Fax Number: 214-880-4491
E-mail Address: RAWLINGS@CICPARTNERS.COM or Mike@mikerawlingsfordallas.com
Campaign Web Site Address: WWW.MIKERAWLINGSFORDALLAS.COM
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city of Dallas
A: Born in Texas and moved to Dallas in 1976
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: Vice Chairman, CIC Partners and CEO of Legends Hospitality
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Recently served as President of the Dallas Parks & Recreation Board, former Chair of
the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, and served five years as Homeless Czar,
leading Dallas’ effort to fight chronic homelessness

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Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments


A: Chairman of Dallas ISD’s Youth and Family Services Center Initiative, Director of Dallas
Fort Worth Minority Business Development Council, Board of Trustees of Jesuit College
Preparatory School
Q: Education
A: B.A. Philosophy/Communications from Boston College, Magna Cum Laude (attended on
a football scholarship)
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: NONE
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: So far, I have raised a little over $1 million for my campaign from donors from all parts
of the city, with more than 60% of these donations coming from smaller contributions.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Some of the contributors to my campaign include Marianne & Roger Staubach, Margot &
H. Ross Perot and Linda & Mitch Hart
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: I have never been arrested. I was involved as a Plaintiff in a civil suit several years ago
when my wife and I sued the people who purchased a house from us. The jury ruled in our
favor.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background best prepares you
to serve in this post?
A: As mayor, I will put more than three decades of experience as a CEO, a sales and
marketing expert and as an investor and advisor to small and medium-sized businesses, to
work for taxpayers and citizens. I’ve been in business for more than three decades,
serving as chief executive of three companies, the largest being Pizza Hut. At Pizza Hut, he
led a turnaround of the world’s largest pizza brand resulting in highest weekly store sales
in Pizza Hut history, with sales of more than $5 billion. During a tough economy, I was able
to double operating profit and reach record high profit margins. During these tough
economic times, we need leadership that can not only manage tough budgets, but work to
streamline and re-engineer our city government and make sure that we emerge from this
downturn leaner and stronger. And, as a volunteer leader I’ve taken on some of Dallas’
toughest challenges. As Chair of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, I helped bring in
events worth more than $400 million in direct economic impact to Dallas – critical tax
dollars from visitors that help relieve the burden on our homeowners. As the city’s
Homeless Czar, I oversaw the construction and opening of The Bridge, our city’s homeless
assistance center – then, I raised more than $7 million in private donations to help fund
ongoing operating expenses, saving taxpayers million of dollars each year. As President of
the Dallas Park & Recreation Board, when the city made drastic cuts in the Park &
Recreation budget, I raised more than $1 million in private funding to keep rec centers
open and fund maintenance of our parks.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: I will work to make city government more efficient and effective, and get taxpayers
more for their dollars. I will use my relationships and experience as a marketing and sales
expert to position the City and attract new business and development, creating jobs and
growth. And I will use the mayor’s office as a bully pulpit to raise awareness and launch
and execute a public-private partnership to improve our public schools.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: My opponents both come from city government. I have more than thirty years
experience in business and can use private sector solutions to make our city government
work better for those it serves. I know firsthand what it takes to create jobs and economic
growth. And, I can use relationships I have built during thirty years as a businessman and
CEO to attract new business and development and grow our tax base.
Q: Even before last year’s property tax increase, Dallas had one of the highest tax rates in
North Texas and among big cities in Texas. Are Dallas residents getting sufficient bang for
their tax buck when other cities have lower rates? Describe any changes you favor.
A: I believe we can use this economic downturn as an opportunity to re-engineer city
government to make it smaller and more efficient, and to change the way we approach
tax revenues, budgeting and other financial decisions. If we can emerge from this
downturn leaner and stronger, then we will be a better city moving forward. Some of the
changes I would propose are: • Recommend a two-year budget forecast that allows us
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by-department to cut waste and streamline systems to make sure taxpayers get a greater
return for each dollar, • Establish budget priorities and ensure that these are funded
before dollars go to non-essentials, • Make City Hall more user friendly for small
businesses and developers by reducing development and permit fees, cutting red tape and
requiring quicker decisions and approvals from city departments.
Q: Budget concerns compelled the City Council to slow its program of hiring new police
officers annually over attrition. Should the city resume the effort, even when facing a
budget shortfall? Or does Dallas have enough police officers now?
A: Yes, hiring more police officers to reach the 3 officers per every 1,000 citizens has been
critical in reducing our crime rate, and I will work to maintain that standard. We can never
be too safe.
Q: City officials are already bracing for another lean budget year. Would you consider an
additional property tax increase to avoid deep budget cuts?
A: I think we can not only protect, but also improve, city services without raising taxes.
Q: Please identify three areas in the city budget where you would reduce spending. Be
specific.
A: I would reduce spending in every city department except for Police and Economic
Development.
Q: The city’s Trinity River Project has run into a number of roadblocks during the last few
years. Beyond upgrading the levees, what parts of the project should be prioritized, and
how will they be funded? Is the toll road a viable option?
A: The Trinity River Project will transform the City of Dallas. Our first priority must be
making sure the levees are sounds and the surrounding communities are safe. I also
believe it is critical to complete the parks and recreation component of the project, not
only for the quality of life for our families, but for economic development. At some point
the traffic concerns of the city will need to be addressed in a manner that allows it to
complement the other parts of the project. The roads we build must be done in a smart,
cost-effective manner that does not further burden our taxpayers.
Q: What, specifically, should the mayor and City Council do to spur economic development
and grow the tax base?
A: The best solution to protecting taxpayers and improve our services is making the
economic pie bigger by attracting new business, encouraging development and creating
new jobs and growth. I plan to do this by: • Making City Hall more user friendly for small
businesses and developers by reducing development and permit fees, cutting red tape and
requiring quicker decisions and approvals from city departments, • Work at a CEO-to-CEO
level to attract new business, and spend one day per week reaching out to Fortune 500
CEOs and selling them on doing business in Dallas, • Build upon beachheads like Bishop
Arts, UNT Dallas, Lancaster Kiest and West Dallas to bring new growth and jobs to our
city’s greatest untapped resource: the Southern Sector. Being mayor also means having
the courage to take on big challenges that are crippling our City, even if it means stepping
on toes or reaching beyond the traditional boundaries of the mayor’s office. For the city of
Dallas, the elephant in the room that we need to acknowledge is the state of our public
schools. Fact is, we cannot be a great city without great public schools, and stronger
schools will build stronger neighborhoods. We must be accountable as leaders, and as a
community, for helping educate our schoolchildren – because it’s an issue that touches us
all. I think we can create a brighter future for our public schools and they families they
serve. That’s why, as Mayor, I will implement a comprehensive and sustainable plan to
help improve our public schools. Helping our schools could be the single greatest thing we
do as a city to grow our economy and provide opportunity today, and for the next
generation.
Q: When it comes to delivering basic city services, where does Dallas excel? Where do you
see room for improvement?
A: I think there is always room for improvement, and a good leader always works for
greater efficiency and effectiveness. We live in a global marketplace, and we must strive
to be greater in order to compete. We have a great park system that we have spent
millions on to get it to this point. We must be more attentive to street and road
maintenance, Lemmon Avenue is a good example of that.
Q: Texas and most of its metropolitan areas showed sharp population growth in the 2010
census, but the city of Dallas did not. Is this good, bad or indifferent for Dallas residents
and North Texas as a region? If you see it as bad, what should the city do to attract more
people to live here?
A: Lack of substantial growth is bad and unhealthy. It hard for us to grow economically if
our population does not grow, so in that regard it is a bad indicator. Some people think
that crime and the state of our neighborhoods is hampering our growth. Well, our crime
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they are leaving for better schools, and that’s just wrong. Our parents shouldn’t be forced
to choose between sending their children to an academically unacceptable school or
moving to the suburbs. Fact is, we cannot be a great city without great public schools, and
stronger schools will build stronger neighborhoods where people want to live. We must be
accountable as leaders, and as a community, for helping educate our schoolchildren –
because it’s an issue that touches us all. I think we can create a brighter future for our
public schools and they families they serve. That’s why, as Mayor, I will implement a
comprehensive and sustainable plan to help improve our public schools.
Q: Neighborhood growth and questions about density remain pertinent issues. What is the
right level of density for Dallas neighborhoods, especially in the core of the city inside Loop
12? And how should city government go about achieving that level of density?
A: We have tremendous room to grow, especially in the Southern Sector. For too long we
have tried to build North and the result is congestion and problems for neighborhoods. We,
as a City, must make our next big initiative creating major growth south of the Trinity.
There are great neighborhoods like Mountain Creek, Pleasant Grove and South Oak Cliff
that are not realizing their full potential, but can, if the City concentrates efforts in that
part of the City.
Q: Revitalizing downtown Dallas has long been a priority for city leaders. What’s one action
that the City Council could take to jumpstart this effort?
A: I strongly believe that making City Hall more business friendly will not only jumpstart
new projects downtown, but in all parts of our City. Dallas has earned the notorious
distinction of being one of the worst cities in Texas to do business with, and we must
change that image. We can start by reducing development and permitting fees, and
reducing the amount of time it takes to get decisions and approvals from city departments
– but the real change must be in instilling a more customer friendly attitude at City Hall.
First, we must believe in the potential of our City. Second, we must be its advocates.
Third, we must deliver great customer service, starting at City Hall and spreading
throughout the entire city.
Q: What should the city or the police department do, if anything, to address the issue of
illegal immigration?
A: Immigration and the laws pertaining to it are federal issues. The Courts have confirmed
this. We must ensure we enforce the federal statutes. And then we must turn to providing
our citizens the basic services they need and the safety they deserve.
Q: For decades, southern Dallas has lagged behind the rest of the city by almost any
measure. What should be the council’s priorities for improving the quality of life in the
southern half of the city, and how would you accomplish these objectives?
A: The greatest opportunity the City of Dallas has is south of the Trinity. Development of
the Southern Sector will be one of my top priorities. Also, there is no greater equalizer
than education, and if our city leaders can embrace the idea of helping our schools, all
parts of our city will benefit, especially the Southern Sector. We must also work to heal
the racial division at the city council level, and I think we accomplish this with the right
mayor. And we must work to promote business and growth by working directly with
stakeholders, community leaders and business owners in the Southern Sector on real
business opportunities – and by fostering and growing minority-owned businesses as we
grow our economy.
Q: This newspaper has advocated for the creation of a public-private economic
development corporation to help speed growth in southern Dallas. What is your view of
this idea?
A: I am a huge proponent of public-private partnerships. They were the key to success on
the homeless issue, and they are critical in my plan to help our public schools. We are
fortunate to live in a city with great civic-minded corporate citizens, and we should use
these resources to improve our city.
Q: The CityDesign Studio has won praise for its plan to redevelop West Dallas. How can
this effort be replicated in other parts of the city, and where should we start?
A: First, ensure we execute the West Dallas plan as developed and celebrate its success.
Second, commend the philanthropists that paid for the work and recruit more to fuel future
funding. Third, pick the next key area that is in need of a holistic approach and do it again.
Q: What is the best under-publicized thing about Dallas that you wish more non-Dallas
residents knew?
A: I wish more of our residents knew what wonderful parks and recreation amenities we
have here in Dallas. From White Rock Lake, to the Katy Trail, to Fair Park – we a have a
wonderful system of more than 360 parks. We are the fifth largest park system in the
nation, and these are diverse amenities that offer athletics, recreation and relaxation.
Also, I think more people should know about the great burgers at Adair’s.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about Dallas that voters must confront?

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A: Right now, we are a city divided. We are divided racially. We are divided economically.
And we are divided by opportunity. As mayor, I will work to erase these boundaries by
leading to improve our public schools, grow our economy and create jobs and opportunity
for citizens on both sides of the Trinity. I believe one of our greatest untapped resources
for growth is the Southern Sector, and as mayor I will work to bring real development and
business to this part of our city.
Q: The mayor of Dallas has only one vote and no more power than the bully pulpit affords.
How would you build consensus for your agenda?
A: First, as far as I am concerned, it is not about my agenda – as mayor I would lead for
OUR shared agenda for our city that is the culmination of the thoughts and ideas of the
Council. On a personal note, I would attribute much of my success in business to my ability
to relate to all types of people. My parents were both teachers, so I grew up in a home
with a lot of love and support, but not a lot of money. I got my first job when I was 12,
attended college on a football scholarship, and worked my way up from an entry-level
copywriter to become CEO of the largest agency in the Southwest. My life’s experiences
help me relate to all types of people and perspectives, and to learn the value of teamwork.
And I believe these life skills will serve me well as mayor.
Q: Too often, the Dallas City Council divides along racial and geographic lines when
controversial issues emerge. As mayor, what would you do to break that cycle?
A: So often in life, conflict arises not by what is said, but by how it is said. As mayor, I will
work to always be respectful, even when I disagree with my colleagues. Besides doing the
“right” thing at City Hall, I will work to integrate our social lives as well so that we can
learn how similar we are to each other.
Q: How would you assess former mayor Tom Leppert’s tenure at City Hall? What’s one
issue that you would have approached differently than Leppert?
A: I think Mayor Leppert was an effective mayor, especially in regard to restoring a more
business-friendly tone than his predecessor and working to expand our tax base. As a
businessman, he understands that the only way to bring sustainable improvements to our
basics without burdening homeowners is to generate new commercial tax revenues. My
only regret about Mayor Leppert is that I wish he would’ve stayed for his entire term and
then for another one.

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Description: Note: Only Denton residents living in this district may vote in this race. Click
here for a district map.

Candidates (choose 1):

Eliborio "Eli Gemini" Beltrán

Biographical Info:

Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: - no response -
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: - no response -
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: - no response -
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: - no response -
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: - no response -
Q: Education
A: - no response -
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: - no response -
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: - no response -
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: - no response -
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: - no response -
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qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: - no response -
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: - no response -
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: - no response -
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: - no response -
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: - no response -
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: - no response -
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: - no response -
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: - no response -
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: - no response -
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: - no response -
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: - no response -
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: - no response -

Damon J. Bullock

Biographical Info:
Name: Damon Bullock
Street Address: P.O. Box 424141
City/Town: Denton
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 01/12/1975
Home Phone Number: 940-271-5107
Mobile Phone Number: 501-960-5791
E-mail Address: djbullock2002@yahoo.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.damonbullockcampaign.webstarts.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: 4 years
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: 4 years

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Q: Occupation/main source of income


A: Instructor and member of Army National Guard
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Shamrock-Trinity Lodge #35, Big Brothers/Big
Sisters, member of Calvary Church
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Shamrock-Trinity Lodge #35, Big Brothers/Big
Sisters, member of Calvary Church
Q: Education
A: BA in sociology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, MA in Liberal Studies
from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and pursuing PhD in sociology at Texas
Woman's University
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: None
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: None
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: None
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: I am running for office because of my passion to listen to the voice and concern for
others. I am a progressive candidate that believe problems and issues can only be rectified
my deliberate action and an understanding of the current issues. I have the fortitude to do
what's right but sense to understand from the perspective of others. My membership in the
Army as a leadership prepares me to serve in this office. Like the Army, a leader has to
have a greater insight and desire to serve his/her community.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: I would push for economic growth, better air quality, and a sense of community in
Denton. I will push them by educating the community about my ideas concerning these
issues. I would pay for them by possibly allocating taxes.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: My opponents highlight the fact of living in Denton the longest as to why they should be
elected. However, I believe that living or being from a community does not necessarily
mean that the well-being of that community is a top priority.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: That is a top priority because commercial development leads to job opportunities for
the community. Economic growth will give the residents a positive outlook towards the
future. I would not readily condemn the city but things could be done better. I would
suggest the city did more active recruiting of companies for commercial development.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: The city has a heterogeneous population with the majority of residents are White.
However, there has been an increase in the Hispanic population over the years. I think the
city is continually offering a multicultural environment. In addition, Denton houses two
major universities that have students from diverse backgrounds.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: I think the city should prosecute employers that has illegal immigrants on their staff.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I oppose a regional transit system
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: I think the city can form partnerships in bringing more jobs to Denton. I would support
that by having talks on the advantages for both groups.
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taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?


A: I think so
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: I think the current leadership could have done more to introduce jobs for the residents
and economic growth for the community. I suggest allocating funds for essential needs
such as infrastructure.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: Things will get done only when their voices are heard, particularly for the minority
community.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: - no response -

Gerard D. Hudspeth

Biographical Info:
Name: Gerard D Hudspeth
Street Address: 606 Wilson Street
City/Town: Denton
State: Texas
Date of Birth: November 28, 1972
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 214-543-9091
Home Phone Number: 940-591-6890
Mobile Phone Number: See work
Fax Number: n/a
E-mail Address: ghudspeth@courtroomsciences.com
Campaign Web Site Address: www.gerardhudspeth.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: I have lived in Denton for 36 years total.
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: I have lived in District 1, for 20 years.
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: I currently work as an Account Executive, for Courtroom Sciences.
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: Currently I serve as a CASA Volunteer, I am the Chair of the Denton Community
Development and Advisory Committee, and lastly I'm an Usher at the Inspiring Body of
Christ Church.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: I served as both the President and VP of Thomas Rivera Elementary school PTA. I was
Member of the Health Services of North Texas board. Lastly I was trained in the Citizen
Patrol program (administered by DPD) IBOC.
Q: Education
A: I'm a Denton High school graduate. I then attended, North Central Texas College. I
graduated from the Professional Development Institute and earned my paralegal
certificate (accredited by The University of North Texas).
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: I previously ran for the same office (City Council District 1).
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: Thus far I've raised $2,600 thus far in my campaign.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: - no response -
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
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A: I have never been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings.


Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: I was born and raised in Denton and spent the majority of my time in District 1. My
experience is one of the key assets. The city of Denton is diverse and the council should
reflect its citizenship.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: My priority is to first, unite the district, next develop a process and procedure of
communication with the citizen in the district. Lastly, the increased conversation will yield a
vision. I would create daily steps to fulfill the vision. There is no cost associated with these
actions.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: The key differences are my experience in the district. Also I think I have a better ability
to unite the people and communicate with all its residents.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: On my list attracting commercial development ranks third. It falls directly in line with
implementing a vision for the district.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: - no response -
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: - no response -
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I support seamless regional transit system. The Denton County rail service is in
progress and will go live in June. I support this project 100%.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: - no response -
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: - no response -
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: The current council has done a fair job. I would take a more detailed look at the budget
and the city’s spending.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: The district has very low voter participations; my goal is to work to change that.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: I would continue to work with state and federal legislators to intact tougher regulations.
At this point I'm not sure about the current administration’s commitment.

Timothy Wayne Morrow

Biographical Info:

Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so

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had passed.
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: Occupation/main source of income
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: Education
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so

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had passed.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: What is an uncomfortable truth about your city that voters must confront?
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.
Q: What changes, if any, would you make to existing city laws dealing with natural gas
drilling? Is the city doing enough to ensure the safety and protect the interests of its
citizens?
A: The candidate advised The Dallas Morning News that he is not actively campaigning for
this position. He attempted to withdraw formally from the race, but the deadline to do so
had passed.

Kevin Roden

Biographical Info:
Name: Kevin Roden
Street Address: 322 Texas Street
City/Town: Denton
State: Texas
Date of Birth: 6/27/74
Work or Campaign Office Phone Number: 940-206-5239
Home Phone Number: 940-206-5239
Mobile Phone Number: 940-206-5239
E-mail Address: kevin@rodenfordenton.com
Campaign Web Site Address: http://rodenfordenton.com
Questions:
Q: Length of residency in the city
A: I have lived in Denton since August 1992.
Q: Length of residency in the district, if applicable
A: I have lived in District 1 since August 2005.
Q: Occupation/main source of income
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Mathematics and Science, an residential academy for high school-age students located on
the campus of the University of North Texas.
Q: Current civic involvement/highlights
A: I am currently the Chairperson for the Denton Historic Landmark Commission. I serve
on the Citizen Advisory Team for the Denton County Transportation Authority. I run a local
news and opinion website devoted to educating Denton citizens on local affairs and
happenings - http://thinkdenton.com. I am the host of Denton's Drink and Think, a Denton
cultural landmark which engages the community on big ideas and issues.
Q: Previous civic involvement/accomplishments
A: I served on the City of Denton Term Limits Charter Review Committee in 2009. I have
worked as an adviser for "35 Conferette," a music festival in Denton (previously NX35). I
have served and continue to serve several non-profits and local agencies through
community service activities.
Q: Education
A: PhD (in progress) - University of Dallas, Institute of Philosophic Studies, Philosophy MA
(2007) - University of Dallas, Philosophy BA (1998) - University of North Texas, Political
Science
Q: Previous public offices sought/held:
A: Chairperson - Historic Landmark Commission (appointed in 2009 by Denton City
Council)
Q: How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
A: Approximately $4500 so far.
Q: Who are your top three contributors?
A: Eric Pulido Eric Nichelson McKenzie Smith
Q: Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits?
Please explain:
A: No.
Q: Why are you running for this office, and why should voters consider you the most
qualified candidate? What in your personal or professional background most prepares you
to serve in this office?
A: Recently, Denton has been in a fast-paced transition from a semi-rural college town to a
fast-growing cultural and intellectual center with a growing urban flare. As the upcoming
DCTA A-Train connects us to the metroplex in ways previously unimaginable, Denton will
be in need of a new brand of leadership to help us handle growth in a way that has an eye
on the character and uniqueness of our community. One way our community has felt this
pressure is from development interests in and around our precious older neighborhoods,
many of which are located within District 1. My experience as Chair of the Historic
Landmark Commission has given me a track record of pro-neighborhood advocacy.
Instead of simply protecting our core neighborhoods, it is time for Denton to begin to
cherish them through infrastructure investments. Years of city planning that has seen the
city more of a place for cars rather than humans has had the result of cutting off safe
walking and biking paths for neighborhoods that are otherwise quite close to our town
square. Denton's citizens are our greatest, yet under-utilized asset. Denton can do better
at actively involving citizen participation in civic affairs. Through my involvement with
Denton Drink and Think and thinkdenton.com, I have a proven record of getting citizens
involved in thinking through the future of their community. It is my belief that Denton has
one of the most creative and technologically-savvy workforces in the region. Our hidden
secret is that we have many post-graduate students who would rather wait on tables than
leave Denton - and they will usually be ready to work at a profession for a lower cost than
their counterparts in Dallas and Fort Worth. We need city leadership who has a vision for
how to attract new employment opportunities to our city.
Q: What are the three most important actions you would take if elected? How would you
push for them and pay for them?
A: Infrastructure improvements that better connect and heal our neighborhoods. Starting
with what is already planned for our downtown as part of the recent Downtown
Implementation Plan, I will push to include the surrounding neighborhoods in the plan as a
key amenity to the downtown area. Infrastructure needs included: sidewalks, bike lanes,
and safe ways to cross busy roads. The plan could be put in place today, even if we have to
wait for better financial times to begin implementation. As roads are repaved on normal
schedules, that is a good time to add bike lanes at a low cost. Reexamine how Denton
sells itself to potential employers. We need to develop a savvy, technologically driven
marketing campaign in order to attract meaningful employment to Denton. Given the
creativity already existing in this city, I trust we can enlist citizen volunteers to help with
such a project in a way that avoids the cost of outside consultants who might normally
create such a campaign. Historic preservation of our downtown structures. Most citizens

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would be surprised to learn that most of the historically significant structures in our
downtown area are without meaningful preservation protection. The city has yet to learn
the lesson from the destruction of 1920s era buildings in the Fry Street area and needs to
respond with measures that prevent something similar from happening on our historic
square.
Q: What are the key differences between you and your opponent(s) that make you the
best choice?
A: I have more experience. I serve as the Chair of the Historic Landmark Commission and
as a member of the DCTA Citizen Advisory Team. I have written extensively on several
key city issues through my work with thinkdenton.com. I have more vision. A simple
comparison of the issues on my website versus my opponents will make this clear. I have
more ability to get other citizens involved in the process. My wife and I have hosted
monthly gatherings in our home over the years to thousands of friends and strangers alike
- many of these forums have centered on thinking through the city.
Q: Development challenges vary from city to city. Where does attracting residential and/or
commercial development to your city rank on your list of priorities? How would you
evaluate the job your city has done to date in attracting such development?
A: Denton continues to feel the pains of an ailing state and national economic crisis.
Though sales tax revenue appears to be on a consistent rebound, the downturn of the last
few years will continue to have economic consequences for some time. Expected state cuts
in the areas of public schools and higher education will continue to burden our local
turn-around. Municipalities across the country, in light of the national economic woes, are
beginning to take a serious look at what they can do to ensure a healthy economy in their
city and region in order to protect against merely being at the mercy of national or global
trends. Denton needs to take a fresh look at just how we are going about attracting and
retaining companies to our city. Some of our city’s most educated, talented, creative, and
hard-working citizens are serving our meals at restaurants, pouring our drinks at the local
bar, or pulling shots of espresso at the coffee shop. They are doing this because we have a
town with a feel, a culture, and a list of amenities that makes them want to stay – and
they are willing to work for minimum wage and tips in order to do so. We should be
actively advertising this unique workforce to potential employers around the world. I have
no doubt that many of these young college graduates would be willing to work for less than
their big city counterparts if it meant being able to stay living in Denton. In order to do
that, however, we need to make sure that we are continuing to pursue policies that make
Denton attractive for the emerging young creative class. We need to stop seeing things
such as bike lines as mere issues of concern to traffic engineers. It is precisely our lack of
such amenities that are driving many talented graduates away from Denton and to places
such as Austin and Seattle – and, no doubt, savvy employers follow such trends when
making decisions on where to relocate. We need to understand how intricately tied our
policies on issues like livability, the environment, our culture, and the arts are to our
economic well-being.
Q: What demographic changes are happening in your city that the rest of the region should
know more about? How is your city dealing with those changes? What, if anything, would
you do differently?
A: The average voting age in Denton is 61, while the median age of Denton residents is
26. Many are taking notice of an emerging crop of 30 somethings who are creating culture
in new ways in Denton. Through large civic events such as 35 Conferette and the Denton
Community Market to rising non-profits such as Querencia Bike Shop and Seeds of Change
to voices for change found in the likes of BikeDenton.org, Denton is changing through the
efforts of a younger demographic.
Q: What should the city or the police department do to address the issue of illegal
immigration?
A: Immigration policy is an issue that is typically dealt with at the Federal level. But cities
can and should advise state and federal representatives on how the issue effects their
municipalities in various ways.
Q: Do you favor or oppose a seamless regional transit system, and if you favor it, what
steps would you take to make it happen?
A: I favor a seamless regional transit system. I have been an outspoken advocate of the
upcoming DCTA A-Train, a train that will connect Denton to the DART system in June of this
year. It is now our turn to make sure that perceptions change enough regarding public
transit in order to see increasing levels of success as we move forward. The only way to
effectively argue for increased infrastructure and levels of service is to create a demand.
We need to work closely with local schools, universities, citizen groups, and businesses to
make sure we are providing the best education and opportunities about the possibilities of
rail service in our region.

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Q: Identify other issues you think your city and North Texas could benefit from greater
regional cooperation, and what would you do to encourage regional partnerships?
A: In addition to regional transit, the environment is another issue that requires regional
cooperation. The nature of the environment teaches us that pollution does not remain
within the limits of a city - bad policies in one area negatively effect areas where even the
best practices are in place. Given the recent concern over the environmental and health
effects of natural gas drilling in our area, there is an opportunity for greater cooperation
and collaboration from among concerned cities. Not only will this aid in the sharing of the
best information and practices, but it allows for a greater block of voices with state and
federal regulators when it comes to local control over such issues. Another area for
cooperation is the economy. Economic health tends to track with localities. Working
together with other cities in the North Texas region can have the positive effect of
identifying areas of strength and resources that can be useful to all in terms of developing
and attracting industry.
Q: Do you think that your city delivers services in the most cost-effective manner to
taxpayers? If not, what changes would you recommend?
A: As we grow and there is increased interest in development, there needs to be continual
education among the key decision makers both at the council and city staff level, of the
uniqueness of our town. The state of the public administration profession today means that
a good number of our city staff members are not from here and many do not even live
within the Denton city limits. That presents the possibility of a vision for Denton fostered
among the city’s professional workers that is at odds with the vision of our citizens. Efforts
should be made to remedy this difference of perspective.
Q: How has the current leadership done in weathering the economic storm? What ideas do
you have on how to balance the budget with less revenue coming in and the ever-present
need to maintain roads, sewers and other basic infrastructure?
A: I have little criticism of how the current leadership has handled our city budget. They
have made steps to get ahead of the economic downturn impacting us through a few years
of low