Arlington mayor, council incumbents hard to beat

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The Arlington City Council is on a winning streak.

The Rangers' success and Cowboys Stadium events have brought record numbers of visitors, and the remaking of downtown Arlington has made Center Street more than just a name.

Arlington is larger in area than Boston and has more people than St. Louis, Pittsburgh or Cincinnati. Yet despite the demands of growth and age, the City Council has resisted raising taxes 21 times in the last 22 years.

Combined, the mayor and four incumbents on the May 11 ballot have lived in the city 232 years. Councilman Robert Rivera is unopposed in District 3.

Arlington is fortunate to have such experienced and dedicated leaders.

Mayor

Running for his sixth term at 74, Robert Cluck says he is not tired yet -- and not finished yet.

The obstetrician and hospital vice president remains proud of Cowboys Stadium, about to host a NCAA basketball Final Four playoff, and said he expects another major announcement soon involving the stadium.

He supports the proposed experimental public-private shuttle bus route connecting downtown to the Trinity Railway Express, but says he will wait and see whether Arlington should plan more public transit.

Challenger Chris "Dobi" Dobson, 34, a massage therapist, said he wants to motivate younger voters. He criticizes council members for accepting event tickets and says their tickets should be distributed to the public by lottery.

Another challenger, Jerry Pikulinski, 74, a retired economist, declined to be interviewed for this editorial.

The Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommends re-electing Robert Cluck mayor.

Place 8, at-large

Incumbent Michael Glaspie Sr. has lived in Arlington 31 years. That makes him the newcomer of the five incumbents on the ballot.

Glaspie, 66, was elected last year to complete the late Gene Patrick's unexpired term. An education minister at Mount Olive Baptist Church, he has degrees in math and finance and has served on school and county boards.

Glaspie said he has helped establish fair building codes for older apartments. He said he wants the city to focus on rebuilding and repairing streets.

Challenger Joe M. McHaney, 55, is an environmental consultant who has run four times for other offices. He says Arlington doesn't need public transit yet and should operate its own system if ever needed.

A second challenger, Richard Weber, 56, is a retired city information technology employee. He says the city did not bargain hard enough on a recycling contract.

The Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommends re-electing Michael Glaspie Sr. in the at-large election for District 8.

District 4

Incumbent Kathryn Wilemon, 76, seeks her sixth term representing west Arlington.

A 63-year Arlington resident, Wilemon is vice chair of the Regional Transportation Council and has worked hard most of her adult life solving problems, both as a volunteer and civic leader.

Challenger Daniel Wood, 29, a medical equipment technician, has lived in Arlington three years. He criticizes the council for not televising the citizens' comment segment of its meetings. He said the city should stop wasting money, but he had no specific example.

The Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommends re-electing Kathryn Wilemon in District 4.

District 5

Representing downtown and east central Arlington, council incumbent and community volunteer Lana Wolff has led successful redevelopment.

Wolff, 66, is seeking her sixth term. She says her next goal is to continue work along the city's aging commercial corridors, including East Abram Street and East Park Row Drive.

Challenger Christopher McCain, 22, a UT-Arlington student and U.S. Army veteran, says 10 years in office is too long. He hopes to motivate younger voters.

The Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommends re-electing Lana Wolff in District 5.

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