My experience with TCU’s TRiO program, which serves underrepresented and disadvantaged students, has given me valuable insight into the inner-workings of education and has helped to shape my view that education is an investment not an expense. My time as the Finance Co-Chair for the Texas Association of Student Special Services Programs and treasurer of the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs helped develop my budgetary skills and abilities which are vital to maintain a healthy financial standing for Ft. Worth. Finally, my graduate degree focused on national and global issues and will enable me to attract national and global business to Fort Worth.
I believe transportation is a critical issue that will remain at the top of the city’s agenda. As council member, I will serve as a strong advocate for the preservation of neighborhoods. I believe the impact of some projects currently being executed such as the North Tarrant Expressway and those such as TexRail require additional input and review.
Jobs: The city has given some undeserving or underperforming companies tax abatements. This practice must stop. Some of those arrangements require review, renegotiation, and/or possible assessment of fines for noncompliance. Education is important to Fort Worth’s success and I am confident that my role at TCU will be a valuable asset on the council. Fort Worth has the opportunity to focus on higher tech jobs such as those at new Google facility; as well as attract more of these types of companies to Fort Worth.
Fort Worth is a complex environment with issues of public safety, education, transportation, finances and others. The City Council sets policy that shapes them all. It also is a city of neighborhoods, particularly in District 9, where people have worked to preserve and enhance their quality of life. I have been a neighborhood leader and have built coalitions. I have been a leader in transportation, the arts and the environment. My education provides me with skills in financial analysis and problem solving. The position of City Council representative will be an extension of my public service, not a new role.
Education: Since the city government does not provide public education the role of a City Council member in public education is limited. My history of reaching across boundaries to get things done will extend into working with school board members, school officials and PTAs to find opportunities for improvement.
Public Safety: I support restoring and expanding code compliance staffing while looking for ways to enhance its effectiveness. I support the front-line providers of police, fire and public health services.
Quality of Life: I support good parks, wise development, the arts, timely trash pickup and quality streets and sidewalks.
I am a lifelong Fort Worth resident, proud husband, father, and graduate of local public schools. My experience as a Tarrant County assistant district attorney, small businessman, and community volunteer give me a unique perspective on the issues facing our district and how to solve them. As the next City Councilman for District 9, I promise to work hard, be responsive and deliver results for our community.
Budget & Taxes: We must prioritize spending, live within our means, and work to build a balance in the general fund for the next downturn. I am against raising taxes.
Neighborhoods: Fort Worth is built upon great neighborhoods. We must protect and promote our neighborhoods with strong code enforcement, neighborhood policing and great schools.
Transportation: I support connecting downtown to DFW airport. More/wider highways will not solve all our transportation problems. We must be creative in designing and funding our transportation infrastructure. All options must be on the table.
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I've been fortunate enough to have worked with and learned from both of our previous District 9 council members, Wendy Davis and Joel Burns, on civic issues of all kinds. I have the experience and the network of relationships required to hit the ground running, and serve the families of District 9 actively and responsively.
In addition, my experience running a business has given me the ability to balance creativity and long-term vision with pragmatic decision-making, which are skills that will serve District 9 well in a city council member.
City Hall is at a crossroads. Fort Worth's population is steadily marching toward the million mark, but much of the organization inside city hall was designed for a city of 400,000. It is critical that Fort Worth modernize its government and provide better customer service, starting with an open data policy, lest we be left behind by other cities.
Other priorities include the protection of the fabric and history of our central-city neighborhoods, and working toward a true multi-modal transportation system, so that Fort Worth can retain its high quality of life as it grows.
Strong record of public service at the neighborhood and local government level. My American Institute of Certified Planners certification as well as my Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning and a Bachelors in Environmental Studies, Policy and Planning. Six years on the Zoning Commission. Appointed by both Moncrief and Price. Chaired this commission 2012/13. I’ve interacted with numerous neighborhood associations and individual residents across the city and demonstrated dedication to neighborhood involvement and public participation overall. I am willing and prepared for the full time commitment and dedication it will take to represent District 9.
Strong safe neighborhoods: Maintain and improve strong neighborhoods where people want to live and work by assisting residents in accessing services and encouraging residents to be involved. Actively supporting and cooperating with leaders in education and transportation.
Growth: Make thoughtful decisions about growth and development to ensure continued quality of life. Encourage public input. Listen to/consider different viewpoints and alternative solutions. Thoughtful, reasoned, transparent decision making to ensure Fort Worth is a place people want to live, work and invest.
Transportation: Develop and implement a comprehensive transportation plan that provides safe, convenient and comfortable travel and access to all users.
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