Voters Guide: Elections in Mansfield

04/28/2014 12:00 AM

04/28/2014 3:35 PM

Mansfield

Wendy Burgess

Office sought: City Council, Place 6

Age: 43

Occupation and/or main source of income: Business Owner

City: Mansfield

Campaign phone number: 817-797-4588

Campaign contact person other than yourself: Clint Burgess

Campaign email address: wendy@mansfieldcouncil.com

Website: http://www.mansfieldcouncil.com/; Facebook- Wendy Burgess for Mansfield City Council Place 6

Education background, including all degrees: Tarrant County College; Texas Tech, Business Degree

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Mansfield City Council Member, Place 6 2011-2014; North Central Texas Council of Governments Representative 2011-2014; City of Mansfield Bond Delegation Member 2013; Mansfield Citizens Police Academy graduate 2013; Mansfield Citizens Fire Academy graduate 2013; Mansfield Chamber of Commerce, Shirley Karznia Award 2012; Mansfield Chamber of Commerce, Executive Board Member 2007-2011; Chairman, Mansfield Chamber of Commerce 2010; Mansfield Chamber of Commerce, Business of the Year 2010; Kennedale Chamber of Commerce, Volunteer of the Year 2009; Mansfield Chamber of Commerce, Rising Star Award 2008; Mansfield Chamber of Commerce, Board Member 2004-2006; Mansfield Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Year Award 2004; Mansfield Women’s Division Executive Board, Treasurer 2005-2006; Mansfield Rotary Club Executive Board of Director, Secretary 2005-2009; Mansfield Women’s Division, Board of Director 2004-2006; Walnut Creek BNI, Board of Director 2007-2009; Rotary Club Outstanding Business Award 2005

Explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office

The City Council is the direct link between the citizens of Mansfield and a $100.2 million dollar business. My business acumen and effectiveness as a current council member makes me the best qualified candidate. I have an acute understanding of the dynamics of finance. This includes intricacies specific to municipal finance between the balance of income, expenses, debt obligations and the required fund balance indicating future stability of the city. I also make myself readily available to the citizens by phone or in-person visits at their convenience. I have been a consistent leader within the city for over 15 years.

Outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

I believe in concentrating the expansion of our commercial and industrial tax base to bring in strong businesses that provide high paying jobs, to ultimately offset our residential tax burden.

I believe in a dedicated focus on strengthening our police and fire departments to ensure the safety and well-being of Mansfield citizens as well as guests to our city.

I believe in advanced planning to keep Mansfield from experiencing infrastructure backlogs that some other local cities have seen. This will be a great impetus for Mansfield’s future and our ability to manage its growth for maximum effectiveness.

Kendall Polk

Polk did not respond to the survey.

Kelvin LaMont Stroy, Sr.

Office sought: City Council, Place 6

Age: 39

Occupation and/or main source of income: Educator

City: Mansfield

Campaign phone number: 817-296-6204

Campaign contact person other than yourself: Mia Stroy

Campaign email address: kstroysr@gmail.com

Website: www.kstroysr.wix.com; https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kelvin-Stroy-Sr/404257959710756?ref=hl

Education background, including all degrees: My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master of Education degree in Secondary Mathematics, both from Louisiana Tech University. I possess Principal and Superintendent Certifications from the State Board of Education and I am also a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Arlington in K-16 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: My community involvement began in 1998 as a teacher in Mansfield ISD. By profession I am an educator, but my purpose is to positively impact the lives of others. That’s what I have done as a professional in education and that’s what I will do as a council member.

Explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office.

I have 16 years of experience in education; five years as a teacher and 11 years as an administrator. My responsibilities as an administrator include ensuring students receive a quality education and goals are achieved. I employ a collaboratively decision-making process to establish an annual improvement plan, allocate funds, manage personnel, and ensure effective operations of the facility. I believe the leadership, problem-solving, and decision making skills that I have developed over the past 16 years have prepared me to serve as an elected official.

Outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

The most critical issues facing the City of Mansfield are economic growth, residential development, and maintaining a family-friendly community. I think the transformation of Mansfield from a small farming community to a thriving suburb has positively impacted the city, but it’s important to ensure the growth doesn’t outpace the city’s infrastructure and school system. The council also has to continue to make the city an attractive place to live for people in search of a family-centered community. I tend to address these areas by working with the community members, business leaders, school officials, and fellow board members to devise an effective plan to ensure Mansfield continues to maintain its status of being one of the best places to live.

Mansfield ISD

Danny Baas

Office sought: Board of Trustees, Place 6

Age: 42

Occupation and/or main source of income: Police officer

City: Fort Worth

Campaign phone number: N/A

Campaign contact person other than yourself: Cassie Baas

Campaign email address: N/A

Website: Facebook

Education background, including all degrees: TCLEOSE License, Advanced Peace Officer, Advanced Accident Investigator, Hostage Negotiator

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Serving on the MISD Board for the last 3 years, Participating in football, band and cheerleading booster clubs throughout my kids growing up in the MISD.

Explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office.

The last three years on the board make me much more qualified with the training and continuing education hours I have received. I have children in the district and have experience with public schools.

Outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

Predicting the areas of growth and how to stay ahead of them is crucial. Keeping a healthy and stable fund balance while being a good steward of our tax dollars. Retaining our students and staff.

Kory Watkins

Office sought: Board of Trustees, Place 6

Age: 30

Occupation and/or main source of income: Restaurant business

City: Mansfield

Campaign phone number: 817-673-0028

Campaign contact person other than yourself: Myself

Campaign email address: korydwatkins21@yahoo.com

Website: Facebook; Twitter

Education background, including all degrees: High school

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Volunteer at many animal rescues; Delegate for the Republican Party in 2012 and 2014; Newly-elected Precinct Chairman in 2360 for the Republican Party; Coordinator for gun rights group called Open Carry Texas.

Explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office.

I am about individual responsibility and keeping it local. I think we should learn how to live within our means. I am a young leader looking to be a fresh voice for the people.

Outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

First, our children safety is not what it should be. Our schools are gun free zones! We need to allow the staff who already have a CHL and license, or want to get theirs to carry while working to protect themselves and the children. All mass shootings are in gun free zones where nobody can defend themselves. Second, stop spending and raising taxes. Finally, teach more family values.

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