I have the experience of a first term to draw from and a rapport with the faculties and parents of the Azle ISD to address issues impacting our kids and district.
Funding, a changing job market, and education standards.
Bethurum did not complete the survey.
As the editor of the local Crowley newspaper for two years I set foot on all but three Crowley ISD campuses to cover various events and I have seen the great work the teachers, administrators and students are accomplishing. At the the same time, I was able to see what necessities teachers are lacking that would help them increase student success and safety. With three children currently attending CISD campuses I have a vested interested in what the school district is doing to create a better learning environment for students and work environment for teachers.
Growth management: Roughly nine of the 27.6 miles of the Chisholm Trail Parkway is in Crowley ISD as well as eight exchanges. Families and businesses will come, and it is paramount to be ready for it.
Asset management: With the federal and state mandates, we need to maintain our fiscal responsibility while meeting the needs of our teachers and students in their classrooms and extra-curricular activities.
Educator/Student development: In 2012-13 TEA reported that 19 of the 21 CISD campuses met the standard under the current state ratings system. Two campuses need to be brought up.
My husband was a school teacher for 34 yrs. My passion is that student be taught not as a mass but as individuals.
Transparency; Success for all students; Fiscal responsibility; Student safety; Proposed solution: involve parents on all levels.
My background includes over 15 years of successful teaching experience and over 28 years of exceptional business experience which can be applied to the CISD educational and financial endeavors for our stakeholders. I have been involved, as a parent, with CISD for over 20 years which consists of two children that have graduated, a third child that will graduate in May, and one grandchild in elementary. Part of my success is because I place a high value on education as a means to achieve financial success and personal integrity as a means to achieve life success.
The three most critical problems facing the school board are student achievement, financial performance and a secure learning environment. I will address student achievement by setting District goals and creating policies that enable the District to achieve higher academic performance. I will address financial performance by approving and closely monitoring the District’s budget, investments and financial ratings. Finally, I will address the secure learning environment by driving processes that measure and track the security of the facilities, staff and students.
My occupation has involved the health and well-being of children for the past 25 years. For over 12 1/2 years I have served as a board trustee for Crowley. I have been involved with the rapid growth of the district; involved with building of schools; promoting programs for our children such as all-day kindergarten, career and technology center, new agricultural building; promoting higher academics; being conscious about being fiscally responsible to the tax-payers of the district and approving an emergency response system as well as increased safety measures for our children.
Having served on the board I have a perspective of what is important to the district. While my opponent is stressing transparency , efficient spending and child safety; I can assure the voters that these are issues already addressed and constantly improved on. The main issues are preparing for the next rapid growth with the Chisholm Trail Freeway soon to be completed, recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers and providing for an ALL students to have a quality education. All are issues that a unified board can deal with as we have in the past.
My background as a police officer will give expertise in keeping students safe. I understand how dress codes, IDs, safety plans, etc.. affect the safety of the staff and students of CISD/
My experience in the automotive industry, managing a multi-million dollar budget, will provide a knowledge of spending money efficiently so we can have adequate staffing and competitive salaries.
Having been in the military, I understand the importance of communication with a team. I will strive to keep the lines of communication open with the community and the school board.
Efficient Spending — It is imperative that CISD efficiently use tax dollars so our schools are properly staffed and can offer teacher raises. Our school district should not have to sacrifice one for the other.
Child Safety — Our district needs a strong safety plan. CISD should implement the school marshal program at each campus. Time is critical. CISD cannot wait for police during an emergency. Marshals gives an immediate response to protect our children. Child safety is worth the money and not something CISD should cut corners on.
Transparency — CISD would benefit from more open lines of communication with the community.
My background as a citizen and an educated individual give me an edge as well as my job with U.S.D.A. working in a managerial capacity with subordinates of 20 plus employees give me an very good edge for this position as City Council of Crowley.
The problems facing this public office are attracting new businesses, entertainments and creating infrastructure improvements. My solutions to these problems may come up for group discussion where we as a council would notify different businesses/ entertainers to locate in our fair city with our backing with tax incentives and to work incentives for future cooperation among city leaders and businesses. An open forum to discuss how each can work within the law with one another can accompany our goal.
Serving the city in various roles has given me the necessary qualifications to assure citizens that their tax money will be used in a fiscally conservative manner.
(1) Quality development of our remaining land and renewing our city center. Solutions include aggressive use of 4B funds and possible tax increment funding if and when terms and conditions are favorable to Crowley.
(2) Quality of life ( parks, trails, and amenities) should be funded from gas well receipts.
(3) First responders: Every reasonable effort should be made to insure that we retain the highest rating for our city. Excellent ratings from insuring agencies will result in lower rates for all homeowners and businesses.
It has been an honor to serve my city as the Place 5 City Council Member since 2006. I seek this office to continue what I began many years ago ... to serve the citizens and business owners of Crowley and create a safe, beautiful, and enjoyable place to live. I have always sought to make a difference in my world. I believe I am accomplishing that by dedicating my time to the city council and helping to make decisions that will preserve and improve Crowley for generations to come. I am not only working to make Crowley better today ... I am working to make Crowley great for the next 50 years.
The City of Crowley has been blessed to maintain a healthy budget since I've been in office. I will continue to help the city in that area.
I am also working to bring quiet zones to the city railroad crossings to create a better quality of life in Crowley. This is an expensive undertaking, but the investment will produce great downtown improvement to citizens and business owners alike.
Finally, I will continue to work closely with our economic development team to bring great family business to Crowley. We want to see economic growth in Crowley so our families have a good choices for places to meet, relax, dine, play, and enjoy.
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
If elected, I would be the only member of the board who can answer for their decisions fifty years from now. Raised by life-long educator, I’m familiar with experience of the teacher and the demands that go beyond curricula. I realize that altruism does not help put food on the table. I worked as an educator advocate and became familiar with the academic, emotional, and fiscal demands inherent in the education of our youth. As a private-sector employee, I recognize and share the benefit and sacrifice of taxing the general public and expect significant returns to the community.
Commercial growth rates teeter on stagnation and could spell the end of rapid growth in our district. While an unorthodox role of a school board trustee, I can promise aggressive networking to edify our district.
Educator market is currently saturated. Education majors are declining. Managing, maintaining, and training quality education will become a greater challenge than most will anticipate. I will deliver on compromise between student benefit, teacher quality, and fiscal responsibility.
Where is student input? All this talk about constituencies in vain if we do not consult the subject of our purpose. Sponsor-led communication from our emerging generation.
I have been involved in education since 1975. My teaching experience has been in the classroom as an elementary classroom teacher, and gifted teacher. My administration experience has been as a Gifted Curriculum Coordinator, Middle School Assistant Principal, Elementary Principal, Director of Curriculum. Post retirement experience has been as an Interim Elementary Principal and High School Assistant Principal. I am actively involved with our granddaughters who are both in the EM-S ISD local elementary and high school. I continue to support all of our schools and our school district by participating in the school events.
Finances: There are financial challenges ahead for our school district. I commit to helping EM-S ISD meet those challenges. I want to be a part of a school board that helps the students in our district experience the best education.
Work Force: In light of the fast-paced changing face of the job market, we need to forecast the best career areas, along with job opportunity industries, that will prepare our students to mesh with the current work environments.
Technology: Meeting the needs of our students in the 21st Century and equipping our schools with state of the art technology.
I have always been a concerned citizen and not a career politician, though my desire has always been to help find real solutions to concerns within our Village. I am a good listener. I pay careful attention to details when working on challenges. Married 47 years, commitment is important to me. I have earned the trust and friendship of many people over the years and have maintained strong relationships within the community. My career provided me with a wide range of experiences and insights which will needed to perform the duties of alderman. I want to serve my community.
COMMUNICATION: By providing a direct link weekly to our Village by hosting “Coffee with Your Councilwoman” to discuss concerns, issues and ideas about our Village in addition to the monthly Council Meeting.
TAXES: The Village of Edgecliff is fortunate to have such low taxes. I plan to help keep it that way while continuing infrastructure maintenance to streets, parks and green spaces.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION: Inviting citizens to participate in events Don't Mess with Texas Trash-Off to keep Edgecliff Village “A Great Place to Live” and gain a true sense of community commitment.
I have years of experience as a company representative to various customers in various locations. In this position I also worked with a variety of departments in the company. This has given me the experience required for public office where it is very important to listening to the many different citizens, research the different options and make the important decisions which are best for the city.
Our city has aging infrastructure which requires updating and we have been working on a long range plan to handle this, but more needs to be done. We do have some potential growth in our residential areas and we need to insure this is accomplished in the proper manner for the good of the city. Keeping taxes down has always been an important of our budget and will continue to be critical in our future.
Faulkner did not respond to the survey.
My experience in working with the youth programs have taught me the value of teamwork, cooperation, fair play, leadership, direction and perseverance. It has helped to enhance the necessity of having a vision to grow. My educational background has helped me to better understand the functions and operations of cities, municipalities, and the law. My career experience has helped to broaden the scope of the some of the things I learned in college. As a board member of the CDC for the City of Forest Hill has taught me not only to listen and hear the concerns of the citizens but also to seek areas for improvement and development to make our city better.
I don't see problems but I do see opportunities to make changes and bring fresh ideas that will help us to become a better city. After all, “where we live is of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
As a former coach as well as educator and elder, I realize the importance of faith and education. True —Knowledge is Power. However the wisdom to know how to use those resources is even greater.
Forest Hill sits on a gold mine in terms of its location. It’s a diamond in the rough in terms of its civic and economic potential. I want to be that city that helps brings out the “best in its citizens, families and communities.”
The problems facing our public office isn't a problem at all. The problem is making the wisest decision in terms of the direction that this City wants to take. We are our own hurdle.
My vision for the city of Forest Hill is to see a council focused on seeing this city thrive years after they're gone; a stronger and more cohesive community; a city that becomes a model for others to follow.
I am very involved in the community and see and hear what the residents have to say. My history on the council is very important in understanding where our City has been and the direction we are going now and in the future.
The most critical problems facing the City is maintaining a low tax rate while planning and budgeting for infrastructure improvements needed to attract residents and commercial development. As a Council we need to spend wisely and properly prioritize the projects which have the most beneficial impact to the City. I have and will keep a pulse on the spending of the Council. I have voiced my opinion in raising taxes, which I have been opposed to.
Working within the budget is very tough but necessary. We all have high hopes but limited funds. The City is growing so we are to some degree feeling the growing pains. I will continue to voice my concerns in approving projects that do not directly benefit the citizens.
My leadership and organizational skills were honed as a career military spouse, and my experience working in Grapevine City Hall provides perspective and understanding of small town government. During my 14 years of community involvement in Texas, in positions such as President of the Women’s Division Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, and the more recent volunteer positions with Haslet Economic Development Corp – Type B, Haslet Library Board, and Baylor Lifestyle Improvement Challenge Chair, I have earned the trust of many residents and civic leaders in the cities I have served. I offer the residents of Haslet a council member that is committed full time to resolving the important issues required for our future success.
1) Encourage quality residential development, while preserving our minimum half-acre lot size.
2) Prioritize road improvements and city infrastructure development. For example, the Westport-Avondale Haslet Road Connector is a key plan to spur business, residential, and city recreational development. Another corridor which is key to city growth is access to I-35W near the Hwy 170 interchange, and an extended frontage road. Both will take significant funding to implement.
3) Bring the right retail to the city to promote sales tax revenue — shopping, dining and entertainment to create a robust home-town environment for Haslet.
Horak did not respond to the survey.
My personal and professional experience as a marketing executive have taken me all around the world. I have lived in many cities and have seen good and bad development. My business background gives a good blueprint on how to run a city like a business — for the betterment of the entire city, working together toward common goals and working with different personalities to achieve the best for all involved and represented.
The City of Haslet has a number of opportunities ahead of us. The growth of the city is one that cannot be ignored, but needs to be embraced and done so carefully, so that growth maintains the quality of life of the current residents enjoy. It needs to afford us all with the benefits of responsible growth. Retail and commercial development must be accomplished and invested in properly. Standards must be adhered to and change should be welcomed, but not arbitrarily given into at the expense of long term gain and planning.
Richey did not respond to the survey.
I have served on the city council since 2011 and have been dealt some pretty bad cards. I feel I am the very best candidate for this office because I am not just a candidate who merely talks well and who promises more that I can deliver to the citizens. I am not out for personal or political gain unlike others are, I am out for the people who deserve to have answers to questions and to feel safe in their home. I feel that things must be considered as criteria for public office and Honesty is number 1. I have fought against corruption here in our little town for over 2 years and I still continue to fight.
First and foremost critical problem we have had is dishonesty in our administration with no consequences or accountability, no transparency. The only answer I have to resolve this problem is to have a strong motivational minded person with honesty and integrity who actually cares about the job of Mayor and will enforce accountability and transparency and representing the citizens to keep them safe and our city happy. And with all this I will do.
Most of my career has been in retail sales, finance. Have been success in working with people to come to a solution to a problem that is good for all involved.
1. Abandoned homes/properties. Hire a city attorney who has experience in this field so we can rid the city of these eye sores.
2. Street repair, make sure that we keep enough money budgeted so that we can do a street or so a year.
3.Police protection. We have come a long way with the police department. However, I would like to expand to where we have 24-hour police protection.
Cotton Bowl Manager, working with Dallas city government, negotiating, and working in large groups.
Social worker for AIDS outreach has been instrumental in teaching me to know and address the needs of all citizens with care and compassion. Being a drug and alcohol counselor has made it valuable as being able to find resources to help the needy in my city.
Public safety: Always number one with me, and being on the volunteer fire department I have seen first hand different ways to help; bicycle safety programs such as helmets; smoke alarm programs. I already have implemented the community care programs for seniors and disabled. Stronger police coverage, a friendly open-door policy at the Pelican Bay police department so we have streets safe enough for us and our children.
Infrastructure: Street repairs, clean affordable water, and sanitation services. Cable television, open market for utilities. more aggressive code enforcement, and animal control.
Financial growth: Finding ways to achieve more business growth in the city' for the growth of the future for Pelican Bay.
Supporting Tom Petty for the seat of Mayor.
Budget: This city has a fixed budget and needs to be operated within that budget.
Crime: The city has had a bad crime rate in the past. We now have a good police department, and working with them is key to cleaning up this city.
Public Works: Our public works department has done their best to work on a minimal budget. Looking to allot more money for public works to improve the city’s infrastructure.
I worked for the City of Azle for 15 years and handled/completed many projects, anywhere from drainage, street repair, sign repair, reconstructing or overlaying streets as well as handling citizens concerns or complaints. I am a heavy equipment operator and mechanic. I also had to supervise a total of four people during my employment. I feel my experience that I had with the City of Azle for 15 years has given me the experience as well as the knowledge to be a best qualified candidate for this position on the City Council. I feel that I would be an asset in improving our city and would also be proud to work for the citizens of Pelican Bay.
The first issue I would address would be the streets issue. This has been a problem for awhile now. Most of the streets have pot holes, or just need repair, period. The next issue would be to have some type of animal control within the city; we have so many strays dogs and cats that just wander around the streets of Pelican Bay, which is a problem if they don’t have up to date shots. And the third thing is when Pelican Bay has vehicles towed, they don't need to be stored at the city hall.
I feel I am the best candidate for the seat because I've grown up here experiencing the problems of the city and have spoken to many of the long term residents through the years I have been here. I feel that with one more term, I can continue to bring an opinion that is open and for the best of the city I have grown up in and want to see prosper.
We must continue to approve money for the roads to be worked on. I would like to see something done for the younger generation of the city a new basketball court being the current court is deteriorating or adding activities to the beach.
I have never held public office before. I don’t have a college education and sometimes I am not always “politically” correct. But what does qualifies me to be on council is my ability to set aside my personal opinions and listen to the community. It is time that the needs of one person takes a backseat to the needs of the community. This community has suffered setbacks because the council cannot work together and look at the greater good of Pelican Bay citizens. I will give this community a voice, and I will listen.
Deciding on the three most critical issues is difficult, there are many needs. First, there has to be activities for the youth of the city, bring them together with projects that will benefit the city and themselves. Second, public safety is lacking behind in not only manpower but funding. There has to be a council-wide effort to find ways to increase police and fire protection. Finally, putting together a proper budget that can give the city a chance to rebuild not only infrastructure, but reputation as well.
Wrinkle declined to respond.
The seven years on the City Council and my association with NCTCOG through the RCC have given me valuable insight into the operations of a city and the ways and means that things can be accomplished. I have also been intimately involved with TML and taken advantage of every opportunity to broaden my perspective. In addition, my management experience in the business world has provided me with necessary operational skills to get the most out of those reporting to me. That experience also provided me with valuable budgetary skills.
1.Old failing houses. Many of our homes are rental property and the owners have little concern for their condition. They must be made aware of their responsibility for maintaining these houses.
2.Many of our streets are in bad condition. A program will be developed that will address the monetary needs in upgrading all of our city streets.
3. The economic strength of our city must be addressed. We are located in a prime area to attract visitors but lack appeal. With the help of NCTCOG in identifying sources and our own internal efforts we can make the change.
My many years of supervision experience, negotiating and working with multi-million dollar contracts and budgets with the Fort Worth ISD and serving four years as a council person and serving the past eleven years as Mayor of the City of River Oaks, Texas well qualifies for the office of Mayor. We have within our City A new Elementary School, New football Stadium, Community Center, QT, Burger King, Subway and Dollar Tree, Title Max, and a Cricket phone store opening soon. We have also put into place a no-cost curb side recycling program and have applied for a State of Texas Clean City Award.
Like most cities our utilities and roads are a major problem. At this time we are working on a schedule to complete water and sewer line, and road replacement. A bond for our water treatment plant will be retired in three years. We will use the funds we must hold in reserve and what we are paying on the bonds at this time to do the repairs without increasing taxes or raising rates.
Employee health insurance is another major issue we are facing. We are working with our insurance agency to come up with the best solution.
Dagel did not respond to the survey.
Attend City Council meetings regularly for over eight years. Sit in on city budget meetings, workshops, EDC, Planning and Zoning, and Zoning Board of Adjustments, which gives me a good working knowledge of how our city operates. My experience in advertising would be a benefit to the future growth of our city. 18 years experience as a supervisor at a international company leading employees,delegating jobs and meetings deadlines.
Our aging infrastructure is currently one of biggest issues facing our city. By keeping our budget tight it will allow us in the future to put funds away for water and sewer projects as well as updating our streets. I would also like to work with our new fire chief in his efforts to rebuild our fire department. Promote our city through advertising and promotion so that we can continue to attract new and quality businesses to improve our boulevard.
I have been involved in public service for 35 years. It has been my pleasure to provide, leadership, training, and service during my career in a large city government. Part of my past responsibilities has involved budget preparation and quality assurance for a division of the Fort Worth Fire Department. I understand community service and feel that I am the best candidate for the position.
The three issues I feel our city most critically needs to address are the fire service, budget review, and continued revitalization of our business community. Our volunteer fire department has served us well for many years; however, there is a need for full time firefighters to support our volunteers. Second, there is a need to examine our cities’ budget and reallocate funds to support the fire service. Finally, I plan to become an advocate for the growth of our business community.
I have a strong financial management and contracting background which could be used for the economic development of River Oaks. I also have strong ties to the medical community. Mostly my dedication to the City of River Oaks for the past 55 years and a willingness to give my time to help the city and the residents.
Economic development of the city. The need for more access to medical attention in the area. Beautification of the city.
Have worked in city government for 27 years. Been involved on Economic Development boards, Crime Control, Storm Water board.
Active developing city budgets and worked on grants. Active in attending council meetings regularly. Come to meeting prepared and items researched.
Being open minded and being able to listen.
Substandard housing and old infrastructure and streets needs to continue to be updated.
Ordinances need to reviewed on regular bases.
Maintaining a strong Fire Department with the shortage of volunteers seems to be a challenge.
My background as office manager/bookkeeper for an engineering consulting firm providing management and budget skills. My job as a case coordinator utilizes my organizational skills as well as strengthens my ability to handle difficult people and resolve their issues. My background has put me in a position to be an active listener and problem solver. Over the last almost seven years serving the city as a council member and over the last eleven years serving on various boards I have developed a strong knowledge and understanding of the needs of this city and how to work towards resolving them.
The first issue is the perception that River Oaks is not a viable investment area. As president of the EDC, working with the Board and an EDC consultant we have brought new businesses to the city. The second issue has been how to stabilize and improve the service level of the volunteer Fire Department. A council member and I have researched several solutions. The third opportunity is revitalizing our main thoroughfare. I have worked closely with several local entities and with the help of a HUD funded study, a plan to redesign River Oaks Boulevard is in the beginning stages.
McCraw declined to participate.
I believe that my experience as a business owner for 25 years enables me to study budgets, communicate with various people, manage personnel and help solve problems. I am a multi-tasker who utilizes time well and I now have the time to study and research issues that could make a difference in our citizens’ lives.
1. Communication from the council to the citizens.
Solutions: a.) Expand communication through social media to all citizens; b.) To encourage a local newspaper; c.) Encourage a Citizens committee to serve as a sounding board and to interact with the council.
2. Reestablish the city's master plan.
Solutions: a.) Encourage businesses that will benefit long term for the citizens which could include: Minor emergency clinic, nursing and retirement home, activities for children, etc.; b.) Encourage new businesses in existing buildings/lots
3. Evaluate all city departments:
Solutions: a.) Ratio vs citizens; b.) Equipment adequate, maintained and updated; c.) Police and fire department promote programs to educate the citizens for fire and crime prevention.
I have been blessed to serve the citizens of Sansom Park since 1999. My education in Public Administration has allowed me the understanding of how municipal government and budgeting operates. I had the opportunity through my graduate program to work for several great city managers and diversify my knowledge. I believe my skills and education will continuing the vision we set years ago for the City of Sansom Park.
Sales Tax- Attract more economic development
Drainage- Finish our comprehensive drainage plan
Tax Base- Continue to work with developers for in-fill development
Every time I go into city hall there is someone there waiting to pick up a check. Many have made their living off the less affluent. Important people elected and non elected have the perception that less affluent communities are unable to pay for the services they require. Our community pays its way. With my experience and the vote of the electorate put into action we will show the region how to re-allocate squandered resources. My perspective and leadership ability makes me an excellent candidate for mayor.
Real Leadership is what we are lacking. I intend to re-allocate resources that have been misplaced by popular trends. We will reposition key personnel and give them the tools they need to do their job, The true cost of doing business is lost in the fog of fuzzy math and self serving accounting principles. we will put a true balance sheet into effect. well trained people are an asset to any organization. we will train our people and give them the pride of ownership as it relates to our community and the job they do. We will have the purist and best tasting water in the region so our restaurants and home makers can make tea, coffee and lemonade that people brag about.