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Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray is running for re-election in Fort Worth City Council District 8.
Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray is running for re-election in Fort Worth City Council District 8. Courtesy

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District 2

Sultan Cole

Age: 45

Occupation and/or main source of income: Executive Director (Non-Profit)/ Sr. Pastor & Engineer

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-584-3777

Campaign (public) email address: electsultancolefwisd2@gmail.com

Website: votesultancolefwisd2.org

Education background, including all degrees: BS - Engineering Technology / Texas Tech University 1993 - Construction Engineering Technology; MA - Human Services / Liberty University 2011 - Executive Leadership Concentration

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Mayor's (Betsy price) Faith Based Cabinet / Fort Worth SPARC / NABSE / FWISD Community Action Team / Young Life / YMLA Young Men's Leadership Academy Advisory Board / Selection Committee Member for FWISD Teacher of the Year (2013, 2014) / Participated in 3-day Strategic Planning Forum FWISD - Singleness of Purpose (Baldridge) / Board Member of Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce/ JPS Pastoral Advisory Council

In 100 words or less, please explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office.

I Attended FWISD schools. Acquired a successful 20-year career in engineering management; developed large and complex budgets; completed projects on time/under budget. Managed plant industrial operations. Children attend FWISD schools. Executive Director for a non-profit for 12 years meeting the educational and interpersonal development needs of families in east Ft. Worth. Developed Read2Win Initiative serving the needs of more than 1000 1st graders over a 3-year period assisting them in literacy proficiencies. Personally identify with the needs of students/families in District 2. Believe every child can compete academically if given the opportunity to obtain a quality as was afforded me.

In 100 words or less, please outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

1. Early Childhood Readiness - Assuring Pre-K is provided for every child by expanding the capacity of classroom and hiring educators. The commitment to this investment will assist in closing the academic achievement gap.

2. Ensure "every" graduating senior is college and/or career ready. Statistics indicate that in the US we graduate 84% of high school students but 16% are college ready.

3. Hire a competent Superintendent charging and holding Him/Her accountable to developing an articulate plan to move our district in the direction to becoming the "District of Choice" where every student is academically successful.

Tobi Jackson

Age: 54

Occupation and/or main source of income: Educator

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-296-7721

Your campaign (public) email address: tobij@sbcglobal.net

Web site: www.tobijackson.org

Education background, including all degrees: 1985, M.S. The University of North Texas; 1982, B.A. The University of Texas - Arlington

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement:

Current: City of Fort Worth SPARC Board - Vice President; Vision East Lancaster; East Fort Worth Inc.; East Fort Worth Business Association; East Fort Worth Optimists; East Fort Worth Rotary (Honorary); IGNITE State Board; Tarrant County Cultural Facilities Finance Corporation Board; Women's Policy Forum; Chair FWISD Oil and Gas Committee; FWISD Athletic Committee Vice Chair

Past: City of Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department Board, Park Board Liaison to: Log Cabin Village, Mayfest, Van Zandt Cottage, Friends of the Herd; Harris Methodist Health Exchange Executive Committee; American Heart Association State Board; NE Board

In 100 words or less, please explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office.

I’m a dynamic, outcomes-driven leader with repeated success in profitable service, public service and training organizations across diverse corporate, civic and academic environments. This makes me the best candidate to serve District 2 students, employees and taxpayers. I also embrace change and deliver positive outcomes. For example, two years into my term District 2 was reconfigured. I lost 9 of 12 schools while gaining 12mostly underperforming ones. Through collaborative teamwork, we lifted 10 elementaries from 50 percent below expectations to 80-percent meeting the TEA standard last year, many with distinctions. Also, two middle schools received distinctions. During my term Eastern Hills and Polytechnic met standard for the first time in many years. This momentum is real, but there’s still work to be done.

In 100 words or less, please outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

Funding is critical. We receive State money based on attendance. A 1-percent increase can earn FWISD $5.5 million. We must incentivize campuses to ensure students are at school and learning, and we must continually seek outside funding to supplement tax dollars.

Mobility near 40 percent at many eastside schools can be crippling. This nomadic lifestyle has damaging consequences academically and psychologically. In District 2, we have decreased mobility 25 percent by placing exceptional leaders on campuses who work as a team to minimize negative influences.

Identifying low achievement in specific populations is essential to cultivating long-term results. The Board is supporting and funding full-day, universal pre-K for that reason.

Joel Aguilar

Age: 38

Occupation and/or main source of income: High School Principal

Campaign (public) phone number: 830-660-7948

Your campaign (public) email address: joel4fwisd2@gmail.com

Web site: www.joelaguilar.org

Education background, including all degrees:

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement:

In 100 words or less, please explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office.

I have been a teacher and administrator in rural and urban schools for the past 16 years. My strength lies in curriculum and instruction. The board needs someone with a strong educational background to help improve student academic achievement.

In 100 words or less, please outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

The three most critical problems facing our district are:

*A lack of efficient governance at the Board Level

*Stagnant Academic Growth

*Lack of Transparency and Accountability

District 5

Judy Needham

Age: 73

Occupation and/or main source of income: Part time fundraising consultant for Fort Worth’s Park Dept. and retirement.

Campaign (public) phone number: 817/223-0552 (cell); 817/732-0181 (home)

Your campaign (public) email address: judyneedham@msn.com

Website: None.

Education background, including all degrees: Fort Worth R.L. Paschal High School graduate; Sweet Briar College, 2 ½ years; University of Texas at Austin, B.A. in mathematics and Spanish; TCU, post graduate technology courses

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: 1996-Present Having the honor and privilege of serving on FWISD Board of Trustees advocating; for children and meeting many wonderful friends and employees has blessed my life; 2013 President of FWISD Board of Trustees; 2014-15 FWISD Audit Chair; 1998-2004 Chair of FWISD Technology Advisory Committee; 1988-1996 Member of Arlington Heights H.S. Site Based Management Committee

Current civic: Serving on Molyneaux Charitable Foundation Board; Lena Pope Home Board for 40+ years; Junior League Advisory Board; BRIT Education Chair; Chesapeake Scholarship Committee; Community Foundation of North Texas Tool Box Grants Committee

Past civic: Serving on boards of the Museum of Science and History, BRIT and Fort Worth Nature Center; Past Treasurer of Junior League and Mayfest; and hosting a Van Cliburn Competition pianist from Uzbekistan in 1997 who returned to become Gold Medalist Winner in 2001 and is now like my third son.

In 100 words or less, please explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office.

My current board experience provides valuable FWISD institutional and historical knowledge. As a Fort Worth native, Paschal graduate and parent of 3 Heights’ graduates, I have personal incentive to create the best school system possible. My math and Spanish college degrees help me understand budgetary needs and oversee a district with 11,000+ employees and approximate budget of $750,000,000. My personal experience as a small business owner along with studying in Mexico and traveling extensively to other countries have helped me better understand the diverse cultural backgrounds of many of our students and their families’ expectations of our schools.

In 100 words or less, please outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

Trustees’ biggest problem is hiring a superintendent to lead staff so all students can attain maximum achievement. I’ll urge trustees to collaborate collegially to choose a superintendent by consensus that has proven results and will be committed to our city and children. Next problem is lack of state funding. Trustees need to approve a balanced budget that maximizes fiscal efficiencies to obtain highest student achievement and competitive teacher pay. Improving collaboration among board members is critical. Leadership starts at the top. This requires providing more training, continuing education and collaborative interaction to create positive results for our children.

Linda LaBeau

Age: 67

Occupation and/or main source of income: Semi-retired – Private Practice Facilitator, Mediator and Consultant – special education – 503 & 504 – sections Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act; LaBeau Facilitation, Mediation and Consulting

Campaign (public) phone number: 817. 602.5446

Your campaign (public) email address: lindalabeau@sbcglobal..net

Web site: lindalabeau.com

Education background, including all degrees: nursing degree 1975; graduate training in marriage and family therapy 1983, family and civil mediation training 1995

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Public Member appointment by Texas Department of Insurance to the Joint Underwriting Liability Association 1996-2011; Smith County United Way, Tyler, Texas; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Mental Health Association Tyler, Texas; Member of FWISD Special Education Advisory Council

In 100 words or less, please explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office.

My educational background, business experience in being awarded a state contract with Texas Education Agency and training in Total Quality Management at Wright Patterson Medical Center has prepared me to provide the skills required to be a trustee for District 5. During my tenure as the public board member, an unpaid position, for the Joint Underwriting Association ultimately being elected as vice chairman of the board of directors provided me with invaluable skills in working with fellow board members (13 in total) and establishing the requisite committees for oversight of a state agency handling multimillion dollars in reserves and income in the insurance business. While serving the JUA, I led the search committee, as Chairman, in finding a new Executive Director for the agency

In 100 words or less, please outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

1. Fiscal Oversight

2. Evaluation of Central Administration

3. Returning education to the classroom through improved collaboration between educators, administrators and the board

District 6

Ann Sutherland

Age: 75

Occupation and/or main source of income: Retired, California State Employee and California State Teachers Retirement System

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-504-3360

Your campaign (public) email address: Ann.Sutherland@sbcglobal.net

Web site: SutherlandforSchools.org

Education background, including all degrees: B.A. University of California, Berkeley 1960; Ph.D. University of Caliofrnia, Berkeley 1975; Also attended U.C. Santa Barbara, Long Beach State College, San Francisco State University and McGeorge College of Law

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Five years as trustee, FWISD; previous work providing health care for children through John Peter Smith resulting in two additional school-based-clinics. Chair, League of Women Voters health committee and chair, Womens Policy Forum health committee; board member of both organizations

In 100 words or less, please explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office.

I am an experienced public servant dedicated to improving the educational experience of our children by keeping our tax dollars in our schools, reducing unproductive testing and attacking bullying of students and staff.

In 100 words or less, please outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

1. Too many teachers are leaving (1000 in 2013-14) because of the school climate. This is a crisis and must be addressed.

2. Our central office is trying to manage the classroom without having the knowledge or power to improve our classrooms.

3. Our budget is unbalanced, leading in 3 years to reserves below acceptable level.

Cecelia Speer

Age: 67

Occupation and/or main source of income: Retired Fort Worth public school teacher and school safety administrator

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-994-8810

Your campaign (public) email address: ceceliaspeer@yahoo.com

Web site: running face-to-face campaign

Education background, including all degrees: Mid-Management Certificate, Texas Woman’s University; Masters of Education, TCU; Bachelor of Music Education, Texas Wesleyan College

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: National Association of Law Enforcement & Security Officers; Edna Gladney Auxiliary; Fort Worth Administrators Association

In 100 words or less, please explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office.

As parent of two FWISD graduates, I will be an advocate for public school parents. As a former FWISD elementary school teacher, I will be an advocate for our students.

As former Chief of FWISD Operations responsible for student safety, I work to ensure our campuses are as safe as possible for our children.

I will also restore a collegial and constructive voice to our School Board, focused on serving as a Trustee in the true sense of the term.

In 100 words or less, please outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

Our current school board member was publicly censured by her fellow FWISD Board members for unethical and inappropriate behavior. Bad conduct by students is not tolerated, nor should it be tolerated by our school board members. Our school board needs to stop fighting and focus on hiring a new Superintendent with a background in classroom excellence. We must also ensure our graduates are college ready and/or employment ready through relevant curriculum, quality teaching, safe schools, and volunteer community support/mentoring. Finally, the school district must practice prudent financial management and deliver its current bond program on time and on budget.

Fort Worth City Council

District 2

Salvador “Sal” Espino

Age: 47

Occupation and/or main source of income: Attorney at Law

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-624-3352

Your campaign (public) email address: salcampaignfw@gmail.com

Web site: http://salespino.com/

Education background, including all degrees: Southern Methodist University (SMU) School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.); Texas Christian University (TCU), B.B.A. in Accounting, Magna cum laude honors

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement:

Current Council Appointments: Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Fort Worth; Fort Worth City Council – District 2 Representative; Chairman of the FW City Council Infrastructure & Transportation Committee; Chairman of the FW Municipal Courts Committee; President of the FW Housing Finance Corporation; Vice-President of the Fort Worth Sports Authority; Member of the FW City Council Housing & Economic Development Committee; Member of the Tax Increment Finance District Boards: Speedway, North Tarrant Parkway; Trinity River Vision, & Lone Star; Director of the FW Local Development Corporation

Past Council Appointments: Former Chairmen of the Mayor's Taskforce on Quality, Affordable, and Accessible Housing; Former Chairmen of the FW City Council's Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee; Former Member of the Regional Transportation Council

Past City Boards & Commissions: Former Member of the FW Civil Service Commission; Former Member of the FW City Plan Commission; Former Member of the Building Standards Commission

Other Service History: Former President/Founder of the North Beverly Hills Neighborhood Association; Former President of Cassata High School ( Local Outreach Program of FW Catholic Diocese); Former President of the Artes de la Rosa at the Rose Marine Theater; Former Board Member of the FW Symphony Orchestra; Former Board Member of Imagination Celebration Fort Worth; Former Board Member of the Texas Boys Chair/FW Academy of Fine Arts; Former Member of FWISD Redistricting Committee; Member of the All Saints Catholic Church (Served on Parish Council, Lector Ministry, Capital Campaign Committee, and Church Festivals Committees eg. Cinco de Mayo and 16th of September); Former Soccer Coach at the Northwest YMCA; Former Assistant Soccer Coach at North Park YMCA; Former Coach of the Wildcats Junior Kicks Indoor Soccer Team

In 100 words or less, please explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office.

As a resident of Fort Worth for over forty-two years with an extensive community service record of twenty years, ten years on the Fort Worth City Council, and as an individual who has to run a business, I bring a diverse and experienced perspective based on the service leadership model. I view our job to best serve our citizens and taxpayers. This is a fiduciary duty that guides me every day. My background in accounting, business, and law provide me with me a deep sense of appreciation for the sacrifices so many of our citizens make to move forward.

In 100 words or less, please outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

1. Neighborhoods: We must continue to invest in both our older/newer neighborhoods by making improvements to streets, parks, and enhancing our code compliance efforts. Every neighborhood is important.

2. Public safety: Fort Worth continues to see its crime rate decrease. However, we must continue to add more police officers, reduce response times, establish a new police facility in North Fort Worth, and expand the number of Code Blue Programs.

3. Fiscal responsibility: We must continue to maximize the efficiency of city services so that the right investments in departments are made and we provide the best value to our taxpayers.

Steve Thornton

Age: 62

Occupation and/or main source of income: Financial Planner Registered Investment Adviser

Campaign (public) phone number: 817 925 6100

Your campaign (public) email address: admin@thorntonforcouncil.com

Web site: horntonforcouncil.com

Education background, including all degrees: BS in Education cum laude form North Texas State 1975, Denton, TX MBA from University of Dallas 1994 Irving TX

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: 2 years teacher/coach, 28 years firefighter, 3 decades public servant; Firefighter of the Year for implementation of the smoke alarm program for Northside and taught over 4000 students the Learn Not to Burn Program to save lives.

In 100 words or less, please explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office.

My experience as a city employee and my background as a financial adviser make me uniquely qualified to decide on issues affecting the city. I bring a rich experience from the inner workings of the city and then a value added experience of understanding the complexities of micro and macro economics and financial issues.

In 100 words or less, please outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

District 2 is the Forgotten District. Terms should have been limited There is too much complacency. We had unbridled development far North with inadequate attention to infrastructure impeding services to the area. Little or no attention paid to the dilapidation and poor condition of streets on the short north side. Add problems in Code Enforcement and Animal Control and it just indicates that it is time for a change “Es Tiempo Para Cambiar."

District 4

Danny Scarth

Age: 54

Occupation and/or main source of income: Hope Media, executive director; oil and gas investments

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-446-7311

Your campaign (public) email address: Danny@dannyscarth.org

Web site: Dannyscarth.org

Education background, including all degrees: bachelor's degree, TCU

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Board of Directors: Turning Point, Score a Goal in the Classroom, Expanco, Inc., YMCA (past)

In 100 words or less, please explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office.

We have managed 9 balanced budgets in the years I have been on city council. some were very difficult budget years, yet we had no major reductions in service. I have been on the council while we have executed three capital improvement programs totaling nearly $600 million. I led the City's effort to pass needed ordinances governing multi-family housing and game room operations in order to make our neighborhoods safer.

In 100 words or less, please outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

Challenges — not "problems"

Fast growth: the council needs to continue addressing transportation through roads handrail, building community facilities, parks and recreational facilities to serve the growing community.

Mature neighborhoods: we need to be diligent about finding ways to stabilize and provide renewal in existing what's your neighborhoods within the central city and first-tier suburbs through infrastructure maintenance improve services and job growth

Maintain quality of life: jobs and positive economic growth are the cornerstones of quality of life. I will continue to seek opportunities with employers so that we can diversify our economy. which provides tax revenue, jobs and opportunities for leisure and recreation.

Cary Moon

Office sought: Fort Worth City Council District 4

Age: 45

Occupation and/or main source of income: President/CEO Moon Financial, Inc. Partner/ Board Member with Castle Development Group, Inc.

Campaign phone number: 817-688-2839

Your campaign email address: info@votemoon.org

Web site: www.votecarymoon.org

Education background, including all degrees: B.S. Texas A&M University

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: President Heritage HOA (3100 homes), President of the Public Improvement District 7, former District Chair for Boy Scouts Mustang District, at-large Board Member Longhorn Council

ISSUES

In 100 words or less, please explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office.

For over a decade, as an executive and developer, I have worked on the business side of that government desk. I want to put my professional experiences to work to fix the inefficiencies of our city with common sense solutions. My executive experiences include having served as CFO for a $48 million medical company and as CEO of a bank. As one of the nation’s youngest bank CEOs during the 2008 banking crisis, I successfully navigated the bank through a time of economic uncertainty without US Gov’t TARP money. The professional skills acquired are critical in addressing the ongoing budget and financial issues that impact our city and consequently impact the funding of the city services; city services that we need in our District and pay for.

In 100 words or less, please outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

1) Our tax rate, which is higher than surrounding cites (e.g. Southlake) and similar-sized cities (e.g. Austin), does not transcend to parks, transportation, and better city services than those cities with the higher tax rate. There are inefficiencies we need to correct.

2) Our neighbors in the north (Park Glen, Heritage) are not getting the controlled, well-planned development we want. Our neighbors in the east (WoodHaven) are not getting the development we need. There needs to be a coordinated plan lead by the city and one that controls standards and gives residents input.

3) Transparency and Open Communication between the our city government with its citizens and first responders needs to be paramount.

Distrct 5

Bob Willoughby

Age: 57

Occupation and/or main source of income: entertainment merchandise

Campaign (public) phone number: 817) 851 - 1882

Your campaign (public) email address:

Web site: fwdistricts5.com

Education background, including all degrees: high school/private school

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: none

In 100 words or less, please explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office.

Transparent, no donations gives me the feeling of not being indebted to anyone except the people that I am to serve.

In 100 words or less, please outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

Growth Exceeding income, I would want to slow down and take a more look internally at growth from within and connecting some loose ends before hopping back on the fast track of prosperity.

Lowering pay in certain areas where we have overpaid and under qualified upper-level employees to create extra revenue to be used more productive.

Make Council accountable to reply to legitimate questions with legitimate answers.

Gyna Machelle Bivens

Age: 60

Occupation and/or main source of income: President and Executive Director of North Texas LEAD, a CEO created non-profit

Campaign (public) phone number: 817.9378845

Your campaign (public) email address: GMBivens@gmail.com

Web site: www.gynabivensfortworthcitycouncil.com

Education background, including all degrees: Bachelor of Arts degree. Radio TV Film major Journalism minor

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: I have served on a number board that directly impacted the lives of local citizens. I was elected twice to chair the board of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority. I was the first African American hired as a corporate spokesperson at TXU. It my was service on the Commercial Board of Adjustment that realized the importance of protecting neighborhoods. Other boards I’ve served on include Women’s Policy Forum, Leadership Fort Worth, North Texas Commission (ex officio), America Hearth Association and the Funding Information Center

In 100 words or less, please outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

I believe my background as a news reporter has served me very well in that I am able to dig for questions. Having served as the City of San Antonio’s Public Information Office prepared me anticipate the anticipates and frustrations of citizens. My position at LEAD has enabled me to observe and apply the principals I’ve learned from the CEOs who serve on my board of directors.

In 100 words or less, please outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

It is important to communicate the need for more economic development. That's why it is so important to make sure we eliminate the zoning impediments that would hinder development

Park services must be expanded in my district--not just for recreation, but for the support of better health by enhancing walkability.

Making sure our partnership with the Housing Authority delivers a sound and well planned development via the Caville Revitalization project. It must attract diversity on all fronts in the area of market rate and affordable housing and appropriate transportation amenities.

District 7

Andy Gallagher

No response.

Dennis Shingleton

Age: 67

Occupation: Retired, Senior Associate Dean, Finance & Administration, University of North Texas Health Science Center – School of Osteopathic Medicine; Retired, Colonel, US Army ; Part-Time contract: UNTHSC (above)

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-371-4150

Your campaign (public) email address: dennis_shingleton@sbcglobal.net; dennis.shingleton@fortworthtexas.gov; dennis.shingleton@unthsc.edu

Web Site: DennisShingletonforCityCouncil.com

Education background, including all degrees: Bachelor of Science, Pharmacy, Duquesne University, 1970; Master of Science, Toxicology, Duquesne University, 1976; Master of Business Administration, Texas Christian University, 1991

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Past President, Lake Country Property Owners Assoc. 1987-present; Annexation by City of FW 1999; FW City Plan Commission 2000-2009; Former Chair, Let’s Talk Fort Worth; Former Chair, Montgomery Street Advisory Committee

Current City Council Committees: Audit & Finance; Housing & Economic Development; Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs; TIF 2 Speedway - Chair; TIF 9 Trinity River Vision – Chair; TIF 12 E. Berry Renaissance – Chair

In 100 words or less, please explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office.

My financial background and experience in city government on several levels provide me with the tools to make cogent decisions on behalf of the citizenry of Fort Worth. I have responded to major decisions, opportunities, and problems in the last 4 years as a councilman that have been augmented by my knowledge, and honed my council skills. In addition, my experience as Senior Associate Dean of Finance and Administration has aided my decisions as a Councilmember in regards to high dollar budget items.

In 100 words or less, please outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

Transportation: Continue to encourage public/private partnerships and partnerships with other public entities (cities and counties) to the end result of a mass transit and system of arterials that enhance our cities’ people movement.

Public Security: As we continue to grow, police and firefighter presence, especially in areas of growth are of significant importance. We need to continue to augment the number of uniforms in our force, better equip and train this force and provide deployment stations in areas of growth to reduce response times.

Neighborhood Support: Again, as we grow, we must be able to provide the quality of life amenities that our citizens require, such as parks with athletic fields, bike paths and walking routes.

District 8

Kelly Allen Gray

Office sought: District 8

Age: 46

Occupation and/or main source of income: Full-time Councilmember

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-999-7887

Your campaign (public) email address:

Web site:

Education background, including all degrees: Bachelor of Arts - Texas A&M - Commerce

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Mental Health Housing - Board Member; Texas Wesleyan University - Trustee; Trinity Habitat for Humanity Advisory Board; Darrent Williams Foundation - Past Board Member; Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School - Past Board Member; North Texas Housing Coalition - Past Board Member

In 100 words or less, please explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this office.

For the last 2 1/2 years, I've served as the councilwoman for District 8. Prior to my tenure on council, I was the Executive Director of the United Riverside Rebuilding Corporation for 12 years and worked to successfully provide community revitalization efforts for the Riverside Community and neighborhoods within our Central City. My ability to bring everyone to the table and work for a common cause has been a huge asset in working in our under-served neighborhoods. Additionally, we have worked with neighbors to create new associations and identify strengths and weaknesses and ways to improve upon them.

In 100 words or less, please outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

The creation of Quality, Safe, Affordable Housing Choices that include Single Family home-ownership, mixed-income Work Force Multi-family developments, and Permanent Support Housing to further assist in our efforts to make homelessness short term and non-recurring.

The revitalization of the East Lancaster Corridor with the assistance of the Vision East Lancaster Board and Business Owners along the corridor to attract new businesses to the area. As well, we will be working with Southeast Fort Worth, Inc. to continue to market and promote the East Berry Street Corridor and all the Urban Villages within the District.

Lastly, we must continue our focus on different modes of Transportation that will allow for access to job centers in our Far Northern and Southern Sectors of the city.

Sharon Mason-Ford

Age: 61

Occupation and/or main source of income: CEO of Sharon's Agape Sales Co. and FWISD Program Assistant

Campaign and/or other primary phone numbers to reach you: 817- 294-2443 Land Line; 817-614-6808. Cell

Your campaign (public) email address: Slford3017@att.net

Web site: https://www.voteforme.com/sharonmasonford4citycouncildist8

http://www.sharonmasonford.com

Education background, including all degrees: Milton L. Kirkpatrick Elem. Graduate Green B. Trimble Technical High; St. Joseph Nursing School, Associate; Degree from TCC; Ordained Minister with Churches of Christ of Texas; Texas State License Vocation Nurse and Texas Notary Public.

In 100 words or less, please explain how your background, skills and experience make you the best qualified candidate for this position.

For 36 years l have served as an Ordained Minister, Community Activist, and Advocate with many Church, Community and School organizations. I will be a strong voice and leader working for strong positive economic development that will enhance job opportunities, build stronger and safer communities and schools, and promote a more diverse City workforce. l will work to implement essential programs and projects that impact the community and follow up to make sure that programs and projects already in place will continue to benefit the community. I will be a skillful collaborator who cooperates in building effective coalitions.

In 100 words or less, please outline the three most critical problems facing the public office you are seeking and the solutions you propose to address them.

District 8 needs Positive economic development, reduced Crime Rate and fewer Code violations. To stimulate economic development and enhance jobs opportunities, I would identify areas available for development and recommend projects to attract companies to these spaces. An adequate and inclusive workforce would improve the work environment for all residents. Equipping our community with a diversified workforce would reduce our crime rate. Responsible code enforcement would significantly improve safety in our schools and communities. I would partner with the constituents to recognize and eradicate code violations. Restoring city pride will make Fort Worth the ideal place to live and work.

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