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Voters Guide: Northeast Tarrant County

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Birdville schools

Place 5

Billy Parks

Age: 44

Occupation and/or main source of income: Director of Tax; Pastor

City: North Richland Hills

Campaign (public) phone number: (817) 653-0065

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

Web site: www.facebook.com/BillyParksforBISD

Education background, including all degrees: BBA in Accounting, Texas Tech University, 1994; Master of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2007

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Board Member, Rebel Legacy Foundation; Treasurer, BISD Backers

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

I have the unique privilege of simultaneously serving as a parent, pastor and CPA. As the father of young children, I am committed to working to ensure the children of our community receive the best possible educational experience through BISD. As a pastor, I have been entrusted with the stewardship of overseeing the nurturing of our young people’s spiritual lives. As a CPA, I have over 20 years of experience working with companies and individuals on various tax matters, including almost four and a half years as the tax director at an aerospace and defense contractor in Fort Worth.

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.

Because we live in a society with shifting values, I believe it is critical that we not only equip our children with knowledge, but with the character and leadership attributes that are vital for making a difference in this world. The key to the success of this mission is found in growing the level of involvement by the community in the lives of our children. If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a community to educate one with the skills needed for life.

Richard Davis

Age: 58

Occupation and/or main source of income: Director Sales Lift Aids, Inc.

City: North Richland Hills

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-281-8683

Your campaign (public) email address: davis4birdville@gmail.com

Web site:

Education background, including all degrees: Graduate of Richland High School; attended Tarrant County College; Registered Professional Land Surveyor #3670(Inactive)

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Served on Birdville ISD Board of Trustees since May 2006; Served on North Richland Hill City Council from 1982-91.

Served on City of NRH Planning and Zoning Commission 1999-2001 and 2004-2006; Birdville ISD Bond study committee 1986 and 2006; Current Director and Past President of Northeast Richland Lions Club; Former Director of Liberty Bank 1987-2008; Past Chairman of Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce 1994; Member of Birdville Baptist Church serving as Deacon and Sunday School Teacher; Life Director of Greater Fort Worth Builders Association

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

Being a lifelong resident and graduate of Birdville ISD and serving the past 9 years as Trustee gives me a unique perspective of our community. I was educated here and chose to raise my family here. Being able to listen to the desires of our community is a task I do not take lightly. Working with a Board of Trustees that truly cares about how each decision is made and knowing it will make a difference in each students life is critical to keeping Birdville ISD the best place to raise a family and do business in our community.

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.

Implementation of the 2014 Bond Program- My background in construction enables me to ask the hard questions as we keep our commitment to voters to be on time and on budget with our new projects.

Tax Revenues- With the uncertainties in school finance from the Courts and the Legislature, Birdville must stay lean in expenditures, but effective in results, by focusing our tax dollars to the classroom. Our current Board has been a good steward of tax dollars and have kept actual tax rates below the projections we told voters for the 2006 Bond Program.

Grapevine-Colleyville schools

Place 1

Kathleen Thompson

Age: 38

Occupation and/or main source of income: writer

City: Grapevine

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-523-8387

Your campaign (public) email address: kathleen@votekathleen.com

Web site: www.votekathleen.com

Education background, including all degrees: Bachelor of Arts, attended University of North Texas and University of Texas

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: school volunteer (room parent, chaperone, hallway reader, PTA volunteer), founder Grapevine Veterans Day Parade, exec. board Grapevine Garden Club, exec. board Citizens Fire Academy Alumni, Leadership Grapevine graduate

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

I started at Colleyville Elementary and graduated from Grapevine High.

For years, I’ve worked for safe routes to schools, accountability and transparency in governance and protection of local tax dollars. Our family supports neighborhood schools and wants what’s best for our community’s kids. We oppose changes to the current feeder system and want to maintain GCISD’s current success.

We have two young boys in the district. They fuel my passion for excellence in education. When elected, I will continue to be an advocate for public safety, open collaboration between government and community, and a defender of local property values.

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.

Excellent Education, Representation, Communication/Transparency

I will champion the district's mission to be The Best, challenging students in classrooms, and preparing students for success in college and future careers.

Trustees serve the entire district, but representation of both high schools is important. With open Place 1 seat, there are no trustees with children in GCISD schools zoned for Heritage High and I’m the only Place 1 candidate with children zoned CHHS.

Stronger, timely communication is essential. Current problematic discussions on boundaries (feeder pattern changes) could have been prevented with an open application process for task force members, a routine best practice and town hall discussions.

Mindy McClure

Age: 45

Occupation and/or main source of income: Homemaker

City: Colleyville

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-312-9863

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

Web site: Facebook: Mindy McClure for GCISD Board of Trustees

Education background, including all degrees: BA in English from Texas A&M at Corpus Christi, JD from Texas Tech University School of Law. While attending Tech Law won first place and named best oralist in Spring 1996 Advanced Moot Court. While attending SMU’s Dedman School of Law as a visiting student I was a finalist in the 1996 Fall Mock Trial Invitational and subsequently named to their National Mock Trial Team.

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Over 18 years hands-on involvement in GCISD. Current CMS PTA Secretary (2nd year), Social Co-Chair for May Social, Auction Chair for GHS 10th Man Club First Pitch Banquet that was held in February. Former CMS positions include 8th Grade Celebration Committee, Cotillion Committee (3 years), Front Office Assistant (4 years), Treasurer for Athletic Booster Club 2013-2014. Served as chaperone at socials, cotillions and events at CMS for a total of 7 school years. Former CES VP of Ways and Means (2 years), assisted with Veteran’s Day Celebration in 2012, 5th Grade Holiday Musical in 2010, 5th Grade Graduation Celebration Committee in 2010 and 2012. Also served as classroom volunteer, homeroom parent or assistant, Field Day volunteer, Auction and Carnival volunteer, and chaperone from 2006-2013. Former BES volunteer from 1996-2003 including room parent or assistant, classroom volunteer, Arts in Education, Volunteers, Sock Hop volunteer, Field Day volunteer. Outside of GCISD I have served as Co-leader of a Cub Scout Den in Pack 228 and led them all the way from Tigers to receiving their Arrow of Light awards, served as summer day camp volunteer and Popcorn “Kernel” for Pack 28. I’ve chaperoned two summer camps with Troop 1905. I’m a current participant with two of my sons in Second Saturdays. In the past I served in the AWANA program at First Baptist Colleyville and as an age group coordinator in the Colleyville Soccer Association.

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

For over 18 years I’ve been heavily involved with GCISD schools. This hands-on approach provides an expanded, valuable understanding of our schools beyond press releases or social media campaigns. My involvement lends a deep and broad knowledge of not only what is happening on a District level, but additionally daily in our schools and classrooms. I’ve raised very different boys in GCISD, encountering a variety of challenges and experiences, which lends a unique perspective. Finally, a Trustee is a voice for all students in GCISD, and my legal education experience supports this role.

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.

We currently have a funding crisis at the State level. I will keep our community informed of the Legislature’s actions and will advocate for restoration of our funding.

Make continued improvement of our high-caliber education for each and every individual student a priority. Support our leadership team in their efforts to be innovative as they continue to improve on our success, even with the challenge of budget constraints.

Support GCISD as they continue to explore and implement new technologies and educational initiatives to equip students of all backgrounds for a rapidly changing world.

Mark Assaad

Age: 44

Occupation and/or main source of income: Civil Engineer

City: Grapevine

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-601-5308

Your campaign (public) email address: Mark4GCISD@gmail.com

Education background, including all degrees: Fort Worth Southwest High School Class of 1989; Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University Class of 1993; Masters of Business Administration, University of Phoenix Class of 2005

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement:

1994-Present: Volunteering at local schools to promote the profession of engineering; 2002-2003 President American Society of Civil Engineers Fort Worth Branch; 2006-2008 Vice President of Education American Society of Civil Engineers Texas Chapter; 2008-2009 President Texas Society of Professional Engineers Fort Worth Chapter; 1998-2010 MathCOUNTS Volunteer and Grader; 2005-Present: Mentor and Math Tutor for GCISD students; 2006-Present: President, Coach, and Volunteer Grapevine-Colleyville Youth Football; Association and Coach with Colleyville Soccer Association and Colleyville Lacrosse Association; 2010-Present: City of Grapevine Parks and Recreation: Member of Council of Youth Sport Associations

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

I have served and/or held a leadership position on several local and community non-profit boards since 1994. I have held a leadership position at the state level as Vice President of Education for the American Society of Civil Engineers, which allowed me to interact with universities across Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico on a one-on-one basis to evaluate the needs of future high school graduates. Since obtaining my MBA in 2005, I have run my family’s Colleyville engineering firm, which requires a good understanding of accounting, financial practices, contract negotiations, as well as oversight of human resource service.

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.

First, our teachers and classrooms need to be our priority regarding funding. The last financial report shows the district decreased the number of teachers by 2.7% and increased administrative staff by 9.7%. Second, we need to consider early testing for our children at the elementary level to determine Academic Acceleration or learning differences like dyslexia. The capture rate of dyslexia is low and needs to be addressed sooner to help students succeed in the classroom. Third, develop more opportunities for student to participate in ASPIRE Academy, STEM, Dual Language, and Advanced Placement programs by implementing more of these opportunities across the district.

Place 2

Becky St. John

Age: 45

Occupation and/or main source of income: Co-owner consulting business

City: Grapevine

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-996-8679

Your campaign (public) email address: beckyforplace2gcisd@gmail.com

Web site: Facebook: Becky St. John for Place 2, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD

Education background, including all degrees: BA, History & English (double major), Anthropology(Archeology emphasis, minor), Stephen F. Austin State University; Additional coursework, University of North Texas; Apple Springs High School, Apple Springs, Texas(Co-Valedictorian)

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: 2 terms GCISD Board of Trustees including vice president & secretary(current); 2010-present Tx Association of School Boards Legislative Advisory Council; 2013-present Grapevine Parks & Recreation Board liaison; Member Women’s Division of Grapevine Chamber of Commerce(current); Member, Grapevine Chamber of Commerce(current); Member Dove PTA, GHS PTSA, GHS Athletic Booster Club, GHS Mustang Band Booster Club, GHS Advanced Academic Booster Club(current); Member, Grapevine Heritage Foundation(current); Member, Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers(current); Donor, Grapevine Colleyville Education Foundation(current); Former Religious Education instructor, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church; Past President, Keep Grapevine Beautiful; Former member, 5 years, Grapevine Planning and Zoning Commission; Former Roanoke City Council member including mayor pro tem, member Roanoke 4B Economic Development Committee, and member Roanoke Planning and Zoning Commission including vice president

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 an active, involved parent at all 3 campus levels for 10 years, so I am familiar with our elementaries, middle and high schools. I also served on various district-wide committees before being elected, including the Budget Advisory Committee and the District Excellence Committee as a campus representative. I bring not only a resume of continuous, dedicated community and civic service but also strong advocacy for state and federal legislative issues that significantly impact GCISD. I firmly believe in our mission “to be the BEST”—Building Excellent Schools Together--and that all 13,000 students are important.

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.

Continue push for college and career readiness and programs of choice.

The state has captured over $500 million through Robin Hood; coupled with the 2011 cuts and minimal restoration in 2013, GCISD is being forced to take up the slack at the state level at the expense of our own students and taxpayers. I’ve worked to give GCISD a voice to bring our revenue back to our schools.

The broken STAAR Assessment wastes time and resources. I’ve advocated for changes that give classroom time back to teachers, are developmentally appropriate, and show the full picture of our students’ knowledge.

Jesse David Hoffman

No response.

Hurst-Euless-Bedford schools

Place 7

Fred Campos

No response.

Gary Jones

No response.

Keller schools

Place 6

David Gerda

Age: 52

Occupation and/or main source of income: Owner for 4 years- AAMCO Total Car Care, Keller TX

City: Keller

Campaign (public) phone number: N/A

Your campaign (public) email address: INFO@GERDAFORKISD.COM

Web site: www.GerdaForKISD.com

Education background, including all degrees: High School, some College

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: I support through time or treasure the following local organizations:

KISD Foundation student scholarships; KISD Foundation fundraising; Keller Community Storehouse student scholarship sponsor and donor; Co-Chair of Get the Yes Vote Out advocating passage of recently passed KISD School Bond; KYA Baseball fundraising; Toys for Tots; KISD Watchdog at two schools; Charter Member of Golden Triangle Rotary; Christ’s Haven Children’s Home; Several KISD Citizens Oversight Committees for the recently passed School Bond; Past Committee member of Taste of Keller Spring Festival; Past YMCA basketball coach

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

My successful experience in construction, helping turn around privately held manufacturing companies and now as a successful local business owner gives me understanding of handling complex business and administrative issues. My immersion into the local business community and support of local kid’s oriented organizations helps me understand the needs of our KISD kids. My ability to keep personal politics out of decision making processes will help bring common sense to Place 6. I have no political activist agendas regarding our School District.

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.

Proper funding for KISD- Being funded in the bottom 25th percentile of all school districts in Texas, I will advocate for equity in funding for KISD and bringing local control of curriculum to KISD.

Oversight of the School Bond projects- I currently serve on Citizens Bond Oversight Committees unlike our current Place 6 Board Member. I want to help insure on time, on budget completion of projects.

Take politics out of Place 6. I pledge to have no personal political agenda and will bring transparency to Place 6 by using KISD email accounts for KISD communications, unlike the current Board Member.

Brad A. Schofield

No response.

Bedford

Mayor

Jim Griffin

Age: 57

Occupation and/or main source of income: Verizon 36 years; Principal Member Technical Staff Network Planning

City: Bedford

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-456-7862

Your campaign (public) email address: jim@reelectjimgriffin.com

Web site: ReElectJimGriffin.com

Education background, including all degrees: Master’s Degree in Business/Finance, University of South Florida; BA in Planning, University of South Florida

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: I have been an active leader within the community for over 20 years: Current Mayor of Bedford; Chairman of HEB Economic Development Foundation; Director NE leadership Foundation; Secretary NE Mayor’s Council; President of Bedford’s Library Foundation; President of Mid-Cities Basketball Association (10 years); Board Member HEB Chamber of Commerce; Member Texas Health HEB Leadership Program; Member TRTC Executive Committee; Treasurer Tarrant County 911 Board; Executive Committee HEB Education Foundation; Member of HEB Rotary; Volunteer with 6Stones; Team Leader with Santa Texas Team; Mentor at Trinity High School (12 years); Chairman of Building Committee – WHBC; Bedford City Council Member – (8 years); Served as Mayor Pro Tem – (2003-2004); Member of the Planning and Zoning Commission (4 years)

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

I have a heart for service and I have invested the last 20 years serving in many capacities in Bedford-from coaching and mentoring youth to building relationships with residents and the businesses in Bedford. I have 11 years of service to the city of Bedford as an elected official. That experience is important to voters because it means that there is no time lost in our quest for increased economic development. I have built partnerships and relationships that benefit our city, and I am proud of leading a city council that works together to seek the best for our city.

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 critical issues we need to address are (1) to continue growing our sales tax revenue by developing new business opportunities, enhancing existing shopping centers, and continuing our emphasis on code compliance; (2) updating aging water and sewer infrastructure by utilizing the citizen approved constitutional amendment for water improvements and continuing the city’s ongoing program of addressing infrastructure needs; (3) enhance our transparency through existing practices such as televising our meetings and holding open office hours one day a week while also increasing opportunities for communication through events like the Mayor’s roundtables, residential roundtables, business roundtables, and block parties.

Darryl Day

No response.

Colleyville

Place 5

Nancy Coplen

Age: 60

Occupation and/or main source of income: Community Volunteer/Activist

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-300-8351

Your campaign (public) email address: ncoplen7@gmail.com

Web site: nancycoplen.com

Education background, including all degrees: B.S. - Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design-California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, 1977, M.A. - Political Science- University of Texas at Arlington, 2012

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Former GCISD Trustee 2001-2010, president 2008; Youth Leadership- Colleyville Chamber of Commerce, 2011-2012; Colleyville Chamber of Commerce 2001-present; Colleyville Women’s Club, several executive board positions 2002-present; Colleyville Garden Club 2005-present; Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce- 2001-present, Current Chair; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, adult Sunday school teacher, early morning high school seminary teacher, currently Public Affairs Director for Colleyville Stake; Boys Scouts of America 1982-1985, 1992-2002, 2010-present; Colleyville Heritage H.S. PTSA President 1999-2001; Designer for Outdoor classroom at Heritage Middle School and Panther Plaza at CHHS; City of Colleyville Basketball coach; Keep Colleyville Beautiful 2005-2014; Colleyville Historical Preservation committee-present; Colleyville Parks and Recreation Board-present; Colleyville Tree committee-present; Woodland Hills HOA Board 2012-present, City Liaison; 2012 Texas Senate District 10 GOP Volunteer of the Year

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

I served for nine years as a GCISD Trustee-President 2008-09. My involvement with Colleyville citizens includes; Woodland Hills HOA board-city liaison, Keep Colleyville Beautiful-Vice Chairman, Colleyville Women’s Club-executive board, Colleyville of Chamber of Commerce- Youth Leadership and Advisory Board. I have a 14 year record of listening to citizens, helping them resolve problems for improving the city and school district. Colleyville is at a time for infrastructure renewal. My background in landscape architecture and in working with various government entities on the School Board, has given me knowledge and skills set to visualize abstract concepts, design, and yearly budgets.

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.

First, we need to renew City infrastructure which includes the Glade Road and Hwy 26 Projects, as well as water and sewer. That requires continuing a conservative approach to managing the City's budget. Second, funding the infrastructure renewal means further sensible economic development. We must expand sales tax revenues, especially in our central business district, to offset the increasing percentage of property owners over 65 with frozen property taxes. Finally, our 98% satisfaction rate for the quality of life in our city is under challenge. I will work to maintain it through transparency and listening to all of our citizens.

Elizabeth Zeitlin

Age: 47

Occupation and/or main source of income: Homemaker

Campaign (public) phone number: 214-680-5660

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

Web site: www.lizforcolleyville.com

Education background, including all degrees: Mount Holyoke College, BA with Honors, History/Politics

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: As a community activist, I spent countless hours speaking with Colleyville residents about the property rights issues that would result from City Council approving the $20 million/10-year Glade Road project before any firm plans had been outlined; I aided local businesses in convincing City Council to vote for a one-time, six-lane expansion of Colleyville Boulevard/Highway 26 that would save thousands of dollars and cut construction time down dramatically; I worked with a group of area residents to reduce the height and increase the parking of a Hampton Inn that will be constructed on 121; I am actively working with a coalition of homeowners in the Monticello neighborhood to protect their property rights and address a pipeline that may go through their backyards; I have actively volunteered with the Colleyville Heritage High School Theater Booster Club to promote the musical “Curtains” as well as volunteering for the Colleyville Heritage High School Debate Booster Club for the last two years; As an active member of the Colleyville Lions Club, I volunteered for the Hole-in-One Shoot Out, Breakfast with Santa and the most recent Annual Golf Tournament; I have run several PTA events including The Clariden School’s most recent Fall Festival and the Mountainview Elementary School (Saugus, CA) Annual Silent Auction which raised nearly $20,000 for that school; I created a library volunteer program as well as a “lunch bunch” program for special needs children to supplement the limited staffing and budgets available at Mountainview Elementary School during the two years my family lived in California.

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

After working on the Highway 26 and Glade Road issues for over two years, I have gained a reputation as an effective community activist. I have been invited to assist business owners and citizen groups with the issues that are important to them, and have proven myself as someone who will effectively advocate on their behalf. I am a fixture at City Council meetings and have taken the time to independently research the issues facing our city. I have canvassed our neighborhoods to learn what is important to our homeowners, and am committed to speaking up for our residents.

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.

Transparency: Many residents feel disregarded by current leadership. I will help Colleyville better utilize social media, the city website, and hold more neighborhood meetings to encourage direct communication from homeowners. We must be more responsive to citizens’ needs to improve public trust.

Infrastructure: Our roadways have fallen into critical disrepair. City Council must make smart, fiscally responsible decisions utilizing our existing financial resources.

Business Development: The one-time, six lane Colleyville Boulevard project will draw businesses to Colleyville. Taking business discussions out of Executive Session and partnering with local businesses will create opportunities that will increase our commercial tax base.

Place 6

Bobby Lindamood

Age: 43

Occupation and/or main source of income: Founder and owner of JR's Demolition and Excavating Inc. — "Demolition Specialist"

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-631-0120

Your campaign (public) email address: bobby@votebobby.org

Web site: www.votebobby.org

Education background, including all degrees: Nimitz High School, Class of 1989; attended Arlington Baptist College.

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Pro-Glade Road activist and petition gatherer; helped motivate grassroots coalition to shift council to support Highway 26’s expansion to 6 lanes and with only a single construction project (saving taxpayer’s in construction time and money); advocating on behalf of residents in the Monticello neighborhood to address pipeline concerns and protecting their private property; served as President for Texas Sports Reach prison ministries; proud supporter of and volunteer to women’s centers and pregnancy centers including The Gatehouse Women’s Shelter; led a community initiative to donate thousands of pounds of goods to the Tarrant Area Food Bank; member of Colleyville Lions Club and help organize annual Hole in One Shoot-Out and Breakfast with Santa; served on the board as vice-president and president of a small town in Oklahoma where we dealt with infrastructure, code compliance, and budgetary needs.

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 successful business owner and a proven citizen activist. I started JR’s Demolition over a decade ago with $9,000 saved, a high interest credit card, and a lot of prayer, faith, and hard work. My company now is one of the largest, premier demolition companies in DFW and has employed 30 long-term, local employees. As president of a small town in Oklahoma, I oversaw staff and community issues including infrastructure, water, and building codes all while maintaining a budgetary surplus. As a citizen activist, I’ve rallied with residents in defense of our property rights and for responsible infrastructure development.

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.

Infrastructure: a third of Colleyville’s streets are deemed “substandard;” Colleyville’s public works director has estimated needed infrastructure improvements +$650M. Expenditures need to prioritize addressing traffic flow, limit construction time, and redevelop roads within the right-of-way.

Transparency: I will always support open-bid contracting and open-door meetings. I will communicate with citizens and share relevant updates on social media, will host periodic town halls, and will make myself directly accessible.

Public Safety: our first responders have reduced traffic accidents with targeted enforcement and education. They will be a budgetary priority for resources to reduce crimes like DWIs and auto burglaries.

Mike Taylor

Age: 62

Occupation and/or main source of income: Financial Adviser

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-366-5557

Your campaign (public) email address: miketaylor@swbell.net

Web site: Facebook

Education background, including all degrees: College for Financial Planning (Accredited Asset Management Specialist Designation), North Texas State University, Tarrant County Junior College

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Colleyville City Council; Colleyville Tax Increment Finance District, Director; Colleyville Economic Development Corporation, Director; Colleyville Crime Control District; Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation Director; Colleyville Chamber of Commerce Director, Colleyville Lions Club, Past President; Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce, Past President; H-E-B Economic Development Foundation, Past Executive Director; Northeast Tarrant Arts Council, Past Director; Republican Precinct Chair Precinct 3323; Regional Transportation Council Member representing the collective cities of Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine, Haslet, Hurst, Keller, Southlake, Trophy Club & Westlake.

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

As a Colleyville Councilmember without any conflicts of interest, I‘ve provided “Commonsense Conservative” leadership. I’ve maintained my independence within a “Team Environment” so that citizens’ concerns about their homes and community are heard. As a conservative Financial Adviser, I protect clients from uncertain issues in their future and I bring that same insight and fiscal discipline to City Hall. I’ve worked in Economic Development, worked for national corporations and I’ve created and successfully sold three small businesses. I‘ve made payroll, cleaned the restrooms and flown in the corporate jets. I understand the unique small and large business mix in Colleyville.

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. Reduce the property tax burden on our homes by building on our Economic Development success with new businesses our citizens want and support while protecting our neighborhoods from high density developers.

2. Protect our low property tax rate, Superior “AAA” credit rating, high cash reserves and financial strength by maintaining our conservative fiscal policy.

3. Maintain the highest level of public safety at the lowest cost to taxpayers with State-of-the-Art Police and Fire Departments; Support our 5 Year Capital Improvement Plan that builds a safe road and street infrastructure; continue developing our 100 year storm water and drainage system.

Euless

Place 5

Harry Zimmer

Age: 70

Occupation and/or main source of income: Retired Professional Engineer (P.E.)

Campaign (public) phone number: 817.705.2441

Your campaign (public) email address: harry@harry4euless.com

Web site: harry4euless.com

Education background, including all degrees: BS: Math, University of Texas at El Paso MS: Engineering, Stanford University

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement:

I am privileged to currently serve on the Euless City Council, Chippeway Water Board and the Board of the Forrest Pointe Estates Owners Association. I have worked as a volunteer with Catholic Charities, Covenant Hospice, and on the boards of Mission Houston, Ronald McDonald House and YMCA, both in El Paso.

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

I am a retired Professional Engineer with financial and business administration experience including 42 years in practice with three major energy companies … 30 years of which were spent in a variety of management positions. My background and experience qualifications consist of what I have learned during my career and through my civic involvement (above).

The skill that best qualifies me to work on the City Council of Euless is a God-given ability to work in a group of individuals with differing backgrounds and points of view to coalesce ideas into solutions that effectively address problems confronting our organization.

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.

Stewardship and continuity of approach are the vital issues for our City Council. I’ve tracked the accomplishments of our City Administration, Council and Mayor’s office form the economic down-turn until now. This team of leaders has found very creative ways to enhance our City’s services and quality of life offerings while lowering our tax rate and bond debt. Incoming members to the City Council must have the experience and judgment needed to provide competent input into the planning, management and governing processes that have made this possible, and a leadership style that fosters continuous improvement to the same going forward.

George Moore

Age: 78

Occupation and/or main source of income: retired, worked for general motors as a senior reliability engineer

Campaign (public) phone number:

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Education background, including all degrees: Five years of college at University of Texas Arlington, studied business administration and a minor in English

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: 52 year resident of the city of Euless and for 40 years our home has been flooded because the city wouldn’t do anything about it.

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

Because I am a 52-year resident of Euless, I’ve done thorough research about money being spent by the city government and they have spent several hundred thousands for illegitimate charges on city-secured credit cards and I have receipts and documents to back that up.

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 thing I think needs to be addressed more than anything else is there is not transparency in our city government and there is no accountable. The council extremely frequently votes to pass ordinances without a thorough study of what they are even talking about. Sometimes they don’t even know what they are voting on.

Place 6

Tim St. Clair

No response.

Perry Bynum

Age: 53

Occupation and/or main source of income: Emergency Management coordinator for the City of Haltom City

Campaign (public) phone number:

Your campaign (public) email address:

Web site:

Education background, including all degrees:

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Euless City Councilman; Euless Zoning Board of Adjustment; Euless Planning and Zoning; Euless Citizen Corps council; Euless Athletic Association as a Coach and League President; Euless Trinity High School Trojan Talk; Euless Trinity High School Baseball Booster club; 6Stones Board member; 6Stones Community Powered Revitalization Program

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

I believe my life history growing up in Euless offers me a perspective of Euless that needs to be remembered both as our history and as a measuring stick, of what makes Euless different. We say Euless is FabEuless, not just a motto or theme but as a guiding principle of doing the right thing. My experience and knowledge serving in the community does offer me the perspective to ensure we continue our managed growth through strong economic development principles. I firmly believe we have a bright future ahead of us here in The City of Euless!

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.

Water issues are a major concern to our city. Water costs and water supply will continue to impact our city and our region. We continue to take efforts at reducing our demand on water supply through our conservation measures. Another issue that’s facing Euless is the pending road construction, related to the 183 expansion. This project will impact our citizens and our Euless Businesses. We are working with the contractor to help identify areas where we can attempt to minimize the impacts to our citizens and our businesses. Other items include our continued efforts at attracting a grocery store to south Euless!

Grapevine

Place 1

C. Shane Wilbanks

Age: 72

Occupation and/or main source of income: Retired VP of Human Resources

Campaign (public) phone number:

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

Website: None

Education background, including all degrees: BBA - University of North Texas

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement:

CURRENT: Grapevine City Council, Place 1 and Mayor Pro Tem; Rotary Club (past president); Grapevine Chamber of Commerce and recipient of Ted Willhoite Legacy Award; Board of Trustees Baylor Scott & White Hospital; Board Secretary 4B Economic Development Corporation; Grapevine Parks & Recreation Board; Historical Preservation Commission; North Central Texas Council of Governments voting member and past Executive Board; National League of Cities Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee member; First Presbyterian Church (past ruling elder); Grapevine Historical Society; Grapevine Garden Club

PREVIOUS: 2014 GrapeFest Co-Chair with Paula Wilbanks (spouse); G.R.A.C.E. Board Member; University of North Texas, Dept of Education Board of Directors; National League of Cities Transportation Committee Member; Planning & Zoning Commissioner; Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Chairman; Premier Bank of Grapevine Advisory Board; Grapevine High School Football Athletic Booster Club (past president); DFW Soccer Association (past president)

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

Grapevine is a unique community with a special identity and viable growth opportunities. Without prior planning we might have developed like many other fast growing communities and be just a mid-sized city without a unique identity. My goal is not to rest on our accomplishments, but to build upon what we have completed and add even more without losing our heritage, our identity, our financial stability, and without compromising our quality of life. With my experience and working together as a community, we can accomplish these goals. I appreciate your support for my Grapevine City Council re-election to Place 1.

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) Economic Development – Seeking tourism sales taxes which allows us to have one of the lowest property tax rates in Tarrant County. (Property values are established by the Tarrant Appraisal District)

2) Transportation – Improving local traffic flow with additional enhancements to current adaptive controls and working with DART and TEXRail for rail service including building a rail depot

3) Quality of Life – Opening a state of the art REC and Senior Citizen Center and starting on a Police/Fire Administration Building while maintaining our quality of life resources, which make Grapevine such a great place to live and to work

Marc Blum

Age: 52

Occupation and/or main source of income: Project Manager

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-805-6065

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

Web site: www.blumforgrapevine.com

Education background, including all degrees: University of Texas at Dallas Bachelor of Science Business Administration

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Member of AMBUCs Grapevine, Volunteering during holidays at Hospitals, Boys Scouts of America, Meals on Wheels

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

In Business, a project manager is responsible for all aspects of the project, finances, contracts, negotiations, resources and scheduling. All these main abilities with 10 years experience make me qualified for the position. I have negotiated multiple multimillion dollar projects and have been on schedule for all of 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.

Property Taxes, 185 acre property purchase and subsequent development plan, Total Debt. I plan to push for a significant tax reduction for an amount that will make a real relief to the tax payer. The purchase of the 185 acres of land by the city was wrong. A city is not a developer, yet we are speculating that we can build a dreamland that won't cost the city millions. Each year this property is vacant, we lose $1 million in interest. Our Total Debt by the city with the commitment to TexRail is almost 200 million dollars, 4000 per person living in Grapevine.

Haltom City

Mayor

David Averitt

Age: 44

Occupation and/or main source of income: Commercial Real Estate Broker

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-233-4365

Your campaign (public) email address: JDAveritt@aol.com

Web site: N/A

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: City Councilmember 1993-1995, 2000-2004, 2010-Present. Past Council liaison to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Park and Recreation Board, Library Board and Beautification Board. Current Council Liaison to the Zoning Board of Adjustments. Past member of the Birdville Education Foundation 2011-2013 and Tarrant Appraisal District Board of Directors 2012-2014.

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

As a business owner and elected official, I am fully cognizant in the necessity of preparing accurate budgets and being good stewards of public funds. While serving on the city council, I have always opposed budgets which I believed were irresponsible and included unnecessary increases to our property taxes and fees. As elected officials it’s incumbent upon us to hold staff accountable. As citizens, we must also hold our elected representatives accountable for their actions. As Mayor, I will continue in my efforts to ensure that all future budgets are fiscally responsible while providing the maximum benefit to our residents.

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.

Economic development: As Mayor, I will work to engage community stakeholders (property owners) with a series of town hall meetings for the much needed conversation regarding future development. We must capitalize on our geographic strengths and manage growth responsibly.

Code Enforcement: I believe it’s crucial that we develop a viable plan of action to address code enforcement related violations and cleanup of our residential neighborhoods. This vital city responsibility has been neglected far too long.

Fiscal responsibility: As good stewards of public funds, I will continue to oppose any budget that includes unnecessary increases to our property taxes and fees.

Richard Hutchison

Age: 61

Occupation: Adjunct Instructor, Tarrant County College & Retired, Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-485-3485

Your campaign (public) email address: rhutchison06@sbcglobal.net

Web site: N/A

Education background, including all degrees: B.A. UT-Arlington, 1977; M.A.; UT-Arlington, 1982; Taught in TCC District for the past 32 years.

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Haltom City - May, 2011 to present; Haltom City Councilman - May 2004 to May 2010 (ten total years involvement with Haltom City Council); Northeast Optimist - Spring, 1995 to Spring 2007; Northeast YMCA, served on Board of Directors(1991 to 1998), and President of Board of Directors (1996-1998). total of approx. 25 years of civic service.

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

My experience in the Haltom City and Northeast Tarrant County Region in various civic responsibilities makes me an ably qualified candidate for this Office. In addition, my 4 years experience as the current Mayor makes me uniquely qualified for this Office.

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 issues facing this city include planned economic & residential development for those areas left within the city's boundaries to bring more business and residents to this city as a point of destination and increase the city's property and sales tax base. In addition, residential revitalization is crucial to retention and for attracting new business into this city. Finally, increasing property values is necessary to keep the tax rate low and still provide adequate and professional city services. This becomes a vision that the Mayor should lead the Council to address.

Place 1

Jeannine Nunn

Age: 62

Occupation and/or main source of income: Manager – Bus Transportation

Campaign phone (public) number: 817-312-5151

Your campaign (public) email address: Jnunn103@gmail.com

Web site: None

Education background, including all degrees: Haltom High School, 1970 Graduate; North Texas State University - Attended 1970 – 1974; SMU – Attended paralegal program

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Currently, none. I have supported my husband, Gary Nunn who has been City Council Member in Haltom City and Grandview, Texas. I Have volunteered over the years for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fort Worth and numerous church entities.

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

My background includes not only transportation, but also multi family and large development projects while working for a major real estate development company. I also owned a successful large scale destination campground in Colorado, I currently am co-owner of a small real estate investment company. I am very familiar with contracts, budgets, scheduling, OSHA, EPA, labor law, DOT requirements, collective bargaining agreements, and personnel law. I have the needed life experience, business experience, and leadership experience as well as communication and people skills added with a great deal of commonsense for an effective, pro-active council member.

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 the three most critical problems facing Haltom City are: 1) There is a lack of businesses and family shopping retail stores. We need to concentrate our efforts to bring in retail and restaurant establishments to provide services and shopping opportunities for our citizens. 2) The budget needs to be streamlined. We need to create a budget that does not punish the taxpayers with additional property taxes, but manages to provide good services for the citizens while ensuring a fair pay structure for city employees. 3) Amenity improvements. I am promoting the city build a Veterans Memorial for our city which would add quality of life for the citizens in honoring our veterans.

Marian Hilliard

No response.

Place 2

Jeff Rhoads

Age: 69

Occupation and/or main source of income: Retired

Campaign (public) phone number: 682-429-4910

Your campaign (public) email address: j60rhoads@gmail.com

Web site: none

Education background, including all degrees: Joshua High School, Joshua, Tx; Texas Christian Univ. (1 year-business)

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: My civic involvement is fairly new. I completed a Citizens Police Academy class in 2013. In 2014 I joined the C.P.A. Alumni Assoc and became Sec/Treasure. I begin to work with our Community Service Officer and became interested in volunteer work. I begin to attend city council meetings and decided I would like to become a participant in our city government. I applied and was appointed to the planning and zoning board of which i am now involved with.

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

I was raised in a family business for 22 years ( 7 as owner and operator) I spent 35 years in management with 3 major Paint Manufactures. My work history involved personnel management, inventory controls, and budget preparation.

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-Quality park system In 2008 a bond program for a 10 year park project was passed. Residents told the city what was important to them. Completion is vital to the growth of the city. Any grants available must be sought after and used to the fullest.

#2-Revitalization of neglected areas of city. The city has programs ,property enhancement incentives for commercial , and Home for residential properties exists now. The property owners must be made aware of these program and use them.

#3-Quality development of realigned 820 highway corridor. This development must serve the needs of city residents as well as bring neighboring residents in. The planning and zoning must work with council to insure today’s standards of commercial designs are maintained. Council must also work with the development corp. to attract the quality businesses necessary.

Haltom City is poised for progressive growth. The city leaders must be ready to accept the challenge to make it happen.

Walter Grow

Age: 48

Occupation and/or main source of income: Premiere Field Engineer at Microsoft

Campaign (public) phone number: 682-233-2364

Your campaign (public) email address: place2@grow-up.com

Web site: www.walterforhaltom.com

Education background, including all degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration from Northwood University

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: US Army veteran, Haltom City Police office for 7 years

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

I have worked as a police officer for Haltom City for 7 years, 2 years on patrol and 5 years in investigations. I have seen the areas of Haltom City that need attention. I have also worked in the private sector, where I have had to implement large software applications that had to come in on time and on budget. In my current job, I have to work in a team environment and if elected I will be one of seven council members, so we will have to work together to improve the city.

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.

Ensuring that the budget is fiscally responsible

Improving the perception of Haltom City

Getting economic development to grow.

Place 3, unexpired term

Scott Garrett

Age: 45

Occupation and/or main source of income: Manager Supply Operations, Union Pacific Railroad

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-975-0557

Your campaign (public) email address: ScottforHaltomCity@Yahoo.com

Web site: none

Education background, including all degrees: Associate of Arts in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, MBA

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Appointed to the Haltom City Zoning Board of Adjustment in 2004, currently co-chair of that board, and currently on Haltom City's Charter Review Committee

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

I have over a decade of experience on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, which has provided insight into the inner workings of City Hall, as well as provided knowledge of the challenges faced by the City and by citizens in an array of areas. Additionally, my extensive educational and managerial background provides a strong foundation for understanding and facing the myriad of challenges faced by a city such as Haltom City. In short, I have the skills and experience necessary to meet the challenges of City Council.

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 the Council are the elimination of waste, attracting businesses, and improving the image of Haltom City. To eliminate waste, I will use my degree in Accounting to meticulously dig into the City’s budget to first identify waste, and then work closely with the Council and Staff to eliminate that waste. Attracting businesses is the job of the EDC, and I will do all I can to determine if the EDC is performing that task adequately. Improving the image of the City will require the coordination of many stakeholders, which I am willing to lead.

Willis O’Dell

No response

Hurst

Place 6

Joel Downs

Age: 67

Occupation and/or main source of income: Retired

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-308-9878

Your campaign (public) email address: joel.downs@live.com

Web site: downsforhurst.com

Education background, including all degrees: Education: HS-GED 1968, Tarrant County Junior College 1975, no degrees. I am an autodidact, I educate myself to whatever level of knowledge I require at the moment. Background: Abbott Laboratories - Engineer, Bell Helicopter - Standards and Testing Technician, Gearhart Industries - Research and Development Technician.

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Hurst Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association 2005 to present, Precinct Chair 1994 to present, Election judge 1994 to present, various political clubs

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

As an engineer at Abbott Laboratories, I was required to secure the assent of a board of other engineers and specialists before my projects could proceed. Using facts, reason and logic in my presentations, i succeeded. The Hurst city council is composed of fair, reasonable people who pride themselves on unanimity and harmony. They will give my appeals for prudence a fair hearing. I do not seek to make abrupt and massive changes, rather to influence the council toward more conservative policies and decisions over time.

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.

Debt: Hurst has a large tax base, yet we borrow an average of $6.5 million dollars per year. Eventually causing problems that can only be addressed by abrupt and massive changes. I want to ramp down and eventually stop borrowing money.

Business: Government should stay out of the way of businesses and step in only when justice and public safety demand it.

Individual Rights: If an individual's actions do not pose a threat of harm to others, that person has a right to take those actions without fear of harassment from the government.

Henry Wilson

Age: 68

Occupation and/or main source of income: Retired from Bell Helicopter after 43 years of service. Was an Aerospace Engineer, and Chief of the Airframe Structures Group.

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-980-2577

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

Web site: www.henrywilson4hurst.com

Education background, including all degrees: AA Mathematics, Wharton County Junior College; BS Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas; MS Engineering Mechanics, UTA; Masters of Management Science, TCU

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Past President of the Mid Cities Optimist Club; Junior Achievement – Project Business; Board Member of the American Cancer Society – HEB Chapter; Hurst United Soccer Association Board Member and Coach; Assistant Scout Master; Past Board Member of the Bell Helicopter’s Humanity Fund; Member of the HEB ISD War on Drugs Advisory Council; Chaired of the Metroplex Regional Transportation Council; Past Board Member of the North Texas Commission; Past President of the Texas Municipal League; Board member and on the executive committee of the Texas Municipal League; Past Board Member of the National League of Cities; Past Member of the Tarrant County Water/Wastewater Commission; Adjunct Professor at Tarrant County College; Member of Shady Oaks Baptist Church and heads a Ministry that provides food for 181 children of; economically disadvantaged families. Last year the ministry distributed 45,000 meals to those children

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

My 30 years serving on the Hurst City Council provides a working knowledge of municipal government. I am past president of the Texas Municipal League, and permanently serve on their board of directors. This position gives me the opportunity to address issues and legislation that affect Texas cities. I am a past board member of the National League of Cities and currently serve on the NLC Advisory Council. The council helps define the strategic direction of the National League of Cities. As past chair of the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Transportation Council I have in depth knowledge of transportation 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.

One of the most critical problems facing all city councils is maintaining local control. I am working with the Texas Municipal League to ensure cities’ authorities are not eroded. The second critical problem is to ensure revenue caps are not imposed on cities. This can tie the hands of councils trying to meet the needs of the communities they serve. I will work with the Texas Senate to keep the current law. The last critical problem is maintaining the quality of services for our citizens. I will continue our strategic planning process to provide a positive development direction for Hurst.

Keller

Place 1

Stephanie Setzer

Age: 43

Occupation and/or main source of income: Currently I am a homemaker but I have nearly 20 yrs experience in Accounting (CPA) mainly in real estate and private equity

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-933-9242

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

Web site: www.abetterfaceforkeller.com

Education background, including all degrees: BBA in Accounting, CPA (inactive)

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Community Facebook page with over 1,360 followers, currently serving on the KISD Citizen Bond Oversight Committee

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

First, I am not tied to any special interest group which allows me to be completely objective. I started a community Facebook page that discusses relevant issues in Keller which has grown to over 1,350 followers. This page has given me the opportunity and insight into what our citizenry is most concerned about. Also, I represent the average Keller family as I have two young children actively involved in our schools and youth sports. We use our parks and facilities daily and know first hand the issues and challenges our families are facing in Keller. As a CPA with nearly 20 yrs of experience primarily in real estate and private equity, I have the skill and knowledge to handle our city budget and finances.

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.

Currently, Keller is struggling with traffic congestion, over development of residential at the expense of quality commercial, inadequate park/green space to meet our population needs, weak sales tax revenues that require over dependence on property tax revenue, lack of transparency, etc... These issues are exacerbated by the political in-fighting that has led to rampant unprofessionalism and ethics and integrity issues. Most of our issues can be addressed with a strategic vision and comprehensive master plan that provides a clear road map for success and sustainability with a shared vision for our city. This type of plan would bring together all the elements into one cohesive form that provides guidance, transparency and measurable results.

Mitch Holmes

Age: 56

Occupation and/or main source of income: Civil Engineer

Campaign (public) phone number:

Your campaign (public) email address:

Web site: www. VoteMitch.com

Education background, including all degrees: Bachelor of Architecture, Texas Tech University; Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University; M.B.A., University of North Texas; Texas Professional Engineer since 1993, License #69510

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: I served on the Keller City Council for five unopposed terms from 2003-2011 until my job took me to West Texas, forcing me to resign my position. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland, currently sponsoring a “little” brother; Chair, Multiple Sclerosis Keller Kountry Bike Rally; Chair, Boy Scout annual breakfast fundraiser; Chair, Tarrant County United Way Golf Benefit, raising over $200,000 in eight years by teaming with DFW area construction contractors, consulting engineers and architects

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

My past experience on the council was successful not only because of my educational and professional background, but also because I made it a point to listen to and understand all sides of issues. With degrees in architecture, civil engineering and an MBA, I have studied all aspects of land development, construction and financial management. During my 29 years of professional experience, I put that education to use daily by developing public infrastructure and maintenance programs. I’ve managed teams of engineers, architects and construction managers, as well as the budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars in operating and capital budgets.

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. Parks: Recently a 35 Acre park was gifted to our city, but turned down by council. That park perfectly fit our Parks & Trails Master Plan. Overcrowded conditions of our parks and citizen surveys clearly explain citizens’ desire for more parks. I will respect our Master Plans and expand our park system where possible.

2. Ethics: Certain councilmembers have stated they don’t need our Ethics Policy, preferring council members’ conduct be entrusted to a code of “responsible adults.” I understand council is there to serve all our citizens, and have no problem committing to a written code of behavior and transparency.

3. Taxes: Balanced development policies bring new residents and new businesses, both of which add to our tax base to ease our tax burden. Recent council policies have run venture investors to neighboring cities, resulting in no residential or commercial developments in our Planning & Zoning pipeline. Those policies need a change that my experience promises to bring.

Debbie Bryan

Age: 48

Occupation and/or main source of income: Full-time mother, spouses income

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-337-9580

Your campaign (public) email address: info@debbiebryan.com

Web site: votedebbiebryan.com

Education background, including all degrees: Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Have served two years on city council. Have helped to correct several drainage issues in town and championed a noise ordinance for the city.

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 proven leader with a passion for public service and a vision for Keller that puts our residents first. Throughout my professional career, I have always made time to volunteer, and through those opportunities for public service, I developed my most critical skill: leadership.

I am the best candidate for Place 1 not only because I am well-versed on every issue our city is facing, but also because I have the kind of leadership abilities that will keep our city moving forward without losing focus on our conservative values.

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.

Continuing to bring quality economic development to Keller is imperative. We created volunteer committees composed of trusted business leaders to help the city identify which development concepts will thrive in specific locations.

Providing and maintaining our infrastructure without raising tax rates is also critical, and I’m confident that with a fiscally responsible budget, we can get one-to-two projects done each year at no additional cost to taxpayers.

Finally, we must keep Keller one of Texas’ safest cities, and recent actions like the purchase of a new fire engine ladder truck show our commitment to supporting our police and fire departments.

Place 2

Armin Mizani

Age: 27

Occupation and/or main source of income: Attorney and Small Business Owner

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-366-3696

Your campaign (public) email: Mizani.armin@gmail.com

Web site: www.VoteArmin.com

Education background, including all degrees: B.A. Purdue University, J.D. Michigan State University College of Law

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Keller City Councilman (2014-Present); City of Keller Crime Control and Prevention Committee; City of Keller Municipal Court Committee; Recognized by the State Bar of Texas for Pro Bono service; Tarrant County GOP Precinct Chair; Legal Aid Clinic Volunteer.

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

I am running for reelection first and foremost as a husband and a father who wants to make sure that our children continue to grow in a Keller whose greatest days still lie ahead. While my training as an attorney provides me with the ability to understand the relevance of each and every decision, it is my background as a small business owner that provides me with the understanding of practicing fiscal responsibility and involving our business community in frequent and open roundtable discussions aimed at continuing to improve the area, preserve history, and celebrate all that Keller has to offer.

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 am seeking reelection to Keller City Council Place 2 driven and motivated by my family and yours, with a focus on making sure that we put Keller families above Keller politics. Since winning the runoff election in December 2014, I continue to work hard towards what I said I would do: reducing our dependency on property taxes by supporting local businesses, promoting transparency by holding numerous town halls and Idearaisers, and fighting to preserve Keller’s unique character by advocating for our trails, parks, and green open spaces.

Bill Heydenburk

Age: 65

Occupation and/or main source of income: I am retired from the U.S. Air Force with 22 years of active duty. I recently retired from United Airlines after over 17 years as a First Officer and Captain.

Campaign (public) phone number:

Your campaign (public) email address: billheydenburkforkeller@aol.com

Web site: http://www.billheydenburkforkeller.com/

Education background, including all degrees: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Public Administration

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 am a long term resident of Northeast Tarrant county. I have seen the development in our area and recognize what is unique and attractive in Keller. I am very much administratively geared and goal oriented. I have voluntarily served on numerous boards and councils through my life in many different parts of the country. My lifetime of experience and service combined with my new status as a retiree afford me the time and background to serve my neighbors in Keller.

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.

Population growth creates benefits and challenges. New neighbors can join our economic growth while enjoying the quality of life Keller offers. A balance has to be maintained, however. Overgrowth strains the city’s infrastructure. Quality commercial development is a big priority. There's a narrowing window of opportunity to get it right. I support measures that attract these ventures and enhance the city’s image to our citizens and the surrounding communities. Our market goes well outside the city’s borders. Granting zoning changes and allowing higher density housing development should be the exception rather than the rule it's become the past few years.

Richland Hills

Place 3

Javier Alvarez

Age: 53

Occupation and main source of income: City of Dallas/ Planning and Neighborhood Vitality/ Senior Contract Compliance Administrator

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-507-6007

Your campaign (public) Email Address: Jdalvarez8826gmail.com

Web Site: None

Educational Background: University of the Incarnate Word- San Antonio, tx – 1990-1993- Marketing; University of Texas at San Antonio – San Antonio, Tx-1995 Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: City of San Antonio Adult Literacy Committee member; Keep San Antonio Beautiful Committee; Board of Director-U.S. Olympic Committee’s Athlete Advisory Council 1990-1994; San Antonio Sports Foundation Board of Director 1994-1996; San Antonio’s NCAA Mens Final Four committee member 1995; 1995 Pan American Games Committee member; USA Boxing Board of Director 1990-1994

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

Javier joined the City of Dallas Housing /Planning and Neighborhood Vitality department on February 15, 2006 and has an additional thirteen year of municipality experience. He has worked with The City of Austin, and the City of San Antonio yielding an expertise in many different areas of community organization, project management and contract compliance. Throughout his career, Javier has worked to assist and represent residents in communities and has assisted with community empowerment and program development.

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

Three most critical problems facing the office of Richland Hills City Council is neighborhood enhancement, residential growth and housing. I wish to find new avenues of funding for streetcape improvements and pedestrian amenities for our city. I would focus on new housing development and facilitating sustainable neighborhood redevelopment through community partnerships and stakeholders. And third is residential growth, my beliefs is that growth positively impacts a community. However we must have strong economic plans and sound policies to direct it.

Robert Harvey DeSoto

Age: 68

Occupation and/or main source of income: Auto sales

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-284-0881

Your campaign (public) email address: N/A

Web site: N/A

Education background, including all degrees: High school and had different sales schools I went to and served in the U.S. Navy; managed car dealerships all over the country and work for General Motors

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Been on the City Council since 2011, We got our new Wal Mart and I brought a bunch of new businesses into Richland Hills and we had safe walks to school. We have a good relationship with the community and the city employees.

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

I have had my own business since 1985 and I managed a bunch of car agencies all over the United States. I’ve done a lot of promoting for businesses and different things of that nature. I’m a people person and I care about what happens in the community and I care what happens to our employees and workers and what is around me. Plus, if you say you are going to do something, do it, and I’ve always done it.

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.

Roads, streets, transportation and working with TxDOT.

Getting more businesses in the city; we have still a little bit of room left but it is feeling up quick.

Make sure the kids get the right education in the right schools and we have done a lot with that.

Southlake

Mayor

Laura Hill

Age: 57

Occupation and/or main source of income: Owner, Downey Publishing Inc

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-797-0782

Your campaign (public) email address: laura@laurahillforsouthlake.com

Web site: www.LauraHillforSouthlake.com

Education background, including all degrees: B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Virginia

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Founder, SPARK (Students & Parents Against Risks to our Kids); afeHaven Legacy of Women Award; Co Founder, SASO (Scholars & Athletes Serving Others); Board Chair & current Advisory Board Member, Recover Resource Council

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

I am a successful Southlake business owner, advocate for children and a smart and effective leader. I am known in the community as a person who can bring decision makers together to get things done. I have a proven record with the City, CISD, DPS, Chamber and state and national officials. I sat on the Mayor’s advisory board which put Safety Officers in our schools at no cost to taxpayers. Southlake faces important years ahead as we complete build-out. There will be one chance to attract the best and I have the executive experience to make that happen.

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. I will introduce “Thoughtful Replanning,” a process that creates an overlay of the city, targeting problem areas before they are developed. This will allow us to explore creative uses for undeveloped land with the help of residents and staff before the land is purchased for rezoning.

2. Review each local traffic project to include: additional 1709 deceleration lanes, roundabouts, additional left turn only lanes and all connectors. I will fast track all projects that will alleviate local traffic flow.

3. I will move to decrease our projected city population build-out by a minimum of 5%.

Carolyn Morris

Age: 73

Occupation and/or main source of income: Retirement from Texas Public Schools as teacher, diagnostician, principal and administrator with TRS pension and investments. Served in a non-compensated Public Service as City Council member for a total of 12 years.

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-454-3184

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

Web site: carolynmorrisforsouthlake.com and/or carolynmorris.org

Education background, including all degrees: Bachelor and Master of Science degrees - Henderson State University; Doctorate of Education - Texas Woman's University

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Served 4 terms totaling 12 as Southlake City Councilmember. Served as Southlake Mayor Pro Tem and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, President Southlake Parks Development Corp 2006-2014, Founding member & Executive Board member of APEX Arts League, Bob Jones Nature Center Board Member 2 terms, Founding member Southlake DPS Citizens Academy Association, Board of Greater Southlake Women's Society, former Board of Governors for Timarron Country Club, volunteer chapter coordinator for North Texas Chapter of PKD Foundation.

Community Awards & Recognitions: "Star of the 24th" Congressional District 2011 awarded by Congressman Kenny Marchant, Gordon Flesch Humanitarian Award received in 2010 and 2011 and National Gratitude Award for Volunteerism from the national PKD Foundation in 2015.

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

Dr. Morris served 12 years on Southlake City Council including terms as Mayor Pro Tem and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem. She participated in the development of the Southlake 2025 and 2030 Master Plans. She was President of the Southlake Parks Development Corporation (2006- 2014). Dr. Morris has been in leadership positions for numerous organizations and boards.

Dr. Morris' prior experience in education has given her the opportunity to work as a leader to reach a common objective and goal. Her formal training and experience in public administration is as asset for the leadership role as Mayor of Southlake.

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) Quality of Life Issues: traffic & development stress:

Fast tract solutions to address mobility issues ie. lower intensity of land use, turn lanes, intersection revisions, complete roadways (Kirkwood & Rucker).

Residential & Commercial development: Careful consideration of remaining parcels to reduce stress on traffic.

2) 114 Corridor Development:

Focus on development that compliments existing tax base ie corporate campus and Class A offices..

3) Recent approval of higher density development trend toward smaller lots and approval of 5 story multi-family building creates stress on traffic & infrastructure.

Follow Southlake Master Plan. Look for opportunities to lower intensity of use on undeveloped properties.

Place 2

Shawn McCaskill

Age: 43

Occupation and/or main source of income: Attorney and Shareholder in the law firm of Godwin Lewis PC in Dallas (practicing in state and federal courts of appeals, and the Supreme Court of Texas)

Campaign (public) phone number: (817) 876-9811

Your campaign (public) email address: McCaskillforSouthlake@verizon.net

Web site: www.McCaskillforSouthlake.com

Education background, including all degrees: St. Mary's University School of Law (San Antonio, Texas) Juris Doctorate (J.D.) 1998

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: City of Southlake Planning and Zoning Commission (2013-2015); City of Southlake 2030 Plan Sustainability Committee (2013-2015); City of Southlake Zoning Board of Adjustment (2010-2013); Kiwanis Club of Southlake (member); Southlake Baseball Association/Dragon Youth Baseball (coach); Carroll Education Foundation (member); Carroll ISD Parent-Teacher Organization for Special Education (member); White's Chapel United Methodist Church (member)

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

As a board certified attorney handling cases in the Supreme Court of Texas and courts of appeals, I analyze documents, records, and testimony, and apply the facts to the governing law. I have used my skills and experience in serving Southlake on the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustment for the past 5 years. My record of service demonstrates that my priority is maintaining and enhancing the quality of life for my fellow Southlake residents and all of our children, and that makes me the best qualified candidate for Southlake City Council Place 2.

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.

First, on the Planning & Zoning Commission, I voted against the Kroger Town and Country project, and I voted against the Town Square rental residences. I will continue to mandate lower density development and high quality projects that adhere to Southlake's zoning rules, ordinances, and land use plans. Second, immediately address traffic issues by expediting expansion projects to redirect traffic from Southlake Blvd., with additional deceleration lanes, turning lanes, and roundabouts to improve traffic flow within Southlake. Third, apply surplus sales tax revenue to increase cash reserves, pay down debt, and lower property taxes for Southlake residents.

Pamela A. Muller

Age: 63

Occupation and/or main source of income: Retired business owner

Campaign (public) phone number: (682) 286-VOTE

Your campaign (public) email address: none

Web site: www.pamelamuller.com

Education background, including all degrees: Georgia Institute of Technology, “Airport Community Land Use Controls”; Texas Association of Mediators, “Mediation Prime Time”; Paradigm Liaison Services, “Pipeline Emergency Response and Damage Prevention”; Texas Parks and Wildlife, “North Texas Feral Hogs Conference”

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Elected to City Council, Place 6 (2008 - 2014) Deputy Mayor Pro Tem (2012-2014); Elected to City Council, Place 3 Deputy Mayor Pro Tem (1995 - 1998); Elected to City Council, Place 3 (1988 - 1990); Committees / Working Groups; Southlake 2030 Committee (2009 - 2014); Southlake Joint Utilization Committee (1995- 1998) (2009 - 2014); Southlake Parks Development Corporation - Vice President (2008 - 2014); Southlake Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 1 (Charter - 1998) (2008 - 2014)); Southlake Mobility & Master Thoroughfare Plan, (2008 - 2009); Southlake Pathways Plan, (2013); Southlake Community Recreation and Facilities Plan, (2011-2014); Southlake Parks and Open Space Master Plan, (2012); Southlake Sustainability Plan, Chair, (2014); Southlake City Council Wayfinding Sign Committee, (2011 - 2014); Southlake Sign Review Committee (2011) (2014); Southlake Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve Plan, (2011-2012); Southlake Bicentennial Park Master Plan, (2008-2013); Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation - Alternate member, (2008 - 2014); Tex-21 Transportation Committee, Southlake Liaison, (2008 - 2014); Transportation Advisory Committee (2008 - 2014); Metroport Cities Partnership (2008-2014); Southlake Zoning Board of Adjustment (1987 - 1988) (Vice Chair, 2007 - 2008); Southlake Planning and Zoning Commission (1999 - 2002); Southlake City Council Bond Rating Committee (1997); Southlake Parks Development Corporation - Secretary (1995 - 1998); Super Bowl Planning Committee (2009 - 2011); Southlake SPIN Executive Charter Board - Vice Chairman (Charter -1995); Southlake DFW Airport Liaison (Charter - 1999); Highway 114 Metroport Partnership (1996 - 2004); Southlake City Fest, 1987; Southlake Tax Increment Reinvestment Financing Zone 1, Director (Charter - 1998) (2008 - present); Southlake Parks Development Corporation (Charter - 1998) (2008 - 2014); Southlake City and CISD Joint Utilization Committee ( Charter - 1998) (2009 - 2014); Telecommunications Deregulation Board - Director (1996); Northeast Tarrant Transportation Committee (2008 - present), etc.

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

It has been my privilege to serve on the City Council representing the Southlake citizens during four prior terms. I have a proven track record in city governance. Evidence of this experience includes: laying the foundation for controlled city growth by setting a low density build out plan; developing ordinances, master plans, regulations, parks, sports fields that have help ensure Southlake remains a safe place to live, work and raise a family; and providing for our challenged citizens and seniors. I continue to work with DFW airport and the FAA to address aircraft overflights. I am attuned to Southlake residents’ concerns and know how to provide creative solution

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.

Multi-family, High Density Housing:

I have been a staunch advocate of the original low density vision we put in place decades ago. I am flattered candidates are espousing the low density vision I help originate, I will continue to vote against high density proposals.

Retail: Southlake needs to slow down and address its’ traffic challenges. I suggested a retail saturation study. I will continue to work on assessing and implementing it’s slower growth solutions.

Aircraft departures: I was instrumental in working with DFW airport to stop a proposed flight departures path over Southlake that would have brought commuter aircraft over southern Southlake and I will continue to use my experience and my FAA contact network to prevent aircraft drift over Southlake homes.

Watauga

Mayor

Patrick (Pat) Shelbourne

Occupation and/or main source of income: Retired

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-888-1577

Your campaign (public) email address: patollie44@gmail.com

Web site: none

Educational background, including all degrees: Attended W.B. Ray High School, Corpus Christi, Texas; AA degree, Del Mar Jr. College, Corpus Christi Texas; BA degree in Accounting, Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas. Texas Certified Public Accountant, Retired

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

I have served as councilmember in Watauga since 2010, and continue to serve. I served as councilmember in Stephenville from 2007 to 2009. I served as Mayor Pro Tem in Watauga from 2011-12. I have led several civic organizations over the years, including a Rotary Club, Optimist Club and other civic groups. My business experience as chief financial officer in various Texas school districts and banks provides me with both public and private experience. I have a vision for Watauga to lead us forward through upcoming challenging times, and a passion to serve. Thanks for considering 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. Aging housing stock--Watauga is built out. We are utilizing organizations to help homeowners who are unable to fix up their homes due to age, incapacity, etc., so their neighborhoods are improved. Code enforcement applied in a smart, compassionate way can also help improve homes and neighborhoods.

2. Maintaining quality of life—our parks, library and recreation facilities are top-notch. The challenge is to apply our limited resources to maintaining and improving these facilities.

3. Sustainability of city services—we have great personnel serving our citizens. I will provide smart leadership so Watauga can maintain services economically and effectively.

Hector F. Garcia

Age: 75

Occupation or source of income: Engineering Planner (Retired), Lockheed Martin Aero Co.

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-281-3454

Your campaign (public) email address: felton97@aol.com

Education background, including all degrees: Grad. of Crystal City High School, Associate Degree in applied Science Specializing in Aviation Technology from Mountain View College and North Lake College, Member of The National Management Association of America. Grad. of The Texas Municipal League Leadership Academy and a Certified Municipal Official of the Texas Municipal League.

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement:: A Chairman of the first Charter Commission, we created a Charter which still stands today. As Council Member in the 80's, our city population grew from about 4,000 to 8,000. during my tenure as Mayor in 1995 to 2002, we built 3 major Shopping Centers along with several smaller businesses. The subdivision of housing west of the Railroad Tracks was also built. Two major parks were created and now stands at about 120 acres of park land in the city and the water system was bought outright. We are currently in the process of building a new Senior Citizen's Center and are working to bring more Medical facilities to the city. Our Veterans Memorial was unveiled this past year and a new skate park was completed two months ago.

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

With nine years of being Mayor, a very important factor is learned about that position. Being a Manager requires the knowledge of the projects your are assigned and know the personnel who works those projects. To find the easiest and most cost effective methods to complete those assignments goes along with that. To know what you are suppose to work, you need planning to establish the employment of your personnel. The Mayor's duties differ in the fact that he is required to be a leader. His requirements not only encompasses the Managers duties but must be a good communicator and encourage kinship among all contacts and influence the people he most closely work with the raise their stature so everyone can be on the same level.

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. There are time when the Mayor wishes to communicate with a Council Member or City Manager on matters that do not constitute City Business. By State law, everything The Mayor writes becomes a matter of public record. Phone calls fall under the same law. We have Council Members that are not allowed to carry phones in their work place and some work in Dallas making it difficult to communicate with them.

2. Financing the sustainment of the city must be met as well. Instead of holding the money in city coffers, a continuation of investing the money must be provided to the city to continue to grow revenue.

And 3. Continue to work the infrastructure of the city by completing to update the sewage and water lines.

Westlake

Vote for None, One, Two or Three

Wayne Stoltenberg

Age: 47

Occupation and/or main source of income: Chief Financial Officer of an Oil & Gas Company

Campaign (public) phone number: None

Your campaign (public) email address: None

Web site: None

Education background, including all degrees: BA – Literature, Columbia University, NY, NY (1990); MBA – Accounting, Finance, economics, University of Texas at Austin (1995)

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: I served on the Westlake planning and zoning committee and have co-chaired Westlake Academy’s Blacksmith Annual Fund drive for the last 4 years. I also currently serve on the stewardship team at Bara Church in Trophy Club. Additionally, my wife Karen has served on the Westlake Historical Preservation Society board and is currently the President of the Westlake Academy Foundation.

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

I believe that government at all levels should endeavor to do a limited number of things that are in the public interest well. Moreover, it should avoid trying to do many things best left to the private market and voluntary association among individuals. Lastly, development is occurring rapidly in Westlake and managing that process in a way that balances maintaining quality of life while respecting property rights of current land owners is very important.

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) Managing the inevitable development that will take place in Westlake in a way that balances quality of life issues while respecting the property rights of current land owners.

2) Westlake has the only municipally owned charter school in the state of Texas. Our school is a great asset of the town and is a major reason people want to live in Westlake. We must continue to be an example of what “public education should look like” while effectively planning for population growth and it’s impacts on Westlake Academy.

3) Maintaining the proper balance between the role of the state and the liberty of the individual is critical, even at the local level. The town of Westlake should seek to a limited number public interest oriented things well, leaving all else to the private sector.

Sean Kilbride

Age: 37

Occupation and/or main source of income: Consulting

Campaign (public) phone number:

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

Web site:

Education background, including all degrees: United States Military Academy at West Point, BS in Economics and Systems Engineering; The Citadel, MBA

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: I served in the US Army for 5 years serving in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Korea

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 an owner of small business and served in the United States Army. Additionally, I have worked in or with the various forms of government my whole life. I have extensive experience with budgets, national security issues and developing strategic plans. I have taken the time to walk door to door and talk to many people about the town’s 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.

I am running for town council to be more involved in town planning. There are many important plans developing which have a great impact on our community. Of particular importance is the town thoroughfare plan. We should revisit this plan and allow community members voices to impact the plan as it develop. I would like to work with federal, state, and local officials to improve existing traffic arteries such as SH, 170, SH 114 and US 377. This will ensure that Westlake can be the economic engine we plan to be while maintaining our town’s beauty and family environment.

Rick Rennhack

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Carol K. Langdon

Age: 52

Occupation and/or main source of income: Public Service

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-723-3399

Your campaign (public) email address: clangdon@westlake-tx.org

Web site: N/A

Education background, including all degrees: Fairfield University, Bachelor of Science in Biology; Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, Certified Master Gardener

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Elected to the Town of Westlake Council & Westlake Academy Board of Trustees- 2008 to Present; Westlake Mayor Pro Tempore - 2011 to Present; Simply Westlake Magazine Garden Columnist/ Writer/ Photographer- 2014 to Present; SafeHaven of Tarrant County Panel Judge for Legacy of Women Awards 2007- 2011; Westlake Public Arts Society Vice President- created Master Plan and by-laws, 2007-2008; Westlake Academy Foundation Gallery Night Auction Co-Chair; Town of Westlake Arbor Day /Tree City USA Volunteer 2005-2007

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

My volunteer work for Westlake began ten years ago starting with Arbor Day, fundraising for Westlake Academy and the Public Arts Society and I became a Westlake Town Council member and Westlake Academy Trustee in 2008 and Mayor Pro Tem in 2011. During this time we maintained a balanced budget with a lean and solid infrastructure, provided superior services to our citizens and achieved national success as a recognized and ranked IB World school. I am passionate that Westlake remains a great small town and take pride in being available and alert to citizen views.

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.

Westlake citizens expect and are fortunate to enjoy excellence in citizen services, distinctive development, and exemplary academic offerings. I am committed to serving and exceeding these expectations. I will uphold prudent and high development standards, established via citizen input and approval of our Town Comprehensive Plan this past March. I will approach issues and decisions with an understanding of the potential impact on our environment, while maintaining balanced town and school budgets. I am open-minded, principled and take my responsibility seriously to provide residents with the best possible services to ensure that Westlake stays a beautiful, safe, and enjoyable town.

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