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Meet the candidates for Arlington City Council District 3

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Two candidates are vying for a two-year term. District 3 is bounded by Matlock Road on the West, Pioneer Parkway on the north and includes part of the Interstate 20 business corridor, the Arlington Municipal Airport, Tarrant County College Southeast Campus and the Arlington Highlands.

Marvin Sutton

Occupation Retired Air Traffic Controller

Age 56

Website Electmarvinsutton.com

Best way for voters to reach you? (817) 602-0644 or email: Msutton4council@gmail.com

What organizations are you affiliated with? Arlington Branch of the NAACP; National Air Traffic Controllers Association; National Museum African American History Culture

What are the most important issues in Arlington and your district? Transportation. Aging. infrastructure. Property taxes. Property crimes.

The City Council has grappled with short-term rentals for the last two years. Do you prefer allowing them throughout the city, banning them outright or allowing them in select areas like the Entertainment District? I would prefer allowing them throughout the city and ensuring all owners are held to the same standards and allowed the same opportunities.

Marvin Sutton
Marvin Sutton is running for Arlington City Council District 3. Marvin Sutton Handout

Do you support keeping term limits in place, or would you want them altered or eliminated? Term limits reflect the will of the voters and should be kept in place.

Does Arlington still need mass transit or do you believe that Via and autonomous vehicle pilot projects are filling the need? Yes, Arlington still needs mass transit because of its large and rapidly growing commuter population. Via does address some of the internal short-term mobility issues.

Are Arlington neighborhoods being represented by the City Council? Does it have the right approach to attracting jobs and businesses? How do you feel about the approach the city has taken to keeping the Texas Rangers, renovating the convention center to include a new esports stadium, and the efforts to re-purpose Globe Life Park?

I think the current council has a serious disconnect with the citizens it swore to represent. Most of the jobs created in Arlington do not pay a living wage. The city invested $50 million into Texas Live along with a 30-year tax abatement while our citizens continue to be burdened with rising property taxes. More should be invested in our aging infrastructure, communities and transportation.

Roxanne Thalman

Occupation IT analyst/consultant

Age 36

Website Roxannethalman.com

Best way for voters to reach you? email: Roxanne@roxannethalman.com

Public offices held/sought Arlington City Council District 3

What organizations are you affiliated with? National League of Cities; Arlington Tomorrow Foundation; Arlington Chamber of Commerce; Arlington Proud; Arlington 4th of July Association; Arlington Housing Finance Corp.; Arlington Urban Ministries; East Arlington Renewal; SMART Arlington Challenge of Tarrant County

What are the most important issues in Arlington and your district? Public safety is our highest priority, and our roads need the most improvement. Over the past few years we have spent more on road improvements in my district than any other area of the city, and several new projects are now in the pipeline that will improve quality, add sidewalks, decrease traffic at major intersections, and make our streets safe. As I have gone door to door and heard from hundreds of voters so far, roads are by far the number one issue they talk about, so that is where my focus will continue to be.

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Roxanne Thalman is seeking reelection to the Arlington City Council District 3 seat. Rick Dalton Courtesy photo

The City Council has grappled with short-term rentals for the last two years. Do you prefer allowing them throughout the city, banning them outright or allowing them in select areas like the Entertainment District? I would support an ordinance that allowed short-term rentals throughout the city if it was strong enough to protect neighborhoods from some of the concerns residents are currently experiencing. This is one of the most delicate legal matters our council has faced and the solution will need to balance property rights and neighborhood integrity.

Do you support keeping term limits in place, or would you want them altered or eliminated? My job is to uphold the voice of the people. Last year Arlington voters brought a proposition for the most restrictive term limits provision in the United States and I executed my duty to put it on the ballot. I would also support an alternative proposition to be placed on the ballot at an appropriate time if it had sufficient support from residents.

Does Arlington still need mass transit or do you believe that Via and autonomous vehicle pilot projects are filling the need? Arlington is on the forefront of the transportation revolution because of our openness to new forms of transportation. Arlington residents have voted down traditional public transportation three times, but the need for mobility continues to grow. Via has been incredibly successful and if expanded it could be a great solution for our residents at only $3 per trip. However, we are far from the final step of this journey and I support continuing to evaluate transportation options to serve all of our residents. The key is funding and making sure residents are the top priority.

Are Arlington neighborhoods being represented by the City Council? Does it have the right approach to attracting jobs and businesses? How do you feel about the approach the city has taken to keeping the Texas Rangers, renovating the convention center to include a new esports stadium, and the efforts to re-purpose Globe Life Park? Arlington is experiencing incredible growth in large and small businesses, UTA, entertainment, and medical facilities. This equates to new jobs and expanding our local economy, which provides for what residents care about most: good jobs, low tax rates, better roads, and public safety. Expanding our economy has helped the city to make significant progress on the backlog of road maintenance we had, with a huge portion of that being focused in my district where roads were previously neglected. Everything local government does should have a net gain for our residents and right now Arlington is on the right track.

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