Thank you to all who voted in the May 9th election. Most of the races were decided on that day, but the Weatherford City Council race has a runoff on Saturday, June 13th. Please join me in going back to the polls and voting for Reed Wainwright for City Council.
I evaluate candidates based on temperament, education and experience, and Reed Wainwright is the best candidate to represent us on the Weatherford City Council.
Early voting is from June 1-9 at the Courthouse Annex on Santa Fe or you can vote on Saturday, June 13th. If you have questions or need a ride to the polls, please call me at 817-594-5029. Thank you for your vote for Reed Wainwright for Weatherford City Council.
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Once there was a motto that Code Enforcement's, in many Cities and Towns across Texas had that protected life and property. However, this is not true for many, here in Weatherford. For four years now, belligerent property owners have threatened me with Criminal Trespass for entering their property to trim a large diseased 70 ft tall tree, hanging twenty five feet over our home, growing just feet from our property line. After years of requesting something be done about the situation and to Code Enforcement here, the imminent threat of damage to our home, has been ignored by the main Code Enforcement Officer, now in charge. It's all about their money pockets now, not you are me anymore.
Now to top that, the unfriendly property owners are building a tall wooden privacy fence coming within six inches from our home, which our walls are of cedar wood. Below our hill, our property line and our cyclone fence will be possibly less than six inches from their tall wooden fence, they are having built today. I was promised a remedy by the City, but have been unable to reach the source.
This will certainly pose a real fire hazard due to the close proximity to our home, and property line when accumulated dried leaves and weeds will all but be impossible to remove between the two properties.
For quite a number of years now, I have met other residents of Weatherford, who are unhappy with Weatherford's building codes, some established in the late 1950's that allowed homes to be built as close as 2 to 3 ft from legal property lines, like mine. Now they, the (Code Enforcement) is not willing to own up to their years ago mistakes, neglecting protecting life or property. I have since learned that similar neglect in some other American cities in epidemic proportions across this country. If you are one of these residents taxpayers, we all certainly need a address of grievances, and demand removal of such officials, that our tax dollars are paying their salaries.
I’m a native Texan who wonders if other Texans are as upset at the present session of this Legislature as I am. Never before have constituents, especially at the local level, been so disregarded in their efforts to obtain what they deem right for their particular area. Denton County’s ban on fracking, passed by its county’s voters, has been made unenforceable by HB40, and fracking is set to resume there. Republicans are now removing more than a dozen Planned Parenthood clinics from a state program that provides cancer screening for low-income women. Though not finalized yet, property tax cuts appear much too small to make a difference for most, and less money will be coming down the pike due in part to a proposed 25% cut to the franchise tax causing possible shortfalls in the future for basic services like education.
Then there’s the Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton. What a joke he is!!! Paxton’s year-long legal scandal has morphed into a highly disturbing case. According to the Dallas Morning News, Paxton advised legal clients to use the services of a financial advisor, Fritz Mowery, for which Paxton received kick-backs. Paxton’s failure to disclose this arrangement with Mowery is a felony in Texas. The above newspaper’s editorial board later added the hypocrisy angle, reminding Texans that Paxton actually voted for the law he’s been breaking. Do we hear anything from any high-ranking public officials like Governor Abbott, Dan Patrick or Joe Stauss about Paxton’s egregious behavior? A big fat "NO!" is the answer. At least a grand jury in Collin County is investigating Paxton, and the Feds are likely looking at the case too. Maybe Mr. Paxton will be wearing an orange jumpsuit eventually. (My info comes from the Star-Telegram, Texas Observer, Texas Forward and Lone Star Project.)
Judy B. Beeman
I moved to Weatherford to become the director of the public library. That turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. I found the community to be supportive and appreciative of the programs we implemented. Our efforts to involve the children were richly rewarded. And our partnership with the Friends allowed us to expand Summer Reading Club, offer a Fall Festival and invite the children to visit with Santa.
My community involvement has gone far beyond the library, though. I served on the Doss board, worked with the Red Cross scheduling blood draws, became active in Rotary, serve on WISD Community Education board and session at Grace First Presbyterian Church. I enjoy living in Weatherford so much I purchased a home and plan to spend my retirement here. That is why I chose to run for City Council, Place 3. I want to continue to give back to this community. We face challenges to provide solutions to transportation issues, infrastructure needs and quality of life programs within a reasonable city budget.
I have the knowledge and experience needed to help find solutions to these and other issues. I ask you to consider voting for me in the runoff election. Early voting is scheduled for weekdays June 1st through 9th and Election Day on Saturday, June 13th.
candidate for Weatherford City Council, Place 3.