Elections

Voters Guide: Tarrant Regional Water District and Tarrant County College District

Jim Lane is seeking reelection to the Tarrant Regional Water District board of directors.
Jim Lane is seeking reelection to the Tarrant Regional Water District board of directors. Star-Telegram

Tarrant Regional Water District

Vote for None, One or Two

Keith K. Annis

Age: 43

Occupation and/or main source of income: Non-Profit Consultant

City: Fort Worth

Campaign (public) phone number: 6822330056

Your campaign (public) email address: keith@keithfortrwd.com

Web site: www.keithfortrwd.com

Education background, including all degrees: University of Tennessee B.A. in Photography and London College of Communications

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Formed and Managed Political Action; Committee in support of FWISD Bond Issue, Past member of Hemphill Corridor Task Force; Volunteer for numerous local campaigns.

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

I am the best-qualified candidate for two reasons. First, I am the only independent voice running for the Board, my only obligations are to the voters of the district and the core mission of the TRWD. Second, my lifelong commitment to conserving and preserving our natural resources sets me apart. It is because I appreciate all of the factors that impact both the quality and quantity of our water supply and because I am not afraid to advocate for good stewardship that I am the right choice to serve on the Tarrant Regional Water District Board.

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.

A complete lack of transparency has led to a loss of the public trust. I will fight for personal financial disclosures, term limits, single member districts, and active citizen advisory boards. We must look to the future, not the past to address our needs. Planning for our water future is insufficient. Growth-based demand uses the best available science, however predictions of future supply ignore science. Information regarding water quality is misleading. The website must be updated daily and in a clear manner. All 14 Best Management Practices to reduce pollution 30% must be implemented; progress reports must be regularly posted.

Michele Von Luckner

Age: 46

Occupation and/or main source of income: Home Health Administrator

City: Fort Worth

Campaign (public) phone number: 817.668.6980

Your campaign (public) email address: Michele@MicheleVonLuckner.com

Web site: http://michelevonluckner.com/

Education background, including all degrees: Core curriculum studies in pursuit of Bachelor’s Degree with strong emphasis on Sales and Management. Completed multiple Professional Development Programs including Dale Carnegie and Anthony Robbins.

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Tarrant County Board of Adult Protective Services – Board Member, Fund Raising Chairperson, February 2010 – 2013; Alzheimer’s Association – Advocate, Team Lead Alzheimer’s Walk (Memory Movers), 2010 – Present; Northeast Tarrant Little Miss Kickball – Board Member, Member at Large, 2011 – 2012; First Baptist of Hurst Community Missions – Leadership, Backpack Team Lead (Operation Back to School, HEBisd), 2012 – Present; Soup and Socks for Seniors – Co-Organizer (began as a simple idea, but grew to donate more than 1,000 pairs of new socks to skilled-nursing facilities that care for under-served seniors), 2013 – Present; Hurst Junior High PTA – Fundraiser / Projects Lead, 2014 – Present

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 in leadership roles in the Healthcare community for 15 years. I have led multiple start-up franchises and divisions to success through astute profit and loss management with a strong emphasis on operating and marketing efficiencies, contract negotiations and solid governance. Through my work and experience, leadership and attention to detail I have contributed to turning around several struggling home healthcare offices.

I have gained respect among my industry peers due to my track record of being able to quickly structure, organize and implement good policies, as well as for my excellent managerial skills. I specialize in developing new franchise home health agencies from the ground up, overseeing DADS policies, building a successful team to ensure immediate impact and quick profitability.

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 TRWD is not reflective of the values of our wonderful community and it is my goal to bring transparency, good governance and responsible spending back to the board. In my experience in business, culture is determined by the decision makers. I would be accountable to the citizens and work to restore the local community's faith in the board by listening to the citizens and rate payers. I would thoroughly review and analyze all proposed and current contracts and make sound decisions based on my own assessment of the information presented. I will bring a fresh perspective and focus to the board making sound decisions in the majority's best interest.

Craig Bickley

Age: 38

Occupation and/or main source of income: Engineering Manager

City: Colleyville

Campaign (public) phone number: 817.523.8263

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

Web site: craigbickley.com

Education background, including all degrees: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University (College Station)

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Sunday School Teacher at Milestone Church, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,

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, I am trained to solve problems. Water is one of the biggest problems we are facing. In my professional role, I also manage people and projects. Many of the projects run by the TRWD are poorly managed and poorly executed. My experience would help in improving the operation of the 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.

1. Transparency - it is time to allow our customers, the public, know what is being done with their money and how the decisions are being made.

2. Oversight - the board is merely rubber stamping decisions and has failed to provide real oversight, leading to runaway spending of taxpayer money, and projects well behind schedule.

3. Engagement - it is time to engage the public year round and keep them part of the process, not just in the month or two before elections.

Martha "Marty" Leonard

Age: 78

Occupation and/or main source of income: Businesswoman Active in Local Family Owned and Operated Businesses

City: Fort Worth

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-366-0306

Your campaign (public) email address: MartyLeo@Flash.net

Web site: www.owof.info

Education background, including all degrees: BBA-Economics from Southern Methodist University (SMU)

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Tarrant Regional Water District Board Member; Fort Worth Water Conservation Advisory & Reuse Committee Member; Fort Worth Nature Center Volunteer Board Chair; United Way Board Chair; Lena Pope Home Board & Campaign Honorary Chair; Southern Methodist University (SMU) Board of Trustees; All Saint’s Hospital Foundation; Kids who Care Advisory Board; Junior League of Fort Worth-President; Fellowship of Christian Athletics National Board

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

First of all, I live in the Water District whereas not all of my opponents live here. I earned an Economics Degree from SMU and have lifelong involvement in local family businesses. With this background I strive to be a hands-on taxpayer steward with the management of our water supply and flood control programs in the 7 lakes connected to TRWD. I have also strongly supported our water conservation and wetlands recycling projects. These have allowed us to save millions of taxpayer dollars and to have plenty of water, all while keeping our tax rate flat for almost two decades.

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 oppose letting a Dallas businessman take control of our water board. Cost-effective water supply and flood control are the top Water Board priorities. I strive to be a hands-on taxpayer steward with the management of our water supply and flood control programs in the 7 North and East Texas lakes connected to TRWD. I also strongly support our water conservation and wetlands recycling projects. These have allowed us to save millions of taxpayer dollars and to have plenty of water, all while keeping our tax rate flat for almost two decades. And I support the Trinity Trails system.

Jim Lane

Age: 70

Occupation and/or main source of income: Attorney

City: Fort Worth

Campaign (public) phone number: 817-994-9900

Your campaign (public) email address: Jim Lane jwlane@flash.net

Web site: www.owof.info

Education background, including all degrees: Arlington Heights High School ; BA, Texas Christian University; J.D,, Baylor School of Law; United States Army Judge Advocate General's School (UVA)

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Current- Tarrant Regional Water Board member; Past- Captain in United States Army/Viet Nam Veteran; Fort Worth Mayor Pro Tem and City Councilman; Homeowners Association President; President of Tarrant County Hospital District; President of Tarrant County MHMR; President of North Fort Worth Business Association; President of Fort Worth Sports Authority; Chairman of Fort Worth Stockyards Task Force; Board member of Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber; and Life Member of NAACP.

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

My training and service in the United States Army and local community service have prepared me to be a representative citizen on the water board. We need local folks on our local water board. My opponents are financed by a Dallas businessman who is trying to take control of our local water. Also, one of my opponents doesn't even live in the water district. When I vote on issues I think about our local families especially the friends of my 8-year son and it inspires me to work hard to ensure a dependable supply of water for today and tomorrow.

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 need to stop the abusive lawsuits against TRWD that are being funded by Dallas businessman Monty Bennett. This will save millions of wasted taxpayer dollars. To date, all of these lawsuits have been rejected in the state and federal courts. As for taxpayer stewardship, TRWD’s 2-penny tax rate has been flat for 15 years. As for efficiency, we need to continue our conservation education programs and nationally acclaimed wetlands recycling programs. Finally, our partnership with nonprofit groups to maintain our Trinity Trials system and Eagle Mountain Park needs to be continued.

Tarrant County College

District 1

Teresa "Teri" Ayala

Age: 49

Occupation and/or main source of income: Commercial contracts manager

City: Fort Worth

Campaign (public) phone number: 817 484 4023

Your campaign (public) email address: Teresa.m.ayala@gmail.com

Web site: NA

Education background, including all degrees: All Saints Catholic School; Diamond Hill Jarvis High School; Tarrant County College; Texas Christian University - Bachelors; Texas Christian University - Masters; University of Dallas - (completed ~12 hours - MBA)

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Council appointments to FW Parks and Community Services Advisory; FW Commission for Women Boards and the Community Development Council. Served as a Segment Chair for the Trinity River Vision. Serves on the FWISD Teaching Chair Committee for special Education. Active with Cub Scouts Pack 26, Diamond Hill Neighborhood Association and a community task force on the development of Trail Driver's Park. Served as a parent volunteer at Mayfest and Sabine Jarvis Little League - softball coach. Assisted as a youth director and currently volunteer in religious formation classes.

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

As a former student and adjunct professor at TCC, this institution is dear to my heart. I first learned the value of TCC when I participated in a summer reading program in middle school. With deep roots in our community, passion for service, and growing up in a family of educators, I know that education transforms individuals, families and neighborhoods. Working in a top 20 Fortune 500 company, having an understanding of complex organizations, and my track record cultivating relationships and strong partnerships, will position me to be effective in helping students realize their potential, ensuring the progress of TCC

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.

Technology - Technology is a critical and emerging component of education. Educators and students need cutting-edge technology to produce marketable members of the modern workforce. As a TCC trustee, I will work to put the best technology in our classrooms for effective learning.

Keeping students on the path to completion - We must evaluate the effectiveness of curriculum and assess incoming student's readiness for college for accurate placement in appropriate classes. Proper counseling and data-driven decision-making are key.

Workforce development - Providing qualified employees to meet workplace requirements is a central role of TCC. Partnerships with businesses, industries, and school districts are critical.

Josh Barber

Age: 27

Occupation and/or main source of income: Landman

City: Fort Worth

Campaign (public) phone number: 817.668.6118

Your campaign (public) email address:

Web site: facebook

Education background, including all degrees: BA Sociology, UNT. AA Honors Cornerstone, TCC

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Board of Directors, EMS-ISD Education Foundation, state and local campaign worker, White House intern

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

I bring a young, fresh approach that I feel will bring thought diversity to the board as they continue to govern for a quickly evolving educational landscape. My background working with educators, education administration, parents, and most importantly, students gives me a circumspect view of the problems facing the next generation of productive members of society. As a young adult myself, I am very familiar with the challenges facing the modern family.

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.

As we enter a new era of virtual classrooms and technology continues to become more dominant in the learning process, spending our economic and human capital in the most efficient way will become a major point of budgetary concern. As traditional 4-year institutions continue to do business as usual, I want to be ahead of the curve and look 20 years into the future with every purchase we, the community, make.

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