Mayor

Job descriptionPresiding officer of the City Council, the city’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesRepresents city at official functions
Enacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryPaid unknown amount for Council meetings attended; reimbursed for official city expenses. For more details, contact the Kennedale City Secretary at 817-985-2104 or email lgalloway@cityofkennedale.com.
MeetingsMonthly council meetings; special meetings called as needed.

Mayor Candidates

CandidateCampaign LinksWhat is your top priority if elected to this office?Why are you the best qualified candidate for this office?
Jan Joplin



www.janjoplinformayor.com

FB:
www.facebook.com/janjoplinformayor
Bringing transparency and accountability to all aspects of Kennedale city business is my top priority. We must first demonstrate accountability and transparency in order to re-establish trust with the people. Only then will they become confident that city leadership has their best interest in mind. When the people see proof of this, the vision will take hold and be successful. This trust is essential to for leadership to cultivate the kind of growth and development that is supported by the common vision held by our residents to protect our small town atmosphere. My background in business has given me twenty-five years of working with service issues, project management, multi-million dollar budgets, negotiation of large and complex contracts, facilitation of corporate communication (both within the U.S. and internationally), executive level strategies including emergencies, communication, expectations, personnel performance evaluations, vendor performance evaluations, promoting companies and people. I have managed our family budget to keep us 100% out of debt and believe that, with increased oversight, Kennedale can operate with a lower budget that will ultimately lower taxes and water/sewer rates.
Brian Johnson (incumbent)FB:
www.facebook.com/kennedalemayor

City Council

Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is three years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryPaid unknown amount for Council meetings attended; reimbursed for official city expenses. For more details, contact the Kennedale City Secretary at 817-985-2104 or email lgalloway@cityofkennedale.com.
MeetingsMonthly council meetings; special meetings called as needed.

Place 2 Candidates

CandidateCampaign LinksWhat is your top priority if elected to this office?Why are you the best qualified candidate for this office?
Lary AdkinsFB:
www.facebook.com/Kennedale-Again-Lary-Adkins-1963458337200471
Chris PughNo information available; contact the Kennedale City Secretary at 817-985-2104 or email lgalloway@cityofkennedale.comto request contact information.

Place 4 Candidates

CandidateCampaign LinksWhat is your top priority if elected to this office?Why are you the best qualified candidate for this office?
Timothy BrestowskiFB:
www.facebook.com/Tim4Kennedale
Linda Rhodes No information available; contact the Kennedale City Secretary at 817-985-2104 or email lgalloway@cityofkennedale.com to request contact information.

Kennedale Proposition A

Ballot PropositionCity of Kennedale Proposition A: Shall Sandra Lee, Council Person Place 3, be recalled and removed from office?
If I vote FORSandra Lee will be removed from the city council.
If I vote AGAINSTSandra Lee will remain on the city council.
Statement from the City of KennedaleAccording to the Kennedale City Secretary, in a written communication dated Mar 26, 2018: “There is no official statement regarding the propositions.”
Statement from Sandra Lee“Proposition A is on the ballot as a way of quieting the citizens voices. There is no valid reason behind the recall. Our Ex- Mayor and Present School Board Member John Clark submitted the recall petition with no specific violation mentioned. Some of the signatures were acquired through misrepresenting the recall’s true intent. I will continue to fight the recall because I want to make sure our Citizens Voices Will Continue to Be Heard.”

Note:John Clark was contacted to provide a statement, but did not reply.
News ArticlesFort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 13, 2018) http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/election/article208499344.html

“Full agenda for City Council…”, Kennedale News (Mar 4, 2017)
http://kennedalenews.com/full-agenda-for-city-council-thursday-evening-p6156-192.htm

“City Council abruptly votes to end meeting…”, Kennedale News (Jan 13, 2018)
http://kennedalenews.com/city-council-abruptly-votes-to-end-meeting-after-approval-of-one-item-p6035-192.htm

“No Christmas Cheer at City Hall”, Kennedale News (Dec 21, 2017)
http://kennedalenews.com/no-christmas-cheer-at-city-hall-p5941-192.htm

“City Council to consider actions involving 2 members”, Kennedale News (Dec 18, 2017) http://kennedalenews.com/city-council-to-consider-actions-involving-members-p5936-192.htm

“City Council approves budget and tax rate”, Kennedale News (Sep 23, 2017) http://kennedalenews.com/city-council-approves-budget-and-tax-rate-p5690-192.htm

“Proposed budget moves to a public hearing…”, Kennedale News (Aug 30, 2017) http://kennedalenews.com/proposed-budget-moves-to-a-public-hearing-with-a-possible-light-at-the-end-p5584-192.htm

“Making sausage at City Hall”, Kennedale News (July 29, 2017) http://kennedalenews.com/making-sausage-at-city-hall-p5473-192.htm

“New guys in town, city council upended”, Kennedale News (May 7, 2017) http://kennedalenews.com/new-guys-in-town-city-council-upended-p5200-156.htm

“City Council Place 3 Candidates give their views”, Kennedale News (Apr 24, 2017)
http://kennedalenews.com/city-council-place-candidates-give-their-views-p5148-194.htm

“Determined and organized Kennedale group fights back”, Kennedale News (Feb 9, 2017) http://kennedalenews.com/determined-and-organized-kennedale-group-fights-back-p4913-156.htm

“Kennedale residents still simmering over year-old water-rate hike”, Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Feb 3, 2017) http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article130535104.html

Kennedale Proposition B

Ballot PropositionCity of Kennedale Proposition B: Shall Jan Joplin, Council Person Place 3, be recalled and removed from office?
If I vote FORJan Joplin will be removed from the city council.
If I vote AGAINSTJan Joplin will remain on the city council.
Statement from the City of KennedaleAccording to the Kennedale City Secretary, in a written communication dated Mar 26, 2018: “There is no official statement regarding the propositions.”
Statement from Jan Joplin"Sandra Lee and I were voted in last year in an unprecedented and overwhelming mandate by the people of Kennedale to correct course and restore the public trust. The recalls are an attempt by John Clark (Ex-mayor and current KISD school board) and his group to hold on to their control of Kennedale in order to stop the uncovering of years of dishonesty and egregious mismanagement of taxpayer money. The recall attempt is in many ways problematic. First, something as serious as an attempt to remove multiple individuals from office should include a stated reason. People were told various things by questionable individuals in the early failed efforts to gather signatures for the recall, however these reasons are widely varying and baseless. In fact, they are lies that were circulated by who we now know are paid political consultants from out of town, and in several documented instances, a recently convicted criminal. The scandal involving the recall petition was first reported by the group Texas Debt Watch, and the video documenting this is available for reference on their Facebook page.

"The financial costs which resulted from the former city council’s bad decisions that were then covered up with deception have been placed squarely on the backs of the people of our city through increased water/sewer rates and property taxes. It is true that bringing to light the City Manager’s deception regarding the true cause of the increase in water bills has made me a target for those exposed. I have full confidence that the voters will again choose the path of honesty and truth for our city by voting no recall."

Note:John Clark was contacted to provide a statement, but did not reply.
News ArticlesSee list under Kennedale Proposition A above.