Forest Hill 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 salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

Who’s Running?

Note: Open seat

Marcus Brookinswww.brookinsformayor.com
Instagram: @BrookinsForMayor
Email: Marcus@brookinsformayor.com
Email: Marcusdewon@gmail.com
Stephanie Boardingham6707 Nauret Rd
Forest Hill TX 76140
Lyndia Thomas6941 Windy Hill Rd
Forest Hill TX 76140
Gerald Joubert7514 Zinnia Ln
Forest Hill TX 76140

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Marcus Brookins
I want to help restore trust and accountability in government, help grow and develop our city economically, and promote health and wellness in the city. The people of Forest Hill deserve elected officials whom they can depend on to do the right thing for the city and they expect that our elected officials will hold themselves to the highest ethical standards. I am committed to doing just that, and specifically promise to serve no more than two consecutive terms if elected. I also plan to host regular town hall meetings on days besides Tuesday to keep citizens abreast of the city’s most important issues. And I plan to bring up and campaign to restore single-member districts to ensure not only adequate accountability, but adequate representation as well.The people of Forest Hill also deserve a Mayor who has a clear vision for the city, a plan of action and the ability to build consensus on the council to maximize Forest Hill’s potential, economically. I want to revive the inactive city commissions dedicated to planning, zoning and economic development so they will be prepared to move the city’s aspiration’s forward with a clear vision from myself.
Stephanie Boardingham
Lyndia Thomas
Gerald Joubert
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Marcus Brookins
The official job of the mayor is to preside over council meetings, set the agenda for those meetings and to represent the city for ceremonial purposes. Unofficially, the Mayor’s responsibility is to lead, to establish vision and to build consensus in order to have that vision and other policies carried out. Some of my opponents and even citizens have questioned my qualifications to be mayor, given that I have not served in elected office. I believe that my experience as a band director, presiding over a room full of children, and setting a curriculum (an agenda) each day that will eventually create great harmony (i.e consensus) in the classroom, in the face of any given number of obstacles that may impede our success, serves as one of my best qualifications. However, I have worked for and with Senators, Governors and Mayors on their campaigns. I'm not new to the political arena. But throughout this campaign--despite my lack of government service and experience running for office--it has been noted that I have been the only candidate with a consistent message, clear vision and plan for moving this city forward. For these reasons, I think I am best qualified to be Mayor.
Stephanie Boardingham
Lyndia Thomas
Gerald Joubert
3. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE FAIREST WAY TO BALANCE THE TAX BURDEN IN YOUR COMMUNITY BETWEEN RESIDENTS, PROPERTY OWNERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND LARGER EMPLOYERS?
Marcus Brookins
First and foremost, the fairest way to balance the burden is to make sure the burden is balanced in the first place. That means, all parties are contributing their fair share and no one tax group is unduly burdened more than the other. Second, we have to make sure we develop our city’s economy. That can only be done with visionary leadership on the council, along with the revitalization of the city’s commissions dedicated to growing the city. When we have a larger property tax base, and more sales tax through the addition of small retail businesses, the increased receipts would lessen the burden to taxpayers. Lastly, we must be more fiscally responsible with our budget and that things the city is paying for. Lowering spending will certainly place more money into the city’s accounts, thus lessening the burden to the taxpayers.
Stephanie Boardingham
Lyndia Thomas
Gerald Joubert
4. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. THE STATE LEGISLATURE MAY LIMIT PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH AT 2.5 PERCENT PER YEAR. IF THIS BECOMES LAW, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS THIS?
Marcus Brookins
Unfortunately, the state legislature is making worse the issue of local government funding in their effort to address a problem that they created. Property taxes are high because the state has not adequately funded public education. This has forced ISD’s to raise property taxes, county tax assessors to overvalue property. It is important that the local governments across Tarrant County and the state, come together to demand that our state leaders do more to fund public education, so school districts can lower rates, and assessors can stop overvaluing property. In turn, those savings can be passed down to the taxpayers. In the short-term, the city may need to look at spending and where it may can decrease costs in certain areas if our budget becomes affected by the state’s impediment. These things aside, this highlights the need for more economic develop in the city grow our current tax base.
Stephanie Boardingham
Lyndia Thomas
Gerald Joubert
5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Marcus Brookins
Stephanie Boardingham
Lyndia Thomas
Gerald Joubert

Forest Hill City Council

Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

PLACE 4

Who’s Running?

Ozell L. Birks3300 Railfence Rd
Forest Hill TX 76119
Beckie Duncan HayesEmail: beckie1026@yahoo.com
Harold Franklin6917 Knob Hill Rd
Forest Hill TX 76119

PLACE 5

Who’s Running?

Sonja S. ColemanEmail: electsonja@gmail.com
Clara FaulknerEmail: clara_faulkner@sbcglobal.net
S. Eric RobinsonEmail: cande7@charter.net

PLACE 6

Who’s Running?

Malinda Miller4205 Burly
Forest Hill TX 76119
Michielle Benson6900 Rebel Rd
Forest Road TX 76140

Forest Hill Library District Board

Job descriptionThe Board is the library district’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesEstablish, equip, and maintain public libraries within the district boundaries
Set rules and policies for the district
Administer library staff
Annual salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official library expenses.
MeetingsMonthly

PLACE 1

Who’s Running?

Charlotte Hogan Price (incumbent)3600 Brambleton Place
Forest Hill , TX 76140
Leslie Jasperson7309 Woodbridge Dr.
Forest Hill, TX 76140

PLACE 2

Who’s Running?

Dulani MasiminiFB: https://www.facebook.com/dulani.masimini

PLACE 3

Who’s Running?

Jimmie Sanders (incumbent)7005 Stonewall Road
Forest Hill, TX 76140