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“Fort Worth major position needs freshening. It’s time for Deborah Peoples,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram [opinion] (Apr 26, 2019), https://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/other-voices/article229621334.html?fbclid=IwAR0bX2zwr036LG0rFkP6AXbs3-r80yKXDmXTowL2C4_sVLWcBNFaYJVmFn0

“Endorsement: Betsy Price for Fort Worth mayor,” [opinion] Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 19, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/editorials/article229421329.html

“Fort Worth May 4 election: Here’s who we recommend for City Council,” [opinion] Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/editorials/article229298869.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth Mayor,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article228848734.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth City Council District 3,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/election/article229127984.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth City Council District 4,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/election/article228847764.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth City Council District 5,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article228377579.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth City Council District 6,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article228741794.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth City Council District 7,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article228377214.html

“Meet the candidates for Fort Worth City Council District 8,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 17, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/election/article228429024.html

“Does red or blue matter in local elections? Here’s how candidates have voted,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 12, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/article228686329.html

“Which Fort Worth candidate has the most money?” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 5, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/election/article228881719.html

“Often overlooked, these elections can have the biggest effect on your life,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Apr 3, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article228779149.html

“Crime-heavy area in Fort Worth to get revitalization,” WFAA.com (Mar 20, 2019) https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/tarrant-county/crime-heavy-area-in-fort-worth-to-get-revitalization/287-422e7089-5b35-42d7-9ddd-b62b2de9c514

“Candidates file for May election,” Fort Worth Business Press (Feb 16, 2019) http://www.fortworthbusiness.com/news/candidates-file-for-may-election-mayor-faces-three-challengers-former/article_50d7a0f8-3249-11e9-8766-8ba6429c30cf.html

“Who’s running for office in Fort Worth?” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Feb 15, 2019)
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Fort Worth 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 salary$29,000; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings three times per month; special meetings called as needed.

Who’s Running?

Betsy Price (incumbent)
http://www.betsypriceformayor.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/BetsyPriceforMayor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MayorBetsyPrice
Email: Julie@BetsyPriceForMayor.com
Mike HaynesEmail: mikehaynes.mh@gmail.com(write-in candidate)
James H. McBrideEmail: jamesmcbrideforftwmayor@gmail.com
Deborah Peopleshttps://peoples4mayor.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/DeborahPeoplesForMayor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/shonadeb
Email: deborahpeoplesformayor@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Betsy Price
Mike Haynes
I wanna restore the meaning of Fort Worth which is a place of worth. I wanna do this by implementing new courses in the education system that allows students to express passion and skills that shows students, how to budget their money, the importance of investing, resumes and interviews and displays leadership the community events and projects. Creating more entrepreneurs of the youth, to decrease the drop out rate, youth homelessness and the crime and death rate for adolescents. Arresting people don’t stop crime but giving them jobs, more money and opportunities does. Preparing students in such a manner would create more qualified candidates for employers and create more jobs right here in our own communities. I will ensure that this will be a program that employers will pull directly from first as qualified candidates also getting more young people involved in politics to use their creativity for better ideas. Because being financially stable gives you a different outlook on life. Magazine and online databases that markets the businesses we already have to increase consumers. A civilian review board made of leaders right here in our own communities that will monitor the complaints of our police Department creating a safer bond between the police and it’s residents. Creating a solution for the race and task force recommendations and By doing this it makes the Job of the officer much easier and the life of a resident more meaningful. Reevaluating the 287g law. New opportunities for vacant property, more affordable housing making availability for lower property tax, and a new units to each district giving Fort Worth as a whole a new Fantastic look improvements on street conditions public safety. prioritizing the storm water system to monitor flooding so that we can partner with other cities with the trinity river project making it a sight to see and purifying and reusing that water so that residents don’t have another dry summer. More non profit organizations. And a better cost of living for our city retirees. And benefits for those who don’t receive them. Adopting the use of transportation on the local level such as scooters and renter bikes, pay for carpooling at companies, subways, electric city buses for cleaner air and bringing attention to our texrail system so that those who have suspended licenses or no form of transportation will not become victims of more moving violations and the chance to become a working citizen. My ultimate goal is to bridge the gap between the old and young by partnering with United Fort Worth and other organizations making Fort Worth family oriented and increasing the life expectancy of our residents ensuring that Fort Worth will be a top 5 city to live in FORT WORTH TOGETHER WE CAN WIN THIS ELECTION vote MikeHaynes write in Candidate for mayor
James H. McBride
Deborah Peoples
I like to call them the three Ts
Transparency
Transportation
Taxes
20 years ago I don’t think our city leaders ever imagined we would be facing record population and while many enjoy having a small town feel our transportation issues or anything but small. We must address a diversity of options for citizens. We can’t just continue to build roads but must be looking at all options.
It is also critical that we address our tax base. In 2016 homeowners paid 61% of the taxes to run our city and businesses paid 39% . This is not a sustainable model .
Finally, transparency. As leaders we must be open and residents need to know what is happening and how decisions are being made. Current moves by the Fort Worth city Council to limit the amount of time residents can address the council and when they can address the council Is problematic. Also not disclosing needed information on large projects like the Trinity River vision, funding for the new police and fire center and dickies Arena leaves residents feeling left out.
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Betsy Price
Mike Haynes
Because I was born in Fort Worth on a farm in a barn that my grandfather hand built and my grandmother made plum jelly from scratch installing the entrepreneurial spirit on me at a early age. Even though it wasn’t all that great it was still a life worth living. growing up I went through the changes and hardship of Fort Worth and now that I graduated from Dallas Christian with a Business Degree and a 2x CEO award winner for Avis Budget Group, 33x elte award winner for EAN HOLDINGS, 2015 regional champ, and Vice President for project management for Enactus I’m taking the these I’ve learned and will be implementing them in our own city based off the things I’ve experience that could’ve made my life much easier and my grand parents as well. With this solution we can increase our life expectancy from all citizens. My mentor and friend Frank Knittel former mayor for Alvord Tx gave me tools he used to make that city successful before he passed and I’m going to do it here. I have applied these ideas in the community and have increased business, homes and new residents It’s great to have a Mayor who is like them
James H. McBride
Deborah Peoples
I believe I am the best candidate because I am committed to bringing all the citizens of Fort Worth together to work on common Goals and not just include a select few citizens. Too many Fort Worth residents feel that their concerns are not only not heard but are certainly not addressed. Fort Worth has changed much from when I moved here in 1975 and is a diverse growing area not only in terms of race and religion but also age groups. The issues facing us 40 years ago have changed. We now have aging infrastructure in our inner-city neighborhoods but we also need to provide infrastructure to growing areas outside the loop. We need to provide our residence with not only training for but access to well-paying jobs. I understand that and my work in the private sector was to grow job opportunities that allowed employees a living wage. My ability to not only listen to but my willingness to work will not only corporate leaders but neighborhood leaders makes me a great bridge builder. This corporate experience and my community experience is a perfect blend for bringing diverse groups together to build consensus .
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?
Betsy Price
Mike Haynes
By distributing the burden properly according to business size and property size. And creating programs that assist these individuals
James H. McBride
Deborah Peoples
The tax burden has to be fair and equitable. As I said in an earlier answer homeowners cannot continue to bear the burden of the tax base this is not a sustainable model. We must work with homeowners, property owners, small businesses and large employers to balance the tax base . We can no longer to give away unfettered tax abatements to large corporations to move here without getting some guarantees for jobs and other benefits. We must also work with the Tarrant County appraisal district on its model for our appraisals. The value of our homes continues to go up increasing our taxes. So our current mayor likes to tap the fact that they decrease taxes but when you have appraisals going up it’s a zero sum game . The end result is the homeowner Still pays more taxes!
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?
Betsy Price
Mike Haynes
By adopting to the changes to better our communities as well as the residents financial situations. Coming up with new finding ideas and applying them. If that doesn’t work city council should come together and petition for this number to increase. Municipal and sales funding is always an option
James H. McBride
Deborah Peoples
This problem should not be solved by the state legislature. I firmly believe in local control and feel this issue must be solved at the local level . Having said that I would work to ensure that this decision be made locally. Texas is a diverse state with specific needs for various cities. This type of decision should not be a one-size-fits-all .
5. IN 2018, THE CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE RACE AND CULTURE TASK FORCE. WHICH RECOMMENDATIONS DO YOU FEEL ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITIES AND WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO IMPLEMENT THEM?
Betsy Price
Mike Haynes
As some one who has grown to an adult with a lack of these recommendations I know that the most important priorities are education, housing, police brutality and transportation. With education we must implement a program that Will allow our students to be employed before or immediately after graduating. Police brutality could be solved with the civilian review board having unbiased opinions about the issues in our polone department. We need more affordable housing in each district so that we can bring a new exciting look to Ft Worth and create a family oriented environment that makes an impact on youth homelessness. Transportation that had new routes reaching areas for the disabled and those of age and new buses that are electric to cut back on pollution and transportation that goes outside of Ft Worth that allows residents new opportunities of employment and education also scooters and renter bikes in residential areas
James H. McBride
Deborah Peoples
The task force talked about the systemic nature of racism in Fort Worth. I believe two critical issues addressed are education and public safety.
The partnership with education is critical as we must prepare students for the growing needs of the workforce. The students we are educating today will be the leaders and workforce of tomorrow. We must ensure that they are trained and educated to take on decision-making positions. Our public school system is a minority majority school system with the majority of students being students of color. If we focus on education then we must focus on those issues that keep students from achieving their maximum potential... Issues like housing, healthy eating, and healthcare.
The other issue that is important to me and I believe important to the citizens is the issue surrounding Public Safety. This issue is two part : first, in many departments there are no minority employees . This lack of diversity must be addressed.
And, two we need a citizens review board for the police department to encourage transparency . this is critical to ensure a fair and equitable treatment for both Citizens and our police officers . It should be a win-win effort.
6. FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE TRINITY RIVER VISION/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT WAS NOT ALLOCATED FUNDING IN THE 2019 FEDERAL BUDGET, TRWD OFFICIALS STATED THAT THE PROJECT WOULD NEED AT LEAST $26 MILLION IN 2020 AND $35 MILLION IN 2021 IN ORDER TO STAY ON TRACK. IF FEDERAL FUNDING AT THIS LEVEL IS NOT APPROVED, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL PROCEED?
Betsy Price
Mike Haynes
I will complete this project the best way I can if not I will build a stadium for a new sports team. City council should figure out a solution together for funding or find a better solution for the issues panther island was created for
James H. McBride
Deborah Peoples
It is my believe that we need to first review and analyze the project to ensure that this is a project that is needed to protect our citizens . The project was begun as a flood control issue and it is my believe that that should be the top priority.
The Trinity River Authority should first ensure that flood control measures come before looking at any other aspect of this.
Once that has been made a priority we and then look at the potential benefits of additional affordable housing, retail, and entertainment opportunities.
7. IN LATE 2018, FOLLOWING A REQUEST FROM THE CITY COUNCIL, TRWD AGREED TO SEEK AN INDEPENDENT PROGRAMMATIC REVIEW OF THE TRINITY RIVER/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT. IN YOUR VIEW, IS THE SCOPE OF THE REVIEW APPROPRIATE? WHY OR WHY NOT?
Betsy Price
Mike Haynes
The scope of the review is appropriate because we must make sure this is the best idea for all residents and that we are not waisting millions of dollars for nothing
James H. McBride
Deborah Peoples
We need an in-depth review of the project. We should look at all aspects of the project. Anything that stops short of a full audit is not acceptable. The Citizens of Fort Worth deserve full transparency on this.
8. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Betsy Price
Mike Haynes
VOTE MIKEHAYNES WRITE IN CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR
It’s time for a change for all people of all ages
James H. McBride
Deborah Peoples
I like to tell people this is not your grandmothers Fort Worth. We have a City that is growing exponentially and with that growth comes opportunities like: delivering infrastructure, providing world-class transportation, encouraging economic development that brings great jobs , providing housing opportunities for all and More. We must Bring a new kind of leadership to the city. We need a Mayor who is open and transparent and is willing to allow every neighborhood a seat at the table . Our patriarchal system of leadership no longer works. Are citizens demand participation and want to be part of the new Fort Worth way.

Fort Worth City Council

Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. This position is elected by district; term is two years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salary$25,000; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings three times per month; special meetings called as needed.

DISTRICT 2

Who’s Running?

Carlos Flores (incumbent)
FB: https://www.facebook.com/carlosfloresfortworth/
Email: carlosflores4district2@gmail.com

DISTRICT 3

Who’s Running?

Brian Byrd (incumbent)
https://www.vote4byrd.org
FB: https://www.facebook.com/BrianByrdCampaign/
LinkedIn: Brian Byrd
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBByrd
Email: brian@Vote4Byrd.org
Tanner Smith10241 Dallam Ln
Fort Worth TX 76108

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Brian Byrd
Education, Economic Development, Race Relations
Tanner Smith
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Brian Byrd
Oh, I’m just a semi-retired businessman and physician who has enjoyed being on City Council the past 2 years. If had to boil it down I’d say that I love my city, the people who live in it, and it is one of the great honors of my life to represent those that live in District 3.
Tanner Smith
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?
Brian Byrd
We need to support our local entrepreneurs who represent and are creating our business community future. We should continue to evolve our efforts to attract business to move to Fort Worth. Our business development partners in the city, the Chambers of Commerce and Visit Fort Worth work very well together, and we’ve had some success just in the past month with a couple of decent sized corporate relocations. Business leaders love Fort Worth when they visit which is why it is important for us to push through on the Convention Center expansion.
Tanner Smith
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?
Brian Byrd
I think we will be looking at a 4-5 cent rollback rate by the time session ends. The City of Fort Worth has done a remarkable job spending taxpayer money in smart ways. One telling statistic is the fact that our spending per citizen has decreased since 1990 (that is adjusted for inflation).
Tanner Smith
5. IN 2018, THE CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE RACE AND CULTURE TASK FORCE. WHICH RECOMMENDATIONS DO YOU FEEL ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITIES AND WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO IMPLEMENT THEM?
Brian Byrd
The Fort Worth Police Department is one of the world’s best, and I am thankful everyday that they are putting themselves in harm’s way so that the rest of us can work, live and play in safety. I would consider looking at a police monitor to help with citizen concerns. While getting the law enforcement piece right is so important, ideally we’d like to see a lot more black and hispanic success in the business world where folks can build wealth and grow incomes.
Tanner Smith
6. FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE TRINITY RIVER VISION/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT WAS NOT ALLOCATED FUNDING IN THE 2019 FEDERAL BUDGET, TRWD OFFICIALS STATED THAT THE PROJECT WOULD NEED AT LEAST $26 MILLION IN 2020 AND $35 MILLION IN 2021 IN ORDER TO STAY ON TRACK. IF FEDERAL FUNDING AT THIS LEVEL IS NOT APPROVED, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL PROCEED?
Brian Byrd
I’ll look forward to seeing the results of the Panther Island Project evaluation.
Tanner Smith
7. IN LATE 2018, FOLLOWING A REQUEST FROM THE CITY COUNCIL, TRWD AGREED TO SEEK AN INDEPENDENT PROGRAMMATIC REVIEW OF THE TRINITY RIVER/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT. IN YOUR VIEW, IS THE SCOPE OF THE REVIEW APPROPRIATE? WHY OR WHY NOT?
Brian Byrd
A thorough review should help our chances in Washington.
Tanner Smith
8. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Brian Byrd
Tanner Smith

DISTRICT 4

Who’s Running?

Cary Moon (incumbent)
https://www.carymoon.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/VoteCaryMoon/
FB: Cary Moon Fort Worth Council Member
Twitter: https://twitter.com/carymoon_fw
Email: cary@carymoon.com
Max J. Strikerhttps://www.maxstriker.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MaxJStrikerFTW/about/
Instagram: http://hotsta.net/maxjstrikerftw
Email: campaign@maxstriker.com
Email: max@maxstriker.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Cary Moon
Continuing to better our city budgets, to lower taxes and to correct gov't inefficiencies. To correct city processes on the time taken to deploy hundreds of millions of dollars for road improvements and city services that are sitting on the sidelines waiting for design and installation.
Max J. Striker
My top priorities are urban redevelopment, transportation and infrastructure. Many of our Fort Worth neighborhoods are in need of revitalization. New streets, sidewalks and lighting are needed to bring these neighborhoods the benefit of urban redevelopment. In the area of transportation, it’s good to see that the Texrail and the TRE rail lines now travel into Fort Worth However, once you get here, there’s no way to get around the city of Fort Worth except by bus or car. The busses come at odd intervals, are inconvenient and cause traffic. Not everyone has access to a car and to many cars cause gridlock. I would like the city to work toward a light rail system that connects all our neighborhoods. This would reduce traffic and have the added bonus of providing those in disadvantaged neighborhoods to travel to better paying jobs outside the area where they live.
Mis principales prioridades son la reurbanización urbana, el transporte y la infraestructura. Muchos de nuestros vecindarios de Fort Worth necesitan una revitalización. Se necesitan nuevas calles, aceras e iluminación para que estos vecindarios se beneficien de la reurbanización urbana. En el área de transporte, es bueno ver que las líneas de tren Texrail y TRE ahora viajan a Fort Worth. Sin embargo, una vez que llegue aquí, no hay forma de moverse por la ciudad de Fort Worth, excepto en autobús o automóvil. Los buses vienen en intervalos impares, son inconvenientes y causan tráfico. No todas las personas tienen acceso a un automóvil y muchos de ellos causan un atasco. Me gustaría que la ciudad trabaje hacia un sistema de tren ligero que conecte todos nuestros vecindarios. Esto reduciría el tráfico y tendría la ventaja adicional de proporcionar a las personas en vecindarios desfavorecidos para viajar a empleos mejor pagados fuera del área donde viven.
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Cary Moon
Proven results. My executive level experiences as CEO of a bank to CFO of a $48M medical company afford me the skill set to tackle our $1.9M budget. My office is high-energy and effective. I have tacked gov't inefficiencies in our city finances thru updating revenue policies, cutting expenses, and correcting inefficiencies thru city audits. We have passed more ordinances than all other council members, making updates to code, building standards, public policies, and city financials. On city services, we deployed more than $30M in idle funds into road improvements, connecting sidewalks, and safe routes to schools. On development, I have brought development to the East ($35M) and controlled development in the north. My office is always responsive to constituent inquiries and maintains common-sense approach to correct public policy.
Max J. Striker
I am a local criminal defense attorney that represents hundreds of clients each year. I live and work in Ft. Worth, and I see the crumbling streets, the traffic jams, and the lack of city services that hold our city back and I will make it my highest priority to do something about it.
Soy un abogado de defensa criminal local que representa a cientos de clientes cada año. Vivo y trabajo en Ft. Worth la pena, y veo las calles derrumbadas, los embotellamientos y la falta de servicios de la ciudad que frenan a nuestra ciudad y haré mi máxima prioridad hacer algo al respecto.
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?
Cary Moon
The prudent approach is to make sure that no one entity receives unfavorable tax abatements. My office was successful in making sure that affordable housing projects pay property taxes. Prior, affordable housing developers were avoiding paying taxes to our schools and avoiding paying taxes to our city by partnering with housing authorities.
My office lead the changes to this bad policy. Earlier this year, I was proud that as a city we approved a dozen affordable housing projects and ALL will now pay taxes to our schools and city.
Max J. Striker
Larger employers can bear a larger part of the burden than smaller employers and they often do if they are retail stores because they will have a larger volume of sales and pay more sales tax. But it is homeowners that pay the majority of the taxes in the city of Fort Worth. Some of that burden should be lifted off the shoulders of our homeowners to balance the tax burden they face.
Los empleadores más grandes pueden soportar una parte más grande de la carga que los empleadores más pequeños y lo hacen a menudo si son tiendas minoristas porque tendrán un mayor volumen de ventas y pagarán más impuestos sobre las ventas. Pero son los propietarios los que pagan la mayoría de los impuestos en la ciudad de Fort Worth. Parte de esa carga debe ser eliminada de los hombros de nuestros propietarios para equilibrar la carga fiscal que enfrentan.
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?
Cary Moon
Fort Worth needs to continue its successes with managing its city finances. Fort Worth was the largest city to hit the Effective Tax Rate. We updated old revenue policies so that the first option to increase city revenue is not to increase taxes. As Chairman of the Internal Audit, we identified millions in misplaced revenue and corrected millions in expense recovery. We made corrections to our city pension for our police and fire, to preserve benefits earned by retirees. We completed these financial goals by lowering your tax rate to offset your property valuation. FW just needs to continue its prudent management of city financials to stay below the 2.5% cap. I play a large role in the oversight of our city's $1.9B finances.
Max J. Striker
Runaway property taxes are a big problem. Hopefully, Austin will be able to limit the increase so that people don’t lose their homes due to increased property appraisal values. The city has managed with tax revenue at lower levels in the past. Going forward the city council of Fort Worth should make sure the city budget adheres to the level of tax income it actually receives and the council should endeavor to produce a balanced budget each year.
Los impuestos a la propiedad fuera de control son un gran problema. Con suerte, Austin podrá limitar el aumento para que las personas no pierdan sus hogares debido al aumento de los valores de tasación de la propiedad. La ciudad ha manejado con ingresos fiscales en niveles más bajos en el pasado. En el futuro, el consejo de la ciudad de Fort Worth debe asegurarse de que el presupuesto de la ciudad se adhiera al nivel de ingresos fiscales que realmente recibe y el consejo debe esforzarse por producir un presupuesto equilibrado cada año.
5. IN 2018, THE CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE RACE AND CULTURE TASK FORCE. WHICH RECOMMENDATIONS DO YOU FEEL ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITIES AND WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO IMPLEMENT THEM?
Cary Moon
Addressing inequities in education, health, and criminal justice are the higher priorities. Some quick measures can be deployed thru public policy and working with existing programs. A Civilian Oversight Committed of Police was one recommendation of our Race and Culture Task force that I will not be supporting in its current framework.
An easy inequity to address is the connectivity of city sidewalks. We need to get our children and pedestrians off the streets and on connected sidewalks.
Max J. Striker
Police training is important in crime reduction as well as assuring that the police do their job properly. Police training should include protecting rights of persons in police custody, impartial decision making, determining what is appropriate force, “de-escalation" training (designed to address safe but effective use of force) and giving residents an opportunity to explain their side.
Community outreach should be part of the strategy to bridge the gap between our communities and the police. Community outreach should involve a diverse group of citizen volunteers, who can be the eyes and ears of the community.
An after-review board can review police actions that cause disruptions between our communities and their police force. In this way we can build trust between law enforcement and all residents.
La capacitación de la policía es importante para reducir el crimen, así como para garantizar que la policía haga su trabajo correctamente. La capacitación policial debe incluir la protección de los derechos de las personas bajo custodia policial, la toma imparcial de decisiones, la determinación de cuál es la fuerza apropiada, la capacitación de "reducción de escala" (diseñada para abordar el uso seguro pero efectivo de la fuerza) y dar a los residentes la oportunidad de explicar su lado.
El alcance a la comunidad debe ser parte de la estrategia para cerrar la brecha entre nuestras comunidades y la policía. El alcance comunitario debe involucrar a un grupo diverso de ciudadanos voluntarios, que pueden ser los ojos y oídos de la comunidad.
Una junta de revisión posterior puede revisar las acciones policiales que causan interrupciones entre nuestras comunidades y su fuerza policial. De esta manera podemos crear confianza entre la policía y todos los residentes.
6. FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE TRINITY RIVER VISION/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT WAS NOT ALLOCATED FUNDING IN THE 2019 FEDERAL BUDGET, TRWD OFFICIALS STATED THAT THE PROJECT WOULD NEED AT LEAST $26 MILLION IN 2020 AND $35 MILLION IN 2021 IN ORDER TO STAY ON TRACK. IF FEDERAL FUNDING AT THIS LEVEL IS NOT APPROVED, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL PROCEED?
Cary Moon
It is worse than that... And, the citizens of FW have been assured by TRWD that federal funding for the project will be obtained. If this funding continues to be in question then changes need to be made at TRWD.
Max J. Striker
The 1.16 billion Panther Island Project is a waterway land development project run by a partnership between the Trinity River Vision authority, Tarrant regional Water district and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The project is meant to create to create a 1.5-mile river bypass channel that will turn a bend in the trinity river into an Island. The project is supposed to include 3 flood gates, a dam, a 30-acre town lake, storm water storage, a Riverwalk and signature bridges along with the 800-acre island.
After 14 years the project is still not complete. There are no flood gates, no dam, a 30-acre town lake, no storm water storage, no Riverwalk and the signature bridges are being built over dry land.
There should be a full audit of the Trinity River Vision Authority, the agency overseeing the 14-year project. There isn’t much to show for all the taxpayer dollars put into it. We need to look the processes and management and reform the project to assure there is no additional time or taxpayer money wasted.
El proyecto de 1.16 mil millones de Panther Island es un proyecto de desarrollo terrestre de vías fluviales administrado por una asociación entre la autoridad Trinity River Vision, el distrito regional de agua de Tarrant y el Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de los Estados Unidos. El objetivo del proyecto es crear un canal de desvío fluvial de 1,5 millas que convierta una curva en el río Trinity en una isla. Se supone que el proyecto incluirá 3 compuertas de inundación, una presa, un lago de 30 acres, un depósito de aguas pluviales, un Riverwalk y puentes exclusivos junto con la isla de 800 acres.
Después de 14 años el proyecto aún no está completo. No hay puertas de inundación, presas, un lago de 30 acres, ni almacenamiento de aguas pluviales, ni Riverwalk y los puentes exclusivos se están construyendo sobre tierra seca.
Debe haber una auditoría completa de Trinity River Vision Authority, la agencia que supervisa el proyecto de 14 años. No hay mucho que mostrar para todos los dólares de los contribuyentes. Necesitamos analizar los procesos y la administración, y reformar el proyecto para asegurarnos de que no se pierda tiempo adicional ni dinero del contribuyente.
7. IN LATE 2018, FOLLOWING A REQUEST FROM THE CITY COUNCIL, TRWD AGREED TO SEEK AN INDEPENDENT PROGRAMMATIC REVIEW OF THE TRINITY RIVER/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT. IN YOUR VIEW, IS THE SCOPE OF THE REVIEW APPROPRIATE? WHY OR WHY NOT?
Cary Moon
The review is warranted and needed.
Disappointedly, the scope of the review will not lead to recommendation to correct policies on Employee Fraternization and Contract Nepotism. Correcting the optics of the project management are paramount to ensure the obtainment of needed funding.
Max J. Striker
An independent review of the $1.16 billion Panther Island project will currently include analysis of its management, accountability and finances, but it won’t look at the executive director’s performance. We should look at all aspects of the project, executive director’s performance included. If after 14 years you have only managed to build bridges over dry land there might need to be consider of a change in management. If your team doesn’t win any games for 14 years don’t you think it’s time to get a new coach?
La revisión independiente del proyecto de $ 1.16 mil millones de Panther Island incluirá actualmente el análisis de su administración, responsabilidad y finanzas, pero no analizará el desempeño del director ejecutivo. Debemos considerar todos los aspectos del proyecto, incluido el desempeño del director ejecutivo. Si después de 14 años solo ha logrado construir puentes sobre tierra firme, es posible que deba considerar un cambio en la administración. Si su equipo no gana ningún juego durante 14 años, ¿no cree que es hora de obtener un nuevo entrenador?
8. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Cary Moon
Max J. Striker
Special Heritage projects are a good way to improve the life for Fort Worth residents bring in tourism, new business and improve the city’s reputation. The Fort Worth Stockyards is one such project. Currently Phase One of the renovation of that district is the of Mule alley project. This is a 1.75 million renovation by Stockyards Heritage Development Co. (a public- private partnership between Fort Worth, Tarrant County and a private company) which is set to finish in 2020. It will include restaurants, shops, office space in the Historic mule and horse barns with crown jewel being the Hotel Drover, a ranch style hotel in the style of the old west. Future phases on the revitalization on this historic district should expand and the entire area has great potential for development. Special Heritage projects are an ideal way to improve life in our city and other areas should also be looked at for historical district redevelopment.
Los proyectos de Patrimonio especial son una buena manera de mejorar la vida de los residentes de Fort Worth que traen turismo, nuevos negocios y mejoran la reputación de la ciudad. El Fort Worth Stockyards es uno de esos proyectos. Actualmente la Fase Uno de la renovación de ese distrito es el proyecto del callejón Mule. Esta es una renovación de 1.75 millones realizada por Stockyards Heritage Development Co. (una asociación público-privada entre Fort Worth, el Condado de Tarrant y una compañía privada) que finalizará en 2020. Incluirá restaurantes, tiendas, espacio de oficinas en la mula histórica y los establos de caballos con la joya de la corona son el Hotel Drover, un hotel estilo rancho al estilo del viejo oeste. Las fases futuras de la revitalización en este distrito histórico deberían expandirse y toda el área tiene un gran potencial de desarrollo. Los proyectos de Patrimonio especial son una forma ideal de mejorar la vida en nuestra ciudad y otras áreas también deben considerarse para el desarrollo histórico del distrito.

DISTRICT 5

Who’s Running?

Gyna Bivens (incumbent)https://www.gynabivens.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/CouncilwomanGynaB/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gynadistrict5
Email: gmbivans@gmail.com
Thomas B. Brownhttps://www.thomasbrownfordistrict5.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/ThomasBrownForDistrict5/
Email: Thomas.brown254@gmail.com
Waymond Brown, Sr.FB: https://www.facebook.com/Waymond-Brown-Sr-For-District-5-Campaign-262898544598341/
Email: wbrown.district5@gmail.com
Tammy PierceFB: https://www.facebook.com/TammyPierceDistrict5/
Email: tpsolutions13@gmail.com
Bob WilloughbyEmail: b.willoughby@live.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Gyna Bivens
Thomas B. Brown
Communication and transparency
Address failing infrastructure
Work to attract new business and jobs (grocery stores, restaurants, entertainment, etc)
Waymond Brown, Sr
Tammy Pierce
Bob Willoughby
Encouraging people to vote, at 97% not participating is critical.
More Neighborhood Associations involvement with our city and modify the citizen presentation to a Q&A
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Gyna Bivens
Thomas B. Brown
My background is in land development consultation. This experience lends itself to the insight of development trends and what is needed to improve East Fort Worth with smart and responsible development. The investment back into East Fort Worth will bring along with it jobs, grocery stores, restaurants, and retail that will benefit all residents of East Fort Worth.
Waymond Brown, Sr
Tammy Pierce
Bob Willoughby
Self-funded and only obligated to the issues
Six years learning and attending over 40 Council meetings to know our city inside and out
I ran for City Council in 2017, but was rejected for not meeting a requirement that was not on the requirement list
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?
Gyna Bivens
Thomas B. Brown
We are currently losing the local business in many parts of district 5 quicker than we are gaining new ones.
The best way to balance the tax burden is to attract more business to the area. This will directly address the inverted tax ration of residential to commercial Fort Worth is currently facing.
Waymond Brown, Sr
Tammy Pierce
Bob Willoughby
I believe there are a lot options that could be explored that we do not have accessed to at this time
Looking from the outside and knowing what's missing at city Council, I would say try common sense
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?
Gyna Bivens
Thomas B. Brown
The city has been able to, over the past few years, been able to lower its take on property taxes. Regardless of property tax law changes at the state level, it is important for the city to constantly evaluate its spending through audits and other measures to ensure efficiency.
Waymond Brown, Sr
Tammy Pierce
Bob Willoughby
Consult with constituents for the best conclusion
5. IN 2018, THE CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE RACE AND CULTURE TASK FORCE. WHICH RECOMMENDATIONS DO YOU FEEL ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITIES AND WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO IMPLEMENT THEM?
Gyna Bivens
Thomas B. Brown
While all off the recommendations are important, I believe the Civilian oversight of Police Department, Police cadet program, Health education and outreach, Active lifestyles, and Healthy foods recommendations are some of the most pressing problems with some of the most viable solutions.
Waymond Brown, Sr
Tammy Pierce
Bob Willoughby
City Council adopted the task force resolution in spite of heavy opposition, at best should have delayed the decision
6. FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE TRINITY RIVER VISION/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT WAS NOT ALLOCATED FUNDING IN THE 2019 FEDERAL BUDGET, TRWD OFFICIALS STATED THAT THE PROJECT WOULD NEED AT LEAST $26 MILLION IN 2020 AND $35 MILLION IN 2021 IN ORDER TO STAY ON TRACK. IF FEDERAL FUNDING AT THIS LEVEL IS NOT APPROVED, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL PROCEED?
Gyna Bivens
Thomas B. Brown
The project should be re-evaluated to see if it can be re-phased or if possible, some design elements be eliminated to lower the development cost of the project. The city should also look into other financing solutions, including private partnerships to fund the project.
Waymond Brown, Sr
Tammy Pierce
Bob Willoughby
1 of several areas where money could be redirected to better serve our city.
Make English the official language and literally divert millions of dollars from printing in foreign language
I cannot see the benefit in having a numerous language in the city system, but I can see the harm and the cost, what would it be like in a crisis with a Mayor that did not speak English and a council member that spoke another language, last thing I think we need is communication breakdown, an official language would be smart and would provide additional funds for other projects
7. IN LATE 2018, FOLLOWING A REQUEST FROM THE CITY COUNCIL, TRWD AGREED TO SEEK AN INDEPENDENT PROGRAMMATIC REVIEW OF THE TRINITY RIVER/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT. IN YOUR VIEW, IS THE SCOPE OF THE REVIEW APPROPRIATE? WHY OR WHY NOT?
Gyna Bivens
Thomas B. Brown
With any large public project, it is important to have independent review to ensure the project is being conducted correctly and that funds are being spent efficiently.
Waymond Brown, Sr
Tammy Pierce
Bob Willoughby
Not informed enough on the question at this time
8. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Gyna Bivens
Thomas B. Brown
Waymond Brown, Sr
Tammy Pierce
Bob Willoughby
Code compliance reform is needed
There are no policies that limit code compliance officers from lying,
The Director Brandon Bennett is dishonest, incompetent and derelict in his duties, the mayor cannot deny these allegation
Zoning needs to be reform
Not to allow city Council to change an applicant's zoning change request, without citizen’s approval
it should be mandatory that Zoning signs are posted when a zoning change is requested, with additional information Thank you

DISTRICT 6

Who’s Running?

Jungus Jordan (incumbent)http://www.jungusjordan.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Jungus-Jordan-Campaign-112532362160835/
Email: jungusjordan@att.net
Daryl R. Davis IIhttps://daryldavis6.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/daryldavisdistrict6/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/daryldavisfw
Email: daryldaviscampaign@gmail.com
Rod SmithFB: https://www.facebook.com/rodsmithD6
Email: rsmithdistrict6@gmail..com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Jungus Jordan
Daryl R. Davis II
Community and Police Relations
Building trust is a fundamental component of establishing good relationships with anyone. Trust is also a major factor in determining how safe people feel in their communities, and how safe the police feel when they are doing their jobs. I want to be the bridge that helps build better, trusting relationships between our communities and police.
Affordable Homes
I am committed to finding solutions to making homes affordable to everyone, with a goal toward home ownership. In the meantime, we need to increase the number of rental units around the city so that all residents, making an honest living in our district and across our city can have a home of their own.
Public Transit
Fort Worth, being the 15th largest city in the nation, does not have a viable public transportation system in place. Residents in part of District 6 are in a transit desert, due to not being accessible to Trinity Metro. Fort Worth needs a multi-faced approach to public transit, including enhanced bus routes and light rail options.
Rod Smith
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Jungus Jordan
Daryl R. Davis II
This is my first time seeking public office; however, I have a vast experience serving in the non-profit area, serving on various boards and with community organizations. I currently serve on the boards of: William M. McDonald YMCA, Presbyterian Night Shelter, Inspiring Temple Of Praise Church, Integrity Community Development Corporation. My experience in board service throughout our city has prepared me to serve as a Council Representative.
Rod Smith
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?
Jungus Jordan
Daryl R. Davis II
Fort Worth needs to make sure businesses pay their fair share of property taxes. Currently, the majority of the burden rests on the shoulders of the residents of Fort Worth, due to businesses begin given so many tax breaks. By intelligently shifting that burden, municipal funding will increase and we are able to provide tax relief for the residents. We also need to work with other local governments and school districts to pressure the state to fund public education. When the state properly funds public education, there will be less of a demand on property taxes to provide financial resources to provide quality education.
Rod Smith
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?
Jungus Jordan
Daryl R. Davis II
The City Council should address this issue by ensuring that businesses pay their fair share of taxes. Currently, the majority of tax revenue comes from residential taxes. Because of the tax abatement that some businesses are given, the city does not receive revenue from those properties. By ensuring businesses pay property taxes, the limited increases on growth should not negatively affect the city's property tax revenue.
Rod Smith
5. IN 2018, THE CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE RACE AND CULTURE TASK FORCE. WHICH RECOMMENDATIONS DO YOU FEEL ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITIES AND WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO IMPLEMENT THEM?
Jungus Jordan
Daryl R. Davis II
I support a civilian review board of the Fort Worth Police Department. I believe it should be external to the department’s internal affairs. It should be comprised of citizens, and the board should be made up of individuals appointed by city leadership. Much like many of the city’s boards and commissions, each council person should be given the opportunity to appoint a member to this board, to ensure that the board is diverse and a reflection of the city. They should be generally charged with reviewing complaints and making recommendations as to disciplinary action after the police department has completed its own investigation and made a disciplinary recommendation.
Rod Smith
6. FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE TRINITY RIVER VISION/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT WAS NOT ALLOCATED FUNDING IN THE 2019 FEDERAL BUDGET, TRWD OFFICIALS STATED THAT THE PROJECT WOULD NEED AT LEAST $26 MILLION IN 2020 AND $35 MILLION IN 2021 IN ORDER TO STAY ON TRACK. IF FEDERAL FUNDING AT THIS LEVEL IS NOT APPROVED, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL PROCEED?
Jungus Jordan
Daryl R. Davis II
The Panther Island project is ideally a flood control solution. While the economic development aspect of the project could potentially present benefits to the city in the future, the most important aspect of the program is to ensure the safety of Fort Worth residents. The City Council should proceed with the project, from a flood control standpoint. We must ensure that our residents are not in danger of flooding. However, we should discontinue the economic development, with the possibility of revisiting the idea later. The council should focus on getting the maximum benefit for the smallest investment.
Rod Smith
7. IN LATE 2018, FOLLOWING A REQUEST FROM THE CITY COUNCIL, TRWD AGREED TO SEEK AN INDEPENDENT PROGRAMMATIC REVIEW OF THE TRINITY RIVER/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT. IN YOUR VIEW, IS THE SCOPE OF THE REVIEW APPROPRIATE? WHY OR WHY NOT?
Jungus Jordan
Daryl R. Davis II
Absolutely! Considering the fact that tax payers are financing this project, the Council should ensure that the funds appropriated for this project are being well spent. The residents of Fort Worth deserve fiscally responsible representatives, who can give an account of how this particular project is being managed.
Rod Smith
8. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Jungus Jordan
Daryl R. Davis II
If the Fort Worth of our dreams is to become the Fort Worth of our destiny, we need leaders who are not afraid to lead in tough times, on tough issues and in ways that unite our communities. I am that leader who will be the voice for the residents in district 6 and usher our district and Fort Worth to a Better Way!
Rod Smith

DISTRICT 7

Who’s Running?

Dennis Shingleton (incumbent)http://dshingleton.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/DennisShingletonforCityCouncil/
Email: dennis_shingleton@sbcglobal.net
David Hawthornewww.votehawthorne.com
Email: D.G.Hawthorne7@gmail.com
Michael Matoshttps://votematos.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/VoteMatos/
Email: votematos@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Dennis Shingleton
David Hawthorne
Some of the main themes for why I'm running consist of Crime, Construction, and Pensions. I back our law enforcement agencies 100% and would like to continue working with them to address crime around the city. I would like to finally solve the flooding problems while also making sure that roads and amenities are equally distributed throughout the city. I have a plan to solve the pensions issues once and for all without raising property taxes. Please check out my website for more details!
Michael Matos
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Dennis Shingleton
David Hawthorne
I am a father of three that has lived in many different cities around the metroplex so I've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of city living. In my opinion the city government has done a horrible job balancing greenspace, commercial, and residential growth in my district and I'm sure we aren't the only area of the city to suffer from this mismanagement. Since I have experienced this issue personally, I would like to do my best to fix this problem.
Michael Matos
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?
Dennis Shingleton
David Hawthorne
I believe that the current levels that are already in place work well, but we can always do better. We should always try to lower taxes without decreasing city services if it is a possibility, and if it not, at least try to keep them at the present levels without raising them.
Michael Matos
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?
Dennis Shingleton
David Hawthorne
I do think that a 2.5 percent annual growth cap of property taxes would be a great thing for Texas. In addition to job growth, we could raise fees on tickets, court fees, and other city services and facilities.
Michael Matos
5. IN 2018, THE CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE RACE AND CULTURE TASK FORCE. WHICH RECOMMENDATIONS DO YOU FEEL ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITIES AND WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO IMPLEMENT THEM?
Dennis Shingleton
David Hawthorne
We already have ways to identify and deal with rogue law enforcement officials. With that said, I back the police and the check and balance systems already in place 100%. We need to stop looking at everything that happens through the prism of race and come together as humans. I personally find any identity politics grotesque. Race quotas are a bad idea, the best qualified person should get the job, period. How people may look should have NOTHING to do with any hiring practices. Quite simply, if someone thinks that the police target people because of their race please don't vote for me. However, if you think that all lawful residents should be treated equally, I'm your man.
Michael Matos
6. FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE TRINITY RIVER VISION/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT WAS NOT ALLOCATED FUNDING IN THE 2019 FEDERAL BUDGET, TRWD OFFICIALS STATED THAT THE PROJECT WOULD NEED AT LEAST $26 MILLION IN 2020 AND $35 MILLION IN 2021 IN ORDER TO STAY ON TRACK. IF FEDERAL FUNDING AT THIS LEVEL IS NOT APPROVED, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL PROCEED?
Dennis Shingleton
David Hawthorne
The Panther Island and Trinity River projects sound awesome, if we can responsibly pay for it. We should continue trying to get the federal funds that dig into why the cost has tripled.
Michael Matos
7. IN LATE 2018, FOLLOWING A REQUEST FROM THE CITY COUNCIL, TRWD AGREED TO SEEK AN INDEPENDENT PROGRAMMATIC REVIEW OF THE TRINITY RIVER/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT. IN YOUR VIEW, IS THE SCOPE OF THE REVIEW APPROPRIATE? WHY OR WHY NOT?
Dennis Shingleton
David Hawthorne
We must continue to verify that the estimated funding needed is correct and that the scope of the project is even within the realm of possibility.
Michael Matos
8. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Dennis Shingleton
David Hawthorne
I strongly believe that all decisions should NOT be based upon things such as skin color, social status, gender, religion, or what people do within their private lives. We all follow the same laws. We all use the same roads, schools, and parks. I honestly believe that we all want the same things for our families, that we should work together toward true equality rather than dividing each other up into smaller groups. I will always work to foster a message of unity, a Community of One if you will. To be crystal clear, we should reject any forces that try to divide us, and fully unite together. We are all one race, the Human Race.
Michael Matos

DISTRICT 8

Who’s Running?

Kelly Allen Gray (incumbent)FB: https://www.facebook.com/KellyAllenGray/
Email: teamkellyallengray@gmail.com
Kevin “KL” JohnsonEmail: unitewithusnotagainstus@gmail.com
Chris Nettleshttps://www.chrisnettlescampaign.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/VoteNettles/
Twitter: @VoteNettles
Email: chrisnettlescampaign@yahoo.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Kelly Allen Gray
Kevin “KL” Johnson
Chris Nettles
1). Improve public transportation infrastructure so that it competes with similar big cities. We need to expand not only bus services, but also develop a light rail system that is comparable to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system. a). I would advance the issue by providing residents with information on the program's costs/benefits and making the issue a priority for the city. b). The infrastructure would be paid for by a small increase in the tax base (targeted revenue sources to be identified by city manager) and ticket sales. This cost would be less than the economic activity generated. 2). Reduce homelessness via a 3-step plan: Assessment, short-term assistance, long-term solutions. a). I would work with local organizations that advocate on behalf of the homelessness community to receive input on my plan and ask for their support. b). The plan would be paid for by a public-private partnership with the city investing a determined amount and incentivizing private participation. 3). Develop a Citizen's Review Board that is tasked with investigating allegations of improper conduct by Fort Worth Police. It would also be tasked with investigating complaints by officers who do not believe they have been treated properly by superiors.
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Kelly Allen Gray
Kevin “KL” Johnson
Chris Nettles
Voters should choose me over my opponents because I intend to uphold the promises I make to the residents of District 8. For too long the leaders of Fort Worth have not stayed true to their word, instead leaving us with more problems than solutions. I will bring progress and results to this community while always listening to the concerns of my neighbors. I am more invested than any of the other candidates in our community and my experience running a small business and community leaders makes me the best candidate.
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?
Kelly Allen Gray
Kevin “KL” Johnson
Chris Nettles
I believe that we must focus on progressive taxation which taxes people based on their ability to pay. For businesses, tax breaks should only be given if it helps the community as a whole and doesn't drive out local business.
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?
Kelly Allen Gray
Kevin “KL” Johnson
Chris Nettles
The City Council will need to look for alternate funding in the form of state and federal funds for services. I would be hesitant to raise sales tax because of regressive effects.
5. IN 2018, THE CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE RACE AND CULTURE TASK FORCE. WHICH RECOMMENDATIONS DO YOU FEEL ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITIES AND WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO IMPLEMENT THEM?
Kelly Allen Gray
Kevin “KL” Johnson
Chris Nettles
I believe that one of the most important priorities recommended by the task force is the development of a Citizen's Review Board that is tasked with investigating allegations of improper conduct by Fort Worth Police. It would also be tasked with investigating complaints by officers who do not believe they have been treated properly by superiors.
6. FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE TRINITY RIVER VISION/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT WAS NOT ALLOCATED FUNDING IN THE 2019 FEDERAL BUDGET, TRWD OFFICIALS STATED THAT THE PROJECT WOULD NEED AT LEAST $26 MILLION IN 2020 AND $35 MILLION IN 2021 IN ORDER TO STAY ON TRACK. IF FEDERAL FUNDING AT THIS LEVEL IS NOT APPROVED, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL PROCEED?
Kelly Allen Gray
Kevin “KL” Johnson
Chris Nettles
The council should pause on the project an reevaluate whether the costs are worth the benefit.
7. IN LATE 2018, FOLLOWING A REQUEST FROM THE CITY COUNCIL, TRWD AGREED TO SEEK AN INDEPENDENT PROGRAMMATIC REVIEW OF THE TRINITY RIVER/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT. IN YOUR VIEW, IS THE SCOPE OF THE REVIEW APPROPRIATE? WHY OR WHY NOT?
Kelly Allen Gray
Kevin “KL” Johnson
Chris Nettles
I do not know enough about the review.
8. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Kelly Allen Gray
Kevin “KL” Johnson
Chris Nettles
I am running for Fort Worth City Council in District 8 because I am a lifelong resident of the district and want to give back to my community. As a husband and father, I want to ensure the future of our city is better than the present. As a pastor and community leader, I want to help the people of this district work together in order to settle our individual differences and advance our shared vision. And as a small business owner, I want to ensure that the city does all they can to support the drivers of our economy.

DISTRICT 9

Who’s Running?

Ann Zadeh (incumbent)https://annzadeh.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/annzadehcampaign/
Email: annzadeh@gmail.com