Mansfield Mayor

Job descriptionPresiding officer of the City Council, the city’s governing body. Term is three 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 Mansfield City Secretary at 817-276-4204 or email tracy.norr@mansfieldtexas.gov.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

Who’s Running?

David Cook (incumbent)Email: david@davidcookforMansfield.com

Mansfield 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 Mansfield City Secretary at 817-276-4204 or email tracy.norr@mansfieldtexas.gov.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

PLACE 2

Who’s Running?

Brent Newsom (incumbent)Email: brent.newsom@mansfieldtexas.gov
Giancarlo Arevalohttps://giancarloarevalo.com/
FB: www.facebook.com/giancarlo.arevalo.7927
Twitter: @Gianny2019
Email: giancarlo.arevalo@yahoo.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Brent Newsom

Giancarlo Arevalo
Property Tax Reductions - The greatest concern facing the people of Mansfield is the runaway costs of property taxes with no financial relief.
Mansfield is one of only a few cities that do not have a homestead exemption. I’d like to propose a homestead exemption before the deadline expires on 7/1/19. Surrounding cities have homestead exemptions and I want the people of Mansfield to have the same relief. This is not a final resolution but certainly a quick one and a good start.
It is unjust for long term residents who have built Mansfield to have to move away because they can no longer afford their property taxes.
Debt Crisis and Out of Control spending – Our debt and our budgets must be maniacally scrutinized and non-essential projects should be reduced or eliminated.
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Brent Newsom
Giancarlo Arevalo
In speaking with my friends, family and neighbors they’ve repeatedly indicated that their voices and concerns are not being heard. My opponent has served 3 terms on the City Council without ever being challenged in an election. He has never had a vote cast in his name by the people. This is antithetical to an American democracy and Mansfielders should have a choice to elect their representative and not have one assigned.
I have been a resident of Mansfield since 2006, raised two children through the MISD, my wife has worked at Mansfield Methodist Hospital from the day they opened and I’ve seen the city double in size. My family and I volunteer in multiple events during the year as a way of giving back to the community. I have over 20 years of banking and people management experience; two business degrees in Accounting and Finance and as a Patriotic American and a follower of Christ I feel that I’ve been called to serve the people of my city and become a new voice for them.
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?
Brent Newsom
Giancarlo Arevalo
I believe the current taxation process provides fairness but the rates are too high. Reductions can be enacted if the debt burden is eliminated or reduced in addition to the aforementioned homestead exemption. Presently, small and large businesses are doing well in our current economy as well as benefiting from the increasing population growth and reductions in the new income tax laws.
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?
Brent Newsom
Giancarlo Arevalo
In the past 5 years property taxes increased in Mansfield by approximately 30%; an average of 6% per year. These increases have caused major distress and budgeting concerns for the residents of Mansfield. The new limit of 2.5%, if passed, is meant to control and moderate the rising costs of property tax increases and provide financial relief to the people. Since the national rate of inflation is approximately 3%, the new limit would be appropriate relief for the City of Mansfield.
With the increase in retail shops that has moved into Mansfield our sales tax base will continue to grow thus helping Mansfield absorb the new limit. Our City Council along with the residents of Mansfield will have to, selectively, eliminate non-essential projects that will over-extend our budget.
5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Brent Newsom
Giancarlo Arevalo
Sometimes Politicians believe rules are more important that the goal. I am not a politician; I am a member of the community and an American Patriot that is willing to fight for our God given rights and not back away from controversy.
If I am elected;
• I will be your representative not your leader.
• I will be your voice and I will represent your interests.
• I will listen to you, I will fight for you and I will win for you.