Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. This position is elected by district. (Districts 1-5; Districts 6-8 are elected city-wide). Term is two years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salary$2,400; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings every other week; special meetings called as needed.
City contact informationContact City Secretary
alex.busken@arlingtontx.gov
817-459-6186

Who’s Running?

Diana SalehWebsite: https://www.dianaforarlington.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dianaforarlington/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/district3diana
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dianaforarlington/
Email: diana@dianaforarlington.com
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Nikkie HunterWebsite: https://nikkiefordis3.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nikkie-Hunter-for-City-Council-District-3-1718409828196494/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NikkieFor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikkieahunt/
Email: nikkiehunter@nikkiefordis3.com
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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Diana Saleh
My expertise lies at the intersection of business and community service. I am a diligent problem solver and partnership creator, but I am also a deeply caring person. I’ll work to bring equity, empathy, and action to City Hall. I have also heard from too many Arlington residents that they don’t feel like our local government acts in their best interest, and I’ll be a voice for the average resident, not just those at the top.
Nikkie Hunter
2. THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS AFFECTED ARLINGTON’S BUDGET AND SERVICES, AS WELL AS THE LIVES OF RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU GRADE ARLINGTON’S RESPONSE AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?
Diana Saleh
Arlington did an admirable job setting up local testing and vaccination sites, and when the City realized where particular hotspots of infection were in the city, they conducted effective outreach to residents in those areas. However, there were also equity issues in the dissemination of resources. I would work to reduce disparities in resource allocation, better communicate with community members, and more strongly encourage compliance with health officials’ recommendations.
Nikkie Hunter
3. ARLINGTON WILL BE RECEIVING NEARLY $85 MILLION IN RELIEF FUNDS FROM THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN. HOW SHOULD THAT MONEY BE SPENT?
Diana Saleh
The American Rescue Plan funds should first be used to reimburse COVID related expenditures so the City can meet its other financial obligations. Then, the next priority should be addressing the community’s most immediate needs at present. And, finally, City Council should consider investments we can make now that will benefit residents later down the road.
Nikkie Hunter
4. THE RECENT “BIG FREEZE” CAUSED MANY RESIDENTS TO GO WITHOUT POWER OR WATER FOR HOURS OR EVEN DAYS. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CITY’S RESPONSE (WARMING CENTERS, TRANSPORTATION, AND EMERGENCY WATER DISTRIBUTION)? HOW WOULD YOU WORK TO IMPROVE ELECTRIC/GAS/WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SO THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN?
Diana Saleh
Arlington provided several useful forms of aid, but there were equity issues in the dissemination of those resources. I think the City should use its influence (albeit limited) with energy companies to incentivize them to winterize their equipment so the system is better able to handle extreme conditions in the future. Proactive planning for these conditions is of the utmost priority.
Nikkie Hunter
5. HOW SHOULD ARLINGTON ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING? WHAT ROLE SHOULD CITY GOVERNMENT PLAY IN RESPONDING TO PANDEMIC-RELATED EVICTIONS?
Diana Saleh
Housing is a right and access to affordable housing is imperative to the well-being of our citizens. Arlington currently has “The Housing Choice Voucher Program” which provides rental assistance to eligible low income persons, the elderly and persons with disabilities. The City should continue to evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs as well as address disparities that remain in order to fully meet the needs of the community.
Nikkie Hunter
6. IN PUBLIC REMARKS, NEW ARLINGTON POLICE CHIEF AL JONES HAS PROMISED COMMUNITY MEMBERS A “SEAT AT THE TABLE” IN DECISIONS ABOUT POLICING. HOW SHOULD THE CITY INVOLVE RESIDENTS IN POLICING DECISIONS? WHAT ARE APPROPRIATE LIMITS TO RESIDENT INVOLVEMENT?
Diana Saleh
Every member of the Arlington community wants to feel safe, and amicable relationships between members of the community and the Arlington Police Department are critical to realizing that goal. Establishing a citizen review board to investigate conduct complaints is a mutually beneficial way to increase both transparency, trust, and accountability. The Mayor and City Council members have expressed initial support for the idea, and I will work with the council, concerned constituents, and law enforcement groups to arrive at solutions that meet the needs of people throughout the community. There is no doubt that we can prioritize public safety and support law enforcement in their efforts to protect the community all while meeting the needs of our residents.
Nikkie Hunter
7. DO YOU THINK IT IS EVER APPROPRIATE FOR STATE LAWS TO OVERRIDE LOCAL CONTROL OF ISSUES THAT AFFECT THE CITY? IF SO, PLEASE PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE.
Diana Saleh
I believe vesting substantial power at the local level is crucial to a city’s success and best meets the individual needs of the community.
Nikkie Hunter
8. DOES THE CURRENT ARLINGTON GAS DRILLING ORDINANCE PROVIDE APPROPRIATE PROTECTIONS FOR CITIZENS WHO LIVE, WORK, OR ATTEND SCHOOL NEAR DRILLING SITES? WOULD YOU CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT THE PERMITTING AND INSPECTION PROCESS?
Diana Saleh
Ensuring safe proximities to well sites is my top environmental concern because it is an area in which the City has jurisdiction to prevent direct harm to members of the community. I will rely on the latest research and best practices when voting on the allowable distance new sites are a sufficient distance from homes, schools, and businesses to eliminate the health threats and mitigate the environmental impacts. I also welcome the opportunity to partner with local environmental advocacy groups such as Livable Arlington. Furthermore, we should review the effects the current ordinance is having to determine how to proceed.
Nikkie Hunter
9. HOW DO YOU ASSESS THE CURRENT STATE OF PUBLIC TRANSIT IN ARLINGTON? WHAT SHOULD THE CITY’S TRANSIT PRIORITIES BE?
Diana Saleh
Arlington has been fortunate to expand VIA’s geographical service area through CARES funds, which has made public transportation available to more residents. However, despite the benefits of the on-demand system, Arlington still needs a form of reliable, affordable transportation, which could reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, expand employment opportunities for residents, and increase patronage of local businesses.
Nikkie Hunter
10. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Diana Saleh
One of the biggest goals of my campaign is to involve more Arlington citizens in City processes so we can do a better job addressing residents’ concerns. I would love to hear from community members both now and if I’m honored to be District 3’s next member of City Council.
Nikkie Hunter