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.

Who’s Running?

Ruby Faye WoolridgeWebsite: https://rubyforarlington.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rubyforarlington/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RubyWoolridge
Email: rubyfayewoolridge@gmail.com
John Dale HibbsWebsite: https://www.johnhibbsforarlington.com
Facebook: Vote John Hibbs for Arlington City Council District 6
Email: hibbsaisd@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Ruby Faye Woolridge
John Dale Hibbs
Experience! I have served the community of Arlington for 9yrs as an AISD Trustee. Successfully elected all three terms that I ran. I served as Sectary and Vice President of the board and as Chairman for the Finance and Internal Audit Committees for the lion-share of my serve. No other candidate has the knowledge base or governmental oversight understanding to be in a position to serve in a governance roll on day one of being sworn in. During my years of service, I strived to work to give all students and avenue through education to break generational poverty. Working with my colleagues we ended overcrowding of schools and brought new educational opportunities for our children to find acceptance into colleges and certificate programs as a pathway for high paying skilled jobs. I have received all the major endorsements given in this race. This is only my second elected position ever sought and it only came at the prompting of a diverse group of friends and community advocates asking that I serve our city in a time of great transition.
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Ruby Faye Woolridge
John Dale Hibbs
Priorities:
Addressing the city budgetary shortfall due to Covid-19
Revitalization of Neighborhoods
Bringing small business to Arlington
Supporting a more user friendly Code and Permitting department
Community engagement
3. THE CURRENT PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING CITY BUDGETS AND SERVICES AND IS AFFECTING THE LIVES OF CITY RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THESE ISSUES?
Ruby Faye Woolridge
John Dale Hibbs
This will be the strength that I bring. I am most qualified to explore and offer answers on governmental budgeting and address the shortfalls that we face. As an AISD Trustee, Education has struggled continuously with budget shortfalls. I have the knowledge and understanding of adjusting budgets, seeking special funding and reviewing departmental needs to support the city until our economy rights itself.
4. WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU FEEL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL HAVE TO ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
Ruby Faye Woolridge
John Dale Hibbs
It is the primary responsibility of city leaders to understand and offer access and affordability of housing to its residents. Looking at opportunities to revitalize neighborhoods and building high paying jobs will assist our citizens not only for affordable housing but, also provide them with a higher level of living standards.
5. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ROLE OF CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE IN SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES?
Ruby Faye Woolridge
John Dale Hibbs
It is imperative for city government to constantly seek out and work to lurer new small business to the community. Arlington should be known as a city "Open to Business". I foresee, finding marketing, IT, Engineering firms, boutique shops and other key small businesses in and effort to revitalize boarded up street corner buildings that are found throughout our community. Drive small business and you will improve our neighborhoods.
6. HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS ISSUES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY, PARTICULARLY REGARDING FUNDING?
Ruby Faye Woolridge
John Dale Hibbs
Arlington is a city of growth and taking any funding away from Law enforcement or the Fire department would be a tremendous mistake. There is funding available to support alternate counseling and educational training available from Federal and State grants to assist in support efforts to preempt and deescalate situations of conflict.
7. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Ruby Faye Woolridge
John Dale Hibbs
One of my strongest strengths is the ability to unify our diverse community. I have been elected by and overwhelming percentage of voters as and "At-Large" candidate. Arlington knows that I am fair and committed to serve every member of our diverse community.