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?

Victoria Farrar-Myers (incumbent)Website: https://www.victoriaforarlington.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaForArlington/
Email: victoria@victoriaforarlington.com
Email: victoriamyerstx@gmail.com
Hunter CrowWebsite: https://sites.google.com/view/huntercrow4arlingtondistrict7/home
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Crowforarlingtoncitycouncildistrict72020/
Email: huntercrowalternativedelegate@gmail.com
Antoine LaneWebsite: https://antoinelaneforarlingtondistrict7.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Antoine-Lane-for-Arlington-District-7-107735617469324/
Email: antoinelanefordistrict7@gmail.com
Chris DobsonEmail: sonodob@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Victoria Farrar-Myers
On Council, I have led in areas such as human services, municipal policy, environmental conservation, small business development, and public safety. For example, I chair the Tarrant and Parker Counties Continuum of Care, and when COVID hit I helped coordinate the resources of community service groups to aid those facing economic distress. I spearheaded our first-ever Child Care Summit to implement strategies to increase the quality of and access to childcare for Arlington’s families. I have promoted small business by helping to make the process for opening a business more transparent and working to streamline regulatory requirements. I make connections across interests and between people to achieve both short and long-term goals, and work hard to gather information to make data-driven decisions. Finally, I seek input from all constituents throughout the city. This is my duty – not to wait for the public to come to City Hall, but to bring City Hall to the public.
Hunter Crow
because I believe I can inspire people of all perspectives to share their input at city council meeting by ensuring a friendlier and more responsive City Council meeting atmosphere to progress toward making the budget more understandable and fiscally responsible. and bring a positive image about Marina to the rest of the surrounding region, and making it more fun for all age groups which in turn will help our economy.
and I believe my background and experience makes me qualified to sit on the council.
porque creo que puedo inspirar a personas de todas las perspectivas para que compartan sus comentarios en la reunión del consejo de la ciudad al garantizar una atmósfera de reunión del consejo de la ciudad más amigable y receptiva para avanzar hacia hacer que el presupuesto sea más comprensible y fiscalmente responsable. y llevar una imagen positiva de Marina al resto de la región circundante, y hacerla más divertida para todos los grupos de edad, lo que a su vez ayudará a nuestra economía.
y creo que mis antecedentes y experiencia me capacitan para formar parte del consejo.
Antoine Lane
Chris Dobson
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Victoria Farrar-Myers
Council members can have an impact in our community without advocating for new programs that require significant expenditures. This is an approach I have taken while on Council and that I will continue. For example, I have used the convening power of government to focus on human services issues like homelessness, housing, and childcare. I will continue these efforts, such as formalizing an Arlington-based continuum of care and spearheading an initiative that would bring UT Arlington and Tarrant County College into the discussion with respect to students living at the edge of financial security. A second important action that I would continue would be to ease regulatory burdens and facilitate the ability for new businesses to open. As chair of the Municipal Policy Committee, I have been active in these areas, and given the current economic climate finding ways large and small to promote the growth of new businesses and jobs will be critical to return to better economic times. Finally, I plan to pursue continued efforts to ensure the best possible uses of lands currently zoned for commercial uses ultimately to create jobs in the city and to ease the property tax burden on homeowners.
Hunter Crow
I actively support These area of Public Policy when it comes to issues
Healthcare
Texas needs a public-monopoly universal healthcare system. Through the process of expanding Medicare and phasing out private insurance and hospital management, the guarantee of care in sickness and health made to all other industrialized nations of the world can become a reality for Texans.
Education
Education is essential to the liberation of society and a fundamental charicteristic of being human. The war on educators must be stopped and the privatization and resegregation of K-12 schools must be reversed. Education, from pre-school to graduate school should be a right and should be funded by the state.
Clean Energy
Climate change threatens the very future of our civilization. Texas is an oil-rich land, but this non-renewable resource can be put to better use than polluting our air and water. Energy should be a public utility and take advantage of our clean and renewable resources, like wind, solar, and geothermal. Ban hydraulic fracturing.
Apoyo activamente esta área de Políticas Públicas cuando se trata de temas
Cuidado de la salud
Texas necesita un sistema de salud universal de monopolio público. A través del proceso de expansión de Medicare y la eliminación gradual de los seguros privados y la administración de hospitales, la garantía de atención en enfermedades y salud otorgada a todas las demás naciones industrializadas del mundo puede convertirse en una realidad para los tejanos.
Educación
La educación es esencial para la liberación de la sociedad y una característica fundamental del ser humano. Se debe detener la guerra contra los educadores y se debe revertir la privatización y la segregación de las escuelas K-12. La educación, desde el preescolar hasta la escuela de posgrado, debería ser un derecho y debería ser financiada por el estado.
Energia limpia
El cambio climático amenaza el futuro mismo de nuestra civilización. Texas es una tierra rica en petróleo, pero este recurso no renovable se puede utilizar mejor que contaminar nuestro aire y agua. La energía debe ser un servicio público y aprovechar nuestros recursos limpios y renovables, como el viento, la energía solar y la geotermia. Prohibir la fracturación hidráulica.
Antoine Lane
Chris Dobson
3. THE CURRENT PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING CITY BUDGETS AND SERVICES AND IS AFFECTING THE LIVES OF CITY RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THESE ISSUES?
Victoria Farrar-Myers
In my time on City Council, I have emphasized the needs over the wants, and have fought to keep our tax rate low. Even in challenging economic times, the city must still provide cost-effective core services to its residents and businesses as well as satisfy other outstanding obligations. If anything, it is even more vital now to review all of the city’s proposed spending cuts or freezes from a more nuanced perspective to ensure that an expenditure for a more critical need (e.g., critical infrastructure projects, a key city staff hiring, public safety) is not inadvertently grouped with other cost-saving measures.
Hunter Crow
I believe the first priority in budgeting at all levels of government should be investing in the general welfare of the people of Texas and the state's natural environment. In particular I support generous funding for health, education, public transportation and environmental protection, which are all great social equalizers and provide a floor of social justice for all Texas. I also favor education over incarceration, and believe budget priorities should reflect this. Such strategic social investments are not only just, but help reduce greater future costs, by minimizing or eliminating problems before they occur. For example, investing in education instead of incarceration will lead to more productive lives and less crime and social problems; investing in renewable energy and sustainable development will help reduce future costs related to adapting to climate change; and investing in nutrition and a statewide universal single-payer health care system will promote public health and reduce health care costs. To ensure sufficient funding for our needs, I support a fair taxation approach of more progressive taxation on income while closing tax loopholes and eliminating corporate welfare; ecological taxes on economic practices that ensure that the real costs of goods and services are borne by those who purchase and use them, and are not displaced upon society as a whole; and a land value tax that captures the socially-created wealth of land for society, while simultaneously rewarding individual investment and initiative of property owners. Greens also believe that many public infrastructure projects should be funded via the establishment of a publicly-owned California state bank which would substantially lower borrowing costs and hence make such projects less expensive by lowering interest rates, and keep more of the public's money in the state instead of going to Wall Street.
Creo que la primera prioridad en la elaboración de presupuestos en todos los niveles de gobierno debería ser invertir en el bienestar general de la gente de Texas y el medio ambiente natural del estado. En particular, apoyo la generosa financiación para la salud, la educación, el transporte público y la protección del medio ambiente, que son grandes igualadores sociales y brindan un piso de justicia social para todo Texas.También estoy a favor de la educación sobre el encarcelamiento, y creo que las prioridades presupuestarias deberían reflejar esto. Tales inversiones sociales estratégicas no solo son justas, sino que ayudan a reducir mayores costos futuros, al minimizar o eliminar problemas antes de que ocurran. Por ejemplo, invertir en educación en lugar de encarcelamiento conducirá a vidas más productivas y menos delitos y problemas sociales; invertir en energía renovable y desarrollo sostenible ayudará a reducir los costos futuros relacionados con la adaptación al cambio climático; e invertir en nutrición y un sistema de atención médica universal de pagador único en todo el estado promoverá la salud pública y reducirá los costos de atención médica. Para asegurar fondos suficientes para nuestras necesidades, apoyo un enfoque tributario justo de impuestos más progresivos sobre los ingresos, al mismo tiempo que se cierran las lagunas fiscales y se elimina el bienestar corporativo; impuestos ecológicos sobre las prácticas económicas que aseguren que los costos reales de los bienes y servicios corran a cargo de quienes los compran y utilizan, y no se desplacen a la sociedad en su conjunto; y un impuesto sobre el valor de la tierra que captura la riqueza de la tierra creada socialmente para la sociedad, al mismo tiempo que recompensa la inversión individual y la iniciativa de los propietarios. Los Verdes también creen que muchos proyectos de infraestructura pública deberían financiarse mediante el establecimiento de un banco estatal de California de propiedad pública que reduciría sustancialmente los costos de los préstamos y, por lo tanto, haría que tales proyectos fueran menos costosos al reducir las tasas de interés y mantener una mayor parte del dinero público en el estado.en lugar
Antoine Lane
Chris Dobson
4. WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU FEEL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL HAVE TO ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
Victoria Farrar-Myers
The Council should pursue policies that ensure the various types of housing needs of Arlington’s residents are met, and this includes affordable housing. One step that the Council can take is to establish clear policies and expectations of affordable housing developments. For example, I worked to create a set of standards to guide the development of affordable housing projects in Arlington, including a preference that the developers of affordable workforce housing projects tear down an existing building and redevelop the site. The Council recently approved the first affordable workforce housing project on redeveloped property under these standards. Another critical component in the discussion of affordable housing is increasing the availability of livable wage jobs to improve people’s ability to access housing. A third approach is to utilize the tools of city government, such as the Arlington Housing Financing Corporation, to support projects approved by the city where appropriate.
Hunter Crow
housing as a human right, the city will need to work toward eliminating economic and other forms of discrimination in the construction and use of housing through: Renter's rights Protect tenants with rent control laws, including vacancy control. Repeal California's Costa-Hawkins bill which outlawed vacancy control regulations. Prevent evictions without just cause. Restrict owner move-in evictions of long-term tenants, the elderly and disabled persons. Crack down on landlords who refuse to maintain their properties in habitable condition, or who engage in illegal evictions, with hefty fines and, in extreme cases, jail terms. Increase affordable housing supply Enforce the law against illegal hotel conversions. Use vacant housing - whether at closed military bases, or housing being kept off the market by speculators or landlords delinquent in taxes - to shelter the homeless. Build human-scale, low income housing (as does Habitat for Humanity). Create a rent subsidy program for the poor. Pursue more efficient use of our existing housing supply, such as home-sharing and cooperative conversions of existing dwellings. Fair housing laws Strengthen and enforce fair housing laws against discrimination based on race, sex, familial status (children), marital status, disability, and sexual orientation. Fully fund the Fair Employment and Housing Commission
vivienda como un derecho humano, la ciudad deberá trabajar para eliminar la discriminación económica y otras formas de discriminación en la construcción y el uso de la vivienda a través de: Derechos de inquilinos Proteger a los inquilinos con leyes de control de alquileres, incluido el control de vacantes. Derogar el proyecto de ley de Costa-Hawkins de California que prohibió las regulaciones de control de vacantes. Prevenir desalojos sin justa causa. Restringir los desalojos por mudanza de propietarios de inquilinos a largo plazo, ancianos y personas discapacitadas. Tomar medidas enérgicas contra los propietarios que se niegan a mantener sus propiedades en condiciones habitables, o que se involucran en desalojos ilegales, con fuertes multas y, en casos extremos, penas de cárcel. Aumentar la oferta de viviendas asequibles Hacer cumplir la ley contra las conversiones ilegales de hoteles. Utilice viviendas desocupadas, ya sea en bases militares cerradas, o viviendas que los especuladores o propietarios que están atrasados en sus impuestos mantienen fuera del mercado para albergar a las personas sin hogar. Construir viviendas para personas de bajos ingresos a escala humana (al igual que Hábitat para la Humanidad). Crear un programa de subsidio de alquiler para los pobres. Perseguir un uso más eficiente de nuestra oferta de vivienda existente, como el intercambio de viviendas y las conversiones cooperativas de viviendas existentes. Leyes de vivienda justa Fortalecer y hacer cumplir las leyes de vivienda justa contra la discriminación por motivos de raza, sexo, estado familiar (niños), estado civil, discapacidad y orientación sexual. Financia completamente la Comisión de Vivienda y Empleo Justo
Antoine Lane
Chris Dobson
5. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ROLE OF CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE IN SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES?
Victoria Farrar-Myers
Much of Arlington’s success stems from its business-friendly climate. One way to continue to support small businesses is to ensure that city requirements are implemented in a way that encourages business activity and that is not an impediment. As Chair of the Municipal Policy Committee, I have promoted small business by helping to make the process for opening a business more transparent and working to streamline regulatory requirements. Another type of initiative is for the city to pursue policies designed to reinvest in and revitalize aging areas of the City and to improve infrastructure throughout the City. This approach creates a physical environment in the city favorable to business. A third approach is to address workforce-related issues that affect employees like housing and childcare. For example, I spearheaded the creation of Arlington’s first-ever Child Care Summit to discuss strategies to increase the quality of and access to childcare for Arlington’s working families. These are a few of the ways that the city could and should pursue initiatives that foster a business-friendly climate and create jobs.
Hunter Crow
The upgrade to socialism will entail the consolidation of enterprises under public ownership. All business organization laws must be revised to recognize existing companies as free associations of equal partners with a fair division of labor. The state should subsidize employee buyouts of their businesses.
El ascenso al socialismo supondrá la consolidación de empresas de propiedad pública. Todas las leyes de organización empresarial deben revisarse para reconocer a las empresas existentes como asociaciones libres de socios iguales con una división del trabajo justa. El estado debería subsidiar la compra de sus negocios por parte de los empleados.
Antoine Lane
Chris Dobson
6. HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS ISSUES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY, PARTICULARLY REGARDING FUNDING?
Victoria Farrar-Myers
Police and public safety are part of the essential services that any local government provides its residents. To that end, even in the current economic climate and resulting budgetary constraints, I believe that the city would need to look for other areas in the city’s budget to reduce expenditures before I would support significantly reducing funding for police. As a steward of our resident’s tax dollars, I would always be willing to listen to analysis about whether there may be a more cost-effective way to address non-public safety duties that often fall upon our police department, thus leaving the police better able to focus on the core public safety aspects of their job and profession. At no point, though, would I support a reallocation of city expenditures if doing so would threaten the public safety of our residents.
Hunter Crow
Establish programs to strengthen self-help and community action through neighborhood centers that provide well funded legal aid, alternative dispute-resolution practices, mediated restitution, community team policing, and local crisis /assault care shelters. Community-based neighborhood prisons close to family and friends of the offender but controlled by neighborhoods or the community (not the police or the state) have allowed offender counseling, education, job-training, and reintegration with a low recidivism incidence. Establish local elected independent civilian law enforcement oversight boards with the power, in cases of suspected illegal law enforcement personnel activity, to make independent investigations, impanel grand juries, appoint special prosecutors, subpoena witnesses and evidence, and if necessary, bind suspects over for trial.
Establecer programas para fortalecer la autoayuda y la acción comunitaria a través de centros vecinales que brinden asistencia legal bien financiada, prácticas alternativas de resolución de disputas, restitución mediada, equipo policial comunitario y refugios locales de atención de crisis / asalto. Las cárceles comunitarias de vecindario cercanas a familiares y amigos del delincuente, pero controladas por los vecindarios o la comunidad (no la policía o el estado) han permitido el asesoramiento, la educación, la capacitación laboral y la reintegración del delincuente con una baja incidencia de reincidencia. Establecer juntas de supervisión de la aplicación de la ley civiles independientes elegidas a nivel local con el poder, en casos de sospecha de actividad ilegal del personal de aplicación de la ley, para realizar investigaciones independientes, reunir a grandes jurados, nombrar fiscales especiales, citar testigos y pruebas y, si es necesario, atar a los sospechosos para el juicio.
Antoine Lane
Chris Dobson
7. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Victoria Farrar-Myers
Whenever I am asked why I am running for this office, I go back to late 2015 when I was serving on Arlington’s Planning and Zoning Commission. I was frustrated when the answer I received to my question of “why are we doing this in this manner” was “that’s the way we always have done it.” As I was venting my frustration to my husband, he said to me, “You always tell your students to roll up their sleeves and make a difference. When are you going to take your own advice?” With that, I decided to run for City Council because I saw Arlington as being at a pivotal point where we could take advantage of opportunities, or look back in 10 years having the same types of conversations. Four years later, the same motivation drives me – I want to make a difference in Arlington, and I want to keep our city moving forward to make the city a better place for my son and all the children and future generations in Arlington to come.
Hunter Crow
not at this time
no en este momento
Antoine Lane
Chris Dobson