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: hunterwaynecrow@outlook.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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Antoine Lane
Chris Dobson