Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is two 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 salary$50 per council meeting attended; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice a month; special meetings called as needed.
City contact informationJoanna King, City Secretary
jking@benbrook-tx.gov
817-249-6004

Who’s Running?

Renee L. A. Franklin (incumbent)Facebook: Renee for Benbrook City Council Place #2
Instagram: @rf4cc
Email: rf4cc@yahoo.com
Tom CaseyWebsite: https://www.votetomcasey.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votetomcasey/
Email: caseyforbenbrook@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Renee L. A. Franklin
I have served as a member of the Benbrook City Council for 6 years. I want to continue to fulfill my life-purpose to help solve problems for the citizens of Benbrook. I continue to learn more about serving local and state government; 2018 and 2019 Certificate of Recognition from Texas Municipal League for 42 hours of continuing education units.
Tom Casey
Benbrook is a small city with tremendous potential. The city has seen growth in recent years and I believe that I can help provide guidance that would allow for the city to attract new businesses, all while maintaining the things that are great about this city: the small town feel, safety, and strong schools.
I have a strong track record of serving the city and orienting it towards growth. I have served on the Planning and Zoning Commission and I currently serve on the board of the Economic Development Corporation. While I have experience within the city government I feel that I also bring fresh ideas and a unique perspective. I myself represent a segment of the population that is growing within the city; I am married and the father of two young children.
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Renee L. A. Franklin
Uncertainty in the long-term impact of COVID-19 requires continued monitoring and communicating. Full service restaurants and grocery stores have been the resounding comments over the last few years. Our City Hall and Police Department buildings need to be healthier, more responsive to growth and to leverage new technology.
Tom Casey
I am running for the Benbrook City Council really with 4 primary goals in mind:
1. Economic Development - I believe one of the best ways to build a better Benbrook is to focus on recruiting new businesses into the city. Benbrook needs businesses that attract employment into the city as well as businesses for shopping and dining.
2. Crime and Safety - Feeling safe in your home and community is a fundamental right. Fortunately, Benbrook has not experienced significant criminal activity. I will continue to work with the Police Department to keep Benbrook a safe city.
3. Strong Schools - Young families are attracted to Benbrook for the quality schools that we have. These high quality schools also improve everyone’s property values. I will work with Fort Worth ISD to further improve the schools within Benbrook.
4. Parks and Recreation - Benbrook is uniquely positioned geographically with access to Benbrook Lake and connection to Fort Worth through the Trinity Trails system. I believes these resources can serve not only as entertainment to residents, but can be better utilized to attract visitors to the city.
3. THE CURRENT PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING CITY BUDGETS AND SERVICES AND IS AFFECTING THE LIVES OF CITY RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THESE ISSUES?
Renee L. A. Franklin
As identified as a priority, uncertainty in the long-term impact of COVID-19 requires continued monitoring and communicating. As a council member, I will continue to support the efforts of city staff, city council and Benbrook boards and commissions to address challenges.
Tom Casey
COVID-19 has certainly had an impact across the country and within Benbrook. As a board member of the Benbrook Economic Development Corporation, I helped to pass the Disaster Relief Grant Program, which helped qualified businesses within Benbrook with assistance of their mortgage or rent payments. I believe programs like this are critical for the success of businesses. As a member of the city council, I would work to keep this type of program in place.
I also believe that the uncertain economic times requires the city to be especially prudent in budgetary matters. The residents of Benbrook have come to expect certain standards within our city services and I believe that the city council owes it to residents to evaluate the budget to ensure there is no negative impact to city services due to the pandemic and budgetary constraints.
4. WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU FEEL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL HAVE TO ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
Renee L. A. Franklin
City Council is one participant in the availability of housing in our community. Any housing projects is a coordinated effort among many departments in our city.
Tom Casey
I believe the city of Benbrook has an obligation to adhere to all state and federal laws as it relates to affordable housing.
5. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ROLE OF CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE IN SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES?
Renee L. A. Franklin
In Benbrook, we have the Economic Development Board and Chamber of Commerce as primary interactions with business. Both of these entities are supported by our city government.
Tom Casey
I believe that city government can be incredibly influential in attracting small businesses to any city. As a member of the Benbrook city council, I want make attracting new businesses a greater priority. I believe the city council sets the standards for what types of businesses the city will attract.
I also think that Benbrook is a city that is uniquely positioned to market itself as an excellent place to live, shop, dine, and conduct business. Benbrook has access to a wonderful lake, the Trinity Trails system, and proximity to major highways, which can be a boon to businesses.
6. HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS ISSUES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY, PARTICULARLY REGARDING FUNDING?
Renee L. A. Franklin
Public Safety is a primary concern. It is the biggest city budget expenditure. City Council should continue to support funding to ensure public safety.
Tom Casey
Benbrook is fortunate to be a very safe city by all measures. The needs of the Benbrook Police Department don't mirror that of large cities. As a city council member, I will work with the Benbrook Police Department to ensure the city budget accounts for needs of the police department and its citizens. As with any taxpayer funded program, I believe the city council also has an obligation to ensure that the funding provided to any department is being spent as efficiently as possible.
7. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Renee L. A. Franklin
I continue to advocate for pedestrian safety along our city streets. I continue to look to leverage our connectivity to the Trinity Trail. I lead by example by supporting and participating in events such as Trash Bash, Adopt-a-Mile programs, recycling and walk/run events.
Tom Casey
I am running for the Benbrook City Council because I truly do love this city. I have been a resident of Benbrook for 11 years. Benbrook is the place that my wife and I have decided to raise our family. I plan to live in this city for many years to come and desire to serve the city to the best of my ability. I have a track record of serving the city as well. I have served on both the Planning and Zoning Commission as well as the Economic Development Corporation and believe my service has been instrumental in some positive activity within the city.
I ask Benbrook residents for their vote and I appreciate any consideration they offer to me.