Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

Who’s Running?

Sonja ColemanFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/SimplySonjaColemanCityCouncil/
LinkedIn: Sonja Coleman-Norwood
Email: electsonja@gmail.com
Cameron K Wafer (incumbent)City webpage: https://www.foresthilltx.org/cameron-wafer
Email: cameron.wafer@yahoo.com

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Sonja Coleman
I would be the ideal candidate because the City of Forest Hill needs genuine, strong representation. A person who is willing to know that in order to move this City forward, it can't be done by one person, but it can be accomplished one person at a time. It's going to take people like myself, looking at where we've been, acknowledging where we are, visualizing where we can be and focusing on what we can accomplish in the next 3 to 5 years as a People, and as a Community! As a former Resident CDC member, I understand the need to be proactive regarding the issues and decisions that impact the people.
And as an advocate, I possess the ability to embrace cultural diversity, a individual who will stand to advocate for fair and equal opportunities for our citizens and local business owners. I am also, an individual who is not afraid to share their transparency and passion for truth, through effective dialogue, an open mindset and a heart towards change. We must be concerned about what concerns us!
Cameron K Wafer
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Sonja Coleman
As a City Council representative my goals consist of:
1) Working for a "Feet to the Street" initiative that will create a greater level of accountability to establish a stronger bond of trust between our residents and our Elected Officials.
2) Work towards bridging the gap towards more Youth empowerment. Building more programs and resources that targeted and centered around our Youth.
3) Continuing to utilize my knowledge as appointed Resident Planning and Zoning Commissioner, to advocate for the businesses and developments that desire to partner with our City. Working to protect the landscape and beauty; not just for now but as it impacts us for future growth.
Cameron K Wafer
3. THE CURRENT PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING CITY BUDGETS AND SERVICES AND IS AFFECTING THE LIVES OF CITY RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THESE ISSUES?
Sonja Coleman
My main focus would be adhering to make the people feel as safe as possible, during a time of uncertainty. Which brings to light the need for our Local municipality to have a strong, updated contingency plan, geared towards assisting the people in the event of an emergency. Events, such as Natural disasters, fires, floods etc. should require good, open lines of communication between the City and the residents. By keeping a up to date CTY robot caller system the people are always well informed, regarding where to go and who to call in time of crisis. There should be an targeted/designated Place of Contact, which serves as a referral, resource hub to meet at least some temporary needs of those who need it. During these times there has to be a strong presence from those who serve as elected Officials, to assure the residents that we are with them during the crisis and they are not going through these times of challenges alone.
Cameron K Wafer
4. WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU FEEL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL HAVE TO ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
Sonja Coleman
I believe the Mayor and City Council should definitely seek to be open to take alternative measures towards securing access to affordable housing/homes to the strengthen their local economy. It will require much effort to reach the Local, Federal level for subsidies, erroneous building codes, permits, regulation requirements for Developers and builders. I believe it's a great incentive for Municipalities to offer funding that would open up avenues for Affordable Housing developments that require stronger, strict, shorter, more simplified guidelines. By offering and pushing for programs, or a comprehensive plan which caters to a diverse people who could be educated and prepped for incentivized, equitable home ownership. It will create a good balance within the community, where one neighborhood isn't favored over another.
Cameron K Wafer
5. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ROLE OF CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE IN SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES?
Sonja Coleman
The City government role assisting small businesses to start and grow, would definitely be seen as a win-win situation for the government and business alike. The small business owners help drive increased tax base through businesses taxes and through the wages provided to their employees. The likelihood of economic growth pushes municipalities, counties, states and the federal government to offer various forms of assistance, such as grants, research opportunities, beneficial legislation and worker training programs. It would be a welcomed resource to minority-owned and women-owned businesses, for the opportunity to provide goods and services in creative entrepreneurship by stabilizing the economy.
Cameron K Wafer
6. HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS ISSUES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY, PARTICULARLY REGARDING FUNDING?
Sonja Coleman
Amid the current events we are facing as a Nation, our City officials must establish a solidified relationship of trust, transparency, daily communication across the board and general understanding of City/Police roles, duties and procedures. Typically, you will find resistance and difference of opinions in expectations of the two. The public safety of the government's Citizens is typically one of the City's highest budgeted components and responsibility. The need to maintain, train and hire qualified police Officers can place undue civil liability between the relationship of Leadership when not managed or oversaw properly. If either party fails or encounters significant problems, the other is weakened in its power to serve the community. The budget and vision for the Police and City leaders should collaboratively benefit from each other’s level of expertise, to create a trust for the community, way before uncontrollable-serious issues arise or having to experience any types of financial shortfalls as a result.
Cameron K Wafer
7. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Sonja Coleman
As a twenty-eight year Resident, I have seen the need for greater Citizen engagement. It's time for we the people to become proactive about what concerns us on a daily; in the Community in which we live.
Cameron K Wafer