Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is three 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?

Scot BowmanWebsite: https://www.bowmanformansfield.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScotBowmanMansfieldTX
Email: scot.bowman@gmail.com
Phone: 817-822-9273

Tamera H BoundsWebsite: https://www.tameraboundsforcitycouncil.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TameraBoundsforabettercommunity/
Email: tamera.bounds@yahoo.com


Skeeter PressleyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/skeeter.pressley
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pressleyskeeter?lang=en
Email: teamcms1@gmail.com (or teamcmsi@gmail.com?)

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Scot Bowman
I am a team player and have a desire to serve. My nearly 30 years of IT experience provides a perspective the council does not currently have. I have no personal agenda and do not have a conflict of interest. I look at big picture tasks rather than single-issue items. I have a track record of making good business decisions based on data, minimizing risk, and opportunity or reward. Being a father of five, I have a family perspective and desire for Mansfield to continue being a great place to raise a family. your campaign or qualifications for public office.
For the past few years, I have faithfully served as a board member on the Parks Board. This experience has taught me the operations of the city, the budgeting process, and how to get things done. This experience has also taught me the procedures that boards operate like the Texas Open Meetings Act and the ethics involved in holding a board position. I am a member of the 10-Year Park Master Plan Advisory Committee and served as the chair for the “Parks & Facilities Sub-Committee”. I want to see Mansfield continue moving in a positive direction.
Tamera H Bounds
While others talk the talk, I have walked the talk!
I have been tied to Mansfield for over 30 years. For more than a decade, I have been a citizen’s voice for this community. Whether through my HOA position advocating for my homeowners or through community involvement. I have worked with the citizens, Mansfield City staff, multiple councilmembers and several board/commission members to look through the lens of opportunity that can make Mansfield a better and safer place to work, play and live. And this City has benefited from the changes to ordinances, upgrades in streets and public safety equipment upgrades from my involvement. I want to have a final say in matters that impact this community. I feel it time to take my experience and commitment as a consistent voice for this community onto the council.
Skeeter Pressley
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Scot Bowman
Managing Growth: Expanding the tax base with new commercial businesses and the infrastructure required to support it. Prioritizing road projects to reduce traffic frustrations. Citywide planning through a new Master Plan (last updated 2012).
Tax Relief for Residence: Extend the new homestead exemption to provide long term residence with greater tax relief. Optimizing the dollars, we spend and diversifying our tax base will also provide more relief through potential additional tax rate reduction. Providing tax relief is going to be a combination of many small steps, not a single-issue item.
Complete Fire/Police Training Facility: I support Mansfield’s Police, Fire, and the Public Safety department. Completion of the future HQ and training facility will optimize processes to keep Mansfield safe. In 2019 Mansfield was ranked #2 and #6 in two different rankings for "Safest City." Let's keep Mansfield safe.
Leadership Transition: We currently have a mayor and three additional council seats up for election. In May of 2021, we will be voting on the remaining three council seats. earlier this summer we transitioned from a 36-year City Manager. The potential for a lot of change in a short amount of time is a challenge. We will work together during this transition.
Tamera H Bounds
Bring back Mansfield citizen overall confidence and satisfaction with its council through good municipal governance.
Work with MEDC, border cities, and County Commissioner to recruit competitive businesses that compliment what we have existing and bring good paying jobs.
Work on updating our landuse policy and bring the community more in line with this policy and fits our zoning district policy.
Maintain a good balance between budgeting, needs of city staff, infrastructure needs and continue with meaningful tax payer relief.
Skeeter Pressley
3. THE CURRENT PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING CITY BUDGETS AND SERVICES AND IS AFFECTING THE LIVES OF CITY RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THESE ISSUES?
Scot Bowman
The City of Mansfield unanimously approved a balanced budget this month that includes a 10% homestead exemption, a .02 tax rate reduction, enhanced civic engagement, four additional police, one additional firefighter, and additional necessary capital purchase such as fire trucks and apparatus for our new fire station. There is also budget for up to a 5% merit increase for performing staff members. The City of Mansfield continues to put the residents first and providing exceptional services while being financially aware.
Our award-winning Parks Department continues to open new parks and extending the linear trail through this year. We also opened "Mans Best Field", the city's first-ever dog park. Some parks have been identified as locations for city provided wifi access and will be implementing this service later this fall. As a councilman, I am committed to reducing the tax burden on homeowners through commercial/retail growth. I am also committed to reviewing operating expenses to find ways to reduce costs.
Tamera H Bounds
This is a novel virus- first of its kind. Everyone can look back in hindsight to see what could have been done better. But I will say this- we have a close community that pulled together through businesses, churches and grass root organizations to assist our Citizens. It was an honor to work alongside these people as we tried to make sense of what was happening.
The City of Mansfield unanimously approved a 10% homestead exemption(1st in its history) along with.02 of the tax rate to begin providing relief to the citizens . Mansfield provided additional firefighter and police staff to ensure public safety. With our small share of dollars given from CARES , Mansfield distributed $500K to help pay internet access for students, working to set up public internet access for our downtown, provided hand sanitizer stations and secured more PPE for our first line responders. Mansfield updates and posts daily information for business grants and loans. However, I might add that going forward, we look at an opportunity to establish a "Rainey day fund" that could tie us over during a pandemic for PPE, or small block grants that could help the local businesses until State and Federal funds could be secured.
Skeeter Pressley
4. WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU FEEL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL HAVE TO ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
Scot Bowman
City Council is responsible for approving/denying land use variances and specific use permits. Each of these requests should be investigated and determine if the project is the highest and best use for the land. My desire is to see high-quality single-family homes of various sizes and owner-occupied townhouses providing options for owners. Mansfield needs to update its Land Use Plan (last updated in 2012) and a comprehensive city-wide Master Plan should be contrsutcted to identify urban cores for retail/residential mixed use. This plan would help guide zoning/permit decisions and be a communication tool to clearly identify the direction of the city.
Tamera H Bounds
Mansfield currently has about 4,000 SF properties on the rolls for < $195 k. That is about 23% of our total valued owner occupied homes. Mansfield has already given abatements to developers building affordable housing. While, no one wants their neighboring property to be devalued or next to a property that may not be kept well, these factors need to be considered. However, I think the City must first define what our Inclusionary housing policies will be, as we continue to grow, in order to tie the creation of affordable homes for low- and moderate-income households to the construction of market-rate housing or commercial development. These policies need to leverage the profitability of new development to pay for new affordable housing units and support the creation for more economically diverse and inclusive communities.
Skeeter Pressley
5. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ROLE OF CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE IN SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES?
Scot Bowman
I personally enjoy the small, locally owned business here in Mansfield. From the coffee shops and clothing boutiques to the bakeries and eateries, the locally owned business added charm and character to our community. The city is responsible for providing infrastructure through water, sewer, and roads to enable these businesses to prosper. The city should also work through the MEDC and Chamber of Commerce to enable these local businesses to be successful.
Tamera H Bounds
At the Local government should be very involved. Small businesses are the backbone of sustainability for any city. Mansfield just created a Downtown Manager position , whose role is to act as a liaison and partner with small businesses in downtown that includes education, opportunities for growth, renovation needs and marketing. Mansfield Chamber of Commerce works to promote businesses, provides educational seminars and speakers to assist small businesses owners in learning to market their businesses and knowing when to strategically pivot their business to meet the ever changing market place. This also includes networking and connecting to affiliations that promote like kind businesses. Mansfield Economic Development Corp- has within its organizational structure to also assist with or provide Funds for identifying new opportunities for training in new fields that small businesses may need help in filling or pivoting to. All these programs need to remain a focus to build upon as our City grows.
Skeeter Pressley
6. HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS ISSUES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY, PARTICULARLY REGARDING FUNDING?
Scot Bowman
In 2019 Mansfield was listed as the #2 and #6 safest city in Texas (two separate surveys) Our police and fire major contributors to these awards. These departments are highly respected in our community. The budget approved earlier this month includes additional police and fire personnel. Budgets have also included pay raises, equipment, training, and community relations programs. Our police, fire, and public safety departments should continue to receive the funding necessary to perform their functions, training, and keep the residents of Mansfield safe.
Tamera H Bounds
Mansfield is not interested in defunding any police or public safety programs at this time, nor should we be. We recognize our need for continued public safety and providing for the welfare of our citizens as we continue to grow. As a matter of fact, for this budget cycle, Mansfield just included additional police and fire personnel. Made arrangements for providing equipment needs and is making needed renovations of some of the training facilities . We just increased some of our community programs that would engage our community and citizens. We need to continue this partnership.
Skeeter Pressley
7. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Scot Bowman
I am a proud resident of Mansfield for over 15 years. My wife, Kasey, and I originally moved to Mansfield in 2001 with our six-week-old baby. We moved away for a couple of years but could not wait to get back! She and I recently celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary and we now have five beautiful children. I currently work as an Information Technology Manager for Application Development. I can summarize my work experience as “Providing solutions that meet expectations.”
My nearly 30 years of IT experience started with my father selling custom-built computers from our family home. My current job consists of many IT functions including project management, application development, deployment, and maintenance. I received my Associate of Arts degree from Tarrant County College and continue my IT education regularly through seminars, conferences, and self-paced learning. I like to spend my free time with my family doing DIY home improvement projects or exploring on the Walnut Creek Linear Trail. We are members of Stonegate Church where serve in various capacities. Mansfield sure has changed through the years, and it is most definitely my home.
Tamera H Bounds
1st and foremost—if you take nothing away from any of my answers, you must understand- I have been a citizen advocating and working on behalf of citizens ,like you, for nearly a decade! Doing the research and issuing public information requests needed to understand the facts related to projects advocating for and the impact for citizens and this City. Speaking to the council. This means being your voice! Being part of multiple Mansfield commissions and boards strengthened my knowledge of local government policy and procedures. Plus understanding the specific needs of Mansfield and how those needs can be met within the system. These processes and staff contact have given me a well-rounded insight into City governance that many outsiders may not have. My other strengths for assuming office responsibility is ability to manage large numbers of staff and teams; strategic planning and budgeting; ability to work with all types of people and personalities. Listening to the citizens and balancing it with staff input when making informed and difficult decisions. Critical thinking, negotiation, and collaboration. I am steadfast when committed to a task and my word is my bond!
Skeeter Pressley