Job descriptionPresiding officer of the City Council, the city’s governing body. Term is three 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 salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

Who’s Running?

Michael EvansWebsite: https://www.evansformansfield.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/evansformansfield
Twitter: https://twitter.com/evans4mansfield
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evansformansfield/
Email: info@evansformansfield.com
Phone: 817-729-1956

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeq-sqDIfgSa8eIuu7gCh0w
Brent NewsomWebsite: https://newsom4mansfield.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brent.newsom.526
Twitter: https://twitter.com/newsomplace2?lang=en
Email: newsom4mansfield@gmail.com
George FassettWebsite: http://mansfieldgeorge.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georgefassett4mayor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/georgefassett?lang=en
Email: george@mansfieldgeorge.com
Terry MooreWebsite: https://mooreformansfield.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/terrymichaelmoore
Email: mooreformansfield@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Michael Evans
I have served in the City of Mansfield for 31 yrs as a local pastor involved in community development projects that have led to community revitalization, the construction of single family homes, the construction of a 135 unit senior adult independent living apartment complex, serve as a member of the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement working with local law enforcement in the area of mediation, consultations, advisement and counseling. I served as a member of the MISD Board of Trustees for 10 yrs. the president of the board for two terms, where our team built one of the most lauded school districts in the state of Texas by exercising fiscally conservative accounting practices. I am presently a member of the Tarrant County College Board of Trustees and a Regent for Baylor University. I served on administrative teams that have cut taxes and increased services to the community. My skills sets are wide and my knowledge of working with teams and building bridges of understanding through collaboration and team work are noted throughout the city. These are only a few of the qualities that make me qualified to serve as the Mayor.
Brent Newsom
George Fassett
Terry Moore
I am an incredibly honest and straightforward person. I speak my mind. I know when to listen and when to speak up. I roll up my sleeves and do the work necessary to get the job done. I make every effort to listen and understand the thoughts and ideas of others. I am a strong communicator. I admit my mistakes and work to correct them. I am not interested in taking credit for what we accomplish. I am a team player and am focused on accomplishing the goal. I think as an individual. As an elected official I work FOR the citizens of Mansfield, ALL the citizens of Mansfield. The MISD is one of the greatest reasons our current residents moved to Mansfield and will continue to attract future residents. I am the only candidate that has served on both the School Board ( 9 years) and City Council (3 years). I know how the city government works. I will be more productive and sooner that the other candidates. This is not a stepping stone position. I have no higher aspirations for political office.
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Michael Evans
A. Dealing with the high property tax rates. 1) Seek an additional 10% Homestead Exemption after working with Council and City Manager on agreed upon budget augmentations. 2) Promote the city’s economic development strategy by encouraging a more symbiotic relationship between the Chamber and MEDC.
B. The need to employee more law enforcement and first responders. 1) Work to maintain competitive salary and benefit packages for our Police and Fire, EMTs.
C. Prioritize funding to meet the future infra-structure needs of the city by working with the City Manager, council and staff.
D. Work with fellow council members and the City Manager to develop an agreed upon strategy/vision statement for smart measured growth and economic development by engendering buy-in from the Mansfield Community.
E. Invite the citizens to participate in surveys and community listening sessions that will allow the Mayor, Council, and City Manager to hear from the citizens concerning what they may want to see as we develop a Vision Statement for the city.
Brent Newsom
George Fassett
Terry Moore
1) Develop a vision for the City of Mansfield- who, what, how do we want to be moving forward; 5 years,
10, 20, and beyond. I would accomplish this by engage our citizens, our City Staff, our School District,
and all relevant stakeholders of our city to develop this vision.
2) Developing a plan, a strategy, for this vision by working with City Staff, the MEDC, landowners,
developers, and all stakeholders necessary to implement this plan
3) We need to catch up the infrastructure needs of our residents to what the city can deliver. This
includes, roadways, parks, police, fire, sewer, utilities, etc. We would do this by developing a
prioritized list of what is needed and identifying the way in which we can deliver on these projects.
3. THE CURRENT PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING CITY BUDGETS AND SERVICES AND IS AFFECTING THE LIVES OF CITY RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THESE ISSUES?
Michael Evans
A. To be fair, “Hindsight is 2020.”
1. Offer weekly updates on the city’s response to the COVID crisis.
2. Convene a round table of community partners to help lay out a strategy to serve our local school district with the distribution of food and learning devices.
3. Convene a round table group of corporate leaders, MEDC, Chamber Leadership, City Manager, and local bank presidents to devise a strategy to aid small businesses that did not qualify or attain PPP.
a. The group will be encouraged to help fund rent payments for small businesses.
b. Provide vouchers to citizens who patronize local establishments.
c. Put into place temporary measures that would temporarily relax city codes that will allow for creative ways for businesses and restaurants to operate outside its establishments.
d. Encourage the City Mgr and staff to explore ways to use the Community Development Block Grant Funds to provide matching corporate dollars that to help fund certain "stop gap" measures.
Brent Newsom
George Fassett
Terry Moore
There have been negative impacts financially to our City, our residents, and local businesses. The City recently adopted the budget for the upcoming year. In Mansfield we are fortunate to not have seen as significant a drop in sales tax revenue as other cities. Our City CFO constantly monitors those financial indicators necessary to assess the impacts of COVID and keeps the Council aware of the situation. I believe that the City of Mansfield has a solid plan to remain financially solvent. Fortunately we were able to deliver some tax relief to our citizens through a 10% Homestead Exemption and a .02 cents tax rate reduction. We have budgeted for an additional 10% Homestead Exemption in the coming budget year.
4. WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU FEEL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL HAVE TO ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
Michael Evans
The Mayor and the City Council are responsible for the wellbeing of the entire citizenry, therefore they are to promote a "smart growth" policy that will allow for the development and construction of a diverse housing plan. The housing plan will contain a variety of mixed use developments that include single family homes, townhomes, brownstones. In the case of the city of Mansfield, previous councils have zoned wide sloths of land that include more than 6,900 apartment units to be added by way of already agreed upon build commitments. The aforementioned diverse housing configurations serve as a good mixture of housing choices that meet the needs of people from a broad spectrum of the economic scale.
Brent Newsom
George Fassett
Terry Moore
What is affordable housing? What does that mean? I feel the Mayor and Council have a responsibility to address the needs of its citizens. What are those needs? One of my goals is to determine what those needs are by engaging the residents of our City and developing a plan moving forward. What do our citizens want Mansfield to look like in the future. From a business growth perspective do we focus on technology, on manufacturing? Do we want to develop housing to attract the children of our residents after they complete their education; high school, college? What about our empty nesters, our seniors? I feel we should identify a direction that meets the wishes of our residents, those that helped build Mansfield into what it is today.
5. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ROLE OF CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE IN SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES?
Michael Evans
City government should work to promote local small business recognizing that these establishments represent the character of the city. It is also important for the city to seek out ways to support these business during economic downturns, natural disasters and health emergencies. City governments should work to foster a relationship between its economic development office and the local chamber of commerce in order to carry the vision of the city forward to perspective industrial, retail and residential development suiters. These relationship help small business to grow and employee local citizens which undergirds the local economy.
Brent Newsom
George Fassett
Terry Moore
The City should be a resource, a partner, in the future success of our small businesses. And I believe they are. The City can support small businesses by doing everything in their power to minimize the obstacles to starting, building, and maintaining a business. Our Mansfield Economic Development Corporation works with businesses that are currently here and those that interested in coming to Mansfield. I believe that our City works with our local businesses in every conceivable way.
6. HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS ISSUES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY, PARTICULARLY REGARDING FUNDING?
Michael Evans
The Mayor and City Council are responsible for providing the City Manager with the financial support needed to employee the best and the brightest law enforcement officers and first responders.
The Mayor and Council must work to maintain competitive salary and benefit packages for our Police and Fire, EMTs.
Failure to maintain high pay standards will make it more difficult to recruit good quality employees and ultimately the entire city suffers.
Brent Newsom
George Fassett
Terry Moore
It is the responsibility of the Council to hire and fire the City Manager as the need requires. It is the role of the City Manager to hire and fire those that run our law enforcement and public safety departments. It is the responsibility of the Council to understand how those departments are functioning. We need to ensure that politics does not enter into the operation of these departments. Recommendations for funding levels to these departments are made by City Staff. It is the responsibility of the Council to understand that adequate funding is available to provide for the safety of our citizens. The Council, as representatives of our community, needs to listen to the input of our citizens and share that feedback with the City Manager. Working together we can best manage any issues that arise regarding law enforcement and public safety.
7. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Michael Evans
I want to be the next Mayor of the City of Mansfield because:
A. I love the city and the citizens of Mansfield, TX. I want to preserve a way of life that promotes a safe, secure environment for both the young and the seasoned citizens of our city. I want to develop a regional strategy that promotes Mansfield as a great place to live, learn and play.
B. I want to advocate for smart, balanced growth and encourage robust economic development that will help to lessen the tax burden on our citizens.
C. I am seeking the office of Mayor in order to serve with a council that will assure the citizens of our city that their voices are heard and that the level of fairness and integrity is something that they can expect.
Brent Newsom
George Fassett
Terry Moore
My most important goal is to develop a "vision" for the City of Mansfield. I have my ideas, but we need to engage our citizens to develop this vision. As an elected representative I work for the citizens of our city. The needs of our residents and their families should come first. If that goal is realized I believe that Mansfield will remain a great place to live. Our current residents will remain in Mansfield. Our City will attract new residents, which will lead to new residential housing, which will lead to new businesses coming to Mansfield to serve the needs of our citizens. Thank you, Terry