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?

Randy WilliamsonWebsite: randyforsouthlakeplace6.com
Facebook: @randywilliamsonforsouthlakecitycouncil
Email: rwilliamsonsouthlake@gmail.com
Victor AvilaEmail: vsurvivor11@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Randy Williamson
In times like these, experience matters. In both elected and appointed roles, I have continually served the residents of Southlake for the last decade. I believe it is important that City Council members possess a deep understanding and context related to city government and the complex opportunities and challenges our city will encounter. My opponent is a 2 year resident of Southlake and desires to become involved. I am appreciative of that, however, our residents deserve to have a proven, experienced voice on City Council.
I have served in both elected and appointed roles in Southlake over the last decade:
Southlake City Council, Place 4 2013-2019
• Southlake Mayor Pro Tem 2015-2019
• President, Southlake Parks Development Corporation (2015-2019) Member (2013-2019)
• Southlake Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) 2013-2019
• Southlake Audit Committee 2013-2019
• Southlake Planning & Zoning Commission (2011-2013)
• Southlake Parks and Recreation Board (2010-2011)
• Southlake Program for the Involvement of Neighborhoods-SPIN (2010-2011)
• Southlake 2030 Committee (Master thoroughfare plan, Mobility plan, Wayfinding)
• Southlake School Safety Task Force (joint committee including FBI, United States Secret Service,
Southlake Police Department, Carroll ISD, Crime Control Prevention District, Mental Health
Professional)
Victor Avila
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Randy Williamson
Proven experience and leadership are invaluable as a City Council member. I have always appreciated the depth of knowledge and context that experienced Council members are able to provide.
1-Sustaining Southlake’s High Quality - No High Density Housing!
*In early 2020, a 400+ unit apartment building was proposed for Southlake Town Square. I was the candidate who spoke at both the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council meetings against this proposal. Ultimately, the proposal was denied!
2-Sound Financial Judgement - Reduce Property Taxes!
*While on Council, I voted 6 years in a row to lower property taxes by increasing the homestead exemption
3-Public Safety and Well Being
*Especially the safety of our children and school campuses. At the request of our Mayor, I served alongside our Police Chief and other North Texas experts on the Southlake School Safety Task Force.
4-Southlake Business Vitality
*we must foster an environment that encourages strong, vibrant businesses in Southlake.
Victor Avila
3. THE CURRENT PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING CITY BUDGETS AND SERVICES AND IS AFFECTING THE LIVES OF CITY RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THESE ISSUES?
Randy Williamson
Southlake approaches delivery of services in a very cost effective manner. Council and city staff leverage both purchasing cooperatives and inter-local agreements with neighboring North Texas cities to ensure that our taxpaying residents are maximizing scale and efficiency when service delivery contracts are awarded. Additionally, Southlake city policy ensures that our city provided services will not increase more than the Consumer Price Index(CPI) for the DFW metroplex.
Regarding Covid-19 and the impact on our residents. As an elected official, I would consider the recommendations of public health officials, while also placing a great deal of emphasis on personal accountability and individual choice. Elected officials must understand the impact of broadly sweeping decisions related to acute disease spread. However, they must also consider the impact on other issues such as mental health and well being, as well as commerce and education to name a few.
Victor Avila
4. WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU FEEL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL HAVE TO ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
Randy Williamson
I am pleased with the variety of housing options available to individuals or families who wish to make Southlake their home. Whether large agricultural estates, low and medium density neighborhoods, or garden district downtown living, Southlake is ready to welcome you to our town! I am not in favor of high density housing, as was presented to City Council in early 2020.
Victor Avila
5. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ROLE OF CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE IN SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES?
Randy Williamson
I do not support government, at any level, propping up businesses. That said, when a business chooses to invest in Southlake and call our town home, we as elected officials and neighbors should do everything we can to shop local and give locally owned, small businesses the best chance to thrive and succeed. When local businesses succeed, we all win. These businesses bring added tax dollars to our city budgets, in turn allowing us to provide continued top-tier programs and services. When elected, I will continue placing priority on our City relationship with the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. This partnership is the foundation for supporting locally owned, small businesses.
Victor Avila
6. HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS ISSUES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY, PARTICULARLY REGARDING FUNDING?
Randy Williamson
I fully support the men and women of the Southlake Police and Fire departments who serve our residents with dedication and pride. As a City Council member, it is an important responsibility to review and understand all requests for funding. I am committed to providing whatever funding is necessary to ensure our police and fire departments are able to operate at 100% efficiency and effectiveness in providing for the protection and safety of themselves, our residents and businesses. I will not support defunding the police.
Victor Avila
7. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Randy Williamson
I am proud to call Southlake my families home, and I'm honored to be neighbors with our wonderful residents! As your next City Council member, I give you my commitment to ensure that the quality city that you chose to call home will continue to thrive as a jewel in North Texas.
While I am proud of our beautiful neighborhoods, buildings and incredible parks/sports venues, that is not why I love Southlake. Simply said, I love Southlake because of you, my friends and neighbors. For 15 years, I've seen how we come together to cheer on our kids in the band, on the sports teams, in theater/choir and in the classroom. I've watched as the community rallies around a family who is facing a hard time and just needs a little support. I've cheered with all of you, watching the fireworks or lighting the Christmas tree in Town Square.
Let's continue excelling at those things we are great at! We are a community full of individuals from an array of backgrounds and talents. That's what makes us special, and that's what makes our community great!
I ask for your support and vote on November 3rd!
Victor Avila