Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. This position is elected by district. (Districts 1-5; Districts 6-8 are elected city-wide). Term is two years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salary$2,400; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings every other week; special meetings called as needed.
City contact informationContact City Secretary
alex.busken@arlingtontx.gov
817-459-6186

Who’s Running?

Rebecca BoxallWebsite: https://www.rebeccaboxall.com/
Kennedy JonesWebsite: https://www.kennedyjones.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KennedyJonesforArlingtonCityCouncil
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonescampaign19?lang=en
Email: contact@kennedyjones.org

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Rebecca Boxall
An architect finds innovative ways to solve problems, work within (sometimes severe) limitations, and meets multiple expectations. I am accustomed to working collaboratively on complex issues with input from many sources and am very much solution oriented with a longer term outlook.
Kennedy Jones
2. THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS AFFECTED ARLINGTON’S BUDGET AND SERVICES, AS WELL AS THE LIVES OF RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU GRADE ARLINGTON’S RESPONSE AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?
Rebecca Boxall
Arlington's response has been very good. I would provide more testing and vaccine servies via mobile health units.
Kennedy Jones
3. ARLINGTON WILL BE RECEIVING NEARLY $85 MILLION IN RELIEF FUNDS FROM THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN. HOW SHOULD THAT MONEY BE SPENT?
Rebecca Boxall
Plan for future unexpected events by enhancing emergency response capabilities (see related response to next question).
Help small businesses recover
Help citizens recover financially, especially those who lost employment for extended periods of time
Create registries of vulnerable people such as elderly living alone and a plan for reaching them with assistance in the future
Kennedy Jones
4. THE RECENT “BIG FREEZE” CAUSED MANY RESIDENTS TO GO WITHOUT POWER OR WATER FOR HOURS OR EVEN DAYS. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CITY’S RESPONSE (WARMING CENTERS, TRANSPORTATION, AND EMERGENCY WATER DISTRIBUTION)? HOW WOULD YOU WORK TO IMPROVE ELECTRIC/GAS/WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SO THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN?
Rebecca Boxall
The city's response was good but we could have been better prepared. Plan for future unexpected events by enhancing emergency response capabilities, emergency shelters in or close to neighborhoods, supplies and distribution centers for supplies in the neighborhoods, etc. We can use as much preparation as possible for emergency events. I do not have specific proposals to improve electric/gas/water infrastructure but will be looking into this issue.
Kennedy Jones
5. HOW SHOULD ARLINGTON ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING? WHAT ROLE SHOULD CITY GOVERNMENT PLAY IN RESPONDING TO PANDEMIC-RELATED EVICTIONS?
Rebecca Boxall
Better land use practices, reutilizing/redeveloping already developed sites (greyfields) and a comprehensive approach to meeting housing challenges are key to these goals. This will entail updating existing regulations. In general, we do not need to limit our choices but rather expand them.
Ideally help to prevent evictions in the first place. Financial assistance to help pay rent for those most vulnerable to eviction would be one way to address this before evictions occur.
Kennedy Jones
6. IN PUBLIC REMARKS, NEW ARLINGTON POLICE CHIEF AL JONES HAS PROMISED COMMUNITY MEMBERS A “SEAT AT THE TABLE” IN DECISIONS ABOUT POLICING. HOW SHOULD THE CITY INVOLVE RESIDENTS IN POLICING DECISIONS? WHAT ARE APPROPRIATE LIMITS TO RESIDENT INVOLVEMENT?
Rebecca Boxall
I propose a neighborhood leaders council and/or neighorhood organizations. Some neighborhoods already have this in place but others need help organising and maintaining civic involvment. Involvement would be bottom up rather than top down. Citizens woud contact their neighborhood leader or neighborhood organization and they would take concerns (on any matter) to the councilperson.
Kennedy Jones
7. DO YOU THINK IT IS EVER APPROPRIATE FOR STATE LAWS TO OVERRIDE LOCAL CONTROL OF ISSUES THAT AFFECT THE CITY? IF SO, PLEASE PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE.
Rebecca Boxall
Yes but on a limited basis. In general I favor more local control in most matters. If it is a safety/security issue which the city is not addressing adequately, the State could step in.
Kennedy Jones
8. DOES THE CURRENT ARLINGTON GAS DRILLING ORDINANCE PROVIDE APPROPRIATE PROTECTIONS FOR CITIZENS WHO LIVE, WORK, OR ATTEND SCHOOL NEAR DRILLING SITES? WOULD YOU CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT THE PERMITTING AND INSPECTION PROCESS?
Rebecca Boxall
My understanding is city government has limited control on this issue by State law. This is something that required much consideration and likely change (related to question above). I do not have sufficient knowledge to address this issue in detail.
Kennedy Jones
9. HOW DO YOU ASSESS THE CURRENT STATE OF PUBLIC TRANSIT IN ARLINGTON? WHAT SHOULD THE CITY’S TRANSIT PRIORITIES BE?
Rebecca Boxall
I support more choice in transportation.
VIA is a great example of an incremental emerging technology eclipsing standard technology.
It is adaptable/flexible, scalable solution - all qualities we should emulate in other areas as we meet the demands of the future.
We should reduce barriers to competition in transportation (and much else).
Efficient land use policy is the best transportation policy. I will put more emphasis on how land use affects mobility and connectivity.
Kennedy Jones
10. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Rebecca Boxall
To meet the challenges of the futue we will have to become more flexible/adaptable and embrace creativity/innovation.
In general I don't support one-size-fits all solutions. Often we are presented with either/or choices when in fact choices are much broader.
I see possibilities everywhere!
Kennedy Jones