Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. This position is elected by district; term is two years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salary$25,000; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings three times per month; special meetings called as needed.
City contact information
Contact City Secretary
csoadmin@fortworthtexas.gov
817-392-6150
Zeb PentWebsite: https://www.votezebpent.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VoteZebPent/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/zebpent
Email: pent77@gmail.com,zebpentcampaign@gmail.com
Cornelia (Connie) Cottrell
Email: corneliacottrell@yahoo.com
Phone: 1-214-563-1078
Michele Stephens McNillEmail: mcnillm@aol.com
Leonard FirestoneAddress: 3905 Monticello Dr, Fort Worth TX 76107
Lee HendersonWebsite:leehenderson.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HendersonForFortWorth/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/leeohenderson?lang=en
Email: campaign@leehenderson.org
Phone: 817-779-3215
Miguel ZamoraEmail: ma_zemora@yahoo.com
Jake WurmanFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/JakeforDistrict7/?ref=page_internal
Email: jake@jakefordistrict7.com
Irvin (Tee) ThomasFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/irvintee.thomas.1
Email: irvin.thomas_district7_ft_worth@outlook.com
Joseph Lockhart Jr.Website: www.vote4lockhart.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jlockhartdist7
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vote4lockhart
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vote4lockhart
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/josephlockhart/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5-2ZOQ6yLbEvDxwpzEn-Ma
Email: joseph.lockhartdist7@gmail.com
Morris Curlee Jr.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/curlee4citycouncildistrict7/
Email: curlee3737@gmail.com

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Zeb Pent
Connie Cottrell
I am passionate about being a part of making a difference for the community I will serve. That includes improvements on Infrastructure , public safety, getting vaccinated or having access to testing for Covid. Just to list a few.
Michele Stephens McNill
Leonard Firestone
Lee Henderson
Given my track record of working with elected officials, I know what it takes to be an effective and efficient city councilmember. Furthermore I value and understand the importance of constituency services and outreach. I will continue to be active within the community, and members of my district will be able to get in touch with me when they need help. City councilmembers are the closest elected representatives to their community, and I believe that is something I understand far more than the other candidates running in this race. Finally I do not believe in playing partisan politics, I will represent the entire community even if we disagree.
Miguel Zamora
Jake Wurman
Irvin (Tee) Thomas
Joseph Lockhart Jr.
I have lived in Fort Worth since 4 years old, and have seen how everyday citizens concerns are ignored. I want to be a voice for the overlooked, everyday Fort Worth resident. Most of the people that I am running against have been blessed to bypass the struggle, and can’t relate to our everyday issues.
Morris Curlee Jr
2. THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS AFFECTED FORT WORTH’S BUDGET AND SERVICES, AS WELL AS THE LIVES OF RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU GRADE FORT WORTH’S RESPONSE AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?
Zeb Pent
Connie Cottrell
I understand prioritizing based on age, medical conditions and frontline employees. But, I would have recommended allowing teachers access to the vaccine during that timeframe also. I believe the city actually did a great job with the resources they had.
Michele Stephens McNill
Leonard Firestone
Lee Henderson
We are incredibly lucky to live in such a resilient city. While we are on the mend, I would have worked to stress the importance of this deadly virus much earlier than was initially done. I believe this could have saved lives and spared bereaved loved ones. I would have also instructed my office to effectively communicate to my district the most up-to-date information as much of it was initially conflicting causing a great deal of confusion and distrust.
Miguel Zamora
Jake Wurman
Irvin (Tee) Thomas
Joseph Lockhart Jr.
I think Fort Worth should have been more fair with whom they chose to close and allow to remain open. Many small businesses were forced to close or rely on the federal government to bail them out, because our council did give them that option to stay open with safety modifications.
Morris Curlee Jr
3. FORT WORTH WILL BE RECEIVING OVER $184 MILLION IN RELIEF FUNDS FROM THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN. HOW SHOULD THAT MONEY BE SPENT?
Zeb Pent
Connie Cottrell
I believe a good portion should be invested into public safety. To include hiring, background checks, and better pay. The children are our future and I believe a portion should go into our schools to include the necessary equipment to keep our children safe. There is always a need for improvement on infrastructure. Especially since downtown Ft. Worth is becoming a popular tourist attraction.
Michele Stephens McNill
Leonard Firestone
Lee Henderson
Miguel Zamora
Jake Wurman
Irvin (Tee) Thomas
Joseph Lockhart Jr.
All of that money should be used to help families and small Fort Worth based businesses recover.
Morris Curlee Jr
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?
Zeb Pent
Connie Cottrell
The community I live in is electric only. Shortly after I called Atmos energy to request the option of gas in our area. I am still waiting on a response. Having that option would have helped tremendously. Our community came together on our fb page as I am sure many neighborhoods did. We reached out and offered what we could to those in need. That included water and food..The warming shelters was a great idea. It would have been great to have more options for the water distribution centers. I would make sure my district is taken care of, however Ercot needs to take care of whatever needs to be done so that this never happens in Texas again.
Michele Stephens McNill
Leonard Firestone
Lee Henderson
Miguel Zamora
Jake Wurman
Irvin (Tee) Thomas
Joseph Lockhart Jr.
Morris Curlee Jr
5. HOW SHOULD FORT WORTH ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING? WHAT ROLE SHOULD CITY GOVERNMENT PLAY IN RESPONDING TO PANDEMIC-RELATED EVICTIONS?
Zeb Pent
Connie Cottrell
No one should be evicted during a pandemic. A lot of people lost their jobs. I believe there should be some type of fund set aside to assist people in need temporarily and I may be over extending myself when I say it should be a regulation or a law that prohibits land lords to evict tenants during any type of national disaster within reason.
Michele Stephens McNill
Leonard Firestone
Lee Henderson
Miguel Zamora
Jake Wurman
Irvin (Tee) Thomas
Joseph Lockhart Jr.
I think if we slowly revitalize and invest in lower income neighborhoods, to creat jobs in those areas, and reduce crime there, then we wouldn’t need to displace those people. That would in turn reduce the need for so many section 8 apartments. Our city has not addressed this correctly instead we demolish an area and build things in a way that the current residents can’t afford and push them into communities and schools that are not prepared for the large influx of people. We can’t always choose commercial development of people. That is where I believe the city should and can step in. As far as evictions go, I think we could use some of the unused COVID-19 business loan money, and create a short term relief package for residents that have fallen behind 3-6 months rent.
Morris Curlee Jr
6. NEW POLICE CHIEF NEIL NOAKES HAS SAID, “WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY NOW TO DO SOME AMAZING THINGS TO LOOK FOR THAT POSITIVE REFORM, TO LOOK FOR COMMUNITY AND CONNECTIONS.” WHAT REFORMS TO FWPD POLICIES DO YOU SUPPORT, AND WHAT SHOULD BE THE TOP PRIORITY?
Zeb Pent
Connie Cottrell
Top priority should be additional training in apprehending suspects. Too many people have died unnecessarily. I believe we should invest in our police officers. We need them, they keep us safe.
Michele Stephens McNill
Leonard Firestone
Lee Henderson
Miguel Zamora
Jake Wurman
Irvin (Tee) Thomas
Joseph Lockhart Jr.
I believe the too things that that we are missing in the police force are bodies, and trust. In Far North Fort Worth we know that if we call the police they will not be here in time to catch the criminals. Sometimes they don’t even show up the same day to take a report. We need to feel safe, and that our department is available when we need them. I would like our departments to spend less on some buildings and vehicles, and more community engagement, training, and salaries. Most people here believe they live in Keller, because those are the only police cars that we see.
Morris Curlee Jr
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.
Zeb Pent
Connie Cottrell
An example would be when Houston was having a bad outbreak with the coronovirus. The mayor was trying to save the lives of the people in his community. I won't say anymore. But, in most circumstances I believe the Mayor should decide what is best locally for the community they serve.
Michele Stephens McNill
Leonard Firestone
Lee Henderson
Miguel Zamora
Jake Wurman
Irvin (Tee) Thomas
Joseph Lockhart Jr.
No
Morris Curlee Jr
8. HOW SHOULD THE CITY PROCEED WITH THE PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT GIVEN THE UNCERTAINTY OVER FEDERAL FUNDING?
Zeb Pent
Connie Cottrell
That's a good question! We need the federal funding to complete the project.
Connie Cottrell
Michele Stephens McNill
Leonard Firestone
Lee Henderson
Miguel Zamora
Jake Wurman
Irvin (Tee) Thomas
Joseph Lockhart Jr.
Allow the federal government to do the feasibility study, that they offered us $1.5 million dollars to do.
Morris Curlee Jr
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Zeb Pent
Connie Cottrell
Michele Stephens McNill
Leonard Firestone
Lee Henderson
Miguel Zamora
Jake Wurman
Irvin (Tee) Thomas
Joseph Lockhart Jr.
If we don’t vote, nothing will change. Whether you believe that I am the candidate for you or not, get out and vote for the Fort Worth that you want. Vote for change I. Fort Worth.
Morris Curlee Jr