Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Districts 1-6 are elected by district. Districts 7-8 are elected city-wide. Term is three years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryCouncil members may receive $5 for each meeting attended; no council member can receive more than $25 per month.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.
City contact informationContact City Secretary
mgalicia@gptx.org
972-237-8035
Elizabeth Salazar Flores
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Elizabeth-Salazar-Flores-for-Grand-Prairie-City-Council-District-6-352599162486593
Kurt G. JohnsonWebsite: http://Kurtjohnsoncitycouncildist6.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KurtForGPCouncil/
Email: kurtjohnsoncampaign@gmail.com
Phone: 214-641-3390
Jeff Wooldridge (incumbent)Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jeff-Wooldridge-for-City-Council-District-6-206384646167158
Email: jeffw77@yahoo.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Elizabeth Salazar Flores
Kurt G. Johnson
I’m running for City Council because we need a Councilman who is available and willing to serve the community. I’m a servant leader who comes ready on day one with the skill set, knowledge, and ability to give voice for every resident in District 6. I’ve been a resident of Grand Prairie since 1999, and in that time, I’ve dedicated myself to being involved in the community. Through my experience on city boards and as President of the Westchester Homeowners Association, I’m able to bring innovative thinking. I’m willing to listen to our residents and encourage stronger conversations to introduce new ideas aimed to benefit our district as well as the City.
Jeff Wooldridge
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT/AREA AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Elizabeth Salazar Flores
Kurt G. Johnson
I’ve spent the better part of my campaign listening to the voters in District 6 and desire is nearly unanimous for a high-quality grocery store (such as H.E.B./Whole Foods/Central Market) along I-20. I strongly agree with them. I have flexibility and expertise to meet with developers to collaborate on bringing various economic development to the district. While I was on the Planning and Zoning Board, we approved a developer’s plans to bring a grocery store on the NE corner of Camp Wisdom and Lake Ridge Parkway and other land is already zoned within District 6 for the development of a grocery store. If elected, I’ll move quickly on this before the available land in District 6 is rezoned for other use.
Jeff Wooldridge
3. THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS AFFECTED THE CITY’S BUDGET AND SERVICES, AS WELL AS THE LIVES OF RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU GRADE YOUR CITY’S RESPONSE AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?
Elizabeth Salazar Flores
Kurt G. Johnson
We only heard from the Mayor leading the city during the pandemic, but nothing from our City Councilman. I am pleased with the communication(s) from our Mayor. During crisis’ that have significant repercussions on our district, it’s imperative for our Councilman to be heavily involved and strongly communicating. Moving forward, I’ll work to spread the word about COVID-19 updates, vaccinations plans, and how we’ll ensure our city does not fall behind due to these challenges.
Jeff Wooldridge
4. HOW SHOULD THE CITY ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING? WHAT ROLE SHOULD CITY GOVERNMENT PLAY IN RESPONDING TO PANDEMIC-RELATED EVICTIONS?
Elizabeth Salazar Flores
Kurt G. Johnson
If a developer wanted to build a Project Based subsidized housing units in District 6, I would seek the opinion of our residents and neighborhood leaders. With strong communication, I would ensure the community has an opportunity to support or oppose this development at town hall meetings, scheduled Planning and Zoning meeting as well as the City Council meetings. Being elected by the people, for the people, my decision would be based on what the people decide. We truly cannot establish a fixed ratio of single-family housing vs. multifamily housing. Today’s ratio may not hold up to tomorrow’s newest trends or market analysis. However, building new multifamily housing units should be secondary to building residential properties.
Jeff Wooldridge
5. HOW TO BEST ENSURE PUBLIC SAFETY IS AN IMPORTANT TOPIC. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BALANCING THE FUNDING AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOTH POLICE AND COMMUNITY SERVICES?
Elizabeth Salazar Flores
Kurt G. Johnson
I support our law enforcement officers. District 6 residents are concerned about the limited presents of officers patrolling our neighborhoods. In the past, the presence of police vehicles was visible, and you would routinely see them crisscrossing intersections, making everyone feel safer. Now, residents report hardly seen patrol cars driving through District 6. I’ll use forward-thinking to keep our department well trained, compensated, and get more of our officers patrolling the streets.
Additionally, many of the citizens have wanted to voice their concerns but have had very little communication from our current representation. As Councilman, I’ll make it a priority to organize a community meeting with the Mayor, City Manager and Chief of Police, giving citizens the opportunity to ask questions regarding public safety. Collaboration between citizens and their leadership is needed to help ease the public safety concerns from our residents.
Jeff Wooldridge
6. IN THE LAST TERM, WHAT DO YOU THINK WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTE? WHY? HOW DID OR WOULD YOU HAVE VOTED ON THE ISSUE AND WHY?
Elizabeth Salazar Flores
Kurt G. Johnson
I'm not sure what you mean about the "last term and the most important vote."
Jeff Wooldridge
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.
Elizabeth Salazar Flores
Kurt G. Johnson
The state provides needed funding for cities to provide needed services to their citizens. Therefore, the state should lead from the front and provide the necessary support for cities to make informed decisions. The state has the resources and is equally responsible for protecting citizens from pandemics or anything that will adversely impact the citizens of Texas.
Jeff Wooldridge
8. 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? HOW WOULD YOU WORK TO IMPROVE ELECTRIC/GAS/WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SO THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN?
Elizabeth Salazar Flores
Kurt G. Johnson
We only heard from the Mayor leading the city during the February freeze, but nothing from our City Councilman. I am pleased with the communication(s) from our Mayor. During crisis’ that have significant repercussions on our district, it’s imperative for our Councilman to be heavily involved and strongly communicating. We need to collaborate with our state and federal leadership and form a coalition that will address the needs for our electric/gas/water infrastructure. Most importantly, the cost should not be placed on the citizens of Texas. The state and federal government should bear paying the largest portion for the improved infrastructure
Jeff Wooldridge
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Elizabeth Salazar Flores
Kurt G. Johnson
I am a career serviceman with 25 years of service in the Navy defending the Constitution of America. I would like to continue my service to this great nation by serving as Grand Prairie City Councilman District 6. I will bring innovative thinking and a 21st century approach to leading the district and city.
Jeff Wooldridge