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

Who’s Running?

Chelsea Pavey
Website: https://www.chelseaforgrandprairie.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chelseaforgrandprairie
Email: chelseaforgrandprairie@gmail.com
Phone: 770-289-9378
Taisir “Tai” SawalhaFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/tai4gpplace8
Email: tai4gpplace8@gmail.com
Ada French-GoringEmail: missadafgoring@gmail.com
Greg Giessner (incumbent)Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greggiessnerGP
Steve “Junior” Ezeonu Website: http://votejuniorezeonu.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VoteJuniorEzeonu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/callmejre
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/callmejre/
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Email: votejuniorezeonu@gmail.com
Marina Mishelle TalaveraCell: 214-773-9157

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Chelsea Pavey
Grand Prairie is growing city with a lot of younger people. The median age is 31.9. This youthful voice is currently not reflected on the Grand Prairie City Council. I hope to bring a new perspective to the city and its leaders, by more closely reflecting the median age, as a 35 year old. More and more people are moving to Grand Prairie, and as a transplant to the city myself, I will bring that perspective to the City Council as well. I have served on the Keep Grand Prairie Commission so I show dedication and support to the city. I have served on several board of directors, including at the national level, serving roles in officer positions, so I have the leadership qualities desired by a City Council member. Most importantly, I want what is best for Grand Prairie and its residents. I want to serve them and my city proudly.
Taisir “Tai” Sawalha
Ada French-Goring
Greg Giessner
Steve “Junior” Ezeonu
First and foremost I am very blessed to call myself a resident of Grand Prairie. This city has allowed me to grow into the man that I am today and I am very grateful for all of the investments that have been put into our great city. What makes me the best qualified candidate is my willingness to work with and on the behalf of all of our residents. The duty of a council member is to represent all of the residents of your city. I am an open minded individual that will listen to everyone and encourage each and every resident to voice out their concerns. We are a family here in Grand Prairie and we need leadership that remembers this and tries to include everyone into the political process. Quite simply I am here to look out for the great people of Grand Prairie.
Marina Mishelle Talavera
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT/AREA AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Chelsea Pavey
The biggest need of the city is to look at our growth. The city is exploding with growth which is great! But residents have expressed concern about all the growth and also city services not being able to keep pace with the growth. As an elected member I would examine our growth and focus on making sure we are growing responsibly. I would also focus on city services and making sure they have the budget and resources to keep up with our growth to make sure that residents are not being stranded in a time of crisis.
Taisir “Tai” Sawalha
Ada French-Goring
Greg Giessner
Steve “Junior” Ezeonu
When speaking with residents here in Grand Prairie two major causes of concern amongst them are infrastructure issues dealing with potholes and cracks on roads & streets in some of our neighborhoods and sections of the town, as well as the issue of an influx of apartment complexes throughout the city. To address the issue regarding infrastructure, the moment I am elected I will immediately work to repair our roads and streets that do not meet what we consider Grand here in Grand Prairie. Repairing these roads will maintain our city's beauty while attracting businesses willing to invest into Grand Prairie.
Now looking at the issue of an influx of apartments, not everyone in our city agrees on this issue but one thing that most residents agree is that for the apartments that are already here, the rent costs are too high in many of them. Once elected I will try to work with apartment developers/owners to see if they can lower rent costs so we can keep Grand Prairie residents in Grand Prairie. We don't want to lose any of our talented people and our city is blessed with a vast array of talented individuals.
Marina Mishelle Talavera
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?
Chelsea Pavey
The city has done an excellent job responding to the pandemic. They have made sure through social media, newsletters and other ways that residents are aware of what it going on, aware of vaccinations and how to get them. The city has gone through all efforts to make sure residents can get vaccinated. I am proud to be a Grand Prairie resident based on the respond. The mayor has done a fantastic job making sure residents are updated. As an elected member of the City Council, I would make sure that I was also reaching out to the residents and communicating with them.
Taisir “Tai” Sawalha
Ada French-Goring
Greg Giessner
Steve “Junior” Ezeonu
I believe the city of Grand Prairie did a good job responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We truly are a family and have worked to take care of each other and keep each other safe during this tough time. The city kept residents informed regarding the virus from the onset and that must be applauded. As a council member I will continue to keep all of our residents informed as to what is going on in our city. I believe that access to information is essential and our residents must stay informed.
Marina Mishelle Talavera
4. HOW SHOULD THE CITY ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING? WHAT ROLE SHOULD CITY GOVERNMENT PLAY IN RESPONDING TO PANDEMIC-RELATED EVICTIONS?
Chelsea Pavey
Affordable housing plays an important role in every city. I believe that every person should have the opportunity to live in Grand Prairie, and that means having affordable housing. A lot of housing is currently being built but it is mostly luxury apartments and housing. I am concerned that lower income people are being pushed out in favor of these housing units. I would work with the zoning and planning commissions to make sure we have a wide range of options available in the city.
Taisir “Tai” Sawalha
Ada French-Goring
Greg Giessner
Steve “Junior” Ezeonu
I believe that affordable housing is necessary to retain many of our residents. We don't want people having to choose between eating and paying the rent so we must work with our developers and owners of the apartment complexes to keep costs affordable. When I speak with residents they remind me of their dislike for the high rent costs associated with many of the new luxury apartments sprawling all throughout our city. This is an issue we must tackle together, so we keep Grand Prairie residents in Grand Prairie. We don't want our great and talented people to leave our city.
Marina Mishelle Talavera
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?
Chelsea Pavey
I believe our police in Grand Prairie are doing their job to the best of their ability currently. I would like to see more police patrols in specific areas of Grand Prairie where the residents are reporting unsafe conditions and gunshot. I also would direct money in police training. I believe that we can always get better as people, and I believe the same for our police. Training in anti-racist policies is key, and preventing a tragedy from happening in Grand Prairie.
Taisir “Tai” Sawalha
Ada French-Goring
Greg Giessner
Steve “Junior” Ezeonu
Our public safety officers do a great job to keep us safe but we must continue to build tighter knit bonds between the communities and our public safety officers to truly ensure public safety. Communities that have tight bonds with their police officers tend to be much safer and there are better relations between the officers and the residents they are protecting.
Marina Mishelle Talavera
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?
Chelsea Pavey
I think the most important votes in the recent period have been any and all Covid related votes. The city has had a great response to the pandemic and the votes the City Council participated in were key to the success of the response.
Taisir “Tai” Sawalha
Ada French-Goring
Greg Giessner
Steve “Junior” Ezeonu
Marina Mishelle Talavera
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.
Chelsea Pavey
I believe at times, it is appropriate for the state to interfere with local laws. This should only happen in times when laws are passed that are unjust and unfair to the residents. If a law is passed that benefits just the few, and not the greater good, I believe that state law should override local control. Currently I do not believe this is happening in Grand Prairie, so it does not impact the residents.
Taisir “Tai” Sawalha
Ada French-Goring
Greg Giessner
Steve “Junior” Ezeonu
Yes, I believe in certain cases, especially when dealing with the civil rights of residents, state laws have the authority to override the local issues of a city. This however should not be used to allow the State government to directly rule and control a municipality.
Marina Mishelle Talavera
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?
Chelsea Pavey
I believe our city had a good response. They quickly opened a warming station for residents, and provided constant communication. I think Mayor Jensen did a wonderful job responding to residents needs and concerns. I would have liked to hear more from other city officials, but understand the need for one direct line of communication, plus most were probably suffering like the rest of us. If elected I would work with the city, to provide a voice to the leaders of Texas to better prepare for disasters like this. With global warming, it is likely for something similar to happen again sooner rather than later.
Taisir “Tai” Sawalha
Ada French-Goring
Greg Giessner
Steve “Junior” Ezeonu
The "big freeze" was a traumatic event for many of our residents and it lead to deaths and injuries to many residents throughout the state of Texas. I believe our city and community as a whole did a good job responding to such an unprecedented event. Our communities came together to support each other during a very tough time and that just shows you the Grand Prairie spirit. We are truly a family.
I would work to improve our infrastructure by properly winterizing and preparing for events that are rare. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
Marina Mishelle Talavera
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Chelsea Pavey
I am proud to be a Grand Prairie resident. I moved her 6.5 years ago for work, and have fallen in love with the city. I currently serve on the Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful commission and have worked to make the city better. I am active in several non-profits and have leadership experience. I want to make a difference for all residents of the city, and believe as an elected member of City Council, I can do so.
Taisir “Tai” Sawalha
Ada French-Goring
Greg Giessner
Steve “Junior” Ezeonu
I am very blessed to call myself a Grand Prairie resident and I am grateful for this opportunity to serve my community and the entire city as a whole. It is truly a blessing to be here and be able to continue moving our city in the right direction. If anyone has any questions and would like to contact me please feel free to email me at votejuniorezeonu@gmail.com. Otherwise keep Living Life Grand!
Marina Mishelle Talavera