Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salary$15 per regular Council meeting attended and $10.00 per special meeting attended; annual amount not to exceed the annual compensation of the lowest paid permanent full-time city employee.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.
City contact informationContact City Secretary
rfrick@hursttx.gov
817-788-7042
John MillerWebsite: https://www.millerforhurst.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voteMillerforHurst
Email: millerforhurst@gmail.com
Amin R. AbdelkarimPhone: 817-333-8109
John Biggan
Website: https://johnbiggan.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnbiggan/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Biggan4Congress
Email: john@johnbiggan.com
Phone: 682-238-5215

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
John Miller
Amin R. Abdelkarim
John Biggan
I believe that experience matters. As a research scientist, I have spent more than a decade helping Gulf War veterans, children with dyslexia, and older adults. I’ve taught high school and college students. I have also led the way to deliver better products while lowering costs for Fortune 100 companies and I have served in executive leadership for a major non-profit in Tarrant County that helps homeless women and children.
This is the experience we need to Build a Better Hurst.
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT/AREA AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
John Miller
Amin R. Abdelkarim
John Biggan
We are fortunate in Hurst that our first responders are excellent. We must continue to support them as they keep this city safe. COVID has wreaked havoc on local businesses and workers. As recovery begins I will work with our city's Economic Development Team to support local businesses. This includes a strong emphasis on re-development in south Hurst. Finally, 1 in 6 Hurst residents are 65 or older. I have spent more than a decade conducting research into healthy aging. I plan to use this experience to make sure these residents can thrive in our great city.
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?
John Miller
Amin R. Abdelkarim
John Biggan
COVID has greatly impacted sales tax revenue. Fortunately, increases in ad valorem/property taxes have more than made up for the sales tax shortfall. As to the impact on services, early in the pandemic our first responders were overwhelmed due to the uptick in needs as well as the new regulations that were put in place as a result. I have been incredibly impressed by how our first responders have adapted to the situation to continue to provide exemplary service to our residents. Furthermore, the way that the City of Hurst has worked with the County to deliver COVID vaccinations at the Hurst Conference Center is a great example of how local governments can partner with state and county governments to help their citizens.
4. HOW SHOULD THE CITY ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING? WHAT ROLE SHOULD CITY GOVERNMENT PLAY IN RESPONDING TO PANDEMIC-RELATED EVICTIONS?
John Miller
Amin R. Abdelkarim
John Biggan
Hurst has some of the most affordable housing in the area. That said, we also have one of the highest ad valorem/property tax rates in the area. We must control the year-over-year increases that put a major financial burden on our citizens.
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?
John Miller
Amin R. Abdelkarim
John Biggan
Our first responders do a superb job of keeping us safe. This is beneficial for homeowners and businesses in Hurst. We must continue to support these first responders and ensure that they have the resources that they need to continue their good work. We can do this while also providing superior community services.
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?
John Miller
Amin R. Abdelkarim
John Biggan
N/A
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.
John Miller
Amin R. Abdelkarim
John Biggan
I am a proponent of local control where possible. There are instances where the state can and should set minimum standards. Particularly when the issue affects many different locations and cannot be contained within those individual areas. In all other instances, local control should be a top priority. For example, the pandemic has spread rapidly across the state. The state can and should set minimum standards, with flexibility for local jurisdictions to add additional measures depending on the needs of the community.
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?
John Miller
Amin R. Abdelkarim
John Biggan
When it comes to electric and gas for us here in Hurst those are not things the local government has much control over. As for the water supply we, fortunately, were never under a boil water notice so to that extent the city and the Tarrant Regional Water District has done an excellent job.
One critique that I have heard from residents about the “big freeze” was the limited amount of communication coming from local leadership. When you are in a situation like that you need to get information and updates so you can make the best decisions for your family. The city of Hurst provided a fair amount of information, but some of the surrounding cities were more informative. We need to meet that higher standard.
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
John Miller
Amin R. Abdelkarim
John Biggan