Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is three years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.
City contact informationContact City Secretary
susana.marin@mansfieldtexas.gov
817-276-4206
Vaughan Wynne-JonesWebsite: http://www.helpmansfieldthrive.org/

Nancy Etter - Campaign Manager
Email: 1loverescue@gmail.com
David KleinEmail: davidkleincampaign@gmail.com
Houston MitchellEmail: hmitch1714@gmail.com
Casey Lewis (incumbent)Website: caseylewis.com/campaign
Facebook: facebook.com/voteforcasey
Email: campaign@caseylewis.com

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Vaughan Wynne-Jones
I believe that the current solutions being offered to address the challenges we face as a city are not being adequately acknowledged or responded to by the sitting council. I believe my years of experience managing change, and working in rapidly changing environments, combined with the experiences I had being an EMT working in South Dallas, put me in a unique position to respond to change.
Creo que las soluciones actuales que se ofrecen para abordar los desafíos que enfrentamos como ciudad no están siendo reconocidas ni respondidas adecuadamente por el consejo en sesión. Creo que mis años de experiencia gestionando cambios y trabajando en entornos que cambian rápidamente, combinados con las experiencias que tuve como EMT trabajando en South Dallas, me colocaron en una posición única para responder al cambio.
David Klein
Houston Mitchell
Casey Lewis
During my first term as a Council Member I've helped lower property taxes, reduce our debt ratio, create a long term infrastructure plan, and have focused on projects that improve the quality of life for Mansfield residents. My professional experience and education in Corporate Finance and Real Estate have helped me to be a valuable team member on the City Council and understand how to accomplish community goals in a financially responsible and sustainable manner.
I'm the only candidate on the ballot for Place 4 that has presented a plan to reduce the property tax burden on Mansfield homeowners while maintaining our exemplary city services and enhancing our quality of life. I'm the only candidate on the ballot for Place 4 that has proven leadership in growing our economy, reducing our property tax burden, and overseeing a multi-million dollar organization.
In addition to my career experience and experience on the City Council, I have volunteered and served in our community since 2004. I know our city. I know our community. I am and have been engaged in the Mansfield area and the people who call Mansfield home for almost two decades.
My professional resume combined with my volunteer service in our community and experience serving on Council make me the most qualified candidate to continue serving in Place 4 on the Mansfield City Council.
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT/AREA AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Vaughan Wynne-Jones
Our city has been through some challenging times over the past year. Many of our residents and small business owners are barely hanging on, and some are already going under. Our first priority should be them. Reach out to those in need, find out what they need, and help them get what they need.
Nuestra ciudad ha pasado por momentos difíciles durante el año pasado. Muchos de nuestros residentes y propietarios de pequeñas empresas apenas aguantan, y algunos ya se están hundiendo. Nuestra primera prioridad deberían ser ellos. Comuníquese con los necesitados, averigüe lo que necesitan y ayúdelos a obtener lo que necesitan.
David Klein
Houston Mitchell
Casey Lewis
As one of the fastest growing cities in the fastest growing regions in the fastest growing state, Mansfield has many needs. The primary function of any city is to provide clean drinking water, reliable sewer services, great public safety services, and transportation infrastructure. As our community is nearing the final 25% of buildout, it is critical that we make wise land-use decisions that ensure these core services are financially sustainable long term.
While on Council I have been working with my fellow Council Members and city staff to put in place a comprehensive plan and strategic land use plan that will determine the type of city Mansfield will be in 2040 and beyond. My vision, and the vision of this Council is that Mansfield will be an economic powerhouse for our region. We will provide exceptional core city services and continue to enhance the quality of life for Mansfield residents.
Other current needs are to continue making sure Mansfield is a safe city and continue winning the "Safest Cities in Texas" awards. I'm committed to adequately funding our Public Safety programs to make that happen.
We have infrastructure strain that must be taken care of sooner rather than later. And we must elevate the caliber of jobs and careers that are available to Mansfield residents to work right here in the city where they live.
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?
Vaughan Wynne-Jones
The initial response was good. The city cancelled events, encouraged following CDC guidelines. Much of their response later was hampered by the edicts from Austin, and confusion between the information scientists were giving, and the state and federal government was providing. We would have liked to have seen more communication with citizens and business, and more attention paid to their needs during this crisis.
La respuesta inicial fue buena. La ciudad canceló eventos, alentados a seguir las pautas de los CDC. Gran parte de su respuesta más tarde se vio obstaculizada por los edictos de Austin y la confusión entre la información que estaban dando los científicos y la que proporcionaba el gobierno estatal y federal. Nos hubiera gustado ver más comunicación con los ciudadanos y las empresas, y más atención a sus necesidades durante esta crisis.
David Klein
Houston Mitchell
Casey Lewis
Covid-19 did not impact our city budget in 2020. Our diverse tax base insulated Mansfield from financial harm in 2020 and our tax revenue actually increased. The focus on local shopping combined with increased opportunities to shop local increased sales tax revenue for the City of Mansfield over and above what was budgeted. It is anticipated that property valuations in the coming months may dip on the commercial side across Tarrant County. As with any budget, we'll have to work through those challenges by prioritizing our core services first before funding quality of life projects.
I feel Mansfield did a great job in communicating with our residents during the pandemic. Something I would do differently is to get our emergency response team together with the City Council faster and get a Mansfield specific unified plan on how we can help our community faster and better. We were too dependent on leadership from the County and State before we were having discussions about what Mansfield could do in response to the pandemic. In hindsight, I would have wanted to have those discussions faster.
4. HOW SHOULD THE CITY ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING? WHAT ROLE SHOULD CITY GOVERNMENT PLAY IN RESPONDING TO PANDEMIC-RELATED EVICTIONS?
Vaughan Wynne-Jones
There are so many contributing factors, that there is no one solution. Part of the solution would be to bring back the idea of company housing, for large companies that aren’t paying enough for citizens to both live and work in the same town. There are other things we can work on together as a community. As much as the City has the power to do so, it should pursue every avenue to get relief to homeowners and renters.
Hay tantos factores contribuyentes que no existe una solución única. Parte de la solución sería recuperar la idea de viviendas para empresas, para grandes empresas que no pagan lo suficiente para que los ciudadanos vivan y trabajen en la misma ciudad. Hay otras cosas en las que podemos trabajar juntos como comunidad. Por mucho que la Ciudad tenga el poder para hacerlo, debe seguir todas las vías para brindar alivio a los propietarios e inquilinos.
David Klein
Houston Mitchell
Casey Lewis
The housing market is supply and demand driven. The job of the city is to provide city services to members and businesses within that community in a financially responsible and sustainable manner that meets the needs and desires of that community. When you're in a community that does their job well, the demand increases as more people want to live here. As our city reaches build-out, the available supply is going to continue to decrease which ultimately drives up property values.
In Mansfield, over 50% of our available single family housing supply is valued at $300,000 or less. There are homes that fall in to the "affordable" category.
What our city needs more of is housing diversity. When all you build are traditional single family homes then you're only going to cater to a demographic of families with kids and become a commuting city with permanently high property taxes, traffic congestion, strained city budgets, poor infrastructure, and an overcrowded school district. Townhomes, brownstones, duplexes and quadplexes, condos, craftsman style homes, accessory dwelling units (garage apartments), garden homes, patio homes, age restricted communities, mixed use/live-work units are all different types of housing that meets the needs of college students, young professionals, newlyweds, young families, downsizing families, and retirees. That diversity in housing also creates opportunities for jobs, shopping, retail, and commercial development.
In Texas, the County government is responsible for evictions and the city has no role in pandemic related evictions.
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?
Vaughan Wynne-Jones
Public safety is a necessity and priority, and the way we ensure the best public safety is by continually re-examining the issues we face, and how best to address them. Reallocation of funding to public services that can prevent or reduce most safety issues could be key.
La seguridad pública es una necesidad y una prioridad, y la forma en que garantizamos la mejor seguridad pública es reexaminando continuamente los problemas que enfrentamos y la mejor manera de abordarlos. La reasignación de fondos a los servicios públicos que pueden prevenir o reducir la mayoría de los problemas de seguridad podría ser clave.
David Klein
Houston Mitchell
Casey Lewis
If you don't have a safe city, nothing else you do matters. You can't have great economic development unless your city is safe. You can't have a great parks system unless your city is safe. You can't have increased property values if you don't have a safe city. You can't have awesome community events and festivals unless your city is safe.
The Mansfield Police Department is the model for the rest of the country in how professional policing should work. That's why Mansfield has been ranked as one of the safest cities to live in Texas.
We must keep our community safe and I'm committed to continuing to fund our first responders to make sure they are adequately staffed, paid well, and that they have the equipment and training they need to do their jobs well.
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?
Vaughan Wynne-Jones
Marijuana legalization is one of the things that could help turn the tide on economic recession. It’s worked in other cities and states, has provided good paying jobs, and has reduced the burden on police, health and social services significantly.
La legalización de la marihuana es una de las cosas que podría ayudar a cambiar el rumbo de la recesión económica. Ha funcionado en otras ciudades y estados, ha proporcionado empleos bien remunerados y ha reducido significativamente la carga sobre la policía, la salud y los servicios sociales.
David Klein
Houston Mitchell
Casey Lewis
It's tempting to say the most important vote was when we accomplished a lower tax rate and homestead exemption in Mansfield.
Really, the most important vote was the denial of a $200,000,000+ industrial park that wanted to locate to our city. I, along with the rest of our City Council, voted no on that project. It was the first time in a long time that the City Council had turned down development and I believe it was a pivotal point for our community.
Mansfield is special. Mansfield is unique. And Mansfield is in the position where we can be selective about the type of development that comes to our community. We can demand high quality projects that are a benefit to our overall community. By turning down that project, we have opened the door to substantially better development in the future.
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.
Vaughan Wynne-Jones
When it’s water fountains, yes. When it’s pandemics no.
Cuando se trata de fuentes de agua, sí. Cuando hay pandemias, no.
David Klein
Houston Mitchell
Casey Lewis
Local government is in the best position to respond to the needs of their community. Local government helps foster the growth and character of their communities. There are times where State Laws that are in place override local control and are detrimental to giving local government control to best respond to their community.
Some examples are a 2.5% cap on city revenue increases. While I'm a fan of less taxes, not more, state laws that put unreasonable restraints on local governments ability to respond to their community are not appropriate. Instead of limiting revenue opportunities for cities, the State should be limiting how much a homeowners tax bill can increase.
Another example is the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. This State agency is the sole enforcement of alcohol laws in the State of Texas and the City is not able to create ordinances that would sometimes be best for their local community in regards to alcohol sales.
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?
Vaughan Wynne-Jones
Mayor Mike Evans spoke very strongly about the problems caused by the State, and Ercot’s policies which led to power outages and water issues in many places. We need to strengthen our infrastructure to cope with increasing extreme weather events.
El alcalde Mike Evans habló muy enérgicamente sobre los problemas causados por el estado y las políticas de Ercot que llevaron a cortes de energía y problemas de agua en muchos lugares. Necesitamos fortalecer nuestra infraestructura para hacer frente al aumento de los fenómenos meteorológicos extremos.
David Klein
Houston Mitchell
Casey Lewis
Mansfield did an incredible job during the "big freeze." Our communication with our community was by far better than all surrounding communities. The City Council went above and beyond to serve our community and get them information as well as fighting with Oncor to get power restored ASAP.
Mansfield is the only city in the region that didn't have to issue a boil water notice or lose water pressure. That is due to our quality planning in our water treatment plant to have generators on site.
It is unacceptable that we had families without electricity for 5+ days. I'm glad our city was able to step in and help in the best ways that we could. I'm also glad that Mansfield now has a representative in the Texas House that also used to be our Mayor (David Cook) so that he can help secure the grid for the future.
At the City Level we are doing a full review of our emergency procedures and are looking into all of the areas we can improve for the future, including more generators, street equipment, facility needs, and public safety procedures.
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Vaughan Wynne-Jones
As an immigrant to this great country, I was honored to cast my first vote in 2020 for our new president and vice president. As I follow them on their path to bring us all together, I am honored to now stand for City Council in Mansfield, TX. Thank you for your consideration.
Como inmigrante a este gran país, tuve el honor de emitir mi primer voto en 2020 para nuestro nuevo presidente y vicepresidente. Mientras los sigo en su camino para unirnos a todos, me siento honrado de representarme ahora para el Concejo Municipal en Mansfield, TX. Gracias por su consideración.
David Klein
Houston Mitchell
Casey Lewis
It has been my privilege to serve as one of your Council Members these past 3 years. Together we have accomplished lower property taxes, improved infrastructure, increased transparency, and enhanced quality of life projects all over town. There is still so much more work to do. I believe we have an incredibly bright future ahead and I want to continue shaping the vision of who Mansfield is becoming. We can continue to lower property taxes, expand our economy, and enhance the life of everyone that calls Mansfield home both now and in the future. That's why I'm asking for your vote again for Mansfield City Council Place 4.