Mayor

Job descriptionPresiding officer of the City Council, the city’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesRepresents city at official functions
Enacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salary$50 per council meeting attended; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsTwice monthly; special meetings called as needed.
City contact informationJoanna King, City Secretary
jking@benbrook-tx.gov
817-249-6004

Who’s Running?

Renee L. A. FranklinWebsite: www.reneeformayor.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reneeformayorbenbrook
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reneeformayor/
Email: reneeformayor@yahoo.com
Jason Ward

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Renée Franklin
I have experience in city government and leadership. As a Benbrook City Councilmember for 7 years, I have been a part of numerous city-focused projects as well as interactions with many citizens individually to address city-related needs. As a Benbrook resident for 20 years, I have been active in organizations and events serving and promoting our community and hometown spirit. I have held officer positions in organizations as well as running small businesses and founding my own nonprofit organization. I have a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management with Emphasis in Leadership and Management. I also annually pursue the designation of Texas Municipal League Certified Municipal Officer through continuing education and open government training.
Jason Ward
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT/AREA AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Renée Franklin
The desire for full-service restaurants and grocery store options continues to be in demand. I will continue to support the efforts of our boards and commissions to recruit business and approve development plans. In May 2021, voters approved funding for the development of a Municipal Complex. This is the first step toward the envisioned downtown Benbrook. I want to continue along this path to make this and other comprehensive plans realities. As we continue to see growth in and around our city, it is important we continue to focus on the services that provide for the safety and well-being of our hometown. I want to continue to ensure our hometown spirit and cohesiveness expand proportionately to our city’s growth.
Jason Ward
3. THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS AFFECTED THE CITY'S BUDGET AND SERVICES, AS WELL AS THE LIVES OF RESIDENTS. HOW WILL THIS INFLUENCE YOUR PLANS FOR THE CITY GOING FORWARD?
Renée Franklin
The ongoing impact of COVID-19 requires continued assessment and communication on the immediate and long-term health of our citizens and city staff as well as our city’s financial health. I will continue to support the efforts of city staff, city council, and Benbrook boards and commissions to address these challenges.
Jason Ward
4. 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?
Renée Franklin
Public safety and financial stability are components of our city’s core values. Public safety and services are almost three-quarters of our budget. City Council should continue to support funding to ensure public safety and services are provided at the same time ensuring the financial resources are available to invest in community priorities. This is achieved through having open discussions, making decisions, designing plans of action, and following through on commitments to ensure public safety and community services are provided. Our city has a history of being good stewards of financial resources, I want to ensure this continues.
Jason Ward
5. 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.
Renée Franklin
I do not think state laws should override local control. I would rather state representatives work with their local entities to discuss specific issues instead of making blanket policies that affect all cities. Decisions that involve the level of services individual communities need or want are best made at the local level. For example, Texas 2021 House Bill 1686 regulation of food production on single-family residential lots includes limitations on chickens, rabbits, and bees. I don’t think the state should control the number of animals in cities. I support the Texas Municipal League “Our Home, Our Decision” initiative that stresses “one size does not fit all”. Each city has unique qualities that make us special. Texas cities should be allowed to continue making decisions about their hometowns.
Jason Ward
6. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Renée Franklin
I continue to advocate for pedestrian safety along our city streets. I continue to look to leverage our connectivity to the Trinity Trail. I lead by example by supporting and participating in events such as Trash Bash, Adopt-a-Mile programs, recycling, and walk/run events. I want to spark youth involvement in local government. I would like to invite all citizens to learn more about and get involved in local government. The individual impact can be easily seen at the local level. Since our youth are our future, I would like to initially focus on providing opportunities for Benbrook students to learn more about city operations and government. There are numerous agencies the City of Benbrook partners with. Of these, two are Benbrook elected bodies along with the Benbrook City Council: Benbrook Public Library and Benbrook Water Authority (BWA). I believe collaborative discussions between the elected members of these three bodies are important to a unified direction for the future of Benbrook.
Jason Ward

City Council

Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesRepresents city at official functions
Enacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salary$50 per council meeting attended; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice a month; special meetings called as needed.
City contact informationJoanna King, City Secretary
jking@benbrook-tx.gov
817-249-6004

Who’s Running?

Place 3

Larry Marshall (incumbent)
Katherine Gardner

Place 5

Alfredo Valverde (incumbent)
Gary Addison

Place 7

Keith Tiner