Texas State and Local Government discussion questions help


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Speakers from April 21st (potential info for the essay)

Texas State Representative Chris Turner
o Represents district 101 (east & south Arlington, Grand Prairie)
o In his 3rd term and running for a 4th in November
o Democrat
o Issues: increasing access to affordable healthcare, creating more opportunities in
higher education, improving public safety, bettering the treatment of veterans and
their families, citizen involvement

Sheri Capehart
o Has served on Arlington City Council (ACC) for 12 years
o Represents district 2 (east of Matlock road, south of I-20, south of Mansfield,
west of Kennedale)
o Mayor Pro Tempore of ACC
o Issues: rebuilding roads, animal rights

Kelly Canon
o Running for ACC district 1 seat (the entertainment district/North Arlington)
o Responsible for the legislation that got rid of the red light cameras in Arlington
o Issues: regulations and ordinances affecting small businesses, public services and
schools, transportation, public safety, fighting against high-density housing,
citizen involvement, attracting more business

Chris Dobson
o Running for ACC district 7 seat (all of Arlington)
o Substitute teacher
o Issues: use of funding/grants, abolishing at-large seats, police department
reform, helping the community, fighting against high-density housing, fighting
against the establishment

Charlie Parker
o Incumbent of district 1 (entertainment district/North Arlington), 4 yrs. of service
o Former air pilot and sailor (Navy)
o Issues: public safety, use of tax dollars, land development (more high-density
housing/replacing old apartment complexes), keeping the Rangers (baseball
team) in Arlington, building a senior citizen center, gang activity, funding the
Economic Development Corporation , encouraging economic growth

Victoria Farrar-Myers (also known as “FM” to her old students and colleagues)
o Running for ACC district 7 seat (at-large all of Arlington)
o Former UTA political science professor
o Issues: improving the roads and infrastructure; public, fire, and public safety;
cost efficiency/ management of tax dollar allocation; encouraging economic
growth, encouraging business development without hurting existing businesses,
unifying Arlington despite diversity, expanding domestic violence support system

John Hibbs
o Incumbent for Place 4 on the Arlington Independent School District school board
o Secretary of the AISD Board of Trustees (school board)
o Has served for a total of 2 years and is seeking another term
o Issues: creating more technical/skilled worker programs (because not everyone is
cut out for college), enriching education and opportunities for students, saving
teachers during budget cuts, increased pay for teachers, improving early
education, parent involvement (Parent University), graduating students on time

Jamie Sullins
o Incumbent for Place 5 on the Arlington Independent School District school board
o President of the AISD Board of Trustees (school board)
o Issues: enriching education and creating opportunities for students, putting the
students and teachers first, creating dual programs incorporating fine arts (piano
labs; making language classes available at the elementary school level)

Other important info and terms
o There are 9 Arlington City Council members
 The Mayor
 The Council Seats
o There are 7 AISD Board members (not including the Superintendent)
 3-year terms, no limit
 Only Sullins and Hibbs’ terms are ending in 2016 (both re-upping)
o At-large seat: represent an entire entity instead of a part (ex: all of Arlington
instead of solely Central Arlington)
 Districts 6, 7, and 8 are at-large → represent the entire city of Arlington

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