Who is running in District 6 for Arlington City Council?

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Four candidates are running for Arlington City Council in District 6.

Four candidates are running for Arlington City Council in District 6.

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Chris “Dobi” Dobson

No campaign website

Age as of May 7: 43

Occupation: Freelance in the gig economy

Education: UTA CAPPA School MS in Public Administration with a Focus on Financial Management and Community/Economic Development

Have you ever been a candidate for an electoral position (please indicate the previous position sought):

Yes, 13th overall race at Arlington since 2009.

List highlights of civic engagement:

In 2020, filed a complaint with the TEC against Jeff Williams who showed credible evidence of committing felony and misdemeanor campaign finance violations. 3 other board members have since returned campaign donations at my request.

Have you ever been arrested, charged with a crime or otherwise been part of a criminal proceeding? If yes, explain why:

Yeah was arrested for paraphernalia and misdemeanor marijuana possession in Kentucky in 2000.

Have you been involved in a civil lawsuit or bankruptcy proceeding? If yes, explain why:

No.

What are the biggest challenges facing Arlington and/or your district?

We have very little resident participation in elections and other matters of concern due to an unfounded perception of pay to play. This is in addition to a crisis of legitimacy that was seen at the county level (Sheriff, Medical Examiner, TRWD, DA, TAD). Rising property taxes and inflation are causing a wave of gentrification in Arlington, though this could be seen as a living wage issue.

What would be your top 3 political priorities?

  1. Maximize resident contributions using City App, town halls and interviews, including proper follow-up.
  2. Shift resources from economic development to community development of quality of life services.
  3. Ending conflicts of interest and corruption through the accountability of all municipal officials.

Why should voters choose you over your opponents?

I’m ready and I’ve already spoken the hard truths behind many of our municipal problems, that these stadiums aren’t public (just the costs), so they would have to pay property taxes, which the police don’t not prevent crime, but respond (crime prevention is resource-based), campaign donations from those with business before the council are bribes, our tax increase refinancing zones (TIRZ) have become parasitic and our relationship with the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce has become a racketeer.

What is your position on multi-family housing and multi-use development in Arlington?

Arlington should encourage more ownership by residents and not by developers or corporations. We tried to give perks to developers only to end up with half-full, high-priced Potemkin villages. It is better, in my humble opinion, to force developers to pay these costs and help residents who are looking to move from renting to owning the homes we have. Our EDC has affordable housing as a use, we should use it that way.

What is your position on garbage and recycling collection in Arlington?

We pay a lot of money for declining services, regardless of how the waste is packaged. We need to renegotiate with Republic and Waste Management to pay less if they seek to reduce services due to their unwillingness to pay higher wages.

What is the best way to go to downtown Arlington? How, concretely, would you work to achieve this goal?

This area is no more significant than other parts of Arlington. We should end the DAMC, nobody likes them. We should investigate the Econ. Dev. policy that has led to millions of dollars wasted on the supply side of apartments, breweries, townhouses. We should end the TIRZ or at least create a maximum lag of 5 years in the tax assessment. We need to stop subsidizing the plans of old, white, connected “businessmen” as if they are benefiting someone other than their own self-interest.

What is your position on efforts to make Arlington more pedestrian and bike friendly? Is there anything specific you would be working towards with this issue?

I generally agree with increasing Arlington’s livability and using city funds to reduce the cost of living for as many poor people as possible. Getting around this city on foot, in a wheelchair or on a bicycle offers a different level of understanding of the city and should be encouraged and subsidized rather than speeding around in an SUV. It encourages people to really look at the pollution caused by our consumption as well as industrial pollution from gas wells, diesel engines and concrete making.

Albert Parra

albertparra.com

Age as of May 7: 38

Occupation: Oncologist

Education: Medical doctorate

Have you ever been a candidate for an electoral position (please indicate the previous position sought):

Nothing

List highlights of civic engagement:

I am currently treasurer of our practice, The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, and I serve on the board of the Baylor Scott and White Quality Alliance. I was also named Top Doctor several years in a row. I served on the board of the North Texas American Cancer Society and was the first winner of the “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign. I have also participated in events with the Hispanic Wellness Coalition and the Butler Dad’s Club. I also serve on the site-based decision-making committee at Butler Elementary.

Have you ever been arrested, charged with a crime or otherwise been part of a criminal proceeding? If yes, explain why:

No.

Have you been involved in a civil lawsuit or bankruptcy proceeding? If yes, explain why:

No.

What are the biggest challenges facing Arlington and/or your district?

  • Economic development
  • Arlington Filling/Housing
  • Safe roads and neighborhoods

What would be your top 3 political priorities?

My priorities revolve around keeping our neighborhoods safe by providing support to our first responders, both police and firefighters. I am ready to address the questions of how we can revitalize existing parks and housing while making the best use of the precious land we have left. We must be bold in recruiting and retaining businesses and young professionals in our city. I will work with planners to ensure that we continue to make financially conscious decisions so that our tax dollars are put to the best possible use. I plan to work with various community groups and government entities so that we continue to improve trust, interaction and transparency. By increasing citizen participation, we foster pride in our city and a responsibility to help and care for each other.

Why should voters choose you over your opponents?

As a doctor, I have an analytical and evidence-based decision-making process. I will use it to make the best decisions for all citizens of Arlington. I honed my interpersonal and communication skills while maintaining empathy and respect for my peers, my patients and my citizens.

What is your position on multi-family housing and multi-use development in Arlington?

I will work to ensure that Arlington is the most desirable city in North Texas for working families, seniors and young professionals. My focus will be on protecting established neighborhoods, revitalizing our aging housing stock, and most importantly, making sure that no matter where you choose to live, you are safe.

What is your position on garbage and recycling collection in Arlington?

I am in favor of switching to garbage collection in a receptacle. This will make the process more efficient and more environmentally friendly.

What is the best way to go to downtown Arlington? How, concretely, would you work to achieve this goal?

We must be bold in our use of the Economic Development Council (EDC) to recruit new businesses and leverage existing businesses in Arlington. While the Entertainment District is very important to Arlington, we cannot overlook our other areas of Arlington and ensure appropriate growth in those areas as well.

What is your position on efforts to make Arlington more pedestrian and bike friendly? Is there anything specific you would be working towards with this issue?

I am definitely in favor of walking/biking trails through Arlington. This will improve the possibility for our citizens to be healthy through exercise and allow our people to be more mobile using means of transport which will be good for the environment.

Long Pham

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Joshua Taylor

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James Hartley is a breaking news reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He’s a North Texas native who joined the Star-Telegram team during an internship in 2019 and just didn’t leave. He is passionate about true stories and likes sober films, good tea and scotch out of his budget.

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