Chamber and Rotary Host 2015 Candidates Forum

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On Thursday, April 23, the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce and Duncanville Rotary Club sponsored the 2015 Candidates Forum for the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees and the Duncanville City Officer election candidates. At the bottom of the story you will find video clips from the forum from each race.

2015-DRAFT-Program-1The candidates for these positions were invited to submit their bio and answer two questions provided by the Chamber and Rotary Club, and to attend the forum and answer questions so the voters could make a better informed decision.

Two candidates were not in attendance that evening. Janice Savage-Martin, DISD Place 6 incumbent, was absent due to a medical emergency, and Johnette Jameson, candidate for District 5 on the Duncanville City Council, elected to not participate and did not submit a bio or answers to the posed questions.

The following is the information submitted by the candidates to the Chamber and Rotary Club.

School Board Candidates

Place 6

** Janice Savage-Martin
Desiree Hall
Linda Sue Whitman

Place 7

**Carla Fahey

** denotes incumbents

City Council Candidates

District 1

Dennis Schwartz
Don Freeman

District 3

Leslie Thomas
** Stan Smith

District 5

Michael E. Miner
Johnette Jameson

City Council At Large

** Patrick Harvey
Stephen L. Jones

The Chamber asked the candidates to provide a brief biography and to respond to the following questions:

  1. What is the biggest issue you see facing (the City of Duncanville or the Duncanville ISD) and what would you do to address it?
  2. Why are you running for the office and why should voters consider you the most qualified Candidate?

Duncanville ISD Place 6

Janice Savage-Martin

Janice Savage-Martin

Janice Savage-Martin

Education:

  • Duncanville Independent School District (Grades 1-12) Class of 1971
  • Southern Methodist University – Class of 1974 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Major)

Employment:

Duncanville Independent School District (1991-2012)

  • Benefits & Risk/Safety Manager, Auxiliary Personnel, Purchasing
  • Certified Texas School Business Official 2007; Specialist 2004

Duncanville Chamber of Commerce (1990-91)

  • Director Convention & Visitors Bureau

Texas Quarter Horse Association (1981-1990)

  • Executive Director, Administrative Assistant

Sara’s Dance Studio (1971-1983)

  • Ballet, Tap, & Jazz Instructor

Family:

Husband – Steve Martin (Duncanville Chamber of Commerce President)

Son – Brody Savage (AAFES Business Analyst)

Step-Children – Angie Bilbrey & husband, Keith and Aaron Martin

Step-Grandchildren –Abi, Chase, Cameron, Cody, Emma, & Sam

Step-Great Grandchildren – Jensen, Tinsley & Xander

Honors and Awards:

  • Pantherette 1968-71
  • DHS Student Council Secretary & Treasurer 1969-71
  • Miss DHS 1971
  • Miss Duncanville 1972
  • Tyler Rose Festival – Duchess from Duncanville 1973
  • SMU Mustang Letterman – Basketball 1971-74
  • Pi Beta Phi Sorority 1972-74
  • Texas Quarter Horse Association All-Around Amateur 1985
  • Leadership Southwest Graduate 1996
  • Co-Chair for World Cup 1994 Duncanville ISD Training Site
  • Served on the Incorporating Duncanville Community & Economic Development (4B) Board in 1996-1997
  • 2001 Duncanville Woman of the Year
  • Board of Directors of the DISD Education Foundation from 2000-2003
  • Duncanville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2005-10 & Treasurer 2008-09
  • Duncanville Lions Club (1992-present) President in 2009-10
  • Resident of Duncanville: 56 years

Response to questions from Duncanville Chamber and Rotary Club

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the Duncanville DISD and what would you do to address it?

The biggest opportunity I see facing Duncanville ISD is for the School Board to hire a Superintendent that is a strong, instructional leader. It is the School Board’s responsibility to set the vision for the School District, hire the leader to carry out that vision, and approving the budget needed to fulfill the vision. The experience I have gained will be invaluable to hiring the leader that the District needs.

Question 2: Why are you running for the office and why should voters consider you the most qualified Candidate?

I am the most qualified candidate for Place 6 on the School Board due to my
experience earned over the past 3 years as a School Board Trustee. The first year a School Board member learns the many rules that affect decisions to be made while serving. In addition, I understand the difference between setting the vision and administrative duties. Experience matters and my re-election will allow me to continue to be a voice of reason and logic.

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Desiree Hall

Desiree Hall

Desiree Hall graduated From Duncanville High School in 2002 and began her post-secondary education at Mountain View College. After earning an Associate’s Degree, she transferred to the University of North Texas – Dallas where she earned her Bachelor Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

After teaching for six months, Desiree continued her education by earning a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy from the University of Texas Arlington. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Teacher Leadership at Concordia University. Desiree has been working in the field of education for over six years, and is currently a Special Education Reading Interventionist and Mentor Teacher at Lancaster Middle School. Her daughter attends Duncanville ISD to continue the legacy established in 2002.

Response to questions from Duncanville Chamber and Rotary Club

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the Duncanville DISD and what would you do to address it?

The biggest issue facing Duncanville ISD is the selection of a new superintendent for our district. The Board of Trustee’s has an important decision to make concerning this selection. With 7 of 9 elementary schools in our district rated as “needs improvement”, we need a superintendent that has a vision that aligns with the district’s mission and will allow teachers autonomy in the
classrooms.

By giving the power of daily curriculum and instructional decisions to the teacher, learning will be tailored to each students’ needs. Handing the power back to the classroom teachers will lead to individual student success, as well as school wide improvement. I will work with the current Board members to allow teachers to lead their classroom on the classroom level and ensure the vision, mission, and goals for the district are aligned with future success.

Question 2: Why are you running for the office and why should voters con-sider you the most qualified Candidate?

I am running for Duncanville ISD Board Trustee Place 6 because I want to bring the legacy of prominence in education back to the city of Duncanville. As a
former graduate of Duncanville High School, I share the panther pride with the rest of the community. As a parent and an educator, I bring a unique perspective to the table that no other current board member possesses. Also, as a current Special Education Reading Interventionist and Mentor teacher, I know and understand the challenges and stress our teachers face. I want to be the teacher’s voice in Duncanville ISD. After talking to many teachers in Duncanville, I understand their frustration in not being allowed to lead their own classroom. It is my mission to collaborate with the board to restore the legacy of quality education to Duncanville ISD.

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Linda Sue Whitman

Linda Sue Whitman

Linda (Snook) Whitman is a 36 year veteran educator who retired in June 2014 after serving Duncanville ISD for 16 years. Prior to living and working in Duncanville, Linda taught high school and middle school sciences, presented workshops at local/ state professional conferences, and led North Shore Middle School as campus principal. Her experience in Prekindergarten through Twelfth grade spans across Texas with Henderson, Galena Park, Conroe, and Spring school districts. She earned a B. S. Degree in Secondary Education, an M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and three professional certificates: Professional Teacher (Science Composite), Supervisor, and Mid-Management.

During her years as a teacher, director, and campus principal, Linda was a member of several professional organizations in which she held office, such as Recording Secretary of the Science Teachers’ Association of Texas and Vice President/President of the North Central Texas League of Middle Schools. In 2003, Linda was the Chairperson of the Texas Middle School Association professional conference that was held in Ft. Worth for several thousand middle school teachers from across the state.

She also sponsored student clubs and organizations including the Junior Engineering and Technological Society, Fellowship of Student Athletes, Student Council, and National Honor Society. Working with students has always been her passion.

Linda joined Duncanville ISD in 1998 as Director of Secondary Education and was instrumental in developing the Duncanville Instructional Model. This model supported campuses during the early years of state assessment and accountability. In addition, she facilitated numerous community and school events; such as Geography Bee, Spelling Bee, Math Path Night, and Best Southwest Scholars. Her role changed to Director of Intermediate and Middle Education from 2000-2003 . She became the Principal of Merrifield Elementary School in 2003.

Upon her retirement, Linda serves the foster children in Dallas County as a Court Appointed Child Advocate and is currently a CASA volunteer for a three year old. She teaches adult Sunday class in her church and is an advocate for children with Dyslexia.

Linda (Snook) Whitman is dedicated to serving in Duncanville ISD, and is eager to continue her support as a member of the Board of Trustees, place 6.

Response to questions from Duncanville Chamber and Rotary Club

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the Duncanville DISD and what would you do to address it?

One of the issues facing Duncanville ISD deals with how to provide additional help for students who struggle to learn essential skills. Full classrooms with the maximum student load reduces the amount of time each child receives from his/her teacher. It is very challenging to meet the academic and behavioral needs of a kindergartener when there are 24 children in one room with no instructional aide. Significant academic and behavioral problems can arise when students have to wait their turn to receive additional help and attention. Instructional aides are extremely valuable and can provide a tremendous amount of academic support especially when remediation and interventions are needed. Providing that immediate support during the school day impacts student learning with very positive outcomes.

High school students also need one-on-one and small group time with teachers. Students who are about to enter the world of work or college deserve additional support in order to acquire essential skills. With highly trained teachers and instructional aides in the classrooms, students in all grades have a greater opportunity for intensive remedial support, as well as acquiring higher order thinking skills.

In addition to adding instructional aides to the classrooms, I believe that it is very important to return the position of Librarian to schools. These individuals have a vital role in designing core activities that incorporate a variety of technology tools and resources. Students today are technology driven and through these tools, I believe students can achieve and grow so much more. Remedial activities utilizing the computer often reach students and motivate them to persevere. I believe it is essential to provide highly skilled librarians and aides to support student learning within the Library or Media Center, as well as within the classroom.

Question 2: Why are you running for the office and why should voters consider you the most qualified Candidate?

In June 2003, I became the principal of Merrifield Elementary School. Even though I retired in June 2014, I still want to serve the children, families, and educators in a supportive, leadership capacity as a member of the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees. A trustee makes decisions and votes on policies, budgets, taxes, the superintendent, and buying/selling property. In this role, I will draw on my well-rounded experiences and skills when making decisions for the future of the district. I support financial decisions that would add instructional aides and librarians to the campuses in order to enhance instruction and strengthen remedial assistance that students deserve.

I am excited that my 36 years of service as an educator and most importantly, my 16 years of experience in Duncanville ISD can be utilized to continue supporting the children. I want to focus on making decisions that will lead all schools to develop exceptional educational programs that will Meet and Exceed state accountability standards. Therefore, I am running as a Write-In Candidate for the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees, place 6.

I am here to help. I value team work, community service, and the core beliefs in Duncanville ISD.

City of Duncanville District 1

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Dennis Schwartz

Dennis Schwartz

I was raised in Dallas and graduated from South Oak Cliff High School. I then earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University. After graduating, I was inducted into the Army, attended Officer’s
Candidate School and received a commission. I served as a Platoon Leader and then Company Commander of a Construction Engineer Company.

After I was discharged, I accepted a position with the City of Dallas’ Public Works Department and married my wife, Gerry in 1971. A year later we moved to
Duncanville where we raised our family and have proudly lived for 43 years. I worked for Dallas for 13 years as a Design Engineer, a Project Engineer and
ultimately as a Project Manager. In 1984 I was offered and accepted the Director of Engineering and Planning position in Duncanville. The title was later changed to Director of Public Works, a position I held for 26 years until I retired in 2010. As the Director of Public Works I had the responsibility for city planning, zoning, engineering, building inspection, code enforcement, street and drainage maintenance, signs and signals, water and sewer maintenance, equipment services, and solid waste. I also managed the City’s Capital Improvement Programs. I’ve been retired for 5 years.

Response to questions from Duncanville Chamber and Rotary Club

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the City of Duncanville and what would you do to address it?

The city has an aging infrastructure of streets, bridges, storm sewers and utility lines, plus some of our buildings are approaching the end of their useful life. Between deferring maintenance during the recession and different priorities set by a previous mayor and council, we have fallen behind. This infrastructure will either need to be repaired or replaced.

We need a council member who understands public works and can provide oversight of these critical activities. I will advocate for a multi-year plan to fund, design and construct the necessary repairs and replacement of the infrastructure that has exceeded its service life.

Question 2: Why are you running for the office and why should voters consider you the most qualified Candidate?

Over the past few years I have seen our great city move from a place where it was stalled and not progressive to a place where it has momentum and is moving forward under the leadership of our current city council. We cannot let our great city get stalled again. I love our city, and I am passionate about it.

I retired from the City of Duncanville 5 years ago after serving 26 years as the Director of Public Works. I have over 39 years of municipal government experience. I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University, and I am a veteran having served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army upon my college graduation.

I am the most qualified candidate because I have the experience, passion, and skills to serve the citizens of Duncanville.

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Don Freeman

Don Freeman

AWARDS

  • Deputy Constable of the Year, State of Texas
  • Deputy of the Year, Dallas County
  • Supervisor of the Year
  • Past President J.P. and Constable Association

PLATFORM

  • Transparent Government
  • Listen to Citizens Input
  • While You Are Busy Working Making a Living, I’ll Be Busy Watching Your Back at City Hall
  • I Will Listen To Your Concern and Comments

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor Science, Abilene Christian University
  • Master Courses, University Texas– Arlington

CITY ACTIVITY

  • Former Duncanville City Councilman
  • Past President of Duncanville Economic Development
  • Past President Duncanville Lions Club
  • Duncanville Lions Club, Las Vegas Fund Raising Committee
  • Duncanville Lions Club, Chairman 4th of July Car Show for 10 Years
  • Past Chairman Duncanville Board of Adjustment (3-terms)
  • Former Treasurer Dville Estates Neighborhood Crime Watch
  • Current President Dville Economic Development Corp.

PERSONAL

  • Married 27 Years to Marilyn Freeman (works at Duncanville High School Security)
  • Duncanville Resident for over 30 years

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Dallas Sheriffs Academy
  • Cedar Valley College
  • Texas State University, Justice Court Training Center, 8 Years

Response to questions from Duncanville Chamber and Rotary Club

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the City of Duncanville and what would you do to address it?

There are a lot of thing that are wrong with our city, which needs the attention of our elected officials. However the leaders are so concerned with law suits against citizens, as well as other council members that they somehow have over looked the main reason they were elected in the first place. The most glaring problem is the leadership is forgetting to look after the needs of our city I.E. roads, parks, infor structure. Tax dollars should be spent on these projects not on law suits.

Question 2: Why are you running for the office and why should voters consider you the most qualified Candidate?

Having served my fellow citizens once before, I have seen first hand many of the future needs of our city. I worked hard to keep the tax’s in line with our citizens pocket books. Only to watch those efforts totally destroyed by the latest council’s efforts. $175.00 per hour city manager, law suits, higher water, sewer, trash fees. Someone has to step in with reason and say enough! Is enough! Wasteful spending has got to stop!

City of Duncanville District 3

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Leslie Thomas

Leslie Thomas

Raised in Oak Cliff; graduated Kimball H.S.; Navy Veteran; licensed attorney since 1993; member of Texas City Attorney Association; award winning Robotics Team Coach for local homeschoolers; member, leader and founding member of Christian Homeschool Alliance of Texas; former City Council member for District 3 (2011-13), and wife of Keith Thomas & mom of six (3 are in college).

Response to questions from Duncanville Chamber and Rotary Club

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the City of Duncanville and what would you do to address it?

The biggest issue facing Duncanville is the degradation of community. Community is the economic engine of the city; the glue that binds our collective lives to one another, and that unique essence that attracts others to join in. We are in need of community leaders that contribute to unity: Pastors that hold to the truth in love; politicians that are respectful of all citizens and their views; volunteers that have a heart for all of Duncanville. I know that there continues to be efforts to breach the gaps, and pledge my support in these efforts. Then we can move ahead together to be a community that is a fun and nurturing place to live.

Question 2: Why are you running for the office and why should voters consider you the most qualified Candidate?

I am running for offices to bring attention back to the tax payer, resident, and our neighborhoods. These past two years have seen rises in property taxes and fees for water, sewage, and garbage. With the increase in spending of over $3 million, how has our town changed? There is lots of spending, obviously, but very little on essentials or amenities that positively impact the resident. I am also running to promote civil discourse. One should not be censored when discussing differing viewpoints or stating uncomfortable facts. Moreover, all grown-ups in Duncanville should unite together to eliminate all hateful, slanderous, malicious gossip. As neighbors we must band together to insist on speech that is constructive not destructive and that enlightens not obfuscates. Let’s take a stand against personal attacks, hearsay gossip, and anonymous, cowardly blogging.

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Stan Smith

Stan Smith

I’m Stan Smith, your Duncanville City Council District 3 Representative. I am a fifth generation resident. I am a graduate of Duncanville High School and SMU. I have volunteered and served in many different capacities over the past 4 decades. My council colleagues elected me as Mayor Pro Tem this past year.

Upon earning my BBA from Southern Methodist University, with a concentration in finance, I worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone for 18 years and for nearly 5 years with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. For most of the last 8 years I have been in property management.

I was a member of the four person team that secured a 10-year partnership agreement with EON Reality, one of the world’s largest creators of virtual reality software. The resulting Virtual Reality School, will be located in our old library located on the NE corner of Main & Wheatland. This entrepreneurial school should be a game changer for us. Future high tech jobs will be created here as a result of this cooperative effort.

We have hired a well qualified permanent city manager from a field of 43 strong candidates.

  • City of Duncanville: District 3 Duncanville City Council, 1987-89 and 2013-15
  • Duncanville Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors 3 terms, Chairman twice.
  • Boy Scout Troop 493 Leader 15 years, son – Eagle Scout, Nephew – Life Scout.
  • Best Southwest Partnership, Board of Directors, two terms
  • Leadership Southwest, Graduate class of 1987, Board of Directors, two terms
  • Duncanville Education Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Monthly Volunteer DuncanSWITCH Street Market, every 3rd Saturday @ Main & Center.
  • Great American Shoot-Out, every summer as Volunteer caterer for coaches
  • Sandra Meadows Classic Girls Basketball Tournament every December of my adult life.
  • Duncanville Boys Baseball Inc.: Assistant Coach for many years.
  • First United Methodist Church of Duncanville: Lifelong member

Duncanville and its citizens are very important to me. The Council on which I currently serve brought honesty and transparency back to city government. We placed cameras in the briefing room and now televise briefing sessions as well as council meetings.

We need to continue reaching out to the business and development community for Economic Development opportunities, to enhance our business tax base and ease the burden on residential tax payers. I am asking for your vote and appreciate your support. www.StanSmith4Duncanville.com

Response to questions from Duncanville Chamber and Rotary Club

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the City of Duncanville and what would you do to address it?

I believe the biggest issue facing Duncanville as it is with every city is taxes. We need to bring in more business development to add to our commercial tax base. We recently signed a ten year partnership agreement with EON Reality to locate a virtual reality entrepreneurial school on the northeast corner of Main Street and Wheatland Road, (where the city library used to be). I believe we will bring companies to Duncanville that want to locate close to this school. I believe that there will be students that graduate every year from this school that will want to help local businesses enter the virtual reality world and start companies of their own here in Duncanville. We have to be able to work in a spirit of mutual cooperation with the development and business communities in order to bring more restaurants and other businesses to town. We recently were able to work with one of our largest sales tax payers and were able to keep them in town for the next ten years. We gave some minor concessions and they are going to start billing an additional 15% to 20% more volume out of their Duncanville locations. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU THE VOTERS: First of all we don’t have a huge hole in our sales tax budget that would be impossible to replace.

Secondly they are going to increase sales out of their Duncanville location. Over the next ten years this will exceed any concessions we gave to keep them here.

Question 2: Why are you running for the office and why should voters consider you the most qualified Candidate?

I am the only candidate in this race that has a voting record conducive to economic development. Both in the late 80s when I served on the council and last year while serving on the council I was able to build a consensus of support for businesses wanting to locate in Duncanville and enhance our business and commercial tax base, ultimately this will ease the tax burden on home owners. Clearly the business and development communities know that Duncanville is OPEN FOR BUSINESS and eager to talk to them about projects they can bring to Duncanville. These are the kinds of things we must do to increase our commercial tax base. By redeveloping many of our current businesses we will put buildings on the tax roll with a much higher value per acre than big box stores. Believe me we want the big stores too, but the smaller mom and pop stores when added together add not only strong property values to the tax base they also add character to our city. It is safer to be in our city now than any time in the previous four years. Our police departments and fire departments are both fully staffed. Having been active in Duncanville as long as I have, I have a good understanding of why some things are the way they are and how best to work through some things.

City of Duncanville District 5

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Dr. Michael Miner

Dr. Michael Miner

I have lived in Duncanville for nearly ten years. I have two children, a married daughter who just had her first child, my first granddaughter. My daughter is a school teacher and a graduate of Texas A&M. My son is a graduate of University of Wisconsin and has a Master’s Degree from the University of Florida. My wife died of cancer when the kids were in the first and fourth grades and I raised them without her daily guidance after that. I have experience picking out the first
make-up for my daughter, prom dresses, attending innumerable track, football, soccer, cross country and lacrosse games. I also have experience attending award ceremonies for the kids.

I was the guy who went to school forever. After College I went to Medical School, completed a residency in Neurosurgery and somewhere in there got a PhD.
Following that, I went to Houston and became the Director of Neurosurgery at UT Houston, then to Ohio State to become Chairman of the Neurosurgery Department and then to Dallas to work at UT Southwestern and be director of Neurosurgery at the North Texas VA Medical Center. I was in the Army Medical Corp as a Captain, directed medical missionary work in Ecuador and Peru and have been a ruling elder in my local Presbyterian Church in Houston and Ohio.

I am a sports enthusiast and have ridden the bicycle ride in Wichita Falls twice and the five hundred mile bike ride across Iowa nine times. I previously was a runner but a knee replacement slowed that down a bit.

I have experience managing big budgets, large numbers of people and planning for the future. I think there are things we can improve in Duncanville to make the city better and improve the lives of all of our residents.

Response to questions from Duncanville Chamber and Rotary Club

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the City of Duncanville and what would you do to address it?

The biggest issue facing Duncanville is apathy and its sorry cousin, unnecessary partisanship. Turnout in our elections is pathetic and blind partisanship seems to be a way of life for some. This must change because apathy robs the city of talent and resources. We must have debate – debate in and of itself is a necessary part of government – but disagreeing for the sake of disagreeing helps no one.

It doesn’t matter who comes up with a good idea – it only matters that it is a good idea that can help the city. No one, and certainly not me, has all the answers. Ideas, innovation and imagination should be investigated, discussed and initiated on the basis of the proposal itself. Our city is going to change and we can guide those changes with reason or pretend that what we have now is how it will be in the future.

I believe we need to engage the citizenry more fully and be bold, creative and innovative. We have spent far too much effort at tearing each other down and simply need to move on. For instance, Redbird Park, which is in my district, has an excellent running and walking path that is used by many people. We also have a place to play baseball with first class backstops. Unfortunately, trees were planted in the middle of the outfield and strategically in other places to keep children from playing baseball and soccer. Poor decisions like that need to be rectified and better ones take their place.

I believe we conquer apathy by being involved and promoting what we have and we must encourage new business. We must also court innovation and imagination. In so doing, perhaps we can slay unproductive dissention, involve more people in the process and evaluate ideas on their virtue alone.

Question 2: Why are you running for the office and why should voters consider you the most qualified Candidate?

I am running to bring a new vision to the City Council. I have never run or served in elected office before so I don’t have a secret agenda. I wasn’t party to the unproductive partisanship of previous years. I simply want to help our city move forward and thrive.

I am not new to decision making and working with big budgets or setting high expectations and following up to see that those expectations are realized. While my work has been in health care, it has some fundamental similarities to city governance. We deal with a lot of regulations, create and live within our budget, and meet high expectations for effectiveness in how that money is spent. Cities should be the same.

I am not fearful of taking on complex problems and have exemplified good judgment in the past. This will continue. I listen well, will encourage more civic engagement, and look forward to discussing problems with my neighbors. And yes neighbors because this is not a big city and you can easily walk from one side of the district to the other. Our elected officials should make an effort to reach out to all their constituents and I intend to. City government is after all neighbors making decisions about their neighborhoods.

I am for better and busier parks, safety for our children, civil discourse based on factual information, a thriving business community, open discussion and restoring a sense of community to District 5. I am against scare tactics that don’t make sense, name calling, and wasting time, energy and money fighting among ourselves.

Johnette Jameson

Candidate did not submit photo or bio

Response to questions from Duncanville Chamber and Rotary Club

Candidate did not submit answers to the questions

City of Duncanville At-Large

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Patrick Harvey

Patrick Harvey

EDUCATION

Graduate of Alcee Fortier High School, New Orleans, LA University of New Orleans Bachelor of Science in Accounting

FAMILY

Wife – Jacquelyne Snowden Jones-Harvey (Retired Teacher) Daughter – Tobi Jones Son – Patrick Harvey, Jr. 2008 Duncanville High School graduate

EMPLOYMENT

City of Seagoville, Texas- Director of Finance

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Achievement of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Excellence in Financial Reporting Award: Cities of Seagoville, Glenn Heights, Desoto
  • Achievement of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award: Cities of Seagoville, Glenn Heights, Desoto
  • Awarded the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Outstanding
    Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award: City of Seagoville Certified Government Finance Officer
  • Sunday School Teacher and Chairman of Trustee Board GECOP Baptist Church, Desoto, TX

Response to questions from Duncanville Chamber and Rotary Club

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the City of Duncanville and what would you do to address it?

Apathy. Council has acknowledged this problem and has determined that we should lead our community towards having the most engaged citizens in America. In the establishment of boards and commissions, the Mayor sent a letter of invitation to all Duncanville residents to apply. 90 individuals responded. I and my fellow council members challenged staff to develop additional commissions to our existing boards to insure that there would be places for all who wanted to serve could do so. As a result, five new commissions were established and additional citizens were engaged. Additionally, I have been involved with developing a contact list of my own to notify interested citizens of Council actions, whether or not I supported the actions and why. I support ideas to develop a fall and spring festival in Duncanville to bring the community together.

Question 2: Why are you running for the office and why should voters
consider you the most qualified Candidate?

  1. To insure that Duncanville has the most engaged citizens in America.
  2. To develop programs and implement strategies to insure Duncanville has the best housing values in America.
  3. To insure that Duncanville becomes “the basketball capital of Texas”.
  4. To work towards making Duncanville the “edutainment capital of Texas”.

As the Director of Finance for Seagoville, Texas I have worked towards making Seagoville one of the three cities in DFW Metroplex (along with Plano and
Southlake) to receive nationally recognized rankings and the highest transparency ranking from the State of Texas. No other Council candidate matches the quality
accomplishments or has distinguished themselves as a local government fiscal
administrator. No other Council candidate in recent history has even balanced a city budget or maintained city financial records. So, as Dizzy Dean says “it ain’t braggin’ if you’ve done it! I have, they haven’t!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dr. Stephen L. Jones

Dr. Stephen L. Jones

Stephen L. Jones and his wife Andrea have two sons Joseph (13) and Stephen (11). They live in Swan Ridge Estates. They are members of the Mount Sinai Baptist Church where Dr. Jones serves as pastor.

Prior to being at Mount Sinai, Dr. Jones served as Chairman of the Division of Arts and Sciences at Paul Quinn College in Dallas. He is currently the Interim Executive Dean and Project Director for the HSI STEM and Articulation Program at Mountain View College.

Dr. Jones has received numerous awards including: Administrator of the Year Award (Mountain View College), Torch Award (Dallas Urban League), The
Outstanding Texan Award (Texas Black Legislative Caucus), Man of the Year (The Dallas Metropolitan Business and Professional Women’s Club), the Distinguished Ecumenical Service Award (The National Business and Professional Women’s Club), and was inducted into the Paul Quinn College Hall of Fame.

Reverend Jones is the co-author of CORD Biology, a high school science textbook. He has also made significant contributions to other textbooks that have been used throughout the United States. On May12, 2012 Dr. Jones was elected to represent District 2 on the Duncanville City Council.

Response to questions from Duncanville Chamber and Rotary Club

Question 1: What is the biggest issue you see facing the City of Duncanville and what would you do to address it?

If elected, I will work to lower your taxes. I believe this initiative can be funded with the excess funds that will be generated prior to repealing the unnecessary tax increase.

Question 2: Why are you running for the office and why should voters consider you the most qualified Candidate?

Although I am content with what God is doing in my life, I am very troubled by the actions of our current City Council. The excessive spending, the kangaroo court that removed Mrs. Johnette Jameson from the City Council, and the desperate need to give away large sums of money to prop up the Duncanville economy, have moved me to run for office. I believe the citizens of Duncanville deserve someone that will look out for their interest. I have spent my adult life fighting for, protecting, and serving others. If elected the citizens of Duncanville can expect me to do the same for them.

Early Voting begins April 27—May 5 at the Duncanville Library

VOTE Saturday, MAY 9, 2014 at your precinct location

2015 Candidates Forum
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