I guess I should make a comment on the elections. The citizens of Arlington have chosen well, in that they have reverted to incumbents that are leading this city and school district down a path of progress to the future and improvement of our city and education system. The two incumbents on Council that were unopposed are probably the most critical thinkers, and the best legislators, that currently sit on this panel. It will be a pleasure for me to serve with them for another two year term.
Jamie Sullens is a consummate professional with her heart in the right spot concerning the education of our children. She was also unopposed on School Board. But John Hibbs did draw an opponent. He ran a good campaign and was retained with a 75% victory. One must remember that the school board has won the award of best school board in the state of Texas. So the voters have decided to continue down that path of excellence.
Seat 7 on the City Council was won by the best candidate in the race. Victoria Meyer did a good job in her campaign. She presented herself in a professional manner and was well prepared at each candidate’s debate. She invested in her campaign by putting out signs and getting her name recognized. Her opponent wore shorts, T-shirts and flip flops to the debates, and although seasoned due to numerous failed campaigns, did not put on a campaign at all. Yet he still got 27% of the vote. I find this peculiar at best. 1674 voters cast their ballots for this candidate, and I will never know why. That leaves my race.
I feel blessed that I have tried to hold town hall meetings every six months to open lines of communication with my constituents. Turn outs have been beyond my expectations because people want to know what is happening in their community. What is happening in your community affects you on a daily basis and it is important that there be open dialogue and understanding. I believe that this understanding is what drove me to a 69% victory over my opponent. North Arlington is realizing the effects of capital investment at its best. All the bulldozers and cranes are a sign of progress and redevelopment in our community. I believe that my record of trying to knock down old crime infested slum apartments and building a new class of living experience is evident. Property values are in fact on the rise. The North is running on all cylinders. Yes we have problems, but we are on the right path to solve those problems, and I thank you for allowing me to pursue those solutions for the next two years.
As an addendum I will add my opinion. Saturday morning I witnessed the aftermath of a horrible accident at Center and I-30. What I saw was a small car crushed from the rear. Two people were still inside the car and the fire fighters were on their way. The people were taken to two different hospitals in Ft. Worth with life threatening injuries. The reason that I bring this up is the increase of accidents since the red light cameras have been removed. In six months the accident rate has gone up 25% in those 19 intersections where the cameras were installed. For me, this was the reason to keep the cameras, safety! I have personally observed an increase in running red lights in Arlington. I am certain that you have seen it also. So be very careful, and look out for the other guy, because he isn’t looking out for you.