April 13, 2023 · Filed Under Events and News 

Tuesday April 18 at 6:30pm 
Fort Worth Firefighters Hall
3855 Tulsa Way at Crestline Rd.

Please join us for a special AHNA membership meeting.  This is an open meeting, everyone is welcome to attend.

Instead of our regular meeting format, AHNA is hosting the West Side Alliance’s District 7 City Council Candidate Forum. We will dispense with regular AHNA business, including the monthly crime report, and go directly to the candidate forum.

The candidates who are running for the seat to represent us on City Council are Caleb Backholm, Jason Ellis, and Macy Hill. Come and meet them and get more information to help you make a decision about who you’d like to be your representative on City Council.

Joining us for this meeting will be our nearby neighbors who make up the West Side Alliance: Crestline Area Neighborhood Association, Crestwood Neighborhood Association, Monticello Neighborhood Association, North Hi Mount Neighborhood Association, and West Byers Neighborhood Association. The Alliance represents more than 4,000 West Side residential households. West Side Alliance Moderator Janine Lund will lead the forum.

The three candidates have received ahead of time the following questions that they will be asked at the forum:

  • Describe specifically your qualifications, credentials, and experience to serve as the District 7 Fort Worth City Councilperson.
  • What can and should be done to encourage voter participation in local elections?
  • There is intense pressure to commercialize all neighborhoods. Describe your position on Short Term Rentals (and similar versions) in zoned residential neighborhood.
  • If you plan to work to reduce property taxes, how will you make up for that revenue? If you plan to “cut waste” or “reduce services,” say specifically what you plan to cut or reduce.
  • Heavy and increasing traffic is common in many areas of District 7. As growth continues in District 7, how can traffic issues and access in and out of neighborhoods be anticipated and/or mitigated?
  • What is the City’s role in supporting the Arts? The Cultural District is a key part of our Westside area. Currently, the city has a task force, headed by Councilman Firestone, about how to handle the need for repairs and updates for the Community Art Center at 1300 Gendy, across from the Amon Carter Art Museum. Repairs are estimated at over $27 million.
  • What city meetings have you attended?  Zoning commission, city council meetings, task force meetings, other?

Each candidate will have a bell at two minutes and then be stopped at three minutes. They may choose to answer in less time.

If you have additional questions you’d like to ask, please write them on a card provided at the forum. If you’re unable to attend the forum, please send your questions ahead of time to president@arlingtonheightsna.com.

This is a non-partisan forum. No candidates will be endorsed.

Early voting begins on Monday April 24th through Tuesday May 2. Election Day is Saturday May 6 with polls opening at 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.




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