Pillow Talk – Comparable

by Perry Pillow, AATC's Director of Government Affairs

Egg production was steadily declining at Happy Hen Farms. Farmer Smith’s chickens worked hard but achieved mediocre results. Farmer Smith reasoned his hens lacked motivation, so that evening he visited the local zoo. The next morning, he gathered all his hens into the barnyard, showed them an ostrich egg. He said “Ladies, just want to show you what they are doing in other places.” Egg production soared.

If used properly, comparison inspires improvement.  For example, the Apartment Association of Tarrant County (AATC), Austin Apartment Association (AAA) and San Antonio Apartment Association (SAAA) each represent approximately 200,000 rental units.

Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio align in population, but diverge in culture, economics, and geography.  With more than 1.5 million citizens, San Antonio is the second most populous city in Texas and the seventh largest in the United States (Fort Worth’s 890,000 is 5th& 16thwhile Austin with 950,000 is 4thand 11th).

Fort Worth prides itself on its military history, but with six major defense installations, San Antonio’s military ties are greater.  Fort Worth touts its western heritage, but it is hard to beat the iconic Alamo for heroic western lore.  Austin’s live music scene rocks, so does Fort Worth’s Billy Bob’s and Arlington’s Levitt Pavilion.  Rangers and Cowboys–Tarrant County has two professional sport franchises—that’s one more than San Antonio (Spurs) and two more than Austin.

Tarrant County soars compared to our neighbors to the south.

2018 MUNICIPAL & PRIMARY RUN-OFF ELECTIONS – More than fifty candidates have filed for the May 5thmunicipal elections in AATC’s service area. City councils and mayors are up for election throughout AATC’s service area.  AATC PAC is supporting two city council candidates: Helen Moise in Arlington and Darryl Haynesin Mansfield.  In the May 22ndprimary run-off election, AATC PAC is supporting Chris Gregoryfor Justice of the Peace Precinct 4.

In Arlington, long-serving district 6 at-large council member Robert Shepardis challenged by perennial candidate Chris Dodson. Two candidates have filed for the open Arlington district 1 seat including Helen Moise and Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley (former mayor Elzie Odom’s daughter).  AATC PAC supports Moise.  Arlington council incumbents Shari Capehartand Dr. Victoria Myersare unopposed. Bedford incumbent Dave Gebhartis opposed by Dan Cogan while incumbent mayor Jim Griffinand incumbent place 1 council member Rusty Sartorare unopposed.  Eulessincumbent place member Harry Zimmeris opposed by Tim St. Clair while Molly Maddux and Salman Bhojani are vying for the open place 6 seat. Grapevinelong-serving incumbent mayor William Tateand place 1 council member Paul Slechtaare unopposed, and place 2 incumbent Sharron Spencerfaces Carlos Merla. Three incumbent Haltom Citycity council members have opponents including Brent Weast taking on Trae Fowlerfor place 4, Willis O’Dell opposing Bob Watkins in place 5, and Chris Bethel challenging Ricky Brownfor place 6 while place 3 incumbent LinThompson’sopponent withdrew. In Hurst, Henry Wilsonis unopposed for mayor while place 5 incumbent Bill McLendonis opposed by Jeff Childers.  Jessica Martin and Cathy Thompson have filed for the open place 4 seat and Cindy Shepard, Howard Shotwell, and Chad Householder are vying for the open place 7 seat. In Mansfield, fourcandidates have filed for the open place 3 and place 5 seats: Mike Leyman and Brent Parker for place 3 and Tamera Bounds and Julie Short in place 5. Place 4 incumbent Darryl Haynes is opposed by Casey Lewis. AATC PAC supports Haynes.  Burlesonincumbent place 1 council member Stuart Gillaspie faces Shannan Sutter; in the place 3 open seat Katherine Reading faces Dan Taylor; and place 5 incumbent Dan McClendonis unopposed. Long serving North Richland Hillsmayor Oscar Trevinois unopposed as are place 2 council member Rita Oujeskyand place 6 incumbent Scott Turnage. Taylor Steele and Brent Barrow are competing for the open place 4 seat.

ARLINGTON MULTIFAMILY WORKSHOPS– AATC participates in the City of Arlington Code Compliance department’s annual Multifamily Workshops.  This year’s workshops are May 9thand June 1th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Bob Duncan Center (2800 South Center, Arlington TX 76104).  This year’s topics include presentations by Arlington police department, Arlington Housing Authority, development department, and Justices of the Peace. To register, contact Steve Allen (Stephen.allen@arlingtontx.gov or (817) 459-6271).

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE PRECINCT 3 – Embattled Tarrant County Justice of the Peace (Precinct 3) Russ Casey resigned April 23 after pleading guilty to forging signatures to get on the March primary ballot.  On May 1, Tarrant County Commissioners are expected to appoint Bill Brandt to fulfill Casey’s term which expires December 31, 2018.  AATC PAC supported Brandt in the primary race. AATC anticipates that Brandt will win election in November for a full, four-year term beginning January 2019.

Perry Pillow is AATC’s Director of Government Affairs. For more information on any of AATC’s legislative interests, contact Perry at ppillow@aatcnet.org.