The Cross Timbers Gazette asked each candidate in a contested race to answer a brief questionnaire to help voters make an informed decision at the polls this May. Election Day is Saturday, May 6, with early voting beginning Monday, April 24 running through Tuesday, May 2.
The Bartonville Town Council general election is for Place 1, Place 3 and Place 5, each for a term of two years. Place 5 is the only contested race, with incumbent Jim Langford facing Joshua Phillips.
The candidates are listed in alphabetic order.
Bartonville Town Council, Place 5
Jim Langford, 68
The main issues facing your town and how you would resolve them: My wife and I moved to Bartonville 30-years ago, raised four children and now enjoy fishing and riding horses with grandkids. Things have definitely changed. Fortunately, the major changes have been on Bartonville’s 407 perimeter; not interior Bartonville. I want to keep major change on that perimeter.
Why voters should re-elect you: I can please some of our citizens some of the time, but I cannot please all citizens all of the time. My goal is to find the right/best solutions for the Town—the ENTIRE Town—whether it be streets, land use, police, personnel or any issue brought to Town Council.
Current occupation: Retired (Southwest Airlines pilot 27 years), Former USAF pilot, Viet Nam
Education: Masters: Business Management, Abilene Christian University; B.S. Biology/Math, University of Alabama
Current civic involvement: Greater FM 407 Lions Club
Past Civic service: Mayor Pro tem, Bartonville; Chairman and member of Bartonville Planning and Zoning Commission; Boy Scouts of America troop executive; Eagle Scout
Have you ever been arrested: No
Additional Comments: I believe planning makes for a good future. As stewards of the Town, we owe our citizens a plan for that future—not just reacting to current situations as they arise. We need to plan for adequate Police coverage, administrative staff needs, capital improvement projects and road repair projects.
Website or Facebook: None
Josh Phillips, 42
The main issues facing your town and how you would resolve them: Maintaining our town’s unique and rural feel with all the residential and commercial growth around us is the biggest concern to the community. I would defend our existing land use plan to ensure Bartonville stays country.
Why voters should elect you: I am running for town council, because this community is important to me and my family and I want to help keep Bartonville country. I’m looking to bring the voices and wishes of our citizens forward to ensure our town continues to be a place of beauty and admiration of surrounding communities.
Current occupation: Vice President, McKesson
Education: University of North Texas B.B.A and University of Dallas M.B.A
Current civic involvement: Argyle ISD Volunteer, Youth Baseball Coach for DBI, i9 Sports Coach, Argyle United Methodist Church Volunteer
Past civic service: UNT Professional Leadership Program Mentor
Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits: No
Additional Comments: I believe in protecting Bartonville’s existing land use plan; in maintaining low taxes; in proper planning and budgeting for road maintenance; in open and honest conversation about town topics; and, most importantly in Keeping Bartonville Country.
Website or Facebook: None