Sunday, June 4, 2023

Meet the candidates: Bartonville Town Council Place 1

Southern Denton County residents will head to the polls starting this month to decide a plethora of municipal and school board contests.

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.

The 2019 Bartonville Town Council general election is for Council members for Place 1, 3 and 5, each for a term of two years. Those seats are currently held by Jeff Traylor, Clay Sams and Josh Phillips, respectively. All the incumbents filed to run again, and Sherry Pound will run in Place 1. There will also be a special election for Place 4, because Place 4 Council member Jim Murphy has resigned.

Election Day is Saturday, May 4, with early voting April 22-27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 29-30 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The candidates for Bartonville Town Council Place 1 are listed in alphabetic order under each individual contested race.

Place 1 (2-year-term)

Sherry Pound

Sherry Pound, 45

What is the main issue facing your community and how would you address it: One of the largest issues I see is the pressure to allow more development. For this, I will work to maintain sensible development within the confines of our existing land use plan. Another large issue is managing our very small budget carefully to maintain the services our community relies on. There are tough decisions to be made on how this money is allocated and the wishes of the greater community must take precedence.

Why are you the best candidate for this position: Bartonville is the jewel of Denton County and we must protect and nurture it. We are under a lot of pressure from surrounding communities and property prices to allow more development, allowing Bartonville to become an Argyle or Double Oak will ruin the amazing rural community that we are so blessed with. As a member of town council, my priorities will be to
1 – Keep Bartonville rural
2 – Listen and act on the wishes of the citizens of our community
3 – Maintain and improve roads
4 – Treat people coming before the council as well as fellow council members and town staff with respect

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Jeff Traylor

Jeff Traylor, 53 (i)

What is the main issue facing your community and how would you address it: There are several big issues facing us. The biggest is preserving what we have. Keeping Bartonville Country means different things to different people. My opinion is we should protect the life style of our residents today. Change will happen but as described in our master plan. That change should facilitate the rural environment we have today. We should not allow something to be added that will negatively impact the town. That has happen before an we are charged to prevent it in the future. We have large tracks of land in our town. At some point they will be divided up and should reflect large acreage lots like you have seen done in Bartonville before. Current Council and I will protect that. My record shows I will.

Why are you the best candidate for this position: Being a resident of Bartonville for over 26 years my desire is to protect what we have had. It is unique to Bartonville and is under attack all around us. Argyle has fallen and Copper Canyon is at risk. When I came into office I understood the residents want to keep the government small, financially strong, taxes low, our streets in good shape and our town Country. For the past 5 years that is what I have done with every vote. Previous council to my election would not communicate with the residents and not allow for discussion on topics. I am open, respectful and believe we should do the will of the people. I am not in this position to do what I want, I do what the people tell me they want.

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Website: None listed

Email: [email protected]

Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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