The Denton Record-Chronicle welcomes letters to the editor pertaining to the May 10 city and school elections. Letters must follow all regular submission rules. Election letters must be received in this office by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 28; none will be published after Saturday, May 3.
Vote for Watts
Denton has a good field of candidates in the upcoming mayor’s race, but among this group of fine folk it is easy for me to offer my support to former City Council member Chris Watts. I didn’t know Chris before he started serving on the City Council, but during his successful tenure in office, I had the chance to watch him making real decisions about our community and I was impressed.
There’s no need to speculate as to how he might be on the council, one has only to look at his excellent record and know that he has the experience, the background and the quick intelligence to serve the community well.
He’s a Denton native, who demonstrated his commitment to neighborhood preservation when he was on council by actually listening to residents. He has listened to residents concerned about gas well fracking and has pledged to represent our interests as mayor.
As an entrepreneur he knows the importance of having a strong business community, but he can also recognize “baloney” when he sees it. I particularly appreciated his business and legal acumen when watching him wade through complicated zoning proposals and convoluted policy documents. He did a good job.
In the end, I am supporting him, not because I think I’ll agree with every decision he makes but rather because I know he thinks before he makes those decisions. That is a rare a thing, and we are lucky to have such a dedicated, critical thinker even consider running for mayor.
Schaake right choice
With her strong leadership skills and community commitment, Jean Schaake is clearly the right choice to be the next mayor of Denton.
Her record of making practical, logical decisions, in both her professional and volunteer roles, and her ability to consider all sides of an issue with fairness and clarity, are qualities that will serve the residents of Denton well over the next several years.
The Denton community faces the challenges of fast-paced growth and the need to create the infrastructure to sustain it while ensuring the quality of life remains desirable for its residents. Jean is the leader with vision who will work to create this balance.
I have known Jean for more than 30 years and have served with her on several committees, including during her service as president of the Denton Council of PTAs.
Jean’s leadership in that role was vital at a time of growth in DISD, to ensure that both PTAs and campus administrations worked effectively toward the same goals. She encouraged parents to be collaborative and innovative in the important work of supporting their schools.
This same leadership was evident during Jean’s service on the Denton school board of trustees, both as a board member and president. She was prepared with the information she needed, listened to parents and teachers and always kept student success as the ultimate focus of her decisions. As mayor of Denton, Jean will bring this same clear and focused leadership.
I urge you to vote for Jean Schaake for mayor.
Experience the bliss
Recently, I spent my Saturday morning at the Denton Farmers Market located just outside of the Square.
My family, who drives to the market every Saturday, goes for the food trucks, musical performances and organic vendors. My mom thought it would be a great idea if I would tag along on their small trip. I, as an Internet-loving teenager, didn’t have high expectations for the market and thought it was going to be a painful drag.
“Come on, Mom. Why do we have to go to this? It’s hot and sticky outside, and I just want to watch TV.”
To my surprise, I had a fantastic time venturing through vendors, listening to singers and eating pizza. During my visit, my pet dog and I had the chance to meet many different happy-faced Dentonians. I even bought locally grown honey. But most important of all, I realized how great it is to coexist with Denton residents.
Denton is made up of such interesting people. From college musicians to violinists on the Square. This city is culturally amazing.
The mere act of being around these great people can brighten your mood greatly. Adults, children, teenagers, whoever, the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival is here and I urge you all to go outside, soak up some UV rays and experience the bliss of being a Dentonian.
Vote for Schaake
I am writing to solicit your support and vote for Jean Schaake to be the next mayor of Denton. You may remember that I served on the Denton City Council from 2001-2008, first as a council member, then mayor pro tem and, finally, as the mayor.
Prior to my council position, I served as chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission. I mention this only to give credibility to my observation that Jean will make an excellent mayor.
She is very analytical and works hard to bring pertinent data to the discussions prior to making a decision.
She understands the need to make Denton a business-friendly environment and that viable neighborhoods are the bedrock foundation for a healthy and prosperous community.
As chairwoman of the Denton Planning and Zoning Commission, Jean has developed a reputation for the ability to make informed pragmatic decisions that offer protection to neighborhoods while offering opportunities for new and existing businesses to prosper.
Jean has been an active community participant for more than 30 years with leadership positions in many of our civic and cultural organizations, e.g. president of the Greater Denton Arts Council as well as president of the school board and past ad hoc member of the Denton Chamber of Commerce board.
When I negotiated a contract for UNT to offer an off-campus nuclear engineering technology degree at TXU, she was instrumental in those proceedings. She knows how to deal with business in their terms.
We need a mayor who can achieve council consensus.