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Fix the problem
I have been aware of handicap barriers since I was in high school. One of my best friends was wheelchair bound.
The ADA was a good law to make handicap access available to those who needed it.
Somehow, Denton seems to either ignore the law or work around it.
There is only one handicap parking space on each side of the street on the Square. Hickory Street has what, one, two spaces.
This is criminal.
My wife uses a walker. For the most part, we avoid downtown restaurants because there is no parking or the handicap space is too far for her to walk to the restaurant.
Downtown may be legal, but it is not keeping in the spirit of the law.
Hey, City Council, fix the problem.
Watts for mayor
Having grown up in the Denton area, graduated from UNT, raised my children here and having worked in Denton for numerous years, I want the best mayor possible as do relative newcomers to our great city. Therefore, after careful consideration, I have decided to vote for Chris Watts for mayor.
Chris is the mayor who Denton requires to lead us into the future. He has the experience and desire necessary to lead and to direct.
And I absolutely know that once he is mayor, Chris will listen to our concerns.
As an illustration of Chris’ character, I know a young man who was in ICU for weeks with a severe case of pneumonia. Chris called this young man, even though he did not know him personally, after he was released from the hospital to encourage him and to offer any support he could give.
This is the kind of man that Chris is, caring and compassionate, and he will be the same type of mayor.
Denton deserves and needs the best leadership possible. That leader is, without a doubt, Chris Watts.
Jan Burns Springer,
Schaake for mayor
I urge you to vote for Jean Schaake for mayor of Denton. I worked with Jean on numerous projects and can attest to her leadership abilities.
She is always well prepared, organized and considers all sides of an issue before reaching a decision.
Jean has given of her time, energy and talents to various community projects such as the Denton school board, Planning and Zoning Commission and Fine Arts Council. She is well aware of Denton’s present needs and dreams for the future.
I highly recommend Jean Schaake for our next mayor of Denton.
Watts for mayor
Experience: The mayor is chairman of the City Council.
How can you effectively lead an organization, when you haven’t been a part of that organization?
Chris Watts is the only candidate who has served on the City Council. As mayor, he can hit the ground running.
Accountability: What good is government if it doesn’t listen to, and act on, the concerns of its citizens? Too often we are told to stand down and let government officials decide what’s good for us and what’s good for our neighborhoods.
Chris Watts, as my City Council representative for District 4, held up his hand repeatedly, and said, stop. He wanted to know our concerns.
He asked the tough questions on City Council and wanted answers. He was consistent during his six years on City Council as a true representative of the people of Denton.
Every vote is important. A vote for Chris Watts is a vote for Denton’s future.
Vote for Schaake
There are a number of reasons why I and a large number of others are supporting Jean Schaake for mayor of Denton. But to me, one aspect stands out above all others. She has the ability to work with others and to get others to work with her. This ability to forge consensus is one, and perhaps the most important, part of a successful mayor’s tool kit.
On a seven-member City Council, you must be able to get to four if anything useful is going to be accomplished. Jean Schaake, as I have witnessed on many occasions, has that ability.
Schaake for mayor
I highly recommend Jean Schaake for mayor of Denton.
She has shown her leadership abilities as president of the Denton school board for seven years, five terms on the DISD board of trustees and five years on the Denton Planning and Zoning Commission, to name a few of her leadership roles.
I was especially impressed with her work as president of the school board, leading the district through some difficult times.
I have had the opportunity to visit with Jean concerning some of Denton’s needs. It is obvious she wants to hear and listen to what residents have to say. Denton will be well represented and served with Jean Schaake as our mayor.
Schaake best choice
We have known Jean Schaake for more than 25 years and know her to be of unquestioned personal integrity.
Her 15 years on the Denton school district board of trustees, her seven years as president of the school board and her six years on the Denton Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as her service as assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Texas, will serve her well as mayor of Denton.
Her leadership in the community has been invaluable. We agree with her goals and urge each of you to cast your vote for Jean Schaake for mayor of Denton.
Marsha and Lindsay Keffer,