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Letters to the editor, May 2


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 have been received in this office by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 28; none will be published after Saturday, May 3.


Farris clear choice

I want our great Denton community (especially District 2) to know why Glen Farris must defeat John Ryan in our current race for District 2 City Council.

This isn’t easy to report, because I know Mr. Ryan is a hard-worker.

Unfortunately he’s on record as being the lone vote against the Sterling Development during his single term on Planning and Zoning on June 23, 2010. To me, the vote looks like he’s voting his self-interest, since Sterling was in direct competition with his own property.

He stood alone on that vote. Why?

Is voting self-interest a trait we want on council?

Denton Record-Chronicle, thank you for helping Denton residents learn this fact about John Ryan, so that based on facts, this extraordinary community of Denton can let the best man win.

In great contrast, Glen Farris has always been a person you can trust, administering selfless character and helping encourage Denton to be a more engaged community.

His time and record during his decade in Denton is proven: Glen Farris is committed to helping 119,158 Denton residents. John Ryan seems committed to helping himself. The choice is clear.

G. Haas III,



Vote for Watts

Having been born and raised in Denton, my husband, Jud, and I urge all Denton voters to seize the opportunity to change the direction of local leadership by voting for Chris Watts.

Chris has proven experience on the Denton City Council, having served two terms representing his district with excellence. Rarely has a councilman researched and been as involved in the issues affecting his district and community as Chris Watts.

An acquaintance recently mentioned that she supported another candidate because they had been friends for years.

I hastened to explain that I first met Jean Schaake when we served on the Denton High School PTSA board together in 1994. Having volunteered together in a number of organizations since then, I consider Jean a lovely and gracious friend.

However, leading a city the size of Denton requires skills far beyond those used in public entities and nonprofits.

The business and municipal experience that Chris Watts provides will be invaluable as mayor.

Chris is the best option for Denton voters to have hope of changing the unfortunate reputation and perception it holds as being unfriendly to business and development. I encourage you to vote. I urge you to vote for Chris Watts.

Pat Sherman,



Vote for Gregory

I am supporting my brother, Dalton Gregory, for City Council Pace 5, an at-large position.

If you are a registered voter living anywhere in the city of Denton, you are eligible to vote for Place 5.

Dalton has vast experience on the Denton City Council and a long history of community and civic involvement in Denton. Dalton is hard-working, honest and knowledgeable. He thoroughly studies the issues and seeks input prior to taking a position on City Council votes.

Dalton is for open, transparent government and believes that the only time the City Council should go into executive session is when allowed by the Texas Open Meetings Law and required by common sense.

Dalton offers constructive suggestions and creative option development, rather than complaints.

He is positive, not negative.

Dalton does not blindly accept city staff recommendations, but conducts his own independent investigation and research, sometimes causing city staff to change their recommendations.

Dalton is a people person. He enjoys helping Denton continue to be a wonderful place to live, work and play. Dalton wants to make Denton an even better community to raise a family and operate a business.

In my opinion, Dalton is the definition of integrity. Dalton is a retired Denton ISD educator and has the time to devote to the Denton City Council.

If you want to know more about Dalton Gregory, what he has done and what he stands for, please go to his website,

Mike Gregory,



Watts for mayor

Chris Watts is the right person for mayor of Denton. As his brother, I have seen first-hand his incredible work ethic, integrity, compassion and desire to serve others. He has a passion for doing things right. I have had the privilege of watching Chris rise above adversity and stay humble in his successes in life.

His track record on City Council speaks for itself. Chris is the type of person Denton residents can count on to stand firm on the things that matter to make our city a better place to live and raise our families.

He goes the extra mile to make sure he has all the facts to make good decisions.

All of these characteristics and Chris’ background in business and law make him the right choice for mayor of Denton.

Gregg Watts,



Watts best choice

Chris Watts is the only candidate for mayor with actual council experience. During his time on the Denton City Council, he established a clear record of thoughtful independence.

His practical and common-sense approach to our many complicated city concerns is much needed.

His understanding of the challenges facing our vital public safety services is one reason why he was endorsed by our local firefighters.

Please join me in supporting Chris Watts for mayor.

Ken Gold,



What is more important?

“A total of 7,322 people cast 142,634 votes in this year’s contest” for the Best of Denton. [DRC editorial, April 26].

Will that many vote in the city election currently being contested?

Which is more important: Where you listen to music, while you quaff a brew tonight — or who represents you on the City Council?

Larry Jambor,