Monday, April 11, 2011
Interview: Grapevine City Council Place 6 candidate Deverick Jordan
Jordan talks about why he's running, why he's different from his fellow candidates, and what he thinks is Grapevine's most pressing issue.
Deverick Jordan officially makes it a three-person race for Grapevine City Council Place 6. He is running against incumbent Roy Stewart as well as Kathleen Thompson. Voting takes place on May 14th. Please remember to vote.
Mr. Jordan was kind enough to answer our web interview questions in order to help the citizens of Grapevine get to know him. Here are our questions and his responses:
Grapevine TX Online: Why did you decide to run for Grapevine City Council?
Jordan: My desire in running is to ensure the longevity of this great city in which I reside and to promote further economic development on a large-scale basis. I have always had an interest in politics and have come to love Grapevine. For my wife and me, this is where we want to raise our family and grow old together. My desire to run for City Council comes from a belief that we need knowledgeable and ethical people leading our City. I am a strong Christian that can offer a new perspective to Grapevine’s City Council.
Grapevine TX Online: What are your top priorities for the city?
Jordan: Some of my goals are to promote further economic development, playing off the success of Grapevine and from the completion of SH-114. When finished, State Highway 114 will be more than 20-lanes at its widest point, acting as one of Texas’ largest highways. This will allow for improved area access from DFW Airport and the other surrounding neighborhoods, which could greatly enhance Grapevine’s desirability for relocating companies or help attract other operators beneficial to the city. Grapevine already has an economic development team and plans, but these need to be redefined as the city has changed. Overall, we have a competitive advantage against many areas with our unique offerings, “center” location, and highway system.
Another goal is to ensure the longevity of the great town in which I reside. The city budget needs to continue to be spent frugally, especially in this down economy. This is the money of hard-working Grapevine residents, and I will be an advocate for fiscal responsibility. However, we cannot forsake Grapevine’s parks and regionally-recognized events, such as Main Street Days and Grapefest, and we must preserve our title as “Christmas Capital of Texas.”
Grapevine TX Online: What separates you from the other two candidates currently running for this position?
Jordan: First, let me start by saying that I think our Mayor and the past and present City Council members have done a great job leading our city. I have a deep respect for Roy Stewart, incumbent of the seat I am running for. Mr. Stewart has served on City Council since 1996 and has been an advocate for Grapevine and its residents for decades. However, I believe a new perspective is needed on our Council. My goals are long-term; I have the energy and ability to advocate for further development and to implement said goals. The other person running for Place 6 is Kathleen Thompson. Mrs. Thompson and I have extremely different views. I am generally conservative in nature, whereas Mrs. Thompson is liberal. As I have found on her personal twitter account, she references herself as a “political junkie” and promotes Obama’s political agenda. In contract, I believe in a fiscally responsible government and embrace conservative principals. To get more information on everyone who is running, please attend the NE Tarrant Tea Party Candidate forum on Monday, April 11th (http://www.netarrantteaparty.com/). It is at 1060 E Highland in Southlake and will have all candidates running for Place 6 in attendance. The website cited will have information on the event and also has other interesting news updates.
Grapevine TX Online: Name something you would do differently than what the current City Council does now.
Jordan: One issue I do not support is Grapevine’s affiliation with ICLEI. While I do not believe it is an entirely negative aspect for Grapevine, I hold to the fact that it is not necessary for the City. Grapevine is perfectly capable as an independent municipality and can provide for its residents without an international agency dictating steps that need to be procured. This takes away from the duties of City Council, placing important decisions in the hands of an agency which does not reside in Grapevine, the state of Texas, or even within the United States. City Council must retain its honored position in Grapevine and not siphon off the ability to represent their constituents.
Grapevine TX Online: What is the most important issue facing the city currently?
Jordan: Currently the city has a large budget deficit with the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. The May 2011 ballot has a proposed $124,500,000 bond to help combat this deficit. This is expected to increase our tax rate by $0.0393 per $100 in valuation, if passed. This is a big issue! Either we alleviate the budget deficit through an increase in taxes or will need to figure out other ways to alleviate the problem looming on the city and its residents.
Grapevine TX Online: One of our biggest complaints with the city government is that they are not transparent enough. Is there anything you would do to help alleviate that problem?
Jordan: I am all for government transparency. I believe in an open-budget policy, with easy-access to the public. In addition, I pledge to be accessible to the people. I want to be a councilmember that is open and responds to e-mails and concerns.
Grapevine TX Online: What is your favorite thing about living in Grapevine?
Jordan: I would have to say that my favorite thing about Grapevine is its uniqueness. I love its history and what it has to offer. My desire is to continue Grapevine’s unique trend, so the next generation can enjoy it as much as we have.
Grapevine TX Online: Why should the citizens of Grapevine vote for you?
Jordan: I ask that Grapevine residents consider voting for a new perspective. My age plays a strong factor into identifying with the average resident of Grapevine, which stands at 34 years of age. Being a representative position, it is extremely important to know who the constituents are and the issues that are important to them. I would provide Grapevine’s City Council with a vital link to the younger generations living within the City. Additionally, I have years of experience working in both the business and corporate world. This has given me key insights into economic policies and their implementation from government municipalities.
Grapevine TX Online: Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about your background?
Jordan: Most importantly, I profess Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. I am married to Megan and together we have a daughter named Kinlee. I received a BBA from Southern Methodist University with a major in Real Estate Finance. I am active in my church and was the prior youth pastor for Champion’s Gate Church in Grapevine and served as a volunteer youth intern for First Baptist Church Colleyville from 2004-2008. My family and I are active members in Relay for Life, through the American Cancer Society. Please join us on April 29 at 7 p.m. at Cross Timbers Middle School or May 20 in Southlake at Carroll High School. For more information about me or my campaign, please refer to www.deverickforgrapevine.com or follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/deverickforgrapevine.
Grapevine Texas Online would like to thank Deverick Jordan for his time in answering our questions. We know time is precious as the election gets closer. We wish him best of luck in his candidacy.
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