Texas is holding elections, including for municipal offices, on May 6, 2023. A number of candidates running in these elections completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.
Below is a selection of responses from the candidates who filled out the survey as of March 12. To read each candidate’s full responses, click their name at the bottom of the article.
Dan Rossiter (nonpartisan) is running for San Antonio City Council District 7 and the general election is on May 6. Here’s how Rossiter responded to the question: “What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?”
“Public safety, accountability, and quality of life are all central to my public policy philosophies. For public safety, that means unsafe roads need to be fixed, that also means violent crime in this city needs to be curbed. For accountability, that means there is transparency in what my office is doing, but also more broadly what city departments are doing. That also means that we’re being responsible with taxpayer dollars, squeezing as much value out of each dollar through elimination of waste in city operations. And woven in with everything, folks deserve a quality of life enabled through policies enabling creation of public green space, responsible development initiatives, and continual public engagement.”
Click here to read the rest of Rossiter’s answers.
Matthew Varble (nonpartisan) is running for Irving City Council Place 5 and the general election is on May 6. Here’s how Varble responded to the question: “What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?”
“I am passionate about having responsive city services that provide a value for the residents. The city of Irving has increased our fees for trash pick up by 5% while decreasing our services by 50%. Its time to aggressively improve the management, scheduling, oversight, and funding of city garbage collection processes and the workforce following the changes in service that were made in 2022…I am proud to be endorsed by the Irving Police Association. My plan to secure our streets is to appropriately and immediately seek to increase funding to the police and fire departments in order to improve compensation and benefits…It is also time for an aggressive plan to improve management and funding of city infrastructure to increase and speed up repairs to our city streets and local neighborhoods.”
Click here to read the rest of Varble’s answers.
Megan Wallace (nonpartisan) is running for Collin County Community College Board of Trustees Place 1 and the general election is on May 6. Here’s how Wallace responded to the question: “What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?”
“I’m extremely passionate about using the resources we have as the wealthiest county in Texas to elevate all of our residents’ quality of life.”
Click here to read the rest of Wallace’s answers.
If you’re a Texas candidate or incumbent, click here to take the survey. The survey contains over 30 questions, and you can choose the ones you feel will best represent your views to voters. If you complete the survey, a box with your answers will display on your Ballotpedia profile. Your responses will also populate the information that appears in our mobile app, My Vote Ballotpedia.