With some contested races in area school board and city council races on the May 10 ballots, the WD will provide a closer look at some of those through a question-and-answer feature with the candidates. Early voting begins April 28. Today we look at the candidates running for Place 2 on Aledo City Council.
Candidate intro: Jean Bailey, 50, and her family moved to the west side of Fort Worth from Claremont, Calif., in 1970 when she was 11 years old.
After attending middle school and high school in Fort Worth, she graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s in Political Science.
Following college, Bailey worked as a legal assistant for several years before attending Baylor University School of Law, receiving her doctorate and being admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1992. She is currently underwriting counsel for Rattikin Title Company in Fort Worth. May of this year will be her 20th anniversary
with this company.
Bailey has lived in Parker County since 1994 and in the City of Aledo since 1996. Her daughter, Jennifer, attended Aledo schools beginning in the third grade and graduated from Aledo High School in 2003.
Prior to attending law school, Bailey considered obtaining a degree in city planning, and although she did not pursue this, it is a subject in which she continues to be interested.
In 2003, she was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Aledo and became vice chairperson the same year.
She became chairperson of the commission in 2005 and remained in that position until she resigned from the commission in 2007. This community service allowed her to continue her interest while serving her community.
Q. What is the city’s biggest problem and how can you help solve it?
A. I believe that the city’s biggest problem continues to be traffic flow through the city. The widening of FM 1187 and the construction of the so-called “Aledo Loop” will help alleviate the traffic congestion; however there remains only one roadway in and out of the city.