Weatherford Democrat

April 18, 2014

Q&A: Aledo City Council Place 2 candidates


Weatherford Democrat

— 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.

JEAN BAILEY

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.

This is not only a problem for everyday traffic and may hinder development, but it may also be a major issue in an emergency evacuation of the area. Planning of future streets and rights of way for the city is a function of the planning and zoning commission and the city council.

Having experience in both offices, as well as knowledge of development of real estate, I believe I can assist in the development of future roadways to alleviate this issue.

Future development on the northwest side of the city must include a thoroughfare reaching to the city limits.



Q. What makes you the best candidate for city council?

A. I am the best candidate for city council due to my prior experience on the Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as my experience as a current council person. In addition, I bring my experience in real estate, development and law, all of which benefit the city and its residents.



Q. What steps should be taken to make Aledo the best that it can be?

A. Aledo is on the verge of great things! The city council and staff have worked hard over the last several years to improve the infrastructure of the city: building a new city wastewater treatment plant, adding to the city water system by bringing in water from the City of Fort Worth, and the current widening of FM 1187 and the creation of the “Aledo Trail.”

The city is poised for an influx of development, not only residential, but also commercial and industrial

 It is important that the City of Aledo not promote development merely for the sake of development, but take an active role to encourage development that supports and promotes the city and its citizens, while bringing in much needed tax dollars.

It is vital that the city not become merely another bedroom community for the Metroplex, but retain its character and history into the future.

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GEORGE "PRES" McGEE

Candidate intro: George “Pres” McGee, 70, is a program manager for Zedasoft in Fort Worth. He is married, with three children and two grandchildren.

McGee has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Florida State University, a Master’s in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a Program Management Certification from Defense Systems Management College in Fort Belvoir, Va.

He is a member of the Aledo Downtown Business District Committee and the organizer of a petition to get alcoholic beverage sales on the May 10th ballot. McGee is president of his homeowners’ association (Parker

Station II) and Republican precinct chair for precinct 430, which encompasses the City of Aledo. His professional affiliations include the Army Aviation Association of America, National Defense Industry Association, National Training & Simulation Association and the American Legion.

He is a member of the Aledo Downtown Business District Committee and the organizer of a petition to get alcoholic beverage sales on the May 10th ballot. His professional affiliations include the Army Aviation  Association of America, National Defense Industry Association, National Training & Simulation Association and the American Legion.



Q. What is the city’s biggest problem and how can you help solve it?

A. The lack of business is our biggest problem. I will continue to work to bring the right kind of business to Aledo. Legalizing alcoholic beverage sales will help.

Please note: This does not include allowing liquor stores!

Also, the City of Aledo continues to allow variances for small housing lots. This allows builders to construct houses on lots narrower than specified by ordinance. Adhering to lot size ordinances makes for more attractive neighborhoods. If elected, I will work to enforce lot size minimums.



Q. What makes you the best candidate for city council?

A. I am a business-minded conservative. I have the education, background and experience to make a positive difference for the City of Aledo.

As a program manager I have had the opportunity to develop a unique set of skills to organize, define critical tasks, set milestones and work with others to complete projects. I have attended city council meetings and kept abreast of city issues. I have filed as a candidate for city council with a commitment to work diligently in the best interest of the city. I know I can get things done!  



Q. What steps should be taken to make Aledo the best it can be?

A. Actively work to bring the right kind of business to Aledo. Advertise Aledo as the perfect place for companies (e.g., retail, restaurants) seeking to locate, grow or expand.

Encourage citizens to get involved in community activities. We are fortunate to have many highly educated and skilled citizens in the city of Aledo. These citizens are capable of making signification contributions to the advancement of our city.

I will recruit talented citizens to participate in standing committees or otherwise become involved in city activities.