ARLINGTON, Texas – A new coalition of Arlington citizen groups today endorsed Arlington mayoral candidate Ruby Faye Woolridge and council candidates Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley, Marvin Sutton and Celia Morgan in the May 4 city elections.
“These candidates have demonstrated a commitment to work for a safer, better city for the benefit of all of our citizens,” said Coalition for a Better Arlington (CBA) chair Charlotte Foulkes. “We urge Arlington voters to elect these candidates in May.”
Arlington will elect a mayor and four council members in the nonpartisan city elections May 4; early voting runs from April 22-30.
The CBA is a newly formed coalition whose members represent civic, faith, environmental, minority, labor, women’s and progressive groups in Arlington – the same groups that worked for the successful passage of term limits for Arlington elected city officials last fall. The group polled all candidates in the city elections, seeking their positions on key issues such as
economic development, public transportation, public safety, oversight/regulation of gas well drilling in the city limits, opportunity for small and minority business development, and transparency in government. CBA chose not to make endorsements in the city’s school board race or in Arlington Council District 4.
“While there has been positive economic development in Arlington, we know that the benefits of that development aren’t reaching all of our citizens,” Foulkes said.
“We have grave concerns about how our tax dollars are being used in certain parts of the city, to the detriment of others. We have serious concerns about the safety of gas drilling in city limits – the weak guidelines already in place seem to be loosened every day. We also are mystified that after years of study, the city has yet to develop a public transportation system that will benefit the vast majority of the people who live here. We can do better, and these candidates will move our city forward, so we urge Arlington voters to elect these candidates.”
The CBA-Endorsed Candidates are:
Mayor – Ruby Faye Woolridge: a 35-year resident of Arlington who has served in numerous philanthropic, religious, education and civic organizations, currently as a member of the Arlington Parks and Recreation Board. Woolridge garnered more than 100,000 votes in Tarrant County in her 2018 bid for U.S. House. She taught and was a counselor in the Arlington and Fort Worth Independent School Districts; is an ordained minister, and mother of a deceased Gulf War veteran.
Key issues: public transportation, safety, transparency, inclusion in government, small business support and development.
Arlington City Council, District 3 – Marvin Sutton: a 25-year resident of Arlington, Air Force veteran and retired air traffic controller seeking to represent Southeast Arlington. He has worked extensively with local schools, crime watch groups, nonprofit organizations and communities. Key issues: safer neighborhoods, streets and sidewalks, transparent government, responsible economic development and growth,
supporting our local schools and colleges and maintaining a healthy
Arlington City Council, District 5 – Celia Morgan: a second generation, life-long resident of Arlington, Morgan is running to represent District 5 on the East side of Arlington. Currently a paralegal at a family law firm in Arlington, Morgan attended Arlington
public schools and is enrolled in the History Pre-Law program at UT-Arlington.
Key issues: public transportation, technology to support interactions with the city, support for small business, affordable housing.
Arlington City Council At-Large/District 9 – Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley: A near-40-year resident of
Arlington, Dr. Odom-Wesley is a retired college professor and successful small business owner, author and motivational speaker. Dr. Odom-Wesley has served on numerous civic and City Council-appointed panels, including as a charter member of the Arlington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee. Her father was Arlington’s first African-American mayor, Elzie Odom, and her mother, Ruby, served as a model of volunteerism and service in Arlington for decades.
Key issues: public transportation, economic development, safe neighborhoods, arts.
About Coalition for a Better Arlington
The Coalition for a Better Arlington is a grassroots organization comprised of representatives of Arlington’s civic, faith, environmental, minority, labor, women’s and progressive communities. Our members helped get term limits passed. Now, we’re working for better public transportation, safer air and water, government transparency and economic opportunity for all of Arlington’s citizens. Visit us on Facebook.