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Candidate Profile: Tawni Slaughter

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Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:23 pm, Sat May 4, 2013.

Name: Tawni Slaughter

Age: 34

Occupation: Property Management

Campaign website or social media site: www.tawnislaughter.com

Elected offices held (with years of service):

Cline Elementary PTO Executive Board Secretary 2010-2011

Friendswood Jr. High PTO Executive Board Vice President2010 – 2011

Friendswood Jr High PTO Executive Board Co-Chair President 2011 - 2014

Q: Are you a legal resident of the district you are seeking to represent?

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ADDRESS:1606 Stoney Lake Dr

Q: Have you ever been charged or convicted of a felony crime? If you answer yes please explain.

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Q: Have you ever sued a public entity or been sued by one? If you answer yes, please explain.

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Q: Do you have any other debts (including unpaid taxes) to a public entity? If yes please explain.

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Q: Will you have your home phone number listed in the phone book or your mobile number listed for the public to contact you directly?

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Q: Why should voters choose you?

A: Since I moved to Friendswood 10 years ago, I have volunteered my time to improving the quality of life for Friendswood residents. My work has included organizations throughout the City of Friendswood and I believe through that work, I have gained sufficient knowledge of the issues important to the residents of Friendswood. In all my volunteer work, I have always taken on projects, commitments and responsibilities with an open mind. I am an opened minded individual that will research all issues thoroughly and with care.

Q: What are your specific qualifications for the position?A:I am a consensus builder. I bring people who may have different perspectives together to reach a common goal.

I have had budgetary responsibilities ranging from $20,000 to $42,000,000. Because I have had to work on diverse ranges of budgets, I have developed the skill set of maintaining quality of operations in times when reductions were necessary. I have developed a very close relationship with Friendswood ISD through my volunteer work on the Budget Advisory, Education Improvement Committee, Key Communicators, Junior High Site Base Committee, Junior High PTO Executive Board President. Having someone experienced with FISD administration such as myself, will be a great asset to City Council.

Q: What are the issues in this campaign?

A: Commercial Development;

Traffic calming in subdivisions;

Respect for city staff, city departments and volunteers;

Q: What is your platform on those issues?

A: 
The City needs commercial development. However, mechanisms should be put in place that will protect the residents that will be directly affected so that their property values and enjoyment are not adversely affected. New construction has increased traffic flow through multiple subdivisions that have impacted safety. I believe formal traffic studies are needed to ascertain the best solutions to this growing problem. Our city depends on City Council working with city staff, city departments and volunteers in a respectful manner.

Q: What does the city need to do to increase business development along its main corridors?

A: The City of Friendswood has an active Economic Development Committee and a Planning and Zoning Committee that have spent a great deal of time working on ideas to improve the commercial development. It is important to try and work with the landowners to see how the city can assist them in attracting new businesses to their sites. City Council will have to work together to balance the needs of increasing the business development, attracting businesses that will be successful in Friendswood and maintaining resident’s desires to keep Friendswood a safe family oriented city.

Q: How would you rate the city's dedication of resources to infrastructure: Poor, fair, about right or excellent? Why do you rate it that way?

A: For the most part, the City Council and the City Departments have worked very well to keep our infrastructure in great shape. In the next few years, City Council will need to stay focused on the same direction in keeping our city’s financials in order, moving the City forward and rebuilding public trust. The challenges that will be affecting this next Council will be to increase the commercial development, manage traffic concerns that any increase of development is sure to bring and maintain our small town feel. Financial responsibility will remain the City Council’s top priority. We will have a lot of hard work and difficult choices ahead of us.

Q: What resources should be dedicated to help curb crime, especially from those outside the city?

A: Police departments are always under pressure to produce positive results to make the streets safe to walk and free of crime. Meeting these demands requires City Council to work closely with the Police Department in making sure they have the resources that they need. We have a lot of traffic coming through our city and our police do a great job in maintaining an active presence on the major city streets. City Council will need to make sure that we maintain resources so that our department maintains its high visibility in our high traffic areas.

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