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July 22, 2014

Candidate Profile: Jim Barr

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

Name: Jim Barr

Age: 50

Occupation: Ticket broker

Campaign website or social media site: www.jimbarr4council.com

Elected offices held (with years of service): 3 years in Friendswood City Council {2008 – 2011}

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

Yes _X____ No _____

ADDRESS:1306 Edgewater Friendswood TX 77546

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

Yes _____ No _X_____EXPLAIN:

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

Yes _____ No __X____EXPLAIN:

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?Yes____X__ No_______

Q: Why should voters choose you?

A: I have a passion for Friendswood and the values this community demands.

I will serve all the citizens equally without favor to special interest groups.

I will listen and show respect to our citizens, other council members, city staff, school boards, and volunteers, in determining what Friendswood families want and need.

I will be a good steward with the financial responsibilities of our citizen’s tax dollars by maximizing resources (such as our volunteer fire department and various volunteer committees/programs that currently saves our city millions of dollars every year)and encourage long term financial planning that provides the most effective way of using taxpayer dollars.

Q: What are your specific qualifications for the position?

A: My business experience makes me uniquely qualified for City Council. Starting a business from scratch gives you a better understanding of how government can impact your everyday life. From permitting to payroll, from employment to customer interface, and being responsible for a 23 employee company, teaches you teamwork, patience, and how to think long-term. There is no room for narrow mindedness when your decisions impact people’s lives.

Q: What are the issues in this campaign?

A: Long term financial plan

City Infrastructure

Support of Public Safety {police, fire, animal control}

Parks

Q: What is your platform on those issues?

A: Council needs to address the long term financial plan for the city. A detailed plan needs to be determined where the money will come from to support the city services we are accustom to.

The infrastructure needs to be in the forefront and our current facilities need to be evaluated to make sure we will meet the needs of the community now and in the future.

Council needs to review the Parks Master Plan and strive to meet the requirements and needs for our citizens.

Council has the responsibility to make sure our police, fire, emergency disaster, and animal control have the personnel and equipment to perform their duties.

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

A: Business development will happen as the needs for services arise. The business development along 518, 2351, and 528 needs to be businesses that serve our community.

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?Fair

A: If you look around Friendswood, most streets are in ok condition; however, despite the recent street improvements there is much more work to be done. There are many neighborhoods in need of street and sidewalk repairs.

Council currently has to address repairs and maintenance at the Blackhawk water treatment plant. As our city gets older, more of these types of projects are going to become needs. Staying out in front of these will be vital.

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

A: We need to continue to make sure our police force has the most state of the art equipment to combat crime. Being able to share information with law enforcement in surrounding communities is important and anything Council can do to facilitate this should definitely be considered. I support inter local agreements with surrounding cities.

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