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Guide: the 2016 Denton City Council Candidates and the Issues

Guide: the 2016 Denton City Council Candidates and the Issues

March 24
01:13 2016

Elections will take place on May 7 to determine winners of the following spots on City Council:

Place 5:

Dalton Gregory

Dalton Gregory, 64, has held the Place 5 seat since May 2014. Previous to this position, he represented District 2 from 2009 to 2014. According to his website, Gregory is concerned with issues including transparency and citizen engagement, sustainability and fracking, which he voted to ban on the November 2014 ballot.

Deborah Armintor

Deborah Armintor, 42, is an English professor at the University of North Texas. Armintor earned her Ph.D from Rice University in 2002, and has been teaching at UNT since then.  Armintor has spoken before council on issues including fracking in Denton and adding an ethics ordinance. Among other issues of importance to Armintor are open government, more community involvement in government and improved city planning.

Will Wooten

Will Wooten, 31, has filed for the Place 5 race on Denton City Council. Wooten is a data analyst and filed his application for the ballot last Wednesday. He has named Blake Meyer as his campaign treasurer. Wooten is a long-time Denton resident and strong climate change activist.

Sam Ortiz

At 38, Sam Ortiz is an industrial waste control officer. He also filed for the ballot last Wednesday. He will serve as his own campaign treasurer.

Mike Cheves

Mike Cheves joins Wooten and Ortiz in challenging longtime council member Dalton Gregory in his bid for re-election. Cheves, 46, is a management consultant, on a mission to integrate community, commerce and charity in Denton, according to his profile in the Denton Record-Chronicle. Since June 2015, Cheves has been working with local companies to incorporate charity into their business models.

Place 6:

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is currently serving his first term, having recently been elected to At Large Place 6 in May 2014. Johnson is the owner and founder of VERSUS Real Estate Advisors, a Denton real estate company. Johnson is passionate about the city of Denton, having been a Denton resident since 1993. He loves hearing from any and all, staying in the know about issues being faced and how he may be in a position to help bring resolve to such things.

Sara Bagheri

Born in America, Sara Bagheri, 33, is the child of immigrant parents from Iran. Her current practice, Bagheri Law, is located on West Hickory Street near the Denton Square. Bagheri’s website lists her primary concerns as fiscal stewardship, public safety, livability, transportation and more transparency from local government.


Chris Watts

Chris Watts has been mayor since May 2014, and is running unopposed for his second term. Previous to holding to this position, Watts was a council member for District 4 from 2007 to 2013. His main concerns as expressed on his 2014 campaign website are stewardship of taxpayer dollars, economic development and historic preservation. These areas include balancing the budget, avoiding tax increases and balancing historic preservation and new development.

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