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UNT professor Dr. Armintor running for City Council

UNT professor Dr. Armintor running for City Council

UNT professor Dr. Armintor running for City Council
March 07
13:49 2016

Julia Falcon | Staff Writer


Dr. Deborah Armintor is a mother, a wife, an activist, a scholar and an author of one book with another on the way. And now she’s running for City Council Place 5 to replace mayor pro tem Dalton Gregory.

“I love helping people and I want to help fix broken things,” she said. “I want to open the government to the people.”

She already attends and speaks before the council regularly about issues ranging from hydraulic fracturing to ethics reform, so she and her husband, Marshall, figured Deborah should go all-in and run for a seat in local government.

For her children, Jonah and Shula, Deborah wants to take what is good about Denton and expand it to reach everyone across the city.

“There need to be more women on the council because [women are] like a minority in government,” she said. “I can have a big effect on Denton if I am elected.”

Marshall said he and Deborah have talked about her running for a while. He said Deborah spoke earnestly on running about a month ago, during the Super Bowl.

Given the amount of energy she’s already put into these issues of city governance, this is a natural and obvious step, and I couldn’t be prouder of her,” Marshall said.

Deborah has one book published, “The Little Everyman: Stature and Masculinity in Eighteenth-Century English Literature,” and is currently working on another, “Incest and Innocence Abroad.” These quirky titles are about eighteenth-century gender studies, the research Deborah is most passionate about.


Dr. Deborah Armintor is running for City Council Place 5 to replace mayor pro tem Dalton Gregory. Kristen Watson | VIsuals Editor

Deborah has been an English literature professor at UNT since she earned her Ph.D. from Rice University in 2002.

“I think that my experience, ability, commitment, fearlessness and the fact that I don’t seek power other than to advocate for others will help benefit citizens,” she said. “It is about being a public servant, which is why I love teaching so much. I don’t want to stop helping others.”

If Deborah makes it to the council, she wants to put emphasis on current issues she strongly advocates for, including fracking in Denton and adding an ethics ordinance.

“If I am elected, I am choosing to recluse myself from any issue involving UNT, which means I won’t be doing any favors,” Deborah said. “There needs to be an ethics ordinance. Too many ideas have been rejected. I think it is up to the city to make its own rules. It’s not about you when you are on council, it is about the people you represent.”

Deborah’s passion for politics is filling her bookshelves at home. Stacks of literature about Texas legislative history can be seen.

“She’s spent a great deal of the past year working with various folks on civic issues that emerged in the wake of HB 40, and has talked with almost everyone in city government about our path forward on energy,” Marshall said. “I consult with her on communiques and campaign materials, down to simple proofreading. In addition to all the other things I do, I keep the house running in general, cooking and doing the kids’ laundry.”

Deborah said she would like to see more community involvement with city government, from more attendance at meetings, to communicating with them about issues.

“Council represents the people, and they need to listen,” she said. “There is a lot of trust involved with this. When an elected official is betraying the people who put their trust in them, it is deeply upsetting and unfair for the democracy.”

Deborah said she wants to keep doing what she is doing for the city, and wants her supporters to spread the word through all of the districts.

Marshall agreed and thinks that Deborah is the change the city needs to see.

“The community will have a strong advocate for its interests if she is elected,” Marshall said. “There will be a great deal more transparency in city government, and she’ll keep everyone informed as to what’s going on.”

Featured Image: Signs for Dr. Deborah Armintor’s campaign sit on her kitchen table in her home. Kristen Watson | Visuals Editor

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  1. Sanger Sam
    Sanger Sam March 08, 13:59

    Deb will be a great Council Woman. There is a great deal of mistrust in Denton city government now and I think Deb would be a great asset to cleaning things up at city hall. With the help of folks like informed students, Deb will be elected in May. VOTE ! VOTE ! VOTE !

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