Two Down, Eleven To Go (And Please Call Us, Larry Nixon)

So far, in our ambitious effort to put a candidate questionnaire before our readers (and before May 8), we’ve received two responses, which is 200 percent more than yesterday. So, thank you, Will Beecherl of Highland Park and Jerry Grable of University Park. UPDATE: Ladies and gents, we now have THREE responses. Thank you, Gail Madden!

Now, everyone else, please check your e-mail and get back to us as soon as possible! And Larry Nixon, please call us! It’s just three easy questions and you probably already know that answers to them.

This questionnaire is strictly for our readers’ information. We’ll publish your answers pretty much verbatim. Also, and y’all probably already know this, but the blog and the newspaper do not endorse candidates. We’ll always make an attempt to get both sides of the story, and all candidates have an equal opportunity to participate in our forum.

8 thoughts on “Two Down, Eleven To Go (And Please Call Us, Larry Nixon)

  • April 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Checking in…I received my e-mail. Thanks Joanna and Dan. I wanted to verify some things with HP Town Hall before I wrote a specific answer to a question.

    FYI, The director of finance for HP came out while I was campaigning in front of town hall today and demanded money for thirty one (31) copies for Capital Improvement Information. Caught me off guard.

    Sam Tamborello
    HP Council Member Candidate

  • April 30, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Normally, candidate questionnaires are written by news organizations and mailed to all candidates who have filed well in advance of Early Voting.

    In Texas, as many as half of voters will vote during the Early Voting period before the election. So, a candidate questionnaire composed and published just a few days before the election would miss as many as half (or more) of election day voters.

    That said, it’s great to see PPP getting involved in local Park Cities municipal elections.

    It seems most discussions on these “pages” have been about spelling or brochures, and not about several significant issues that are of importance to voters and taxpayers.

    A frank and earnest discussion of real issues would be a welcome change from the distractions over commonly misspelled words, most which themselves contain misspelled words.

  • May 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Hmm. Early voting ends Tuesday, well before your next issue comes out. So no one who votes early will get the benefit of the candidates’ input. It would have been nice if PCP had sent out these questionnaires, say, two or three weeks ago, so there would be enough time for the candidates to give thoughtful answers and your readers to digest them — but since this is the first seriously contested UP city council election that I can remember, maybe it’s understandable that the community paper was caught off guard (*cough*).

  • May 2, 2010 at 9:35 am

    N.F. and Neal, there’s no doubt we were caught off guard, since contested elections are such a rarity around here. But don’t you think early voters would have made up their minds without our help, if even they’d had the benefit of a voters’ guide? I hope we can still assist the people on the fence who are waiting until Election Day to vote.

    By the way, you can add Larry Nixon to the list of people who have returned their answers.

  • May 2, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    The Dallas Morning News issued a voters guide that is currently on the internet. Each HP candidate was given an opportunity to respond by March 31. For the HP voters awareness, none on the current HPCL slate responded with answers. None!

    I was the only candidate that answered, and at the very least, provided information about myself. This voter guide can be found by internet searching “Dallas Morning News the voter guide” and, additionally HP voters can visit my website at

  • May 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Well, our complaints may be moot anyway because your competition scooped you on the questionnaire. I saw the issue on the newspaper rack at Tom Thumb this weekend. For the sake of politeness and charity (and because only their subscribers can see the full version), I won’t post the link to their story. Nice of them to show a little initiative. Maybe they’ll broaden their subscriber base to the coveted under-60 demographic.

    I was being a little sarcastic in my comment about the paper being caught off guard. You guys noted here two months ago that UP would have a contested election. And yes, of course early voters would have made up their minds without your help. In fact, they will have no choice but to do just that. The back and forth on this blog over the last couple of weeks was fairly helpful to me as an early voter, but most of UP’s likely voters probably don’t check in here on a regular basis. It would have been nice to see a Q&A with each of the candidates within a reasonable time in advance of the election. But as I’ve said before, it’s your sandbox.

  • May 3, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Can anyone at HP Town Hall explain to the taxpayers of Highland Park why the Highland Park Community League has the address of 4700 Drexel Drive, HP, Tx 75205 Tele. 214-521-4161.

    Well, The address coincidentally is that of HP Town Hall, and I dialed the telephone number and HP Town Hall answered. I was told to talk with Gayle Kirby, the Town’s Deputy Secretary! Ms. Kirby then told me that she only receives their mail!

    So, let me understand this, the taxpayers of HP are funding the agendas of the HPCL, using HP employees, housing the HPCL with an address, and using HP employees to answer their listed telephone number.

    What’s up with this!

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