Election Q&A: Bobbie Mitchell, Delia Parker-Mims vie for Denton County commissioner spot

Early voting is Oct. 13-30. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Early voting is Oct. 13-30. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Early voting is Oct. 13-30. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)



DENTON COUNTY



County commissioner, Precinct 3










Delia Parker-Mims



D



Experience: lawyer trained in economics, small business owner, advocate of green economic growth, 35 years of experience working with area residents






Why are you running to represent this area on the Denton County Commissioners Court?



D.P.: I am running because Precinct 3 deserves a voice that represents all members of the community—no exception—and has a proactive approach to solving problems. Precinct 3 has been neglected and it deserves real, responsive leadership to tackle 21st century issues. This precinct has a high number of un- and under-insured households, disadvantaged families and essential workers. The career politician who is the incumbent has been negligent in terms of response to COVID-19, mental healthcare and the school-to-prison pipeline.



If elected, what would your top priorities be over the coming term?



D.P.: Dealing with the comprehensive effects COVID-19 will have on our community, from healthcare to economics is a top priority. I intend to work in a coordinated manner with local municipalities and lobby upper-level representatives for real relief, such as a mortgage moratorium. I would seek to expand the qualifications of indigent healthcare as more residents begin to lose insurance. Once an immunization is developed, I would ensure our county health department has the means and access to broadly provide these immunizations to the uninsured. Another priority will be to ensure residents of Precinct 3 have as easy access to voting as other precincts by ushering in county voting centers. Voting centers allow residents all over the county to vote at any location on election day, just as they do in early voting. A third priority would be to establish a task force to address criminal justice reform in regard to the school-to-prison pipeline of the county’s disabled children.









Bobbie J. Mitchell *



R



Experience: county commissioner since 2000, former Lewisville mayor, more than 300 training hours related to the position plus other county-related training






Why are you running to represent this area on the Denton County Commissioners Court?



B.M.: I am the current commissioner and I want to continue being a strong, vocal advocate for the cities and town in Precinct 3. I want to continue with the successes and progress we’ve gained in addressing health care issues, transportation, lowering our tax rates and providing the necessary services to the citizens. I am committed to the continued collaboration with my cities and towns to maintain this positive momentum of innovative ideas for a better-quality life for our citizens.



If elected, what would your top priorities be over the coming term?



B.M.: Continue working to correct the damages COVID-19 has caused. Continue addressing problems in our health care system. I am a part of the Denton County Behavioral Health Leadership Team, which advocates and facilitates for a collaborative person-centered behavioral health system to repair and restore lives. I will continue to address homelessness and human trafficking; work to keep citizens in their homes; shore up our local economy and enhance and expand our infrastructure to attract quality business to contribute to the economy development and quality of life our citizens deserve.


By Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper in Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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