Q&A: See where candidates for Jersey Village City Council Place 2 fall on the issues facing the city

Three candidates are running for Place 2 on the Jersey Village City Council this May. (Community Impact staff)
Three candidates are running for Place 2 on the Jersey Village City Council this May. (Community Impact staff)

Three candidates are running for Place 2 on the Jersey Village City Council this May. (Community Impact staff)



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Jersey Village City Council Place 2










Dell Humbert



Occupation: software engineer


Experience: master’s in chemical engineering. Experience in insurance, retail, big data storage, communications and real estate. Have formed and run businesses. I am a husband and father.






Why are you running to be on Jersey Village City Council?



DH: Because I love this city, and hope to help it grow into the future. I have a background in engineering and would be an asset to the City Council. I want more input from the voters in city decisions.



What do you think are the top challenges facing the city right now, and how would you work to address them?



DH: Flooding is the most urgent challenge facing the city right now. The currently enacted plans will help, but will not solve this issue; more solutions need to be found. Property taxes are too high. This can be addressed by cultivating additional revenue sources and protecting the city budget from future economic downturns. Renewal—I want to see some new (not necessarily expensive) things happening in the city to make it a more enjoyable and modern place to live. The [Jersey Meadow] Golf Course needs additional foot traffic, functions and advertisement to become more viable. Maintain proper funding for the police and fire department.



If elected, what would be your approach to budgeting and tax rates in this year's budget session?



DH: Ensure the city budget is properly addressed with recurring income sources. Evaluate any upcoming flooding projects that need funding. Determine if the remaining recurring income can be used to reduce property taxes, via the homestead exemption. Fund other projects as funds are available. Avoid debt if possible.









Kamal Khan



Occupation: business


Experience: management and administration




Why are you running to be on Jersey Village City Council?



KK: I believe I am the best candidate for this position because of my business background as well as my work on diversity, equity and improvement of quality of life. I always try to make things happen in [the] right way and right direction. I am running for City Council because Jersey Village is my home for [the] last 15 years and I bring a fresh, new perspective with a wide range of personal and professional experiences that will contribute greatly to the growth of our city of Jersey Village. I will be diligent in making sure our city will continue to be thriving while continuing to be an affordable, safe, welcoming and livable city for all its residents.



What do you think are the top challenges facing the city right now, and how would you work to address them?



KK: My biggest concern is [the] safety of Jersey Village people—concern about aging people who live in our city [and] also street lighting improvement[s] to give residents more safety and security. Also [during] time[s] of any disaster, we can stand together as a family and address any issues as a family. Our govern[ment] has to do a lot of different activit[ies] to make life easy for ... residents. That is why I have choose my campaign slogan: “Together, we can make things happen.”



If elected, what would be your approach to budgeting and tax rates in this year's budget session?



KK: As long as my background is in business, we can implement different new concerns and technique[s] to implement them for budgeting [for] our city of Jersey Village. Regarding the tax rate, I do have [the] opinion any tax has to be reasonable [and] not [a] burden to the city people. I always believe in lower taxes so your hard-earned money can used by you and your family.









Sheri Sheppard



Occupation: business consultant


Experience: City Council Place 4, 2012-18; Crime Control and Prevention District Citizen Board Member, 2018 to present; Charter Review Committee Chair, 2020




Why are you running to be on Jersey Village City Council?



SS: I’m very passionate about serving my community and I believe my experience is more important than ever to provide continuity and knowledge of current issues such as flood mitigation and key initiatives such as the comprehensive plan and parks master plan. I can make an immediate impact because I am familiar with the city, city staff and local governmental procedure.



What do you think are the top challenges facing the city right now, and how would you work to address them?



SS: Flooding continues to be a top challenge of the city. During my previous tenure on City Council we set a foundation for addressing flood mitigation. We are now seeing that work come to fruition having been awarded grant funding for the Wall Street project as well as home elevations. I will continue to work collaboratively with city staff, Harris County Flood Control and the state to ensure continued progress.



If elected, what would be your approach to budgeting and tax rates in this year's budget session?



SS: I would consider myself a fiscal conservative and believe in a zero-based budget approach. I would 1) review the funding required to run and maintain the city, to continuously improve services such as police and emergency services, and to improve infrastructure and facilities, 2) determine overage/shortage of funding based on revenue estimates, and then 3) determine if adjustments to the tax rates are warranted.


By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.