CITY OF ARLINGTON
NO MORE PUBLIC FUNDING OF CORPORATE STADIUMS
In November, the City of Arlington will be voting on funding a new baseball stadium for the Texas Rangers in part by continuing a sales tax that was originally intended to pay for AT&T Stadium. The portion that city would pay would be $500 million.
I believe the city has a timeless and classic stadium, but if the owners of the team would like a new stadium so badly, I feel that the multi-millionaire owners could take their own checkbooks out, instead of the asking the people of Arlington to pay for it. Let me be clear, I am not against the City of Arlington and the Rangers negotiating a deal that is more beneficial for the citizens and taxpayers of this city, but this deal is not a good deal.
The city of Arlington has many other issues that should be addressed before asking the hard working people of this city to pay for another stadium for another group of billionaires.
Iencourage you to research this issue for yourself, but I as a citizen of this city and as a candidate for US Congress for a district that includes a large part of this city, I am voting no.
My name is Darrel Smith Jr., and I'm committed to making your voice heard on Capitol Hill. Like you, I want to play an active role in making our community, state and country a safer, better place to raise our children, to run our businesses, and working together towards a future filled with unlimited promise.
I know this isn't a flashy website, or campaign. I'm a husband and father to two children, two dogs, two student loans and a mortgage. I punch in and out every day at my job, I understand what it is like to try and balance work, family, school and other responsibilities because I live it every day. I am not a career politician, but an ordinary citizen who thinks our legislatures should be looking out for our best interests, not just corporations and the powerful few.
I believe that the only way we can move our country forward is by working together, regardless of party affiliation. We all want the same things, we just have to talk about it and finds ways to work together. We won't agree on everything, but we do need to remember that we should work where there is common ground. I refuse to believe that those who do not agree with me are against me. We may have a difference of opinion, but where we have common goals, we should work together.
If you share my vision, I urge you to connect with me and help make it happen! Together, we can make a meaningful difference-- for our families, our communities, and our country.
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