Fellow Irving Citizens,
Following two-consecutive terms under Herb Gears, the people of Irving chose to elect me Mayor in 2011 by an overwhelming majority.
It was clear from the election, people were tired of the backroom deals that fed tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to special interests who were doing business with the City and in turn providing nearly a million dollars of campaign contributions to then-Mayor Gears. Taxes were increasing, debt was piling up, and the only people who seemed to be benefitting were consultants and developers favored by my opponent.
Irving citizens saw the election as an opportunity for a clean slate where they could start to take back control of city government.
Since my election, we have worked to re-focus the City on capital improvements that will draw new families, new construction, and attract more businesses to Irving. Thus far we have been very successful at turning things around.
According to Forbes (2013), we are the 6th fastest growing city in the U.S., construction rates are higher than they have been in twenty-eight years, over 10,000 jobs have been created, and our tax base has expanded from $16.5B in 2011 to $18B in 2013.
We have more work to do in order to unspool poorly planned deals and debt incurred from the previous Mayoral administration, but with continued conscientious management in place and a commitment to focus on the fundamentals that help us empower real, sustainable growth, I know Irving can remain a top city to work, live, and raise our families.
I am asking for your vote and your support so we can continue our fiscally responsible management efforts and pro-growth policies that strengthen and create opportunities for Irving.
Beth Van Duyne
Mayor of Irving