"In the grassroots and on PUB, I’ve been pushing hard to reduce your taxes, your electric bills, your cost of living, and the unnecessary obstacles you face in your everyday life — regardless of how much money you make, where you live, how much property you own, what you look like, who you love, or who you know. My opponent calls that “dangerous.” I call it democracy in action. At your service, win or lose."
She said she tried to reply to a comment about her on Newquist’s page that was not true, and her comment was deleted. "And anything else by someone who disagreed with him,” Armintor said. She said she was skeptical he would be able to change gears as a council member and suddenly maintain open communication lines with people who are critical. "You’re saying this is who I am,” Armintor said. “The campaign process [is one that], as soon as you file, you’re auditioning for your new job.”
Gregory was the second high-profile person this week to rescind an endorsement of Newquist following the Robson letter. Former candidate Jodi Vicars-Nance had endorsed Newquist on election night but withdrew that support Tuesday on Twitter. His opponent, Deb Armintor, said she was “very moved” to see Gregory’s decision. “It really meant a lot to see him stand on principle,” Armintor said.
“Newquist is leaning into a kind of local politics that is dividing Denton between young and old, liberal and conservative, Robson Ranch and Denton proper,” Hlavacik said. “I don’t know why anyone would want our local politics to be more like the tribalistic partisanship that has taken over our national discourse.”
On the June 16 election day, Denton voters will choose either Deb Armintor or Aaron “Fuzzy” Newquist to replace outgoing Place 5 council member Dalton Gregory. Armintor, an English professor at the University of North Texas, was the only candidate to show up to Saturday’s forum in a lecture room at the Denton Public Safety Training Center. “Democracy takes time,” Armintor said during the forum.As the only candidate at the forum, Armintor stood instead of sat, and walked about the room freely as the few dozen voters in attendance questioned her on topics of public interest, including plans for emergency homeless shelters by winter, lengthy road construction projects and public transportation ridership.
Armintor said she told everyone involved she was willing to reschedule to another time that was good for Newquist. But Newquist declined, writing to Hudspeth and Carrington, “I’m sorry, it’s not going to be feasible to add anything to my calendar due to both professional and personal things that have been pre-existing and do not have any flexibility." Hudspeth said he was skeptical that in the 28 days to the election, Newquist couldn’t find two hours for a public forum.
"All signs point to a vibrant, heated race for the June 16 runoff."
"One recurrent theme that comes up in my block-walking is fixing our streets and sidewalks. I met an 87-year-old woman who needs to go to the mall to exercise because her street is too broken to walk on — never mind that she doesn’t even have sidewalks. This is inexcusable. We need to invest a little more in the short-term in future-oriented road repair, so that we’re not doing constant patch-up, which ends up costing more in the long term. We also need to overhaul our permitting and code enforcement policy, and we need to bring citizens into that process."
"Denton resident Deb Armintor said she was both thrilled with the new ordinance and disappointed with some of the provisions. . . For example, Armintor urged council members to apply the "just say no" rule to conflicts and accepting gifts. . . . Armintor also urged council members to assemble the new Board of Ethics another way. The board will be an independent body in charge of enforcing the ordinance and council appointees would look self-policing, she said. She called the demand for board members to have a law degree or similar education "un-American." "We live in a country where a waiter or janitor can serve on a capital jury," Armintor said. "I don't think this requirement is a very American idea."
Deb Armintor filed Monday for her second run at Place 5 on the Denton City Council. She has appointed Marshall Armintor as her campaign treasurer."
"“The state bar for ethics is absurdly low,” Denton resident Deborah Armintor said. “It is up to the cities to raise that bar and have low conflicts of interest, like instances on our city council.”
"For Denton resident Deborah Armintor the most important part of this election was voting for an ethics ordinance, which she expressed when she previously ran for city council in 2016."
Some community activists hoped the investigation would lead to the cancellation of the contract. One longtime critic, Deb Armintor, said the investigation was too limited by focusing on procurement. 'You would think the staff wrongdoing would mention the lies we were told, including the lies about emissions,' Armintor said. "
"UNT English professor and civic gadfly Deb Armintor, said she was walking down the hall when she peeked through a curtain into the meeting room and saw a slide that said two DME employees had been placed on administrative leave. Another source close to the meeting, who declined to be named, confirmed that what Armintor saw was true."
A diagram showing Denton’s substation locations has seven new areas around Denton listed as “proposed.” Denton resident and UNT associate professor Deborah Armintor noted these plans have not appeared on any other CIP. When talking property costs of these substations, Armintor mentioned how Denton has historically paid 2 to 4 times more than the appraisal value when buying property, which she worries may balloon the total more than has been reported, especially if these properties have not been procured.
"Deb Armintor, the newest PUB board member, called DME’s previous plan to buy renewable energy “bare bones” compared to what Enterprise Risk Consulting was setting up for Denton. Hileman agreed DME was missing a formal plan."
"Score one for government transparency. The newest member of the Denton Public Utilities Board, Deb Armintor, is trying to make the oversight of the water, wastewater, drainage and electric departments a little more sexy by blogging about their doings. This week, she took the city to task for failing to post a document about how Denton, Greenville, Garland and Bryan will run their coal plant in the future. How was she sure it was public? Because the city of Greenville posted the document. "When it comes to transparency in public utilities, I say if it's good enough for Greenville, then it's good enough for us," Armintor wrote. (Ding, ding, ding!) "
"After early voting results were posted, Gregory said he didn’t think he had a wide enough margin to avoid going into runoff with Deb Armintor. A candidate needed at least 50 percent of the vote, plus one, to avoid a runoff in the crowded Place 5 race. The difference in the total number of votes between Gregory and Armintor was wide. But the other challengers — Mike Cheves, Sam Ortiz and Will Wooten — commanded enough votes of their own to keep Gregory’s overall percentage of the total vote hovering just above 50 percent. “Incumbents always slide on election day — as much as 5 percent,” Gregory said. But, as Saturday’s votes rolled into the total, his margin held. He ended up about 25 votes over the 50 percent he needed to avoid a runoff, and about 1,000 more votes than Armintor."
Some citizens are also asking for the city to focus on smart growth in the years to come. 'Denton is growing no matter what,' UNT English professor and political activist Deborah Armintor said. 'The challenge for us as a city is to figure out how to grow in a way that augments our city’s current strengths, not to grow in an arbitrary or destructive way.'"
"The Chamber of Commerce, which should be a self-sustaining organization, is poised to receive $1.5 million in this year’s city budget, plus $265,000 from Denton Municipal Electric’s Economic Development Fund. Buc-ees and a private convention center have been granted big tax breaks and special exemptions, with no obligation to hire locally or give back to the community. Four City Council members have forced a $265 million fracked gas power plant on an unwilling public. With spending habits like that, it’s no wonder that our city government ends up resorting to regressive tax gimmicks like red light cameras to fund essential city services like our police force, while roads and sidewalks go unrepaired, homeless problems worsen and our humble municipally funded water park contemplates jacking up rates to a prohibitive $17 per person just to fund itself — even after millions of dollars in bonds were procured to sustain it. Every year, our budget reads like an unintended cry for better accounting, increased transparency, accountability and accessibility to citizens, and round-the-clock fiscal oversight —the kind that only a full-time city auditor can consistently provide. Check out Austin’s city auditor web page for a taste of what’s possible. Although a city auditor is required by our city charter, the position has been vacant since 2010, and Denton’s debt has skyrocketed well beyond the rate of growth and inflation. Wake up, Denton. Write the council to demand fiscal responsibility, better civic priorities, and the professionally trained full-time city auditor we need."
"I have read only the 50 posted in last week’s DRC online, but the dates and content indicate that DME was already in bed with Wärtsilä and the Wärtsilä-sponsored Brattle Group before the city issued the first requests for proposal, or RFPs, to possible contractors . . . The conversation continues at 6:30 p.m. today at City Hall, and those same Renewable Denton Plan votes will come up again. We should all be there to speak out and bear witness."
LETTER: DEB ARMINTOR: DANGER TO LOCAL DRINKING WATER SUPPLY (DRC, 2/9/16)
"This year, Watts waited until after the spring election to put Campbell’s contract on the council agenda. Place 5 candidate Deborah Armintor campaigned openly for Campbell’s ouster. She was defeated by incumbent Dalton Gregory, who supported Campbell along with council members Kevin Roden and Joey Hawkins."
" Don’t let anyone deny you your right to vote on $225 million to construct natural gas plants that citizens neither need nor want. Speak up, write and know your rights."