MEET THE CANDIDATE: Ben Steiner, Candidate for Place 4, Weatherford City Council

We highly recommend Ben Steiner for City Council, Place 4.

The Weatherford Democrat recently reached out to candidates running in contested races in the May 1 election. 

The following is an excerpt from the Weatherford Democrat, April 16, 2021

Name: Ben Steiner

Age: 30

Occupation: Manager – Program Management, Hospital Operations

Education/experience: Master of Healthcare Administration, University of Houston – Clear Lake; Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs, Indiana University

Family: Wife, Olivia; Dog, Duke

QUESTION: Why are you running for office? 

ANSWER: “The government is best which governs least.” – Henry David Thoreau

The above quote summarizes my position on why I am running for Place 4 on the Weatherford City Council.

Let’s get back to the basics and enjoy what it means to be a Texan and an American.

Let’s be the catalyst that makes the decisions that shape our community’s future – with less tax, less regulation, and more freedom!

Q: What are the top issues facing the city and how do you hope to remedy them?

A: Infrastructure – Change and growth is headed to Weatherford – that’s irrefutable. We should be driving funds towards long term, sustainable investments in our infrastructure that will continue to allow Weatherford to continue rapidly grow.

Buildings – The city is currently designing a new public safety building that is estimated to cost $14.5M and be approximately 36,800 square feet in size. The building size is 145% larger than the existing and 545% larger than the building that was vacated in 1997. I would strongly urge public officials to build what is truly needed (not wanted); and have a plan for the will-be vacated building once this is built. 

A project like this should warrant collaboration across all our tax districts that creates a true public safety building (police, fire, EMS, training programs, etc) – allowing for a larger building to be erected, while taking advantage of cost saving opportunities as a result of economies of scale. 

It would be great to see government entities consolidate and eliminate their ever expanding footprint – allowing businesses to utilize the shrinking available real estate in the community.

Regulation/economic development – The city’s municipal code is over seven hundred pages in total and continues to handicap small businesses and property owners. Small businesses have to divert precious resources and money to be in compliance with city code, instead of investing those resources into their core business.

Property owners pay a hefty bill every year for the right to keep their hard-earned property; only to have city dictate what they can and cannot do on their own property. 

The municipal code needs thoroughly audited; leaving only the pieces that are “for the protection of the public health, safety and welfare of its citizens” as intended”; instead we have ordinances that directly conflict with state law.

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