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Azleite wins seat on Tarrant Water Board
To the surprise of many - maybe even himself - Jack Stevens of Azle won election last Saturday to one of three seats open on the Tarrant Regional Water District Board of Directors. Stevens, the lone challenger facing three incumbents, garnered 8,287 votes - only 4 percent less than the top vote getter, longtime board member Victor Henderson, who captured 8,620.
...Stevens, a retired engineer, knew he faced an uphill battle from the beginning.His
goal was to get his
name out in the public and to get voters to "vote for me, not the other three" since voting for the others would effectively cancel out a vote for Stevens
son and a friend spent most of election day putting up 134 signs at voting precincts - then taking them down.His
wife, Janet, used a cell phone to keep him abreast of the voting totals throughout the day."At about 8 o'clock (a.m.), with one percent of the votes counted, my wife told me I was ahead," he
said. It wasn't until about 9:30 that evening - while pulling up signs - that he
found out he
"We were exhausted," Stevens
said."(But) it sure made pulling up those signs a lot easier."Stevens
thankful for the "great help" he
got from Azle area supporters - especially the folks who live on the "east side" around the lake. "Those people really supported me, putting out fliers - a lot of things," he
said he his
main reason for running the water board was to "find out where the money goes.""They handle $77 million (budget) of our money every year," he
said."Where are they putting it and where does it go?I might find out that 99 percent of it goes to operations."Stevens
doesn't have a set agenda of his
own - at least not for the time being.He's
going to sit in on the board's next meeting and "listen to what's going on.""It's all new to me," he
said."The board has done a good job in a lot of ways.Maybe I could help it do the job more efficiently."I know when I turn on the water tap I get water," he
said."There's no rationing."Stevens
is interested in how the district is going to handle the area's water needs over the next 25 years.The population in North Texas is expected to double by 2050, he
said.That growth includes the city of Forth Worth, which has already moved north, east and south of Azle.The five-member Tarrant Regional Water Board is responsible for a wide variety of water quality issues - including governing the use of Eagle Mountain Lake.The board manages reservoirs that supply water for 1.4 million people ranging from Tarrant south to Navarro County and northwest to Jack County.Board members are paid $150 each day of service, up to $6,000 annually.Most of that $77 million budget comes from water sales to Fort Worth and surrounding cities like Azle.Stevens, 59, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and an Air Force veteran.He
retired after 34 years spent as an engineer with Vought Aircraft
. He is a member of First United Methodist Church of Azle, the Azle Chamber of Commerce and is currently president of EML Consulting.He
wife, Janet, have lived on Eagle Mountain Lake for the past eight years.
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Star Telegram | 02/08/2004 | Puente-Brancato loses her seat on water board
Puente-Brancato, a Fort Worth businesswoman appointed in January 2003, lost her spot on the board to the only challenger, Jack Stevens, a retired Azle engineer.
had 8,287 votes.
The board's two other incumbents in the race were re-elected.
DFW.com | 02/07/2004 | Challenger wins water board seat
A Fort Worth businesswoman appointed last January, Puente-Brancato lost her spot on the board to the only challenger, Jack Stevens, a retired Azle engineer.
had 8,287 votes.
The board's other two incumbents in the race were re-elected.