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Lee Harbaugh Interviews Arlington Councilwoman Nikkie Hunter

By Lee Harbaugh

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Arlington City Councilwoman Nikkie Hunter to discuss the state of district 3 and the city. Nikkie offers us some great insight in this interview. An abbreviated synopsis of our conversation is posted here. Click the video below to watch the entire interview.

Nikkie Hunter

Lee: I'm here today with Arlington Councilwoman Nikkie Hunter who represents District Three in our great city of Arlington. Nikkie, thank you so much for doing this and agreeing to meet with me.

Nikkie: It's my pleasure to be here to do this interview for you.

Lee: The first thing I want to ask you is about your own background. How long have you been in Arlington? And what brought you to Arlington? And, what inspired you to run for city council?

Nikkie: I was not born in Arlington. I was born in Grand Prairie - next city over - but we came to Arlington [when I was in kindergarten]. I love Arlington. I've been here pretty much all my life. I went to Johns elementary, then the original Nichols junior high, which was over on Cooper Street. Then Lamar High School. And of course, I went to TCC SE which is in our district. And then I went to UTA and Dallas Baptist. I think what made me want to get in city council - it was really just by mistake. I had someone ask me to run. They felt that they really needed someone like me in city council. I'm like, me, really? I think this person felt like that I was the right person for the job. So, at the end of the day, I made a decision to be on city council and it was the best decision. I love district three.

Lee: And that was in 2020, correct?

Nikkie: Yes, it's been three years. This is my second term. I feel like it goes so quick. Those first two years went really, really quick. And, when I came in, I had a list of stuff that I wanted to do. You just can't get everything done in two years!

Lee: What is the biggest thing that you're trying to achieve as Councilwoman?

Nikkie: That's a great question. I want to make sure that we keep our crime low in our district. That was one of the promises I made to my residents. And I want to continue working with our Arlington police department to make sure we are keeping crime low. Traffic is also a major issue in District Three. Another thing that you don't see that's behind the scenes are small businesses. I think our small businesses took a hit during COVID, and they're still suffering, so I want to make sure that I'm continuing to support our small businesses in any way I can.

Lee: What do you consider the greatest asset in our district?

Nikkie: Our voices. We have some strong voices in District Three. We're also one of the most diverse portions of Arlington. I want to represent the people. I work for you and I work for everybody else that's in that district. And I think you have a right to have your voices heard. I think that's our strongest asset - our voices.

Lee: What is the biggest boon for the city of Arlington right now?

Nikkie: I think the growth. Obviously, we have our sports and entertainment district - we have the Rangers that just won the World Series, we have the Dallas Cowboys, etc. I think we are a city that people want to move to. The jobs are better in Arlington. People are moving here to work here...and, I think the growth is going to continue over the next 10 plus years.

Lee: Speaking of people moving here, what is the council and the city doing to help with affordable housing?

Nikkie: For Arlington, we don't want to just get any type of housing, we want housing to be quality. We want our residents to be able to live in great neighborhoods, nice neighborhoods, neighborhoods that are taken care of - clean, and that are crime free and things like that. We have a great economic development department that works on housing affordability as well as the Arlington Housing Finance Corporation (of which I am the president) that offers tax credits and different programs for homebuyers.

Lee: This year Arlington passed a property tax cut, in addition to the statewide property tax break. Is there talk of further tax cuts in the city in the future?

Nikkie: We haven't discussed it yet, but we want to make sure that we are keeping our taxes at an affordable rate and as low as we possibly can. We (the council) are, after all, homeowners paying property taxes too!

Lee: Since you came onto the council two years ago, is there anything that you've accomplished that you're particularly proud of?

Nikkie: One of the things that was really important to me was building strong community relationships. I don't want to be that city council member that you only see every once a while when I'm knocking on the door asking for your vote. I want to be that person that if you need me, you call me on my cell phone. So, I think that I've accomplished that. I want to make sure that I'm there for the people. That's why I do this - for the people. I have no other agenda but to help the people. I'm a resident myself, and I love our district.

Lee: Is there anything else that I haven't asked you that you want to throw out there on the table for us?

Nikkie: I think one of the things that do want to throw out there is that I am planning on having a town hall meeting soon. We have some things coming up with our trash service and the new trash cans, so we're going to have an [informational] town hall in January. I will put the date on my social media page for anybody that wants to attend.

Lee: That's great. Nikkie, thank you so much. I really appreciate this.

Nikkie: You're very welcome!