"DC" Caldwell requests your support to run for SBOE District 11
Daniel Caldwell's Bio:
DC Caldwell is a candidate in each party's primary because we should have more unity and less division and an inclusionist rather than exclusionist philosophy. Prior to studying law, DC was already a holistic intellectual and life-long student with broad interests and aptitudes divided into a few different categories. If you would like to support the campaign, donations are accepted at http://mkt.com/dcss or http://mkt.com/danielcaldwell
Issues and Agenda Items:
As his former Texas Southern University classmates can attest, DC is friendly and outgoing even when his only agenda is to make the world a happier place, participating in freehugscampaign.org and other community outreach.
During his years in the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at TSU, most people who heard of DC know him as that guy whose event was cancelled by the university president to end a protest.
Sadly, both the protesters and the guest speaker were silenced.
DC previously ran for election to be a trustee for the Austin Community College District https://communityimpact.com/austin/news/2012/10/30/kaplan-mink-re-elected-to-acc-board-seats/.
As a matter of principle, DC runs because he does not believe people should be given up on as a lost cause.
DC fundamentally believes there is always room for improvement.
For those constituents whose native language is something other than English, coming to DFW from outside the U.S., DC also speaks Spanish and studied basic ASL, French, and German.
On a college-student budget, DC remains below the $900 threshold for reporting, so he has to have a grassroots campaign, talking to people individually everywhere he goes.
Building communities - DC earned the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Award as a teenager. Attending high school near Augusta before joining the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M, DC was also recognized for outstanding contributions to the community as a Georgia Scholar and National Merit Scholar. Coming from a family with nurses and a doctor for sisters, DC's long-term goals include improving public health through physical fitness and recreation.
Civil service - As a former military volunteer in the Texas State Guard and a clerk with non-profit, government, and social organizations, DC understands the role that strict regulations play in impairing--even handicapping--the ability of individuals, companies, and agencies to fill needs in the society they are intended to protect. DC would like to correct regulatory excesses with a policy philosophy of Keep It Short & Simple.
Education - DC taught high school geometry and precalculus in a high-need district, and DC genuinely enjoys helping others learn and grow to reach SMART goals. DC is licensed in early childhood, ESL, P.E., secondary English language arts and reading, math, science, and social studies, and special education.
Infrastructure - With a Civil Engineering degree, DC's interest had been in project permitting to facilitate implementing high quality of life standards for the greatest number possible. Specific to Tarrant County, DC has identified parts of I-35W that were poorly designed, but which can be inexpensively improved with minimal construction. DC is an American by birth and a Texan by choice.
Daniel Caldwell's Interests & Activities:
We would appreciate your support for running to become the SBOE Member for District 11.
DC graduated from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where he was the founding president of the TMSL Federalist Society student chapter.
During that time, DC accepted invitations to attend the 2018 Texas state conventions of both the Republican and Democrat parties.
DC also served as the Vice President of the Young Americans for Liberty & Turning Point USA student chapter, an organization dedicated to promoting free speech and individual rights.
I have made several web profiles over the years, most recently http://actblue.com/donate/dcss
Please contact me if you feel to give an endorsement, donation, or other campaign contribution.
For inquiries, please look me up and reach out on any of these web pages.
DC Daniel Caldwell on brandyourself.com,
DC Daniel Caldwell on linkedin.com,
DC Daniel Caldwell on facebook.com,
DCaldwell Texas on twitter.com,
DCaldwell Texas on instagram.com,
Daniel J Caldwell on webs.com,
Daniel J Caldwell on wordpress.com,
Specialties: DC's current certifications include:
- Texas Board of Professional Engineers – Civil EIT (Engineer In Training) 40297
- Texas Education Administration – Certified Educator 1465537
- Texas Secretary of State – Commissioned Notary Public 129992016
In addition to the Social Stream links, DC can be found by typing his name, Daniel Caldwell, into a search engine (such as google, bing, or yahoo) along with Tarrant County.
GOVERNMENT SERVICES -
Thankfully, I have not heard the same complaints here heard in Dallas, including delays in repairing/filling major potholes on public roads that cause damage to vehicles that run over them and possible injuries to passengers. Instead, the road problems are excessive congestion caused largely by poor design of locations to merge lanes without any routes around the back-ups.
As a civil engineering graduate, I understand the importance of building and maintaining a healthy infrastructure. Rather than borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for every project proposed, this includes being selective about where to spend the money optimally for efficient use of taxes to actually add value.
6 May 2015 - I have proposed that, using cost estimates provided by TxDoT, [several] on/off ramps along [I-35W] could be re-configured for under $200,000 in order to provide congestion relief by effectively letting the service road function as an additional 2 lanes of freeway without major construction.
You probably felt them, and the sentiment seems to be that they are increasing soil settlement which is leading to physical property damage, and that blame belongs to the companies that were fracking for oil in Irving near the old Cowboys stadium. My position here is that the city attorney should be instructed to advocate seeking compensatory damages set aside in a trust fund on behalf of residents affected for a class action lawsuit in state or federal court, since the city does not have direct jurisdiction. However, to do so, I believe the City of Irving would also have to join suit as a co-plaintiff. The parties would then have to agree on which firm or agency to retain as lead counsel for the case. If there are other actions that may be taken, I am happy to listen to those suggestions.
HOUSING - 6 May 2015
I have asserted for quite some time that the mainly industrial-only core of District 6 be re-zoned to allow mixed and residential use. While the mayor can brag that Retail and Residential vacancies in the city are at nearly all-time lows, this is only because huge swaths of vacant commercial property are prohibited from being used, which I assert makes his claims less valid and accurate. We need to simplify our zoning codes to be less restrictive.
PARKS & PUBLIC HEALTH - 28-Jan-2015
Today in the City Council meeting, the main issues discussed were increasing the funding to pick up litter and empty trash containers at city parks (which I believe community organizations should be asked to help with rather than the city outsourcing it to Good Earth Inc. for tens of millions of dollars a year) and adding $53,000/year to that for the Parks department to implement a system just for counting park users (which I would have opposed).
Afterwards, comment was taken on a previously deferred motion to spend another million dollars to keep adding fluoride to the city water (which I oppose).
Several of the West Dallas residents I spoke with complained that parks do not have pavilions or running water for a drinking fountain or sanitation facilities with a toilet. I also propose that having a sign for Bachman Lake Park before the Harry Hines exit from northbound IH-35E would make more people aware of the park we have which really provides more amenities than White Rock Lake despite being smaller and relatively unknown.
TRINITY TOLL ROAD - 9 March 2015
This project would cost the city more than half its annual budget in initial outlays and not provide comparable value to return the investment.
I stand with several other candidates, and a few office holders, to oppose the spoilage of the river which would result because this project was given a special exception from environmental standards.
The first major issue that personally motivated me to run for city council is seeing the city's homelessness problem. Anyone spending more than a few minutes downtown will be approached in short order by somebody smoking a cigarette and asking for a couple dollars for food, a DART ticket, a place to sleep because the shelter does not admit people after a certain time, or to support their habit. How do we best help them get off the street? Make a better place for them to go.
I have been to the Bridge to see what it is like and why they do not go there, and it was not a pleasant experience. With the 2+ hour intake time between filling out a lengthy packet and waiting (where they shred your paperwork immediately if you are in the bathroom when your name is called), it is understandable that many people would rather sleep on the street than deal with the bureaucratic headache. Besides, when they are told to be there by 4pm to get a bed for the night, that means they cannot work any job or attempt to market whatever skills they do have in the afternoon/evening if it might conflict with being there after that time. The sacrifice of freedom is more than many are willing to pay.
This impacts the rest of the city with itinerants looking for another place to hustle or make a quick buck even if it means crime. Furthermore, the vagrants deter development and growth. My basic proposal is to hire a few extra staff to enable 24-hour processing and to shorten the check-in time following the model of the Haven for Hope in San Antonio.
Another related issue I want to improve is reducing the 60-day wait period between when an application window closes and when applicants can even sit for the written/multiple-choice civil service examination(s), which is a deterrent to many highly qualified, interested, and available applicants even applying. We can and should accelerate the hiring selection process.