My fellow Denton citizens,

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your mayor for 6 1/2 years, from 2014 to 2020, a time of significant growth, prudent fiscal decisions, increased core services without property tax increases, and citizen-driven City policies.

Some may ask why I am running now for Place 6. The answer is I have become increasingly concerned that important decisions are being made without strong foundations of data and facts. I cannot complain if I am not willing to do something about it. Thus, I am running to be your representative on the Denton City Council, Place 6. The seat is an at-large position, so all qualified voters in Denton may vote in my race. I invite you to learn more about me and my ideas for Denton at

My pledge: As your Place 6 council representative, I will listen closely to citizens, regardless of political agendas or personal views, ask hard questions, encourage passionate debate and lean heavily on facts and data, just as I did as mayor. I will collaborate with my colleagues and the community to find solutions that maximize benefits to residents and businesses alike.

During the next two years, I also look forward to initiating new partnerships with regional and state agencies in seeking funding for roads and other infrastructure. In addition, I will offer new, cost-effective initiatives, including those for sustainability and our affordable-housing challenges.

Of special concern: To be competitive in attracting new businesses, it is important we establish a sustainable source of revenue for an Economic Development Fund. This fund is essential if we are to compete successfully with other cities—that do have ED funds—in attracting large businesses that will provide quality jobs and ease the property-tax burden on residential property owners.

Please reach out to me through the Contact page and let me know your concerns. I look forward to hearing from you and to serving Denton citizens once again.

Warmest regards,

Chris Watts