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Special Election for Section Director-Elect

Due to a vacancy in the APATX North Central Section, the Section Board has called a Special Election of the Section Membership to complete the remaining 10 months of the current Director-Elect term. 

The Director-Elect elected during this Special Election will assume the role of Section Director beginning November 9, 2019 and will serve a two year term as Section Director. 

This election is only open for APATX North Central Members. Section membership will be verified. Official section membership is based on the physical address used for your APA National membership. This could be your work address or home address. To verify that you are a North Central member, your APA Member Account address must be within the counties of Grayson, Fannin, Collin, Hunt, Hopkins, Dallas, Rockwall, Kaufman, Ellis, Navarro, or Freestone. 

A link to the online ballot can be found at the bottom of this page. The Special Election will close on Thursday, February 7 at 5:00pm. Please read the bios and canidate statements for the following canidates: 

Kendall Howard (Wendling), AICP


BIO: Kendall Howard, AICP is an urban planner at Halff Associates specializing in community, parks, and trails planning. She joined Halff in 2016 after working as a transportation planner at the North Central Texas Council of Governments for five years. Kendall received her Masters in City and Regional Planning from UT-Arlington and her Bachelor's in Urban Studies and History from UT-Austin. She has been AICP-certified since 2014. Kendall has been involved with APA in various roles since first joining in 2011. While at UTA, Kendall served as Vice President of the Student Planning Association and volunteered at conferences. In 2014, she was appointed to the Texas APA Chapter Board as the first-ever Texas Emerging Planning Leaders Officer (TxEPL). In this role Kendall was part of a group that initiated and oversaw TxEPL activities such as the Mentorship Program, Lattes and Leadership events, and the Legacy Project held each year at the state conference. Kendall held the TxEPL position for two years. Kendall also served as the Midwest Section Secretary for a term and currently serves as Secretary for the North Central Texas Section Board.

CANIDATE STATEMENT: I believe I would be a good fit for the Director-Elect position for the Texas APA North Central Texas Section. I have been involved in APA since first starting graduate school in 2011 and have had the opportunity to serve in various leadership roles since. I believe my experience leading the Texas Emerging Planning Leaders group for two years and serving for nearly four years on section boards has given me insight on how APA sections and the State Chapter function. If elected to the Director-Elect position I would make it a priority to expand the number of CM events and networking opportunities the section offers each year. In order to make that happen, I believe the board should explore options with timing of events and partner with allied organizations. Finally, to ensure the longevity and success of the section, the board needs to identify and grow the next generation of leaders. My experience forming and leading the Emerging Planning Leaders group makes me a great fit to lead that charge as Director-Elect.

 Brooks Wilson, AICP


BIO: Brooks has over twenty years as a planning professional and has served in both the public and private sectors. Currently, she is the owner/president of WilPLAN LLC, a boutique planning firm that primarily serves municipalities. Her areas of interest are ordinance writing and public participation. Through WilPLAN, Brooks has written ordinances in Farmers Branch, Little Elm, and Celina, including the recently adopted Dallas North Tollway Overlay District. Former positions include working for the cities of Dallas, McKinney, The Colony, and Celina as well as being a part of DeShazo, Starek & Tang (now the DeShazo Group). She received her bachelor's degree in urban geography from UT/Dallas and a masters in regional science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of AICP and has served on both the state and section levels of APA.

CANIDATE STATEMENT: Brooks has been involved with the North Central Texas Section of APA for over ten years. Starting as Secretary, she moved up to become Director-Elect and then Director. During that time, Brooks created a one-day event at UT/Dallas, bringing in speakers from around the country and locally to address housing issues from different perspectives. This included a bus tour of innovative housing initiatives in Dallas, including the rebuilding of Congo Street. Following that event, she created Focus North Texas to meet the needs of local planners who, due to budget constraints, were not receiving educational opportunities. Begun in 2011, the first FNT was designed to use a portion of the funds that had been building up in the Section's treasury. That was the only year that FNT did not make a profit. Since then, the revenue garnered from FNT has been applied to a local scholarship program, to tornado relief, and to other worthy charities.

Over the past few years, the North Central Section has produced fewer educational opportunities for its members and even fewer networking/social events. This is a major concern. In order to stay relevant, the Section and its members must be willing to provide a variety of programming to meet the needs of young planners, seasoned planners, and elected and appointed officials alike. My goal is to focus the Section on what is possible and then achieve it.

The Special Election will close on Thursday, February 7 at 5:00pm.