Irving City Council Place 6 Candidates Answer Questions

City Council elections for Irving will take place Saturday, May 5. The only contested position is Place 6. The two candidates are Shayan Elahi and Albert Zapanta. Only voters living in District 6 can vote on this race as Place 6 is a single member district.

Rambler Newspapers reached out to the Place 6 candidates with four questions allowing them up to 500 words to answer each question.


Shayan Elahi

Q: How do you plan on developing South Irving?

A: I plan to work with the At large and other representatives of South Irving to figure out a 5 year revitalization plan of parts of South Irving.  

Q: What changes to city policy are needed and why? (Be specific.)

A: We need to hold City Hall meetings in various parts of the city and invite and encourage residents to show up and get involved. The City should also save money by holding elections along with the Primary season.

Q: How do you think the city council should develop and support small businesses in Irving?

A: As a small business owner who has been running a law firm for over a decade, this question is very important to me. We can do that by making sure that we cut the red-tape and make it easier for small businesses to thrive, and we must also allocate city resources to small business organizations, just as we do to the large ones. 

Q: Do you plan to regulate the Airbnbs in Irving, and if so how would you? 

A: I am against excessive regulations. Home and apartments owners and renters are responsible adults, and they can take care of their own private spaces. As long as all city and HOA rules are followed I do not see a need for more regulations. 


Albert Zapanta

Q: How do you plan on developing South Irving?

A: We will leave that up to the members of the city council that represent South Irving. We will look at the ability to develop our heritage district.

Q: What changes to city policy are needed and why? (Be specific.)

A: At this point, I am not that familiar with city policies that I feel need to be changed or developed until I get in and start working with the city council and the city manager in his office.

Q: How do you think the city council should develop and support small businesses in Irving?

A: They have a small innovation center that is now operating out of the old library by the city hall. I think that scenario along with the Chamber of Commerce can help develop the kind of small businesses in Irving.

Q: Do you plan to regulate the Airbnbs in Irving, and if so how would you? 

A: I am not familiar that there is any issue with that at this point. I don’t know what that means as far as what my position would be until I really have a better knowledge of that issue.

About the Author

Tricia Sims
Tricia Sims graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2017 with a degree in multi-platform journalism. She has written for several publications and is excited to grow her journalism experience at Rambler Newspapers. Tricia is currently the Associate Editor here at Rambler.

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