A newcomer to the political process is seeking a spot on the Flower Mound Town Council.
Tami Ryan has filed for the Place 5 seat, currently occupied by Jean Levenick.
Levenick is seeking to keep her council seat after being appointed last June to fill Tom Hayden’s spot when he became mayor.
Ryan, a 13-year resident of Flower Mound, said her primary reason for running for council is her opposition to the town’s recent changes to the SMARTGrowth criteria for schools.
“SMARTGrowth is our growth management plan. When you remove core criteria for effectively managing growth, you are going to have problems,” said Ryan. “There is too much at stake for our town to start changing the things that are in place to protect us.”
Ryan believes the Lewisville ISD elementary and middle school rezoning is a sign of bigger issues to come.
“Adjustments made to the SMARTGrowth plan created a domino effect that have already begun to have an impact on the lifestyle of many residents. Working parents will have to consider the cost of additional resources when planning for after school activities if their children are affected by this rezone. Our decisions need to help make life better for residents, not more difficult. Current taxpayers should not have unnecessary burdens placed on them as our town grows.”
Ryan said that she is an advocate for strong economic development.
“I believe that Flower Mound needs true viable economic development that incorporates strong commercial growth along with residential home diversity in affordability. Too often we are persuaded as a community into voting on extreme formats. We need balance. True balance will merge our small town country feel with managed growth. Quality over quantity should be our main focus when leading our growing town. I am committed to ensuring that we get our vision in focus.”
Ryan said Flower Mound needs representation that will protect the quality of life and long term vision of the town.
“This is a critical election for our town. We find ourselves needing to look further into the future of how we, as a community, maintain our core values. I want Flower Mound to continue to be a great town we can enjoy for many years to come. We can be an oasis destination to live, work and play in the Metroplex.”
Ryan is a former business owner and said that she volunteers her time for many organizations including the local PTA and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She has been married to her husband, Alax, for 19 years and has three children that attend Old Settlers Elementary and Flower Mound High School.