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Don McDaniel announces intent to seek open seat on FM town council

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don mcdanielDon McDaniel announced his intent to file for Flower Mound Town Council Place 3 on Friday, seeking an open seat that will be vacated by current council member Mark Wise.

“I was honored to be approached to consider this opportunity by a number of well-respected community leaders,” McDaniel said in a news release. “The timing is right for me personally and I am poised and eager to take on a more substantial service role for the town.”

Wise, who is finishing his second term on the Flower Mound Town Council, officially announced during a council meeting on Thursday that he would not seek re-election.

Wise, who works in telecommunication hardware sales, was elected to the council in 2011, having previously served on Flower Mound’s Board of Adjustments and the Oil and Gas Board of Appeals. Wise, and his wife and their two sons have lived in Flower Mound since 1996.

McDaniel, a resident of Flower Mound for 15 years, was born in Austin and raised in South Texas. “My sense of civic duty comes from my family and was nurtured, as a young man, in the Boy Scouts. Earning my Eagle designation in the scouts was the first step on this path,” McDaniel said in the news release.

McDaniel noted his role as a self-employed, stay-at-home parent has allowed him to be involved in Flower Mound for the past decade. He served in a number of board positions for the Wellington Elementary Parent-Teacher Association and on the Lewisville ISD Bond Oversight Committee. He currently serves as president of the McKamy Middle School PTA.

McDaniel later began becoming involved in civic roles related to development and growth in Flower Mound, serving two terms on the Transportation Commission and currently serving in a second term on the Flower Mound Planning and Zoning Commission.

“As an engaged member of both the Transportation Commission and P & Z, I have become keenly aware of the ‘voice of Flower Mound’ and am in tune with the priorities of its townspeople.” he noted. “The connections and relationships I have fostered in the community have prepared me for the kind of productive dialog that is critical for progress and for the future of the town.”

McDaniel and his wife, Amy, a senior vice president of Remington Hotels, have two children – Alli, a sophomore at Flower Mound High School, and Gavin, a seventh grader at McKamy Middle School.

The family participates in such civic organizations as Keep Flower Mound Beautiful, North Texas Food Bank, Lymphoma and Leukemia Society and S.M. Wright Foundation.  McDaniel and his son served on the naming committee for Fort Wildflower at Heritage Park, which was dedicated in spring 2012.

“Analysis, strategy and communication, I believe, are the keys to the future in Flower Mound,” McDaniel said in the news release.

The official filing period for the May 9 election begins on Jan. 28 and runs until Feb. 27.

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