The Cross Timbers Gazette asked each candidate in a contested race to answer a brief questionnaire to help voters make an informed decision at the polls this May. Election Day is Saturday, May 6, with early voting beginning Monday, April 24 running through Tuesday, May 2.
In Northlake, Mayor Peter Dewing is facing challenger Rena Hardeman.
Peter Dewing, 52
The main issues facing your town and how you would resolve them: Growth: follow the Comprehensive Land Use Plan unanimously adopted by the Council; preserve the Town’s rural legacy by keeping over 11-square-miles of Ranch/Rural Preservation Area; and, attract quality businesses both retail and commercial to diversify the tax base.
Why voters should re-elect you: I have balanced the Town’s budget (six months of reserves on hand); A+ bond rating; clean audits since 2007; the tax rate has not changed; lowered water and sewer fees; brought on additional police to have 24/7 patrols; and, helped attract 26 businesses and over 1,000 jobs to the town. As a community, we need a leader who will ensure the many opportunities and challenges we have will be handled with the citizens’ best interest in mind.
Current occupation: Retired CWO3/USMC
Education: Juris Doctor, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas TX, May 2014; BAAS, Organizational Development, UNT, Denton, TX, magna cum laude, 2008; Certifications: OSHA ground safety, Mediation, Radiation and Laser Safety, Basic Officer Course, Computer Technician, Electronic Technician Theory. Professional development training: Leadership, Risk Management, Accounting, Budgeting, Lean Manufacturing, Six-Sigma and Public Investments
Current civic involvement: Mayor, Northlake, TX 2007-present Volunteer Board Member, Regional Review Committee, Governor’s appointment (2008-Present), Veterans of Foreign Wars
Past civic service: Past Chairman, and Board Member, Northwest Community Partnership TX, (2007-2013); Past President, Community Development Corporation, Town of Northlake TX, (2006-2012); Member/co-leader executive steering committee that established best practices for municipalities and the Texas Pipeline Association in Texas (2009); Denton County United Way: Wrote project Blue Print training courses to teach future affiliate organizations’ Board Members (2007); Director for Toys for Tots for Cincinnati tristate area (2001-2005); Past Board Member of the American Red Cross’ Labor and Relations Committee, Cincinnati OH, (2002-2005); Ridding Emphasizing Individual Needs, volunteer (1999-2001); and, Special Olympics, volunteer (1994 &1995)
Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits: Yes, reckless driving 1989, paid $100 fine.
Additional Comments: I am humbled to be your Mayor for almost ten years. I have strived to enforce the rules and ordinances in a fair and impartial manner, thereby protecting and preserving our unique community. I have four principles: Honesty; Respect; Stewardship of the town’s resources; and, Advocacy for the residences
Rena Hardeman: 50
The main issues facing your town and how you would resolve them: In one word: growth. Northlake has an award-winning master plan that calls for the town to maintain its rural character through controlled growth. It is imperative that city leaders listen to the citizens, follow the master plan, and not allow developers to dictate the future of Northlake.
Why voters should elect you: I’m seventh generation Texan and Northlake has been my home for most of my 50 years. My parents live here and I raised my children here. Over the past 25 years, I have been part of designing and developing the future of the town as a volunteer, member of the EDC committee, and as a city councilmember. I want to maintain and protect the reason most of the citizens moved here – the rural atmosphere of the town. I believe we can welcome new citizens without sacrificing our way of life. Citizens who want green pastures, low taxes, low traffic, low crime, beautiful homes, and high quality of life should vote for me.
Current occupation: Registered Interior Designer, State of Texas
Education: BBA, Marketing, University of North Texas; BFA, Interior Design, University of North Texas
Current civic involvement: Relief Society Presidency (women’s organization helping those in need) at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; and Community Outreach Director for church
Past civic service: Member of Northlake City Council; President EDC 4B, Northlake; Zoning Board of Adjustments, Northlake; Marketing Committee, The Selwyn School; Board of Directors, Westlake Academy Foundation, Westlake, Texas; Girls Camp Director, church; and, Sunday School teacher, church
Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings or civil suits: No response
Additional Comments: Thank you to everyone who has welcomed me into their homes to discuss the important issues facing our town. It has been a pleasure getting to know you better. If I haven’t spoken with you yet, please contact me. I ask for your vote on May 6 for Mayor of Northlake.