It’s election season in Flower Mound now and until next Saturday, May 6, Flower Mound residents can once again participate in the town’s biggest hiring decision of the year, the selection of our Town Council members.
You may not necessarily think of an ‘election’ as a hiring decision, but when you vote you are essentially voting to hire someone. The three residents we hire this year for Town Council will set the direction of Flower Mound and establish the policies that will govern us into the future. These are very important hiring decisions for our Town.
When you’re hiring to fill a position, it starts with a candidate’s resume and relevant work history. When I decided to run for council this year, the first thing I did was put out my resume with detailed work and community service history so residents could review it and ask me any question they may have about it (If you have questions, some of my resume can be reviewed here). I’ve received many questions and inquiries and answered every question I have received. My background is in design and construction. I work with a general contracting firm that builds out retail spaces and restaurants nationwide. We are not developers of properties as my opponent has falsely stated over and over. There is a big difference between a general contractor and a real estate developer.
Many in town believe my opponent has not been so transparent. The resume and work history he has given residents has raised many questions since 2015 and are still fundamentally unanswered. Those questions that many are asking are questions that any candidate should be able to answer quickly and honestly.
Secondly, a good resume would also include references from peers and associates speaking of character and community support. For example, I have been endorsed by both of Flower Mound’s Fire and Police Associations and by the Greater Lewisville Association of Realtors. I also have many years of local service to many charities and service organizations here in our community.
In everyone’s professional career or personal lives, no one would hire someone that refused to answer basic background questions about their history or just give partial answers in an attempt to deflect or maybe even answered questions untruthfully. This behavior should not be acceptable for anyone asking to fill an important position in our town.
When you go to the polls this week, make yourself familiar, ask questions and consider everyone’s resumes and references. Ask yourself, is this the right person to hire today and will this person that I’m about to vote for truly lead our town proudly into the future? I’m humbly asking for your vote, Claudio Forest for Flower Mound Town Council, Place 5.