Southern Denton County residents will head to the polls starting this month to decide a plethora of municipal and school board contests.
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.
Candidates running for Flower Mound Mayor are: Steve Dixon, Paul Stone and Cathy Strathmann. A fourth candidate, Bill Robinson, dropped out last week but his name will still be on the ballot. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
If no candidate receives a majority of the vote (50 percent of the votes plus at least one additional vote) the top two vote-getters will compete in a runoff on June 16.
Election Day is Saturday, May 5, with early voting from Monday, April 23 to Saturday, April 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and, Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Flower Mound candidates will participate in a televised forum on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at Flower Mound Town Hall, 2121 Cross Timbers Road.
Steve Dixon, 54
What is the main issue facing your community and how would you address it: Improving our streets and our ability to get around and through our town is very important. But, so is being careful on future development and expecting something special in each application that will benefit our town. New Parks, current park upgrades, upgrading utility lines and requiring a super-majority voting requirement on apartments are equally important. These priorities and working with other members of Town Council to work each day on listening to our residents and finding the best possible solution on every topic. Technology can help with synchronizing traffic lights, but bringing all points of view together for respectful conversations can help with everything we talk about during council meetings.
Why are you the best candidate for this position: I feel I am the best candidate based on my ability to work with others and help Town Council as a whole find the fair and balanced solution on issues. My past town service has taught me to listen and explain the “why” on different topics and summarize in a way where everyone can understand. My working relationships with town staff, elected and appointed town representatives, neighboring city leaders and county officials give the ability to effectively outline Flower Mound’s position on topics that affect our communities.
Paul Stone, 67
What is the main issue facing your community and how would you address it: The truth about Flower Mound is that we are a growing community in a growing area of the country. We are located just north of the biggest economic driver for the region– DFW Airport. We are no longer that small little town that started 57 years ago, or even when I got here 28 years ago in 1990, when the population was only 15,500. We are not a “city”. We still can retain the “country” atmosphere that we have in the middle (CTCDD) of our Town.
Why are you the best candidate for this position: I have always been active in Town government. I have served on the council for two terms from 2004 to 2007, in addition to chairing various committees– including the Park Board, Transportation Commission and Charter Review Commission. The main reason that I am seeking the office of Mayor, is because I believe the past two mayors have overstepped their authority as established by the Town Charter and have failed to act as appropriate “LEADERS.” I enter this race with no agendas and no promises. I want to give the council, the town staff and the citizens of Flower Mound the opportunity to take their responsibility in the growth and management of the town. I know how to lead, serve, and respect my fellow citizens.
Website: None listed
Cathy A. Strathmann, 59
What is the main issue facing your community and how would you address it: Achieving open communication with residents is my biggest goal as Mayor. I believe 90-percent of the problems our residents have can be solved with better dialogue. My plan is to stay involved as I have been for several year; discussing the concerns residents have regarding development, debt, traffic, etc. The role of a Mayor is to represent town residents and truly understand their concerns and issues. This practice can only be accomplished by being visible and available. I would like to lead our town with sustainable growth that will benefit our residents for years to come. I have a balanced and common sense approach to most issues. We can balance growth and keep all the things that makes Flower Mound special to us.
Why are you the best candidate for this position: I am a 25-year resident that has been involved in our community from the beginning. In the last eight years, I have developed a strong understanding of the nuances of how our town operates and the various issues which it faces. I have the time and patience to research solutions to those issues and to guide our town toward a strong future. I am a direct, no-nonsense individual who can listen and weigh various opinions fairly. I am capable of making those hard decisions sometimes necessary to benefit our town. I promise to listen respectfully to all residents and take each of those conversations seriously. I don’t want anyone to feel like their voice cannot be heard.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Cathy-Strathmann-For-Mayor-121549634900625/
Website: None listed