Michael Walker on Monday filed to run for his Place 1 seat on the Flower Mound Town Council in the May 9th election.
“Since being elected in 2013, I believe I have helped the Town Council by supporting a positive, dynamic economic environment while preserving our Town’s unique country atmosphere and high quality of life,” Walker stated.
“This has been the Town’s vision statement since 1997, and I intend to continue to use both my experiences during my working career and over twelve years of Town volunteer service, currently on Council and previously on its various Boards and Commissions, to help sustain this vision. I believe I have helped our Town through my continuing Town service during the Mayors Deluca, Smith, Northern and Hayden administrations. I have tried to be independent and open minded while serving different Town Councils,” he added.
During Walker’s term, the town has experienced the groundbreaking of three major developments: Lakeside DFW, The River Walk at Central Park and Canyon Falls. In addition, the Lakeside Business District experienced additional development and business activity as did the existing commercial areas near FM 2499, FM 407 and FM 1171.
“Many of the Council’s approvals for these new developments pre-date my time on Town Council, however I want to continue to make sure that our role in their continuing development are compatible with our Town’s vision and provide a net benefit to our local economy. An example is the recently approved upscale Courtyard by Marriott hotel at the River Walk,” Walker said.
“Our Town continues to receive praise from many organizations. These range from numerous “Best Places . . .” awards, Tree City USA recertification, Scenic City Program (Platinum-level), the AAA bond ratings from Fitch and Standard & Poor’s, to various municipal government awards. In addition, Flower Mound will meet the needs of our residents by the new Senior Center, Dog Park, and other municipal improvements. It has been a privilege to serve our Town with my fellow Councilmembers, be supported by our very effective Town staff, and share the Town’s current successes. I want to continue to help,” he added.
Walker is semi-retired, and working part-time as a Benefits Counselor for group-employee benefits. Prior to his current role, Walker held investment management positions with insurance and financial services companies. Walker’s earlier career involved land use planning positions with state and local governments, and an engineering company.
Walker’s current volunteer activities include serving as the President, Board of Directors, DFW Chapter, Community Associations Institute and a Director, Board of Directors, with Youth and Family Counseling in Denton County.
Walker also served on the Town’s Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, Oil and Gas Board of Appeals, Transportation Commission and Park Board. He is a also a past President of the Bridlewood Homeowners Association, Inc.
He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, and functioned in Infantry, Adjutant General and Civil Affairs branches.
Walker earned a Master of Urban & Regional Planning degree from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University.
He and his wife, Janet, have lived in Flower Mound since 1995. They have two children and a granddaughter. He and Janet attend St. Philip the Apostle Church.
No one else has filed for the Place 1 seat so far. The filing period for the May 9 election runs until Feb. 27.