Kevin Bryant announced his intention to seek election to the Place 3 seat on Flower Mound Town Council via social media, officially filing for election on Thursday.
Don McDaniel, who announced his candidacy for the Place 3 seat last month, filed on the first day of filing which began Jan. 28 and continues through Feb. 27.
The Place 3 seat is currently held by Mark Wise, who announced he would not be seeking re-election.
On a new Facebook page – Kevin Bryant for Flower Mound Town Council, Bryant indicated his reasons for seeking office. “I think it is simple, there are a lot of people in Flower Mound who are like me and we feel we have lost our voice in the decisions of our town,” he noted. “It is time that Mr. and Mrs. Flower Mound regain their seats at the table for determining our town’s future.”
Bryant, 43, works as a business objects systems administrator at FedEx Services where he has been employed since November 2010. In a news release, Bryant said he believed his work skill in technology, analytics and team building plus his experience gained while volunteering for many of the organizations in which his children have been involved will serve him well as a council member.
“My first duty as a parent is to ensure my children have a safe place to grow and learn,” Bryant said in a press release. “From volunteering on my son’s LFA teams, to Flower Mound High School Band and Football boosters, and committee member for our Boy Scout Troop, I have worked with many people on a personal level helping to provide the best for all of our families. I will continue to do the same as your Council member.”
The Flower Mound Town Council election, which was cancelled last year due to a lack of challengers, has drawn more attention this year.
For Place 5, two candidates have filed for election to the seat now held by Jean Levenick, who has also announced she will not seek re-election. Carol Kyer, former president of the Lewisville ISD school board of trustees, and Itamar Gelbman, an alternate on the Flower Mound Planning and Zoning Commission, are vying for the seat.
In Place 1, incumbent Michael Walker has filed for re-election to the town council. No one has filed to date to challenge him.
Bryant indicated his family, who moved to Flower Mound 10 years ago, lives in the Stone Creek subdivision – information he provided indicating he would represent a different portion of Flower Mound than the current elected officials. Bryant posted a map that depicted the town council living in a 3.4-square-mile cluster in central Flower Mound, which he indicated covered an area of 43.4 square miles. An economic development profile from town officials shows Flower Mound covers 46 square miles.
“We chose Flower Mound mostly because of the amazing schools, the beautiful park and trail system, and because we found a house with plenty of trees and a good yard for our children to play. We still love our house in the Stone Creek subdivision and plan to stay here for a long time. I want to bring this perspective to the Town Council,” he wrote.
“It seems like our town council thinks the only way to grow is to remove many of the things that give Flower Mound its character.”
Bryant wrote that he questioned whether it was the right move to make wholesale changes to the master plan and SMART Growth policies, allowing many protected trees to be removed for tiny lots, apartments or other items “many people don’t want.”
“I want to see our town grow without negatively impacting the things that helps draw so many people here,” he noted.
Bryant and his wife, Pam, a preschool teacher and private piano instructor, have two children – Reagan, a senior, and Benjamin, a freshman, both at Flower Mound High School. Bryant was born and raised in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and moved to Flower Mound with his family to continue his career.
“Flower Mound is a wonderful place to live; I want to make sure that the charm and nature are here for the next several generations of Flower Mound residents,” he noted in the news release.