Brian Rountree, who filed for the Place 1 seat on the Flower Mound Town Council, will face incumbent Michael Walker, who is seeking re-election to the council seat.
A 28-year Flower Mound resident, Rountree has four children with his wife Christine.
Retired from the Federal Aviation Administration after 26 years, Rountree obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas in 2012 and is currently working as a technical instructor with Raytheon Corporation.
Rountree noted in a news release that he believed it was time to seek local office due to recent changes.
“Our town is facing many very important challenges right now. In the forefront, as I see it, is the current surge in development which is stressing our SMARTGrowth goals and Master Plan zoning restrictions,” he noted in the news release.
“Our citizens are becoming alarmed that many of the reasons they bought homes and moved to Flower Mound- the rural atmosphere and open spaces-are being whittled away by developers all too eager to propose smaller lots and multi-family units. The traffic congestion we are experiencing is also a direct result of development outpacing infrastructure.”
Rountree indicated he would like to review the town’s tree ordinances to reduce the number of tree removal requests being granted so easily.
“Right now it seems like too many of these requests are getting ‘rubber stamped’. Flower Mound’s Tree City USA designation should be a point of pride and we should be doing more than the average town in protecting our ancient oaks. We have plenty of ordinances and restrictions, but we also have about as many loopholes and workarounds.”
Rountree also said building unity among the town’s residents was also important.
“While being a conservative Christian myself, I will oppose any use of religion, faith or political party as an issue to divide our town. I have many warm hearted friends in Flower Mound from all across the faith, political and ideological spectrum. Many have felt they have been left out and have no voice,” he noted.
“I want to encourage people of all faiths and political beliefs to come together and work for the common good of our town, and I want them to give me the chance to represent them. No one loves this town more than me and that’s a fact.”