Wins on Saturday by Flower Mound Town Council candidates Sandeep Sharma and Jim Engel could send a message to developers that they should slow their roll.
Sharma defeated Albert Picardi with 57-percent of the vote in the Place 2 race.
Jim Engel prevailed in the three-way contest for the Place 4 seat with 55-percent of the vote. Incumbent Don McDaniel garnered only 33-percent and newcomer Tony Lawrence claimed 12-percent.
The election came on the heels of Town Council’s approval of the Lakeside Village development containing a mix of uses, including residential and office high rise towers.
When asked why he believes people voted for him, Engel replied: “Residents were dissatisfied with the direction the town has been headed; the apartments and multi-family developments.”
Sharma, who served on the Planning & Zoning Commission, said his goal for Flower Mound is to, “preserve its unique country atmosphere, heritage and quality of life, while cultivating a dynamic economic environment.”
He added that he wants to put the town’s decisions back into the citizen’s hands.
“During my term as council member, I would like the residents to regain the faith in the town’s processes and procedures, feel respected at the Town Hall and not be afraid to speak-up,” he said. “Similarly, I will encourage the staff to express, not what the council possibly wants to hear, but what indeed is right.
“As complex and high-stake agenda items come forward, I will work with other council members and the Town Manager to make sure we engage all the stakeholders; to come-up with the most optimal solution. My approach would be that we negotiate– and negotiate hard– to benefit the town and it’s residents. Every dollar of our hard-earned money is invested in this town to make it the most-desirable home for us; and, we are not giving it away.”