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 this May.
Three Argyle citizens will be elected to each serve a two-year term as Mayor and Council members for Places 2 and 4. The incumbents for these positions are Donald Moser, Ronald Schmidt and Cynthia Hermann, respectively. Hermann was just appointed earlier this year to replace Todd Mankin, who resigned.
All of the incumbents filed for re-election, Shane Campbell will challenge Schmidt for Place 2 and Chet Schrader filed for Place 4.
Election Day is Saturday, May 4, with early voting April 22-27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 29-30 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The candidates for Argyle Town Council Place 2 are listed in alphabetic order under each individual contested race.
Place 2 (2-year-term)
What is the main issue facing your community and how would you address it: I for one would like to see the Town play a larger role in being partners with developments for the sake of preserving our Argyle way of life. Fact is, the Town has no legal control over the developments outside our city limits, but they do impact our quality of life. I support being selective on new developments, making sure we honor our heritage and preserve Argyle.
Why are you the best candidate for this position: I believe the answer is integrity and the ability to listen to all residents of Argyle. Argyle is a special place, and we want it to stay special and unique.
Facebook page: Shane for Argyle
What is the main issue facing your community and how would you address it: The impending economic impact of all the previously (pre 2017) approved home sites will have on the town. It is a common fact that residential development normally has (economic) cost in excess of the revenues they provide. This includes the impact to the town’s budget, the strain on infrastructure, and expected services, just to mention a few. We still have in excess of 550 home sites to be built out which were approved prior to my election in 2017, or about 40% of the total homes existing in Argyle today. We need to balance this with the right commercial that we desire. Development should happen organically, provide the desired services, and befitting our small-town charm, and not at the expense of the citizens and taxpayers.
Why are you the best candidate for this position: I am better qualified academically and experience-wise, with better understanding of our current situation and what needs to be done to meet the citizen’s expectations going forward. I have been involved with the town for the last six years, attending many meetings and contributing on committees. As a council member, I have consistently gone beyond what was required, including proactively leading or participating on committees dealing with our current and future challenges, and how we grow strategically. My background in finance and accounting will be key as we chart our course going forward. I have served on the Town Vision Statement and Tree Preservation committees all which will set the precedence on how to preserve our town’s charm.
Facebook page: Ron for Argyle