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Meet the candidates: Flower Mound Town Council Place 3

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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.

Flower Mound voters will elect two Council members to three-year terms in Place 1 and 3. Place 3 is currently held by Kevin Bryant, who is term-limited. Two people — Mike Wallace and Ben Bumgarner — filed for Place 3.

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 Flower Mound Town Council Place 3 are listed in alphabetic order under each individual contested race.

Place 3 (3-year-term)

Benjamin Bumgarner, 35

What is the main issue facing your community and how would you address it: Traffic. I would utilize our town staff and traffic commission to solve some of the issues in our southern corridor. I would make sure on further development that we are following our master plan so that we aren’t putting an unnecessary strain on our current infrastructure. By following our master plan; I believe we can control our growth and better our traffic situation for the foreseeable future.

Why are you the best candidate for this position: I’m young. I have management experience in loss mitigation. I understand risk analysis. I’m a small business owner that wears many hats everyday. I do not have a political allegiance or vested business interest in town so I’ll be an unbiased voice for the citizens of our town. I also feel that not being a politician helps me tremendously in this endeavor as I’m not disconnected from residents.

Facebook page: Benjamin Bumgarner for Flower Mound Town Council Place 3

Website: www.ben4towncouncil.com

Email: Bbumgarner75@gmail.com

Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace, 43

What is the main issue facing your community and how would you address it: The area of least satisfaction according to our 2017 Resident Survey is: Traffic flow on major streets. Most of our major streets are State roadways such as FM2499, FM1171, FM3040 and FM407. I will work with our Town staff and TxDOT to identify available options for improving traffic flow. With assistance from TxDOT and our State Representatives, we should seek funding for additional turn lanes and deceleration lanes at major intersections. I will ask Town staff to coordinate with the cities of Highland Village, Grapevine and Lewisville to see what we can do to synchronize traffic signals to improve the flow of traffic throughout the area.

Why are you the best candidate for this position: I have the knowledge, experience and relationships to begin serving on Day 1. I am a fourteen-year resident with six years of experience serving our Town in elected and appointed capacities. I was an active member of the Texas Municipal League Institute (TMLI) when I served last time on Town Council. I also have good relationships with our Mayor, Town Councilmembers, and key members of Town Staff.

Facebook page: Wallace4FM

Website: None listed

Email: wallace4fm@yahoo.com

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Mark Smith

Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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