Meet the Candidates: Flower Mound Town Council Place 1 – Cross Timbers Gazette | Denton County South | mound of flowers
Residents of southern Denton County will head to the polls beginning later this month to decide a plethora of municipal and school contests.
The Gazette of the Crusader Woods asked each candidate in a contested local race to answer a brief questionnaire to help voters make an informed decision at the polls this spring.
In Flower Mound, three-year terms for places 1 and 3 on the council will be on the ballot. Current Seat 1 adviser Adam Schiestel, who was appointed to the seat in June 2021, is seeking his first full term against Carol Kyer. Current Place 3 councilor Ben Bumgarner has chosen to run for Texas House District 63 instead of seeking re-election, and Robbie Cox and Brian Taylor are seeking to replace him.
Election day is Saturday, May 7, with early voting from April 25 to May 3. Click here for more information on voting in Denton County.
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Adam Schiestel (i), 45 years old
How long have you lived in Flower Mound: 9 years
Occupation: Software Engineer / Manager
Education: BS Business/E-Business, University of Phoenix, 2005
Prior Service on Government/Community/Civic Boards: Acting City Councilor – 2021 – Present
Planning and Zoning Commissioner – 2019-2021
Transport Commissioner – 2018-2019
President of the HOA – 2016-2021
US Army Veteran – 1996-2000
What motivated you to apply for this position and why are you the best choice: Last year I was appointed to City Council to complete the final year of Place 1’s term. Upon my arrival, like most residents, I was disappointed by the poor development choices made by previous Councils and frustrated with broken promises of tax relief. I’m happy to say we’ve made progress: last year we granted the biggest tax cut in Flower Mound’s history, approved projects that will bring high quality office development to 2,499 , and refused projects that would have harmed the quality of life of our residents.
There is still a lot of work to do. If elected, I will continue to protect neighborhoods from encroaching development. I will support lower density and higher standards in the CTCDD, and I will prioritize tax relief over new spending and debt.
Mission Statement: I’m running for lower taxes and lower density development. The tax rate should be adjusted downward every year to compensate for rising assessments, and the government should become more efficient to grow. New developments must respect our character and master plan, never interfere with residents’ quality of life, and meet our conservation goals.
Facebook page: Adam Schiestel, for Flower Mound Town Council – Place 1
Carol Kyer, 57
How long have you lived in Flower Mound: 29 years
Occupation: Retired Association Administrator
Education: Shawsheen Valley Regional Technical Vocational High School – Class of 1982
Technical Diploma – Computer Science
Framingham State College – 2 years, no degree
Prior Service on Government/Community/Civic Boards: LISD PTA Council – plus various PTA Board Officer positions 1994-2011
Girl Scout Leader 1997-2008
LISD School Board Trustee, 1999-2014 (Secretary and Chairman)
North Texas Association School Board Member – 2004-2014
Lewisville Education Foundation – board member
Communities In School of North Texas – 2003 board member-currently president
United Way of Denton County – Board Member 2009-2016
Board member of Women Of Flower Mound
What motivated you to apply for this position and why are you the best choice: Flower Mound has been my husband and home for 30 years. We raised our children here and formed lasting relationships that created our Texas family. I believe that if you have the opportunity to volunteer in your community, you should make the effort to help out. My past volunteer positions have given me experience in governance, leadership and seeing the “big picture” when it comes to government planning and decision-making. I have seen this city grow from 18,000 to over 80,000. We will always see the region continue to grow exponentially and we need to have leadership in our municipal government that has experience in growing and planning. Serving on the LISD School Board provided me with the knowledge to manage growth – the district, during my tenure, nearly doubled in size. I believe that my seasoned expertise is needed within the current municipal council.
Mission Statement: “Community First” is my brief mission statement. Decisions made by city management must be made with consideration of the effect on each resident; I have the impression that we have moved away from this practice.
Facebook page: Carol Kyer for Flower Mound 1 Town Council Square