Q&A: Meet the candidates for Leander City Council Place 4

Early voting begins April 19 for the May 1 election. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Early voting begins April 19 for the May 1 election. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Early voting begins April 19 for the May 1 election. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)



LEANDER



Leander City Council, Place 4










Nacole Thompson



Occupation: Finance


Experience: Over 15 years experience in finance, management and small business development






Why are you the best candidate for this seat?



NT: It’s time to vote yes to a council member who values transparency, avoids conflicts of interest, who is unafraid to stand up for what is right, who listens to the citizens of Leander and who strives to represent the city as a whole not only a select few. It will take focus, hard work, and commitment and I am the right person to get it done.



How will you help Leander recover from the effects of COVID-19 and the Texas winter storms?



NT: Education and awareness is key. I would work to support and connect residents to resources that help them and their businesses recover financially from the recent economic slowdowns and shutdowns; help their families access food, rent, mortgage and medical assistance as well as direct people to various sources of educational support for their children.



What does the city need to do to fix its water issues and prevent further problems?



NT: The city council needs to ensure 1) the city is purchasing enough water (mgd) to provide for current residents plus estimated growth; 2) the city has redundancy with our water sources as well as an additional water storage and 3) population models are updated to more accurately reflect current growth trends and improve the accuracy of estimated water needs over the next 5 and 10 years.









Donnie Mahan



Occupation: IT director


Experience: Vice Chair, Leander Planning and Zoning Commission; West Point Graduate; Non-Profit Board Member






Why are you the best candidate for this seat?



DM: I will bring years of varied experience, leadership, and service to serve all of Leander’s citizens. My background allows me to relate to a lot of citizens at the same time. I support strategic growth, sound infrastructure, fiscal responsibility, and transparency. I want to increase our revenue base and decrease the tax burden to our citizens. I will also work with Leander ISD to ensure we are working together for all our children.



How will you help Leander recover from the effects of COVID-19 and the Texas winter storms?



DM: Through this pandemic, Leander is thriving. Sales tax revenue has increased, year over year, and the city did not cut one single employee during this time period. Some developments were slowed, but we have continued to bring in new developments throughout this time. I would continue to focus on supporting our Leander businesses (not all have fared as well as the city) and ensuring our infrastructure is ready to support our current and future needs.



What does the city need to do to fix its water issues and prevent further problems?



DM: I support the hiring of the ED of Infrastructure. This will be the first time that all departments that touch infrastructure are under one manager. Conduct an analysis of our existing infrastructure (conditions, demand, etc.) as well as ensure we can meet future demand. I also feel a secondary water source is needed. Although the deep-water intake would be less expensive, we would be creating risk to our most valuable resource, our water supply.


By Taylor Girtman

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.