Appointed Council Member Tim Jordan is on ballot for Hutto City Council Place 4

Tim Jordan is sworn in by Judge Bill Gravell at Hutto City Hall in March.

Tim Jordan is sworn in by Judge Bill Gravell at Hutto City Hall in March.

Tim Jordan is on the ballot for Hutto City Council Place 4. Former councilman Michael Smith, who was forced to resign his position on the council because his owed taxes violated the city charter, is also on the ballot but not eligible to hold office. If Smith wins the election, a special election would be needed.

Jordan was appointed by the city council to fill Smith’s spot after he resigned. Jordan’s questionnaire follows with limited editing. Election day is May 6.

1.     Experience:

JORDAN: I am an account manager for an international manufacturing and distribution company based in Texas. My in-depth business experience combined with a “customer first” leadership/management style assures the citizens of Hutto will have a voice on the council. And finally, my love for our community and desire to serve.

2.   Hutto is going through many changes right now. Is it headed in the right direction and what would you like to see done?

JORDAN: For the past eight years, our city has been plagued by out-of-touch politicians who place their wants ahead of our city’s needs. We are at a crossroads and it’s time we change direction toward a brighter future that includes strong leadership. We must put the days of failed management, frivolous spending and mounting debt behind us. A future that includes representation of Hutto residents ahead of political ambitions. A future of coming together as a team, making Hutto the beacon of success. Thanks to several fresh faces on our council we have made great progress and, as part of that team, there is so much more we can accomplish for the citizens of Hutto.

3.   Hutto’s rapid growth is quickly becoming dependent on new business and industry coming to town. What kind of businesses should come to Hutto and what needs to get done to bring them here?

JORDAN: There's an old saying: “If you build it, they will come. If you don’t build it they will come anyway." We must prepare for future growth now and expand the local economy responsibly.  First and foremost, we must 'keep it local.' Strong communities are built on a foundation of strong local economies. We must prioritize our current small business community, help it thrive and be successful. It is paramount we also attract new retail and commercial development. This will not only add enormous convenience to our residents, but will create many new great-paying jobs and reduce the burden on taxpayers.

4.   What are your thoughts about a bond proposal and the needs in the community?

JORDAN: Developing our roadways and properly maintain existing infrastructure is priority. Utilizing bonds to build a $6 million dollar swimming pool that will ultimately cost taxpayers $10 million dollars is unacceptable. We must rein in frivolous spending and prioritize our projects.
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.


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