Q&A: Sherrie Parks facing incumbent Travis Crow for place on Dripping Springs City Council
Early voting runs April 19-27 for the May 1 election in Dripping Springs. (Community Impact staff)
Two individuals are running for Dripping Springs City Council Place 5, an at large seat on the council. The following responses were submitted by each candidate. Community Impact Newspaper had not received responses to the Q&A questions from Travis Crow as of April 1, after the deadline set for all candidates passed.
Occupation: self-employed, administrator for P2 Programs, which is a barcode software
Experience: Dripping Springs resident for 24 years, Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce president for nine years and state legislative staff for 10 years
Why have you decided to run for city council?
JD: To serve. To listen. To be part of the solution. As a 24-year resident, former chamber president and active community member, I’ve been involved in public service for years and see this as another opportunity to serve the community where I’ve built a home and raised four children.
What are the biggest challenges currently facing Dripping Springs?
JD: Two of the biggest challenges are transportation and water resources. Both issues impact the way of life for every person here. We also have a big challenge in maintaining the character of our community while meeting the challenges of unprecedented/explosive growth.
If elected, what goals would you have for your term in office?
JD: To be an honest, highly active and engaged leader. To be a critical thinker and bring the experience I have from working in the state Legislature and with the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce to the table to find and implement solutions to issues that affect our citizens.
The city is currently developing a transportation master plan. What would you like to see this plan address?
JD: There are limits to how wide we can make roads and how many new roads we can build. All these take years to make happen. The plan should address inventive ways to move large amounts of traffic safely and efficiently. We also need to work in conjunction with the county plan.
As residential developments continue to be proposed, what would your approach be to density in Dripping Springs?
JD: Developers are not planning for the impact their developments will have on Dripping Springs—clear cutting, which can lead to flooding, more houses tapping into limited water resources and more cars on already crowded roadways. The city must remain diligent in their stewardship of our culture and resources to ensure the very reasons people move here can be preserved.
Occupation: self-employed in construction
Experience: incumbent Dripping Springs City Council member