Election Q&A: Meet the candidates running for Keller City Council Place 2

Meet the two candidates running for Keller City Council Place 2 ahead of the May 1 election. (Community Impact staff)
Meet the two candidates running for Keller City Council Place 2 ahead of the May 1 election. (Community Impact staff)

Meet the two candidates running for Keller City Council Place 2 ahead of the May 1 election. (Community Impact staff)

Learn more about the candidates running for the Keller City Council Place 2 seat ahead of the May 1 election. Early voting is from April 19-27.


DALLAS-FORT WORTH



Keller City Council Place 2










Sean Hicks*



Occupation: CEO


Experience: Served two terms on the Keller Economic Development Board, five years on the Parks & Recreation Board in the city of Bedford and participated in several bond committees for the city of Bedford. Serving as Mayor Pro Tem in Keller. Business owner in Irving.






Why are you running for office?



SH: I was first elected to the council in June of 2018, and I've loved serving the residents of Keller. Being a new city councilperson, you have to learn a ton of information to learn, and I believe in a second term I'll be able to leverage that information and get more done for our residents than before. We have a new mayor that has similar thoughts on what is best for the future of Keller and to make it the most "Family Friendly City in Texas." I want to be part of helping execute that vision.



If elected, what will be your top three priorities?



SH: Continued tax relief for our residents. Investing in the parks and trails. Sidewalks, sidewalks, sidewalks.



What do you see as the city's role in addressing the coronavirus pandemic?



SH: The city of Keller utilizes the services of the Tarrant County Health Department for issues related to public health. I see our role as making sure that the message from the health department gets out to our residents, know how to get them help when needed, and I'd like to take a more active role in getting our seniors signed up for the vaccine.



What do you see the city's role is in the aftermath of the August 2020 police misconduct incident?



SH: To never have it happen again. This situation was inexcusable. We are working with the city manager and police chief to update policies to not allow this type of situation to happen again.









Josh Bunch



Occupation: Self-employed


Experience: I am a local business owner. I have a heart and passion for my community and servanthood. I’ve never been outworked or backed down from a challenge.






Why are you running for office?



JB: I was raised in a way, and learned from an early age the importance of servanthood. Some of my earliest memories are volunteering in my church as a child. That continued through high school as a volunteer for Special Olympics and in college, I volunteered with the YMCA and Habitat for Humanity, among a few. That calling to serve has and will never leave me. Serving my community on the city council is my next opportunity to serve.



If elected, what will be your top three priorities?



JB: 1) My main objective is to listen and let the citizens know they have a voice in me. I will be approachable and available to listen and understand what is important to them.

2) Keller is one of the safest communities there is to live, work, and raise a family. We must continue to support our first responders not only through our words and actions but also financially support what they need to keep both us and them safe on a daily basis.


3) We must develop a plan for the future of our city to maintain its integrity and culture. We have a great school system, and it is important it does not become overpopulated.



What do you see as the city's role in addressing the coronavirus pandemic?



JB: I think our role is to allow businesses to open, people to go back to work, students to go back to school, churches to open, and let our community members decide which activities they personally want to resume. We cannot close our society back down. Period.



What do you see the city's role is in the aftermath of the August 2020 police misconduct incident?



JB: That incident has been handled and is over with. I have confidence in our police chief that the appropriate actions were taken, proper lessons learned, and moving forward I don’t expect to see similar incidents.


By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.


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