Q&A: Laile Neal is running for Flower Mound Town Council Place 1 seat

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Laile Neal is running for the Flower Mound Town Council Place 1 seat. He is running against Jim Pierson and Laura Ella Dillon.

Community Impact Newspaper sent Neal a list of questions about his candidacy. This article is part of ongoing May 4 election coverage and does not constitute an endorsement of the candidate. His responses below have been edited for publication style.

Why did you decide to run for this office?


I decided to run because I’ve been serving on boards and commissions in town for a decade, and I really enjoy working through the issues that are important to our residents. I love our town and want to continue working to make our town a great place to raise my family.


What do you think is one of the biggest issues facing Flower Mound today, and how do you plan to address it on council?


We have a great master plan and strong community mission goals that need to be protected. As our community grows and develops, it’s critical that we honor those goals that enforce our community character, and we must continue to hold high standards when it comes to aesthetics and density. As a council member, I will strive to ensure that development is well-planned and more importantly well-executed.

If elected, what would be your top priorities?


My top priorities mirror the top priorities in the the town’s strategic planning mission: safety and security, first-rate infrastructure and sound financial operation. I will continue to work with staff to understand the short- and long-term objectives to achieve these goals while being a responsible steward of our residents’ tax dollars.

What experience—professionally or politically—do you have that would prepare you for this position?


I’ve been serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission since 2016 and have served as the vice chair since August of 2018. Prior to that I served as the chair of the Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment and Oil and Gas Board of Appeals. I have also served as the president of the Staton Oak Homeowners Association for the last seven years.

By Sherelle Black
Sherelle joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2014 as a reporter for the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. She was promoted in 2015 to editor of the GCS edition. In August 2017, Sherelle became the editor of the Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. Sherelle covers transportation, economic development, education and features.


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