Lakeway, Bee Cave, Lake Travis ISD 2018 local election guide and meet the candidates

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Voter ID required

Texas voters are required to present one of seven specific forms of photo identification before they may cast their ballots. Voters must present one of the following forms of ID to vote:

Texas driver’s license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
Texas personal ID card issued by DPS
Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
U.S. military ID card containing the cardholder’s photograph
U.S. citizenship certificate containing the cardholder’s photograph
U.S. passport

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the ID must be current or have expired no more than four years before being presented at the polling place. Voters can apply for an Election Identification Certificate at no cost at any driver’s license office. Details on how to apply for an EIC are available on the DPS website, www.dps.texas.gov/driverlicense/electionID.htm.

Voters who cannot obtain one of the seven acceptable forms of photo ID due to a reasonable impediment may present a supporting form of identification and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration, noting the voter’s reasonable impediment to obtaining an acceptable form of photo identification and stating the voter is the same person on the presented supporting form of identification.

Supporting forms of ID that can be presented for voters with a reasonable impediment are:

Valid voter registration certificate
Original certified birth certificate
Copy of or original current utility bill
Copy of or original bank statement
Copy of or original government check
Copy of or original paycheck

Copy of or original government document with voter’s name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)

For additional information regarding voter ID laws, go to the Secretary of State Office’s website, .

 

Meet the candidates: Bee Cave City Council

Jon Cobb

Occupation: self-employed

Experience: four-year Bee Cave resident, business professional

Top priorities: transportation, water, public safety and development

512-848-9473

Why are you running for City Council?

COBB: I am running for Bee Cave City Council because I believe that people have a responsibility to serve the community in which they live, raise a family and do business.

What are your thoughts on growth and development in the area?

COBB: I think that growth and development are inevitable when you live in an area as nice as Bee Cave. My family and I enjoy the development that has occurred, but I do believe that the city has a responsibility to ensure that future growth is managed properly.

Bill Goodwin*

Occupation: owner of Goodwin Waterworks

Experience: mayor pro tem, City Council member since 2005

Top priorities: continue sound fiscal policies council has long adhered to and keep property tax rates as is

512-263-0490

www.beecavetexas.gov

Why are you running for City Council?

GOODWIN: As I plan to live out my life in Bee Cave, I have an enormous stake in the future of the city and want to influence that future to the extent that I can. Right now the best way to wield that influence is to be a council member.

What are your thoughts on growth and development in the area?

GOODWIN: It’s been a blessing and a curse for the last 20 years. When I moved here, the population was below 500, so for me and lots of the old-timers, the growth has been somewhat disconcerting. On the other hand, there are many positive aspects, primarily that sales tax revenue is funding the majority of the budget. One axiom that holds is that whoever arrives in western Travis County wants to shut the gate behind them.

Incumbent Matzen withdraws from May election on March 28

Bee Cave Council Member Tom Matzen surprised attendees at a March 28 candidate forum by announcing he would bow out of the three-way race for two open council seats.

“When I ran four years ago I told a lot of people here I only wanted to do this for two terms,” Matzen told the forum held at the Sonesta Austin Bee Cave Hotel. “The lawsuits [brought recently against the city by two separate developers] have made me rethink that.

“My background is being a lawyer, and so I thought maybe I could add some benefit to the city,” he said. “To be honest, it’s not fun anymore.”

Matzen was first elected to council in 2014.

Matzen’s decision leaves incumbent and Mayor Pro Tem Bill Goodwin and newcomer Jon Cobb to fill the two available seats in the May 5 election.

Goodwin said he was surprised at Matzen’s decision. Cobb declined to comment. Matzen’s name will remain on the ballot.

At the March 27 City Council meeting, longtime mayor Caroline Murphy formally announced her resignation after 18 years. Her replacement will be Council Member Monty Parker who ran unopposed for mayor.

Parker told Community Impact Newspaper he, too, was surprised by Matzen’s decision but said Matzen deserves the city’s thanks.

“While the job [of council member] isn’t supposed to be fun, one’s public service should at the least, be rewarding,” Parker said.

“Many times we didn’t agree, but [Matzen] fought for what he believed in and gave four years towards serving our city, and for that he deserves our thanks and gratitude.”

Meet the candidates: Lakeway City Council

Christopher Forton

Occupation: insurance/financial professional

Experience: degree in business management, former firefighter/paramedic

Top priorities: deer population, development and traffic

512-438-6089
www.facebook.com/chrisfortonlakeway

Why are you running for City Council?

FORTON: I’m running for City Council because I feel that elected officials have the responsibility to represent those that elect them and not push their own agendas. I want to be the voice of the citizens of Lakeway to ensure they are being heard. I feel extremely fortunate to be raising my family here, so it is out of fortunate obligation that I want to represent my community.

What are your thoughts on growth and development in the area?

FORTON: I believe that the Lakeway area is going to continue to grow. Everyone wants to move into this area; and I can understand why—it is for the same reasons I decided to move here. We don’t have any say on what happens in other areas, but we can make sure that Lakeway is developed in a way that represents the values of those that live here. I would like to see as much of the green space in the city preserved while working with developers to ensure they are leaving trees and natural barriers bordering their developments.

 

Judy Holloway

Occupation: retired professional Experience: Heart of Lakeway co-founder
Top priorities: citizen involvement, development, taxes and deer population
512-585-7673
www.Judy4Lakeway.com

Why are you running for City Council?

HOLLOWAY: Over the past four or five years, I have been speaking out and requesting that our city provide residents with more advance information and clarity on those matters that most affect us. In November 2017, I co-founded and have continued a series of Heart of Lakeway Town Hall meetings that have given residents a voice in what goes on in this city. I ran because I was worried that no other “regular resident” would.

What are your thoughts on growth and development in the area?

HOLLOWAY: City Council has done an extremely poor job in keeping residents up to date on major property developments. Our town halls have helped change that, but more needs to be done. We need to slow down planned development until residents are given all the facts and have the opportunity to voice their concerns to the zoning and planning commission and the City Council.

Keith Trecker*

Occupation: retired medical devices manager

Experience: council member since 2016

Top priorities: fiscal responsibility, growth management and citizen engagement

512-763-6111
www.facebook.com/keithtreckercouncli

Why are you running for City Council?

TRECKER: I am currently a City Council member, and I am running for re-election. I want to continue to represent all of the citizens and keep Lakeway the desirable community it has been for the last 50 years.

What are your thoughts on growth and development in the area?

TRECKER: Lakeway has been growing steadily for years, and recently the pace seems to have increased. My job is to help manage this growth through evaluation of appropriate development that lends to the enhancement of the city.

 

Louis Mastrangelo

Occupation: managing partner, Hire Endeavors

Experience: 27 years leading large teams, projects, initiatives with measurable results

Top priorities: responsible growth and development, traffic, making Lakeway easier to do business with

512-571-4768
www.louisforlakeway.com

Why are you running for City Council?

MASTRANGELO: I care about my city and its citizens and I want to represent their choices as I search and advocate for solutions. My neighbors have asked me to run, and I am confident that I can make a difference for them. I will never make important decisions or support crucial initiatives unless I am confident that citizens have been informed and support those choices.

What are your thoughts on growth and development in the area?

MASTRANGELO: Growth and development are inevitable. Responsible planning and development are clearly not. We are stepping away from our history of building low- and medium-density homes that respect our natural environment, and instead our leaders have already approved and are working to approve even more developments focusing on high-density dwellings with no regard for the natural environment. This will increase traffic and aggravate already strained resources.

Steve Smith

Occupation: retired paper mill manager

Experience: member of zoning and planning commission, chair of city charter review committee

Top priorities: new comprehensive plan, inclusive government, new police station on budget and beneficial development
512-686-5455

Home

Why are you running for City Council?

SMITH: I was welcomed into a community built by volunteers and I got involved. I’m volunteering to serve on City Council because Lakeway is the best place I’ve ever lived, and I want to keep it that way.

What are your thoughts on growth and development in the area?

SMITH: Growth is inevitable. Austin is [the] 13th-largest and fastest-growing city in [the] U.S. Our schools, housing and natural beauty make Lakeway attractive to both young professionals with families and retired grandparents. We have precious little land left. We must use it wisely for the benefit of all citizens.

Tammy Stanley

Occupation: graphic design business owner

Experience: community activist, volunteer

Top priorities: development, traffic, deer management and citizen engagement

512-925-3914
www.tammyforlakeway.com

Why are you running for City Council?

STANLEY: I love Lakeway and I believe the citizens and government can come together to create solutions and be a better Lakeway for all. As a frustrated citizen I have watched our city grow and change over the last 20 years. I decided to run for City Council to not only have a voice, but also a vote in regards to the issues we are facing. I look forward to listening to the citizens and making their voices heard at City Hall.

What are your thoughts on growth and development in the area?

STANLEY: Lakeway needs smart development, not just more development. Many local businesses I have spoken to lately are struggling to hire and keep employees because they do not want to deal with traffic to get here. More high-density retail development is only going to make that worse and create more jobs that are hard to fill. We need to be considering smart development projects that will help create solutions to some of the issues we are currently dealing with as a city.

Meet the candidates: Lakeway Mayoral

Sandy Cox

Occupation: consultant

Experience: former City Council member 2014-16

Top priorities: traffic, development, growth and civic engagement

512-293-7339

www.sandycoxcampaign.com

Why are you running for mayor?

COX: Lakeway needs a unique type of experienced leader to help transform it from a town into a city. The next leader needs to be able to find consensus within groups who have differing opinions. I can add value to the current business situation. I could not sit on the sideline knowing that I have the experience and skill sets as well as to help find common ground.

What are the top issues the area faces?

COX: The three Ts: town center, traffic and trust.

What are your thoughts on growth and development in the area?

COX: Legend Communities has proposed a mixed-use development in the heart of Lakeway. It is a tremendous opportunity for the city to have a proper town center. I am generally supportive of this project; however, there are more details to be further negotiated and understood, such as the housing density.

Jean Hennagin

Occupation: retired human resources professional

Experience: council member since 2016

Top priorities: traffic, citizen involvement, development
512-745-1940
www.hennaginformayor.com

Why are you running for mayor?

HENNAGIN: Over my past two years on City Council I have become concerned with the city’s lack of transparency and citizen involvement. As a result I established a Citizen Engagement Committee and instituted a more open selection process for volunteers to serve on city boards, commissions and committees.  I will continue with similar initiatives to ensure that Lakeway is better represented, both demographically and geographically.

What are the top issues the area faces?

HENNAGIN: Restoring trust in city government, ensuring that development meets our residents’ objectives and is consistent with our comprehensive plan. We also need to work harder to relieve traffic on [RM] 620 by studying what can be done with our interior roads. There are some who see deer management as a top issue, but for where we are now I think the best course is to pause our program and seek data before proceeding further next season.

What are your thoughts on growth and development in the area?

HENNAGIN: We need to slow down and carefully consider each project that is put in front of us, asking, “Does this improve the quality of life in Lakeway?” If not, we shouldn’t rubber-stamp these projects or grant variances to our zoning and building codes to allow it. We need a better planning process that views projects holistically, with opportunities for citizen input, not solely the council acting independently.

Tiffany McMillan

Occupation: paralegal

Experience: ran for City Council in 2017, 25 years nonprofit leadership

Top priorities: traffic, growth, restoring trust, quality of Lakeway life

512-923-8956

www.mcmillanforlakeway.com

Why are you running for mayor?

MCMILLAN: Because of the citizens. I think we’ve gotten off track in Lakeway doing the same things, in the same ways, with the same people. It’s time for new leadership with fresh perspective and the vision to move Lakeway forward with a mayor who values and respects everyone. I’ve become disappointed in the leadership, and more critically, the stewardship of this administration, as well as the past few.

What are the top issues the area faces?

MCMILLAN: Unrestrained growth, traffic, distrust in City Hall, poor stewardship/leadership of our city leaders and deterioration of quality of life for homeowners.

What are your thoughts on growth and development in the area?

MCMILLAN: Our growth should be considered within the boundaries of our community standards and statutes, the reasons all of us homeowners invested in Lakeway. As a leader, I believe I have a responsibility to maintain and uphold the standards we all bought into. Change is inevitable, but growth is a choice. We have resource constraints—most critically roads, land and water.

Meet the Candidates: Lake Travis ISD board of trustees Place 1

Guy Clayton*

Hometown: Lakeway, TX

Experience: Completing third term serving on LTISD board (officer position held: secretary).

Top priorities: Providing the students of our community a safe environment in which to learn. While maintaining a fiscally conservative budget, we want to strive to maintain the highest-quality academic and extracurricular programs we can all be proud of.

David Lovelace

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Experience: Taxpayer and parent.

Top priorities: Maximize education through judicial use of taxpayers’ money. Did you know that the LTISD Superintendent’s salary for 2016/2017 is $374,143 for only 9,825 students, yet the Austin city manager’s salary is $325,000 for over 900,000 residents?

Meet the Candidates: Lake Travis ISD board of trustees Place 2

Daniel Gonzalez

Hometown: Austin

Experience: As the legislative director for the Texas Association of Realtors, I’ve seen first-hand how important a quality public education is for our state and local economy.

Top priorities: I want our teachers to be paid for the superstar job they perform every day. I want to represent you and your family on major education decisions, which will have a lasting impact. I promise to be open and responsive to parents, teachers, staff, students, community.

Jan Moreland

Hometown: Austin

Experience: Elementary school teacher—10 years; LTISD Bond Committee 2017; PTO-LPE, LTMS, LTHS; Homecoming Parade & Extravaganza Chair, LTHS 2016-present.

Top priorities: For thoughtful district growth, continue with the current board’s path of managing the growth while tying in Lake Travis traditions. For safe and secure schools, expand partnerships with law-enforcement agencies and work with school administrators on effectively communicating.

Adrienne Trigg

Hometown: CO/MT

Experience:  Sworn in as a guardian ad litem as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Travis County advocating for the most vulnerable children in Child Protective Services.

Top priorities: Each student in our district should be supported and have an opportunity to thrive in an environment that is healthy and safe physically, emotionally and academically at school. We need to not lose sight of any child due to the vast growth our district has seen.

Lauren White

Hometown: Newton, MA

Experience: Taught elementary and special education for a decade, working in the Washington, D.C., public schools and the Austin public schools.

Top priorities: I want to ensure that the Lake Travis school district carefully allocates its resources to ensure student safety, drive student learning, and support students’ mental health and wellness.

Meet the Candidates: Lake Travis ISD board of trustees Place 3

Tritia Land

Hometown: Temple, TX

Experience: I have sat on the board of two PTOs, a current member of Lake Travis Education Foundation and have personally assisted in raising more than $1,000,000 for LTISD.

Top priorities: My priority is simple: to ensure a high-quality education for every child in this district. Through a collaboration with the board, administrators, teachers, parents and students, we need to provide an environment where all children are set up for success.

Melissa Lovelace

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Experience: I am a taxpayer and a mom.

Top priorities: Getting teachers and students resources that they need. Did you know the high school doesn’t have enough hard copy books or online access codes for each student to have access to a book?

Jessica Putonti

Hometown: The Northeast

Experience: Practicing law since 2003, including child protection, managing risks for corporations and premises owners, assisting with human resource issues and employment law.

Top priorities: School security, managing growth and connectivity. All of these are interrelated. It is important that all of our kids feel connected—connected to the teachers, the community and most importantly, each other. They need to know that they are being heard and that they are important and loved and cared about.

Kris Robinson

Hometown: Virginia, MN

Experience: As a psychologist, I work in my Lakeway private practice conducting neuropsychological evaluations for learning, attentional, autism, developmental, and medical issues.

Top priorities: Inclusive and welcoming attention must be paid to the diverse needs of all, including students in accelerated programs and those experiencing a disability. I appreciate the need to budget wisely and keep a unified vision of empathy, respect and accountability.

Donald Scott

Hometown: Austin

Experience: I volunteer regularly at West Cypress Hills Elementary School. I represent the Princeton Club of Austin during Lake Travis HS college fairs as well as conducting applicant interviews.

Top priorities: Learning and listening to parents and educators to ensure that decisions are made with as much input from the people affected as possible. I expect to be a strong liaison between the LTISD administration and the parents and teachers that make up our amazing school district.

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Rob Maxwell
Rob Maxwell joined the world of print journalism and Community Impact in Sept. 2017 as editor of the Lake Travis - Westlake edition. He previously enjoyed a successful and rewarding career in radio and television news. In his spare time, Rob can be found scoping out area climbing walls and hiking trails. He lives in Cedar Park with his wife and daughters and looks forward to receiving his LCP edition of Community Impact Newspaper every month.
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