Q&A with candidates running for Hutto Mayor

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Incumbent Doug Gaul and Nicole Calderone are running for Hutto Mayor. Community Impact Newspaper asked the candidates about their priorities and experience.

Place 3, Place 4 and Place 6 on Hutto City Council are also up for election. Election day is May 4. Early voting is April 22-30.

Nicole Calderone

Occupation: server at the Old Coupland Inn & Dancehall
Hometown: Nashua, New Hampshire
Experience: educator, training leader, and entrepreneur; HOA board of directors, president

www.nicoleforhutto.com

What will be your top priorities if you are elected?
Utilize education for elected officials, remain true to the vision of the original framework and evaluate current practices by council.

What uniquely qualifies you for this position?
Overall effective leadership that will enhance the governance of our community; inspire a friendly atmosphere; be an example of courage, honesty, and compassion that nurtures open communication; entertains other perspectives; builds relationships; protects local heritage, resources, and culture for a thriving quality of life.

How should Hutto manage its growth?
Social justice, economic opportunity, and income equality are necessary to support overall economic growth and efficiency, which is equally as important to environmental protection, sustainability and conservation. New residency is record-breaking; debt is significant.

What should Hutto’s infrastructure priorities be?
Balance current infrastructure upgrades while attempting to stay ahead of growth. Be fiscally responsible; solicit recommendations from the community; give thorough consideration to plans by staff, boards and commissions to maximize resources prior to executing contracts, which allow the appropriation of funds.

Doug Gaul

Occupation: Farmers Insurance agent/owner
Hometown: Hutto
Experience: current Mayor, business owner, previous Hutto ISD board member, involved in the Hutto community

www.facebook.com/dougforhutto

What will be your top priorities if you are elected?
Continue the work we started on the five key areas of strategic focus to build a live, work, play community.

What uniquely qualifies you for this position?
As mayor, a business owner and a community leader, I understand where Hutto has been, where we are now and where we are going. I have demonstrated that I can lead an organization and make decisions that need to be made for the betterment of the community and lead change.

How should Hutto manage its growth?
Exactly how we are managing growth now—by encouraging an economic diversified development that builds a balanced mix of commercial, retail and residential. Build infrastructure while sharing costs with developers. Continue the focus on building a live, work and play community.

What should Hutto’s infrastructure priorities be?
Continue focus on roads and drainage identified and approved by the voters in the last bond election, including an underpass on the east side of town. Add water and waste lines for new developments planned and in process. Improve our parks and recreation facilities to improve the quality of life.

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Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Jackson Buchanan is the editor for the Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She has a bachelor's and master's degree from The University of Texas.
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