Q&A with candidates running for Place 3 on Hutto City Council

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Incumbent Nate Killough and Mike Snyder are running for Place 3 on Hutto City Council. Community Impact Newspaper asked the candidates about their priorities and experience.

Hutto Mayor, 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.

Nate Killough

Occupation: co-owner, Hippo Vapo
Hometown: Hutto
Experience: business, marketing, (Texas Tech, Wayland Baptist, University of Mary Hardin Baylor, Liberty University) leadership, specialized military skills (17 years combined U.S. Army, Texas Army National Guard)

What will be your top priorities if you are elected?
Continue to grow and cultivate the live, work, play environment and continue to improve infrastructure citywide.

What uniquely qualifies you for this position?
Proven experience in driving results, and 14 years of seeing the struggles and challenges of Hutto. As an Army veteran, I know how to work with others from varied backgrounds to achieve a mission. I chose Hutto as home and am professionally and personally motivated to make Hutto a great place.

How should Hutto manage its growth?
Growth can best be managed by using the financing tools available to us for public-private partnerships and consistently working toward the five strategic goals. Having intentionally executed these goals, Hutto is now branded as open for business in the business community, growing business parks, new retail and food options, new venues for community gatherings.

What should Hutto’s infrastructure priorities be?
We need to continue to make road and drainage improvements from the bond, especially in Old Town; build an over/underpass to connect the north and south sides of Hutto; perform Cottonwood Creek improvements; focus on our Police Communications Center; continue improvements to our water system; and create strategic growth corridors.

Mike Snyder

Occupation: real estate manager, QuikTrip Corp.
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Experience: I have served on a charter school board, HOA president, 12 years development experience in four states and over 20 municipalities.

www.facebook.com/therealmikesnyder

What will be your top priorities if you are elected?
Increase transparency in government, decrease council pay to $200/month, work on “smart” development of Hutto, fiscal responsibility.

What uniquely qualifies you for this position?
Having lived in three states and worked with over 20 municipalities on infrastructure and commercial development, I have the experience of seeing what has worked and what hasn’t worked. Being previously involved in education and neighborhoods helps bring a unique ability to see things from all sides.

How should Hutto manage its growth?
Hutto, at this time and more than ever, needs experience in City Hall that understands the intricacies of commercial development. Our city is going through rapid growth. We need to prioritize our infrastructure spending, work to limit our tax burden and bring relief to our water rates.

What should Hutto’s infrastructure priorities be?
We need parks, but we need to differentiate Hutto from Round Rock in what we provide.  We need to work with Hutto ISD for our future schools. We need to work to balance the right amount of commercial/office/industrial development with new neighborhoods and multifamily projects.

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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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