Q&A: Get to know Dex Ellison and Yvonne Flores-Cale, candidates for Kyle City Council District 1

Yvonne Flores-Cale is challenging incumbent Council Member Dex Ellison in the race for the Kyle City Council District 1 seat. Ellison was first elected in 2016.

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Early voting starts Oct. 21. Election Day is Nov. 5.


Dex Ellison


Length of residency: since 2009

Top three priorities: continue growing our local economy to support the population growth (attracting employers that pay living-wage jobs and continue efforts towards increasing sales tax revenues to offset dependence on property taxes of residents), while at the same time building a sense of place and community; continue investing heavily in each budget towards road and utility infrastructure; finding a permanent solution for our Kyle Police Department

Why are you running?
I love my city. With over seven years of service in the Kyle community, I have really grown to understand just what is required to be effective in the role of council member. I look forward to continuing the efforts my colleagues and I have made on council and will strive to have the courage necessary to address the most pressing issues facing our city.

What experience do you have that prepares you to sit on City Council?
I’m prepared to make the hard decisions on what is best for our community based on my experience working on Kyle City Council and the planning and zoning commission. I have also spent years supporting numerous organizations within the community that make it a place I love to call home.

What do you believe is the greatest challenge facing the city?
I want to help preserve the Kyle that I fell in love with when I decided to settle here, while simultaneously making smart decisions that will increase the quality of life for future generations to come.

How can the City Council best foster economic development?
Economic development is almost too broad of a term. What we need is to reduce the tax burden on individual residents by promoting the creation of living-wage jobs within our city. Council can assist in this by maintaining a strong vision for the future of Kyle. We can be the catalyst for smart commercial growth by bringing the best ideas from the community to attract and retain quality commercial opportunities.





Yvonne Flores-Cale


Length of residency: seven years

Top three priorities: infrastructure, economic development; budget (to include property tax rates)

Why are you running? I want to make a difference. Kyle is home to my family and many of my friends' families. The connection I have to this city runs deep. I have invested my home, my children’s education and my future with the city. My expectations for the city are not being met, and instead of sitting back and complaining about it, I chose to try to be part of a solution.

What experience do you have that prepares you to sit on City Council?
My legal background has taught me the importance of “true transparency.” In order to make good decisions we must ask questions and do our research. We need to revisit the idea that people can disagree and still find a middle ground; it doesn’t always have to be black and white. I strongly believe we can all learn something from people whom we disagree with. In the end, everyone wins when we practice open, honest and well-informed communication.

What do you believe is the greatest challenge facing the city?
Without a doubt, our growth. Our rapid growth makes it difficult for the city to plan for our future and focus on our immediate needs. Our current City Council is a direct reflection of this; some of the council members are focused on our current needs while others are focusing on our future; thus we have a very underdeveloped town. We need to prioritize by meeting our immediate needs then focusing on our wants; this allows for sensible planning.

How can the City Council best foster economic development?
Kyle is a rapidly growing town, and right now we have yet to find our niche. I think by working with both small and big businesses we could diversify ourselves to appeal to a variety of people. We can maintain a “small-town” feel by attracting small, local businesses to the downtown area and allow ourselves to grow by adding strategic big businesses. One example would be Seton. Seton’s services are beneficial to the city, and they offer exceptional jobs.


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