Election Q&A: Meet the candidates for The Woodlands board of directors Position 7

Three candidates are running for a seat on The Woodlands Township board of directors. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Three candidates are running for a seat on The Woodlands Township board of directors. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Three candidates are running for a seat on The Woodlands Township board of directors. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Three candidates are running for The Woodlands board of directors Position 7: Luis Granados, Zipporah Singleton and incumbent Bob Milner.

The candidates spoke on incorporation, priorities for The Woodlands in the coming years and how their experiences would help them as a director, if elected.


Early voting for the Nov. 2 election runs from Oct. 18-29. Election Day is Nov. 2.

Read Q&A's with each candidate below:









Luis Granados



Occupation: Engineer


Experience: managed multimillion-dollar projects, some mission critical with auditing by the federal government


Campaign Website: N/A
Contact: 936-648-2671




What is your stance on incorporation?



LG: After performing a root cause analysis on the present condition of The Woodlands ... I realized that the common denominator was ... the [Howard] Hughes Corp. Its influence on local policies and politics are everywhere. Incorporation is the only way to stop the predatory activities of this company. The board of directors do not have the authority to protect The Woodlands from Hughes or [county commissioners].



Other than incorporation, what do you believe are the most important issues facing The Woodlands right now?



LG: There is an inorganic growing up, money being spent in ridiculous projects; meanwhile, others are being ignored. The budget is prepared on projections from previous years. I propose a zero-base budget, meaning prepare a budget from the scratch, which will serve as a basis for the future city of the Woodlands budget.



What should The Woodlands prioritize in its budget in the next two years, and how should it fund new needs?



LG: The zero-base budget should review everything included on the present budget and question every single penny compared to the benefits that the single-family homeowners are receiving. We need to make The Woodlands attractive to tourism and promote the local hotels. We need a mission statement to make it clear to everyone where we are going as a community and how we are going to work to achieve it.



How do you feel your experiences qualify you to serve as a board member?



LG: I am an engineer. Something that distinguishes us, compared to others, is that we are brutally honest. I am not applying to stay on the board of directors forever. Once the mission is achieved (i.e. facilitate the incorporation), I intend to step down and allow others to continue.











Zipporah Singleton



Occupation: business consultant and certified personal development coach


Experience: developmental strategist, nonprofit boards, neighborhood watch, Citizen Emergency Response Team


Contact: 866-768-6423




What is your stance on incorporation?



ZS: Many residents do not feel they have enough information to make an informed decision. My desire to educate and communicate is fueled by the concerns of the busy mom, the striving professional who wants to know the bottom line, the senior who wants to know how this is going to affect the look and feel of The Woodlands with all the growth and the resident who doesn’t know where to get a simple explanation.



Other than incorporation, what do you believe are the most important issues facing The Woodlands right now?



ZS: It is important to take a proactive stance to extend communication as The Woodlands continues to attract a variety of residents across the country as the No. 1 place to live in the U.S. It is important to establish a true pulse of importance to residents. Likewise, we should address communication across government agencies to improve weather-related preparedness and aftermath responses.



What should The Woodlands prioritize in its budget in the next two years, and how should it fund new needs?



ZS: Quality of life is important while keeping taxes low and quality service [and] giving residents a sense of confidence, allowing them to focus on their family. We must look at long-term mutually beneficial priorities without sacrificing service reputation. I facilitated my community to pay off almost $1 million in personal debt in the last five years, learning to enjoy life while keeping an eye on what’s important.



How do you feel your experiences qualify you to serve as a board member?



ZS: Effective communication is a powerful skill that can create strong relationships. As a communication specialist, it is my desire to service the community to provide multifaceted communication. As a business consultant, I look for areas of opportunities for my clients. Adding a different strength to the board would expand its power of communication across government agencies.











Bob Milner*



Occupation: director, Center for Entrepreneurship Sam Houston State University


Experience: business owner, national director of strategy and operations, nonprofit board member


Campaign Website: https://electmilner.com/
Contact: N/A




What is your stance on incorporation?



BM: I am in favor of Incorporation being on the ballot in November 2021 election, enabling the residents to decide on the governing model for their community.



Other than incorporation, what do you believe are the most important issues facing The Woodlands right now?



BM: The developer’s plan to develop more high-density apartments in The Woodlands and mobility projects that ignore the May 2015 road bond election results, when 90% of residents in Sterling Ridge Village voted “no” and The Woodlands voted almost 80% “no” over The Woodlands Parkway extension. The new mobility plan moves the [extension] to Mansion’s Way, less than a quarter-mile from Woodlands Parkway.



What should The Woodlands prioritize in its budget in the next two years, and how should it fund new needs?



BM: There are several items I believe important to the residents outside of the five-year operating and 30-year capital expense models:a strategic review of our parks facilities to develop a comprehensive remodeling plan to address amenities and mobility inclusivity of our playgrounds and an ongoing review to continue developing new revenue streams in recreation amenities and economic development zones.



How do you feel your experiences qualify you to serve as a board member?



BM: My board experiences, services to many community nonprofits and my experience leading large/small teams within and outside of business, including the ones my wife and I own, serves me well. I teach modeling/strategic problem solving and consult in these areas. I ... believe my experience as the current chairperson of the budget task force allows me to collaboratively lead The Woodlands successfully into the future.



By Andrew Christman
Andrew joined Community Impact Newspaper in early 2019 after moving from Indiana. He is a 2015 graduate from Indiana State University, where he received degrees in English and journalism. He has written for a number of small town publications throughout his career as a reporter.


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