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The Colony City Council Place 3

https://www.thecolonytx.gov/518/Election-InformationMaphttps://www.thecolonytx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/764/City-Council-Districts-PDFThe City of The Colony holds elections in November.The third year in the rotation does not have a regular City Council election. November 2020 - Place 3, Place 4, Place 5, Place 6 - single member districts November 2021 - Mayor, Place 1, Place 2 - at-large November 2022 - no electionCandidates filing list:https://www.thecolonytx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4983/Candidate-Filing-List-2020?bidId=

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  • Robert Michelson

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    Megan Stoner

  • Brian Wade

Biographical Information

What are your qualifications for this office?

What strategies will you use to ensure open communication between City Hall and residents?

What are your top environmental and land development concerns and how do you plan to address them?

What is your vision for transportation infrastructure in your community and how will you advance it?

What is your vision for the future of your municipality and how would you achieve it?

COVID-19: What actions can the city take to address the health and economic impact caused by COVID-19?

Open Government: How will you ensure government transparency (open records, open meetings) is maintained during a state of emergency?

Budget: How will you address any budget deficit caused by COVID-19?

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Campaign Phone (214) 734-0879
Education Bachelor's of Integrative Studies: Linguistics, Journalism, and Sociology
Experience Chairman on Keep The Colony Beautiful Board, Regional Coordinator for the Fashion Revolution, Marketing Professional
Other Address https://www.instagram.com/thecolonytexas/
I have been an impassioned renter-resident in The Colony since 2012, taking notes on our community and areas of opportunity. As far as specific qualifications, my resumé is very diverse and this breadth of experience gives me a unique perspective. Since I’ve been in retail, resale, hospitality, healthcare, childcare, travel, and marketing, I can quite literally put myself in almost anyone’s shoes. I think this robust work history is valuable when pursuing a seat on a council that exists to represent, and speak for, all of the people of our community.
Right now, our citizen input at council meetings has a very low participation rate. There is a lot that people want to say, but they may not know that they have to submit those ideas to the City Secretary in advance in order to be placed on the agenda for the upcoming meeting which they must attend in order to speak. It’s intimidating, and it makes council a bit out of reach. I plan to encourage dialogue and facilitate this through paid and organic social media posts, fliers, and monthly topical chats and surveys that will be open and easily accessible to everyone.
As we grow at a healthy rate, I would enjoy sustainability being at the forefront of our city planning. However, when you visit newly opened businesses, recycling can often be missing altogether. To-go containers are still styrofoam and non-recyclable poly-lined papers. Add this to our city’s contamination rates reported by our recycling facility, and we’re not necessarily putting green initiatives in focus. First, to incentivize recycling by individuals, I would propose a Bottle Bill that are proven successful in every city that has passed them. Second, I would tax businesses that do not present a sustainability plan that includes recycling practices and green materials in its production. The technology is here, we need to stop cutting corners to increase profit in the short term and think of what we want our city to look and feel like in another 5, 10 years. Acting locally and thinking globally is a term I would champion.
We are one of the only cities in North Texas that does not have public transportation, but we have two readily available options to consider - DART and DCTA. I would reintroduce both of them to be voted on again.
My vision is to win this year, alongside several of the other minorities that are running, and begin the shift away from the homogeneous points-of-view that have dominated the decision making process of this town for at least the last decade. Diversity is not just an idea, or a word, or a nice notion. It is something visible - you can see it in what types of restaurants we have welcomed in our town and what types of businesses are approved. I’ll make certain I represent some part of you that has not yet had a chance to stand at the microphone and weigh-in on how The Colony develops, what it stands for, and how it makes you feel.
In regard to COVID-19, my stance is, and will be until it is eradicated, to play it safe rather than sorry. In striking opposition to what City Councilmen Perry Schrag stated as a citizen, “the pandemic is an ATTEMPTED health crisis.” I would treat it as exactly that - a health crisis, listening to science with a focus on safety while encouraging business agility. I would create a support system of business analysts that want to advise struggling business owners on how they might cut costs, protect employees, and pivot towards success rather than defeat in the safest ways they can.
While council members are ok’d to conduct meetings remotely, citizens are still being required to show up in person to speak. I would propose that during this time of emergency and beyond, citizens can also join remotely and send concerns in writing as well. Most retail and restaurant employees are at work during City Council meetings which are at 6:30pm, so the set-up is inherently biased, favoring residents that have traditional 9 to 5’s. Council should be poised to hearing from all types of citizens, all the time.
In my various levels of employment, I’ve studied the role I was given and all costs associated with those duties. On more than one occasion, I’ve saved my CEOs thousands of dollars by discovering inefficient spending patterns. I’d take that process to council and identify the areas that we can minimize spending right away, while unearthing thriftier ways of accomplishing our budgetary goals.
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