Residents of southern Denton County will head to the polls beginning later this month to decide a plethora of municipal and school contests.
The Gazette of the Crusader Woods asked each candidate in a contested local race to answer a brief questionnaire to help voters make an informed decision at the polls this spring.
In Highland Village, the two-year terms for mayor and town council seats 2, 4 and 6 are coming to an end. Current council members Barbara Fleming and Dan Jaworski are running to replace term-limited Mayor Charlotte Wilcox. Place 2 Incumbent Jon Kixmiller is seeking re-election unopposed, as is Place 6 Incumbent Robert Fiester. In place 4, Kevin Cox, Ray David and Shawn Nelson are in the running to replace Fleming. The city also called a special election for the unexpired seat of Place 7, as current Place 7 council member Dan Jaworski is running for mayor. Brian Fiorenza is the lone candidate for the Place 7 seat, which expires in May 2023.
Election day is Saturday, May 7, with early voting from April 25 to May 3. Click here for more information on voting in Denton County.
Highland Village City Council Place 4
Kevin Cox, 35
How long have you lived in Highland Village: 4 years
Occupation: Project Manager
Education: BS University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Prior Service on Government/Community/Civic Boards: 2021-2022 Highland Village Parks and Recreation Board.
What motivated you to apply for this position and why are you the best choice: When I first moved to Highland Village three years ago, I continually bragged to all of my friends and family about this wonderful town. Although my wife grew up in Highland Village, I got here as soon as I could! I quickly realized how lucky I was to live in this wonderful community. Highland Village has had strong municipal leadership over the years, which has laid the foundation for an excellent quality of life and excellent community spirit. I wanted to run for city council so I could help build that foundation for the future of our city. I had the opportunity to meet many of our long time HV residents. I learned that as a husband and father of 2 young children, we have many common thoughts about the future of our city. Everyone has a role to play on this team to keep the city great. I know I will make our team better and they will make me better. That’s why I’m the best choice for Place 4
Mission Statement: I want to work hard to make sure our city stays safe and has the best police, fire and city employees. My goal is to make sure they have the resources to keep our city beautiful and running efficiently while being fiscally responsible. I will work with our current board not as an individual but as a team to make this happen.
Ray David, 55 years old
How long have you lived in Highland Village: 6 years
Occupation: President Point Bank
Education: Colorado Banking Graduate School
BS Accounting University of North Texas
Pilot Point High School
Denton ISD at Junior High
Prior Service on Government/Community/Civic Boards: Board – Lewisville Education Foundation
Board – Cub Scouts Pack 1163
Member of LISD Community Budget Advisory Committee
Life Member of the Girl Scouts
Board of Directors – Girl Scouts Cross Timber Council and Life Member
Aubrey ISD 5-Year School Board Member
Founding President of the Aubrey Education Foundation
Constituency Chairman for the Republican Party
Council – United Way of Denton County
Economic Development Consulting for the Town of Pilot Point
Member of 14 Chambers and BA in Denton County
What motivated you to apply for this position and why are you the best choice: I believe we are blessed to bless others. My list of experiences in government, charities and corporate governance is longer than I could list above. What is essential for a strong council member is to listen to his fellow citizens. Second, having the knowledge to feasibly protect and develop what citizens want and need. We are not an island and must have good relations with our neighboring towns. I know and I have also worked on different projects with our neighbours. I have a desire to be mayor of Highland Village one day, but I believe it is fitting to begin with service as a member of council. My experience, relationships with local citizens through various school organizations and churches, and relationships with municipal authorities in neighboring towns set me apart from my opponents.
Mission Statement: The key to providing the great parks, police, and fire protection we love in Highland Village is protecting revenue streams. Any development and redevelopment must meet a litmus test of revenue, preferably with growth potential. We must also protect current businesses and attract future businesses with the creation of an economic and development committee.
Facebook page: Ray David for Highland Village City Council Place 4
Shawn Nelson, 50
How long have you lived in Highland Village: 16 years old
Occupation: Management & Strategy Consultant
Education: Graduated from Marcus High School
BA in Business Computing Information Systems, University of North Texas
Prior Service on Government/Community/Civic Boards: I am active in our local constituency, conventions, a member of the First Baptist Church in Lewisville, and various charities and foundations through my employer focused on corporate citizenship.
What motivated you to apply for this position and why are you the best choice: We have a great city, a great city council and a great mayor. I am honored to call them friends and would consider it an honor to serve our residents alongside our current council members and city staff. I am running for City Council, Place 4 because I want to give something back to the city that has given so much to my family. I grew up here, graduated from Marcus and graduated from UNT majoring in computer science. My roots are here. We are a true boutique community with an excellent quality of life, a community that offers the best services (police, fire, public works and parks and recreation), with residents who truly care about our heritage and our values. Highland Village continues to need incredible leadership. As some of our current leaders move on, I am confident that my 22 years as a management and strategy consultant will help me successfully serve our residents and preserve the city we love.
Mission Statement: After decades of unprecedented growth, we need to ensure that our town’s future vision remains aligned with the historic values of Highland Village. My mission is to ensure that all residents have a voice, we all work together for the good of Highland Village and to ensure that our town remains a place where we want to raise our families for generations to come.
Facebook page: Shawn Nelson for Highland Village – Town Council Square 4