Fairview and LISD Candidate Fair Held at Heritage Ranch
April 9, 2018 - The Republican Club at Heritage Ranch sponsored a Candidate Fair featuring all the candidates in the May 5th Fairview Town Council election. Both candidates for the contested election for LISD Board of Trustees Position 6 were invited to participate. (Jennifer Kline was in attendance; Al Litchenburg was unable to attend. Al was represented by Noni Wheelis that evening and provided his response via email.) The Candidate Fair was open to the public and was well attended.
Tables for each candidate were located around the perimeter of the ballroom with audience seating in the center. After the four-minute opening statement, candidates moved to their assigned table and attendees were encouraged to go to each table to ask questions and engage in dialog with each candidate.
Following is a brief summary of each candidates opening remarks in the order they presented as well as answers to these questions: 1. What experiences/areas of expertise do you have that will be beneficial if elected to City Council/LISD school board of trustees? 2. What do you consider the most important or pressing issues in Fairview/LISD right now?
Council Seat 2 – Cynthia Brugge – She began by asking, “What happened to keeping it country in Fairview?” She said Fairview is a small town that is designed to stay small. She is a real estate agent and has lived in the Lovejoy community for 10 years; she knows what people interested in purchasing a home in Fairview request. She was approached by Fairview citizens who asked her to run for this position because they felt she had the same heart and vision as they did for Fairview. She fears that high density development will lead to increased taxes as the infrastructure will need to change due to the growth.
Council Seat 2 – John Adler (Mayor Pro Tem/ Incumbent) – He believes that Fairview can have both a country lifestyle and a tax plan. He has worked in technology and been a venture capitalist for 30 years. He is currently a CEO of a leading consumer protection company. He has extensive volunteer experience in academia. He has served four years on the Fairview Town Council. He was the founding chair of the Fairview Technology Committee in 2005. He was also on the economic development board. He feels managing growth to protect the town’s value and building a productive tax base are currently the most pressing issues in Fairview.
Council Seat 4 – Anthony “Tony” Mattei – He was born and raised in Ohio and has been married for 27 years. He is a St. Jude parishioner and volunteers for People Helping People and Career Alliance. He is also a Little League coach. For 32 years he had a career in business and is now retired and ready to give back to Fairview. He wants to reduce taxes, be smart on commercial planning, enhance public safety and preserve Fairview’s nature and beauty. He feels that having a transparent government, eliminating waste and doing things right the first time (e.g. roads), are the most pressing issues in Fairview. He has experience in project planning that he feels will be beneficial if he is elected.
Council Seat 4 – Nancy Lewis – She said that everywhere she lives, she always volunteers in her community. She feels a council person must listen and understand different opinions. If elected, she would prioritize infrastructure and improve communications between council and the residents. She served on the city council when she lived in California. In Fairview, she previously served, or currently serves, on the following committees: Destination Fairview ad hoc committee, Special Events Committee and CDC/EDC Committee. She has been on, and continues to serve on, multiple boards in Heritage Ranch. She is the VP of the Republican Club, volunteers to fundraise for breast cancer and the Soldiers Scramble benefiting veterans. She is a member of Sheriff Jim Skinner’s advisory board. She enjoys seeing the horses in Fairview and shopping at the farmers’ market.
Council Seat 6 – Renee Powell (Incumbent) – She has lived in Fairview for 19 years. She has four children who have attended LISD schools. In addition to serving as council member for the past four years, she was also on the Planning and Zoning Commission for 10 years. She has led Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups. She was a teacher for ten years and is currently a substitute teacher at Lovejoy High School. She feels the most pressing issue facing Fairview is replacing Fire Station 1. She desires for the employees to have a safe place to work as well as room for another ambulance when needed.
Council Seat 6 – Roland Feldman – Roland is the father of four children. When moving back to Texas from California, he chose to live in Fairview because of the small town feel. He likes his kids to play outside and see the horses and longhorns. He has noticed that Fairview is becoming over-developed which has changed the landscape of Fairview and the feeling of the community. He feels that development is good, but it needs to be controlled and well thought out. He would like to see the right mix of business while keeping the culture of the community. He also knows the importance of keeping the financials in line to support the infrastructure. He mentioned that developers are stripping the land causing drainage problems that were never there before. He believes in family values and keeping Fairview country.
LISD Board of Trustees Position 6 – Jennifer Kline - Jennifer has been married for 26 years and has six children, three of whom have graduated and three who attend LISD schools. She has been involved in all facets of education approximately 20 years. She feels that funding is the biggest issue facing LISD. She would like to see the district make a plan that doesn’t involve asking for more funds from tax payers. She would like to see the district “live within our means” and to manage growth wisely. Jennifer was a board member on the Lake Travis Education Foundation for two years and has worked on multiple committees in various school districts.
LISD Board of Trustees Position 6 – Al Litchenburg (Incumbent) - I’ve been a Lovejoy resident for 15 years, in both Lucas and Fairview. I've been a Lovejoy School Board Trustee for 6 years, so I fully understand the dedication and time commitment it takes to be effective. I am prepared to be fully engaged for the next 3 years and will leverage the knowledge and hands-on experience I have gained. With my board service, I have deep experience in many areas including public school finance, budget, facilities, personnel, goal setting, and many hours of continuing education. Two of my children have graduated from Lovejoy schools and two are still attending. He considers school finance and school safety the most important issues in LISD.
Early voting will be held April 23 – May 1. Election Day is May 5.