Colleyville Mayor

Job descriptionPresiding officer of the City Council, the city’s governing body. Term is three years.
DutiesRepresents city at official functions
Enacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

Who’s Running?

Richard Newton (incumbent)
Email: rnewton@colleyville.com
Mark Skinnerhttps://markforcolleyville.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/MarkForColleyville/
Email: Mark@MarkforColleyville.com

Recent News Articles

“Q&A:  Incumbent Richard Newton Campaigns for Colleyville Mayor Seat,” Community Impact Newspaper (February 28, 2019) https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/grapevine-colleyville-southlake/vote/2019/02/28/qa-incumbent-richard-newton-campaigns-for-colleyville-mayor-seat/

“Q&A:  Mark Skinner Campaigns for Colleyville Mayor’s Seat,” Community Impact Newspaper (February 28, 2019) https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/grapevine-colleyville-southlake/vote/2019/02/28/qa-mark-skinner-campaigns-for-colleyville-mayors-seat/

“Colleyville Mayor Richard Newton Endorses Armin Mizani,” Texas Scorecard (February 20, 2018) https://texasscorecard.com/quicktakes/colleyville-mayor-richard-newton-endorses-armin-mizani/

“Meet the Mayors:  Meet Colleyville’s Mayor Richard Newton,” Community Impact Newspaper (February 14, 2019) https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/grapevine-colleyville-southlake/people/2019/02/14/meet-the-mayors-meet-colleyvilles-mayor-richard-newton/

Colleyville City Council

Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is three years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.

Recent News Articles

“Q&A:  Tammy Nakamura Campaigns for Re-Election to Colleyville City Council,” Community Impact Newspaper (February 28, 2019) https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/grapevine-colleyville-southlake/city-county/2019/02/28/qa-tammy-nakamura-campaigns-for-re-election-to-colleyville-city-council/

“Q&A:  Colleyville City Council Candidate Jon Bullock Campaigns for May Election,” Community Impact Newspaper (February 28, 2019) https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/grapevine-colleyville-southlake/city-county/2019/02/28/qa-colleyville-city-council-candidate-jon-bullock-campaigns-for-may-election/

“Q&A: Candidate Vanessa Steinkamp Runs for Colleyville City Council Place 2 Seat,” Community Impact Newspaper (February 26, 2019) https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/grapevine-colleyville-southlake/city-county/2019/02/26/qa-candidate-vanessa-steinkamp-runs-for-colleyville-city-council-place-2-seat/

“Q&A: Incumbent Candidate Bobby Lindamood Campaigns for Colleyville City Council Place 2 Seat,” Community Impact Newspaper (February 22, 2019) https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/grapevine-colleyville-southlake/city-county/2019/02/22/qa-incumbent-candidate-bobby-lindamood-campaigns-for-colleyville-city-council-place-2-seat/

“Governor Abbott Names Chair and Appoints Five to the Task Force on Academic Credit and Industry Recognition,” Office of the Texas Governor (January 3, 2018) https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-names-chair-and-appoints-five-to-the-task-force-on-academic

PLACE 1

Who’s Running?

Tammy Nakamura (incumbent)http://www.tammyforcolleyville.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/TammyforColleyville/
Email: Nakamuratammy@aol.com
Jon Bullockwww.jonbullockforcolleyvillecouncil.com
FB: facebook.com/jonbullockforcolleyville
Email: Jonforcolleyville@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Tammy Nakamura
Jon Bullock
Greenspace/Quality of Life. One of the things that make Colleyville such a great place to live is our beautiful setting, our trees, and our green spaces. We need to prioritize building sidewalks, especially where safety is an issue; connecting our trails; and improving our parks and sports fields.
Economic Growth. In the long-run, the only way to keep our property taxes low is to increase economic growth. Some of the initiatives I would consider include developing a long-term economic plan; bringing back a dedicated economic development team director to actively pursue new businesses; and establishing a city-sponsored business owners' round table.
Community Relationships. As a business owner, my most important asset is my company's reputation. If I am known as a company that is forward-thinking, open to change and willing to work creatively with customers, employees and even competitors, that reputation will put me well on my way to having a successful business. The same is true of a city. I will work to establish Colleyville as a city that embraces change; looks to the future; cooperates with and encourages other cities, community organizations, civic clubs, schools and elected officials; and works creatively with new and existing businesses.
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Tammy Nakamura
Jon Bullock
Education. I hold a BA in Economics from Texas A&M, and an MBA from the University of North Dakota
Business Experience. I have 40 years of business leadership experience. I have started two successful Information Systems consulting companies. I am a consensus-builder and problem solver with financial discipline and creativity.
Military Service. I served in the US Air Force as a Minuteman Nuclear Missile Officer.
Community Service. Rotary Club of Colleyville (President), Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation (President), Colleyville Executive Organization (Chairman), Colleyville Lions Club, North Texas Shield Foundation (Board of Directors), Colleyville Chamber of Commerce, Colleyville Center Advisory Committee, Leadership Colleyville, Grapevine High School booster for Belles, Fillies and Band, volunteer by leading singing at assisted living and memory care facilities.
3. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE FAIREST WAY TO BALANCE THE TAX BURDEN IN YOUR COMMUNITY BETWEEN RESIDENTS, PROPERTY OWNERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND LARGER EMPLOYERS?
Tammy Nakamura
Jon Bullock
Unlike our neighboring cities, Colleyville's tax base is primarily homeowners. It’s time for us to develop a plan to expand our tax base beyond homeowners, bringing in businesses that provide revenue to the city, both from Colleyville residents and from residents of neighboring communities, while protecting our charm.
It is also important that we continue to lobby state legislators and state leaders to find a solution to property tax relief and take the burden of funding state government off of property rich districts like ours.
4. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. THE STATE LEGISLATURE MAY LIMIT PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH AT 2.5 PERCENT PER YEAR. IF THIS BECOMES LAW, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS THIS?
Tammy Nakamura
Jon Bullock
As a citizen and business owner, I am committed to keeping property taxes as low as possible while providing the services we demand and without kicking the can down the road. But I don’t like the idea of politicians in Austin telling us what we can do with our tax rates.
I’m in favor of controlling property taxes, but I think that should be done at the local level. There’s nothing “conservative” about adding layers of government control. We don’t need more government – even state government – telling us what to do.
It comes down to electing people we trust - locally - to set our tax rates and voting them out if don’t act in our best interests.
5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Tammy Nakamura
Jon Bullock
I have lived in Colleyville for 28 years, and raised my family here. We love living in Colleyville, and are dedicated to making it the best city it can be. As a city council member I will seek out the opinions and concerns of every citizen, particularly those who disagree with me. I will strive to respect and represent the rights and views of everyone.

PLACE 2

Who’s Running?

Bobby Lindamood (incumbent)http://www.bobbylindamood.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/votebobbylindamood/
Email: bobby.lindamood@yahoo.com
Email: bobby.lindamoodccc@yahoo.com
Vanessa Steinkampwww.vanessasteinkamp.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/vanessaforcolleyville
Email: vanessaforcolleyville@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Bobby Lindamood
I plan to continue to put Colleyville and our residents first. I feel it is important to always have our first responders, city services, and infrastructures as a top priority. I will diligently work to keep our taxes low especially while property values are skyrocketing. Recently council revamped the Land Development Code to keep Colleyville unique with our spacious lots. I proudly stand firm on low density. We have put more citizen committees together than in a long time. We are excited to input citizen voices and opinions in our governing decisions. Other priorities are sidewalks, LDC codes, and parks. Also, helping our businesses as they struggle through the HWY 26 construction. We have a B.E.S.T program in place along with new median designs to enhance 26. These practices give relief to existing business and to entice new business into Colleyville. The median work will be done without shutting the highway down again. We are investing back into our city to make us a destination spot on the map.
Vanessa Steinkamp
First and foremost, Vanessa would employ a full time professional to head Economic Development in our city, whose sole focus is attracting and maintaining a long term vision that supports the charm of Colleyville. This position is vital for Colleyville's economic success. Over the past three years, City Hall has been too focused on cost-cutting measures in regards to staff, this reduction in staff has severely hindered our city's ability to capitalize on opportunities to promote smart sustainable economic growth.
Second, Vanessa will rebuild relationships with our citizens, local ISDs and state elected representatives. We must work together to create partnerships that benefit our city. There has been too much acrimony in local ISD elections and state representative elections. Furthermore, we must work with our neighboring towns not disparage their political viewpoints. Colleyville is best served when we are actively forging positive relationships to better our town. For the past three years, our city has been divided. It is time to unite all citizens under positive leadership.
Finally, Vanessa will prioritize sidewalk connectivity and maintenance and enhancements of parks and recreational facilities. Residents to move to Colleyville to enjoy these amenities.
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Bobby Lindamood
I am a true business owner with true business budget experience. My business was started 14 years ago with our small savings of $9,000 and have now flourished it to a multimillion-dollar company. We proudly serve our employees like family, never missing a payroll check, nor filed bankruptcy.
I've chaired budgets in other cities, organizations and here locally with Colleyville. I sit on the finance committee, audit committee, CDC board, and the TIF board committee. I've helped decipher our city annual budget of $48 million dollars. Being a true business owner and running the city with business experiences gives me a unique upper hand. I have the experience of making calculated decisions to see what may be needed or to what may be excessive and needs to be trimmed out of our budgets. Recently I proposed new bidding techniques for outside services, and with these new bidding techniques the city has saved thousands of dollars on multiple bids. I will continue to bring my hard work ethics with true leadership and business skills. I have a servant’s heart and believe in team work as a community.
Vanessa Steinkamp
Various professional experiences have prepared me to serve on the Colleyville City Council. As an educator, I’ve focused on fostering respect for the Constitution, rights and responsibility. As an intern on Capitol Hill, I had the opportunity to evaluate a variety of ideas. And while serving on Gov. [Greg] Abbott’s [Task Force on Academic Credit and Industry Recognition], I have honed the ability to research multiple viewpoints and triangulate data and information. Dialogue, debate and deliberation are habits regularly practiced in my professional career. Additionally, quantitative data and regression analysis were core course components during my graduate studies. As a result, critical analysis of numbers and data are regularly integrated in my own classroom. My diverse skill set has proven to be successful on Capitol Hill, in graduate school, in the classroom for almost 20 years and over the past year tackling complex issues while serving on Gov. Abbott’s task force.
3. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE FAIREST WAY TO BALANCE THE TAX BURDEN IN YOUR COMMUNITY BETWEEN RESIDENTS, PROPERTY OWNERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND LARGER EMPLOYERS?
Bobby Lindamood
Tarrant county appraisal district (TAD) sets the values of our properties, and I believe it's up to the taxing entity to make wise decisions for everyone as to what the tax rate should be. We have proudly lowered the tax rate 3 years straight. Just this last year we set the tax rate to the effective tax rate. This meaning we didn't add one cent to our budget from last year. Colleyville only receives 14% of your total taxes paid. The medium round about household paid close to $1400 for the year to our city. The rest goes to other taxing entities. They are fully responsible for setting your rate and taxes collected. Each entity should be accountable for why and where your money is spent. Colleyville is blessed to push forward with a low tax rate and still keep great city services with a high-quality way of life.
Vanessa Steinkamp
Our town relies too heavily on property taxes for its revenues. I believe we must begin to foster smarter sustainable long- term economic growth that takes into account our city charm while maximizing opportunity. For too long Colleyville has attracted the same type of businesses. We must "reach into the future, yet never neglect the past." -General MacArthur. Innovation must be embraced, rather than shirked. We can begin to utilize intellectual resources in our own state that understand the pressures of tremendous growth Texas is experiencing. As your councilwoman, I will build partnerships with University of Texas's IC2 Institute and University of Texas San Antonio's Institute for Economic Development. We must look to our own intellectual capabilities within Texas to foster economic growth that will match our town's needs.
4. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. THE STATE LEGISLATURE MAY LIMIT PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH AT 2.5 PERCENT PER YEAR. IF THIS BECOMES LAW, HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS THIS?
Bobby Lindamood
I totally agree with the 2.5% threshold. I hear rumblings of how the state is taking over local control but to the contrary this is actually giving local control to the people. If a governing entity wants to break the 2.5% threshold, I fully believe that taxing entity should have to tell the tax payers why they need additional funds, and let the people decide. This is the people's money and not divine ownership of big government. Colleyville recently went back and reviewed our last 10 years of budgets and found that we were under 2%. We are being fiscally responsible with taxpayer money. Recently Colleyville passed a resolution recognizing and agreeing with the state 2.5% threshold and also language agreeing with our school systems. Recapture on our school systems is a huge debacle!
Vanessa Steinkamp
SB2 is currently still being debated by the state legislature. I would like to see police and fire waivers attached to this piece of legislation to make sure our first responders will be adequately funded for the foreseeable future.
Furthermore, this bill demonstrates the need to increase sales tax revenues in the city of Colleyville. We cannot continue to rely on primarily on property taxes to fund the very services we moved to Colleyville to enjoy. I moved to Colleyville to enjoy not only my house, but the parks, schools and other local amenities.
5. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Bobby Lindamood
I love serving our great city. Whenever there has been a problem or concern, I have always been available to help dive in looking for the solution. My plan is to keep Colleyville unique and not urbanize it with massive high density. Colleyville is blessed and doesn't need to be like any old town USA.
We made several promises before taking office and conquered each promise plus added more accomplishments to our list. I'm honored to serve!
Vanessa Steinkamp
I am the daughter of two immigrants from opposite sides of the world who came to America to fulfill their dreams of freedom and to achieve success. My mother fled Czechoslovakia in the late 1960s when the Soviet Union invaded the country determined to crush democratic reforms. My father, a successful surgeon, emigrated from India to build a career and family in a country that values contribution and sacrifice. Both parents instilled in me the belief that if you work hard and play by the rules you can become anything you want and that I was lucky to live in a land of such opportunity for success and achievement. From an early age, they expected me to set goals and find solutions to achieve them successfully. It is with this mindset that I will serve the needs of our community.