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.
City contact informationContact City Secretary
kballard@cityofkeller.com
817-743-4005

Who’s Running?

Mitch Holmes (incumbent)
Facebook: Mitch Holmes for Keller Place 1
Email: mitchholmes03@yahoo.com
Phone: 432-312-4205
Shannon DubberlyEmail: smdubberly@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Mitch Holmes
I’ve served the people of Keller in two engagements; 8 yrs in the 2000’s on City Council Place 5, and now 3 yrs on returning to City Council in Place 1, after a 7 yr voluntary departure. I know our citizens, their expectations and goals for Keller in a way that comes from making Keller home for 24 years and raising our three children here. My passion is to bring excellence in representation to 46,000 citizens, while working hard to keep single issue interest from taking advantage of our citizens by using the power of Town Hall to impose non universal agendas. That’s why I returned to serve after 7 yrs, and a clear vision of it is why I’ll be able to best serve the full citizenry of Keller.
Shannon Dubberly
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT/AREA AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Mitch Holmes
1. We’re about to update our Master Thoroughfare Plan. As a 30 yr licensed civil engineer, I want to focus that plan on improving traffic throughputs on our major thoroughfares so we can avoid increasing cut through traffic on our smaller collectors and in our neighborhoods. I want to do that by partnering with TxDOT on their owned SH377 and SH1709 through Keller to synchronize traffic signals to best match traffic flows on a per hour, time of day basis.
2. Update Keller Pkwy with a Streetscape project that will better unify the transitions of old retail buildings with our newer retailers.
3. Recruit HEB to our area. There are a few marketable nodes but I think North Keller Main Street area is underserved.
3. Increase homestead exemption for all citizens, and particularly for our seniors, 65 and older. In my first term in the 2000’s I strongly supported the Senior Tax Freeze that helped to keep them from being taxed out of their homes. 15 yrs later, it’s time to serve them again, perhaps with a new homestead exemption.
4. Your city council needs to be more accountable to taxpayers regarding the idle, undeveloped North East Park that they paid for years ago. I’d like to have a Best Use Study done that includes citizen input.
5. We need a high end grocery store (e.g., HEB) to serve two underserved markets in Keller. One is North Keller, along north Main Street. Another is all of Keller who I frequently hear wants an option for a higher level of service shopping experience.
Shannon Dubberly
3. THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS AFFECTED THE CITY’S BUDGET AND SERVICES, AS WELL AS THE LIVES OF RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU GRADE YOUR CITY’S RESPONSE AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?
Mitch Holmes
Keller’s sakes tax revenues actually increased during the pandemic. The hard part of it was it’s shift to on-line sales from our local businesses. I’m very proud of our staff, who undertook community messaging and on-line activities to promote our businesses to help to keep them operating. Our city council approved budgeted economic development funds to appropriate needed grants to our businesses, and our staff did a wonderful job distributing it.
Going forward from here, I think we need to be extra careful to learn how permanent the retail sales shift will be. Even before the pandemic it was already shifting from store front purchasing to on-line. As we consider retail expansions throughout town, we need to learn what portion of the purchasing shift is going to be permanent so we don’t allow a glut of unsightly vacancies.
Shannon Dubberly
4. HOW SHOULD THE CITY ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING? WHAT ROLE SHOULD CITY GOVERNMENT PLAY IN RESPONDING TO PANDEMIC-RELATED EVICTIONS?
Mitch Holmes
I don’t believe our 46,000 citizens who make Keller home want to bring in low quality housing as a our solution to rapidly rising housing prices. I believe it can be accomplished through more “life cycle” housing options that include smaller housing and smaller yards that are more affordable for young professionals and empty nesters alike, without compromising anything on quality.
Shannon Dubberly
5. HOW TO BEST ENSURE PUBLIC SAFETY IS AN IMPORTANT TOPIC. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BALANCING THE FUNDING AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOTH POLICE AND COMMUNITY SERVICES?
Mitch Holmes
Those are our highest priorities in Keller, Public safety is an extremely high valued asset we have achieved, and I have no interest in compromising that by reducing funding to any of our emergency services.
Additional to funding, much of the quality of our services comes from the people we hire. We keep and maintain a culture of excellent service, and as was displayed all too recently, whenever that service level is compromised, we work quickly to eradicate those unusual outliers.
Shannon Dubberly
6. IN THE LAST TERM, WHAT DO YOU THINK WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTE? WHY? HOW DID OR WOULD YOU HAVE VOTED ON THE ISSUE AND WHY?
Mitch Holmes
The most visibly important vote was our approval of Center Stage, which high end apartment element is the narrow target of a vocal minority. Not shared in the attacks are the outdoor performance stage, focal attraction of local restauranteurs, paths and open spaces that will create a new family friendly focal point in an area of Keller that has otherwise proven to be a challenge for its landowners to develop.
Shannon Dubberly
7. DO YOU THINK IT IS EVER APPROPRIATE FOR STATE LAWS TO OVERRIDE LOCAL CONTROL OF ISSUES THAT AFFECT THE CITY? IF SO, PLEASE PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE.
Mitch Holmes
On occasion, yes. I like that the State caps sales tax rates. The volatility of some Council makeup’s would certainly abuse taxpayers with crazy high sales tax rates at times.
I like that the State regulates what can and can’t be discussed by elected quorums in private and in executive sessions. Transparency would otherwise be a word spoken in campaigns but forgotten during elected terms.
Shannon Dubberly
8. THE RECENT “BIG FREEZE” CAUSED MANY RESIDENTS TO GO WITHOUT POWER OR WATER FOR HOURS OR EVEN DAYS. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CITY’S RESPONSE? HOW WOULD YOU WORK TO IMPROVE ELECTRIC/GAS/WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SO THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN?
Mitch Holmes
Our staff and new Mayor worked overtime and endlessly to get communication out to our citizens. I’m proud of them for opening up our Library as a round-the-clock warming station. And my hat is off to Samantha Springs for donating thousands of gallons of water when our residents had none.
My biggest frustration was not with the City response and local volunteers, but with Oncor’s ineffective communications. I don’t blame them for the shut downs; it was a far and above a record breaking event. I was terribly disappointed that, as both service provider and technical expert, they offered no sense whatsoever of durations of the outages in their service areas. I’m not asking for minutes, or even hours. But I think they should be able to tell their customers and their City consortiums, of which Keller is a member, which day they expect, or even hope, to bring back service. Then cold families can decide from a more educated awareness whether they can, or want to, either stick it out by the fireplace, or bail out and check in a hotel.
Shannon Dubberly
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Mitch Holmes
I hope Keller citizens see the value in excellent and improving representation of them. I think it’s valuable to have one member with an 18 year history of service and involvement in their issues. And I gratefully ask for your vote to be re-elected.
Shannon Dubberly