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3 candidates running for Rockwall Council Place 4 in May 12 election

ROCKWALL – Three candidates are running for Rockwall City Council Place 4 in the May 12 municipal election to replace outgoing three-term Council member Cliff Sevier, who has reached his term limit.

They are current Rockwall Planning & Zoning Commissioner and construction company vice president Dennis Lewis (left), Rockwall Building & Standards Commission member and charter bus company owner Freddie Jackson (center), plus architecture & property development business owner Michael Johnston.

Dennis Lewis

Lewis, 55, is the Vice President of Potter Concrete, Ltd., a large turn-key concrete contractor where he has worked for the past 18 years. He has been in the construction business for over thirty years, after earning a degree in Building Construction from Texas A&M University in 1979.

He is currently the City’s Planning & Zoning Commissioner.

Lewis, his wife, Clarissa, and three children have been Rockwall residents since 1993. All three children graduated from Rockwall High School and are now college graduates. His wife is a Registered Nurse who works at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall. She previously worked for Rockwall ISD for 12 years as the school nurse at Virginia Reinhardt Elementary.

Although he lost his first bid for City Council in 2010 to current Council member Michelle Smith, he explained he is running for the Council seat again because he wants to “give back” to the community which he and his family love, plus ensure growth challenges are dealt with in a responsible manner.

He said because Rockwall offers such a high quality of life and excellent school district that it will to continue to grow.

The main challenges he foresees are:

  • Road construction and maintenance for 183 miles of city streets
  • Economic development to provide jobs and a diverse economic base
  • Sufficient water for 15,500 households and 1,400 businesses
  • Adequate health access for 37,500 citizens, including a growing senior population

He said voters should elect him because he is a conservative, a proven leader, has proven management skills, believes in transparency in government and will be dedicated and responsible.

Lewis said he is a member of the following organizations:

  • Rockwall County Republican Party
  • Rockwall County Republican Men’s Club
  • Century Club Member, Texas A&M University Association of Former Students
  • Rockwall County A&M Club
  • Former coach, Rockwall Baseball Association and Select Baseball League
  • Several Construction/Subcontractors Associations

He and his wife are active members of Lake Pointe Church, where he is a Life Group Co-Teacher, involved in the Lake Rockwall Estates Ministry.

For more info, see his website at http://dennisforrockwall.com/.

Freddie Jackson

Jackson, 50, has owned and operated Star Charters, a local shuttle and coast-to-coast charter bus company, since 2000. He’s also worked for the US Postal Service for 15 years.

He is a member of the City’s Building & Standards Commission.

He ran unsuccessfully for Council in 2010, losing to current Place 1 member David White.

A Rockwall resident since 2007, Jackson is married to Demetria Carwile, whose great-great grandparents settled in Rockwall in 1917. They have four children and three grand-children. He is a graduate of Texas Southern University with a degree in TV production.

Jackson says he has attended Council meetings for three years, understands the needs of city residents and will represent the people and diversity when elected.

He is currently an adult leader for the Young Life Dallas Urban League, and said he has been involved for several years in the annual “Thanksgiving Feed the Homeless” feast, established 14 years ago by Dallas-Ft.Worth African-American community leaders. He provides free transportation and delivery services to DFW area residents.

He explained in keeping with the Hometown 2K plan for the City of Rockwall, when elected, his attention would be primarily on improving community safety, transportation, infrastructure and economic development.

He said he wants to:

  • Develop a plan to diminish drug use and petty crimes committed by local youth
  • Create a transportation system plan to relieve traffic congestion within the city and along the I-30 corridor, including building more roads
  • Establish a recycling program
  • Purchase and secure the right to provide water and sewer services to residents of Lake Rockwall Estates

For more information, visit www.freddieforrockwall.com/ or email him at fjackson4rockwall@att.net.

Michael Johnston

Johnston, 34, is the co-owner of the Johnston‐Ramsay Company, which provides architecture, property development and urban planning services in Dallas‐Ft. Worth and Texas.

He first moved to Rockwall in 2002, moved away due to his father’s health problems and then returned to Rockwall in 2010. He attended Texas A&M-Commerce and added that he  is an eligible bachelor.

“I feel people should vote for me because I am a local small business owner and I understand finances of not only small business but of our city as well,” he said.

A member of the Young Republicans organization, he said he is running because he wants to be involved in the decision-making that will affect the quality of the city now and into the future.

His main concerns as a Council member will be:

  • Prudent use of public funds
  • Road building and repair
  • Enhance parks and recreation
  • Enhance and improve Downtown Rockwall

Regarding the bond election, “I will always support any road improvements because it is imperative to our quality of life,” he explained.

“I believe the way to keep Rockwall a strong community is to establish long range and short term goals and clearly layout the steps necessary to achieve them, so that the people of Rockwall as well as its elected officials can work together for a more productive outcome than either could produce without the other.”

“We need to look ahead twenty years into the future, and decide where we want Rockwall to be then,” he wrote on his Facebook campaign page. “From there we outline what we need to do to get there.”

“We envision a Rockwall that retains and builds upon its charming small town ambience, that welcomes and accommodates growth and change in a manner that builds upon our distinctive sense of place, the wide use of community resources, our community spirit and our quality of life,” he said.

He explained he wants to take advantage of the city’s lakefront views and rolling topography to shape Rockwall into “one of the state’s most desirable, admired and emulated communities that is a great home town.”

“I am for promoting small business in Rockwall and encouraging the growth of our existing businesses,” he added. “I have many years of experience of working with developers and city staff putting developments together, and shall continue to work with them to continue building Rockwall.”

“Infrastructure is vital to the continued growth of our community, as well as maintaining the wonderful City which Rockwall has become. I also believe that our downtown, with its growing tax base, is in need of improvement.

For more info, see his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/voteforjohnston.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

 

 

 

 

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