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May 8, 2013

Q&A: Springtown City Council mayoral race

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What do you plan to accomplish if elected?

If elected I have several. First, completing projects already in the works, redesigning and replacing the intersection of State Highway 199 and FM 51 North to Fifth Street, with a widening of FM 51 with an added center turn lane where necessary and underground storm drains on the west side of FM 51 from Fifth south to Walnut Creek with a new bridge replacement for today’s traffic. The current bridge was built in 1939 for 1939 traffic.

PART B: recruiting new commercial business and development to Springtown, as the current mayor has had six years as mayor to do this and has not brought even one business to Springtown; fixing our damaged reputation from being anti-business and anti-developer to pro-business and builder friendly changing the current culture to be a more customer-service, customer-friendly city staff and council; making Springtown a tourist destination similar to Granbury, only in Springtown we have a beautiful square also we are working on, bringing family entertainment to our city for everyone.

Twenty miles is a long way to go to see a movie at a theater or buy a pair of jeans or shoes for the kids don’t you think so?

I am the business candidate.

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Name: Mayor Doug Hughes

Age: 54

Occupation: building contractor

Family: married for 15 years to my wife Laura and I have an 11-year-old daughter, Halle.

Length of residence: resident of Springtown for about 45 years.

Why are you running for office?

I am running for the mayor because many people have expressed to me that our city still needs strong, reasonable leadership to move our city forward. As the mayor, I work to resolve issues, not to create division. This office has never been about me, but the citizens of Springtown.

My experience as a home building contractor gives me the unique insight on how to prepare for our city’s growth. I believe you shouldn’t build a house without having infrastructure like water or good streets to get you there. Under my leadership, these last few years the city has built over 12 miles of new roads. A new water plant with over 9,000 feet of new water lines, along with a newly renovated wastewater plant brings both systems up to state standards.

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