The town of Prosper is a home rule town with a mayor and six council members who are elected at large for three year terms. Tonight, at 5:30pm you’ll have an opportunity to meet the candidates running for this high office, hear their visions and learn why they feel they will be a good fit for the town of Prosper. Come join us at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship 4331 E Prosper Trail, Prosper, TX 75078 where important answers to crucial questions will be answered by the people who strive to make a difference, the candidates.
Let’s meet them now~
Craig Andres, Place 2: Do you remember the feeling you had when you first came to Prosper? The feeling that you were part of something that is in short supply these days; a community that, when you invest in it, invests back in you.
My family and I started our Prosper Dream in 2010 and began investing in the town from the beginning. My wife was inspired to volunteer in the schools and be a founding board member of the Prosper Ladies Association. I was inspired to run for PYSA Basketball Commissioner, co-found the Prosper Men’s Turkey Fry Association, serve as Vice President of the Prosper Youth Sports Commission, as a Commissioner on the Parks and Rec Commission, and most recently, two terms on the Planning and Zoning Commission. I am running for Prosper Town Council Place 2 because I want to defend the Prosper Dream and make it available for your family and everyone else who comes to Prosper.
Over the coming years, we are going to face challenges with the needs of our first responders, non-profit organizations, infrastructure, schools, and in creating opportunities for our small businesses. I have confidence that we will meet those challenges, but what will set us apart are two things: the idea that there is a special thing about our community “The Prosper Dream”, and that we believe “Everyone Matters here in Prosper”.
On May 5th, I hope you will invest your vote in me, because you know how invested I am in you and our town. Please vote for Craig Andres, Prosper Town Council, Place 2. Craigandresforprosper.com @craigandresforprosper
Eve Henry, Place 2: Eve Henry, along with her husband and six children, moved to Prosper several years ago from Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Samford University where she received a BS in Law with a minor political science and economics. After graduating, she worked at several large law firms doing Labor and Employment law, specializing in Title VII.
After eight years in law, she decided to work in city government. She was hired as the program director for the City of Duluth where she helped implement the very successful C.O.P.S. program. In her city position, she created budgets, presented to the Council and worked closely with the city officials.
Eve is a currently a residential Realtor with Ebby Halliday and is an active member of Prestonwood Baptist Church and the Collin County Junior League Provisional Program. She is an Advisory Board Member for the National League of Junior Cotillion as well as a former member of the Board of Directors for Branch Christian Academy. She is a volunteer softball coach and has served several terms on the Mountain View Athletic Softball Association Board of Directors.
Norma Hutchins, Place 2: I am not a politician. I am a wife, a mother, a professional, and a veteran that wants to continue to serve, in her community. I live at Windsong Ranch with my husband and children who attend a PISD elementary school. I am a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served in the military for 12 years. Women veterans have still so much to offer to their country and I am passionate about helping and getting involved in the community. Currently, I am a project manager for a corporate real estate company where I also serve as a board member of the Latino Employee Resource Network.
We need new ideas and an innovative approach to mitigate the challenges of this growing town, while maintaining the history and authenticity of Prosper. A few priorities are 1) better planning and execution of infrastructure projects 2) advocate to preserve green spaces for parks, open spaces and flood plains and 3) Maintain adequate staffing to keep up with growth including public safety.
I decided to run for office because I want to be an advocate for the people of Prosper. My time as an NCO in the military and experience in leading project teams, has given me the leadership skills required to fill this vital role in our town. I strongly believe in leading by example; Diligence, integrity and fiscal responsibility are a few of the qualities that you can expect from me, as a leader, and councilwoman. Together we Thrive, Together we Prosper.
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Chris Kern, Place 2: I believe in Prosper! My professional experience and commitment to our community combine to make me the best candidate for the open Place 2 seat on Prosper’s Town Council. For over four years I have faithfully attended Town Council meetings including annual strategic planning sessions and served on several town committees. Currently, I serve on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations including Cornerstone Assistance Network, Prosper Lions Club, and Miracle League Sports. I was nominated for Prosper Person of the Year in 2016 and I am a regular supporter/volunteer with Prosper Historical Society, Prosper Veteran’s Memorial, Bethlehem Place, and Clothe-A-Child.
My twenty plus year professional career positions me well for both detail-oriented town issues as well as short, mid and longer-term strategic planning. My experience has included multi-million-dollar project management, analyst roles supporting large complex organizations and includes certification as a Continuous Improvement Manager. I am currently serving the Collin County Commissioners Court as a Myer’s Park Board Member.
If elected I will ensure that Prosper Values continue to guide Council’s decision-making process. I will maintain a Commitment To Safety by supporting our Police and Fire chiefs. Fiscal Responsibility will be at the forefront as we plan for infrastructure improvements/growth and other priorities needed to keep Prosper “a community focused on families, committed to small town ideals, and providing a quality living experience for all residents.” I humbly ask for your VOTE. Please visit my website (kernforprosper.com) to read more about why I am ready to serve.
Lucy Towle, Place 2: I first learned about Prosper from a fellow colleague who shared how Prosper was a small community with strong conservative values. This resonated with my husband and I, consequently, leading us to move our family here in 2007. I had the opportunity to work for the Prosper ISD as a Librarian from 2010-2016. I have witnessed and experienced the significant changes our town has faced, and it has inspired my decision give back to Prosper as your candidate for Place 2 of our Town Council. Since my arrival to Prosper in 2007, I have served in the following areas:
- Town of Prosper Library Board 2012-2018
- Prestonwood North volunteer 2009-2018
- Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) founding board member 2016-2018
- Prosper Booster Band Scholarship Committee 2015-2018 (Current Chairman)
- Prosper High School Cross Country Booster Club Board 2018
- Family Readiness Group Liaison officer (for husband’s Army Reserve Unit) 2014-2018
My focus in serving this town is to be a voice for the families who have lived here longer than us, and embrace the new families moving in by investing in the future of Prosper in the years to come. As such, I want to preserve the excellent work our town has begun by continually promoting the conservative ideals and by supporting the safety and growth needs of our community. As your Place 2 representative, I will bring a fresh perspective with independent thought, and as an educator, I bring the understanding needed for a strong partnership between the town and Prosper ISD.
In my service to Prosper, I will:
- Preserve standards of excellence regarding business and residential development
- Support infrastructure needs while maintaining fiscal responsibility
- Support the needs of the police and fire/emergency growth
- Maintain and grow our community facilities with neighborhood parks and community facilities
Jason Dixon, Place 6: Dena and I moved to Prosper 15 years ago, with our four children: Mark, Drew, Jacob & Emma. My experience includes:
- 8 years on Council, Place 6 (2010 to Current)
- 4 years on P&Z (2006-2010)
- Chaired Prosper’s Comprehensive Plan (2012)
- Council’s Executive Development Team (2013-Current)
- Prosper’s Ladies Association (2014-2015)
- Willow Ridge HOA (2004-2015)
- Prosper ISD Open Foundation (2004-2010)
- PISD Bond Finance Committee/Volunteer (2007)
- Prosper Vision Committee (2009-2010)
- SMU Athletic Forum, Board of Directors (2009-Current)
- Hope Fellowship Church, Frisco,TX, Capital Campaign Committee (2007-2008)
- Prosper High School Lacrosse Board (2015-Current)
- Coach Multiple Youth Sports Teams (football/baseball/basketball/lacrosse)
Why am I running? Proven Leadership and Experience! I would like to be able to finish what has been started, but the decision to run again did not come lightly. After much prayer and discussion, my family and I decided that we need another term to complete the things that make Prosper the place we are all proud to call home. It helped having the support and encouragement from numerous local business owners, Town leadership, and the support and endorsements from many pillars within the community.
Our growing town has several large projects coming in the next few years. We need proven leadership to make sure those projects are best for all of Prosper. We are only 3 x 9 miles, and do not have the luxury of making a mistake or delaying because of inexperience.
Several accomplishments during my tenure on Town Council include:
- Reduced the 6,500 Previously Approved Apartments in half, with more cuts to come
- Created Incentives for Businesses to choose Prosper
- Increased building standards to insure future property values
- No Tax Increases
- Lowest Tax Rate of similar communities in Collin County – 22,000 Population
- Frontier Park / Cockrell Park / Sexton Park – 1st ever All Turf Fields for our youth
- Expansion of Police & Fire – the BEST anywhere
- Roads/Water/Sewer: Preston, Prosper Trail, First, Coit, Windsong, West Projects
Prosper is everything to me. We have raised our kids and created lifelong friendships. I couldn’t ask for anything more, but “The Best is Yet to Come”! Listening to the residents, understanding their vision, having common sense and the ability to make tough decisions for the betterment of the entire Town. You can feel confident I am the best candidate for this position.
Phyllis Hoffschwelle, Place 6: Community and Family are important to me. I moved to Prosper in February 2008, to be closer to my brother and his family. I wanted to be a part of a community to serve, build lasting friendships, and find a place to call home. I quickly discovered Prosper was just such a town and I have been truly blessed by the people I have met, the friendships I have built, and the opportunity to give back to this wonderful town over the last 10 years. I’m running because as a town grows and changes, so should the local government and infrastructure. The human value should be just as important, if not more so, than the monetary value during growth and change. ALL voices should be heard and considered when making decisions that will directly impact the community and Town. It is time for change, diversity, true transparency, and ensuring everyone in Prosper does matter. “Your voice matters!”
I have a doctorate in global business, leadership, and technology, with 30 years’ experience and expertise in business strategy, operational analytics, process improvements, competitive market and technology assessments for the private and public sectors. Currently, I am Founder of DRP Business Consulting, Co-Founder/Partner of Phyl the Jukebox Productions, serve as an Executive Board member for Prosper Ladies Association, and a Board of Directors member for Hearts for Homes.
Prior to starting DRP Business Consulting (DRPBC), I was head of operations at SemantiStar, Inc., and have worked for various global technology companies such as Compaq Computers, Lucent Technologies, Canon-Oce, and Xerox Corporation. I have managed and worked on multi-million dollar to billion-dollar deals for clients such as IC2 Institute/University of Texas at Austin, State of Texas, State of Georgie, State of Indiana, State of California, American Express, Bank of America, Goldman-Sachs, IBM, IMF, Kodak, and many more.
I love volunteering, working with, and supporting nonprofits, and have served on various nonprofit and not-for-profit boards over my career, including Catchafire, the Prosper Board of Adjustments/Construction Board of Appeal, Friends of the Prosper Library, and Texas Consilium to name a few. “I believe in giving back what was given to me to ensure those with a charitable focus for their community can be successful short term, long term, and into the future.”
I know my integrity, extensive background, experience, and leadership makes me the right candidate for Prosper Town Council Place 6 and hope you will come out, vote for change, Phyllis for Prosper, and Your Voice Matters! www.facebook.com/Phyllis4ProsperPlace6/
Don’t miss your chance to meet and support your favorite candidates as they answer important questions about our city of Prosper and why they should be the next Prosper City Council member.