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Running for District 3
In the upcoming General Election in Little Elm, three candidates are running for District 3. Candidates include Curtis Cornelious, Jason Olson and Dickie Mills. Only two candidates responded to The Little Elm Journal's questions; Mills did not wish to participate.
The General Election Day is May 12. Visit www.littleelm.org for information on voting locations.
Curtis Cornelious is running for reelection of the District 3 position. He was elected three years ago to the position and has served as Mayor Pro-tem as well. Cornelious feels that he is in the middle of a commitment to make a difference in Little Elm that he made three years ago.
"As a child, my father instilled in me to always be a man of your word and complete what you start," Cornelious said. "The next three years I will continue this journey."
Cornelious believes Little Elm is at a pivotal point and that the knowledge he's acquired over the last three years will aid him in placing the town on the path to success. His biggest concern with the town is the lack of involvement with local government. Out of almost 30,000 residents with 13,000 of them registered voters, only 500 to 1,000 residents came out to vote last year.
"I have helped solve the issues of lack of involvement by having 'Rock the Vote' voter registration drives at different locations," Cornelious said. "We have registered over 150 new applicants all while explaining the importance of voting and getting involved."
Cornelious said since he has been on the Little Elm Town Council, they have enhanced the economic development, which in turn yielded more than 400 jobs in the town.
"Little Elm has great things in store and I want to continue the quest to bring more jobs and infrastructure to Little Elm," Cornelious said. "I want to complete what I started three years ago and now it is not the time to shift gears."
Jason Olson is running for District 3 on the Little Elm Town Council because he believes the town needs leadership to set the vision for its future.
"As president of the Economic Development Corporation, I know the pain of running an organization with limited council support," Olson said. "I believe this the job of the Town Council to set the vision and then work with the Town Manager and committees towards this vision."
Olson believes the greatest issue the town is facing is the lack of balance in development. As president of the EDC, he said he has worked hard to move projects forward such as Kroger, RaceTrac, QT and Aldi. Aldi and Kroger have already opened in Little Elm and RaceTrac and QT are well on their way to being complete as well.
"I will continues this hard work to ensure that we grow businesses throughout the town and will work closer with all the city departments to better utilize our existing resources to make Little Elm a regional destination for both businesses and patrons," Olson said.
If elected, Olson said he can offer objective leadership and active community participation. One of the reasons Olson moved to Little Elm was to volunteer within the community. Since moving to the town in 2004, he has volunteered in various town committees and other non-profit organizations to gain better knowledge of what residents need.
Olson said he would also give residents measurable goals to evaluate him on at the end of his term if elected.
"I would be honored if my constituents would allow me the opportunity to represent them on Town Council," Olson said.
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