2020 Campaign Questionnaires
Kyle/Buda Area Democrats – Travis Michell’s Party
Hays Free Press
The Kyle Report
Travis Mitchell Q&A Clearly Shows that He is the Leader for Kyle, Texas. Decide on December 8, 2020.
Here’s a sample of the text from the Travis Mitchell Q&A sessions.
What are you willing to do to maintain an open dialog with your constituents?
I have been a very proactive mayor/councilmember in terms of communicating with the community. I respond to most every email, phone call, text, Facebook message, and smoke signal. I also have hosted many town halls both in person and virtually. I meet regularly with HOA reps, business leaders, faith leaders, nonprofit organizers, and other community leaders and residents. I post regularly on social media and often respond when folks tag me with a question somewhere on Facebook. I’m not perfect, and sometimes I misjudge how I think the community will react to a particular decision, but I have always tried as hard as possible to put myself out there and engage respectfully. If re-elected, I will continue trying to engage with the community as I have for 4.5 years.
If elected, how will you work to ensure city council operates in a transparent manner?
When I became mayor, one of the first things I did was start publishing the council meeting agendas 24 hours earlier, which gives the public an extra day to review and engage with staff and council prior to when the action takes place. I’ll say, our agendas are often long and weighty. In September, one of our meetings started at 5:30 pm and adjourned at 2:30 am the next morning. I have attended dozens of meetings that go this long since serving. There is a LOT to get through and it’s not always clear how the community at large will respond to a particular decision. Certainly, we can’t hold a town hall for every item, but sometimes hosting a town hall or establishing a committee is exactly what’s needed. In the end, the most important thing the council can do is be sensitive to when a decision is truly unwise based on community feedback. If a mistake has been made, we normally can and should correct it. We have corrected mistakes more than once since I’ve been on council. All I can promise is that I will continue to communicate honestly with all and will admit when I have made a decision or contemplated a decision that proved to be unwise for whatever reason.