Six candidates, including two incumbents, are running for mayor and two positions on Hutto City Council on May 7. Mayor Mike Snyder, a 45-year-old property manager for QuikTrip Corporation, is running for his second term against council member Amanda Villarreal Salvo, a 34-year-old executive director of Aspire Integrity Marketing.
Randal Clark, a 43-year-old senior test manager for a semiconductor manufacturer, is running for spot 3 against Ida Weaver, a 72-year-old retired researcher and engineer.
Amberley Kolar, a 37-year-old legislative director, is running for the Place 6 seat against Nicole Calderone, a 45-year-old director at Greenhouse Craft Food.
The mayor and council members serve a three-year term.
Election of the mayor of Hutto
Snyder said residents told him their biggest concerns were the cost of living and high property taxes and water rates. If re-elected, his goals are to continue the work started last year “to reduce the tax bill for homeowners and to fund and improve our roads, water/wastewater system and parks to a manageable”.
What makes him the best candidate is that he’s experienced, outspoken and a critical thinker, Snyder said. “These characteristics enable the development of solutions that help solve our problems without causing others,” he said.
Villarreal-Salvo is serving his first term on the city council. She said the biggest problems for residents are traffic, poor roads, lack of shopping, dining and entertainment options, property taxes that are too high and “too many missed economic opportunities. because of current and previous leadership.”
She said her goals, if elected, include repairing roads, improving parks, revitalizing downtown, expanding public library access and reducing residential property taxes by attracting more commercial and industrial businesses to the city.
“The leadership I bring to Hutto is focused on collaborative partnerships, which has been lacking here for some time now,” Villarreal-Salvo said. She said what makes her the best candidate is her 10 years of experience in government policy and legislation.
Clark said residents are most concerned about property tax increases and traffic issues. If elected, he wants to work on road, water, sidewalk and ditch repair projects, he said.
“To alleviate traffic from railroad crossings, we need crossings that connect the railroad and US 79 so that we can try to create north/south trade corridors,” he said.
He said what makes him the best candidate is that he has extensive project management experience and “has strong critical thinking skills that help find the best solutions to a problem.”
“I am a data-driven person who will respect all opinions while helping to provide solutions to provide the best quality of life for our citizens of Hutto,” he said.
Clark ran unsuccessfully in a special election for Place 3 in 2021.
Weaver said residents told him their concerns included delayed infrastructure improvements, delayed development of the Co-Op neighborhood and deterioration of the historic part of Hutto called Old Town.
If elected, her goals include an improvement plan for the old city and the release and careful management of infrastructure bonds, she said.
Weaver said she was the best candidate because she had more than 20 years of leadership experience in engineering, white-collar law enforcement and community organizations.
“I am a critical thinker, employing scientific methodology to envision solutions to complex problems,” she said.
Calderone said residents have told him of their concerns, including that the recent increase in real estate assessments will cause the city to spend taxpayers’ money unnecessarily.
If elected, her goals are to “advocate for solutions that will benefit the greatest number of people” and restore the city’s reputation for high quality, she said.
Calderone said she was the best candidate because “her involvement in city government began with a careful examination of the pattern of harmful decisions made at City Hall and continues now, as a candidate for the fourth time. with proven perseverance”.
She ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2019 and for city council in 2020 and 2021.
Kolar said locals told him they were concerned about traffic and roads that need fixing.
If elected, her goals, she said, are to “maintain fiscal responsibility, invest in infrastructure and keep property taxes low.”
“I’m the best candidate for Place 6 because I have political experience at the state and federal levels and I believe that effective local government should focus on forward-looking, positive, and proactive policies,” a- she declared.
About the candidate
Education: Studied business administration and accounting at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.
Community Involvement: Volunteering at the Hutto Resource Center, Sandbox at Madeline’s Place and Boy Scouts
Amanda Villarreal Salvo
Education: BA in Business Communication and BA in Rhetoric and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Texas
Community involvement: Member of Hutto Women’s Alliance, Hutto Women’s Networking Group, founding member of Community in Action, a Hutto non-profit organization. Member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Pastoral Council and Building Committee, Hutto School District Mentor, Volunteer Captain for the Arthritis Foundation Walk to Cure and Team Jingle Bell Run, volunteer for the neonatal intensive care unit family room at Ronald McDonald House.
Education: Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.
Community involvement: Vice Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Member of the Board of Directors of Hutto Economic Development Corporation, Chairman of the Hutto Zoning Board of Adjustment
Education: Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Utah
Community involvement: Founding secretary of a chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, organized fundraisers for hospitals, helped design and build a four-unit homeless shelter in Nocona; court-appointed special counsel in Montague County; board member of the Montague County Economic Development Board. Volunteered for Hutto Senior Watch, served on the Hutto Town Charter Review Commission, helped organize and served on the board of directors for Hutto Community Watch.
Education: Studied elementary education at Keene State College in New Hampshire and kinesiology at Austin Community College
Community involvement: Youth sports coach, home school organizer
Education: BA in Political Science from Georgia State University, MA in Global Security Studies from Angelo State University at San Angelo
Community involvement: Volunteer as an English teacher in the Republic of Georgia