As your county commissioner, my job will be to build and maintain roads, but also to help set the budget for various departments such as sheriff’s office, the courts, and many others.
I believe government’s power should be directed at a few key issues that serve the common good, and absent from other aspects of our lives. To me, this means that it isn’t the government’s role to solve every problem or meet every single social need.
Many are tempted by the power of government to solve all social problems, but discipline must be practiced when your funding source is taxpayer’s monies.
Limited government means limited taxes. Big government means coercion, bloat and waste, and punishing taxes. I am for limited government.
I understand the value of a dollar – your tax dollar.
So transparency in all our governmental functions, contracts and operations is critical.
Citizens can make formal demands for information through the Public Information Act, which is riddled with exceptions to keep government files secret.
My goal is to make all substantive parts of government open, viewable, understandable, and something residents can be proud to witness.
Mike Gonzalez is a political and executive leader with over 20 years experience implementing strategic economic initiatives for local governments and regional planning organizations.
As a two-term mayor for the City of Kyle, Mike led to find real solutions for a community that faced explosive population growth but lacked significant local retail, employers, medical facilities, and an antiquated system of roads.
As Mayor, he helped bring in over 1.3 million square feet in quality retail including HEB plus and Target. Mike also played a pivotal role in the successful recruitment of Seton Hospital Hays which opened in Kyle in 2009.
Mayor Gonzalez’s leadership was critical in transforming Kyle’s system of roads that had not been upgraded for decades. He actively partnered with TxDOT and regional partners to expedite the modernization all four overpasses on IH-35 and converting all frontage roads to one-way to significantly increase traffic capacity. Additional, Mike led to create an innovative agreement with TxDOT to immediately begin construction of FM 1616 from IH-35 to FM 2770.
As an executive director of a regional economic corporation in the Texas Rio Grande Valley, Mike managed a public-private partnership that successfully implementing key economic, infrastructure and educational initiatives to improve economic competitiveness throughout the greater Brownsville Texas area. His efforts were vital in the recruitment of key quality employers such as Space X, Caterpillar, Texas LNG, and the BRO Group.
Mike’s professional career started after earning a B.B.A. in Finance from Texas State University. After graduation, Mike worked in various financial roles including Senior Examiner with the Texas Department of Banking, and Program Controller for British Aeronautical and Engineering.
Mike first moved to the Kyle area in 2003 with his wife Linda. They are proud parents of two boys who currently attend school within Hays C.I.S.D.