It is an honor to introduce myself as a candidate for the Bastrop City Council. I was born and raised in Lockhart, Texas. Growing up in a small town helped form my belief in strong family values and a sense of community. It is important to me that we work together to maintain Bastrop’s community environment in the years ahead.
I am self-employed as a General Contractor and Construction Consultant. Prior to that, I had a successful 30-year career in the commercial construction industry. I worked for six top 50 Engineer-News Record companies. The experience of managing large commercial construction projects within multiple City and Government jurisdictions can be of benefit serving on the City Council.
I have served on the following City Boards: Parks & Tree Public Advisory Board, Construction Standards Board of Adjustments, and the Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals. Serving on these Boards has allowed me to better understand the City operations and public participation. I think that it is important to take actions to better your community, rather than criticize and not take action to see a change.
Serving on City boards has helped me understand our community needs for parks and venues that are required to attract and accommodate families in our area. City growth is inevitable. When great companies relocate to Bastrop, they will bring great employees and families with them. It is important for us to continue to create and build a good urban environment that complements our natural environment.
I would appreciate your vote for Bastrop City Council, Place 4. I want the opportunity to represent the citizens and make a positive impact on Bastrop’s future. We can make growth positive for businesses and citizens and continue to maintain Bastrop’s reputation as a great place to work and raise families.
Cheryl is a 4th generation Bastropian, raised on what has been affectionately known as the “Northend” of town in Bastrop. She graduated from Bastrop High School in 1989, and her son in 2010. She has been employed by AT&T Communications for 21 years, with matching tenure as a union member of Communication Workers of America (CWA). She has a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Prairie View A&M University. She is a published author, and currently taking courses to obtain a Real Estate License in preparation for retirement from AT&T. In the community she serves as Secretary for the Bastrop Juneteenth Committee, and Commissioner on the Bastrop Planning and Zoning Committee. In her four years as a Commissioner, she has played an active role in establishing the city’s new building codes and more currently, review of the city’s comprehensive plan. She has an extensive background in community advocacy both here and in Austin through work with CWA, and as a delegate for the Austin Central Labor Council. She has worked with a broad range of grassroot organizations in Austin and Bastrop fighting for worker rights, fair labor practices, and higher wages, and in favor of, social and racial justice reform, judicial reform, and immigration rights. In 2019, she was awarded the official Gold President's Volunteer Service Award, signed by the President of the United States (then Donald J. Trump) for completing over 400 Community Service Volunteer Hours, and is currently a candidate to receive the award again for volunteer performance in 2020.