Richard Dormier has announced his campaign for the office of mayor of Ovilla.

“When I challenged for mayor in 2009, my platform included establishing a much needed capital improvements plan to prioritize our tremendous needs in the areas of paving, drainage, water and sewer improvements,” Dormier said. “Sadly, I saw little if any progress on public works issues the first year of the current mayor’s term.

“In winning Place 5 last year, I ran on a platform for the city to actually prepare a legitimate, comprehensive plan and timeline prioritizing our public works needs, beginning with repaving Westmoreland and Red Oak Creek roads immediately and then getting to work on our local streets without political favors,” he said.

“Since rejoining the council, we have worked together to establish a five-year plan to address our most pressing roadway needs, including long-term maintenance of recently paved streets,” he said. “Using my experience and background, I was also able to help resolve contracting issues related to repairs of the Shiloh Road bridge, which had been delayed for months before I rejoined the council.”

“Moving forward, I believe it is important that we invest in better street maintenance equipment so that our pothole repairs last longer than the next rain event,” he said. “This is especially important because, due to budget constraints, no matter what you’ve heard politically, many of our streets cannot be reconstructed in the next five years.

“I would also like to establish a web-based public works repair site so that citizens can report needed repairs online, 24 hours a day. I would like to have a web-based form for citizens to submit ideas for meeting agenda items and I would also like to have audio of the council meetings available online,” he said. “These are only a few items that will result in more efficient use of our personnel time and will be convenient for our citizens.”

Dormier, a professional engineer and a graduate of Texas A&M with two degrees in civil engineering, is the managing partner of a civil engineering firm.

He has more than 30 years of professional engineering and city planning experience, which includes working as a city engineer for a number of small cities in North Texas.

With a long history of civic and community service, Dormier, a current member of the Ovilla City Council, previously served six years on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, two years on the city council and he is a member of the board of trustees of the Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties.

Richard and his wife, Cindy, married for 33 years, have resided in Ovilla with their two children, Jenny and Jared, since 1995. They are members of Ovilla United Methodist Church.

Early voting continues at Ovilla City Hall through May 10.

Dormier asks that the citizens of Ovilla elect him as mayor May 14.