A fair question to be sure. Here are a few examples:
For both of the elections he lost this year, Mr. Hill focused on his supposed Republican bona fides
. At the Lewisville Task Force forum
during the last campaign, he spent much of his time demeaning the importance of the city committees his then-opponent, TJ Gilmore, had served on.
(From opening remarks, a little after 41:20 in the audio.)
Versus taking direct action, you’re making a recommendation. It’s up to the City Council to actually follow through on that recommendation or not. The final decision, the buck stops with the City Council. So I think that my experience on the Denton County Republican Executive Committee is more suited directly to serve as a city councilman.
Of course, when he lost that race, the first thing he did was apply to be on a committee.
You could see this strategy clearly in the most recent election, when he awkwardly tried to equate debt with deficit (and even then he got it wrong
) in an effort to string together the various collections of turgid conservative buzzwords that comprised most of his campaign materials. This constant stream of partisan banter indicates that he has a very narrow view of what constitutes a campaign for a city position.
Mr. Hill also has a very limited (and incorrect) view of how tax abatements work in Lewisville:
(From answer to first question, around 51:44 in the audio.)
Now you’ll hear people say tonight that we need to go in and give people tax abatements to pick up their property and I have an issue with that because the tax abatement means it’s your money. It’s your tax dollars that’s going, that are going to fix up someone else’s private property. If you are maintaining your home and you’re paying your taxes, you’re doing everything that you’re supposed to be doing, but the city wants to come to you and take money out of your pocket to pay to fix someone else’s house. I don’t think that’s right.
Both of his opponents have discussed these abatements in detail, but he simply refused to consider any other view except the one above.
Regarding bigotry, I can’t say for certain what the poster is referring to. But I can say that during his first run for office, Hill and another candidate tried desperately to label Lewisville as a “Sanctuary City”
, despite the fact that it isn’t one. This was a very obvious attempt at dog-whistle politics
, and most people saw through it. Both candidates discontinued using the phrase after I published the piece on the issue.
I probably wouldn’t have used some of the words that have been thrown around here, but there’s a clear indication that Hill and his supporter Councilman John Gorena purposefully limit their perspectives to include only partisan blather that will hinder any forward movement our community tries to make.