Longtime Denton resident and business owner Brendan Carroll filed Monday to run for District 3 of the Denton City Council.
Carroll, 43, is the owner of a private information technology company, Blooming Technologies. A native of Wichita Falls, Carroll moved to Denton with his family in 1984 and later graduated from Denton High School.
He said he had long been interested in serving on the City Council and, now that his children are older, he has time to serve.
While there are no set issues for him — he said he considers running more a civic duty than a personal aspiration — he is interested in more council member outreach to residents.
“I like what Kevin Roden (District 1 council member) is doing and how he reaches out,” Carroll said. “I’d like to reach out more to see how people think the city needs to be managed.”
For example, he sees that District 3 may be the most affected by the city’s new rules for shale gas drilling and production. The new setbacks protect the more densely populated areas of the city, he said.
The wide-open spaces of District 3 made it a prime location for drilling in the past, and while not unusual, any new drilling is certainly going to be a concern of people living there, he said.
Carroll has not yet appointed a campaign treasurer, saying he is still thinking about that and how he plans on running his campaign.
He sees reaching out to residents in areas newly annexed to the city and to residents at Robson Ranch, a large retirement community located in the southwest part of the city, as key to winning the City Council seat.
He said he has heard rumors that Robson Ranch residents may be trying to put up their own candidate.
Robson Ranch is large enough that if the entire community backs their candidate, or any candidate, Carroll said he believed that would be enough to carry the entire district.
Incumbent District 3 council member Jim Engelbrecht won his second term after a hard-fought race with business owner Mike Sutton in 2011. After a recount, the vote was 279-250.
Since then, the city of Denton drew new district lines for all four of its voting districts.
Some areas of District 4, including Robson Ranch, went to District 3.
Engelbrecht did not immediately return a call for comment Monday afternoon.
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