Submitted by David Myers
Local engineer and longtime resident of Melissa, Jason Kaiser has officially announced his candidacy for Place 4 on the Melissa City Council because he believes he can bring a new perspective to the City of Melissa.
A resident for over 23 years, Jason was raised in Melissa and returned six years ago to begin his family. He is currently employed as an engineer with JBI Partners, Inc., a civil engineering, surveying, and landscape consulting firm. Jason is an active member of the community, currently serving on the Melissa Planning and Zoning Commission and previously serving on the Beautification Committee and Melissa Road Bond Committee. He stated that he understands the challenges involved with holding a city council seat but is extremely excited at the possibility of taking a larger role in serving the citizens of Melissa.
“Being a City Council member is an enormous responsibility,” Kaiser said. “The officeholder is bound by a sacred duty to represent the interests of the city in policy decisions large and small that will affect every single city resident in some way. From levying taxes, to allocating budgets for our law enforcement agencies, to making sure our roads and bridges are structurally sound. If elected, I pledge to act decisively and consistently in a fiscally conservative manner that protects the interests of the city’s residents and promotes growth in the business and commercial sectors.
“Melissa is on the cusp of development and is in a unique position to adopt ordinances and update technical standards that will retain our small-town feel before any more development occurs. We need to continue to develop standards that place our residents first. Our city will continue to be a place that every family can be proud to call home.”
Specializing in land development, Jason stated he has gained a wealth of knowledge as a Civil Engineer working in, and for, many municipalities throughout North Texas. He will incorporate aesthetic standards while protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the residents to ensure a sustainable future.
“I believe Melissa must continue to progress in public safety, open communication, diversity and smart economic expansion,” he said. “I will support investment in proper infrastructure and community facilities that build a city where employers and workers want to relocate and grow jobs. I will strive to keep the balance between smart growth and the small-town atmosphere that we all love about Melissa.”
Kaiser lives in Melissa with his wife Jenn and their child Beckham.