Meet the candidates vying for Prosper Town Council seats

Aubrey Turner,
The Prosper Press
Jeff Hodges

The Prosper Town Council election will take place on Nov. 3. There are two seats available and three candidates running.

According to the Prosper Town Charter, each candidate must be 18 years old, have lived in the Prosper town limits for at least one year, be registered to vote in Prosper for at least one year, and may only run for one seat each election.

Voters may cast a ballot at their county voting locations during early voting Oct. 13-30, or on Election Day.

Absentee voting is permitted in both Collin and Denton counties. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by Oct. 23.

Place 3:

Amy Bartley - Bartley is the only candidate running for the Place 3 spot. Her term as secretary of the Prosper Planning & Zoning Commission expired in September.

On her campaign Facebook page, Bartley said, “More people voting means better representation. An increase in Prosper voters turning out means county and state leaders will pay more attention and listen to our needs. Participate to make your voice heard and strengthen our community!”

Place 5:

Jeff Hodges - A resident of Prosper since 2012, Hodges, the incumbent, was first elected to council in 2017. He is currently the vice president of the North Central Texas Emergency Communications District.

He is a member of the Town Council Benefits subcommittee and serves on the town’s Hike & Bike Trail steering committee. Previous to 2017, he served on the Prosper Parks and Recreation Board.

“I am proud of our town and want to help point it in the right direction,” Hodges said. “I will always have the town’s interest at heart and will do all I can to help citizens get the answers to their questions. My motivation is pride. Pride in the town and the people in it and I want other residents to experience the same pride that I feel.”

Steve Thomas - Thomas has served on state and local boards, most recently the Prosper Parks and Recreation Board. According to his campaign website, he is a resident of Gentle Creek with his wife Rhonda, a former Prosper ISD teacher. The couple has three children.

A former information technology executive with a Fortune 50 company, Thomas has also as worked with start-up companies, nonprofit organizations and governments.

“Running for town council is a personal commitment to a better community, not a means to gain financially or professionally. Given the recent events and restrictions, I have been respectful in campaigning. I am committed to promoting transparency and accountability,” Thomas said.

Steve Thomas