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Tom Mowdy ---

Why I'm fighting corruption in Texas and Williamson County?   Who is Tom Mowdy?

  

 

Education:    Master of Public Administration,                                                          University of Colorado, 1987

                             U.S. Army Command and General                                                    Staff College, 1983, Honor Graduate, http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/cgsc/about.asp 

                              Defense Information Officers                                                             Course, 1978

                              Bachelor of Arts General Studies,                                                     Northwestern Louisiana State                                                           University, 1976

                              U.S. Army Armor Officers Advanced                                               Course, 1972

                              U.S. Army Rotary Wing Aviator                                                         Course, 1967

                              U.S. Army Armor Officers Candidate                                                School, 1967

 Summary of Experience and Capabilities:

·         Highly successful in private enterprise

·         Proven leadership and management professional

·         Over 45 years in progressively responsible business, government, and military positions

·         Developed, operated, and sold multi-million $ businesses

·         Commanded combat, tactical, and training military organizations

·         Mid and high level government and military staff experience

·         Decision support to elected government decision-makers and General officer levels

·         Decision and information presentations to congressional members, senior diplomats, and embassy missions 

·         Experienced in large organizations and complex military and government programs

           -   Doctrinal development for the U.S. Army airmobile operations

           -   Aviation Requirements for the Combat Structure of the Army III (ARCSA III)

           -   Threat and risk analysis using agency intelligence information

           -   Advanced Attack Helicopter (Apache) development program

           -   CH-47 (Chinook Heavy Lift) Flight Simulator program justification

           -   Business, government, and military Cost and Operational Effectiveness Analysis

           -   Multiple non-military automated systems development projects

·         Successful organizational change management

·         Multi-agency and multi-national experience

 Activities:  Major, Civil Air Patrol; FAA Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII); Commercial Multiengine Pilot; Rotary Wing Pilot, Parachutist; Notary Public; Aircraft owner; PADI Certified Open Water Diver; PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) Certified Snow Ski Instructor, Fourth Place NASTAR National Finals (ski racing) - 2010,  very physically fit, avid snow skier, racquetball player, and long distance runner;  Masonic Master Mason and Masonic York Rite Knights Templar.

 

 

  

 

Why I'm Fighting Corruption:  

I want to return to a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people."

I'm dissatisfied with the conduct and performance of the Williamson County Commissioners Court, our criminal and civil courts and politicians handing our money to their friends.

The Wilco political leadership has demonstrated questionable integrity, a failing respect for citizens, and does not have the ability to competently perform the required duties.  

Our elected leaders, at all levels, have ignored the signs and effects of corruption for years.  I am turning my dissatisfaction with Williamson County's failed political leadership at all government levels and courts into positive political action. 

Citizens have a right to, and must expect, highly competent abilities from their government and courts.  Citizens pay taxes that pay good salaries and benefits, and each citizen deserves the most efficient use of each tax dollar. 

Citizens are not receiving the qualified, responsive, efficient and honest government for which we pay.  And, we are paying too much.  By a large margin, Williamson County has one of the highest per-person debt loads in Texas.

http://www.texastransparency.org/Special_Features/Debt_at_a_Glance/County.php?countyname=Williamson+County&countysubmit=GO

Each citizen must be respected, in all matters, and receive fair and equal treatment according to our Constitutional principles and laws.  But, these expectations are not being met.  

With my experience in business, government, and the military, and my education and strong leadership, I will fight to bring Williamson County back to the people, and I ask you to join me.

 

WHO IS TOM MOWDY? 

I moved from Colorado to Austin in 1990, and then to Taylor in 2008.  I had just helped a partner sell a multifamily real estate business we built.  My wife, Joanna, and I were considering becoming a "green" builder.   We wanted to design, build, and live in an energy efficient home.  We are very concerned about our energy future.

After a long search, we found an ideal place to build our home in Taylor's Hills of Mustang Creek.  By the time we built the house, the economy went downhill and it wasn't the time to be a builder.

Joanna, "Jo," and I have two children and two grand children living in Colorado.  We are active and participate in local groups such as the Taylor Garden Club and Keep Taylor Beautiful.  Our religious background is Christian and we believe in the constitutional separation of church and state.  I have served on the Taylor Airport Advisory Board since August 2009, and continue to serve in that capacity. 

Jo and I are both athletic, trying to stay fit with running, biking, racquetball, and snow ski racing.  (See photo gallery) We are members of  The Capital Ski and Adventure Club.   We both compete in snow ski racing during the ski season.  Jo has finished 2nd and I have finished as high as 4th place at the national finals competition.  We still race and are always looking forward to the next season.  I was formerly a certified flight instructor, commercial pilot, snow ski instructor, and currently a Texas Notary.    

I was raised on a farm in Louisiana and left home when I joined the Army in 1964, at the age of 17.  I applied and was accepted for officer training and became an Armor 2nd Lieutenant on February 24, 1967, at the age of 19.  I then went to helicopter flight school and by 1968, I was leading combat assault flights in Vietnam in the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).

The Chicago Tribune sent a reporter to fly with me and he wrote a combat action story about my unit in Vietnam. The published article can be found by clicking here.  

 

   

Short final on a Combat Assault in Vietnam - 1968

 

 

The Chicago Tribune Magazine cover - Jan 29, 1969


I stayed with the Army for a full twenty year career through a variety of assignments that included leading in combat, years along the Iron Curtain during the "Cold War" with the Soviet Union, advanced technology development, and commanding combat, training, and support organizations. 

My military assignments included working with foreign nations, working with the aviation industry developing high tech systems, and presentations to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and Congressional members for the Apache helicopter gunship concept and development funding.  

The Army sent me to college for my undergraduate degree and the G.I. Bill paid for my graduate Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado.  I am also an Honor Graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  

After retiring from the military, in 1984, I worked for the Federal government and the State of Texas and then founded my own high tech consulting business.  I sold the consulting business and, with a partner, bought and operated the apartment complexes which we sold just before Jo and I moved to Taylor.  

I've had a long and successful career in business, working for Federal and State government, and in the military.  I understand government and business and I have a proven track record as a manager and a leader who gets results. 

 

Jo and I love this special part of Texas.  We see Williamson County with opportunities and potential, and ready for change toward an accountable, open and transparent government, and a much better quality of life for each citizen.  I want to contribute to achieving that goal.


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