LOCAL LEADER. COMMITTED TO OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR FUTURE.
My name is Adam Russell, and I am running for Burleson City Council Place 6. I have been around Burleson most of my life, and I am proud to call Burleson my home for the past 13 years.
I have seen the tremendous growth of the city from the construction of the Burleson Town Shopping Center and Gateway Station in the middle of a field on Alsbury, to the revitalization of Old Town, the various new neighborhoods built over the years, the HighPoint Business Park, and shopping center growth on John Jones. Growth is good for any city--new restaurants, stores, movie theaters, and entertainment venues allow the citizens to not have to leave Burleson to go elsewhere for those things. It also allows others from outside the city to visit and spend their sales tax dollars in the city.
With growth comes headaches the citizens have to deal with--traffic, increases in property taxes due to increasing values, public safety concerns, and street maintenance to name a few. It is important to continue to grow as a city, but it is also equally important to balance that growth to preserve the things that made Burleson a great place to be. There are many items on the horizon that will need to be addressed by the city such as the continued growth towards the Chisholm Trail Parkway, road expansions, and a major zoning code update to name a few.
My business and civic experience give me the tools to make decisions to address these issues to not only provide a benefit to the Burleson City Council, but more importantly, to the citizens of Burleson.
BACKGROUND, WORK, AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE.
I was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up on a ranch in a little town called Nemo--just outside of Glen Rose, Texas. I attended high school at a small school in Fort Worth where I played basketball and ran cross country. While in college, I began my work career in Burleson in 2001 working part-time at a local bank where I would work summers and winter breaks. Now, 22 years later, I am still working for the same local bank in my full-time career.
I graduated from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 2003 with a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Finance. Afterwards, I attended law school at Texas Tech University School of Law, where I graduated with my Doctor of Jurisprudence with Business Law Certificate in 2008. During this time, I also attended the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB) at SMU and graduated in 2008.
My wife, Martha, and I were married in 2009, and we welcomed twin boys in 2012. It was then I wanted to give back to my community by volunteering my time and serving on various boards of the community and the city.
I have served as a board member of the Johnson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) from 2012-2018 where I served as Chair in 2014 and 2017. I have twice served on the board of the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce: from 2013-2016 where I was Chair in 2015 and an inaugural member of the 2015 Class of the Burleson Young Executives Alliance and from 2019-2021 where I served as Treasurer in 2021. I was also President of the Burleson Rotary Club from 2017-2018.
My service to the City of Burleson began in 2016 when I was appointed to serve as a commissioner on the Burleson Planning and Zoning Commission, representing Place 4. I continue to serve in that role as Chair for the 2022-2023 year. I also chaired the Burleson Charter Review Committee from 2018-2019.
Budgeting and Auditing
Financial and Credit Analysis
Asset Liability Management
Fort Worth Business Press Forty Under Forty Award - 2018
Burleson Rotary Club Rotarian of the Year - 2018
Burleson Rotary Club Service Above Self Award - 2018
Burleson Star Newspaper "Best Banker" - 2015
Member of the State Bar of Texas - 2009 - Present