Get To Know Michelle -
As someone who has built and successfully runs a handful of thriving local businesses, Michelle Hatmaker wants to apply her focus, free market principles and conservative philosophy to building a stronger Galveston County. “Complacency leads to stagnation and, ultimately, decline. With our resources, talent and innovative residents, this is unacceptable. Galveston County should always be moving forward. As your County Commissioner, I will do my part in kick-starting a mission to build a better future for our residents,” Hatmaker stated.
Since becoming CEO of the Hatmaker Group in 2000, she has led the company to continued growth and, for the last 6 years, she’s been named as one of Texas Monthly Magazine’s 5-Star Realtors. Furthermore, she has held positions in Regional and State real estate leadership roles elected by both her customers and her peers. She was appointed the 2014 MLS Advisory Group Chairman for Houston Association of Realtors, the second largest MLS in the United States, and was a Texas Association of Realtors State Director, as well as a National Association of Realtors Director. Michelle is a graduate of the Texas Realtor Leadership Program.
“The Real Estate industry gives you a unique perspective to what motivates people, businesses, and organizations to choose a location for which they think they can reach their God-given potential. From my experience, Galveston County remains poised to be one of our state’s prized destinations. I don’t want to see politics-as-usual, lack of vision, or complacency squander our advantages,” Hatmaker stated.
Being a life-long resident of the Galveston Bay Area, Michelle has experienced the economic booms and busts, the hurricanes, the floods, the recoveries, and the re-igniting of our Texas spirit. Hatmaker continued, “Now is the time for new leadership to bring forth a new Galveston County.”
Amongst her clients, neighbors, and her peers in the numerous civic organizations for which she’s a member- Lighthouse Charities, League City Chamber of Commerce, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, Hitchcock Chamber of Commerce, and the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce- there are a number of issues that consistently surface as major concerns or impediments to progress. Michelle intends to focus on solving these problems, not kicking the can down the road.
The Hatmaker Plan-
- Focus our efforts on attracting and creating jobs
We are positioned to be a state leader in economic development. However, being timid will not get the job done. Private/public partnerships, aggressive outreach, and telling the world why they need to be in Galveston County are critical to our long-term economy.
- Increase transparency and integrity in local government
It’s your tax dollars, your representatives, and your future at stake. An open government is a responsive government. All decisions and policies must be held up to the light of scrutiny.
- Improve disaster recovery strategy for the future
Correct information, communication and solid planning are essential to a safe, speedy and successful recovery. When it comes to shelters, disaster relief contracts, and infrastructure repair, there cannot be gaps or uncertainty.
- Build better roads, a smarter grid, working stoplights and make reducing traffic congestion a reality rather than a promise
When our infrastructure is crumbling or dysfunctional, our citizens and businesses pay the price in time lost in traffic. Quality time at home and productivity at the office are impacted.
- Support political term limits referendum
This is public service with the intention of improving the lives of your constituents, not a career with the goal of merely just having power or a title. Get in, listen, do your job right, then let the next person give it everything they have to move the ball forward.
A proud member of the GOP, Michelle is a member of the Galveston Republican Women and was one of the club’s two nominees for the Texas Federation of Republican Womens’ “2016 Women of Honor Award.” Michelle is also a member of Clear Creek Republican Women and has been an active donor to Republican causes, candidates, and continued success of party growth in Southeast Texas. In addition, Michelle has held memberships in Galveston Island Rotary, Galveston United Way Board of Trustees, and Texas Chiropractic Association-District 11 Auxiliary President. She is widowed, has two sons, and attends Clear Creek Community Church.