When the opportunity to run for City Council came up, Jake French thought of two things—his love for Georgetown and the chance to make a difference in the community he’s called home for the last 20 years. “[My wife] Allison and I are committed to doing what we can to promote the prosperity and welfare of our city and, after a lot of prayer and discussion, we decided this is the best opportunity we could think of to seek the welfare of the city we live in,” he says.
A construction project manager, Councilman French vied for the District 6 seat alongside local business consultant Cheré Heintzmann in the November election after Rachael Jonrowe’s resignation. Helping shape Georgetown’s growth is natural for Councilman French, who got his start in the construction field during college by building houses in the area for a local developer.
Later working for Embree Group and now DPR Construction, he believes the leadership skills he has acquired will transfer well to being on the council—representative, collaborative, organized, and detail-oriented.
ON THE DAIS
Just one month into his two-year term, Councilman French has been focusing on improving traffic infrastructure, especially when it comes to pedestrian safety. He is pushing for additional sidewalks, crosswalks, and a downtown parking structure. Ultimately, he hopes his time on the council will help future generations enjoy Georgetown the way he has for the last 20 years, and that Georgetown will manage its tremendous growth wisely and responsibly while maintaining its essential character.
Councilman French says, “We are a unique town with small-town charm, which District 6 embodies more than any other district. I hope future generations will appreciate the 150-year-plus history of our town because, while Georgetown continues to grow, it will still be Georgetown. I want my kids to be excited to be a part of the continuous story of a wonderful Texas town with friendly people who value service, community, and having a good time with good friends in a beautiful place.”