Resident Spotlight: Patrick Kelly

Resident Spotlight: Patrick Kelly

Resident Spotlight: Patrick Kelly

by Steve Gamel

If you’re an early bird and happen to stop into Sofia’s Kitchen one morning before work, the odds are that you will bump into longtime Castle Hills resident and local government aficionado, Patrick Kelly.

And if you do, don’t be shy – he’s more than willing to offer you a seat and share a few words over a cup of coffee.

Patrick, who moved to Castle Hills in 2000, is the President of the 1B Board and has made a habit over the last few years of starting his workday at Sofia’s six days a week. On Wednesdays, he’s at The Perc Coffeehouse, and the goal is always the same: talk to people, answer questions, and rave over how Castle Hills is the best place to work and play.

“I get here around 6:30 in the morning and stay until about 8,” Patrick said. “It’s a chance to talk to people if they have questions about politics, Castle Hills, or how to get something done or just get involved. I try to be as helpful as I can.”

Bottom line, he’s a really nice guy and someone you should know if you’re interested in learning more about local politics. While his full-time job is as the Director of Information Systems for a local healthcare company, Patrick felt it was his civic duty to get into politics 10 years ago. In 2012, he joined the 1B board and has since become known as someone who tirelessly gets involved in as much as he can. He was the founder of The Round Table Project, one of the leaders on the 2010 Water Rate Petition, and is a co-author of several articles appearing in Castle Hills Life regarding local politics.

Beyond that, he’s been a member of several organizations, including Keep Lewisville Beautiful. He also attends almost every city council meeting in hopes of soaking in as much about the community as possible.

“At some point, I may run for Lewisville City Council, but if I do, I want to make sure I’m not just this guy from Castle Hills who has no views on Lewisville,” he said. “I’m trying to learn as much
as I can.”

When Patrick is not working or talking politics in the early-morning hours at Sophia’s or The Perc, he’s spending time with his beautiful family. He and wife, LeeAnn, have been married for 23 years
and have three children. Their two boys, Patrick and Neil, go to Hebron High School. Their daughter, Katy, is a sophomore at Baylor. What many people might not know is that Patrick is also part of what he calls a “Dad band.” Three Hand Roxy will be playing The Grind on August 3.

“It’s been neat to watch this area grow from a handful of houses when we first moved in to now where it’s a sprawling community,” Patrick said. “It’s a great place to raise kids. It’s been a lot of fun living here.”

patrick kelly and family

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