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Candidates for City Council attend Political Forum

Candidates for City Council attend Political Forum

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

On Thursday, April 20, candidates running for place number three on the City Council attended a social luncheon at St. Paul Chong Hasang Parish Center, 2412 Stillhouse Lake Road in Harker Heights. The event was open to the public, and food from Geechies’ restaurant was catered. Members from the Chamber of Commerce as well as the current Mayor Rob Robinson was also in attendance.

Three candidates have filed to run for seat three—Pat Christ, Jackeline Soriano Fountain, and Laurie Williamson McElhiney—all who attended the luncheon to introduce themselves to citizens, as well as answer questions.

Christ served in the military for 23 years and upon retiring in 1992, he assisted with building homes in the Harker Heights area. He’s served four terms on the City Council since 2003, and has helped in the efforts to create a new police station, Seaton hospital and the new AFYMCA Facility, to name a few. “I want to continue to work to make Harker Heights the kind of place we want to live.” Said Christ during the event. “I will do this by continuing to improve the city I’ve helped build, and insuring a quality of life that attracts people.”

Soriano Fountain also served 18 years in the military and was a former Garrison Sergeant Major. Among some of the most important issues discussed by Soriano Fountain, better roads and the upkeep of sewers were named. “I want Harker Heights to continue to be a great place to live in while still operating within its financial means,” she said, “My family benefitted growing up in Harker Heights, and I want to give people the same opportunity.”

Williamson McElhiney calls herself a pioneer in business, as she worked in the automotive industry during a time when that was not deemed appropriate for a woman. Some of the most important matters she addressed was keeping taxes low, and working to maintain and improve the quality of living within the city. “My message is very straightforward, I am here for the citizens of Harker Heights,” said Williamson McElhiney. “Ultimately, I want you to pick the person that you believe is going to do this job best.”

Early voting began April 24 at City Hall, 305 Miller’s Crossing. The voting times and location are as follows:

April 24, April 26, April 27, April 28, May 2 early voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall.

April 25, May 1 early voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Election day is May 6, and voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Recreation Center, located at 307 Miller’s Crossing. For more information on this city’s municipal election, call 254 953 5600.

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