With voting just a few days away, Nolanville is gearing up to hold it’s general election for a vacant council seat and a special election Nov. 5.
Two candidates are vying for Seat 5 and Sherri Morales is running unopposed for Seat 2. Seat 4 is also open, as Duane G. Hampton, whose term is expiring, opted not to run again.
No one filed for Seat 4 so council members will appoint someone after the election, City Manager Stephen Pearl said.
A special election seeks the reauthorization of the local sales and use taxes at the rate of 0.25 percent to continue providing revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets.
“The city depends heavily on this tax to continue with its street maintenance,” Pearl said, adding that the tax yields $36,000 a year. “If the residents don’t vote to continue this, then we no longer get this money.”
Seat 5 became vacant in August when Lacie Hicks, who served on the council since May 2011, submitted her resignation. She accepted a job in the Houston area and left Nolanville.
Ernesto Servan, 34, and Dave Brackmann, 55, are running for Seat 5.
Servan came to Texas as a single soldier in 1997 to serve at Fort Hood. After getting out of the military in 2001, he got married and decided to start and raise a family in Nolanville.
“When I came here as a young soldier, I had no family and no friends and no money,” he said. “This community has changed my life and has helped me grow as a person and as a professional. Running for a spot on the council is my way of giving back to this community.”
Servan works as a manager at Cleo Bay Subaru in Killeen.
“We decided to settle down here and we built our house from the ground up in Nolanville,” he said. “Being able to own a home was very emotional for me. I fell in love with this community and I want to help it grow.”
If elected, Servan’s main goals include establishing a park system throughout Nolanville and addressing road conditions and substandard housing.
“I want to really enforce codes and ordinances to ensure this community stays beautiful and people continue to be proud to live here,” he said. “As a father of four, I’m a big family man and I like to take my kids to the park, but when I do, I have to go to Harker Heights. One of my goals is to establish parks that people will want to come here to use.”
Brackmann has been a Nolanville resident since 2009 when he took a job as a multimedia manager at Fort Hood.
“We had looked at homes throughout the area, but Nolanville really appealed to us,” he said. “This city has a lot of potential and we wanted to be a part of that growth.”
Brackmann purchased and renovated the old laundromat at 202 N. Main St. and converted it into Do Good Designs, a socially responsible, full-service personalization shop.
As a homeowner and business owner, Brackmann said he sees “great potential” in the area and wants to see the city grow and to change the stigma attached to the city after a former mayor and former councilmen were convicted of sexual assault in unrelated cases.
“I want to clean up the negative cloud that has formed over the city by just doing the right things for the people and the city as a whole,” he said. “We saw the potential this city has when we moved here and decided to open up a business here. I’d like to revive the main street area and bring more business into the city if afforded the opportunity to serve on the council.”
Voting on Nov. 5 will be at Transforming Life Fellowship, 4107 Westcliff Road in Killeen. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.