COPPERAS COVE — Residents and city representatives gathered Tuesday at the Copperas Cove Police Department to welcome future District 59 state Rep.-elect J.D. Sheffield.
He and two district liaisons spent the time shaking hands with residents, who voiced their concerns about the city to Sheffield, who will take office Jan. 8 in Austin.
“The point is to learn about issues important to Cove,” said Sheffield, originally a doctor from Gatesville. “Special issues so I can better represent them in Austin.”
One issue Sheffield noted as very important to the city was the proper distribution of property taxes and federal government funds.
Councilman Mark Peterson said the meet-and-greet was a good opportunity to form a “working relationship” between the state and the city.
“There are funding issues we think need to be cleared up,” he said. “There needs to be more adequate distribution throughout the state.”
The city’s hosting the reception was intended to send a positive message to the new state legislator.
“It shows them the support the representative has from the Copperas Cove community, and it gives the citizens of the community the chance to interact with him on state issues,” said City Manager Andrea Gardner. “We’re glad to have him.”
Sheffield said he had no intention of trying to reverse any of the bills or laws endorsed by Sid Miller, the current District 59 state representative.
“Where we were most different was public education,” he said, describing Miller’s endorsement of school vouchers. “We are anti-voucher.”