NOLANVILLE — The city held a meet-the-candidates forum Friday in preparation for the Nov. 5 election.
Ernesto Servan, 34, and Dave Brackmann, 55, are vying for Seat 5 on the Nolanville City Council.
Servan said he came to Texas as a young and 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.
“This community has changed my life and has helped me grow as a professional,” he said. “Running for a spot on the council is my way of giving back to this community.”
If elected, Servan said he would like to establish a park system throughout Nolanville, address road conditions and to overall maintain the city’s small-town feel while preparing for growth.
“I’ve seen the growth in Killeen and in Harker Heights and I know it’s coming this way. We can’t stop it, but we need to be smart about it,” Servan said. “I want businesses to come, I just don’t want liquor stores or strip clubs here. I want to maintain the small-town feel and make it a great place to raise a family.”
A New Jersey native, Brackmann told forum attendees that he has been a Nolanville resident since 2009 when he took a job as a multimedia manager at Fort Hood.
“Nolanville really appealed to us and resonated with us,” he said. “This city has a lot of potential and we wanted to be a part of that growth.”
Brackmann said he 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 with hopes that other businesses would take notice and see what he sees in Nolanville.
“There is great potential here and I want to be a part of that change,” he said. “I’d like to revive and give the Main Street area a face lift to bring businesses into the city.”
Colleen Smith, the newly established Nolanville Economic Development Corporation board’s president said she attended the forum to see which candidate best aligns with her vision for the city.
“I hoped the turnout would have been better because it’s important to know who is running for a spot on the council,” she said.
The ballot also includes reauthorization of the local sales and use tax to provide revenue for street maintenance.
The tax yields about $36,000 a year.