COPPERAS COVE — Two of the three candidates for City Council Place 2 discussed development projects and growth, communication between city workers and other issues during a political forum on Saturday.
Azeita Taylor and Sandor Vegh reiterated their platforms and answered questions at the forum, hosted by VFW Post 8577. Mark Peterson did not attend.
As a former editor for the Copperas Cove Leader Press, Taylor said she wants to bring her sense of accuracy, timeliness and integrity to the council.
Growth of the city provides residents with many services.
Those developments need to not only provide for residents, but also use taxes responsibly, Taylor said. “I hope to push the city through to the next stage with all the progress that is going on.”
Taylor, 41, hopes to be a fresh, young voice for the city and promote transparency in government, family values and added quality of life.
“What I bring is a love for our community as a whole,” she said.
Vegh, 76, a retired civil servant who is involved with many city projects, said he’s proud to represent his community and will do his best to maintain Cove’s small-town feel despite the recent and future growth.
“My goal is to have sustainable growth without compromising the spirit of our city,” Vegh said.
He also promoted strengthening public safety by making sure fire and police departments have proper equipment and training, supported sidewalks and access to public transportation for low-income families, and hopes to improve communication between residents and the city.
“We all benefit from better communication from the city and the folks living in the city,” he said.
On sustainability, both Taylor and Vegh support a ban on plastic bags only after the public is educated about the benefits of utilizing reusable bags the city will help provide.
Concerning a compressed work week, Taylor said she needs to hear residents’ input before deciding whether the city should shorten its work week to longer hours, only four days a week.
Although city employees may support it because it means three-day weekends, Vegh opposes a compressed work week since it will not benefit residents by possibly limiting needed services.
J.D. Sheffield, the Republican nominee for Texas House District 59, attended the forum and reinforced his stance supporting public education and better health care for small towns and rural communities.
Sheffield said he has stayed in touch with all eight counties within district and hopes to represent them at the state level.
If elected, Sheffield said he would represent the district in Austin by voting based on conservative and Republican principles.
His opponent, Democrat Bill Norris, who suffered a stroke earlier this month, has suspended his campaign and did not attend.
Coryell County Judge John Firth also attended to discuss two ballot items dealing with a closed versus open range law, which will determine whether owners should be responsible for keeping their livestock contained.