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Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2014 4:30 am

HARKER HEIGHTS — With the polls opening Monday for early voting, Mayor Rob Robinson knows he’s not a shoo-in to remain the city’s top elected official.

Even though his former opponent, Oscar Dominguez, withdrew from the race, his name remains on the May 10 ballot.

With that in mind, Robinson has remained visible in the community, attending forums and answering questions from residents.

The only contested race in Heights is for the Seat 4 spot vacated by Robinson. John Reider and David Brown are vying to fill it.

As Heights grows into its population cap — estimated to be between 45,000 and 50,000 residents — Reider is an advocate of properly planning for adequate water and wastewater accommodations and ensuring the city moves forward with its earmarked capital improvement projects, particularly road improvements to Comanche Gap Road.

“I just want the opportunity to get back on and serve with our council members,” Reider said. “I have a good rapport with many of the council members and there has always been a cohesive relationship among council members.”

Reider, who served on the council for 12 years, is a lifelong Heights resident and has been in commercial real estate and property management for 39 years. He also has four years of experience on the Heights Planning and Zoning Commission.

For Brown, an investigative analyst for Fort Hood’s Directorate of Emergency Services, the May 10 election is his first time running for an elected office.

“I have a responsibility as a good citizen and neighbor to contribute to our community,” he said. “I feel I can continue to serve through the city council.”

As the city continues to grow, Brown wants to ensure proper management of that expansion, retaining the city’s identity of being “The Shining Star of Central Texas” by adding sidewalks, a third fire station, environmentally improved water runoff, improved traffic plans and walking/cycling paths.

Brown, who has lived in Heights since 2003, was a member of the Infrastructure Committee for the 2007 Exploring New Heights II citizen focus group and currently serves on the Harker Heights Public Safety Commission.

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