HARKER HEIGHTS — John Reider recaptured a seat on the City Council and Rob Robinson remained the city’s mayor Saturday.
According to unofficial results, Reider received 488 votes, or 62 percent, while opponent David Brown garnered 299 votes, or 38 percent.
“It is very humbling, and I want to thank all my friends and all the citizens of Harker Heights who voted for me,” Reider said. “I appreciate their confidence.”
Reider, a lifelong Harker Heights resident, has served on the council for 12 years and on the planning and zoning commission for four years. He is an owner of John Reider Properties, a residential and commercial real estate sales, leasing and property management business.
“I have served 12 previous years, and I feel like I can hit the ground running,” Reider said about taking a place on the council. “I will do the absolute best job that I can. And my office will always be open to any citizens who have any problems or need answers to questions.”
Reider plans to focus on the continued growth of the city’s infrastructure and water conservation issues, he said.
Brown, who has lived in Harker Heights for 11 years, is an investigative analyst for Fort Hood’s Directorate of Emergency Services.
Saturday was his first time to run for office, but he is a six-year member of the city’s public safety commission.
“I would like to congratulate Mr. Reider,” Brown said. “I am confident that Mr. Reider will always put the needs of the city before the needs of himself.”
Brown also thanked voters for participating in the election.
In the mayoral race, Robinson was opposed on the ballot by Oscar Dominguez, who withdrew from the election in March.
Robinson garnered 630 votes, or 79.35 percent, to Dominguez’s 164 votes, or 20.65 percent.
“We’ve got a good deal going in Harker Heights, and I am really pleased to be a part of this,” Robinson said. “We’ve got things to do and we are going to continue it.”
Robinson is a 20-year Army veteran, who has served on the planning and zoning commission and the Harker Heights City Council for 14 years.
Robinson, the city’s former mayor pro tem, became the city’s mayor in Feburary when former Mayor Mike Aycock resigned.
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