HARKER HEIGHTS — Two of three candidates for the only contested City Council race made an appearance Thursday at a forum hosted by the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee at St. Paul Chong Hasang Parish Center.

Harrel “Hal” Schiffman and Stuart “Stu” McLennan gave presentations about their reasons for running for Place 1 and answered questions asked by some of the several dozen people in attendance.

Donald Lee Erik Sandlin did not attend the forum.

Shiffman, a retirement counselor at Advanced Financial Strategies, has lived in Harker Heights since 1993.

“We are blessed in Harker Heights to have a prosperous city and well-run city, which is due to our city manager,” he said. “My management and decision-making style is collaborative.”

McLennan, a retiree who served 34 years in the military, has lived in Heights since 2001.

He served on the Heights Planning and Zoning Commission for seven years.

“I didn’t plan to run for council when I joined the P&Z in 2006,” he said. “But as an Evangelical Christian, I believed that God led me (to run.)”

Harker Heights Mayor Mike Aycock asked the candidates how they would handle the constant build-out of the community.

“We need to sustain the Harker Heights budgeting process,” McLennan said. “I think that we’ve got to integrate visionary and proactive water planning with the right agencies, and we have to improve upon the existing infrastructure that we got.”

Schiffman said the city must improve the infrastructure to maintain property values and attract commercial development.

“I would expect the infrastructure in place will facilitate that.”

Early voting begins April 29 for the May 11 election.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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