Election Q&A: Meet the candidates for Cedar Park mayor

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Early voting is Oct. 13-30. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Early voting is Oct. 13-30. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Incumbent Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale faces Jim Richardson for the Cedar Park mayoral seat.

Van Arsdale won the seat in 2018 with about 70% of votes.


Here is information on the two candidates.


CEDAR PARK



Cedar Park mayor










Corbin Van Arsdale



Occupation: mayor of Cedar Park, president and general counsel of a statewide business association


Top priorities: recovering/emerging from COVID-19; keeping property taxes down/being fiscally smart; making sure our police are funded






Why are you running for this position?



CV: I’ve served our city the last 9 years as mayor, councilmember, and city board member. With the uncertainty/challenge of COVID-19—and our ongoing huge, complex projects—this is not the time to quit or put a complete newbie with no experience in as mayor. That would be a disaster. A leader with experience is crucial for our city right now.



How will you help Cedar Park recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic?



CV: First, by listening—to our residents, our businesses, our city staff, and our regional, state, and federal stakeholders—as we work through emerging from the virus. Second, by leveraging the relationships I’ve formed in my 12 years of state and local elected office to our community’s benefit. We’re already doing things to help us recover.









Jim Richardson



Occupation: electrical engineering and project management for a Fortune 500 company in the Austin area


Top priorities: fully fund law enforcement and first responders; provide serious, significant property tax burden relief; keep Austin's political influence out






Why are you running for this position?



JR: I believe Cedar Park is a wonderful city, built on common-sense conservative values. I will fight to keep Austin's influence out of the city. I want to unite our city, removing the divisive politics we see today. We must focus once again on the needs of our citizens and bring strong, capable leadership back to the council.



How will you help Cedar Park recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic?



JR: Our business community is clearly suffering. Many of our cherished local businesses have been forced to close. We need to reduce regulations and provide temporary tax breaks while our great businesses fight their way back from this pandemic.


By Taylor Girtman
After interning with Community Impact Newspaper in 2019, Taylor Girtman became a reporter for the Cedar Park and Leander edition in February 2020.


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