Q&A: Meet the candidates for Leander City Council Place 6

Early voting begins April 19 for the May 1 election. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Early voting begins April 19 for the May 1 election. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Early voting begins April 19 for the May 1 election. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)



LEANDER



Leander City Council, Place 6










Marci Cannon (incumbent)



Occupation: Land and Commercial Real Estate


Experience: Current City Council Place 6, land owner, local and regional land and transportation boards, comprehensive plans, real estate advisory boards






Why are you the best candidate for this seat?



MC: I’ve lived in Leander over 20 years and Williamson County for the majority of my life. I’ve served on many boards, nonprofits, LISD parent boards and church in an effort to improve Leander for my family and all of us who call this home. My professional background in land, site selection, development and municipal law provides a strong knowledge base to inform my decisions on creating a high-quality, sustainable community.



How will you help Leander recover from the effects of COVID-19 and the Texas winter storms?



MC: I currently serve on Leander’s Capital Improvement Subcommittee, aimed at prioritizing City projects based on safety and infrastructure reliability. During 2020, we moved some economic development funds to assist our small businesses in crisis. We have been analyzing every aspect of these two catastrophic events that shutdown Texas and the nation and we will be stronger based on our first-hand knowledge.



What does the city need to do to fix its water issues and prevent further problems?



MC: The water issue is long and very complicated. For the first time ever, we initiated a Water Study to analyze our needs based on zoning decisions made a decade ago, as well as the unprecedented growth we’ve seen in recent years. In order for the Council to make sound decisions reaching decades in the future, we must use third-party expertise to guide our choices. We are doing that now and will have updated priorities based on this modeling.









Becki Ross



Occupation: Self-Employed Small Business Owner


Experience: 25+ years of experience collaborating and problem solving as a corporate employee, small business owner, volunteer and parent






Why are you the best candidate for this seat?



BR: As a member and former chair of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, Chamber of Commerce immediate past chair and board member, and community volunteer, I have the experience and temperament to make a positive difference on day one. I’m a small business owner who engages with the entire spectrum of residents on a daily basis and I have no conflicts of interest when it comes to deciding what is best for the city.



How will you help Leander recover from the effects of COVID-19 and the Texas winter storms?



BR: We need a thorough study on our responses to both the pandemic and the severe weather. Public health issues shouldn’t be so politicized and polarizing. Hardening our infrastructure so that the basic necessities are provided is critical. I also want to encourage residents to support local businesses as much as possible because they are the backbone of our local economy and our social lives.



What does the city need to do to fix its water issues and prevent further problems?



BR: The hardening of our infrastructure must begin with water. Completing the deep water intake and installing backup generators at the Sandy Creek plant should be priorities. Strategic reserves of drinking water should also be considered for emergencies along with plans for distribution to residents. A lot of people don’t realize that some hydrants around town were dry during the storms and that’s a public safety concern that must also be addressed.


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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