Election Q&A: Meet Georgetown City Council District 6 candidates

Candidates Rachael Jonrowe and Michael Walton speak on how they plan to help the city recover from the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Community Impact staff)
Candidates Rachael Jonrowe and Michael Walton speak on how they plan to help the city recover from the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Community Impact staff)

Candidates Rachael Jonrowe and Michael Walton speak on how they plan to help the city recover from the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Community Impact staff)



GEORGETOWN



Georgetown City Council District 6










Rachael Jonrowe




Occupation: business owner


Experience: have served as the respresentative for this district for the last 9 years






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




RJ: First and foremost, I will ask my fellow voters to vote for candidates at the state and federal level who will allocate the appropriate and necessary resources to support everyone feeling the devastating effects of COVID-19. We are at a historic crossroads. A recovery will take more than a "bootstrapping" mentality. It requires all of us working together, at every level of government, across every sector, within every school and neighborhood, to mourn what we've lost and rebuild a better future.








Michael Walton




Occupation: manager at IBM


Experience: My involvement with the Georgetown and District 6 as a neighbor and volunteer along with my education and work experience has prepared me for a place on council.






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




MW: The biggest impact of the pandemic is financial: loss of jobs, business closings and residents having difficulty paying their bills. I will support programs that can help minimize these financial burdens and support our local businesses. We don’t know what the future will bring, but if data shows we are at the point where we can ease restrictions, then I’ll support that. If the situation worsens, then I [will] support keeping existing directives in place.



By Sally Grace Holtgrieve
Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019, and in addition, editor of Leander-Cedar Park in August 2020.


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