Q&A: Meet the candidates for Cedar Park City Council Place 3

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)



CEDAR PARK



Cedar Park City Council Place 3










Anne K. Duffy



Occupation: Registered Nurse, Clinical Nursing Manager


Experience: Incumbent City Council member, Mayor Pro Tem, Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority Board, community volunteer, LEO wife, former Naval Officer






Why are you the best candidate for this seat?



AD: My background and experience makes me the best candidate for Place 3. I’ve proven my ability to work with others on the Council, as part of a community team. I’m willing and able to serve and represent the needs and interests of everyone. My time as a Naval Officer, Nurse, parent, and 4-year member of the city council, has given me tools and experiences needed to lead and keep Cedar Park a strong community.



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



AD: As a graduate of Leadership Cedar Park, I’m distinctly aware of the needs and presence of our local businesses. We have constantly worked to make sure our residents and businesses are in a position to adapt to the direction of our government leaders. Our City and Chamber directly helped several businesses with locally funded financial grants. The recent events have tested all of us. I’ll continue supporting efforts to keep us strong and moving forward.



How will you ensure the city grows in a healthy way?



AD: Cedar Park has consistently been named a top city for families and businesses. Our city is vibrant because of stable and professional leadership. I’ll continue this path, working with Council and staff for timely completion of existing projects, preparing for future opportunities, and listening to our residents. We’re creating awesome gathering spaces, a library, and two new parks. It’s essential we’re collaborating with everyone, focused on staying true to our city’s identity.









Claudia Chavez



Occupation: Homeschool teacher


Experience: For the last 2 years, I've been attending and watching City Council meetings. I have started attending commissioners court meetings as well.






Why are you the best candidate for this seat?



CC: I have the emotional maturity and discipline to stay focused on the task at hand and work with others no matter which way they lean politically. I also have the courage to stand by the United States Constitution and stand with my fellow Americans who use their 1st amendment rights even though I will not always agree with what they say. Our United States Flag and Constitution bring true unity we can all stand by.



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



CC: During the Covid restrictions and shutdown, many citizens voiced their concerns regarding a lack of consistency between the city, county and state government; this caused confusion, chaos and frustration. I would work with other government entities to make sure we are all on the same page. Regarding the winter storm, I would re-assess our infrastructure and make the update where we fell short.



How will you ensure the city grows in a healthy way?



CC: I would promote more businesses into Cedar Park to balance the tax burden away from families and their homes. I'd encourage more family homes than apartments to bring back the community feel. Per what was expressed to me by residents of Cedar Park, "We also need to work on not being a pass-through city."


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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