Q&A: Meet the candidates for Cedar Park City Council Place 5

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 5










Kevin Harris



Occupation: Owner/Agent of the Kevin Harris Agency (Farmers Insurance)


Experience: I have served on city boards and commissions to help shape our community for over the past 15 years.






Why are you the best candidate for this seat?



KH: I believe voters are looking for a representative with experience serving and with experience in leadership. I have voluntarily served our city on various boards and commissions over the past 15 years. I have also served my country and retired as a Lieutenant [colonel] from the US Army. I can be trusted to represent the city and all people with honesty and respect.



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



KH: Our outstanding group of people who work tirelessly to protect our city and keep us safe, provides city services for all of us. My experience and leadership in working with many of them over the years is an asset to the role of city council. We fared well with no water outage during the winter storm and will continue to assess and collaborate with them to keep us moving forward through Covid-19 recovery.



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



KH: We have developed a comprehensive plan that incorporated smart initiatives for economic growth, parks, recreational development, and community development. As the [imminent] population growth to Central Texas continues and with our limited resources, we need to work together to keep our community the desirable place to live. I strive to pay close attention to key elements as we move forward working with our professional and experienced city staff and collaboration with our community.









Collin Klein



Occupation: Site supervisor for commercial landscape company


Experience: My first experience working in city government






Why are you the best candidate for this seat?



CK: I respect the constitution and the rights of individual to own and operate their business without fear of government overreach of picking winners and losers. No more lockdowns.



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



CK: We have suffered more because of government overreach. Our government is not capable of handling snow, they cannot handle a pandemic. This is why the role of government should be a support role only and never enforce these horrible restrictions ever again. Just like they did during the storm, no police enforced a stay at home order, but people were informed and the city offered a beneficial supporting function.



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



CK: I want to provide incentive to single family homes and small business growth. Our city is a wonderful place for families. We were very close to having Apple and Amazon in our backyard, and that is not in our interest. I am pro small business not giant corporate interests.


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.


MOST RECENT

The Hutto Chamber of Commerce will host three virtual candidate forums ahead of the May 1 election. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hutto Chamber of Commerce to hold May election candidate forums

The Hutto Chamber of Commerce will host three virtual candidate forums for the Hutto ISD board of trustees and City Council Places 2 and 5 ahead of the May 1 election.

Clara Kistner, Farmacy master gardener, said the community garden operates without the use of chemical fertilizers.
Spicewood community garden grows its support at Bee Creek United Methodist Church

Through hard work and dedication, a group of volunteers in western Travis County have transformed a plot of scrub and rocky land into a community garden that makes a difference in the lives of area residents in need.

Romeo's Pizza held its Georgetown groundbreaking April 6. (Courtesy Romeo's Pizza)
Romeo's Pizza coming to Georgetown; Vacancy Brewing opens in South Austin and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Photo of a Moderna vaccine vial
Austin Public Health coronavirus vaccine portal opens to all adults April 12

APH will continue outreach efforts to high-priority groups.

The Georgetown Arts and Cultural Board has scheduled for two new murals to be installed this spring. (Courtesy The Georgetown Arts & Cultural Board)
2 new murals to go up in Georgetown

The murals will be installed this spring.

The splash pads at San Jose Park, Downtown Georgetown, Rabbit Hill and Garey Park are now open. (Courtesy Georgetown Parks & Recreation)
Splash pads now open in Georgetown

Four splash pads across the city are open for the summer.

Zoi Market plans to open its new store location April 15. (Courtesy Zoi Market)
Zoi Market is relocating to a larger space in Buda

Zoi Market's new location features a juice bar and fresh meals.

Romeo's Pizza held its Georgetown groundbreaking April 6. (Courtesy Romeo's Pizza)
Romeo's Pizza coming to Georgetown

The pizza joint plans to open in June.

Hill Country Galleria will host its annual spring art walk event April 16. (Courtesy Giant Noise Public Relations)
10 things to do in the Lake Travis-Westlake area in April, May

From outdoor art walks to live music, the Lake Travis-Westlake area is bustling with community events this spring.

Austin Public Health holds a vaccination clinic at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Coronavirus updates from Austin, Travis County; governor bans 'vaccine passports' and more top Central Texas news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from Central Texas.

Rollingwood residents will have the opportunity to provide input on the city's comprehensive plan. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Rollingwood launches community survey focused on city’s first comprehensive plan

In an effort to collect community input, Rollingwood launched a survey focused on the needs and priorities within the community, according to an April 8 news release from the city.