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

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.