Q&A with candidates running for Place 3 on Cedar Park City Council

Two candidates are running for Cedar Park City Council Place 3.

Two candidates are running for Cedar Park City Council Place 3.

Incumbent Anne Duffy and Hulyne Christopher are running for Place 3 on Cedar Park City Council. Community Impact Newspaper asked the candidates about their priorities and experience.

Places 1 and 5 on Cedar Park City Council are also up for election. Election day is May 4. Early voting is April 22-30.

Anne Duffy

Occupation: Clinical nurse manager, Ascension Texas
Priorities: Safety, fiscal sustainability
Website: www.akduffyforcp.com

What makes you fit for the role of a city council member?
As a lifelong leader in the military, health care and community, I have gained the skills needed of a City Council member. It takes collaboration, listening, working together, respectful communication and compromise. My leadership focus has always been about serving others and putting people first. During my past two years on City Council, I’ve held office hours; promoted the outstanding contributions of our citizens, fire and police; and remained focused on keeping Cedar Park a thriving city. It is my privilege to serve and represent all citizens of Cedar Park.

How do you plan on addressing the growth in your city?
I will have discussions, ask difficult questions and challenge ideas. I will ensure we are always evaluating the demands on our roads, public safety, drainage and finances. It is important for us to attract the right type of growth. Most importantly, good-paying jobs. When we attract employers, because of Class A office space, this assists us in keeping property taxes low. For our fiscal health, we need to have a diverse tax base. Therefore, I will carefully review the proposals brought to us. I have been diligent in this process during my time on council.

What role should the city play in regulating development?
It’s important that each proposal is examined for the benefit to the city and the impact to the surrounding areas. We need to stay true to our values, ordinances and comprehensive plan. Some of our anticipated growth is not appealing to our citizens. It is essential that we are forward thinking on how growth affects traffic and property values.

What are the three biggest issues facing the city?
Traffic and mobility are issues for our region. In addition to commuting into neighboring areas, population growth is impacting travel around the city. We have focused efforts on timing the lights properly and road enhancements. It’s essential we conduct studies to discover new ways to ease the burden on our residents. Being landlocked, developable land is at a premium. We need to consider new options for housing and commercial development. Rising property taxes is an issue. I voted for the past two years to lower the tax rate and to put in a homestead exemption.

Hulyne Christopher

Occupation: Office manager
Top priorities: Public safety and infrastructure for growth
Website: www.christopherforcp.com

What makes you fit for the role of a city council member?
With over eight years of management experience in the private sector, I can effectively prioritize, resolve conflicts and bring business acumen to city plans and projects. I value open dialogue and inclusiveness from all citizens. Cedar Park is a thriving, growing community, and I want to ensure we plan for growth without sacrificing the voice of our neighborhoods.

How do you plan on addressing the growth in your city?
As our city continues to grow, we will need to address increases in crime rates and traffic congestion. I think it is critical to ensure that our police and fire departments have adequate staffing and the equipment necessary to do their jobs effectively and safely. We must also focus on continuing road projects throughout the city as needed. Leveraging technology and retiming signals in key intersections can help alleviate some traffic issues and improve mobility as well.

What role should the city play in regulating development?
I feel that we have a good zoning and development plan already in place, but it is important to listen to the residents of Cedar Park when looking to make changes to those plans. The focus should be on encouraging a more business-friendly environment while maintaining the suburban culture that attracted residents to Cedar Park.

What are the three biggest issues facing the city?

  • Public Safety-Rising crime rates and need for more public services as population grows

  • Better management of tax payer dollars

  • Traffic congestion

By Marisa Charpentier

Reporter, Cedar Park | Leander

Marisa Charpentier joined Community Impact in September 2018. After working as an intern, she became a reporter for the Cedar Park | Leander edition in October 2018. Charpentier graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in journalism and Plan II Honors.


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