Q&A with candidates running for Pflugerville City Council, Place 1

Incumbent Doug Weiss, Dana Barbie and Emmy McDaniel are running for Place 1 on Pflugerville City Council in November. Community Impact Newspaper asked the candidates about their priorities and experience.

In addition, incumbent Victor Gonzales and Brad Marshall are running for Pflugerville mayor.

Election day is Nov. 5. Early voting runs from Oct. 21 through Nov. 1.


Dana Barbie (did not provide a headshot)
Occupation: retired engineer (USGS)
Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota
Experience: professional engineer (geological engineer BS degree)

What will be your top priorities if you are elected?

Making Pflugerville aware that Windermere is still unhappy that we pay much more than other residents for water.

What uniquely qualifies you for this position?

Twenty years of being on the Windermere HOA.

How should Pflugerville manage its growth?

City Council has done well [with] growth management.

What do you see as the greatest transportation challenge in Pflugerville, and how will you improve it?

Public transportation connection to Round Rock, Hutto and Austin. Cooperation.





Emmy McDaniel
Occupation: retired legal assistant, state of Texas
Hometown: Ocean City, New Jersey
Experience: B.A., DePauw University; law degree, University of Texas

What will be your top priorities if you are elected?

Do something about the mess of traffic and conduct a review of apartments.

What uniquely qualifies you for this position?

My long experience in state government.

How should Pflugerville manage its growth?

I want a review of what the city has been doing in its last several council rotations, with dumping huge amounts of people on small amounts of properties throughout the city.

What do you see as the greatest transportation challenge in Pflugerville, and how will you improve it?

There is fast food ad nauseam on 685 from Pecan to Kelly Lane. Just look at West Pecan, the mess of single-file traffic. We ought to hold out for unique, individual businesses that are not franchised across the country.





Doug Weiss
Occupation: manager, Shutterfly Inc.
Hometown: Plano
Experience: B.S. in business from UT Dallas; three years on council, 10 years on PCDC; various additional civic service experience
www.dougweiss.com

What will be your top priorities if you are elected?

My top priority is the quality of life for our citizens. That one priority informs all decisions I’ve made while serving the citizens of Pflugerville. Many factors figure in to our quality of life, including our transportation infrastructure, our parks and library, the tax burden and our need for well-paying jobs locally so we can avoid some of that Austin traffic.

What uniquely qualifies you for this position?

My commitment to our community is my primary qualification. I’ve served the community through my first term on council, my many years on the PCDC board, along with dedicating my time to several other local community and service organizations. Pflugerville is my home, and I want to ensure it continues to feel like home while we grow.

How should Pflugerville manage its growth?

Managing our growth requires vision for our unseen infrastructure; the water and wastewater lines underground that we all depend on every day. As we transition from a bedroom community to one with vibrant commercial and retail options, I’ve made plans to provide that critical infrastructure. Our ability to grow in a sustainable manner is predicated on those water and wastewater lines being in place.

What do you see as the greatest transportation challenge in Pflugerville, and how will you improve it?

Pflugerville’s greatest transportation challenge centers on being prepared and responding quickly to our fast-paced growth. We continue to see people moving here with new neighborhoods popping up. I’ve worked to ensure we have plans ready and available so we can begin construction on new road projects as soon as they’re warranted and funded by the citizens, instead of waiting to begin design and land acquisition when new lanes are already necessary.


By Kelsey Thompson
Kelsey Thompson is the reporter for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, where her work focuses on education, city government and community development. Originally from Upstate New York, Kelsey relocated to Austin after graduating from Syracuse University in May 2019.


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