A enterprise advisor and a development challenge supervisor are working towards one another for the district six place on the Georgetown Metropolis Council within the Nov. 2 election.
Each Chere Heintzmann, 66 and Jake French, 34, say they’re skilled with native politics.
They’re vying for the seat left vacant by Rachael Jonrowe, who resigned over the summer season. She was re-elected in November 2020 to her fourth three-year time period in workplace.
District 6 contains the Georgetown downtown sq. and neighborhoods to the south of it.
Heintzmann stated the considerations she hears from district residents embrace sustaining the appeal of the downtown sq., bettering walkability within the space and conserving housing inexpensive.
“We have individuals coming in and placing in big fashionable properties proper subsequent to small internal metropolis properties which have been there for 60 to over 100 years,” she stated.
A few of the residents are additionally involved concerning the homeless individuals tenting in a few of the district’s parks, Heintzmann stated.
“Homelessness is a bit more hidden in Georgetown however it does exist. … We (the town) have to handle that,” she stated.
Heintzmann stated her objectives if elected embrace “making certain good development by preserving our historical past whereas managing and guiding future improvement.”
She stated she additionally desires to broaden mobility within the district by bettering roads, bridges, sidewalks and transportation providers.
Town stopped its fixed-route bus system on Oct. 1 as a result of it could not get sufficient ridership.
“We have now to rethink what is acceptable transportation,” Heintzmann stated.
She stated her confirmed management and experience in firm development and complicated contract negotiations at a senior govt stage make her the very best candidate for the job.
“In addition, I perceive the complexity of native governance, having served two phrases on the Basic Authorities and Finance Advisory Board, co-chaired the town’s Mobility Bond Committee and presently serving as vice-chair of the Planning and Zoning Fee for the town of Georgetown,” stated Heintzmann.
Her opponent, French, stated the largest considerations he hears from district residents embrace pedestrian security, parking, an absence of public transportation choices and housing affordability.
He stated residents are also involved concerning the Accomplice statue on the county courthouse grounds, which is true in the course of the downtown sq..
“Lots of people need it eliminated as a result of they really feel it is racist and does not mirror their values,” French stated. He stated many individuals he talked to additionally wished to take away the statue as a result of they had been uninterested in seeing weekly disturbances on the web site between individuals who wished to maneuver it and those that did not need it eliminated.
A call to request that the statue be moved can solely be made by the Williamson County Commissioners Courtroom, because it is on county property. The court docket is required to ask the Texas Historic Fee for permission to take away the monument.
Each French and Heintzmann stated they’re in favor of transferring the statue to a distinct location. The Georgetown Metropolis Council voted towards a proposed decision in June to ask the commissioners to request the removing of the statue.
French stated that if elected he would work to enhance sidewalks and crosswalks on the heavily-used pedestrian routes in his district.
“I need to work on parking options that more and more have change into an issue across the sq. and work on a long-term parking storage resolution that doesn’t detract from the aesthetic of downtown,” he stated. He additionally desires to develop public transportation options, he stated, as a result of the town’s fastened route bus service didn’t work.
He stated he has expertise working with authorities in numerous cities due to his job in development administration.
“My job has offered me the chance to work carefully and work together with metropolis staffs, planning and zoning commissions, metropolis councils, hearth departments, transportation authorities, utility firms, and a myriad of different governmental companies within the entitling, planning, and development of initiatives,” French stated.
He stated he is the very best candidate as a result of he’s dedicated to listening and speaking with residents of District 6, in addition to all different Georgetown residents.
Early voting begins Monday for the Nov. 2 election. The poll for Georgetown residents additionally contains a number of constitution amendments.
In regards to the candidates:
Training: Attended the College of Texas with a serious in accounting
Group involvement: Served on the town’s common authorities and finance advisory board; co-chaired the town’s mobility bond committee; presently serves as vice-chair of Georgetown’s planning and zoning fee, volunteers with nonprofit CareBOX program,” which serves Central Texas most cancers sufferers going by way of therapy; volunteers with Habitat for Humanity; volunteers with Texas Particular Olympics; and teaches entrepreneurship to highschool college students and mentors them.
Training: Bachelor’s diploma in enterprise and economics from Wheaton Faculty (Illinois)
Group involvement: Serves on the Georgetown Transportation Advisory Board; serves as sacristy member at Gentle of Christ Anglican Church in Georgetown; volunteered at Trip on Heart for Youngsters, a non-profit that gives horse-riding remedy; volunteered with Habitat for Humanity; and volunteered with TreeFolks, an Austin non-profit serving to individuals plant and look after bushes.