Seven can­di­dates are in the run­ning for three places on Le­an­der City Coun­cil

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Claire Os­born cos­born@states­ Le­an­der

Two Le­an­der City Coun­cil mem­bers are fac­ing a chal­lenger in their re-elec­tion bids while an open third seat has drawn three can­di­dates in the May 5 elec­tion.

The race for the Place 2 seat pits in­cum­bent Michelle Stephen­son against Philip Con­ta­tore, while Chris­tine Sed­erquist will chal­lenge Coun­cil Mem­ber Ron Abruzzese for his Place 4 seat. Marci Can­non, Mar­shall Hines and Derek Le­visay are run­ning for the Place 6 seat that is be­ing va­cated by Troy Hill, who is run­ning for mayor. Here is a race-by-race look at all of the can­di­dates:

Place 2

Stephen­son, a 54-year-old home­maker, has served one term on the coun­cil. She said her pri­or­i­ties if re-elected are keep­ing res­i­dents safe with strong po­lice and fire de­part­ments, keep­ing ahead of the city’s in­fra­struc­ture needs and work­ing with the city staff to en­cour­age business growth.

She said she has learned the needs of the community and how the city works af­ter serv­ing as a coun­cil mem­ber and be­ing on the Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion.

“One of my goals is to help build a strong sense of community and to­geth­er­ness as Le­an­der grows. There’s ex­plo­sive growth oc­cur­ring right now, and I re­ally want Le­an­der to keep its warmth and friend­li­ness,” she said.

Her op­po­nent, Philip Con­ta­tore, is a 53-year-old po­lice of­fi­cer. He said his pri­or­i­ties in­clude di­ver­si­fy­ing the tax base through com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment; ad­dress­ing high wa­ter rates; and mak­ing sure the city’s pub­lic safety de­part­ments are prop­erly trained, equipped and funded.

He said he knows Le­an­der res­i­dents are also seek­ing prop­erty tax

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