Chiropractor challenging five-term incumbent for Cedar Park City Council seat
|By Andra Lim, Austin American-Statesman|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
In this relatively young suburb -- just 41 years old, compared with two neighbors that are past the 100-year mark --the significance of city history has been a point of contention in
"I want to focus on the next 40 years of
Moore, who's 74 and first took office in 1998, responded: "I know you don't live in the past, but you have to recognize the past, too. What you've done in the past is indicative of what you'll do in the future."
For instance, Moore said, he voted to approve deals with businesses that helped create 7,000 jobs over the past decade, the majority of which are primary jobs with good pay and benefits. He also said he was involved in decisions about the Cedar Park Center, from pondering whether there should be cupholders to negotiating a
Moore said that if he is re-elected, he will prioritize managing the city's economic development arm and adding roads to support growth, such as extending
Jahadi's pet project is adding service roads along the 183-A tollway, which he said would provide a north-south alternative to increasingly congested
But it's another issue -- zoning -- that has split the
Several landowners have asked for property to be rezoned to make it more commercially viable. Most members of the
Jahadi said he had no issue with how the
"In some areas, they've taken this huge, vast space and just said, 'All of this needs to be commercial,'" Jahadi said. "In some areas, we need to do more detailed analysis."
"I know Lowell's views, 100 percent at this point," Pohl said. "The alternative is better than 20 years of no."
Both Moore and Jahadi tout their business acumen.
Moore started his career as a Sears store manager, worked as senior vice president of
He and his wife filed for bankruptcy in 2003, according to court records the
Moore has received
Jahadi has brought in
Here's what Van Arsdale, 44, said he would like to achieve in office:
--Lower the property tax rate of
--Increase transparency by making more information available on the Web -- for instance, posting campaign finance documents on
--Aggressively recruit companies to
--Combat "friction" over land use by listening to property owners, city staff, investors and developers
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