Incumbent running for third term on Round Rock City Council faces political newcomer for Place 2 seat in the May 7 elections.
Rene Flores, a 57-year-old commercial lender, is running for his third term in place 2 against Caitlin Leggett, a 31-year-old early childhood development and education professional.
Incumbent Hilda Montgomery is running unopposed for her third term in place 6. Council members serve three-year terms.
Flores said residents’ biggest concerns are the challenges they face due to growing and shrinking housing supply, as well as making sure Round Rock retains its small-community charm.
He said his goals if re-elected include finding more water sources, retaining and developing city staff, maintaining strong police and fire departments, and continuing the improving the city’s parks and leisure facilities.
What makes him the best candidate, Flores said, is his experience as planning and zoning commissioner since 2011 and as a council member.
“I know I’ve learned a lot and I’m still learning how the city works,” Flores said. “I am able to ask good questions that help improve overall results.”
Leggett did not respond to questions about his campaign. On her campaign website, she says that if elected, she will focus on creating a more accessible and sustainable Round Rock, as well as increasing community engagement.
Leggett says on its website that Round Rock faces a housing crisis and will take steps to alleviate the problem by lowering the cap on taxes paid by seniors and working to raise corporate taxes. and rental management companies.
Additionally, she wants to make sure Round Rock preserves its culture by improving access to local stores, ensuring fair wages for all city workers, and preserving the city’s history through preservation laws. .
About the candidates
Education: Bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas Christian University.
Community Involvement: Board member of the YMCA of Central Texas, member of the El Amistad Club of Round Rock, Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation, St. Williams Finance Council, and Capital Area Council of Governments .
Education: not available.
Community Involvement: According to its website, created a homeschooling cooperative, led a reforestation project that resulted in the planting of 140 native trees and shrubs, and worked on historic conservation efforts to preserve and protect buildings, educate the community and create an engaging and immersive atmosphere at Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms.