Copperas Cove: Mayoral candidates shake things up, talk hot topics

Copperas Cove City Hall. (City of Copperas Cove photo/file)

Election Day is Saturday in Copperas Cove as voters decide on a successor to Mayor Frank Seffrood who died unexpectedly in December.

More than 500 ballots have been cast in early voting, but the rest of the city has from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday to get votes in.

There is plenty of talk around town about growth, property taxes and the Highway 190 project.

We're shaking things up by using the Draw Names from a Hat app to pull those topics of discussion.

To start, former mayor Bradi Diaz would like to pick up where she left off by focusing on projects to build the city if re-elected.

She shakes the phone per instructions and is given the topic “economic growth”.

“If you have good economic growth, good residential growth, then you are able to maintain and not increase residential property taxes in order to maintain your services for your city,” she says.

“With economic growth comes the job growth, and those things just go hand-in-hand.”

Ron Nelson moved to the area from Austin four years ago and wants to bring better cooperation to Cove for a more robust city.

He pulls the topic “job growth”.

“We need to have the amenities to attract these higher-paying jobs and bigger companies so we can't that collect things like our roads and our parks,” says Nelson.

“Retail is great and those sorts of things are fine, but that's not the middle-class jobs we need like manufacturing,” he adds.

“I'm a technology guy, so I really want to see more technology jobs come in.”

Candidate Brandi Weiand wants to focus on more non-military jobs and employing military dependents.

"I think we have everything we need in Copperas Cove,” she says.

“We just need to organize it in the right way to get it to move forward."

She pulls the hot topic “Highway 190” and says if elected, she also hopes to help bring more businesses to the other parts of the city to help relieve traffic.

“I think we can come up with something better than a median in the middle,” she says. “We have an issue at this end of town with growth.”

Weiand suggests building up the area around Ogletree Gap Park and relocating the annual Rabbit Fest there as well.

Fourth candidate Joey Acfalle was out of town and couldn't be reached for comment.

Voting will be held at the Coryell County Justice Center at 210 S 1st St.