Business consultant vs project manager

A business consultant and a construction project manager compete for the District Six position on the Georgetown City Council in the November 2 election.

Chere Heintzmann, 66, and Jake French, 34, both say they have experience with local politics.

They are fighting over the seat vacated by Rachael Jonrowe, who resigned over the summer. She was re-elected in November 2020 for her fourth three-year term.

District 6 includes Georgetown’s downtown plaza and the neighborhoods south of it.

Heintzmann said concerns she hears from residents of the district include maintaining the charm of the downtown plaza, improving walking in the area, and keeping housing affordable.

“We have people coming in and building huge modern houses right next to tiny downtown houses that have been around for 60 to over 100 years,” she said.

Some residents are also concerned about homeless people camping in some of the district’s parks, Heintzmann said.

“Homelessness is a little more hidden in Georgetown but it exists.… We (the city) need to fix it,” she said.

Chere Heintzmann is one of two new council members vying for the seat of the Georgetown District 6 city council.  Rachael Jonrowe has stepped down from her seat after four three-year terms.

Heintzmann said her goals if elected were to “ensure smart growth by preserving our history while managing and guiding future development.”

She said she also wants to expand mobility in the district by improving roads, bridges, sidewalks and transportation services.

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The city shut down its fixed-route bus system on October 1 because it couldn’t get enough ridership.

“We have to rethink what is proper transport,” said Heintzmann.

She said her proven leadership and expertise in business growth and complex contract negotiations at the senior management level made her the best candidate for the role.

“In addition, I understand the complexity of local governance, having served two terms on the General Government and Finance Advisory Council, co-chaired the city mobility obligations committee and currently being vice-chairman of the Planning and Planning Commission. zoning the city of Georgetown, ”Heintzmann said.

His opponent, French, said the main concerns he heard from neighborhood residents were pedestrian safety, parking, lack of public transportation options and housing affordability.

He said residents were also concerned about the Confederate statue on the grounds of the County Courthouse, which sits smack in the middle of the downtown plaza.

Jake French is running for the seat of Georgetown District 6 City Council.  District 6 includes the city center and the neighborhoods to the south.

“A lot of people want it removed because they think it’s racist and doesn’t reflect their values,” French said. He said many people he spoke to also wanted to remove the statue because they were tired of seeing weekly disruption at the site between people who wanted to move it and those who didn’t want it removed.

The decision to request the statue to be moved can only be made by the Williamson County Commissioners Court, as it is on county property. The court is required to apply to the Texas Historical Commission for permission to remove the monument.

French and Heintzmann both said they were in favor of moving the statue to another location. Georgetown City Council voted against a motion for a resolution in June asking commissioners to demand the statue’s removal.

French said if elected he would work on improving sidewalks and crosswalks on the busy pedestrian lanes in his district.

“I want to work on parking solutions that are increasingly becoming a problem around the square and work on a long-term parking solution that does not detract from the aesthetics of the city center,” he said. he declares. He also wants to develop public transport solutions, he said, because the city’s fixed-route bus service was not working.

He said he had experience working with government in various cities due to his work in construction management.

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“My job has given me the opportunity to work closely and interact with city staff, planning and zoning commissions, city councils, fire departments, transportation authorities, utility companies and a myriad of other government agencies in the granting, planning and construction of projects, ”French said.

He said he was the top candidate because he is committed to listening and communicating with the residents of District 6, as well as all other residents of Georgetown.

Early voting begins Monday for the November 2 election. The ballot for Georgetown residents also includes several charter amendments.

About the candidates:

Dear Heintzmann

Education: Attended the University of Texas majoring in accounting

Community participation: Served on the general government and city finance advisory board; co-chaired of the city’s mobility obligations committee; currently serves as vice chairman of the Georgetown Planning and Zoning Commission, volunteering for the nonprofit CareBOX program, which serves central Texas cancer patients undergoing treatment; volunteers with Habitat for Humanity; volunteers with Texas Special Olympics; and teaches entrepreneurship to high school students and mentors them.

Jake French

Education: Bachelor of Commerce and Economics from Wheaton College (Illinois)

Community participation: Member of the Georgetown Transportation Advisory Board; is a member of the sacristy at the Light of Christ Anglican Church in Georgetown; volunteered at the Ride on Center for Kids, a non-profit organization that offers equestrian therapy; volunteered with Habitat for Humanity; and volunteered with TreeFolks, an Austin nonprofit that helps people plant and care for trees.

Mary H. Martino