COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - A big race is brewing for several seats on the College Station City Council, including two candidates running for Place 3. Incumbent Linda Harvell and her opponent Dallas Shipp shared their perspective on the big issues the city is facing.
Harvell and Shipp both have a few things in common. They're both Aggies and have backgrounds in business. 70-year-old Harvell has an online retail business while 37-year-old Shipp is in marketing. Harvell filled a vacated spot on council last November.
News 3 wanted to know why they are running for office.
"Well I'm just winding up my 11th month on the College Station City Council. There's still so much to be done and I feel that I want to continue to serve my city, serve my community and serve the residents," said Linda Harvell, College Station City Council Candidate.
"The best way I can do that is by walking the talk and running for re-election to the College Station City Council," she added.
For Shipp, this is his first time to run for public office.
"I’ve been an active member of the business community here in College Station for a very long time. And you know there's always whether it’s one my clients or other businesses I worked with one of the first reasons was that I want to make it easier for businesses to do business and to grow in College Station," said Dallas Shipp, College Station City Council Candidate.
Both agree managing College Station's growth is a top challenge.
"How do we control that? I'm very much an advocate of smart sustainable growth and when I say that all I'm asking is that whenever our developers and builders build today, 25 years from now people are still going to want to live there, work there, eat there," said Harvell.
"The biggest issue that you're going to see is just the increased congestion. I think you've got to plan for that. You know Texas A&M is growing at a very rapid rate. And you can't have a university like that that's growing at the rate their growing housed in a city that wants to fight growth," said Shipp.
We also asked how they differ from each other.
"If I were to approve a vote to increase the taxes which I would like to find other ways to raise that revenue. But if I make that vote it impacts me unlike my opponent," said Shipp, who was referring to Harvell's age and being exempt from property tax increases.
Harvell stressed her community involvement.
"What people don't about me is I've ben involved with the city since around 2010 which my opponent has not. In fact no other candidate has the volunteer activities that I've had," she said.
Early voting ends on November 3rd. Election Day is November 7th.