In College Station, a three-year term in Place 3 is up for grabs as the city elections approach.
The incumbent is also the Mayor Pro Tem, Ron Gay. When asked what the biggest issues are facing the city, Gay said "transportation, transportation, and transportation." He says smart growth involves building roads for connectivity and safety, and then bringing development around them.
"I've wanted to make sure that we have a vigorous, expanding local economy," Gay said. "I've fought to keep taxes low. I've fought for property rights, and I want to make sure that we have the type of community where our children can come, live, work and raise their families."
His opponent is Dennis Maloney, a former, three-term councilman and mayor pro tem. Maloney says the city needs to do small area planning for impending growth, while at the same time, maintain a good quality of life for its residents.
"If the voters choose me, what they're going to have is a can-do attitude," Maloney said. "I'm not an either/or kind of fellow. I believe in growth. I believe in smart growth, and that's full growth. I believe in planning, smart planning. I believe in engaging all the members of the community, not just one section, and I do not pander to any particular group."
Election Day is May 10, though early voting is underway.
Click on the videos with this story to hear the candidates expand on their backgrounds and the issues that mean the most to them.