Candidates for Bryan District 4 still focused on stealth dorms

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Two men are vying for the District 4 seat on Bryan's City Council.

After serving in the Army for 22 years Mike Southerland settled down in Bryan with his wife in 1984. He is hoping to keep the seat in council that he's had for more than nine years

His opponent Mitch Morehead, a Bryan native, previously served on council from 2000-2003 spending two of those years as Mayor Pro Tem. He runs and operates ACME Glass Company. He took over the company that his father started.

They both agree that one of Bryan's biggest challenges is stealth dorms.

"It's about reducing or limiting the number of unrelated adults to two in single family neighborhoods," said Mike Southerland.

"I've made it very clear that we're not going to let that happen in District 4 and I think we need to bring structure on how they're built in other places," said Mitch Morehead. "But in District 4 we're going to preserve our neighborhood."

The two differ on planning and zoning's newest proposals.

"I was in favor of the P&Z recommendation," said Morehead. "I like the fact that they were going to have a new zoning class for them. I like the fact that they were going to deal with the parking and move it to the sides and to the rear. I think it will all come to a good outcome."

Southerland said he'd like to review it again in January after it gets better refined.

"They worked hard on it, but it's going to take some time to get it clearer or get it structured better because right now there's a lot of issues with it that could be used in the wrong way and cause unintended consequences," said Southerland.

News 3 also asked both men why they are running for council.

“I’ve been on the council 9 ½ years and I have a lot of issues going with different citizens across District 4 and I want to see them to their completion," said Southerland. "I’ve been pretty dedicated the last 9 ½ years to the citizens of District 4 and I owe them a lot in terms of what we’re working on."

Born in District 4, Morehead wants to keep supporting where he grew up.

“It’s an opportunity to improve my hometown, the town that I love dearly. It’s been great to my family and I’m at an age where I’d like to try to give back," said Morehead.

Early voting ends on Nov. 3 and Election Day is Nov. 7.