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City Elections 2013: WF District 1

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City elections are just two days away and candidates are making a final push for your vote.

The candidates racing for the  City Council seat of District 1 in Wichita Falls both agree on the key issues that affect the city, just not what to do about them.

Attorney Ben Hoover and Dr. Robert Frischer both want to tackle the drought head but they disagree on what actions the city should take.

"We need to make sure that our lakes are dug deep enough so that we can have a water supply in the future. When the lakes are shallow you don't have any water. We've had flood control but we don't have drought control. We need to invest money and do that. That's where we should be spending our taxpayer dollars," said Frischer.

But Hoover said, "I definitely think we should look into it. However, I don't think that dredging or digging out lake Wichita is a solution to our problems. First of all, it's a smaller water source and I don't think it's a long term option to serve the needs of our population."

Hoover said the city should look for other sources of water and re-use it by sending affluent water to Lake Arrowhead.

Both candidates agree economic development needs more attention but Frischer believes the city should support more local business instead of getting involved with private financial interest. Hoover says he would support this as long as private businesses can prove their success before getting incentives.

"Businesses succeed and businesses fail but it shouldn't be the taxpayer's money that end up paying for a fail business. If the business is successful people will come, people will use it and we will make money. If the government is too obstructive businesses won't come to the area," said Frischer.

However, Hoover said, "I don't believe it's the primary role of the city government to do that but I think that those funds are there, that's what they're design to do and so I think that it can be a positive thing for the city if that money is used wisely."

Ultimately both candidates said their personalities would bring a lot to the table.

"I'm not a strong compromiser and I've said that on multiple interviews. I'm more interested in being a leader and trying to persuade people to go in my direction instead of compromising to a plan that's not satisfactory," said Frischer.

And Hoover says, "I think it's important to be a person that can compromise. If you don't listen to what people have to say and what people support and what people want from their city, council members and you just come in with your own agenda, that's not going to be effective and you're not going to be able to move forward in a positive manner."

 

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6

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