By CHRIS AGEE
Election day is Saturday in Mineral Wells with contested races for seats on the city council and Mineral Wells ISD board.
Out of four races for city council, just one is contested. Kevin Harrison, who currently serves as councilman for Ward 4, will attempt to unseat Place 1 at-large councilman Rick Bennett.
Two MWISD seats are contested out of three races. Incumbent Scott Aaron faces Paul Glenn Harrison for the Place 4 seat while newcomer Sunny Gail Lee takes on incumbent Mike Tincher for Place 5.
Early voting ended Tuesday; all remaining ballots must be cast Saturday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., at the Palo Pinto County Annex/Poston Building, located at 107 North Oak Ave. in Mineral Wells.
The Index asked candidates in the contested city race several questions in an effort to present their views to the community. They were asked to limit their responses to 300 words per question.
As of our deadline, Thursday, only Bennett had submitted his responses.
• 54 years young
• Pastor/juvenile probation officer
• Wife, Julie Bennett; kindergarten teacher; son, Jesse Bennett, 32; aerospace engineer; daughter, Shauna Humbert, 27; Chili’s management trainee; son, J.D. Bennett, 23; Heaven praising God; son, Jonathan Bennett, 19; Weatherford College/studying for ministry; son, Jarrod Bennett, 17; junior MWHS/ranked No. 12 in state UIL math competition.
• Q: What are the three biggest issues you see impacting Mineral Wells and how would you address them?
• A: The three top issues that face our community are: Jobs, Children, and Community Involvement.
We need jobs at every level: white collar, blue collar and no collar. Our citizens want to work, but we are limited in jobs. I want to mount an aggressive ad campaign called “Destination Mineral Wells,” where we extol the virtues of our fair city, and it’s possibilities.
Our children need to be given hope that Mineral Wells will be a place where they will want to make their homes and raise their children. We can do this by simply providing them with incentives now, like having a more centrally located activity center, encouraging more youth oriented businesses, supporting local youth organizations and groups with what ever means we have available.
Our level of community involvement has risen to great heights, but we need to make sure it continues to grow and gain strength so that it has stability and sustainability. We do this by continuing to invest in projects like the 365 project, Pray Mineral Wells, Fourth Responders and so on.