Meet the candidates: Copper Canyon mayor

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Southern Denton County residents will head to the polls starting this month to decide a plethora of municipal and school board contests.

The Cross Timbers Gazette asked each candidate in a contested race to answer a brief questionnaire to help voters make an informed decision at the polls this May.

In Copper Canyon, former Bartonville mayor Ron Robertson filed to run for mayor against longtime incumbent Sue Tejml.

Election Day is Saturday, May 4, with early voting April 22-27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 29-30 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The candidates for Copper Canyon Mayor are listed in alphabetic order under each individual contested race.

Mayor (2-year-term)

Ron Robertson

Ron Robertson, 63

What is the main issue facing your community and how would you address it:

  • Our town has the highest tax rate in Denton County, offering the fewest services, passing up in 2006 and 2014, hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual tax revenue from NOT developing the south frontage of FM407—a natural and logical opportunity to enhance our southernmost boundary—where it should be.
  • Copper Canyon has less than a 90-day Operating Expense budget.
  • We are wasting tax dollars on unnecessary legal and engineering fees: More than $150,000 annually for unidentifiable projects that must be managed. I would include the reevaluation and renegotiation of police and protective services. This vital security component of our government is costing citizens more than $100,000 annually, money that we are not recovering.

Why are you the best candidate for this position: I’m qualified to hold this high municipal office after having served successfully as Mayor of Bartonville (12 years), and before that, serving on the Coppell City Council from 1989-1997—the last four years as Mayor Pro-Tem. For Coppell, I chaired the Finance Committee and managed an annual budget exceeding $40 million. Working closely with the Bartonville Economic Development Committee and Council members, I negotiated with developers of the Bartonville Kroger Center on the FM407 curve. Result? Growth where it should be to generate more than $400,000 in annual sales tax revenue to Bartonville, while helping sustain the lowest tax rate of any town/city in Denton County.

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Copper Canyon Mayor Sue Tejml

Sue Tejml, 82

What is the main issue facing your community and how would you address it: Am appalled that Town is split over Toll Brothers proposed project on FM 407. Town can achieve so much when we are all working together as on the 2006 Road Bond!

Why are you the best candidate for this position: 28 year resident. Served 14 years as unpaid Mayor. Want only what is best for Town as a whole. Maintained rural atmosphere in Copper Canyon in spite of high density residential adjoining Town in Highland Village and Lantana! In no way benefitting from any development on Fm 407 – residential or commercial.

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