We have an election coming up. Carl Pankratz is running unopposed. Whatever he is, he still is. No change here. We have a new fellow on the scene. I don't know anything about him. He, too, is running unopposed. He doesn't have to say anything about himself. Once he votes for himself, that council place is filled. I have heard reports that he is a good guy and I would give him benefit of the doubt. However, I know nothing about his politics. I would think that he would be pro-business.
The only contested race is for Place 5 between Rick Sheffield and Pam Bell. Rick has been around city hall for a long time and has served as Chairman of the P&Z Commission. He is one of the "swells" around city hall and I am sure is totally supported by "officialdom." Rick is probably an OK guy, but he probably feels a little more important than some might think. I have watched Rick vote on P&Z and I have viewed his comments from the meetings. There is no doubt in my mind, if you like the way things are going in Rowlett, Rick's your guy. He will vote without disrupting the status quo. His vote will neither be yea or nea, but "whatever you guys want." He will be a member in good standing of the mutual admiration society. On the other hand, Pam Bell is a voice of opposition. I have met her twice and I know her feelings about most things. She is a real estate agent. She knows real estate marketing. She is a moderate about Rowlett 2020. She feels, as I do, that in some places high density and the new form base codes will work..........but not everywhere. The current regime is going to try to make townhouses work next to a cow pasture. That won't work. They will work in the downtown area. Rick will vote to try to make city designed townhouses work in the country. Pam won't. Pam will be a dissenting voice in such real estate miscues. She may be the only one.
Now it's time to vote. You have very little control over the course of Rowlett from the outcome of the election. The course of Rowlett is going to stay the same ole' same ole.' The majority remains uncontested. However, in this election you can send a message to council and set the stage for the next election in two more years. If Sheffield is elected, you are saying, "Everything's cool." If Bell is elected, you are saying, "Wait just a minute. I want to know what's going on."
It's your call.