By JUDY SHERIDAN
The May 10 General Election is right around the corner, and the City of Aledo will have two contested city council races this year as well as a limited liquor election. The election, if successful, will allow convenience stores to sell beer and wine to go and restaurants that sell mainly food to add alcoholic beverages.
Mayor Kit Marshall will begin her fifth term unopposed, but Jean Bailey, the incumbent in Place 2, is facing challenger George “Pres” McGee, Kimberly Hiebert, the incumbent in Place 4, will square off against Mark Siegmund.
Bailey, 55, has lived in Aledo for 18 years. She is a vice-president/underwriting counsel for Rattikin Title Company in Fort Worth, where she examines land titles and assesses the insurance risks and requirements of transactions.
Bailey was appointed to the council in August 2010 after several years of service on the Zoning Board of Adjustment and as chairperson of the Planning and Zoning Commission. She drew no opponent when she filed for election to her current council post.
Bailey has refiled for Place 2 because she believes her real estate and city council experience make her the better candidate.
“We’re at a place where we need to be careful,” she said, stressing that Aledo’s identity should be preserved as the town grows. “We don’t want to be just another bedroom community.”
As FM Road 1187 is widened, Bailey added, commercial and retail development will increase, and the council should both encourage and regulate it.
“We need the tax dollars,” she said, “but that corridor is the first thing people see, and we need to be careful to stay on top of that.”
McGee, 70, is a program manager for ZedaSoft in Fort Worth, a simulation and visualization software company.
A member of the city’s downtown business committee, McGee is also the organizer of the liquor election — which does not permit liquor stores — that will be on the May ballot.