Weatherford Democrat

March 25, 2014

Aledo City Council candidates speak out


Weatherford Democrat

— 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.



Place 2

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.



“I am running for city council because I would like there to be competition for the council seats,” he said. “I also have a desire to serve the city.”



Place 4

Kimberly Hiebert, 48, manages real estate projects for global firm HDR Engineering, acquiring property for municipalities, water districts, oil and gas companies and others.



She was appointed to Place 4 and has been on the council almost a year, having first served as secretary on the city’s Parks and Recreation Board and as chair of the Zoning Board of Adjustments.



Hiebert has lived in Aledo for 13 years. She said it is important for her to serve the community where she lives.



“The only agenda I have is to keep the city on its current track to a bright future, as well as maintain the heritage and charm of our wonderful city of Aledo. I believe that I have much to offer as a councilwoman because of my background in project management, real estate, parks and recreation, event planning and raising three boys.”



Mark Siegmund, 50, rents and manages duplexes in Parker County. He has lived in Aledo for 14 years and has no previous experience serving on city boards.



Siegmund said ESD 1’s annexation of the Aledo Volunteer Fire Department’s Fire District — including the City of Aledo — triggered his entry into the race for Place 4.



“It’s a tax on top of the taxes we already pay,” he said. “I understand it for the Annettas; they don’t pay city taxes. But I already pay property taxes, and I should have police and fire protection.”



Siegmund said he believes Aledo residents are being taxed inequitably and not getting enough for their tax dollars.