Leander mayoral candidates explain their goals in ‘nasty’ campaign

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LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — “This election has been focused heavily on trying to destroy candidates,” explains Leander mayoral candidate Dr. Vic Villarreal.

“It’s a small minority of people on each side that are slinging mud,” said opponent Troy Hill.

On Wednesday, KXAN sat down with both candidates to ask them what they plan to do for the city of Leander if they’re elected mayor. Both men, are former city council members.

Villarreal is a professor of business for three universities online, including Strayer University in Austin. Hill is in sales and does contract work for technology companies, and others like Carolina Wholesale and Paper Systems Inc.

“One area that we’ve lacked is commercial growth,” explains Hill. “I’d like to build things here that can ease our property taxes, and at the same time give us a place to go to.”

Hill suggests bringing a town center, like a mini Domain, near the rail station. He says new businesses would pay into the city’s water system, reducing high water bills for homeowners.

Opponent Dr. Vic Villarreal supports more business too, but for job creation. “Career jobs coming into Leander, that’s going to sustain our economy for decades,” said Villarreal.

As the former Austin Community College board chairman, Villarreal says he fought hard to get the new ACC campus in Leander. His vision is to expand the campus. “Try to land a four-year university, preferably on this location. It makes sense if we have a higher education corridor.”

A candidate forum scheduled for Wednesday night at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Cedar Park was only attended by Villarreal. Hill says he wasn’t attending but was holding a public event at Maria’s Restaurant from 5-7 p.m.

Early voting is underway now and runs through June 12. The runoff election will be held June 16.

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