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Two vie for seat on Northlake Town Council

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By Bj Lewis

Northlake Town Council member Rena Hardeman is facing challenger Mike McBride in her bid to keep her Place 2 seat in the May 10 election.

Two other incumbents, Place 1 council member Jean Young and Place 3 council member Michael C. Ganz, are unopposed in their bids for another term.

Hardeman, 47, an interior designer, said she wants retain her seat to continue working to keep the government in Northlake open to residents.

“I got the council packet put online for all the residents to see before I was on the council, so citizens are at least able to come to council meetings prepared,” she said. “I feel like if I get off council, they won’t continue to do that.”

Hardeman said she also wants to see the open discussions continue.

“A lot of things I feel are done behind the scenes and I like to bring all that discussion to the open session in council and discuss it in front of the people,” she said.

Hardeman said she thinks like many Northlake residents in wanting to see the town with the large open spaces with the cattle ranches and horse ranches in abundance.

“We would not like to see a sea of rooftops,” she said.

McBride, 54, an Irving police officer of nearly 33 years, said that after talking to neighbors, their opinions seemed to be like his own.

“I thought I could be the one to represent these folks and see what I can do,” he said. “We share a particular vision for Northlake and [its] growth.”

Over the past several years, McBride said he has been participating on various committees and boards and learning different aspects of the town business, including a homeowner’s association, an industrial concept planning committee and the economic development corporation.

“And I have attended all the council meetings the last five years,” he said. “I found it to be very interesting and fascinating [and] a lot of important decisions made. It seem liked a natural fit to see if I could serve the people I live around.”

Place 1 incumbent Young, 69, is a rancher. In Place 3, Ganz, 58, is an engineer.