Ballots are set for the May 11 city election in Keller, with one seat having challengers.Deadline for the expired seats, currently held by Mayor Pro Tem Tom Cawthra and Bill Dodge, passed without any new applications and both incumbents filed for re-election.A special election was called for Place 1 after the resignation of council member Ray Brown with two candidates running for the seat: Bob Hill, who is retired and has lived in Keller for 22 years and Debbie Bryan, also retired and has lived in Keller 10 years.The candidates responded to questions from The Keller Citizen:Why do you want to be a candidate for this position? Debbie Bryan: I see a need on our City Council for representation by someone who will be a loyal, true voice of her constituents. I think our tax payers should come before special interests. I want to make sure our citizens’ property rights and values are protected. I want the opportunity to represent the people and listen closely to what they have to say. I believe in putting the future of Keller in the hands of the citizens. Our cities are, after all, our people. I also want to ensure that development is done responsibly and in harmony with the surroundings. Bob Hill: I am running for city council to maintain and hopefully help improve the high quality of life we enjoy in Keller. I want to apply my knowledge, experience and service to the community I have lived in for more than 20 years.What challenges do you foresee if elected? Bryan: I see a challenge at moving Keller forward in the direction that its citizens want it to go, and that is maintaining the small town charm for which it has become known while integrating appropriate new development into our community properly and in accordance with our rules. There are some on our council who believe we should fill every square inch of Keller with rooftops and concrete but this is not what I hear from the citizens. Keller is unique and that is what brings many people here to live and I will do my best at keeping it this way. Hill:(1) Budget and Finance: For more than a decade, Keller has maintained strong city services with existing resources while enjoying one of the lowest municipal tax rates of .44 percent in the area. We must continue to do so and have to keep looking for ways to improve efficiencies to maintain our low tax rate.(2) Development: We must ensure proposed development is reasonable, follows the Unified Development Code and Future Land Use Plan and meets the need of the community.(3) Parks and Recreation: We must begin developing the city’s 90 acres of undeveloped parkland for the benefit of our citizens. We need to update The Keller Pointe, a wonderful facility that pays its own way and hasn’t had serious upgrading since it was opened in 2004. We must also consider further expansion of the Keller Senior Activities Center.What strengths do you bring to the city if elected? Bryan: I have been a leader in many aspects of my life. I believe I bring an independent voice and new perspective to our Council. Having headed up several groups who needed their voices heard by the City Council, I feel I have a good idea of what our citizens want and I know I can represent them honestly and with integrity. Also, I do not like waste. I believe in saving wherever possible – getting the most out of every tax dollar our City earns. I have run a household of eight for eleven years and have no debt. Hill: Commitment and experience — both in Keller and in business. I have lived in Keller since 1990 and have been actively involved in the community for that entire period of time. This includes being one of the longest-serving appointed city officials as a member of the Keller Development Corporation; I have been repeatedly appointed by different mayors and council members over the last 17 years. I have also helped Keller kids for 15 years as a Board Member with the Keller Youth Association, including being part of the leadership team that originally planned and created Keller Sports Park. I served 8 years on the City of Keller Parks & Recreation Board, served 6 years on the Mt. Gilead Ranch Homeowners Association Board of Directors, and served the City of Keller on the Charter Review Committee in 2011. In addition, I developed a keen business acumen over a 33-year career with General Mills, Inc., before my retirement last year.What priority do you place on economic development? Bryan: I place a significant priority on economic development. With a tax base of 82 percent residential, we need to make our city more reasonably proportionate by building our commercial tax revenue. Commercial development economically benefits our entire City with typically minimal impacts on our infrastructure while residential development that does not fit our comprehensive planning can have huge impacts on our infrastructure costs as well as our quality of life and property values. Hill: Economic development is important and has been a challenge, but the city has been more successful than most people realize. Keller has actually attracted many small local businesses that need to be retained and has now begun focusing on other types of commercial development. In 2012, the city reported 74 new business openings and expansions (27 office/23 retail/15 expansions/9 eateries). In 2013, we're already seeing exciting new ideas like the Moviehouse, which is being considered by the council this month. This is the type of success city staff, leaders and community need to continue as we go forward.