Eastland Says Status Quo The Way To Go

The Eastland Council seats of Richard Rossander and Larry Vernon are set to expire in May however. as the filing deadline passed no one else had filed to run against either man.

It has been five years since an Eastland Council seat changed hands. The last contested election for a city council seat was in 2005 when eight people entered the race including the three incumbents, Jerry Matthews, Norman Owen, and Mark Pipkin.

In 2004, the Eastland Concerned Citizens group was formed in opposition to a city ordinance package the council had drawn up. One of the hot issues by election time in May of 2005 was the proposed change in water meter fees. The city planned to change how they charged for meters which served multiple structures/residences on the same property. Citizens who had rental property or other structures on their property were opposed to paying additional meter fees that would result from the proposed ordinance changes.

The Concerned Citizens group supported a slate of candidates who pledged to run against the city council and the proposed ordinance package. When the dust settled, the incumbents were still on the council and there has not been a contested election for city council since.