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Mulholland seeks voice on Ovilla council

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DIANA BUCKLEY with GEORGIA FITZHUGH
Ellis County Press
OVILLA - Ovilla resident George Mulholland, 65, is putting his proverbial money where his mouth is, running for Mayor in the upcoming city election.

Mulholland has repeatedly decried the current council's secrecy and refusal to include the public in decision-making sessions. Of particular concern to Mulholland has been the council's practice of 'pre-session meetings' held in a room too small for members of the public to join in, as well as incomplete or unclear posting of items to be decided in open meetings.

His reason for running, Mulholland said, is 'to improve government in Ovilla.'

According to Mulholland, the single most important issue facing the council in the upcoming term is water.

'Water source, transportation and distribution,' he said. 'Water is a critical issue. A close second would be the roads. The roads have been in decline for some time.'

Mulholland has lived in Ovilla for 9 years and regularly attends council meetings, often speaking during citizen's appearance time.

Opposing Mulholland is William Turner, 54-year-old Mayor Pro-tem. Turner announced his candidacy only after determining current Mayor Cindy Jones would not seek reelection.

'I'm currently mayor pro-tem, so it is logical for me to run for mayor,' Turner said.

When asked about issues, Turner answered only, 'Water.'

He declined to discuss the race verbally because his campaign bio had never been printed in the paper. 'I brought it over there, but you chose not to run it,' he said. 'You do what you want.'

Turner has lived in Ovilla approximately 10 years.

Two council positions are also on the ballot for the May 5 election, but candidates for those seats are running unopposed.

Billy Wade, 68, a 15-year resident of the city said he is ready to bring his experience to the table to help solve problems facing the city. 'Looking at the future of Ovilla, I see we have some major decisions in response to some problems,' he said.

Wade served on the council previously, but had dropped out for one term.

He agrees water is the top issue. 'Unquestionably,' he said. 'Not just for Ovilla, but for other local cities too.'

Incumbent Mike Davis is also unopposed in his reelection bid. Davis was out of town and could not be reached for comment.

Countywide city council and school board elections will be held on Saturday, May 5. Early voting is now in progress.

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