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Incumbent stays in place

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, November 10, 2012

Bob Gayan staved off opponent and former fellow councilmember Chris Harris to retain Place 2 on the Paradise City Council.

Gayan garnered 30 more votes than Harris’s 49 for the 61.72 percent over 38.28 percent victory during Tuesday’s presidential election voting.

Harris previously held Place 3 but switched to Place 2 in his re-election bid.

Brad Largent, who was not contested, will be sworn into Harris’ former post and Bill Shneck will remain in Place 1 as Gayan begins his third year on the council.

“I wanted to see projects we’ve started finished, mostly the water issue. That’s my biggest concern,” Gayan said. “We need to have the people who are not hooked up to the water connected. We need to first take care of the water and later on the sewer. The sooner we get that in, the better chance we have to attract more business.”

Gayan, who also serves on the city’s Economic Development Corp., said not having those amenities has deterred interested businesses and even residents.

“I’ve seen several that would like to come in but can’t because we don’t have sewer,” he said. “I also know of at least two parties who’d like to build homes on Old Town Road but are hesitant. It would be good if there was water before people put houses there.”

Prior to his time on the council, Gayan served on the planning and zoning board.

The retired Lockheed Martin employee and his late wife moved to the area from Watauga in 1970 to be closer to some of her family in Cottondale. They had three children, eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

In response to Senate Bill 100, the city council last spring opted to move its election to the fall.

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