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Fri Aug 23rd, 2019
Registration is now open for the 2019-20 school year! education-connection.org/ All it takes is a commitment of 30 minutes per week to make a huge impact in a child's life. Last year, Education Connection had over 1240 volunteers in school districts across Central Texas reading to nearly 3000 kids. Their mission is simple and beautiful: Every child reading by 3rd grade. This seemingly small thing has been proven to be a huge factor in positive outcomes for kids.
Volunteer orientations are coming up soon. I hope you can join me this school year! ... See MoreSee Less
Thu Aug 1st, 2019
I hope you can join me for a beer and a great cause!Please join us at Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co. on August 9th at 4pm for the Matt Simpson Benefit and Local 4233 Helles Lager Release! More details available on our event page. ... See MoreSee Less
Mon Jun 17th, 2019
I was disheartened to learn that some of our elected officials took it upon themselves to go and protest an event in Leander celebrating diversity and the LGTBQ+ community. While everyone is entitled to their beliefs, our leaders must hold themselves to a higher standard. It is not acceptable to participate in the marginalization of communities and demonization of people because they are different from you, especially when children are involved.
After all, this was an event for children, and it's up to parents to decide if that event is something they want their family to participate in. For those who chose to, why should their children be subjected to threatening and aggressive adults telling them they are going to hell? For those who chose not to, again, that is their prerogative. There's enough hate and evil in this world; we don't need to contribute to it. I will always choose love, to celebrate our community's diversity, and to support, respect, and defend the rights of all of my neighbors. ... See MoreSee Less
I saw the story and I’m embarrassed for our community that some of our elected officials would support such bigotry. They are tasked with representing EVERYONE. Their behavior is patently inappropriate.
Well stated Heather. It was wrong of them to show up and protest for so many reasons-associating with Info Wars and other crazies, etc. Bigotry, stupidity and intolerance are always going to be a force to reckon with in our society unfortunately. The bottom line is that it was none of their damn business--the event was in Leander Public Library, not Cedar Park. And they embarrassed Cedar Park by attending. I hope this doesn't affect economic development deals in the works.
Thanks Heather. This just continues to emphasize the importance of getting out to vote.
Thank you for calling this official out! And thank you for the loving example of inclusion! - Proud Cedar Park Lesbian
Stand tall for what you believe. Love people for who they are.! Don’t allow hate!
👏👏👏agree Heather! Thank you for standing for love.
Someone who doesn’t know they represent this great city of Cedar Park. They are no longer 'private" citizens but elected Cedar Park officials. Their actions unfortunately represent our city. If they want to march and protest for or against our many issues we face today, then they should resign and then they can do whatever they want. BTW, they DO NOT represent me.
Two things that worry me about this situation: 1) This was actually a good political move by these guys. The kinds of people that condone this behavior get worked up and furious and then ACTUALLY GO VOTE. So I don’t see this hurting them in the long run 2) it’s “great” to think that a city councilman, when confronted with opposition (even erroneously) will immediately fly off the handle and threaten his opponents. Real classy behavior. When’s the next election?
Wait - WHAT? Our elected officials are participating in public protests about issues that are matters of civil rights? I feel like protesting THEM now. I also feel like attending a city council meeting and speaking out about this. Not kidding.
Thank you for truly representing us all!
Your thoughtful post, Heather, is a painful reminder that ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL. There is no election that is so small that it is not significant to many— and long-ranging in its effects. Texas has early voting and this area has the easiest voting opportunities— to skip showing up is wrong.
Well said Heather. May I share?
Religious freedom: ”I can’t do that, it’s against my faith.” Religious persecution: ”You can't do it, it’s against my faith.” The first is understandable, even if it's out there. The second indefensible and that person is a horrible human being that deserves to be exiled.
Who are they? I definitely want to know. Are there any pictures or videos of their behavior? This really needs to be addressed. I’m going to city council too.
I would like to know how the media knew who they were. If they were just familiar with their faces, it's one thing. If those elected officials made it clear that they were CP city council members while protesting, I have a serious issue with the incident.
I agree. When my son, now 35, was in elementary school, a small group distributed a letter opposing any education about gay pride month. I contacted the Principal to let him know I did not want my son subjected to this group's bigotry and mean-spirited reaction. He had two aunts he spent time with during summer vacations. His only experiences had been positive, and all he knew until then was that his aunts shared a loving relationship and they were his family. Love eventually wins.
Oh Heather! Please run again....we need people like you representing us, us as in all people of CP - those who look like you and those who don’t, those who love like you and those who don’t, those who worship like you and those who don’t. Because that’s what a real leader does, leads everyone!
Everyone has their beliefs respect them all
Good grief. They were even wearing bulletproof vests?
This editor's note... I knew the city lost when you lost, I didn't realize just how bad
You are so correct. If someone doesn't like an event, don't go. Absence is a statement.
Wait...Adults told children they were going to hell?
The fact you lost by two votes makes me nauseas ... It may be time to start shaming “like minded” people for not voting?
Love one another !
Wed Jun 5th, 2019
Huge Congratulations to newly-promoted Sergeant Kristy Whitley and Corporal David Amidon, and new Officers Cash, Kimberly, Meeks, and Bond! The new officers are joining an amazing police department and a great city. Welcome aboard! Cedar Park Police Department ... See MoreSee Less
Wed May 22nd, 2019
I want to start by saying thank you to my supporters, volunteers, and everyone who voted for me. I also want to give a shoutout to everyone on city staff and the everyday citizens that volunteer their time on boards or commissions to help make our city great.
I'm grateful for the trust that was placed in me to have played a part in shaping our community's future. It's no easy thing but I'd like to think I carried myself with compassion and professionalism, and worked hard to be deserving of that trust. Together we put out city in a better financial future by implementing the first homestead exemption and paying down bond debt, grew our public safety departments and increased funding for resources and benefits to attract and retain the best professionals, focused on increasing sustainability and protecting the the environment, added more parklands, trails, and art in public places, and implemented ethics reform.
I want to also congratulate my opponent, Rodney Robinson, and wish him well on council. As I promised, I intend to respect the results of the recount. Regardless of who you voted for we can rest assured that our electoral process worked, and that is a good thing.
I'm going to take some time to catch up with my family and friends. But I fully intend to stay involved and give back in a way that makes sense moving forward. Again, thank you all so much! ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you Heather Sanders Jefts Heather Jefts, Cedar Park City Council, Place 5 for everything that you have done for our City. Every vote counts, and if anyone ever doubted that their vote counts, all they have to do is look at your re-election race. I hope that you run again in 2020. I am so grateful to you for your leadership and your outstanding service to our community, and for the results that you delivered for us all. If I can help you in any way, please reach out to me. And if you want to join me for a beer at the Dig Pub, I am home until May 31 for sure.
Heather, You have conducted yourself with dignity and class and our city was very lucky to experience your honorable and caring service these past two years. Sadly, your opponent and his fellow GOP candidates appalling behavior was the opposite and I will be sad to watch the direction the Council will inevitably fall. It’s an all too common scenario in politics during the era of tRump. Sending blessings, love and good wishes to you and your beautiful family.
You did such a great job Heather! I’m looking forward to seeing what your next adventure brings!
Thank you for all you’ve done for the city. You honored every promise, and you are a shining example of what we should expect from our elected officials. It’s a sad loss for our city that you’re no longer on Council.
You are a class act and I personally thank you for being so kind hearted and doing such self-less work for our city! Proud to call you my friend! ❤️
So proud of you, Heather! I am excited to see what is next!!
Thank you for all you have done for our city, Heather. I’ll happily volunteer for you again any time, so I can’t wait to hear what’s next (after you get the deep breath you deserve) 😊
We appreciated all the updates you gave after each city council meeting, and love how you made sure the residents of Cedar Park stayed informed about what was going on in our city. Thank you for the time you gave <3
You rock Heather! Thank you for everything.
Thanks so much for all the work you’ve done! I think you’ve definitely earned some time to relax and rejuvenate, and I’m already excited about the tremendous things that surely lie ahead of you. 💙
Thank you Heather. You left Cedar Park better than you found it, and I'm sure you will continue to work to keep it an great place to live and work.
Heather, I only wish folks in your Milwaukee-area hometown could have the privilege to vote for you. Since I know your heart is in Cedar Park — and since you’re one of the most principled and hardworking people I’ve ever known — I know you’ll find new ways to enhance the quality of life in Cedar Park. Take the time you need; you’ll come back stronger and more ready than ever. Proud to be one of your longest-serving friends ❤️
So proud to know you.
I am so grateful for all you have done and especially that you represented the interests and concerns of residents.
It was an honor and a great pleasure working with you and your campaign. But most of all seeing the huge DIFFERENCE you made, the visible changes that have made our growing community such a wonderful place to live. Heather, seriously, you made a difference and I know you will again.
Thank you, Heather, for being a person of integrity. Your hard work and transparency is admirable, and something all our elected officials should take note of and strive to do the same. I've loved watching you in office, and am thrilled to hear you plan to stay involved. <3
Your are a class act Heather. Thank you for your exemplary service to our City. I know we havn't seen the last of you in a public role. 🙂
You have been an amazing public servant from the beginning and I am sure we will see you in another role where you can help better our community. For example, your office hours were a great idea and I know I sent more than one person to talk to you about their ideas. Others in this thread have mentioned many other ways you have been one of the best City Council members Cedar Park has ever had. You were responsible for so many improvements in our City and I thank you. I admire your dedication and caring service. I was proud to be a supporter and will be there whenever you are needing help again.
You're fabulous, Heather! And a wonderful role model for all of us. Looking forward to what you do next.
Thank you so much for all you did for the City. The changes we’ve seen will endure I believe.
Cedar Park is a far better city now because you served, Heather. Your integrity, compassion, transparency and accessibility left a legacy that we can only hope is carried on by your successor. Get some rest and enjoy your sweet family for a while. We know you have a servant’s heart and will be back soon in one capacity or another. ❤️
Heather, thanks for your leadership the past two years. Your hard work on behalf of all Cedar Park families is truly appreciated. So proud to call you my friend.💙
Very proud of you
Thank you for your service and leadership, Heather. You have helped our city and it’s people tremendously, all while being a true class act.
Everything about you is a deep beautiful breathe of what humanity could be. You completely earned the best elected official award and left some giant shoes to fill. Take some time off and know when you are ready we are here for you.