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Business consultant v. project manager

A business consultant and a construction project manager are running against each other for the district six position on the Georgetown City Council in the Nov. 2 election

Both Chere Heintzmann, 66 and Jake French, 34, say they are experienced with local politics.

They are vying for the seat left vacant by Rachael Jonrowe, who resigned over the summer. She was re-elected in November 2020 to her fourth three-year term in office.

District 6 includes the Georgetown downtown square and neighborhoods to the south of it.

Heintzmann said the concerns she hears from district residents include maintaining the charm of the downtown square, improving walkability in the area and keeping housing affordable. 

“We have people coming in and putting in huge modern homes right next to small inner city homes that have been there for 60 to over 100 years,” she said.

Some of the residents are also concerned about the homeless people camping in some of the district’s parks, Heintzmann said.

“Homelessness is a little more hidden in Georgetown but it does exist. … We (the city) have to address that,” she said.

Chere Heintzmann is one of two council newcomers running for the District 6 Georgetown City Council seat. Rachael Jonrowe resigned the seat after four three-year terms in office.

Heintzmann said her goals if elected include “ensuring smart growth by preserving our history while managing and guiding future development.”

She said she also wants to expand mobility in the district by improving roads, bridges, sidewalks and transportation services.

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