(HEATH, TX — Feb. 24, 2017) Heath Resident, Frank New has stepped up to challenge the incumbent for Heath City Council, Place 1.
Frank New is a transplanted Texan, originally from the small town of Gore, Oklahoma. He and his wife, Kerri, also from Oklahoma, made Texas their home while Kerri attended law school at Baylor University over 20 years ago, and they have never looked back. Frank and Kerri lived in Dallas for a few years, and then Rowlett, but knew they were looking for something truly special in a Hometown, and after soul-searching their way through every smallish town in North Texas, the News settled on Heath as the ideal place to raise their family.
“Heath just felt like home,” said Frank New, and so he and Kerri purchased a crumbling wreck of a house in 2009 and brought it back to life. “Through hard work and sacrifice, the house was transformed,” New says, “but so were we. We poured ourselves into the house, and in return, it took us in and made us part of this exceptional city–and now, home could never be anywhere else.”
Frank owns and operates a successful commercial floorcovering company, and spent 6 years serving the neighborhood of Shepherds Glen as a member of its Homeowners Association Board, two of those years as Board President. Kerri, once a stay-at-home-mom and President of the PTO at Amy Parks Heath Elementary, now serves this community as the Chief of the Family Violence Prosecution Unit for the Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney’s Office. The News are members of First United Methodist Church of Heath and they have 3 children: Noah, a sophomore at Rockwall Heath High School; Wiley, an 8th grader at Maurine Cain Middle School; and Evan-Claire who is in the 4th grade at Amy Parks Heath Elementary. With kids spread across elementary, middle and high school for the last two years, Frank believes that he and Kerri are “living the Heath life at every level!” It keeps them hopping, but also gives them “a unique perspective and a very broad understanding of what makes people want to call Heath home.”
When asked why he is running for Heath City Council, Frank answers, “Heath is at a crossroads. Decisions being made right now will either strengthen and enhance what we already are—what we always have been—or set us on a path to becoming something else altogether. This is a choice that should be made for Heath, by Heath, through the voices of the friends and neighbors that are the soul of this community, and not by those who have become blind to any vision but their own.”
In closing, and with a nod to his unconventional last name, Frank says, “My name is New, and new is precisely what our city leadership needs. New ears listening to neighbors, new hands shaping the future of this community, and a new resolve to preserve and protect what brought us all to this place, where together, we are Hometown Heath.”
The General Election for Heath City Council is scheduled for May 6, 2017.
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