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Highland Springs residents maintain steady interest in politics

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July 5th, 2016
(From left) Highland Springs Executive Director Matt Neville; Dallas City Councilwoman Sandy Greyson; and committee members Glee Pitney, Oscar Burchard, Helen Adele Johnson, and Margaret Bogle.

(From left) Highland Springs Executive Director Matt Neville; Dallas City Councilwoman Sandy Greyson; and committee members Glee Pitney, Oscar Burchard, Helen Adele Johnson, and Margaret Bogle.

With a high-profile presidential election just around the corner, it’s no surprise that politics is a hot topic of conversation these days.

But at Highland Springs, the Erickson Living community in North Dallas, politics are more than a once-every-four-years interest.

A group of civic-minded residents formed the community’s Government Affairs Committee shortly after Highland Springs opened in 2006. As one of their first events, the committee hosted a forum for Dallas mayoral candidates in 2007.

“We are nonpartisan,” says Glee Pitney, a longtime member of the Government Affairs Committee. “If a candidate wishes to visit Highland Springs during an election, our policy is to invite all the candidates running for that position.”

The mission of the Government Affairs Committee is to educate residents about the candidates, public policy, and the issues that affect them directly.

“We want to provide information residents need to make an informed decision at the polls,” says Glee.

Equipped to vote

Ahead of each election, the committee prepares a voting guide so fellow residents know what to expect on the ballot. 

“We also provide voter registration forms, applications for absentee ballot forms, and voter information regarding important dates and polling locations,” says Glee. “For major elections, we provide shuttle service to polling locations.”

The committee’s efforts are matched by the residents’ motivation to vote. Highland Springs comprises all of Collin County’s Precinct 164.

For the March 1 primary—Super Tuesday—Highland Springs had the highest percentage of voter turnout in Collin County, with 53% of registered voters casting their ballot. The next highest precinct registered 43% voter turnout.

“Highland Springs has a history of high voter turnout,” says Glee, who assembles the results and shares them with residents following each election.

Local matters

As part of its ongoing mission to inform residents, the Government Affairs Committee regularly invites civic leaders to visit the community.

“Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has spoken at Highland Springs as well as U.S. Representative Sam Johnson and current Dallas City Manager A.J. Gonzalez,” says Glee.

Dallas City Councilwoman Sandy Greyson was a recent guest at the North Dallas community, where she gave an update on several projects of interest to Highland Springs residents.

Greyson spoke of a new residential development coming soon just south of Highland Springs.

Centurion American Development Group purchased 163 acres off Coit Road from the Texas A&M University System and is planning to build 720 single-family homes and 180 townhouses.

Greyson also spoke about the ongoing efforts to install a traffic light outside the main entrance to Highland Springs.

“The installation of a traffic light on Frankford Road is a priority for many of our residents,” says Glee. “We want to ensure safe access to the community.”

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